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    new whoppies and tool

    I finally got around to making some whoppies last night. I had made a few soft shackles, but just hadn't gotten tot he whoppies.

    I have to say working with Amsteel is a good time. I was using #5 and #10 crochet needles for the shackles and they were fine for the 7/64. I was just using the Scotch Tape method and that was fine for a short bury. When I got to the 10" bury on the whoppies the tape method just wasn't cutting it. As my daughter would say "the struggle was real". I tried the picture hanger wire method and that was a bust as well. So I went into he garage and found some stainless tig wire and thought about putting a loop in the end like a needle. After some grinding and some heating with a torch I formed a loop and then deburred on a polishing wheel. Added some heat shrink for a handle and it was time to give it a try.

    I gotta say this thing slides through the amsteel like it's getting paid for it. A quick tuck through the loop and a pull. All in all it was a 2 beer job.20151028_004912.jpg20151028_004018.jpg20151028_003238.jpg
    I would rather be in the woods... my dog would rather be in the pool. My wife thinks we are both nuts.

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    Nice work...I've heard of others using welding wire, but I'm not sure I've seen it actually welding back onto itself. Cool idea.
    On a seperate note, I've never seen someone use the pop can tabs the way you do on a whoopie sling. Where did you get the idea and what are the advantages of using them instead of a craft bead? Do they have any sharp edges that could wear down the amsteel fibers?
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    I picked up some very small nylon washers for keeping the adjustable eyes of my soft-shackles out of trouble...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbass View Post
    Nice work...I've heard of others using welding wire, but I'm not sure I've seen it actually welding back onto itself. Cool idea.
    On a seperate note, I've never seen someone use the pop can tabs the way you do on a whoopie sling. Where did you get the idea and what are the advantages of using them instead of a craft bead? Do they have any sharp edges that could wear down the amsteel fibers?
    Thanks,

    Honestly it was a last minute thought to use the pull tabs. It was a two beer job anyway. They were light weight, had a cool contrasting color, and most importantly (as I had no beads) available.

    I took a rat tail file and smoothed out the rough edges. I'm not expecting any issues. Hell, maybe i'll start a new fad.
    I would rather be in the woods... my dog would rather be in the pool. My wife thinks we are both nuts.

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