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    Talking Thinking about making my own tarp.....

    I have looked at Blackbishop351's DIY and want a 11'x8' hexagon tarp. Any you made a similar tarp that can give me an idea of what it's gonna cost me?

    Also thinking about using 3M VHB Tape instead of sewing since I don't have a sewing machine at the moment.
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    No input from anyone?
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    I priced out a Black Cat a few weeks ago and came up with around $70-$80 in materials alone. YMMV.

    Most DIYers realize little or no savings once time is calculated into the equation. The satisfaction of knowing YOU built it is what infects us with the disease from which there is no known cure... MUAHAHAHAHAHA
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    Ok thanks Gray... At the moment I don't have a sewing machine so I'll hold off on trying to make my own. The wife does want to get a sewing machine though so I get it for her as a gift bahahahahaha
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    Cost of materials for 11' tarp = 8yds of silnylon @ $6 -10/yd = $48-100
    3M tape = ? I have no experience with it

    Are you looking for design or construction help also? The Black Cat tutorial is good. Combine that info with looking at pics of other tarps that you like and you should have a really good idea on how you want yours to end up.

    There are a lot of DIY tarp makers on here, myself included having made 2 hex tarps and 2 hexes with attached doors. I'd be glad to share my experience, but it would be helpful to know better what you need help with.

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    I would say, try and Craigslist an old sewing machine and have at it! GrayDog is right, the satisfaction of making your own tarp is unparalleled, and worth the time investment when you get to see your (hopefully) handiwork out in the woods!
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    Desiel - Listen to Brian. He got the disease so bad he paid his way through college making stuff for others!
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    Ya I read the Blackcat How-to, very informative but if it's gonna cost me the same to make it as it would to buy say a Hennessy Hex I'll probably just get the Hex.
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