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    Easy to make Marlin Spike

    Forgive me mods if there is already a DIY marlin spike thread.

    So I have been using some bits of Oak for branch for my marlin spikes. I have been looking at 7-11's for those slurpee straws but I couldn't seem to find them anywhere.

    Today I was at REI digging in there metal recycling bins looking for things that are neat and I found a Easton tent stake with with a loose head on it so I took it thinking it would make the perfect marlin spikes for my hammock setup. This is what I did.


    (You will need a Sharpe, ruler, Easton tent stake, hack saw, and a file.)


    (Measure out two 3" sections and cut them out)


    (File the edges smooth)
    Last edited by Widerstand; 02-23-2010 at 20:26.
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    I like it, very pretty toggles.

    I wonder what other metal tubes would make good toggles that aren't as expensive as good stakes???

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    thats a great idea. got to love the diy crowd.
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    I was in Academy Sports and was eying their cheap aluminum arrows. You could get quite a few spikes out of one arrow. I was looking at the $5.99 ones....

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    Thanks for tutorial. Nice job of DIY toggles.

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    Hollow metal knitting needles make good marlin spikes. You can cut them easily with a tubing cutter. You will also have a larger selection of diameters (and colors) to choose from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WarmSoda View Post
    I like it, very pretty toggles.

    I wonder what other metal tubes would make good toggles that aren't as expensive as good stakes???
    I found that same Easton stake on the REI site for $2.50, so that's $1.25 a toggle.

    Quote Originally Posted by russmay View Post
    thats a great idea. got to love the diy crowd.
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrprez View Post
    I was in Academy Sports and was eying their cheap aluminum arrows. You could get quite a few spikes out of one arrow. I was looking at the $5.99 ones....
    That's a pretty good idea! I would like to hear if you give it a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by TroutEhCuss View Post
    Thanks for tutorial. Nice job of DIY toggles.
    Thanks, already setup and hung with them and they work fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by stoikurt View Post
    Hollow metal knitting needles make good marlin spikes. You can cut them easily with a tubing cutter. You will also have a larger selection of diameters (and colors) to choose from.
    I like the idea of having a lot of colors, thanks for the tip on the knitting needles.
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    do not take them from a knitting basket...go buy some at local hobby/craft store.
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    I'm thinking about just using a spare whole tent peg - mine are painted (metallic red) gutter nails. Gutter nails are super light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroutEhCuss View Post
    I'm thinking about just using a spare whole tent peg - mine are painted (metallic red) gutter nails. Gutter nails are super light.
    Gutter spikes are ring shank nails...they resist removal, by design. If you can unload the spike, it will work just fine. Otherwise, I'd look for something smooooth.
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