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    My DIY Day. A Black Cat Tarp

    I spent about 8 hours sewing today. But now I have a really cool SilNylon tarp

    First, I laid out my shape using a fair curve


    I decided on 5" of cut per 72" of length


    The first piece is cut out. One more to go.
    The finished size will be 11'x10'


    The reinforcements of the corners is what took most of my time.


    Some of my seams are pretty crooked. But they're solid.


    I made a not too tight stuff sack for it. This isn't even fully compressed.


    It weighed in (without guy lines) at 14 ounces.

    As long as I had the thread injector out I made some new tree straps and then made a little loop to hold my marlin spike toggle.


    My back is killing me. I need a drink and an Aspirin. But I have a cool tarp now just waiting for seam sealer. I think I'll add some tie outs tomorrow.

    Add this to my home made hammock. . .


    And I've just about got my new sleeping system built. So far I'm still under 2 1/2 pounds for the hammock, suspension and tarp.

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    I like it, good job brother

    Jeremy

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    Member Lifeguard326's Avatar
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    Very nice! Look forward to seeing it in action.
    Acta non Verba

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    Cool! How much $ do you have invested? What's your material list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mundele View Post
    Cool! How much $ do you have invested? What's your material list?
    I made two big purchases from DIY gear and Quest fabrics. The SilNylon was a 2nd but you can't tell. The total bill was about $180 but I also bought enough NoSeeUm and Union Tape to make a bug net as well so not all of that was tarp related.

    I'd guess that the total cost for the tarp was about $110. It was certainly less than $150. I have enough left over to make a "Bird Beak" to cover one end of the tarp. I may work on that tomorrow.

    The weight surprised me. It was lighter than I expected. I fully expected it to be over one pound.

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    Nice looking tarp. Good job.

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