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    Need some toggle ideas

    What a day I had today... No work for me today, decided to stay home and wait for my mail man. Other than the bills ( not paying those, need more money for dutch gear) I got my first shipment of stuff from dutch. After tearing through the bag I made my way to the amsteel and made me a pair of whoopie slings. They turned out great.

    Now to the point. I made my MSH and realized I didn't have anything cool to use as a toggle. I was panning through the forum and saw Gresh made his own out of antlers (very cool). So I need some ideas of cool and interesting items used for toggles.

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    Gresh just posted some interesting ones:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=66489

    Other options - some conventional, some not so much:
    - rifle cartridge casings
    - sticks
    - short sections of arrow shafts
    - carabiners
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    They say that using an aluminum arrow shaft is fine to make toggles out of. I went to my local 7-11 convenience store and found little aluminum straws for slurpees. I have cut them using a plumbing tubing cutter into 2" pieces. The aluminum straws were in bright colors. I have red and purple straws.http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery...hp?i=19712&c=4
    Once I cut them down and drilled a small hole near the end I tied in a piece of cord in which I will use a larks head knot to fasten these toggles around my tree straps so I do not lose them.
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    I've got those that I made tonight out of antlers (which if I can get a dremel that works halfway decent, I'll send you a set!), and I've got a stock of spent rifle shells that I'd be happy to send to you.

    Really though, anything will work! When I first started hanging (and a few people here can attest to this), I was using a BIC lighter as a toggle on one side and a tire pressure gauge on the other. Any port in a storm, champ.
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    A three inch or so pice of aluminum arrow shaft. Easy to cut with a pipe cutter and I had a couple kicking around. Would like to try making one out of carbon fiber shafts as I have a few that are beat up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj4x4fever View Post
    They say that using an aluminum arrow shaft is fine to make toggles out of. I went to my local 7-11 convenience store and found little aluminum straws for slurpees. I have cut them using a plumbing tubing cutter into 2" pieces. The aluminum straws were in bright colors. I have red and purple straws.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps079bace5.jpg
    One I cut them down and drilled a small hole near the end I tied in a piece of cord in which I will use a larks head knot to fasten these toggles around my tree straps so I do not lose them.
    Those aluminum straws are pretty cool! I like those more than the arrow shafts.
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    One more idea is if you have a local sporting goods store that sells arrows, often times they'll GIVE YOU the carbon fiber cutoffs that they use for the arrow shafts.
    Vice-Chairman, Palmetto State Hangers

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    I use a lot of different items as dual purpose to save on carrying a bunch of stuff. I have taken some tinder fungus and stuffed it into one of the ends of my Aluminum straw toggle. If I need to start a fire using a bow drill I can use the tinder fungus to collect a hot ember and place it in my birds nest to ignite a tinder pile. Sorry Guys I watch a lot of survival videos on u2b. To get the tinder out of the straw, I just poke it with a stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by breyman View Post
    Gresh just posted some interesting ones:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=66489

    Other options - some conventional, some not so much:
    - rifle cartridge casings
    - sticks
    - short sections of arrow shafts
    - carabiners
    Cool ideas. I have some 30-06 brass around here somewhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by nj4x4fever View Post
    They say that using an aluminum arrow shaft is fine to make toggles out of. I went to my local 7-11 convenience store and found little aluminum straws for slurpees. I have cut them using a plumbing tubing cutter into 2" pieces. The aluminum straws were in bright colors. I have red and purple straws.http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery...hp?i=19712&c=4
    Once I cut them down and drilled a small hole near the end I tied in a piece of cord in which I will use a larks head knot to fasten these toggles around my tree straps so I do not lose them.
    Who new slurpees had aluminum straws? I'm going to have to look for those tomorrow. I haven't had a slurpee since high school. Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Gresh View Post
    I've got those that I made tonight out of antlers (which if I can get a dremel that works halfway decent, I'll send you a set!), and I've got a stock of spent rifle shells that I'd be happy to send to you.

    Really though, anything will work! When I first started hanging (and a few people here can attest to this), I was using a BIC lighter as a toggle on one side and a tire pressure gauge on the other. Any port in a storm, champ.
    Yea I saw the antlers you posted, very cool. I like the woodsy message they send. I think they would go great with the camp webbing I got from dutch. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj4x4fever View Post
    I use a lot of different items as dual purpose to save on carrying a bunch of stuff. I have taken some tinder fungus and stuffed it into one of the ends of my Aluminum straw toggle. If I need to start a fire using a bow drill I can use the tinder fungus to collect a hot ember and place it in my birds nest to ignite a tinder pile. Sorry Guys I watch a lot of survival videos on u2b. To get the tinder out of the straw, I just poke it with a stick.
    Now that's a great idea, I'm always stashing tinder for my bushbuddy. Thanks for sharing.

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