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E&E / small daypack tutorial *new pictures added*

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by jma78, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. echo63

    echo63 Loaded Pockets

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    I have just seen your rifle carrier beaver tail
    It looks like the perfect solution to a problem I have been having.
    I need to carry lightstands at work, they are about 22inches long, and about 4 inches across
    A small pack to carry my iPad/laptop, flashes, pocketwizard flash remotes, a spare lens and spare battery's, and then a beaver tail admin pouch/flip down pocket would work perfectly.

    Now I just gotta figure out how big it needs to be and all the features I want
     
  2. jma78

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    Well, that's the beauty of custom gear; you dream it, we (the custom gear makers) build it:)
     
  3. echo63

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    Following your instructions im pretty sure i could manage it
    I have made quite a few little pouches and mods to stuff, just need to get some material (wouldnt mind a bigger machine, but grandma's old cast iron machine is ok for lighter stuff
     
  4. bondi

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    Too true, I use to walk 5miles a day with a gearslinger type bag and ended up messing up my back for a while. All I can figure is the slight offset in weight distribution messed up my gate or something odd. Has this happened to anyone else?
     
  6. bravotangohotel

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    Thanks for the tutorial. Excellent work!

    I am sourcing all the material to duplicate your work and am having difficulty finding the appropriate zippers. The only zippers I can find that are configured "head to head" are for purses and only run up 7-12" in length.

    Where did you find your zippers? Are they pre bought or do you make your own with continuous zip and sliders?

    Thanks again for the help.
     
  7. jma78

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    Those are not the right kind for packs, or any gear for that matter (IMHO).

    The type of zipper i use, is coil zipper... You by it by the yard or roll, and then you buy a whole bunch of sliders. Just cut the zipper into appropriate length and install the sliders.. Pretty simple, actually.

    AND; you can sew thought it.

    Some like to use #10 zippers, i prefer #8 for all the zippers that are on the outside and have to withstand a lot of punishment, and #5 for the organization pockets inside the pack.

    Here´s what you are looking for:

    http://www.rockywoods.com/Hardware-Zippers/YKK-Coil-Zipper-by-the-Yard

    On the link above, they even have instructions about how to use those.

    It´s a lot easier to use, than it looks at first:)
     
  8. Synaptic Misfire
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    #10 is huge I prefer #8 as well for most projects. Also putting the sliders on evenly takes a bit of a trick, just have patience and you can get it.
     
  9. Schnolko

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    Very impressive!
    Great work.
     
  10. jma78

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    Thanks Schnolko!

    Yeah, size 8 is a good all around size.

    Now i´m not following you.. If you cut the ends of the zipper even, you shouldn´t have any problems installing the sliders..
     
  11. Schuey2002

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    *bump*

    That little pack looks awesome! I'd buy one. :)

    Did we ever get to see the 'new' pack? Maybe I missed it?

    ETA: I found the other pack threads. Man, he can sew!
     
  12. jma78

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    Haha, it was the mission adaptable yaada yaada yaada pack:)
     
  13. twotoned

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    nice work man
     
  14. downsouth

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    You my friend are very talented. Awesome work and nice sewing machine. My wife has one just like it but its a 332-260... I've been trying to get it to work for a while but it keeps breaking thread.... Anyways, again nice job.
     
  15. jma78

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    Thanks Downsouth!

    Sounds like you got a great sewing machine for gear making there! There are a few reasons which might cause the thread to break, but unfortunately the technical aspects of the sewing machines isn´t really my expertise.. I´m sure someone at diytactical forum would have a solution for your problem..
     
  16. downsouth

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    I will definately check it out. I've never thought of making my own gear, but the way you laid things out kinda makes me feel anyone can do it.... I think I may have found a new hobby... Thanks for the info!
     
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    Agreed! :agree: That's awesome. I like tutorials on DIY ("Do it yourself") projects.

    One question ... what does E&E mean?
     
  18. jma78

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    That´s how i got started; I looked at some tutorials at diytactical and thought; "I could do that" :)

    Thanks Bzimmerly!

    E&E= Escape and Evasion (so it´s something you use to store essential gear (essential for surviving or getting away from a hairy situation)... For example; In Afghanistan, my E&E consisted of s*itload of ammo, water, high energy bars, first aid supplies, GPS and a satellite phone. These days i have no use for a "real" E&E, though..)

    There are also a lot of threads about civilian E&E setups on this forum..
     
  19. Crco

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    While I will not be making a bag any time soon, your tutorial helped spark ideas in my head on how to modify my current bags to be more customized for my own needs.

    Thank you very much, JMA78!
     
  20. awestun

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    such a sick bag!