Not exactly "made" from scratch, but I rebuilt this AMC 360 V8 for my old Jeep CJ hunting rig. I did everything except the machine work to over-bore the cylinders and do the valve job. It pulled 325 HP and 360 ft-lbs of torque on the dyno, which is kinda silly for a 40 year old CJ. But it's a lot of fun when you mash the skinny pedal. ;-)
I made this stabilizer for my bow back in 1997 in a machine shop I worked at. It’s actually filled with hydraulic fluid and capped off, and wrapped with old Walmart camo tape. It’s been on a PSE Nova, Bowtech Tomcat and now an Elite. :)
And I made venison jerky over the weekend. 12 pounds worth. Ready for some stand time!
I make a bunch of stuff, not so much to save $$ but to customize Tent and stove, Arrow jig, Bigger grip for my TT riser, bow press, bino mount, welding table, …I build stuff for a living so its a passion not just a profession.
Nice job Xmas. I had a ‘52 3100 5 window same color all original. That 235 ci purred so soft and smooth you didn’t even know it was running. Had to part with it before I could haul a deer or elk with it. Loved that ride!
My grandpa bought that truck new in 1951. I first drove that truck when I was 8 or 9. We loaded hay in the back and my brother got it going in granny low so I could stand on the seat and drive it out to the pasture. I would then get out with it driving itself, hop in the back and start spreading the hay out for the cows. It took me about an hour for the mile long round trip. We never did reach 25K miles on that truck. This transformation was last summers project. I finished it just in time to deliver to my dad for his 86th birthday. The (more)modern S10 chassis and drivetrain makes it fun and easy to drive now.
A few years ago I thought about making some exquisite box calls, or maybe a beautiful bone-handled knife. But then I though, “Nah, instead I’ll cut up a coat hanger.” What resulted is in the picture. A bow/equipment hook strap, using a cam strap that was laying around, and bent coat hanger pieces dipped in spray-on rubber as the hooks. Required zero skill obviously, basically zero money, and has served me well for several years. Hooks are movable and surprisingly strong.
Only thing beside my Kids that I've made (of any importance), was this Portable blind/decoy/trekking pole thingy. My hunting partner and I developed it, and got the Patent on it in 2012. This is an old Promo Video from 2013, featuring Bowsite's own "Jaquomo":
Beendare, yes I did. The inside of arm needed some trimming, but I also didn't put as much jute there. Just the back of arm. I also left my left chest free of jute. Since then, I added some plastic leaves to hat, shoulders and arms.
I also made this 2”x72” belt grinder from scrap steel and an old treadmill. I did buy the wheels and bolts. It’s still running 4 years later tho I have a commercially made one this still sees use in the knife shop.