Back in the Game

I had a supplychain disruption Last week, and settled it on Friday, which allowed me to get into the more intimidating part of the build.

Intimidating because in building down one side first, soI can have more control in the corners, by working on the inside of them.

The inside of a corner.
The tools are heavier than the materials so they have to be propped with struts, in this case a plywood panel.
Testing an internal structure to clamp on, is essential.
2nd corner, being propped with a Jorgensen rapid clamp, to hold my pony clamps..

3 minutes

It’s almost noon, anyway hour ago I went outside to check something and to plan a quick walking route around the yard with the new doohicky, but in just three minutes I am heat saturated.

the doohicky

Great timing lead me to this device, and for those who dont know, it’s a camera stabilizer, or gimbal. It allows for smooth camera movement while filming. The box at the bottom is a screen with a recorder built in, because working with tiny inaccurate camera screens just isn’t an option when there’s more than one set of eyes on the job. The gimbal also charges the camera! The whole thing weighs about 5kg (I think), but because it’s balanced (you have to do that bit manually at the beginning), it’s very easy to hold, which is an added bonus.

The internet kids say that a day of working with these is tough on the upper body. That’s why I ordered a backbrace at the same time. Im hoping to use it in conjunction with a monopod and am considering a “fighting belt” -yes that’s a real thing, and it’s basically an Ernest Hemingway inspired cod-piece for getting fish out of the sea while angry at god.

hangin’ out with the tools in respectable temperatures

Bag burn

I had to stop working on it shortly after I started, today. It’s ferociously hot here at the moment. So much so that all of my tool handles either started to sweat, melt or become too hot to use. Also the black tarp became too hot to handle even with gloves. The dinger says its 37.8 Celsius, which is about 5 more than is easy.

Noir Niagara. In this heat, the tape gum is actually flowing.

I do fully realize that despite it being a cheap project, my design would make this bag labor intensive and expensive.

Its interesting to construct a bag ‘outside in’ and have minimal panels. I like it.

Regardless, this project is a functional thing, and is a social media experiment, to see about doing this blog on the regular again. Because it’s a challenge and I think I need to.

75% of part one, done.
Thats the panel that will be secured to the back carrier.
Some the uncontrolled explosion of guts yet to be trained and glued.

It’s Friday

So this has been super indulgent design and preparation…

However, all good things come to and end, and give way to even better shit. Like gloooiiinnng! Sticky glue time!

Glue strategy with copious quantities masking tape.

Because I am using machine belt marinated in shrink wrap, I’ll have to form the corners, with a heat gun, when the track cover piece is attached. So my thinking was to put corner areas where the track cover piece, won’t be bonded, and will be able to conform better to the rigidity of the belt.

I should mention that apart from the Black tarp material, everything else I already had. I did buy the roller, a roll of masking tape, and 6 pony hand clamps which were on sale.

Ornj tools are more inspiring.

I’m glad I thought about things ahead of time. I started the gluing process in the middle of the structure and am working outward on the distinct chance I will have screwed up a measurement and have to work it out, and to my mind working with a solid anchor point at the start, makes the most sense to me.

The Ornj tools photobombing again..
Nice thing about fabric, is that you can get your clamps in close to the action.

I can

get by with a little help from my friends…

Day 2 of the sprawling and indulgent design and construction of my new panniers. I’m inventing as I go, and making pretty notes with my own particular variant of handwriting. In B or B2 0.3. On 5mm dot grid. Claire Fontaine or Rhodia, only, ever. Pentel ORENZ NERO, the most inspirational creative weapon I’ve ever used. Cameras not withstanding.

Anyway, moggy, numero fluff, came to hang out with me in the heat, to halp out with things like materials testing in regards to thermal conductivity and fluff characteristics in hot weather, and I there quality assurance measures and tool control.

Lanyard woes
Came ratios and thermal conductivity of fluff in hot weather.
Testing!
Phelamination..

Necessity is the mother of

..Invention, as the adage goes, and of course, it’s true.

I recently had a theft and assault event leave me with a sore hand and my bike panniers being stolen, along with a scuzzy rainjacket and two well used and memorably scuzzy face masks. My bike light too. It’s the masks though, they had special sentimental and religious significance for me.

Needless to say that my brain went into construction mode and I found a company called MyTee who distribute (or manufacture) tarp to trucking companies and as such I can get oceans of my favorite material for .25 what local area dealers were willing to sell me a chunk of it. This is probably a well guarded secret in certain circles..

My brain works in such a way that I dream the final product and I already know what I need, to do it. The digits will come later, I know what I need the thing I’m making, to do; and I deconstruct my idea backwards until I reach a point where my hands catch up to my brain.

Invention had most of the tools I knew I’d need to build a set of panniers and finish up a bunch of other bag ideas that I cut but have been waiting to bond.

I use the industry standard Vinyl seement as ‘muricans calls it. In just gonna call it glue. HH-66, it’s amazing. It stinks something awful to ladies, but blokes like me smear it on before going dancing.

AFAIA no bike pannier maker makes a bag that is designed specifically to hold a fully crammed average brown paper 17x12x7 grocery bag which is waterproof and/or has a lid.

Considerations include: Material integrity and how much support I may need to design into the structure. Construction process and how I may need to build a brace to hold the folds I’m imposing on the material. This roasting hot weather and how awesome it is when the material is soft, can be formed and trained with a roller and tape, and that the HH-66 behaves like spring breakers in heat.

The basic design is in, now it’s time to play with the material and get a feel for how things may come together as the project progresses.
The dream becomes reality when my pencil hits the page.
I’m fervently pro metric system, and yet I built this entire project on SAE thinking. Every available component comes in SAE and I’m used to it and even have a few layers deep of fractions that I can mentally arithmetic with.
‘Halped’ of course, by Ada the cat, who just had to vet the very warm ‘new surface’ for a swim.
Testing how well my decade old tin of glue with a hem.
Ada since early childhood I have craved a metal hand roller. I finally got one, and it’s everything I ever wished for.
So I invented the tape batten.. I use it to enforce material rigidity so I can form a crease or fold in material that would otherwise just not play nice. Anyway it works. Really well.