DIY Climbing Stick (1.5lb)

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  1. Erniepower

    Erniepower Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I've found protolabs to be fairly expensive for this type of thing. Your best bet might be to find a shop who can laser cut them for you. I can check with my local shops if you would like.



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    You guys should collaborate so you can start selling us parts kits Ernie!
     
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    Ernie has got the inside track on those machinists lol. This would be a super hot item especially if those two collaborate it would be a knock out of the park item.
     
  4. bowhunter15

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    Do you think laser would be the way to go? What about water jet for cleaner finishes? In either case, they'd both need machining as a secondary op. Then I figure bead blast and either anodize or cerakote in a flat earth color.

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  5. ImThere

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    Is there a reason you milled the holes rather than drill holes the same diameter?


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    I was also wondering if one could use a1x1x3/16 angle for the steps drill some holes to lighten it up, knurl the top for grip?


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  7. bowhunter15

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    Looks cooler. Also it's marginally lighter but probably not noticeable unless you have a precise scale.

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    It might work. It would be easy to try if you ordered some. It would probably be more prone to curling at the corners.

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  9. bowhunter15

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    Honestly if I just simplified the cutouts to be holes, did some of the cuts with a bandsaw, built a template for the drill press, and only used the router for the channel, I could pound out quite a few of them much faster than currently. I'm literally just staring at my router dancing around for 45 minutes per step right now.

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    I think the amswer here is we all get cnc machines, could save a lot of money!

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    I wonder if that argument would work on my wife? I just built a foundry doubt I could get away with a cnc machine, lol

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    This weight is with 2 aiders with reinforced steps. A third aider would push it a hair over 6 pounds for 3 fully rigged sticks capable of 24' . [​IMG]

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  13. Erniepower

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    Water jet is actually better since it won't affect the temper or chemistry of the metal. I buy steel plates for long rang shooting made out of military steel that are water jet cut. So aluminum should be easy.

    As far as finish goes, I agree they would look nicer, but I think most guys on here would rather save money and finish themselves. Stealth strips and spray paint allow for individual custom finishes.

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    Water jet cutting would be better for aluminum. Laser cutting aluminum doesn't work that great and will need a special set up.
     

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