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Christian Guertin
(cguertin) - F

Locale: New England (& ADKs)
Carbon Fiber Tent Stakes on 11/12/2005 18:58:07 MST Print View

Trying to find a lighter alternative to coat hanger size Ti stakes. I ordered some CF stakes from Jardine, but they ran out. Anybody know of a source? OR...a good tutorial/book for working with CF/Kevlar/fiberglass?? I have some other projects that might be appropriate also.

Thanks in advance!

(Christian-Wagner) on 11/14/2005 07:09:37 MST Print View

I got instructions on my website for carbon fiber stakes. It is written in German, but you can try babelfish (if the instructions are not usefull, at least have fun reading the autotranslation). Anyway, here is the Link:
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also have fun browsing some of my other homemade stuff:
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Edited by Christian-Wagner on 11/14/2005 07:12:34 MST.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Carbon Fiber Tent Stakes on 11/19/2005 14:39:46 MST Print View

They are easy to make from cheap carbon arrows courtesy of your friendly neighborhood cheapo sporting goods store. You can get 3 or 4 stakes out of each $5-6 arrow - depending on how long you want the stakes. Then visit the hardware store and find some hardood dowel that just fits inside the shafts. A loose fit can be fixed with epoxy putty and a tight fit can be fixed by putting a short length of dowel in an electric drill and sanding it down. Glue short pieces of dowel the bottom of the stake with superglue or epoxy and cut the stake at an angle. A Dremmel or other rotary tool works well for that.

I cap the tops with gutted parachute cord. Just glue a strip of cord over the top. Then I wrap the cord around the stake, leave a 1" loop free, and wrap it some more, gluing with Superglue the whole time. The wrap of cord keeps tent lines from slipping off and, if you decide to add the loops you can put lines through them for an even more secure hold. Also soak the exposed carbon fiber around the point and about 1" up to keep fibers from shredding out.

Wanna try some other stuff? How about a graphite spoon? About 0.15 oz. is the lightest I can get, however.

Edited by vickrhines on 11/19/2005 19:16:33 MST.