You don’t need a gym membership to get a good workout. If you have space on your property and can rent or borrow some tools, you can build your own backyard gym. While this dip bar may look like it’s something just for one type of workout, you can also use it for sit ups and pull ups.
This was also built with available tools and while it may not be the best or easiest way to build yours, it should help give you an idea of where and how to start.
Tired of not having a decent organizer in your rifle case? Well, there is a fairly simple fix that could be as cheap as $60. When I purchased my Pelican 1740, I was looking at the lid and thinking there was a lot of potential space wasted.
It dawned on me that it could be a great place for a velcro panel, but there were some snags. By creating your own panel, you have nearly endless possibilities in storing handguns, magazines, knives and almost any other accessory.
The ongoing trend in the consumer market of providing small, ready-to-go, individual size packages of consumables has been a win-win for the lightweight and ultralight backpacking communities. Always looking to shave a few extra ounces or grams off of our overall pack weight, these individual servings are the perfect fit for trail snacks, drinks, condiments – you name it.
However, these nicely packaged individual servings can come at a premium. They can often be pricy or difficult to find without going online and ordering in bulk + shipping. That’s when the creative types among us come up with ingenious solutions that lets us make our own alternatives using things we usually have lying around.
“…precision was needed in the calculation since if the capsule came in too deep g-forces would be too large and if its trajectory was too shallow it would bounce off the atmosphere and be sent back into space. Cooper drew lines on the capsule window to help him check his orientation before firing the re-entry rockets. ‘So I used my wrist watch for time,’ he later recalled, ‘my eyeballs out the window for attitude. Then I fired my retrorockets at the right time and landed right by the carrier.’ Cooper’s cool-headed performance and piloting skills led to a basic rethinking of design philosophy for later space missions.”
While most high end watches can take some serious abuse, there are benefits to using a watch cover. The cover can effectively “black out” a watch and eliminate the visual signature of the hands or display as well as add an extra layer of physical protection. It is also something you can make at home with a minimum amount of preparation and materials. This DIY will show you the quick and dirty basics to making your own tactical watch cover based on the one I was issued during my time in the IDF.
In this simple DIY project, Bryan shows how to use Plasti Dip to rubberize the handles of his Bogota Titanium Flats 4-Piece Toolset. This rubberized coating allows a more solid grip and creates a cushion that can make handling more comfortable.
ITS Tactical Editor-in-Chief’s note: This post was written by Brett & Kate McKay and originally ran on The Art of Manliness.
Art of Manliness Editor’s Note: In response to my call for suggestions for manly crafts (and in response to a couple of reader emails-by crafts I wasn’t referring to stuff like carpentry and blacksmithing, which are of course quite manly-but to specific DIY projects that men could take on), Tom Pehrson wrote me a great article about building your own fitness equipment. Tom lives in Alaska, reads AoM, and works out with fitness equipment he built himself. Now there’s a man.
There’s nothing manlier that working out in your garage. In fact, many men have relinquished their useless globo gym’s memberships and used that money to buy equipment for their own personal garage gyms. This saves time, and instead of paying some jerk’s expensive car payment, you keep the equipment.
Get a good weight set, a bench, and hopefully a squat rack, and you’re halfway there. There are several other components to the home gym that make it even more functional and can help you take your fitness to the next level. Below are 8 pieces of equipment that will increase your manly strength and save you money in the long term.
I’ve been planning to make a Morale Patch Display Frame for a long time now, as I’ve slowly been running out of room in my MSM MegaPatch Book. Finally having a HQ and an overall lack of things on the wall, prompted me to finally make one.
My requirements were simple, I wanted a place to not only display Velcro-backed Morale Patches, but also display the patches people send us that don’t have hook on the back. To do this I knew I needed some type of cork board backing behind the Velcro.
Today I’ll be taking you through the process I used to create a DIY Morale Patch Display Frame, I hope that you’ll be able to use these instructions to create your own too! [Read More…]
Today we’re continuing our week of giveaways as a thank you to everyone for two awesome years here at ITS Tactical! We’re going to be running a giveaway each day from now until Friday so be sure to keep checking back all week!
In our fourth giveaway this week, we’re giving you something every household needs, a DIY Fatmax Breaching Tool! You may remember this from a recent article that Eric wrote up and demonstrated how to make yourself. This one is hand-grinded by Eric just for a lucky ITS Tactical Reader! We’ll also throw in some ITS Swag with today’s giveaway.
Here’s how you can get your entry in and the rest of the details of our 2nd Anniversary Giveaways. [Read More…]
After a winter slumber the Knot of the Week is back in full force! Today with the help of contributing author Justin Spindler, we’re going to take you though the steps to create your own Coiled Paracord Lanyard.
You may have seen these before from places like TAD and wished you would have gotten in on one while you could have. Now you can learn how to build your own out of a few simple materials. [Read More…]