Sep 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm #1263638
@snajczukLocale: Mass, USA
So I have 5 yards of spinntex that needs to be made into a shelter of some sort. Has anyone made a mid with this much fabric? All designs and ideas are welcome; this fabric needs to be put to good use. Cheers.Sep 29, 2010 at 4:50 am #1649871
Everett VinzantBPL Member
I'm just finishing a design for a one man tent. I used Google sketchup to design it. Once it's complete I'll post it and you can decide if it's something you are interested in.Sep 29, 2010 at 8:40 am #1649905
Steven EvansBPL Member
I'm not sure how wide spinntex is or how big of a mid you want, but the shelter in my avatar right now uses about 5 yards of fabric and it is plenty big for one person. You should be able to come up with something.Sep 30, 2010 at 9:19 am #1650235
Stuart RBPL Member
I'd be interested in your design if it does not rely on the use of treking poles.
I have drawn a design of my own but am concerned that it may be a bit too ambitious. I will have to make a full size skeleton in order to make accurate patterns for the panels but I am more worried about the sewing!Sep 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm #1650382
Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Tried making skeletons with old tent poles, and discovered that even if they are only slightly flexible, they will distort when the fabric is upholstered over the frame. Result – panels were wrong shape.
Now I use wood frames that are built rock solid. Of course this is for us techno-challenged ones who have not mastered Cadware. But it works for me.
Some good pictures are posted by Roger on bushwalking.org.au in the DIY – My Designs – Summer Tents section. Worth a read, I think.
SamOct 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm #1651486
@mad777Locale: South Florida
Where did you get your Spinntex? The thru-hiker.com site says they are out of stock. I emailed them about a week ago to ask when a new supply would be coming but, I haven't received a reply.Oct 9, 2010 at 7:18 am #1652839
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
thruhiker has been "out of stock" for maybe a year
I read somewhere that they have a hard time manufacturing it, but then people sell products with it so ???
You can get polyester spinnaker fabric with DWR finish from http://www.seattlefabrics.com/marine.html. They don't recommend it for tents because it's loud when it flaps in the wind. 0.75 ounce per yard^2. I would think that DWR would provide enough rain protection.
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