Mar 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm #1300584
I made this grip today from minicell foam. As suspected, it's a little squishy.
To stiffen it, I thought about adding that plastic coat stuff people use for tool handles and such….but I have never used it before…and am concerned with it being heavier than I'd like. Also thought about the truck bed liner spray on stuff…but have the same concerns I do for the previously mentioned stuff.
Anyone have any ideas as to how I could stiffen this grip …or ideas for a firmer material I could carve another grip from that would also be light?Mar 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm #1966774
"or ideas for a firmer material I could carve another grip from that would also be light?"
Cork.Mar 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm #1966787
From something like this: http://www.wholesaleyogamats.com/ideal-3-cork-block/?gclid=CNPPruWFhbYCFch7Qgod7H0A8w ?
Thanks. Thought of that initially but was thinking it might not sculpt well with a rasp, sandpaper, etc. But then again, I have no experience working with it.Mar 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm #1966803
Jake DBPL Member
nevermind..Mar 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm #1966837
"for almost the same price but less work.. unless you like the carving part :)"
Almost the same price for what? I have tons of minicell foam so no costs there…and I enjoy carving. With a bandsaw and rasp, it took me 10 mins, tops. And did I mention that I enjoy carving?;)Mar 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm #1966847
Jake DBPL Member
about the same as 2 blocks of the cork.. unless you could get 2 out of one block?
except i didn't notice that the cheap shipping was for $10 or less.. that is kinda cheesy.Mar 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm #1966851
Oh, I see what you're saying. Those blocks are 3" x 6" x 9"….so I'd have enough for ~3-4 grips. And I could buy a block locally to save shipping costs.
Maybe the squishyness of the grip I made won't matter once I get a strap on the pole, I don't know.Mar 18, 2013 at 8:25 am #1966955
@stingray4540Locale: South Bay
personally, i don't grip my poles other than to guide it between my thumb and forefinger. I put my actual weight on the wrist strap. If you use yours like I do, then the squishiness may not be an issue once the straps are on.Jun 5, 2013 at 9:53 am #1993560
Well, here's what I came up with: Another minicell foam grip…a bit larger this time, more ergonomic, and tailored to my left hand (I'm only using one pole now…in my left hand).
Yes, it's a little squishy…but as Nick mentioned, I rationalized this would be a non-issue with the strap which, I also made. The asymmetrical left fit is awesome. I could sand the foam a bit more for a more finished look….but I don't think I care.
Total weight of this Ruta Locura (formerly Ti-Goat) adjustable pole, w/ MYOG grip and strap, w/o the basket = 3.79 oz.
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