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#1 Levine

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 03:43 PM

Any innovative ideas that include the following parameters:
Light, sturdy, not bulky, protective, economical.
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#2 John Jarosz

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:03 PM

Why do you need this?

I ask because I'm trying to figure out the purpose.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:35 PM

I used a bowling ball bag for 2-22lb weights.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:58 PM

Why do you need this?

I ask because I'm trying to figure out the purpose.

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Storage and secure transport, to and from the Field.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:07 PM

Any innovative ideas that include the following parameters:
Light, sturdy, not bulky, protective, economical.
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I use a tapered PVC pipe from an old vacuum cleaner for my two 25lb CWs. :grin:

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:40 PM

I just keep mine in the trunk of my car right next to the spare tire.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:29 PM

Here is what I made to meet your criteria.
Light--- made from 1 x 6 pine
Sturdy--- a protective box with the weights sitting on the bottom of the box, but the weight is carried by the CW shaft and locked in place by the set screws on the weights.
Not bulky--- because it is square, it packs in well with your other gear and is flat on top so you can stack on top of it.
Protective--- won't let them slide around and protects them inside the box.
Economical--- cost me about $10 for wood and deck screws.

It really works well, the CW shaft is the carrying handle and the box itself is just a protective shell for the weights.
I can not take the credit since an observing buddy had something similar that I did not recall seeing until he commented on mine, very similar. I had one a little different for my CGEM weights before getting the G 11.

Try it, it is an easy project.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:49 PM

Here is what I made to meet your criteria.
Light--- made from 1 x 6 pine
Sturdy--- a protective box with the weights sitting on the bottom of the box, but the weight is carried by the CW shaft and locked in place by the set screws on the weights.
Not bulky--- because it is square, it packs in well with your other gear and is flat on top so you can stack on top of it.
Protective--- won't let them slide around and protects them inside the box.
Economical--- cost me about $10 for wood and deck screws.

It really works well, the CW shaft is the carrying handle and the box itself is just a protective shell for the weights.
I can not take the credit since an observing buddy had something similar that I did not recall seeing until he commented on mine, very similar. I had one a little different for my CGEM weights before getting the G 11.

Try it, it is an easy project.
Brad


I like this!
Elegant, simple, functional, and economical!
...wish I had a wood shop...! :tonofbricks:

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:54 PM

I don't have a wood shop, I have a t-square, a jigsaw and a hand drill. PM me if you need more info.

Very simple, but very functional
Brad

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:46 PM

I've been in the design stage for a pair of counter-weight caddies for some time. As soon as the humidity falls off a bit so I can woodwork outdoors without sweating I'll begin construction. I'll be posting in the ATM Forum ... stay tuned.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:00 AM

Now that is delightfully clever! It wins the Galactic Institute's Prize for Extreme Cleverness!

I know what I'm making this weekend. The one weakness I see is the exposed threads on the counterweight shaft. Perhaps doubling the end-piece will fix that.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:45 AM

Dan,
I have never worried about that because I take it into consideration when packing and stacking gear for transport. All of my gear is in transport cases, which are soft enough I don't worry about the threads.
The threads could be moved into the wood wall and locked in by tightening the CW set screw. That would force the other end of the CW shaft further out of the box. I have often thought that I made the box to long because my handgrip on the CW shaft is double my hand, but it would not have cut down on very much space taken up.

Those are Cassidy CW's, so you would have to build it around the dimension of your style of weights. Not sure if the Losmandy weights are the same size.

My favorite part is that it is flat on top, so you can stack other things on top of it easily.

It isn't perfect, but can be designed to meet your specific needs before assembly. I am happy with it for my purposes.
Brad






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