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Offline Wally Gator

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Building my Ice shanty
« on: Sep 11, 2007, 10:28 PM »
 I am building a new 4X8 and would love to post pictures of it here. Maybe someone can get some ideas for theirs from me. But I can;t seem to figure out how to post the pictures here. How do I do that? The sled is made of 2X4's. the floor is 3/8 inch plywood. The side walls are 2X2's and 3/8 inch plywood. I am using fence poles to hole it open with widget tie down straps to pull it tight so the poles will not slip out and I am covering it with vinyl coated polyester that I bought at a tent and awning shop for $50.00 <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee183/walterk4/007.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #1 on: Sep 12, 2007, 12:41 AM »
Here's the instructions:

http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=31022.0

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #2 on: Sep 17, 2007, 10:11 AM »
This is what it looks like folded up right now. I still have some little things to do to it before I cover it.  I bought some belt like strips material from TSC in the horse supply area that I am going to fasten to the end walls about 6 inches up fraom the floor and to the floor about 6 inches out from the wall for added support.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #3 on: Sep 17, 2007, 10:27 AM »
Looking good WG !! nice job with the pics too...what does it weigh?

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #4 on: Sep 17, 2007, 10:31 AM »
Not sure of the actual weight but I am able to pick up one end of it by myself  Here is a picture of the bottom so you can see how a made the sled.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #5 on: Sep 17, 2007, 10:36 AM »
When I cover it I am going to brush on a bead of 12 hour epoxy to one edge at a time and staple the material to it and then nail on a 1/2inch X 3inch flashing strips over that.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #6 on: Sep 17, 2007, 10:45 AM »
I made these to block the wind from the holes. Though I grew up in southeast Michigan I live just south of Nashville Tennessee and The neighbors wondering about me. I do go to Michigan a couple of times a winter. My friend has a small portable that I have been in fishing a few times with him on either Sand lake or devils lake out near Michigan international speedway. But this year we hope to have just a bit more room and hopefully the wind won't blow us around so much.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #7 on: Sep 17, 2007, 10:56 AM »
Well thats all the pictures for now. I have to get busy both working on the shanty and resizing pictures to post. I was just up north fishing on Sand lake over the weekend drifting around in my boat dreaming of putting it out on the ice this winter so I guess i better get busy. I did catch a 17 inch nothern using a full live crawler on a #1 worm hook on a Carolina rig. I hope my pictures will help anyone looking to build their first 4x8. This is my first one.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #8 on: Sep 17, 2007, 12:07 PM »
Looks very solid.  Nice polyurathane job.  Are you going to put foam (polystyrene) insulation under the floor?

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #9 on: Sep 17, 2007, 05:15 PM »
I didn't think of that. What is the purpose and how thick should I put it on?

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #10 on: Sep 17, 2007, 05:24 PM »
Here is my summer fishing rig.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #11 on: Sep 17, 2007, 05:24 PM »
I didn't think of that. What is the purpose and how thick should I put it on?

I wouldn't worry about foaming the bottom.  I have a 4x8  with a 3/8 floor too.  I have been out in -20 and fell asleep laying on the floor.  As long as you have a source of heat, you should be good. The foam floor would add weight and reduce clearance plus it would not be too durable.  Just my thoughts..

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #12 on: Sep 17, 2007, 05:34 PM »
That is what I was thinking. I might hold in the warmth. But as I would be pulling weather it be with my arms and legs or a snowmobile as soon as I hit some hard deep snow it would break right off. I was thinking I might wax the runners on the sled like you would a toboggan to help it slide easier. but if I do that I will have to wait for cooler weather. I waxed my toboggan last year to use up north and aver this summer the wax softened and fell right off the toboggan as it hung on the wall in the garage.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #13 on: Sep 17, 2007, 05:50 PM »
I just read another post where the guy used aluminum flashing.  I have the same type runners as you do and was thinking this might work good.  Wood on ice slides fine but wood on snow is a pain.  This will be my second year with this shack.  Last year it didn't move when snow was on the ice.  Luckily that only occured once when I went out.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #14 on: Sep 17, 2007, 09:11 PM »
Nice looking shack. Nothing like beating the dog days of summer with a little ice fishing project.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #15 on: Sep 17, 2007, 09:12 PM »
Well my wife's sister and bother-n-law live just down the road from one of the lakes that we fish on and they have both a 4 wheeler and a snow mobile so if there is a lot of snow I hope the will either let me use one or come down to the lake and pull it out for me. I also plan to carry a snow shovel out with us to clear any snow out of the way

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #16 on: Sep 18, 2007, 12:22 AM »
Hay Walltrout you were saying yours was smiller to mine. How did you pull yours out?  My friend and I were wondering how it was going to pull on the ice with us pulling it on foot or if we were going to need a 4 wheeler or snowmobile?

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #17 on: Sep 18, 2007, 09:26 AM »
I pulled it out by hand.  As long as there is no snow on the ice, it moves just fine.  You shouldn't have a problem.  I have a 4x8 with all hardsides and a plywood roof, so it is probably a lot heavier than yours.  A little snow will make things a lot harder.  Also, if you plan on being on the ice for more than a few hours it is a good idea to bring a 4 wood blocks to set under your runners when you get set up.  It will make things a lot easier to pull the shack off as you won't stick to the ice.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #18 on: Sep 18, 2007, 07:52 PM »
Today I added the support straps. In a day or two I plan to cover it.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #20 on: Sep 18, 2007, 08:46 PM »
I'd cut off those hinge bolts.  I wouldn't want to tear a boot on them!

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #21 on: Sep 18, 2007, 09:11 PM »
Just a thought,but I would not use the epoxy when attatching the fabric to the frame. The flashing will seal it up just fine and if you ever need to remove the cover to repair or replace it it will me MUCH easier and not as messy.
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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #22 on: Sep 18, 2007, 10:38 PM »
I did cut off the hinge bolts just after the picture was taken.  I really was not thinking of how easy the canvas would be to take off rather the epoxy was to help keep the staples from pulling it.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #23 on: Sep 19, 2007, 11:15 AM »
It is 94 degrees in middle Tennessee right so I decided to take a cool down break and post the pictures of what I am doing right now.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #24 on: Sep 19, 2007, 01:00 PM »
I have been doing that all summer long. Working on the shanty for 45 minutes and taking a break for 90 minutes. Then another 90 minutes working on the shanty.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #25 on: Sep 19, 2007, 02:37 PM »
Man is it hot outside. Time for another break

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #26 on: Sep 19, 2007, 02:43 PM »
I know, I know. One side of the roof is pulled a little tighter then the other. I am here by myself doing this and that is as good as I could get the first side. I thought about pulling the flashing and staples out of the side and re tighting it but the then though not. I figure this is my first shanty and I would be ok for this year. It will stay like that until the wind ripps it up then I will redo it.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #27 on: Sep 19, 2007, 02:46 PM »
Here is a picture of the inside.  That is about all I can do for now until the wife gets home from work and helps me turn it on the other side so I can pull it tight. I will post more later. What does everyone think of it so far?

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #28 on: Sep 19, 2007, 03:52 PM »
After my last break I decided to trim off some of the extra canvas while I wait for my wife to get home.

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Re: Building my Ice shanty
« Reply #29 on: Sep 19, 2007, 03:56 PM »
If all of you are wondering what I am doing home all of the time. I am laid off from GM for retooling. I should be back to work in the spring. I am hoping I will not get called back to work until after the Ice melts.

 



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