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By: A-Team

Step 1: Purpose/Audience

To repurpose 5 gallon buckets and construct a raft able to float one person up to two-hundred pounds keeping them relatively dry.

This project is designed for survival enthusiasts, adults, or children with adult supervision.

Step 2: Disclaimer

This raft is only designed for one person.

Wear a life jacket, use caution at all times, and only use in calm water.

Step 3: Materials

9, 5-gallon buckets with lids

7, 8’ 2”x4” boards

1 pound of 3” screws

3, 1 ½” screws

1 tube of all-weather silicon

60’ duct tape

Step 4: Tools

Saw

Drill

Silicon gun

Tape measure

Protective eyewear

Step 5: Blueprints

Step 6:

Cut five 2x4 boards to 5’4”

Cut two 2x4 boards to 5’

Step 7:

Using two 5’ boards and two 5’4” boards, screw together so the ends overlap each other to create the 5’ by 5’4” frame, with the 5’4” boards on top. Make sure to use five screws in each corner.

Step 8:

Position a 5 gallon bucket without the lid attached near the corner of the 5’ board, make sure the bucket is lying on its side and oriented parallel to the 5’ board. (Note: Have the open-end of the bucket facing outward)

Step 9:

Attach the 5-gallon bucket to the 5’ board by screwing into the top of the board downward into the bucket. Make sure to use at least three screws along the whole length of the bucket.

Step 10:

To better secure the bucket, apply duct tape around the bucket and 5’ board until secure.

Step 11:

Repeat steps 3-5 to each corner of the frame. (Note: All buckets must have open-end facing out for lids to be attached)

Step 12:

Apply silicon around the inner edge of four lids then apply to the mouth of the buckets that are attached to the frame.

Step 13:

Measure 18 ¼” from the front of the raft, then take a 5’4” board and lay it perpendicular to the 5’ boards (sides of the raft).

Screw the ends of the 5’4” boards into the sides of the raft with at least 3 screws in triangular pattern to create the foot rest.

Step 14:

Measure 36” from the front of the raft, then take remaining 5’4” boards and place them next to each other, marking the 36” to be in between of the two boards.

Lay the boards perpendicular to the 5’ boards (sides of the raft)

Screw from the top of the 5’4” boards into the sides of the raft with at least three screws in each board at each end to create the seating platform.

Step 15: Previous Step Cont.

The back of the raft is the end at the shop door and the front at the opposite end for further assistance of the previous step.

Step 16:

Take one bucket with the lid attached and then secure the bucket to the center of the 5’ board (sides of the raft) by screwing from the top of the board down into the bucket with at least three screws along the length of the bucket. (Note: Make sure closed bucket has the lid facing to the front of the raft)

Repeat this process to the other side of the raft.

Step 17:

Take remaining scrap pieces from the already 2x4 boards and cut one of them to 18” and the other to 24”.

Take the 18” board and center it in the middle of the front raft and the footrest.

Attach underneath to the frame of the raft using three screws on each side in triangular pattern.

Step 18:

Take the 24” board and center it in the middle of the back of the raft and the seating platform.

Attach underneath to the frame of the raft with three screws on each end in same triangular pattern just as you did with the 18” board.

Step 19:

Position a bucket underneath and parallel to the 24” board then screw from the top of the board down into the bucket with three screws along the length of the bucket.

Repeat process with the 18" board.

Step 20:

Apply silicon to the inner edge of two lids and apply them to the mouth of the two buckets that you have just attached to the raft.

Step 21:

Wrap duct tape around the buckets that you have just attached until secure.

Step 22:

Position the last bucket, right side up, centered in the middle of the seated platform.

With three 1 ½” screws, screw from the inside of the bucket downward into the wood to fasten the bucket.

Apply lid to bucket without silicon.

Step 23: Finished Project

After each use, inspect the raft and make any repairs, if needed.

<p>I also knew someone whom was eaten by a hippo after riding on one of these type rafts. Please be very careful. I can't remember the guys name. But the hippo's name is Harvey.</p>
<p>awesome idea i will try to make a motor attatchment</p>
<p>Don't do this, a friend of mine was eaten by a hippo.</p>
<p>where do you live that a hippo is a factor?</p>
<p>Awesome! I have actually been thinking about doing this with some old buckets of kitty litter. </p>

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