Protect your kayak/lumber/stock from getting wrecked by the elements. And keep it all handy for instant use.
Put some boards on the bottom rack and use it for a workbench!
Park your motorcycle and HPV under it.
Made from 100% scavenged materials.
The metal came from railings off the fire truck and from a wrecked chainlink fence.
The maroon truck tarp material was gym floor covers from MIT.
The blue sunbrella fabric came from the dumpster of our neighbor the sailmaker.
The heavy threaded rods and nuts were left behind in our space by a defunct building contractor.
All welding was done with a homemade AC stick welder.
The excellent metal and canvas work on this project was done by Ita, Zan, and Franziska
Step 1: Hunting, Gathering and Butchering Metal
if I didn't manage to get a good shot of you at work, the help is much appreciated anyhow.
The railings from the firetruck were pretty close to the right shape, but there was still a lot of work to be done.
In these photos
Ita uses a portable bandsaw to cut down the old railings from the firetruck.
She's from Uzbekistan and is savoring the proletarian-type work she never got to do in the old Soviet Union.
Zan grinds the arms.
Ita and Zan weld arms and hooks using the homemade welder.
As you can see we've got every kind of commercial welder, but the homemade one is more fun.
Zan climbs a partly done frame to see if it's strong enough. It is!
"do you sail?" I ask. She: "Not really."
That turns out to mean she sailed a square rigger for several months.
Always check people's references!