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Picture of The Uncommon River Raft
This is a fun way to build a "cheap" raft.  It is a fun and easy project and will be a buttload of fun once you are finished with it.  You will need materials, though, and they don't come cheaply (namely a dollar).  Instead, each item can cost anywhere from 1$ to 20$.  Anyway you will need:
                
                      4straight poles, 6-10 ft. long and 3-4 inches in diameter
                      3 shorter poles of the same diameter
                      At least 200 ft. of 3/16 of an inch rope (or 100 8-10 inch bolts and nuts)
                      At least 9 five-twenty gallon size buckets
                      Planks or boards for the deck
                      Hammer, nails and a pair of scissors

 And have lots of fun!!

(P.S. This is a very, very confusing instructable, so feel free to ask questions.  Oh, and the idea for the raft is to have the length double the size of the width.)
                   



 



 
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blademaster994 months ago

This seems like a acceptable idea. I would do afew changes to it myself and plan to build one soon. I just want to know... wouldn't it have been easier to bolt the wood together than waste your time with all of the knot stuff???

blademaster994 months ago

This seems like a acceptable idea. I would do afew changes to it myself and plan to build one soon. I just want to know... wouldn't it have been easier to bolt the wood together than waste your time with all of the knot stuff???

blademaster994 months ago

This seems like a acceptable idea. I would do afew changes to it myself and plan to build one soon. I just want to know... wouldn't it have been easier to bolt the wood together than waste your time with all of the knot stuff???

lostlimey2 years ago
i belive this pic has been ripped off another site about 3 friends who built this using inner tubes, the fact that you are trying to take creit here is appaling to me.
http://www.raftplan.com/raftadventures.aspx is the original site.
We made rafts in the late 70's with inner tubes, big C130 innertubes. Did not work realy well for holding up the weight of a wooden frame. What does work good are those 55gal plastic drums. U must use a very surdy maerial for he rudder though. elecrical conduit is a no go.
cbowser3 years ago
so is this you? http://raftplan.com/innertuberaft.aspx

just wondered where I should look at the plans really.
buddha7043 years ago
wouldn't the roof act as a sail and drag you around the water backwards ?
i had an idea like this except i used 5 gallon buckets and lids filled them with expending foam and bolted them to a 4x8 sheet of plywood and it would be loke a pontoon boat
l8nite4 years ago
You said to use 5gal buckets but one drawing looks like innertubes and one looks like 55gal drums, a photograph would be so much clearer
You can't photograph something that hasn't been built.
I think it is a cool design but it seems like it would take a lot of effort to power it.
it would be simple to add a motor from a old boat
*signed* the water would go between the containers and slow down the boat.
l8nite4 years ago
You said to use 5gal buckets but one drawing looks like innertubes and one looks like 55gal drums, a photograph would be so much clearer
cavale4 years ago
 So, have you actually built a raft?
remscheid14 years ago
Can u just put the pictures on next one you do.(DON'T NEED TO PUT YOUR SELF IN IT)
 
Kiteman4 years ago
Is this just a design concept, or do you have photos of the real thing?