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1. Hand Saw
3. Drill Press or Hand Drill
5. Tape Measure
6. Drill Bits (1/4, 3/16, 5/16 long shank, 7/16, 3/4)
7. Sandpaper (50 grit and 320 grit)
8. Wood Finish (I used Urethane)
9. Black Matte or Olive Drab Matte Spray Paint (optional)
Accessories for Walking Stick:
1. Fish Spear (1/4″x8″ 303 Stainless Steel Rod, Spearfishing Spear Tip with 2 blades, 1/4-20 and 6mm x 0.75 Dies)
2. Snake Hook (1/4″x12″ Steel Rod, 1/4-20 Die)
3. Drag/Grabbing Hook (1/4″x2 5/8″ Eye Bolt)
Take your Maglight and remove the battery cap and rubber switch button cap. Take an allen wrench just small enough to fit inside the hole in the switch and you will find a screw at the bottom of it, unscrew it, depress the button, and slide the whole switch assembly out through the bottom of the flash light. It may require you to unscrew the head of the flash light and use a rod to push the assembly out. Next take your flash light body and cut it off right below the button. This is going to be your water proof container for your survival kit. Take off the battery cap and remove the spring and spare bulb. You should see a small circle in the exact center of the cap on the inside. Take your center punch and make a mark in the middle of that circle. Take a 3/16″ drill bit and drill a hole in the cap, then take a 3/4″ drill bit and drill out that hole again. I actually used a 3/4″ paddle bit in my drill press and did it slowly but only use that as a last resort.
Measure 1.25″-1.5″ down from the top of your stick and tape it off, this is to mark where you are going to epoxy on your container. Begin sanding it down evenly with the 50 grit sand paper until the container fits snuggly over it. Next take a 5/16″ long shank drill bit and drill a hole lengthwise 7″ into the stick, making sure to pull it out every few inches to clean off the bit so that you don’t create too much friction and catch your stick on fire (only do this if you plan to make the fish spear.)
Take your 320 grit sandpaper and sand down all the wood pieces until
they are smooth with no splinters. Next take your wood finish and apply it all the pieces of wood. While that is drying you can sand down your container to remove all the texturing and also sand down where you cut it off and taper it so that you have a smooth transition between it and the walking stick, then spray paint it. After the wood finish dries you can apply another coat of wood finish if you want. On mine I used 2 different wood stains (red oak and colonial maple) and did it as a two tone camo finish, you can do this as well if you want but keep in mind it took me 5-6 hours to tape off the stick, lay out the design and then cut out the design plus stain it. On the wood finish I would recommend doing 3 coats and do it according to the instructions on the label.
After the epoxy sets up for a few hours on both pieces take the coupler
apart and set the screw to the side, make sure not to lose it. Mix up a little more epoxy and place some in the 5/16″ holes on the stick and the 4″ section, then apply some epoxy onto the outside of the couplers. Place each one in the hole and tap them into it with a hammer, make sure they are flush with the wood. Wipe off the excess epoxy and place those to the side to allow them to set up.
Take the cap from the container and make sure the compass fits snuggly
into the hole. Mix up a small bit of epoxy and apply it to the outside edge of the compass and to the inside of the hole, then place the compass in the hole and make sure the compass sits flush into the cap. Allow it to set up for about 5 minutes and check it to make sure it hasn’t moved. Mix up some more epoxy and apply it to the inside of the cap until the the whole backside of the compass is covered and it’s nice and flat. Allow that about 5 hours to set up and firm up. Cut a piece of 1″ dowel about 3/8″-1/2″ long which is just long enough for the dowel to be flush with the inner lip on the cap, then mix up some more epoxy and place it on the inside of the cap on top of the other epoxy and place the dowel into the hole with a slight twisting action. Next apply some more epoxy to the dowel and a little to the inner lip of the cap and place the mirror into the cap and gently press down and twist it. Place it somewhere safe and allow it to fully cure. You can use the mirror as a signal mirror.
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