It all started with this post of mine on Twitter:
The video on his site shows Matty Wichlinski building a bulgarian bag from some easy to buy parts.
I have recreated the process here with using rubber mulch (wood pellets are seasonal, its summer, and Home Depot did have some but we would have needed a fork lift and a team to get them so I opted for rubber mulch)
So my trip consisted of
- Autozone for the car tire inner tube ($15)
- Home depot: Rubber Mulch ($9), Zip ties ($2)
- Total: $26 + tax
- Weight: 11lbs
(I already had the Duct Tape in the house, so no cost for that)
First I took the inner tube and cut through the tube on either side of the air plug.
Then I grabbed one end and twisted. This helped me figure out how long the handle would be.
The inner tube has a great curve for a bulgarian bag, I grabbed the other side of the tube until I found a place that felt comfortable for the second handle and cut the excess tube off.
I then zip tied where I wanted to start the first handle and duct taped the sip tie down (once around)
This gave me a great place to start the handle. I grabbed the rubber for the handle and rotated it like I was wringing out a towel.
I then duct taped the handle going in the direction of the wringing spiral.
Now I was ready to start filling the inner tube with rubber mulch.
I started with scooping the mulch with my hand, but that got tiring and I instead used a plasting cup instead.
Once the mulch was filled up to where I wanted the 2nd handle all that was left was to repeat the handle creation process.
(Wringing the tube... sounds dirty :-)
Here it is all done!
Using the rubber mulch made it a bit light but great for a beginner: 11 lbs !!
I am sure wood pellets will be a bit heavier or even rubber mulch with sand!
(Edit: I ended up wrapping the handles in Hockey tape for a better grip)
Have fun making your own now!
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