Personal rocket pack

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Project by JJohnston posted 05-30-2009 07:22 AM 2250 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This isn’t exactly woodworking; in fact, there isn’t a sliver of wood anywhere on this project, but I’m still pretty pleased with the way it turned out. A couple of years ago, my nephew, then 6, asked me if I could build him a rocket pack. Somehow, he has this idea that I can “do things”, so naturally, I said yes. It’s PVC pipe, two drinking cups (the nozzles), a set of nylon belts, foil HVAC tape and Krylon. For more pictures with comments, go to

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 05-30-2009 10:36 AM

Wood or not.. cool toy. A kid his age will probably actually think he’s flying with that rig.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 05-30-2009 01:15 PM

You must have used some of your woodworking tools to make this.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 05-30-2009 02:24 PM

If my kids see this, I will have a new project on the list.

Looks great. The only thing that really matters though is that very satisfied looking customer.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 05-30-2009 02:38 PM

making things for them is a tighter bond , than just spending money .
great and thought out toy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 05-30-2009 03:09 PM

really cool… who got the task of test flying? Looks like he could really take off…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 05-30-2009 03:29 PM

Dick, you’re right. I used a hand drill and a drill press, and a sanding block. :D

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#7 posted 05-30-2009 04:19 PM

Wood, steel, plastic, cardboard…..who cares…..when it comes to making stuff for the kids…I think we all would fully indulge ourselves to create or do anything to make them happy.

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#8 posted 05-30-2009 05:50 PM

That’s great fun your nephew will remember this for years to come

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 05-30-2009 11:14 PM

You didn’t let him down… it’s obvious that you CAN do things. Great project!

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#10 posted 04-15-2010 10:11 PM

Great Job! To me, one of the great satisfactions in life is tackling things that you haven’t done before – especially where it helps someone else. Although “helps” might not be quite the right word in this inststance, it’s pretty clear that you have a satisfied “customer”

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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