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    Show me your homemade prospecting tools!

    Hello everyone!

    Recently, due to funding issues I have resorted to making my own prospecting tools. Even some of my own camping gear! As it turns out.. It is a rather fun learning process and pretty damn fulfilling! I am curious to see what everyone here has created in their years of prospecting. Please, use this post to share your creativity with the rest of us!
    Last edited by oidium45; Jun 10, 2019 at 11:37 PM.
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    Model 1,2,3,4 recirculating fluid beds. (4 worked best)
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    Model 5 recirculating fluid bed highbanker.
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    Miller table.
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    Grease table.
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    Bucket Buddy
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    Bucket Buddy II fluid bed concentrator.
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    us
    Jan 2012
    Chickasha,Oklahoma
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    Show me your homemade prospecting tools!

    My 3” triple that’s homemade. Sits on a stand for shallow water not floats.Click image for larger version. 

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    Cobbled a nice little powered sluice. Runs on a WX 10 or larger. Search "ratleds highbanker" for the full build

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    Laundry soap bucket for my power sluice header...
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    *sluice stand/legs removed seat from an elder care bath chair.
    Last edited by winners58; Jun 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM.
    " A pessimist is an optimist with experience "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Nemo View Post
    Model 1,2,3,4 recirculating fluid beds. (4 worked best)
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    Miller table.
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    Nice! I do not think I have ever seen a grease table.

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    *sluice stand/legs removed seat from an elder care bath chair.
    If you ever want to smooth out that water flow I leaned a nice trick watching vids. Make the area where the water spills in deeper than the rest of the sluice. It will fill up then spill over and create a much smoother flow.
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    Nov 2017
    Smith Mt. Lake Va.
    Teknetics Liberator Falcon MD-20 *********** Blue Bowl Angus MacKirk sluice Miller Table
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    Quote Originally Posted by oidium45 View Post
    Hello everyone!

    Recently, due to funding issues I have resorted to making my own prospecting tools. Even some of my own camping gear! As it turns out.. It is a rather fun learning process and pretty damn fulfilling! I am curious to see what everyone here has created in their years of prospecting. Please, use this post to share your creativity with the rest of us!
    Nothing wrong what-so-ever with DIY stuff.I love it ALL ! and yes I even drive it !
    <<<< as pictured here

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    us
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
    Nokta FoRs Gold, a Gold Cube, 2 Keene Sluices and Lord only knows how many pans....not to mention a load of other gear my wife still doesn't know about!
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    Made quite a bit of my own equipment. Always more gratifying
    to catch gold using something you fabricated yourself.

    Miller Table: Building a Miller Table

    Mass Quantity Classifier: Building an oversized classifer

    Where I prospect: (click on image for full size) Valley of the Shadow

    Classifier for a Gold Cube: Punch Plate Template or Stencil?

    Got a whole pile of home made crevasing tools.
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    Mike (aka Dizz)

    "If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest
    of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick
    the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you
    were our countrymen." ~~ Samuel Adams, 1776

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    cr
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    Drake, Costa Rica
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    hey DD, snap a photo of your crevassing tools

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    I would EXCEPT being a F.O.G. and cant get out much anymore I ended up selling it for a song ! and I HATED doing so !
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    cr
    May 2005
    Drake, Costa Rica
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    Quote Originally Posted by russau View Post
    I would EXCEPT being a F.O.G. and cant get out much anymore I ended up selling it for a song ! and I HATED doing so !
    seems a recurring theme, downsizing for us oldsters is a real bugger; I'm 74 and still buying/building "poop" (time structuring)

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    us
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
    Nokta FoRs Gold, a Gold Cube, 2 Keene Sluices and Lord only knows how many pans....not to mention a load of other gear my wife still doesn't know about!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillA View Post
    hey DD, snap a photo of your crevassing tools
    Pretty basic stuff Bill. Long handled teaspoons, short-handled sledge hammer,
    a few different rock chisels, various lengths of heavy wire for reaching way
    down in the cracks.

    I'm more of a bedrock buster than a crevasser, but I'll never pass up a
    deep crack if I can fit anything in there to scoop out the material.
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    Mike (aka Dizz)

    "If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest
    of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick
    the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you
    were our countrymen." ~~ Samuel Adams, 1776

    Dizzy's Super-Simple, Universal Rule of Forum Conduct: Don't be an ass.

 

 

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