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How to make a supersize tent peg

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Big mistake to observe that I often had tent and windbreak pegs that weren't up to gripping in sandy or boggy ground. The Boy Matthew (BM) pounced on the weakness "Don't whinge - act! Make your own uberpeg and do it properly." It appears that I'm renowned for scrimping and making do with stuff that comes to hand; a sort of Gardeners Question Time's Bob Flowerdew of the camping world.

Below you can follow the fun efforts to produce a fairly durable Super Peg from resources recycled from bits found in the shed. As BM noted, "It's not a peg - it's a beast!" It should work a treat but family and friends have already made pleas that similar pegs are not welcome as Christmas presents. Shame.

Getting materials and tools together was the first step; organisation is the key to averting frustration. You will need: Wood, bracket, screws, square, rope, saw, sandpaper, drill, screwdriver and axe – that’s quite a lot for a modest project.

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  1. Provide a cutting guide by marking out the shape of the peg. I used a long length of wood to make handling and 'whittling' easier and safer.

  2. Lacking a vice to hold the wood whilst cutting with a jigsaw, the Ray Mears approach soon had the peg shape formed. He would have taken just a couple of minutes to complete the job, no doubt. Note the industrial safety footwear.

  3. The saw proved useful cutting the guyline notch.

  4. Losing the rough edges was essential; by this time the peg had assumed the status of a sculpture and had to be shaped to my will.

  5. Sandpapering can be very therapeutic.

  6. At last – cutting the peg to length.

  7. Drilling a hole for the handy loop that will help me pull it out of the ground and hang it up to dry.

  8. A simple bracket screwed to the end should stop it splintering when being hammered into the ground.

  9. A handy loop secured with a simple but reliable reef knot.

  10. A long soak in preservative should help to make it last a few years. I left the top until later to avoid mucky hands but might yet paint it with a luminous happy face.

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