Does summer have you wanting to head out to the high seas for some adventure? Take inspiration from Gilligan and make a raft perfect for relaxing on a lazy summer day. A raft made from logs is a throwback to Huckleberry Finn and is as fun to make as it is to use. Follow the steps below and you will soon be off on an adventure!
You will need:
Step 1: Collect the logs and posts. Place the logs side by side so they are touching.
Step 2: Place a post crosswise under the logs at one end and place another post on top of the logs in the same location. Repeat this process, spacing the posts to the opposite end. Avoid creating large gaps between any logs because this will allow travel gear (or you!) to fall through into the water.
Step 3: Tie the ends of one of the posts located on top to the corresponding ends of a post in the same location on the bottom. Continue this process with each upper and corresponding lower post. Tie the upper and lower posts together at additional intervals so there are approximately eight connections between an upper and corresponding lower post.
Step 4: Lay some wooden planks on the top posts to create a platform. Use the wood screws and drill to secure the planks to the posts.
Step 5: If you want to make a sailboat, create a sail by attaching one end of some heavy fabric or sacking material to a spare wooden post. Use the scissors to cut a small hole in the free corner of the bottom of the fabric.
Step 6: Knot some rope through the hole, leaving enough extra rope for you to grab while seated on the platform. Use the screws and drill to secure the pole vertically to one of the planks. Then, find some water and sail away!