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Title: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: cloudwalker on April 15, 2010, 02:13:38 PM
Here are a few shots of the beach sluice I just finished.  It it designed to be used in streams where they run onto the beach.  I have a trip to the South Oregon coast coming up in June.

It is made from the sides of a 13 gallon plastic garbage can.  The braces and rock bridge are made from old curtain rods attached with pop rivets.  The lower half has square ribbed rubber matting that gold sticks to like glue. At the very bottom is a picker trap made from a piece of gutter guard that is held in place with the original gutter clips.
It is 16 x 43 inches when assembled and 16x22 when taken apart.  The rear slick plate/flare overlaps the riffle section when assembled.  Total weight is 5.8 pounds.

I have run several buckets of material classified down to -1/4 in. and it catches small gold just fine.

Comments or suggestions welcome.

(http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d102/john1995/beachsluice1.jpg)

(http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d102/john1995/beachsluice2.jpg)

(http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d102/john1995/beachsluice3.jpg)




Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: tomcat on April 15, 2010, 02:28:25 PM
Very ingenious.... I'm glad to see someone came up with a use for old curtain rods  {cool^sign}

What is in the funky 5 gallon backpack....a classifyer, a small hand trowel perhaps ?
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: cloudwalker on April 15, 2010, 02:42:42 PM
Very ingenious.... I'm glad to see someone came up with a use for old curtain rods  {cool^sign}

What is in the funky 5 gallon backpack....a classifyer, a small hand trowel perhaps ?

The bucket backpack is something I came up with that I call the "Gold Tote".  It started as a wrap around bucket caddy made for fishing.  I added backpack straps, a pad for my back, and tighting straps.  It holds everthing I need for those long walks.

(http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d102/john1995/WearingTheGoldTotewithallequipmentc.jpg)

(http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d102/john1995/ProspectingEquipmentsmall.jpg)
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: tomcat on April 15, 2010, 04:37:50 PM
cloudwalker
Looks like you pretty much have everything covered.... {-applause-}

Except for maybe toilet paper and cold beer  ;D

Or is that in your partners Gold Tote   :)
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: CaribooAu on April 15, 2010, 05:01:55 PM
Cool set-up and great to see your family getting involved.
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: Vagadero on April 18, 2010, 05:30:54 PM
 {-applause-}
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: honeyman76 on April 19, 2010, 08:28:53 AM
I think thats awesome that your including the family. The whole reason that I got teh gold fever to begin with, was because my Step dads friend took us out to his Bridge River claim when I was young, maybe 10 years old or so. I have been hooked since!. The bottom line is, when your kids are young, thats when you want to make a good impression on them. Gold Prospecting is a healthy past time.
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: cloudwalker on April 19, 2010, 08:50:47 AM
Thanks for the comments.  It's actually more fun when I take my daughter along.  With children there is always something new going on.  She is also very good with the pan and sluice and can out-do most adults.  This adds to the gold collection, two for the price of one.
Children love to play in the water and throw rocks.  Just convince them to throw a few in the buckets.
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: Woodspirit on April 19, 2010, 08:58:34 AM
CW,

So this is the project you were telling me about. I like it.   {cool^sign}

I use the same gutter screen in my poop tube sluice, works great.

I hope your new sluice works for you on the beach in Oregon. Your trip should be a lot of fun.

TJ
Coker Creek
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: honeyman76 on April 19, 2010, 02:14:33 PM
Thanks for the comments.  It's actually more fun when I take my daughter along.  With children there is always something new going on.  She is also very good with the pan and sluice and can out-do most adults.  This adds to the gold collection, two for the price of one.
Children love to play in the water and throw rocks.  Just convince them to throw a few in the buckets.

Child labour, I love it! LOL
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: AWS on June 12, 2012, 07:21:24 AM
I came across your bucket caddy and I am was wondering if you might be able to make a few of them and what it would cost.

Please give me a call 718-534-4504 or email [email protected]

Thanks
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: Pincher Guy on June 12, 2012, 09:02:33 AM
 {-applause-} All three of your ideas are great. My kids are gorwn and gone but I will borrow your ideas and make one myself. I have had a bucket buddy for fishing for years but have never
used it. Now I will kuddos to you pal.


good hunting
nuff said
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: Toppossum on June 14, 2012, 01:09:07 PM
MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop) in Canada sells a barrel harness.  I purchased one like it several years ago and I use it to carry gear to my claim.  They work excellently and you can adapt the one I have to fit  buckets 5 gallons or larger.  I find it easier to use than a pack board. 
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: cloudwalker on June 18, 2012, 05:45:02 AM
I came across your bucket caddy and I am was wondering if you might be able to make a few of them and what it would cost.

Please give me a call 718-534-4504 or email [email protected]

Thanks
Sorry, but I just don't have time for any fabrication projects right now.  Feel free to use my ideas and make one for yourself.
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: dougydoug on June 27, 2013, 10:09:32 AM
Where did you find the square-ribbed matting, please? And, on your Oregon beach trip, how far down the matting did the super-fine gold go? Do you think most of it was caught in the first few ribs, or was it widely dispersed? Thank you!
Title: Re: Plastic Beach Sluice
Post by: mcbain on June 27, 2013, 07:36:59 PM
hi. I say very well done.miricale matt will work better but very expensive. <-yahoo_>