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## How to Build a Simple River Raft

A river raft is a great way to enjoy a day on the river. It’s a relatively simple project to build, and it can be customized to fit your needs. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to build a simple river raft:

### Materials

4-6 logs, each about 8-10 feet long and 6-8 inches in diameter
2-3 crossbeams, each about 6 feet long and 4-6 inches in diameter
16-20 lag bolts, 1/2 inch in diameter and 6 inches long
1/2-inch plywood for the deck (optional)
Nails or screws for the deck (optional)
Rope or twine for lashing

### Tools

Chainsaw or handsaw
Socket wrench
Hammer or nail gun (optional)

### Instructions

1. Cut the logs. The logs should be about 8-10 feet long and 6-8 inches in diameter. You can use a chainsaw or a handsaw to cut the logs.
2. Drill holes in the logs. You will need to drill holes in the logs for the lag bolts. The holes should be about 1/2 inch in diameter and 6 inches deep. Space the holes evenly along the logs, about 12 inches apart.
3. Assemble the raft. Place the logs side by side, with the holes aligned. Insert the lag bolts through the holes and tighten them with a socket wrench. The raft should be about 4 feet wide and 8 feet long.
4. Add the crossbeams. The crossbeams will help to keep the raft stable. Place the crossbeams across the logs, about 2 feet from each end. Drill holes in the crossbeams and the logs, and insert the lag bolts. Tighten the lag bolts with a socket wrench.
5. Add the deck. The deck is optional, but it will make the raft more comfortable to sit on. Cut the plywood to fit the size of the raft. Place the plywood on top of the logs and secure it with nails or screws.
6. Lash the raft together. Use rope or twine to lash the logs and crossbeams together. This will help to keep the raft from coming apart.

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### Tips

Use logs that are straight and free of knots.
Drill the holes for the lag bolts carefully. If the holes are not aligned, the raft will not be stable.
Tighten the lag bolts securely. The raft should be strong enough to support the weight of several people.
Add a few cushions or blankets to the deck for comfort.
Be sure to wear a life jacket when using the raft.

### Safety

River rafting can be a dangerous activity. Always follow these safety tips when using a raft:

Never raft alone.
Always wear a life jacket.
Be aware of the river conditions.
Do not raft in areas with strong currents or rapids.
If you fall out of the raft, swim to shore and do not try to re-enter the raft.

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