What does CYA mean? What is a CYA? The CYA is a toilet paper, pistol rack that you would use in your bathroom offered by YUP GEAR. YUP. This is the time I feel like I need to repeat myself. The CYA or “Cover You Ass” is a gun rack that supports your pistol AND your 2-ply toilet paper. We say 2-play toilet paper, because we do not want to live too dangerously.
There was a problem
The CYA concept was brought up by the designer (me), Adam Swingler as a bit of a joke. The setting was a time I was with a few friends while chatting about gun safety, and the handling of your weapon. The talks led to a number of circumstances where the handling of your gun was not a convenient thing. There was a problem that need a solution. The most inconvenient location that topped the list of inconvenience was the bathroom. Where do you put your gun while you are in the bathroom? We all had a little chuckle about it, but then I realized that this was an actual problem without a straight forward solution.
The common response to the question of, “what do I do with my gun in the bathroom”, was heard over and over again. The answer to this was, “I just put my gun on the bathroom floor.” This can’t be the solution.
As a result, my mind started spinning. Or should I say my mind “sharted” spinning. Probably not. Anyway, ……. I needed to come up with a solution that made sense for pistol users using the bathroom. Despite some ill fated opinion, the one thing I did not need to figure out in all of this is which way the toilet paper was supposed to hang.
Let’s veer course for a minute. The toilet paper needs to roll forward. There is no debate here. There is only one way to hang toilet paper and that is for it to hang over the top, and never ever from the bottom. It is in fact a patented method. See patent US465588A.
Hanging toilet paper from the bottom is just stupid.
The CYA Solution
The solution needed to be created from scratch. I did not really know where to begin, but I used what I had.
I have knowledge and experience with various materials, and tools that would produce a prototype. However, the first thing I did was talk about it. Research as you may call it.
I talked about it a lot. People thought I was crazy. After I got past the point where people stopped asking me, “why I would ever do this?”, they were eager to add their input as to how it would/could work. Entertainment ensued. Some of the suggestions were just nuts. For this reason, I found it funny how ridiculous of an idea this thing was, yet everyone I spoke to had some input on how awesome it could be. This is a useful product.
The Next Phase
In my next phase, I started out with a drawing. I used sketch up, and it helped me rule out a bunch or ideas. I must have drawn about 12 different approaches before I went old school, and started cutting up some cardboard. Cardboard? YUP! I took some old amazon boxes and some tape and started shaping the first CYA. It was an epic failure. The best news about this is that I learned what NOT to do.
The carboard 3D model helped me go back to sketch up and adjust dimensions, and material. The material I decided to move forward with was Grade A Baltic Birch plywood. I chose this because I thought it was strong, and it looked pretty. I would have gone with a cheaper material, but I wanted this item to be built with strength and quality. Once I had these variables dialed in I created some cut files and I sent them to a different software called EASEL.
EASEL is a software that is developed by the people at Inventables. There is a free version, and a premium version. The premium version gave me more time to tinker. For this reason, I decided to go with the premium version to just make my life a little easier. What is Inventables you ask? It is a company that sells a small CNC table where you can cut material to produce a finished high end product. I don’t use it this way. It CAN be used to produce high quality finishes on projects, but I use it to just create “rough concepts”. I primarily use it to create the beta version of the design that I have coming out of my head. Making mistakes in private is less embarrassing, and is less frustrating.
Playing with the cut pieces made on my smaller CNC got me to the point where I could take it to the next step. The Big CNC. The Big CNC I used is a MultiCam CNC, and it is very fast, and very precise. Transferring the idea from the little CNC to the Big CNC posed a few problems with cut paths, which ultimately changed the design. This was a good thing. This also helped me dial in the tolerances so that everything would fit nicely together. There is always something to encounter when you dealing with different materials, but I was fairly lucky with this step.
After a test fit of the cut pieces, a bit of sanding, another test fit, and some staining I was able to work on the assembly. The assembly on these is actually fun. The design and cut makes it simple to put together, and with a little glue, they come out super strong.
After some clear coating, QC, and some packing, each one is ready to go. A carefully selected box with some biodegradable packing peanuts surrounds the CYA. Adding a wooden magazine plug, and a FREE roll of 2-ply toilet paper concludes the kit, and it is sealed with some YUP GEAR tape! All that is left is to get it to its final destination for installation.
Install the CYA
In conclusion, screw it to a wall and use! This is where you can load it up with your hand gun, and your two extra magazines. Don’t forget the toilet paper! If you do not want to leave a magazine in there, you can use the wooden magazine that is INCLUDED in the kit. Did I forget to mention that you also get a FREE ROLL OF TOILET paper with this? It just keeps getting better and better doesn’t it!?
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