feeling a bit off axis? build this level out of a couple of nuts and bolts, clear tubing, and olive oil.

Step 1: Parts Layout

+ a few inches of clear plastic tubing (3/8" inner diam., 1/2" outer diam. ~2.50$/roll @ homedepot)
+ two matching nuts and bolts that fit snuggly into clear plastic tubing. (7/16" worked well)
+ string
+ drill bit big enough to send string through (1/4" is fine)
+ a few nails
+ hot glue
+ olive oil (or any liquid, really; i chose olive oil for it's colour and viscosity)
+ a piece of wood that you feel is level (and pretty).

Good work!
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really good idea id neaten it up though maybe use  cork as a plug and glue it instead of the screwthread id cut a large hole in a chunk of wod and insert it into it so its like a real one
This is REALLY cool!
Its good for in emergency situation at least you have a solution. GOOOOOOOd
Cool as something to do for DIY, but I would think the bolts and tubing and everything would cost as much or more than just buying a level. Around here they almost give them away.
In England we call these spirit levels. They use spirit because if they used water it would freeze in winter and would not work. Plus the correct way to test, even a bought spirit level is accurate is to do this. Place unit on surface. Note bubble place in vile. Twist unit end for end (Turn 180*) If it is still in the same place it is accurate. If not, dump it.
hmm, you want an even curve on the tube section so that the highest point is in the middle. i think typical commercial units have about a 2-4 degree bend to them. it looks like you used the pre-curve of the vinyl tube, but perhaps better would be to use a naturally uncurved tube and set the curve using the two bolts. by putting a spacer under the hex-nuts you could adjust the angle of the bolts on the wood stick, and thereby the angle of the tube as it leaves the bolts.
or just put a pin/nail under the center of the tube Either way, as long as theres a curve of some description you should calibrate it flat, mark either end of the bubble with a sharpie and then proceed And maybe use some hardwood, it is less likely to warp over time

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Bio: Will Bosworth, developing projects for HowToons @ SquidLabs.
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