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  • ArthurJ5 commented on LlanesProps's instructable Drop Leaf Table With Faux Inlay2 days ago
    Drop Leaf Table With Faux Inlay

    Very nice. I have one (a card table) it’s about 120 years old. The differences from yours are, it’s octagonal, it has a hugely long card drawer the width of the table, the legs aren’t turned but instead carved in a Celtic pattern, and it’s finished very dark almost black. I like yours in the lighter finish much better, but that wasn’t the thing in 1900. Good instructable.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on ThomasVDD's instructable NFC Ring4 days ago
    NFC Ring

    You have the POWER!!!

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  • DIY Chess Set With Fasteners

    This is great, very clever. There are an almost infinite number of sets that can be made. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on deluges's instructable Three Tips for the Hand Plane Owner3 weeks ago
    Three Tips for the Hand Plane Owner

    Yes it is, and a good thing too. It has a thick sole, I probably can rust it out and lap it clean dozens of times ;) The blade suffered no damage, neither did the walnut.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on deluges's instructable Three Tips for the Hand Plane Owner3 weeks ago
    Three Tips for the Hand Plane Owner

    Never leave your plane on a not so dry board. It took an hour or so of lapping to get rid of the rust.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on bongodrummer's instructable Arrow Coffee Table4 weeks ago
    Arrow Coffee Table

    Sycamore, my new favorite wood. Beautiful table!

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on bongodrummer's instructable Fixing Twist in a Slab or Board4 weeks ago
    Fixing Twist in a Slab or Board

    All this time I’ve been using a low angle jack for a flat board and a good workout.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on abzza's instructable Tales From the Chip: LM386 Audio Amplifier3 months ago
    Tales From the Chip: LM386 Audio Amplifier

    Well done instructable. This chip is also used in the Ruby 'very' mini guitar amp.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on allgeierbe's instructable Custom Computer Box3 months ago
    Custom Computer Box

    Absolutely the best! A Green and Green computer, ha!

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on geotek's instructable Making Perfect Holes in Super Balls3 months ago
    Making Perfect Holes in Super Balls

    Brilliant! I never would have thought to use a punch.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on Nickolae's instructable White Oak Faced Powerful Passive Speakers3 months ago
    White Oak Faced Powerful Passive Speakers

    Beautiful! I like how the speaker cone matches the finish. I gotta get one of those CNC routers! Now for some constructive criticism, you will get a lot of cancelation interference across the midrange and high frequencies with that design. A good thing to do is cross over one speaker driver at relatively low frequency (300 hz). Doing that will give you more bass and remove the interference caused by using two full range drivers next to each other. Of course you lose volume in the mid and high frequencies. I peeked at your other design and because of its omnidirectional design shouldn't have the cancellation issues this one has. I understand everyone is building to a price point but if you are going to make such beautiful loudspeakers you should really save-up your spare change and buy s...

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    Beautiful! I like how the speaker cone matches the finish. I gotta get one of those CNC routers! Now for some constructive criticism, you will get a lot of cancelation interference across the midrange and high frequencies with that design. A good thing to do is cross over one speaker driver at relatively low frequency (300 hz). Doing that will give you more bass and remove the interference caused by using two full range drivers next to each other. Of course you lose volume in the mid and high frequencies. I peeked at your other design and because of its omnidirectional design shouldn't have the cancellation issues this one has. I understand everyone is building to a price point but if you are going to make such beautiful loudspeakers you should really save-up your spare change and buy some good drivers. Tang Band makes some that are not expensive and perform really well.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on Guga1979's instructable The Maze Bluetooth Speaker4 months ago
    The Maze Bluetooth Speaker

    Tips: First don't use a car speaker (high Q) in a backwave horn speaker box. Car speakers are intended for infinite baffle loading; no box at all. You would be better served to use that driver in a transmission line where the line tapers smaller as it's length increases. Second, ditch the spray foam and use solid joints with a good wood glue and round the edges on your boards in the labyrinth to limit reflections. Lastly use some damping material like wool or fiberglass in the woofer chamber to remove reflections in the midrange. I really like the carving, great job.

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  • DIY Portable Bluetooth Speaker With Powerbank.

    This is sooo cool! "Insta Bun"! Cracks me up. Here's a hint. When drilling through cardboard poke a needle through the center point and put a drop of thin CA (Super Glue) there. Then drill a hole just to the inside of where the CA flowed into the cardboard. Then you can progressively enlarge the hole slowly by CA-ing the hole, let it dry, and drilling it larger. And, you will have minimal tear out and fuzz.Try some pillow stuffing in the Insta Bun (still cracks me up) box to remove some of the unwanted vibrations.

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  • Restoring a Router Plane and Making New Handles

    Good job! I did this recently with an Ebay find. I opted to glue a broken handle together rather than turn a new set on my drill press. One thing I did that may not have been a good idea is to lap the sole. It wasn't flat, I'm guessing from the drop that broke the handle. While lapping the sole I ended up taking off the nickel plating.

    It works great. I use it way more than I thought I would; Stanley no71 is a good tool. Highly recommended to anyone making drawers or boxes. The only issue is that resale value may be lower, but I don't plan on selling it.... ever.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on wold630's instructable Simple PVC Birdhouse4 months ago
    Simple PVC Birdhouse

    According to Krylon their paint is nontoxic after it dries for about a week in a dry climate.

    These are so cool! One change you might want to make is having the rear wall removable. This would allow you to clean it out and keep parasites from infecting the next birds. I plan on making some with textured paint to look like stucco or clay.

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  • Harvesting Sound Energy From Passing Cars

    I would love to see the difference between various metals. Very curious to see what bronze will do. Also, wonder if it were integrated into guard rails and jersey barriers if it would make a perceptible difference in sound levels.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on Wood Review's instructable How to Look After Your Tools5 months ago
    How to Look After Your Tools

    I agree 100% that using tools is the best way to keep them from rusting. Remember that after you use them to oil or wax them as Grandpa said. We stand on the shoulders of giants.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on Wood Review's instructable How to Look After Your Tools5 months ago
    How to Look After Your Tools

    You brought up another use for WD-40; the stuff really does clean gunk off of my hands and it doesn't stink. I agree that WD-40 wears off easily but it's easy to give my chisels a squirt after I'm done. A lesson from Grandpa, you aren't done until the tools are cleaned and put away.I use wax on my planes and table saw, but I never thought to use it on all of my cutting tools. I'll give it a go, thanks!

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on Wood Review's instructable How to Look After Your Tools5 months ago
    How to Look After Your Tools

    I use desiccant pouches, found in packaging, to keep my tool cabinets dry. Well... dryer. Larger ones are sold to keep closets and gun cabinets dry. I know a lot of traditional woodworkers heads are about to explode, but I also use a good bit of WD40. It's a water displacing compound and was good enough for corrosion control on titan missiles so I figure it's good enough for my tools. It works well and doesn't stain the wood, it's cheep, and readily available. It also got a top review in Fine Woodworking above many traditional oils and waxes.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on Mikhandmaker.'s instructable Wooden Chamfer Plane 5 months ago
    Wooden Chamfer Plane

    It's really cool! I'll probably make one after my speaker project and guitar project; then I should have time.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on makerandco's instructable A Better Bevel/Angle Gauge5 months ago
    A Better Bevel/Angle Gauge

    Ahhh... much better!

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on Mikhandmaker.'s instructable Multi-Angle Magnetic Hand Saw Guide 5 months ago
    Multi-Angle Magnetic Hand Saw Guide

    That ebay one is nasty! I like yours much, much better. So much that I will have to make my own. I'm not sure how the wood will do for a precision tool where I live, the humidity swings tremendously in one day. I may have to go with aged tropicals and brass. Hmmmmm...

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on Mikhandmaker.'s instructable Homemade Wooden Clamp5 months ago
     Homemade Wooden Clamp

    Very nice! I like how wooden clamps on wood seem to work better than metal on wood. Well, unless you are forcing the wood to do something it shouldn't.

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  • Hi Fi 50 Watt Tube Amp..... With  BlueTooth.... Why in This Century?.....Really?

    Great instructable. I plan on building one, ... when I get through my other projects. ? I like your emphasis on safety. I force my FIRST Robotics kids to do a safety briefing every week. (I still have (most of) my ten fingers.) Attached is one of my solid state designs, a subwoofer amp. I can't emphasize enough the quality of the power supply.Bubinga face plate.

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  • How To: Restore an Axe- Two Tone Handle/Leather Sheath

    A high speed grinder on an ax! My dad would have a fit! His story is that high speed grinders can heat-up the steel and make an uneven temper on the blade. I've been using files my whole life so that an ax head won't explode in a gum tree and cause total protonic reversal.Yours is a beautiful ax.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on dpmakestuff's instructable Wooden Block Plane8 months ago
    Wooden Block Plane

    If you are planning on hours of plaining remember the back of the plane, where your hand presses, should fit the contours of your hand. [I just spent 4 hours flattening a 2' X 8' X 3" knotty walnut slab] The handle matters! So, don't try to be symmetrical with your plane design unless you are ambidextrous. Maple is a good choice of American hardwoods for hand planes but tropicals are much harder and will last longer. Osage orange is a very good American hard wood for planes. It grows everywhere but it's hard to find in a lumberyard.

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on MyHobbyStore's instructable Make Your Own Try Plane8 months ago
    Make Your Own Try Plane

    Very good job! I made one with a walnut sole. That was a big mistake! Walnut is heavy but not hard, tropicals are much better for this. I made another, a jointer, from maple with a rosewood sole and an ironwood mouth. It cuts great. Made another (a coffin smoother) from Brazillian cherry with a high cutting angle. It's the bomb for gnarly wood. Keep up the good work!

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on nickton's instructable Molding Plane8 months ago
    Molding Plane

    Good job, but you made the wedge from the short grain of the wood; it should be long grain. That way it won't break if you smack it back or sideways. Also, leave some room for the chips to exit so they don't bunch up in front of the blade. You would notice this if you used it for more than a few feet, but job accomplished!

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  • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)

    Nice looking knife, bad looking cut. Yikes! Ref. the offset handle, I usually make my skinners with an asymmetric handle, a larger scale on the right side. Made this way they fit better in my hand and I loose far fewer in the gut pile. I wanted to add a picture but iPhone isn't playing well? Anyway, voting because of the injury and the best use of a Harley. =D

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on graydog111's instructable Knife from Sawzall Blade12 months ago
    Knife from Sawzall Blade

    Very nice! I've been thinking about doing that for ages. I actually have some blades on the workbench that I was planning on using to make a fillet knife.

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  • The Process of Building a Cigar Box Guitar Amp - Little Gem or The $5 Crackerbox Amp

    Size doesn't matter. You could drive a Marshall stack with this amp, it won't get loud though. This amp will drive any 8 ohm loudspeaker, but it will only output 3/4 of a watt. So, what you are looking for in a speaker is lots of decibels per watt. Look for a high efficiency speaker one that puts out 95-100db per watt. Whether you use a 5 watt or 50 watt speaker with this amp simply won't matter.If, on the other hand, you want to increase the power output of the amp I suggest you look at other projects. This little amp really can't be modified for higher output.

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  • Thin Strips on The Table Saw

    Make a pattern from one of your hand planes. Or use these: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=63262

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  • ArthurJ5 commented on misko13's instructable Tables of 6, 7, 8 and 9 in your hands1 year ago
    Tables of 6, 7, 8 and 9 in your hands

    Sure, some people find it easier to remember a simple process rather than an imposing matrix of numbers. I did much better at math when I got to algebra and calculus and the numbers, in many cases, went away. Another example is I play lots of stuff on guitar and I can't tell you what note I'm playing or what cords. The process to play notes is much easier for me when I get rid of all the theory and dispense with memorizing the fretboard, scales, and cords. Having said that, it doesn't stop me from studying Bach.

    True, I use a calculator. The point of this instructable is to show a method of multiplication for those who can't memorize all of the times tables. If you have a less complicated method using your fingers, let's see it.

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