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  • JimTheSoundman commented on MrJonesEducation's instructable Frankenstein Light Switch2 months ago
    Frankenstein Light Switch

    The finish on this looks amazing. I'm definitely going to steal that idea.Just so everyone knows, the formal name for this is a "Double Knife Blade Switch" in case anyone needs to look up a picture of a real one.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on Popular Mechanics's instructable Adirondack Chair2 months ago
    Adirondack Chair

    Yes, the sizes are the nominal sizes, what we nowadays would refer to as "rough lumber." Long ago the lumber mills offered finished lumber as an option and most people ended up buying it that way, but to avoid confusion, the lumbermills kept the same "rough cut" name. So almost all lumber nowadays is sold S4S, which means "surfaced four sides" which is why a 2 x 4 is only 1.5 x 3.5.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on diymontreal's instructable Plaster Lath Headboard2 months ago
    Plaster Lath Headboard

    I think the finished product looks wonderful, but I do see one flaw in your plan. What happens if you move? That would be difficult to take off the wall, as you covered up the screws holding to the wall with the lath strips.I would think a french cleat hanger would work better. Or maybe two, one high and one low. You could still use the trim strips on the edges to hide the gap. Then if you ever need to move, just lift it off the wall. French cleat hangars are very strong and very stable.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on W1LL7's instructable River Rider Water Bike5 months ago
    River Rider Water Bike

    I take it part two of the video isn't completed yet. To propel it through the water, why don't you make something that turns the rotational force of the back wheel into a spinning crankshaft to drive propellers? Imagine if you were able to squeeze two polyurethane tires, like a pair of inline skate wheels, against the side of the standard bike tire. You would need some sort of clamping mechanism that could be easily released of course to move them away from the back tire when you were on the road, sort of like how bicycle caliper brakes squeeze the back tire. So now imagine a steel rod attached to those two skate tires, and angled down at about 30 degrees into the water. Put a propeller on each steel rod and you have a nice little propeller system with two propellers.Next step after...see more »I take it part two of the video isn't completed yet. To propel it through the water, why don't you make something that turns the rotational force of the back wheel into a spinning crankshaft to drive propellers? Imagine if you were able to squeeze two polyurethane tires, like a pair of inline skate wheels, against the side of the standard bike tire. You would need some sort of clamping mechanism that could be easily released of course to move them away from the back tire when you were on the road, sort of like how bicycle caliper brakes squeeze the back tire. So now imagine a steel rod attached to those two skate tires, and angled down at about 30 degrees into the water. Put a propeller on each steel rod and you have a nice little propeller system with two propellers.Next step after that is to put a sliding dropdown rudder on the front wheel to steer.

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  • Make Your Own Hot-Glue Mallet! (Rubber Hammer) | DIY Woodworking Tools #4

    If you are clever you should be able to guess where Yonatan lives by examining that pill bottle.

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  • Build Your Own Wood Lathe in 30 Minutes

    I'm all about peace and love, but I also think there should be some minimum standards to be considered an Instructable. Otherwise anyone could post anything. This place isn't supposed to be a "Ooooh lookie lookie see what I've built!" site, it's supposed to be a resource for newbies. I agree with Endlesshunt that if you don't have instructions for beginners, then it's useless, the experts already have the needed skills and so wouldn't even be watching it. I also think drawing a parallel with IKEA is not really applicable, as IKEA provides all the necessary parts, and each part is clearly diagrammed or labeled so there is no confusion. In this Instructable the only thing labeled is the length of the metal rod at 420mm. But what kind of rod is it? Steel, I would assume....see more »I'm all about peace and love, but I also think there should be some minimum standards to be considered an Instructable. Otherwise anyone could post anything. This place isn't supposed to be a "Ooooh lookie lookie see what I've built!" site, it's supposed to be a resource for newbies. I agree with Endlesshunt that if you don't have instructions for beginners, then it's useless, the experts already have the needed skills and so wouldn't even be watching it. I also think drawing a parallel with IKEA is not really applicable, as IKEA provides all the necessary parts, and each part is clearly diagrammed or labeled so there is no confusion. In this Instructable the only thing labeled is the length of the metal rod at 420mm. But what kind of rod is it? Steel, I would assume. But I don't know, and that's the point. What is the diameter? Why is the baseplate green? Why does it have a slot chiseled out of it? What sort of motor? What voltage? Where can I buy this motor? How is the power controlled for the motor? Is there even an on/off switch? How do I keep the wood blocks from sliding around? What do I use for a tool rest? I could go on and on, but hopefully you get my point.

    This isn't an Instrucible. It has no instructions. Unless you watch the video you have no idea how to make this. The author needs to put actual real step by step instructions on how to build this, otherwise this is nothing more than an advertisement for a video.

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