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  • Flat-Pack Picnic Table From 1 Sheet of Plywood

    Lay the top good side down, place the completed legs and cross member on top & centralise. Place offcuts at either end to each side of the central crossmember. Glue and screw into place.The table top always now has a top and underside. Mine's survived almost 20 years of beavers, cubs and scouts along with associated transport to and from campsites.

    Because the size is quite restrictive. I find this size is good for 6 beaver cubs or 4 cubs & 4 scouts (obviously depending on the size of the scouts!).I ended up making some larger versions for the pack leaders. Each table top was half a sheet of ply (so 4' x 4'). I enlarged the legs to accommodate adults so had to cut them from a fresh piece (but I got extra pieces out of each sheet anyway).For the youngsters, I used the thick ply to make the legs and top and used a thinner ply to make the three crossmembers (one for the top and one for each seat) as well as the seats themselves. The thinner ply is fine to support the weight as it has more strength vertically

    I made a load of these many years ago for my boys cub group, one of the leaders had the plans in a (very old) woodwork mag.Those plans also included making a holder/carrier out of one of the leftover scraps. Everything but the top could be slipped onto this, making carrying a tad easier.The original plans used a jigsaw - you sometimes get breakout if you don't use the right blade or push it too hard.This table is really OK for kidsAs I made each table, I marked the underside of each piece with a permanent marker to keep all the bits together. (The whole thing was varnished afterwards).I made some tables for adults - one sheet of ply made 2 table tops, the rest of the pattern I enlarged to suit.Handy hint #1 - when buying the sheets, if the DiY shed offers free cutting, ask them to cut s...

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    I made a load of these many years ago for my boys cub group, one of the leaders had the plans in a (very old) woodwork mag.Those plans also included making a holder/carrier out of one of the leftover scraps. Everything but the top could be slipped onto this, making carrying a tad easier.The original plans used a jigsaw - you sometimes get breakout if you don't use the right blade or push it too hard.This table is really OK for kidsAs I made each table, I marked the underside of each piece with a permanent marker to keep all the bits together. (The whole thing was varnished afterwards).I made some tables for adults - one sheet of ply made 2 table tops, the rest of the pattern I enlarged to suit.Handy hint #1 - when buying the sheets, if the DiY shed offers free cutting, ask them to cut some of the sheets down a bit where possible (you can see a few straight cuts on the plans.).#2 - Use the thicker (and dearer) ply to construct the legs and table top, the seats and cross braces can be made of a thinner ply - since the seat is supported by a cross brace and all cross braces are vertical. I added a third locating lug to the seat and table cross bracesI used some of the offcuts to create little feet for use on softer grass.The group loved them so much, I even made up some tables for working on - washing up, veg prep, even one to hold the gas urn.Best thing about these is that anything breaks, it's easy to repair.

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  • MichaelR258 commented on grumpyrich's instructable Off-Grid Tealight Slow Cooker2 years ago
    Off-Grid Tealight Slow Cooker

    c * 18/10 +32?Never thought of it that way before, I was taught c * 9/5 +32

    Just seen this & was about to say "haybox". It's how I've always made a stew.

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  • MichaelR258 commented on JON-A-TRON's instructable Perpetual Calendar2 years ago
    Perpetual Calendar

    Babylonians got there first & the Jews were captives in Babylon (not had a lot of luck throughout history really?). How about Moon day, Tiu's day, Woden's day, Thor's day, Freya's day, Saturn's day, and Sun's day as alternatives to the norm and as homage to the origins of the names of the days?Then there's the months - Janus, Februa, Mars, April, Maia, Juno, Julius, Augustus, and the rest are 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively.As another alternative, if this work is for a child, maybe use things that are important to them days of the week when their favourite television programmes are on or when something special happens. months might be represented by family birthdays, holidays etc (Easter, Fireworks, Christmas, Thanksgiving etc etc.) - and use pictures rather than words?As an extra thoug...

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    Babylonians got there first & the Jews were captives in Babylon (not had a lot of luck throughout history really?). How about Moon day, Tiu's day, Woden's day, Thor's day, Freya's day, Saturn's day, and Sun's day as alternatives to the norm and as homage to the origins of the names of the days?Then there's the months - Janus, Februa, Mars, April, Maia, Juno, Julius, Augustus, and the rest are 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively.As another alternative, if this work is for a child, maybe use things that are important to them days of the week when their favourite television programmes are on or when something special happens. months might be represented by family birthdays, holidays etc (Easter, Fireworks, Christmas, Thanksgiving etc etc.) - and use pictures rather than words?As an extra thought, halfway through the week & year, the beams needs to balance (a visual representation of halfway). As the months progress, the end of the beam pointing down could point to darker evenings as the days grow shorter & vice-versa as the days lengthenThe possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

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  • MichaelR258 commented on bfk's instructable An Elevator For My 10'x12' Storage Shed2 years ago
    An Elevator For My 10'x12' Storage Shed

    Have you looked online at a bicycle hoist? (there are similar arrangements for clothes airers as well). Single length of rope, 3 pulley wheels & a cleat.One end of the rope goes over the pulley & straight down to one side of the item. Other end of rope goes up & over 2nd pulley (next to 1st pulley) then across to 3rd pulley and down to other side of item. Maybe knot the rope before the double/dual pulley to keep everything level. If the bed is to hang on chains, maybe have the chains as an addition so it's not hanging on the rope/pulley?

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