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The name comes from the First Star Trek movie, that pretty much says it all.

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  • Vyger entered Beer and Cheese Bread in the Breakfast Challenge 2017 contest 2 days ago
  • Vyger entered Beer and Cheese Bread in the Bread Challenge 2017 contest 2 days ago
  • Vyger completed the lesson Mitres in the class Table Saw Class1 week ago
  • Vyger commented on makerandco's instructable Carpenter's Workbench Build1 week ago
    Carpenter's Workbench Build

    Relatively simple and effective and stable. To bad they don't make cars that way. And as another plus, easily modified to either match with more of the same or for some other specific purpose. In other words modular like.For assembling your top I have seen another technique used (I have never tried it yet) that might make assembly a little easier. What I have seen is to take some long threaded rods, the same stuff they use for suspended ceilings, and drill holes through all the boards and then put the rods through and use nuts to tighten it all together. Essentially a giant clamp except the rod is left in place to help prevent cracking or separation of the joints. You can recess the bolts into small holes in the wood and cut off the extra bar. From what I read it adds stiffness and spr...see more »Relatively simple and effective and stable. To bad they don't make cars that way. And as another plus, easily modified to either match with more of the same or for some other specific purpose. In other words modular like.For assembling your top I have seen another technique used (I have never tried it yet) that might make assembly a little easier. What I have seen is to take some long threaded rods, the same stuff they use for suspended ceilings, and drill holes through all the boards and then put the rods through and use nuts to tighten it all together. Essentially a giant clamp except the rod is left in place to help prevent cracking or separation of the joints. You can recess the bolts into small holes in the wood and cut off the extra bar. From what I read it adds stiffness and spring to the top. Might be something to try on your next one.

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  • Tabletop-to-vertical Convertible Chessboard

    White on the right and the queen goes on her own color, completely correct. It's always those types of little things that mess us up.

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  • Vyger commented on sinzu's instructable Optimized Wooden Bedroom for 2 Children1 week ago
    Optimized Wooden Bedroom for 2 Children

    An interesting use of the space. I made bunk beds for my kids when they were little also. Yours is a good design. BUT, now you need to start thinking about ways to expand it because for some reason those silly kids just keep getting bigger. It's a little annoying to accomplish what looks to be an ideal project and in just a few years time realize you now have to do something else completly different.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Free Air Conditioning2 weeks ago
    Free Air Conditioning

    Although this was published almost 10 years ago I still monitor it and I get notifications whenever someone puts up a comment. I always try to answer people. But I am having a little trouble understanding what you are asking about. You mention using the defroster but then talk about turning on the air-conditioner. This puzzles me especially since this Instructable is not related to automotive climate control in any way. So some suggestions come to mind: If you have a question related to car climate control you should either post it in the Instructables forum or post the question in the answers section which is located in the "explore" button at the top of the page. This will get you far more readers than posting here. Although this instructable still has a lot of new views th...see more »Although this was published almost 10 years ago I still monitor it and I get notifications whenever someone puts up a comment. I always try to answer people. But I am having a little trouble understanding what you are asking about. You mention using the defroster but then talk about turning on the air-conditioner. This puzzles me especially since this Instructable is not related to automotive climate control in any way. So some suggestions come to mind: If you have a question related to car climate control you should either post it in the Instructables forum or post the question in the answers section which is located in the "explore" button at the top of the page. This will get you far more readers than posting here. Although this instructable still has a lot of new views the audience is not nearly as broad as that in the forums. Next, after looking at your profile you are apparently pretty new to Instructables but your Google page shows that you have had a lot of activity in the commercial sector so again I am a little puzzled. Are you just trying to get some spam business going or is your question legit? I am not really sure at this point. So I need to give you a little advice about the site. As a member you are free to post an Instructable on most any topic that you want. That includes business related things. One of the major chainsaw companies has many instructional guides about safety and the use of chain saws. The videos are very instructional but they also include all of the companies products. That is fine because they are offering something of value to the Instructables community. You are free to do the same kind of thing. There are even plumbing companies that have how to videos of their products, again that is fine. What you can get in trouble for is intentional spamming, trying to get people to click on adds or something like that. That can get you banned from the site. A few years ago we had a huge problem with Chinese spammers putting up fake questions in the answers section. That has all been dealt with. So, use the site and your membership for what is intended and you should have good success. Of course maybe I am wrong about it all, maybe running your air conditioning in the winter in New Delhi is a normal thing. Still, ask about it in the forums if you really want help.

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  • Where Marbles Come From --- It's not where you think

    Thanks. I have a couple of others I can recommend if you like a good chuckle. One is the latest one I put up : https://www.instructables.com/id/Redneck-Key-Rack-...And the other has been up for a few years: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Renew-Catn...Of course they are funny in my opinion, no accounting for what that might be worth though.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Redneck Key Rack with Options3 weeks ago
    Redneck Key Rack with Options

    Just a few pointers. These nails actually came from pallets and they were "removed" by burning the wood. The fire burns off any varnish or anti rust coating so they look a lot more weathered. You might try heating them up with a propane torch until they turn red so you can burn them clean. After that they should age in the weather really nicely. A second thing is to drill pilot holes for the nails. You can't really hammer bent over nails into hard wood, they just bend even more. So drill the hole for them, put a drop of glue in the hole and push them into place. Works really good if you use a bit size just a little smaller than the nail.Hope you have fun with your project. By the way, the nails are a lot stronger then I would have thought so they can handle even heavy items. ...see more »Just a few pointers. These nails actually came from pallets and they were "removed" by burning the wood. The fire burns off any varnish or anti rust coating so they look a lot more weathered. You might try heating them up with a propane torch until they turn red so you can burn them clean. After that they should age in the weather really nicely. A second thing is to drill pilot holes for the nails. You can't really hammer bent over nails into hard wood, they just bend even more. So drill the hole for them, put a drop of glue in the hole and push them into place. Works really good if you use a bit size just a little smaller than the nail.Hope you have fun with your project. By the way, the nails are a lot stronger then I would have thought so they can handle even heavy items. I would hesitate to hang coats on them though because the nail heads might punch through the fabric if someone grabbed one and yanked it hard.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's forum topic Something ate my pictures.3 weeks ago

    Just went to the new profile page and clicked on show all instructables and 18 of the 46 instructables are now missing the opening images.

    I went to the contests listing and looked at few of the contests and some of the entries have blank opening images so it appears that this is a site wide problem.

    Wow, that was fast, pictures are coming back now. Never mind -----

    And I am not alone. I just looked a few others pages and their pictures are missing also.

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  • Vyger posted a forum topic Something ate my pictures.3 weeks ago
  • Vyger commented on random_builder's forum topic Pixlr Bug3 weeks ago

    I noticed this same problem a short time ago when I was trying to get an instructable done. I ended just editing them myself and then uploading the pictures again. So its been a problem for at least a few weeks. I tought it might just be me and could not find any other notices of it.

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  • Vyger completed the lesson EL Wire in the class LEDs and Lighting Class3 weeks ago
  • Vyger's instructable Redneck Key Rack with Options's weekly stats: 3 weeks ago
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  • Where Marbles Come From --- It's not where you think

    Thanks. You should check through your stacks of firewood and see if you can find some with the core that's rotted. Now you have an idea of what they are good for. And maybe you can find someone's lost marbles. I know I have lost a few myself along the way. Always nice to hear from you.

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  • Vyger commented on tclamp's instructable Reclaimed Oak Night Table4 weeks ago
    Reclaimed Oak Night Table

    Hi, just thought I would mention something I recently discovered. Don't be to hasty to ditch the cracked and knotty wood. I found a way to turn it into really interesting things. https://www.instructables.com/id/Gnarly-Wood-Proje...Wood that I used to burn for heat (especially hard woods like oak) is now something I am on the lookout for. Adding some pieces into a project like this one would make it really distinctive.

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    • Where Marbles Come From --- It's not where you think
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  • Vyger entered Redneck Key Rack With Options in the Shelving Contest 2016 contest 1 month ago
  • Vyger commented on Arctic-Monkey's instructable The Rainbow Fish1 month ago
    The Rainbow Fish

    You are inspiring me --- I just a had a few other ideas. First, what would you think about using a hole saw with a drill press to cut out smaller circles so you could make smaller fish. And what about trying some other things like humming birds, which are very colorful?

    Interesting idea and a nice effect. I like it.Did you use a silicone caulk or an actual glue? I am curious how well it holds together because it can be hard to get things to stick to CD's. Also with that much silicone it must have taken a while for it to cure and lose the smell. A smell I know well, as I use a lot of caulk and it can get a little overpowering. I imagine you had to keep the windows open when you were assembling it. Does it make an interesting reflection when the sun shines on it? I also like the 2 different patterns that you have. Have you tried others?

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  • Vyger entered Where Marbles Come From in the Make it Glow Contest 2016 contest 1 month ago
  • Vyger entered Where Marbles Come From in the Glass Challenge 2017 contest 1 month ago
  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Dremel fix for problem screws1 month ago
    Dremel fix for problem screws

    If what you are talking about is the little disks that look like a thin cutting stone yes they work fine also. They tend to be pretty fragile and sideways motions causes them to break but they will cut the screw top just fine. I found the reinforced fiber ones last a little longer. I have used the other ones for cutting slots in copper pipe but it always takes a few of them to do it.

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  • Vyger commented on DIYwithCaitlin's instructable Driftwood Candle Holder1 month ago
    Driftwood Candle Holder

    By the way, if you do somehow end up with a wax fire DO NOT throw water on it, it works the same as hot oil and will splash flames all over. Smother the fire with something like a soaking wet towel.

    The effect is really nice looking, it is a really good idea. I am a big fan of wood. However there is one more thing that I think you really need to do. And that is to get metal cups to fit into your candle holes. You need to have something to prevent the wood from catching on fire. Wood loves wax and will soak up the melted wax. When the wick burns to the bottom of the candle it WILL set the wood on fire and with the wax soaked into the wood it will burn very hot very fast. So the little metal cups that are made for the votive type candles are a must. I also thought about maybe coating the drilled cups with epoxy but that would burn eventually. I think the only thing that will really work is metal and even with that you could still get some chard wood but maybe not a house fire. Be c...see more »The effect is really nice looking, it is a really good idea. I am a big fan of wood. However there is one more thing that I think you really need to do. And that is to get metal cups to fit into your candle holes. You need to have something to prevent the wood from catching on fire. Wood loves wax and will soak up the melted wax. When the wick burns to the bottom of the candle it WILL set the wood on fire and with the wax soaked into the wood it will burn very hot very fast. So the little metal cups that are made for the votive type candles are a must. I also thought about maybe coating the drilled cups with epoxy but that would burn eventually. I think the only thing that will really work is metal and even with that you could still get some chard wood but maybe not a house fire. Be creative but also be safe!

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  • Fiberoptic New York Cityscape using Neopixel LEDs

    It's a little amazing that they had fiber optics and were using it for art before they had multicolor LED's. These color wheels were the only way that there was to mimic motion. I remember seeing them in advertising murals in bars and other places. This is a good upgrade for that. I will have to keep it in mind. You can still buy those fiber optic lamps on ebay. As I remember I think Spencers gifts used to sell them a lot.

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  • Vyger commented on john pedersen's instructable Dremel Handle1 month ago
    Dremel Handle

    I have found that when I use mine for extended periods of time it can get pretty hot. I end up using gloves because it can get that hot. So this idea would work for hewat also.

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  • Vyger commented on Alex Badillo's instructable Refillable Compressed Air Canister1 month ago
    Refillable Compressed Air Canister

    Do you know what the maximum pressure the can can safely hold? Since even little air compressors can produce over 100 PSI it would be good to know what the bursting pressure of the can is and then write on it with a marker so you don't forget. It is a good safty thing to do.

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  • Vyger commented on JackmanWorks's instructable Reclaimed Wood Mailbox1 month ago
    Reclaimed Wood Mailbox

    And -- It will keep the mail from being soggy on a rainy day.

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  • Vyger commented on JackmanWorks's instructable Reclaimed Wood Mailbox1 month ago
    Reclaimed Wood Mailbox

    You would be surprised what drunk drivers manage to do. However yes, this looks like a low speed limit residential street and not a highway. I believe the USPS regulations apply to streets over a certain speed limit, like 45 MPH. So something like this would not be a problem. I guess the point is check with your mail carrier before you buy or build a fancy mail box to be sure it is allowed because in some places it might not be. By the way, the highway department would not allow you to put a stone wall along the road unless it is far enough back from the pavement. It would have to be on your land and not the highway easement. They even cut trees down that are growing along the easement because they are a hazzard.

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  • Vyger commented on JackmanWorks's instructable Reclaimed Wood Mailbox1 month ago
    Reclaimed Wood Mailbox

    We used to be able to have nice designer mail boxes like these. The honey farm had an old hive box for one. Then the postal service gave us notice that we had to remove them or would not get mail delivery. Turns out they are considered to be a hazard on a highway. If a drunk driver looses control and goes off the road and hits one it can go through the windshield and possible kill them. So we have to have light, approved boxes mounted on break away supports. So now when the drunks run them down they can just keep going and take out an entire line of boxes while we are left to pick up the pieces.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Free Air Conditioning2 months ago
    Free Air Conditioning

    They now make very efficient solar powered water pumps for livestock watering stations. Cattle ranchers use them in remote areas to provide water for livestock. Drill or dig a well. Attach a solar powered pump and run it through a heat exchanger before giving it to the livestock. I didn't know India was having water issues, they usually have flooding problems there more often. The cost of running a water pump is usually much less than running a traditional air conditioner. I used my cooler all last summer, never plugged in an air-conditioner. Grew a big garden with the water and fed a lot of friends.

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  • Vyger commented on fashla's instructable Honeycomb Beehive Toy Shelves - With CNC Help2 months ago
    Honeycomb Beehive Toy Shelves - With CNC Help

    Good point and good solution about the support to fasten them to the wall. I was thinking about that when I first started reading because there have now been big recalls on furniture that can fall over on kids who climb on it.You mention that it is pretty heavy. I ran into that problem when I was planing to make some storage dividers. I figured out a way to use less wood. You might find it interesting to look through it.https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Shelf-Divde...

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  • Vyger commented on JeremyCon's instructable Mangalore from 'The 5th Element'3 months ago
    Mangalore from  'The 5th Element'

    Is this the one that does the negotiating? Or do those ones get a special medal?

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  • Small Wooden Dining Table With Fluorescent Corners

    I like it, simple yet elegant in its own way. I would have been tempted to cover the entire top with epoxy resin that way it would all flow together. You still could if it looks like there might be a problem with spills and such. I find it interesting that you made the frame first and then filled in the middle. It's harder to do it that way.

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  • There have been a few times when I have published something that has really taken off. They put it in the news letter and email it to everybody. 20,000 to 30 thousand views in one or two days. Dozens and dozens of comments and hundreds of favoriting. if that happens now with the new profile it will be awash with all that activity and virtually impossible to follow with page after page of stuff. It would be a mess.

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  • Just thought I would let you know --- the more I have used it the less I like it. The missing information does hamper getting to quickly know a member. For example I have often looked at the instructables that others have favorited to get an idea of what their interests are. If half of someone's favorited instructables are on Knex then its pretty easy to tell what their interest is. Also the same with the ones they are following. That information is not readily available anymore. I have actually come across some very interesting instructables that others have favorited that I looked at because of checking out what they were looking at. So, really not that crazy about the new lack of knowing anything. Have you heard any other feedback from anyone else??

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  • I was actually looking for any comments on the changes as I had not noticed much of a response to it. I did notice the update right away, but that was because I pulled up my profile to check something and kind of scratched my head and reloaded the page. Nope, must have been changed. Then I checked other pages to see if they had been changed, nope, just the profile. In truth I don't usually check that page. I always pull up my instructables tab because it lets you know somewhat if there is something trending. Like if comments are appearing or in the stats window if something spiked. What I do use profile pages for is to see what other members are doing. I almost always pull up the profile of someone asking a question before I even think about posting an answer. I also look at the prof...see more »I was actually looking for any comments on the changes as I had not noticed much of a response to it. I did notice the update right away, but that was because I pulled up my profile to check something and kind of scratched my head and reloaded the page. Nope, must have been changed. Then I checked other pages to see if they had been changed, nope, just the profile. In truth I don't usually check that page. I always pull up my instructables tab because it lets you know somewhat if there is something trending. Like if comments are appearing or in the stats window if something spiked. What I do use profile pages for is to see what other members are doing. I almost always pull up the profile of someone asking a question before I even think about posting an answer. I also look at the profile of everyone who posts a comment on one of my instructables and of course of someone who decides to follow me. I have mixed feelings about the changes. I have always wondered if there was some easy way to know who favored an instructable, now it is all listed. Kind of nice. So for ME being able to keep track of things it is a little easier. But for me to look at another persons profile it's not as good. Some of the background info is no longer mentioned. The interests and location, ( I guess the location one is still there just moved) lines are not displayed. In answering questions I think those are very important things to know. For example, someone asking a car question living in Israel is going to require different ideas as opposed to someone living in Detroit. But that info is not there anymore. Another thing that is missing is the list of the answers you give to questions. I used to be able to follow up on those right away by clicking on them in the list. That is gone. The list of contests won is kind of interesting. I had not remembered how many times I had come in as a runner up. Wow, thats a lot. You know you get a free year pro membership every time you win a contest. Really, 15 years, guess I don't have to worry about that running out. It is a little embarrassing though, It is kind of like getting a bunch of gold stars on your kindergarten drawings. ones that they said were a really good dog but you actually were drawing a horse. The big picture in the middle of a blank space at the top is a little empty. But then I remembered I am seeing it with out the adds. Are there adds there? Anyway, my overall feeling is that it might be all right but I think some of the other info needs to be added back in. Little changes that would be. Just give me a few tabs back, like being able to sort the instructables by views, just things like that. Always remember that it is a work in progress. I often go back and edit my instructables to fix some of the mistakes I overlooked. It has taken me years to notice some of my spelling mistakes. That is a little embarrassing too. We all keep trying. One of the things missing from my profile is the little blerb I wrote ---- When you stop learning and think you know it all is when you start dying.

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  • Vyger commented on TheCutlassKid's instructable LED "Vacuum" Tubes5 months ago
    LED "Vacuum" Tubes

    I was kind of thinking along those lines also. Since those are no longer being made it would be wise to conserve the ones that are left for things like vintage circuits that require them. There is a market for selling them still.

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  • 9 Unusual Tool Storage Methods for Your Workshop

    Just a thought --- While using strong magnets to hang screwdrivers is a nice convience you need to be aware that it can make the tips magnetic. This can be a nice thing but also a bad thing. I have magnetized some screwdrivers on purpose because it can really help with holding small screws while you try to manuver them into place. Most of the time this is not a problem. But there are some places that using a magnetic screwdriver can damage sensitive components. So you need to watch out for that. if a motherboard has directions that say not to use any magnetic tools around it you need to heed the warning.

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  • Vyger commented on apapercraft's instructable Modular Honeycomb Shelves5 months ago
    Modular Honeycomb Shelves

    If you want to try it with wood here are some directions for that https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Shelf-Divde...

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  • Gnarly wood projects with Weird wood, Broken glass, LED's and Epoxy.

    HiI just added a step more on the olive piece. I improved it.Also have another piece in progress that I will add in the next few days.

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  • Gnarly wood projects with Weird wood, Broken glass, LED's and Epoxy.

    Thanks for the comment, I was beginning to wonder since there had been none up to this point. I am going to add another piece (a few more steps) that I intended to include but I am still waiting for the LEDs to get here. I am adding a blue to mix with the white, and maybe a green also. The mail is always slowest when your waiting for something. I had another piece made of cedar that I decided not to include because it just didn't look that good. The epoxy soaked into the wood and turned it very dark. So not all woods give the same result. I will have to try putting some mixed epoxy in the freezer. Right now I have been making small batches that I can use completely so I don't waste any. I worked for Skill in Chicago many years ago at one of their plants. Not anything close to resea...see more »Thanks for the comment, I was beginning to wonder since there had been none up to this point. I am going to add another piece (a few more steps) that I intended to include but I am still waiting for the LEDs to get here. I am adding a blue to mix with the white, and maybe a green also. The mail is always slowest when your waiting for something. I had another piece made of cedar that I decided not to include because it just didn't look that good. The epoxy soaked into the wood and turned it very dark. So not all woods give the same result. I will have to try putting some mixed epoxy in the freezer. Right now I have been making small batches that I can use completely so I don't waste any. I worked for Skill in Chicago many years ago at one of their plants. Not anything close to research, I was a foreman at a distribution and packaging plant. We had a small quality control lab there that I found to be really interesting. They did all kinds of crazy things. They would randomly pull finished tools out of the stock pallets and then "test" them. They would take them up to a balcony and throw them onto the concrete floor to see if they got damaged. One guy used to clamp them in a big vise and turn the power on to them and time how long it took for them to burn up. Basically they destroyed them to find out how much punishment they could take. Like hanging weights on the cords to see how much it took to rip it out of the housing. A job where you break stuff on purpose so you can report on what it took to break it. How cool is that.

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  • Vyger commented on akullerkann's instructable DIY LED Log Lamp6 months ago
    DIY LED Log Lamp

    And by the way, I thought that was a really nice looking piece. People actually try to get that effect by aging wood with fungus and moisture. The birch I have used like that has dried out very quickly with minimal splitting.You might find this instructable interesting :https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Hardwood-Fl...

    The markings in the wood are called spalted or spalting. It is caused by fungus but is considered to be very desirable as it adds to the character of the wood. Birch is one wood that is very susceptible to it. It does not make the wood softer or rotten, it just adds markings.

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  • Vyger commented on cobinrox's instructable Cutting Down a Tree in Pieces6 months ago
    Cutting Down a Tree in Pieces

    Oak trees have a much harder denser wood than something like a poplar so it can be more difficult to cut through the wood. Also they are a lot heavier, even more so if they are green (still alive). However the wood from them can be valuable since it is used for so many things. You should be able remove it yourself but it will take a lot of hard work because of the weight factor and the hardness. I think some of the negative comments on this instructable are from people who make their living removing trees and don't want people to do it themselves. I have been cutting down trees for many years and I am not a pro. I have done it for people in exchange for the wood, firewood, with the agreement that they take care of all the mess and small branches. There is probably someone who would be...see more »Oak trees have a much harder denser wood than something like a poplar so it can be more difficult to cut through the wood. Also they are a lot heavier, even more so if they are green (still alive). However the wood from them can be valuable since it is used for so many things. You should be able remove it yourself but it will take a lot of hard work because of the weight factor and the hardness. I think some of the negative comments on this instructable are from people who make their living removing trees and don't want people to do it themselves. I have been cutting down trees for many years and I am not a pro. I have done it for people in exchange for the wood, firewood, with the agreement that they take care of all the mess and small branches. There is probably someone who would be willing to pay you for the tree and take it out for you. People who run those small saw mills take trees like oak trees and turn them into lumber which sells for a premium. Oak firewood is one of the best there is although I hate to see good wood burned for heat, that is an option. If you get ambitious you can keep the wood and use it for your own projects. I wish oak trees grew here where I am. You might fine my instructable interesting.https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Hardwood-Fl...

    Like I said in my other comment, I think some of the negative comments are comming from people who make a living charging several thousand dollars to cut down trees that could be easily done by by a homeowner. We are not talking about the trees that require a crane to lift the branches to keep them from falling on roofs, but ones your size are easily in the DIY realm.

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  • Make a Hardwood Floor that looks 3D from your OWN Trees

    Apparently I was not getting notices of these comments so sorry for the delay in answering. There are 2 different saws that I can think of that would work for cutting branches that size. I actually use one for cutting up small stuff for firewood. One of the miter saws with a 10 inch blade would work perfect. Harbor freight has one, a sliding one http://www.harborfreight.com/10-in-sliding-compoun...A little more than $100. I have one, its a good saw.Another choice would be a radial arm saw. You might be able to find an older used one. They have somewhat gone out of style in favor of the big miter saws.

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  • Vyger commented on cobinrox's instructable More Stuff to Make From Felled Tree6 months ago
    More Stuff to Make From Felled Tree

    Hi, Interesting projects.Just curious if you know the types of trees your working with? Different types have different properties and I have found that some work better for some things and not so good for others. So I was wondering. Although I have no need of a bra, one of my first thoughts was "splinters?"Something you might want to invest in if you haven't already is an electric chainsaw. You can get them pretty cheap and there is no need for all the problems with gas. CPO outlets has a really good selection. Here is a search result if you need it. https://www.cpooutlets.com/on/demandware.store/Sit...

    Thinking about it, I thought you might find this Instructable of mine interesting.https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-get-wood-an...The videos are a little long and not as high a quality as I would have liked but it is about getting wood.

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  • An easy and permanent fix for older car door seals.

    The main purpose of the threshold, as far as I know is to keep the seal from getting torn up from being constantly stepped on. It is likely that if you glue the seal in place it will last for a little while and then pull loose again. I would cut it at a spot where it is easy to expand it and then reseat it and see how much it has shrunk. You can use rubber cement or the stuff for repairing tires to glue in a small expansion piece. You will end up with a patched seal but it should fit tight again.

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  • Vyger commented on KarlJohanson's instructable Leveling a Greenhouse6 months ago
    Leveling a Greenhouse

    How do you get things polinated? I know plants like squash and cumcumbers need to be polinated before they will set fruit.

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  • How to Stack and Ventilate Firewood with Pallet Wrap

    You can do a simple science experiment to find the facts about this. Get some large cardboard boxes and run them through a shredder. (I shred cardboard all the time so a regular paper shredder with a 12 sheet capacity can do this). Using a scale divide up the cardboard into three piles. One pile is your control. It should be dry and free of any contamination. To the second pile add a measured amount of water and keep it in a plastic bag so the water gets dispersed evenly. After a day the cardboard should be damp but not wet. To the third pile add a lot of water, but not enough so that it will not burn. Now the hard part, get some instruments that can measure the amount of energy given off when the cardboard burns. Some of the others might have some good suggestions here as to what...see more »You can do a simple science experiment to find the facts about this. Get some large cardboard boxes and run them through a shredder. (I shred cardboard all the time so a regular paper shredder with a 12 sheet capacity can do this). Using a scale divide up the cardboard into three piles. One pile is your control. It should be dry and free of any contamination. To the second pile add a measured amount of water and keep it in a plastic bag so the water gets dispersed evenly. After a day the cardboard should be damp but not wet. To the third pile add a lot of water, but not enough so that it will not burn. Now the hard part, get some instruments that can measure the amount of energy given off when the cardboard burns. Some of the others might have some good suggestions here as to what to use. Finally burn each pile and calculate how much energy each produces. They all three have the same energy content to start with. What conclusion can you draw from your results?This would be a fun science fair project.

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  • How to Stack and Ventilate Firewood with Pallet Wrap

    I just thought of a fantastic user name, thanks to a phrase from you:Chuck Random

    I should get a hat like that for my assistant.But then I suppose I should get an assistant first. "Help Wanted ---- special assistant to Phil Hat, cousin of Phil Random. Must be good at wrapping things up."I'm sorry. I must be in a punny mood today.I have been cutting logs all week now. I have had 6 flat bed trailers of trees dropped off last week. A friend is helping to clear trees out for a new fence on a property by a golf course. They have been yanking them out of the ground with a front end loader and stacking them on the trailer root ball and all. It's a big mess now. Kind of like a giant was weeding his garden. But some of it is really good wood, and free is always a good price.

    And he could have a brother:Phil Random

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  • Vyger's entry Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop is a finalist in the Trash to Treasure Challenge contest 7 months ago
  • Vyger commented on JustinLovesTheTech's instructable Retro Floppy Wall7 months ago
    Retro Floppy Wall

    Hey, did you ever think about going 3d? Make a sculpture or even just a card castle.

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  • Vyger commented on carl5blum's instructable Triple Your Tool Storage Space!7 months ago
    Triple Your Tool Storage Space!

    One idea I had and am still kicking around is to make peg board pull out "shelves". Use some medium duty drawer glides but stand the drawer up on its side instead of laying flat and put the peg board in the middle so you can get to it from both sides. I also thought of using door hinges like what you did, somewhat like the displays of various paneling that you see in stores. But this idea might take up less space. With the drawer idea you could basically make a cabinet that the drawers pull out of, kind of like a sideways drawer unit. In computers its called rack mounting. You have rack unit that is a cabinet and the "blades" just slide in and out. However there are drawbacks to every idea. I can just see myself trying to open a jammed drawer because something fe...see more »One idea I had and am still kicking around is to make peg board pull out "shelves". Use some medium duty drawer glides but stand the drawer up on its side instead of laying flat and put the peg board in the middle so you can get to it from both sides. I also thought of using door hinges like what you did, somewhat like the displays of various paneling that you see in stores. But this idea might take up less space. With the drawer idea you could basically make a cabinet that the drawers pull out of, kind of like a sideways drawer unit. In computers its called rack mounting. You have rack unit that is a cabinet and the "blades" just slide in and out. However there are drawbacks to every idea. I can just see myself trying to open a jammed drawer because something fell off, went to the bottom and got stuck between the back of the drawer and the front. Yep, and I will wonder, "why did I ever decide to try this?" Probably will try it anyway.

    Keeping organized while still working on things has always been a challenge to me. I suppose it's partly due to not wanting to put things away until I finish a project and then not finishing the project right away. Having better storage would help with that. The one big problem I have had with custom storage is that as soon as I get it done then it get more tools and out grow the custome space. I have never found a solution for that.

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  • Automated Solar Hot Water Power Shower using Black Plastic Pipes

    Wow, grand prize, not bad. Now you can cook and shower and be ready for a pick-nick all at the same time, as long as the sun is shining.Lately all I have been getting is T shirts.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop8 months ago
    Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop

    Some areas of the floor are still relatively sound. I was tempting to just replace it all but instead what I am doing is putting down a layer of 7/16 waferboard that will give a uniform surface. It will incorporate all the patches and the particle board together. We have already done a section of the floor this way and it is working out good. Glued and screwed to the other floor and the joists all the softness goes away. On top of the particle board we are going to put another layer. Current plans are for pallet boards that I have been salvaging to be made into "tiles" and then stapled down. We have to try a section first and see how it looks and works. Insulating the floor is going to be another fun pain in the back job. That insulation is all in really bad shape and needs t...see more »Some areas of the floor are still relatively sound. I was tempting to just replace it all but instead what I am doing is putting down a layer of 7/16 waferboard that will give a uniform surface. It will incorporate all the patches and the particle board together. We have already done a section of the floor this way and it is working out good. Glued and screwed to the other floor and the joists all the softness goes away. On top of the particle board we are going to put another layer. Current plans are for pallet boards that I have been salvaging to be made into "tiles" and then stapled down. We have to try a section first and see how it looks and works. Insulating the floor is going to be another fun pain in the back job. That insulation is all in really bad shape and needs to be removed and redone. I have been researching as to what to do with it. I have thought about spray on foam. Just get a big kit and foam it all. But foam has a lot of drawbacks. It's expensive, even in a DIY kit. It keeps moisture in the wood so it can cause rotting. It can also catch fire easily which is why it is supposed to be used in an enclosed environment. I am not currently planning on putting skirting on the trailer. Having the trailer open underneath makes storage space for stuff. But with it being open the smallest grass fire could light the foam on fire if I used foam. My current Idea is to use fiberglass batts with a membrane on the bottom. They make a fabric, sort of like house wrap, that is intended to be used to seal the fiberglass. It is now being used in crawl spaces to close up the floor and yet still allowing it to breath. I was just looking and reading about it, It is reasonable in price and if I put that in it would protect the fiberglass from wind and maybe mice.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop8 months ago
    Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop

    One of the fun things about using a tractor is they fall under special exceptions in terms of vehicle traffic. Because of the need of going from one field to another, farm implements are given special use of the roadways. Depending on the circumstances the use of flagers is sometimes required. We had flag cars both ahead and behind so we were careful to do it correctly. Insurance is needed but the license and bonding are not. In fact sometimes young kids are allowed to operate the machinery depending on the parents judgement. The simple fact is you don't need a drivers license to drive a farm tractor.

    Because there is going to be a counter there, I wanted a lot of outlets for all those little things like battery chargers. I hate using those power strips and this is a way around that. I am going to have a wireless access point there, possible a NAS unit and maybe even a computer with a monitor. So having a few outlets for low power things was a better idea than having one outlet with power strips. Keep in mind that is a 20 amp line, not the usual 15 amp. The outlets at the top are going to be for LED lights.

    Yeah, I was advised that I need more GFCI's. However because I am using them where they are not actually required (around sinks and water sources) I can put them in as I am able (or remove them altogether also). Since I am using 20 amp breakers and 12 gauge wire, 20 amp GFCI's are required and they are quite a bit more expensive than the standard 15 amp ones. I will be picking them up when they go on sale, it is on my shopping list. The ground bar in the main box is connected to the trailer frame so that is good. However, one thing I do need to do is get a proper grounding rod since what I have is not adequate. I am working on that to. Usually it's grounded through the water pipes, but since I took those out I have to add in a connection.A tractor has a very tight turning radius and t...see more »Yeah, I was advised that I need more GFCI's. However because I am using them where they are not actually required (around sinks and water sources) I can put them in as I am able (or remove them altogether also). Since I am using 20 amp breakers and 12 gauge wire, 20 amp GFCI's are required and they are quite a bit more expensive than the standard 15 amp ones. I will be picking them up when they go on sale, it is on my shopping list. The ground bar in the main box is connected to the trailer frame so that is good. However, one thing I do need to do is get a proper grounding rod since what I have is not adequate. I am working on that to. Usually it's grounded through the water pipes, but since I took those out I have to add in a connection.A tractor has a very tight turning radius and they are amazingly maneuverable. We only ran into a problem when we pulled off the highway onto the property. The trailer was to long and tried to be a bridge across the borrow pit. Wheels off the ground and back end sitting on the embankment. The solution was simple, the driver just geared down and drug it down the hill. We took out a little grass and the last metal cross beam developed a smile with a turned up end. My sledge hammer fixed that. The driver parked it to within an inch of where I asked him to. I was impressed.

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