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71CommentsChesapeakeJoined December 3rd, 2010
Have served in navy, worked in a cast iron foundry, and as of turning 30 decided to go back to school to get a degree.. am Currently a Nuclear Engineer in Virginia.
  • absolutekold commented on mikey77's instructable How to Make Your Own Sugru Substitute1 month ago
    How to Make Your Own Sugru Substitute

    I've been interested in Oogoo for a while but I've always had concerns using cornstarch or flour or any other organic compound as the method to shove water into the silicone for something that might be a near permanent addition to a project. I'm wondering if anyone has tried silica beads used in desiccant packs ground into powder (or bought in that form) and soaked in water. They trap water by adsorption so they should readily give up that water when in an environment that is chemically seeking said water without the usual heating method. I think this would allow much greater accuracy in how much water you are adding to the silicone allowing for much tighter control of cure times and other properties than whatever the cornstarch has absorbed from the atmosphere in your paticular area....

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    I've been interested in Oogoo for a while but I've always had concerns using cornstarch or flour or any other organic compound as the method to shove water into the silicone for something that might be a near permanent addition to a project. I'm wondering if anyone has tried silica beads used in desiccant packs ground into powder (or bought in that form) and soaked in water. They trap water by adsorption so they should readily give up that water when in an environment that is chemically seeking said water without the usual heating method. I think this would allow much greater accuracy in how much water you are adding to the silicone allowing for much tighter control of cure times and other properties than whatever the cornstarch has absorbed from the atmosphere in your paticular area. Also it would then be entirely comprised of non-organic compounds there would be fewer worries about coming across a mold that finds my cable stress relief delicious.

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  • absolutekold commented on MK DIY's instructable MK: DIY Milling Table for Drill Press6 months ago
    MK: DIY Milling Table for Drill Press

    As pointed out below a drill press isn't designed for milling work. Even if you locktite everything down to keep it from dangerously coming apart, and throw up a guard to be safe, the bearings on the shaft aren't rated for anything but the lightest side load. The only quasi-beefy bearing is the thrust bearing for the longitudinal loading it expects to see when you lean on the handle, because we never forget to sharpen our drill bits... right??Will this work. Sure. If you play nice you might also get by without hurting anything. You can almost always tell when someone tried a little too hard by grabing the chuck and the pulley and shaking it. If it is loose there is a high likeliness it has been abused in this manner. I have a 100yo metal drill press and a 150-200yo wood self feeding ...

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    As pointed out below a drill press isn't designed for milling work. Even if you locktite everything down to keep it from dangerously coming apart, and throw up a guard to be safe, the bearings on the shaft aren't rated for anything but the lightest side load. The only quasi-beefy bearing is the thrust bearing for the longitudinal loading it expects to see when you lean on the handle, because we never forget to sharpen our drill bits... right??Will this work. Sure. If you play nice you might also get by without hurting anything. You can almost always tell when someone tried a little too hard by grabing the chuck and the pulley and shaking it. If it is loose there is a high likeliness it has been abused in this manner. I have a 100yo metal drill press and a 150-200yo wood self feeding drill press (we're talking belt drive off line shaft goodness here) that came out of an old machine shop both of which are absolutely solid in that regard. Now a little wiggle isn't a deal breaker with most woodwork but if you ever need to do a detailed metal layout that wobble will give you no end of problems notably when you have to drill on anything that is not a flat surface.If you are looking for something to do milling applications and not wrecking your drill press I've seen mods for routers that work rather well. With the advent of the big box import store they are easy to come by without breaking the bank. The easiest is to recreate the horizontal mills of the early days although it takes a minute to get used to thinking about all your movements rotated 90deg. The drill press is one of the cornerstones of a shop and causing it undue distress can have unexpected consequences on your work for years to come. On the other hand if you're just "looking" for a reason to upgrade after your current drill press comes apart then have at it and post your results. I'd be interested in watching that video.

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  • LED Tape - Under Cabinet Lighting - No Soldering!

    Great Job.A tip I learned from PC case moding. You should (whenever possible) hide the LED itself. Sources of light draw attention in a bad way, while not an issue for a down and dirty workbench, they distract from what you want to illuminate in nicer projects like this one. So if you're like me and have cabinets without a recessed underside (like pictured here) consider either routing a small channel for the LED's (for solid hardwood cabinets that you've got off the wall) or using some trim molding on the front to create a little lip to keep the led's to out of sight.

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  • Cast a Celtic Bronze Sword (Beautiful, Authentic Leaf-Shaped Ewart Park)--Easier and cheaper than you think!

    Like the author said they can be hardened. I have a historic bronze dagger from the ~1000BC timeframe and the work hardening and subsequent chipping produces an almost natural serrated edge. When compared to contemporary wrought blades the bronze blades were of much higher quality. Iron won out in the end as it was cheaper and easier to produce than the alloyed bronze.

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  • absolutekold commented on tomatoskins's instructable Perfect Workbench1 year ago
    Perfect Workbench

    A blacksmithing buddy used the router sled method to flatten and level all edges of a serious log for his 200lb anvil. Came out real well.

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  • absolutekold commented on umami_tsunami's instructable Capturing the Milky Way1 year ago
    Capturing the Milky Way

    Looking at your photo's a lot of the stars have a red or purple hue and it got me to thinking. Has anybody has done the near IR hack (removing the IR filters above the CMOS sensor) on a halfway decent camera and tried this. I'm just curious how different the sky looks when seeing some of the red shifted stars that otherwise would be almost invisible are now quite visible. When it's time to upgrade my Nikon to something newer I'll do it but that's a few years out still. Hrmmm maybe if I come across a good deal on ebay or amazon I'll give it a shot.

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