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  • Bike Pannier from Scratch Using a Home Sewing Machine

    When I made mine, I used a short 'mending plate' I got from my local Ace, fixed most of it in my vise, then hammered one end around a properly sized rod to make the J-hook. It was easy to round off the corners with a file, and if you really want plastic on the end, a small can of 'Plasti-dip' is cheap, and will find endless other uses around the home, shop and bike (like dipping the cut ends of newly installed brake and shifter cables, to keep them from fraying, because I can never find those little top-hat crimp-on ones bike shops use.

    When I made my own set a long time ago, I found a large 3-ring binder getting tossed out. The vinyl-protected covers worked very wellas stiffenes for the back, replacing your $$$ plastic. if you sandwich them into the fabric or simply rivet them on on the inside of the pannier like I did, the cardboard won't get wet and disintegrate.Those panniers lasted a long time, but eventually the already-20-year-old army surplus knapsacks I made 'em out of disintegrated from the sun :-)

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  • bruce.desertrat commented on Von Malegowski's instructable How to Make a Match Rocket1 week ago
    How to Make a Match Rocket

    Hmm... I wonder if holding the flame lower to ignite the match heads at the bottom of the stack first would work better? 'Real' solid fuel rockets like Estes engines work that way. more energy goes out the back in the form of propellant gases and less into trying to push the unlit matcheads out.

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  • Pergola Style Patio "Braai" Area

    The dog prints are a feature, not a bug :-)

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  • bruce.desertrat commented on ssterman's instructable Hardwood CNC Scrabble Board1 month ago
    Hardwood CNC Scrabble Board

    This is gorgeous

    As ssterman says a jig for a hand held router would work pretty well. If I were to do this by hand (also an entirely doable proposition...look at what craftsmen over the centuries have done with nothing more than hand tools and patience!) I would first make a custom punch/chisel of some sort to outline the squares. The same one could be used on the tiles to make the letters. An appropriately sized piece of square steel tubing would work admirably as a starting point.

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  • bruce.desertrat commented on ClenseYourPallet's instructable Hardwood Rug2 months ago
    Hardwood Rug

    One way to avoid the the 'one break and it all falls apart' problem would be to knot the twine between each piece, like they do pearls on a strand to prevent the same thing; everything falling apart. The construction method would have to be different, though to allow this, and I'm not entirely sure how to go about it; I'm just spitballing here..

    Another thing that would help (and make it more difficult to make!) is to cut a small kerf from the hole to the end of each piece for the exposed twine to set in on the outside edge pieces; that way it will be protected from wear somewhat. This is how leather stitching is done: you make a groove in the leather for the thread to rest in and it isn't worn down by things rubbing against the leather. This would also make the edges a little neater in appearance on the finished project. Now I just have to find some hardwood scraps that seem to proliferate in everyone's shop but mine :-)

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  • bruce.desertrat commented on makendo's instructable 3D Periodic Table3 months ago
    3D Periodic Table

    This is truly a magnificent display of forgotten science history, and I now have a reason to build that monster Delta printer :-)

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  • bruce.desertrat commented on mdheath's instructable Concrete and Wood Slab Table3 months ago
    Concrete and Wood Slab Table

    I was referring to your comment about adding vermiculite or perlite to the mix; Cheng's book goes into a variety of materials that have been used to lighten concrete for these uses. My copy is at home but I think they talk about adding those specific ingredients.

    There's been a lot of work done with various ingredients to make conrete lighter, for use in countertops and the like. A good place to start would be Fu-Teng Cheng's book http://www.concreteexchange.com/how-to-center/concrete-books-by-fu-tung-cheng/concrete-countertops-book/ That whole site is a valuable source of inspiration.

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  • bruce.desertrat commented on seamster's instructable Simple Welding Cart4 months ago
    Simple Welding Cart

    ROFL! Same set I got! :-)

    John Heisz has a quick tip for repurposing a carbide-tipped masonry drill for this purpose http://www.ibuildit.ca/Workshop%20Projects/Shop%20Tricks/tricks-56.html I picked up a couple little diamond wheels for my Dremel to try this.

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  • bruce.desertrat commented on fred.lam.5201's instructable A Marking Gauge You Can't Buy5 months ago
    A Marking Gauge You Can't Buy

    Yes, if all you want is a marking gauge, go buy one. This one is a quality tool that will last decades, offers ample opportunity for customizing to your exact preferences and needs, gives you something useful to do with a bunch of hardwood offcuts and is an excellent skill building exercise at making precise things with your tools that will translate to greater skill at woodworking. AND you end up with a beautiful, bespoke marking gauge at the end!Buying THAT in a store is not possible.

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  • bruce.desertrat commented on MrJonesEducation's instructable Frankenstein Light Switch5 months ago
    Frankenstein Light Switch

    Looks great! Actually I should say "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! It's A Light!!!!!" :-)

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

    The only problem with tripling your tool storage space is that you then quadruple your tools :-)

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  • bruce.desertrat commented on Nematic!'s instructable How to : Control Speed of Motor?7 months ago
    How to : Control Speed of Motor?

    I'm guessing that all that needs to be done with the Arduino or 555 controller to drive higher-voltage motors is to use the controller circuit to drive some suitable transistors? I have a beefy 90VDC motor from a treadmill I want to repurpose into a lathe drive. Using a PWM controller should let me connect it directly to the shaft since it's max rpm is higher than what I need for the lathe.

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