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  • charlessenf-gm commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Tape Measuring Tool21 hours ago
    Tape Measuring Tool

    "he large circular void is so you can see when using it as a standard tape measure."Well, that is NOT the reason the author provided: "To save printing filament, and speed up the print time, a large void was added to the middle of the long box. This part is optional, but there's no reason to have it solid, and it's a good exercise in modeling."and "A sharp hobby knife was used to ... remove the support structure from the large void in the middle."Typically, when using a tape measure, one attempts to look down onto the tape and material to be made - ninety degrees when possible as opposed to viewing from either side of the tape through a hole of any size!

    If the purpose of the large circular void was to save material and the printer left a support structure by default, why cut the support structure out? Obviously it adds strength to the piece - no harm, no foul, right?As a practical matter though, this device has limited value. The purpose of measuring and marking requires precision that this solution does not reliably afford - especially as the distance from the point of beginning increases and the tape flexes more as a consequence.

    "You're welcome to make my design better"Appreciate the instructions. If I ever get a 3d Printer . . . .

    As the author said " For rough, one-handed marking"At over half a century of using retractable tape measures from various manufactures - one-handed and with a helper - I have to agree with the author.I saw the value of the video as great instructions on using the software tool - in that regard it was darned near perfection. When making a series of equal measurements - e.g. 'every three inches along a two by - Calipers or a 'story stick' made using calipers when repeating the process along multiple boards would be preferable IF precision is the object.If not, why not simply 'eyeball" it? The tape is laid flat on the stock to be marked, the markings on the tape are right there in plain site and you've a sharp pencil at hand.

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  • Homemade 3 in 1 Multipurpose Workbench: Table Saw, Router Table and Inverted Jigsaw (Free Plans)

    "need to change the tools all the time, which is time-consuming."Certainly a consideration.I built a bench that contains a RAS, Mitre Saw and Router - 10 ft long, solid as a rock. Over the many years, now, I have found the approach 'not all it is cracked up to be.'My suggestion was directed ate hose considering a similar build as it would be foolish to suggest you re-build your admirable effort.Of course, I have a 10" Table Saw, 14" Band Saw, two other Mitre Saws and two small (portable) 'table' saws as well as a jig/sabre saw.One trick to using the sabre saw 'upside down' is to clamp it in a vise using some compressible material on each side to conform to the odd shape of the jig/saber saw - works in a pinch!

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  • Electromagnetic Fidget Spinner Accelerator

    I would think the reed switch could effectively limit the speed as it is a mechanical device. If there is a solid state alternative available, it might allow for faster revolution.As well, mounting the spinner and 'accelerator' so as to allow better control of proximity as well as a 'steady rest' might well allow for better performance.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Magnets2 weeks ago
    Unusual Uses for Magnets

    If you stick one of those super strong magnets on the end of a tape measure and extend the tape a foot or som it acts like a divining rod as it passes over the nails/screws in the drywall. Another approach - glue a smaller magnet to a string - same thing, just a swinging approach.

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  • Homemade 3 in 1 Multipurpose Workbench: Table Saw, Router Table and Inverted Jigsaw (Free Plans)

    Great work.If you cut the tool base first, then use it as a guide (four scraps of wood approach) to cut the rabbit then cut out the opening for the tool, you may find it quicker and simpler. If you look for Router Table Inserts, you will find information on this approach. They will provide instructions for setting the depth of cut for your insert by setting your bit depth equal to the thickness of the insert material used. Another thought. Why not simply construct three insert plates of the same dimensions and one opening? Then, switch out each tool as needed? One tool remains in place and the other two use the base as a support shelf that slides into supports under the cabinet. One switch, one dust collection, three tools.With the skills demonstrated here, I would suspect you could do...

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    Great work.If you cut the tool base first, then use it as a guide (four scraps of wood approach) to cut the rabbit then cut out the opening for the tool, you may find it quicker and simpler. If you look for Router Table Inserts, you will find information on this approach. They will provide instructions for setting the depth of cut for your insert by setting your bit depth equal to the thickness of the insert material used. Another thought. Why not simply construct three insert plates of the same dimensions and one opening? Then, switch out each tool as needed? One tool remains in place and the other two use the base as a support shelf that slides into supports under the cabinet. One switch, one dust collection, three tools.With the skills demonstrated here, I would suspect you could do this 'easily. ;)Again, most impressive build.

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  • Over Garage Door Hidden Shelving

    By the way, a project like this is a great opportunity to practice joinery skills. The frame could incorporate a simple box joint and a rabbit to 'drop the plywood shelf material into (the rabbit would actually add a half inch or so of usable height (he did not specify the thickness of the plywood used) while increasing the strength overall. Creating the Box Joint ends on the two by fours can be accomplished with a hand saw and a wood chisel (or jig saw, or band saw) while the rabbit will need a table saw or router (best way IMHO). On a project of this sort, the joinery 'finish' is not as critical as when constructing furniture so it is a jood choice for 'practising' the techniques.

    I was not taking a shot. I meant it as a thought for those readers contemplating a similar project. If you 'screw up' the eight foot 2 by it is no great loss. In the shelf build, cut it an use the pieces for the ends! Think if the exercise as Wood Class. If it takes you two tries, it is a cheap lesson. If you do it right off, you learn and get the satisfaction to boot. As they say, you can't succeed if you do take the chance. And, if you don't cuss too loudly when you do screw up, no one but you will know about it!

    My son in law used chains. They do take up less space than a 2 by! And, as the fellow said, provide more flexibility when it comes to tying into a hoist above. I envy you guys with nine foot ceiling height!

    Finding Studs with a Super MagnetI ran across this technique when re-doing our kitchen and it works!I found some on Craigslist similar to http://www.magnet4less.com/product_info.php?cPath=...You simply slide the magnet along the wall where you suspect to find a stud. when it passes over the hidden fastener (drywall nail or screw, for instance) you will feel it resist your pulling - make a mark! Measure over 16" and slide it about until you feel the resistance, make a mark and repeat.Take a level and line an edge with each of your marks and draw a light plumb line up or down to where you need to fasten your project. Slide the magnet along this line to verify (finding additional hidden fasteners along your line) you've found the run of the wall stud or ceiling joist.Then, mark where ...

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    Finding Studs with a Super MagnetI ran across this technique when re-doing our kitchen and it works!I found some on Craigslist similar to http://www.magnet4less.com/product_info.php?cPath=...You simply slide the magnet along the wall where you suspect to find a stud. when it passes over the hidden fastener (drywall nail or screw, for instance) you will feel it resist your pulling - make a mark! Measure over 16" and slide it about until you feel the resistance, make a mark and repeat.Take a level and line an edge with each of your marks and draw a light plumb line up or down to where you need to fasten your project. Slide the magnet along this line to verify (finding additional hidden fasteners along your line) you've found the run of the wall stud or ceiling joist.Then, mark where your project will attach to the wall or ceiling. In the instant case, the two by four will cover 3.5" along the line and in this area you can drive a nail to determine the edges of the stud found and, thus, locate your fastener at or very close to the center of the 1.5" thick stud. The extra holes will be covered by your project and all your fasteners will be as secure as can be.

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  • charlessenf-gm's instructable Recycle Peppercorn Grinders's weekly stats: 1 month ago
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  • Ultralight Kayak - Middle School Project

    When updating, ask the English Teacher to help!"...My students have started building there own..."The project is most impressive. Wish I'd had you when I was in Middle School!Great job.

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  • Say Goodbye to That Formica CounterTop!

    Since a Counter-top is usually 1.5" inches thick, why not simply build the thing out of 2 x 4's? (Well 1.5" x 3.25" after milling square. Need a Planer!). Or slice each 2 by into three strips and orient them in the glue up to help remove/counter any twist or curves. Do the glue up in two 1-foot widths first, then glue these two sections together to get the final 24" needed. Cut a rabbit / groove along the wall side of the countertop and a mating tongue int the backsplash and glue these together to create a water-tight joint! Create a template for the sink cut out and use it with your router to create the opening.Your finished product looks great. If I can get the wife off the Granite counter and tiled backsplash idea, I may post my version next!

    ", this lady wanted to spend as little money as possible."Oh, I thought you were building it for yourself!If cost was an issue, I would think FORMICA (<$2/ft) would be the cheapest way to go. And, far less labor!Just recover the original counter!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Magnets1 month ago
    Unusual Uses for Magnets

    HFT Magnetic Parts dishes are prone to losing their magnets! Poor epoxy maybe. Even when new, they don't have the holding power of the ND magnets.Also, the Free LED Flash lights they offer contain thin ND magnets that can be removed rather easily.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on geotek's instructable Making Box Joints1 month ago
    Making Box Joints

    I cannot take credit for that 'idea.' It is a 'standard' approach suggested by every article I can recall seeing over many, many years.What I have not seen is the idea of marking the sides - which I think is necessary to assure one makes the cuts in the right order and to keep the 'best side out,' if you will.However, I have built several FG Boxes without every seeing instructions mentioning 'the right way' to mark the boards before cutting the joints.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on geotek's instructable Making Box Joints1 month ago
    Making Box Joints

    Good job. I appreciated the ARROWS suggested. Essentially telling us which face and edge goes where, when. I do not see the arrows on the final photo, however. Are they on the interior? Or did you sand them off?If you are making box joints of this size 'regularly,' I would suggest looking into an investment in a set of "Freud Box Joint Cutter Set, Cuts 1/4 In. and 3/8 In. Joints (SBOX8)." There are several sets available and they work 'nicely and precisely." The set I bought worked perfectly.Then, look into constructing an adjustable jig - see Woodsmith.com for one example: https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/adjustable-box... because SETUP is key and can take a while and a few test pieces to get 'right.' I also wonder about the setup block used here. Most of the folks wh...

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    Good job. I appreciated the ARROWS suggested. Essentially telling us which face and edge goes where, when. I do not see the arrows on the final photo, however. Are they on the interior? Or did you sand them off?If you are making box joints of this size 'regularly,' I would suggest looking into an investment in a set of "Freud Box Joint Cutter Set, Cuts 1/4 In. and 3/8 In. Joints (SBOX8)." There are several sets available and they work 'nicely and precisely." The set I bought worked perfectly.Then, look into constructing an adjustable jig - see Woodsmith.com for one example: https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/adjustable-box... because SETUP is key and can take a while and a few test pieces to get 'right.' I also wonder about the setup block used here. Most of the folks who do this simply flip the first piece cut and register it over the pin to line up the first cut on the mating side/edge. Making the setup block shown would seem to introduce a an unnecessary variable - as opposed to using the first set of joints to register the next/mating set.

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  • How to Build DIY Floating Shelf With Invisible Hardware

    Pocket Pegs would not appear to offer the same level of support w/o adding the screws. Also, they would prevent the shelf from mounting flush to the wall as in the build, above (without additional work to recess them into the shelving material).However, for the pins used to be most effective, they should be mounted to the studs. With that in mind, one could simply drill a pair of 5/16" holes (about two inches deep) into two studs and a matching set onto the shelf itself. Then drive tow 5/16" rods into teh wall and the shelf onto them.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable Sliding Wood Crate Storage1 month ago
    Sliding Wood Crate Storage

    Good Instructable, interesting idea & "Nice Work."Not at all sure why the 'crate' style was chosen - aesthetics, probably. However, the side against the wall, as it is not visible might serve better (as would the bottom) were it a solid piece of plywood. Less work, too build as well.One could cut a set of notched in the ends of the solid panels used (on the visible/exposed ends) to retain the 'crate' appearance.Indeed, the supports on the wall could be made from a sheet of plywood as well. This would provide additional fastening positions for both the support and the drawer slides. Adding quarter round trim to the exposed edges of the support board and painting it to match the closet wall would be a nice touch as well.

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  • Simple, Affordable, High Quality Solar Eclipse Viewer From a Cereal Box

    google "2" x 4-1/4" Shade 14 Hardened Glass Welding Lens"

    I saw some viewing glasses at LOWES fro #3 or so - cardboard with dark lens. Similar to what they sell for 3d viewing of movies, albeit with a much denser/darker lens.

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  • Digital Vibration Sensor Using LM358

    This approach might serve as a theft alarm circuit - if you added a latching circuit so that, once 'vibration' was sensed, the circuit remained 'on' for a period unless manually reset. Nice set of instructables. Good work.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Make Everything's instructable How To: Miter Saw Shadow Line2 months ago
    How To: Miter Saw Shadow Line

    Wire the thing to the saw so it is powered by the feed to the saw - eliminating the need for the triple tap and second ac feed line.I would think the LED strip lights would serve as well with far less bulk.

    Look at LED strip light kits. Smaller, bendable stips of light you can cut to length, wire to the driver/power on the existing LED (likely uses same voltage - test first) with a three-way switch to allow choosing LASER line or Shadow line while powering everything form the saw - eliminating need for triple tap and extra AC feed line.

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  • Modern Adirondack Lounge Chairs | DIY

    Really nice video and instructable. Very nice build.I LOVE the glass table top approach to setting a level surface for the build.However, the thought that came first was "How much do these chairs weigh?"Then, "What would they cost?"Then, "How would you replace the wooden parts?"

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  • Using Bread to Sweat a Leaking Copper Pipe

    Difficult to tell from the images, but it appears that your valve is entirely outside the structure. From your image - all covered up in heavy clothing - it appears you are in a Northern clime.You might want to consider (when sober ;) replacing that valve with a Frost-proof assembly.It also appears as if the incoming line is exposed to the elements. Again, a 'bad thing' if freezing weather is common.And, for the other non-plumbers reading this before attempting a repair - take a minute or two to search YouTube for "Soldering Copper Pipe" before getting out a grinder to cut out the 'bad sections!"One might also look to PEX fittings and No-Solder fittings. I would have suggested moving the hose valve/spigot assembly off to the left or right so it could be securely fasted to...

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    Difficult to tell from the images, but it appears that your valve is entirely outside the structure. From your image - all covered up in heavy clothing - it appears you are in a Northern clime.You might want to consider (when sober ;) replacing that valve with a Frost-proof assembly.It also appears as if the incoming line is exposed to the elements. Again, a 'bad thing' if freezing weather is common.And, for the other non-plumbers reading this before attempting a repair - take a minute or two to search YouTube for "Soldering Copper Pipe" before getting out a grinder to cut out the 'bad sections!"One might also look to PEX fittings and No-Solder fittings. I would have suggested moving the hose valve/spigot assembly off to the left or right so it could be securely fasted to the structure, then 't' ing off the main pipe to connect it to the line. You could, also, raise the spigot to a more comfortable height in the process. And, depending upon what was in the other side of that wall, installed a Frost-proof spigot and valve assembly taking the feed from another cold water line inside the structure.One trick that worked for me as a temporary fix (allowing time to research the 'Right Way') was to cut a piece of rubber sheet to cover the crack/leak and secure it with a stainless steel hose clamp. I did that on a feed line from the meter in Florida years ago and never got 'round to fixing the leak properly. As far as I know that temp fix is still in place!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on zposner's instructable Mechanical Iris Door3 months ago
    Mechanical Iris Door

    Given the mess found in most coops I would think a simple drop door (sliding sheet of aluminum) would prove practical. So many moving parts. Could be my chickens are simply messier than your dad's.Neat build. Envy your equipment.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper3 months ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    "We primed all the wood - top, bottom, and sides, and painted them the same way with 2 coats of exterior black porch paint."Not sure about pained 2x3's Using Exterior PT wood seems a better choice. I have found painted wood rots.You might also consider an enchant solution (Phosphoric Prep & Etch) prior to priming the steel. With a spray wand, you can even get inside the square tube - just drain off the excess. It will form a rust resistant coating as it dries. It can be primed when dry and painted of course - on the outside.You can get spray able enamels at Tractor Supply along with a compatible thinner and hardener.Curous - did you mount the new tires before you painted the wheels?

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  • Rusty Junk to Useful Stuff EASY With Chemistry!

    I did this using a large storage tub with eight pieces of re-bar tied together with 10GA copper wire - essentially surrounding the object to be treated and used a battery in parallel with the charge and a solution of Soda Ash Light [the trade name for sodium carbonate (Na2CO3)] and water.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on randofo's instructable Useless Machine Instructions4 months ago
    Useless Machine Instructions

    I would suggest using standards for circuit diagrams. e.g SW-1 for Switch #1 and using standard schematics for your components to avoid confusion.Dimensions of the box and wooden 'arm' would be helpful as well.Note the correlation as between respective contacts in each image.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on smurray2's instructable Cordless/Corded Drill4 months ago
    Cordless/Corded Drill

    Dublin is it? Well, my mother was born in Ireland!

    Craftsman-like build. Impressive looking results. I have found (Craftsman 19.2V systems) that the replacement batteries (two for fifty USD are the easiest route. Sometimes, when the 'kits' are on sale, I can get a new battery and charger and sell off the old battery, charger and tool at a price that reduces my net cost of the new battery and charger far below 'list' price.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Magnetic Tea Towels5 months ago
    Magnetic Tea Towels

    You have to love how these magnetic towels grip to the 'stainless steel' appliances!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on microstill's instructable Microstill5 months ago
    Microstill

    "packing with copper mesh"Watch out for those 'copper' scrub pads - take a magnet with you before buying one - or read the fine print!I've found shiny 'copper' pads dissolve into a pile of rust and shiny 'stainless steel' pads do the same.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on rootfamilyreview's instructable How to Regrow Green Onions5 months ago
    How to Regrow Green Onions

    They can be planted in the garden as well - and mine over-Wintered strongly and are flowiring as I write this in April.

    Our Winters have been relatively modest with few snow days. I have two down comforters , oh, you mean for the onions!Nah, I just pulled all the tomato and been plants and such but left the bucket of onions to fend for itself - it (they) did!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on gwylan's instructable A Dog Door: the Two-Flap Solution6 months ago
    A Dog Door: the Two-Flap Solution

    The plastic flaps are readily available during Election Season! I used two for the flap glued together at right angles for strength and added insulation. I also glue a thin aluminum sheet to the exterior side.What got me to comment was the picture of your dog - ours is supposed to be a pekinese-chiuaua mixture we got at a flea market in NC years ago. Would love to find another!

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  • charlessenf-gm made the instructable DIY Pull Out Trash Cabinet6 months ago
    DIY Pull Out Trash Cabinet

    Well, I'd been meaning to do this in the bathroom vanity and your project got me off the dime. Finished the basic construction, fitting and assembly using scraps and some slides I bought in bulk a few years back.I had to shorten the slides - turned out as simple as hack sawing an inch off each part and drilling a couple of holes to replace those I cut off!Because the slide was not fit between the sides of the 60" wide vanity cabinet, my base was constructed as a separate entity and will be fastened to the cabinet bottom.The pictures show the 'fitting' stage - it is presently awaiting sealant, primer and paint. I did not construct the drawer to hold a particular can figuring i might not be able to get the same size for free again and, after all, it's a Garbage Can.Thanks for the in...

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    Well, I'd been meaning to do this in the bathroom vanity and your project got me off the dime. Finished the basic construction, fitting and assembly using scraps and some slides I bought in bulk a few years back.I had to shorten the slides - turned out as simple as hack sawing an inch off each part and drilling a couple of holes to replace those I cut off!Because the slide was not fit between the sides of the 60" wide vanity cabinet, my base was constructed as a separate entity and will be fastened to the cabinet bottom.The pictures show the 'fitting' stage - it is presently awaiting sealant, primer and paint. I did not construct the drawer to hold a particular can figuring i might not be able to get the same size for free again and, after all, it's a Garbage Can.Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable DIY Pull Out Trash Cabinet6 months ago
    DIY Pull Out Trash Cabinet

    "glue the drawer bottom"As I recall, cabinet makers leave the bottoms relatively free to expand and contract within the slots/grooves/dados provided. they may tack a brad in the center or just a drop of glue to hold it in place and let it expand and contract without forcing the box apart in the process.

    "kitchen cabinet is the right width"Depth would like be the issue with full-size filing cabinet hardware.Full Extension slides are readily available form BB Stores like Lowes, HD, Menards, etc. and are designed for such an application as this.I've used FC Hardware to add a drawer before and they require MODIFICATIONS to fit about anywhere beside the cabinet they were designed and engineered for - re-inventing the wheel is not always worth the effort.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable DIY Pull Out Trash Cabinet6 months ago
    DIY Pull Out Trash Cabinet

    He pretty much covered what needs to be done. Basically the pull outs need to be drawers - if you try flat shelves, things will fall off the rear or get stuck in the space on either side. You'll want to measure the height of the opening, decide the height of the items to be stored on each shelf so you can calculate how many pull-outs the space will allow.You will need to add spacers (if you have cabinets with Face Frames) to each side of the interior. These simply fit between the inside of the back and face frame and allow fastening the slides to the interior walls of the cabinet (they need to be glued in place as well as tacked with nails long enough to go through the spacer blocks and short enough so they do not go clean through the sides!)Depending upon your application, you may want...

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    He pretty much covered what needs to be done. Basically the pull outs need to be drawers - if you try flat shelves, things will fall off the rear or get stuck in the space on either side. You'll want to measure the height of the opening, decide the height of the items to be stored on each shelf so you can calculate how many pull-outs the space will allow.You will need to add spacers (if you have cabinets with Face Frames) to each side of the interior. These simply fit between the inside of the back and face frame and allow fastening the slides to the interior walls of the cabinet (they need to be glued in place as well as tacked with nails long enough to go through the spacer blocks and short enough so they do not go clean through the sides!)Depending upon your application, you may want to fix the door to the lower drawer as he did here, then pull out the 'shelves' above as needed. If you do leave the cabinet door hinged on one side, be sure to check for clearance on the hinge side as you may need a thicker spacer (an narrower drawer/shelf) on the hinge side to clear the hinges. Measure twice - cut once!For guidance, look to your Drawer cabinet (if you have one) as what you want to do is build the drawers inside a base cabinet - or better yet a Tall/Pantry cabinet.If you have Frame-less European cabinets, the spacer is only required on the hinge side and can be accomplished using thick (nylon) washers - but the solid wood spacer glues to the cabinet (rough up the melamine surface where the glue goes) and brads or pin nails are best when shooting into the 'pressed wood'/composite material many of those Euro Cabinets are made of.The drawer/shelves do not have to have deep/tall sides - but they should be tall enough to stop the things stored on them from sliding off the rear or sides.

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  • Ultimate Crosscut Sled With Dust Collection

    STEP 19 - Why isn't it the length from pivot point to the left edge of the saw blade?

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on carl5blum's instructable Rubber Trailer Fenders7 months ago
    Rubber Trailer Fenders

    Great idea. Next time, look at Stainless Steel FENDER WASHERS (and bolts and nuts in SS)

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  • Pole Mounted X/Y Static Adjustable Solar Panel Bracket

    All that work and hardware for such a little panel!

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  • Replace the Drain Pump on a He3t Washing Machine (code F02)

    Test the motor BEFORE ordering a replacement. (Or calling a repair person! I have experienced (twice) a drain fault that indicated a BAD PUMP only to discover a bit of something had gotten past the 'Lint Filter' and lodged against the pump impeller (preventing it from turning).At these pumps appear (check label) to run on 110VAC, it is easy (one removed) to jump it with a re-purposed lamp or extension cord (while holding motor in a vise as it has lots of torque when it starts) to see if it tuns and runs smoothly.In the most recent case - it was a piece of a broken pencil that 'floated' up into the pump impeller.

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  • Replace a Drain Pump in a Kenmore / Whirlpool Washer

    I I have had two instances where the draining was not working properly and BOTH came down to a bit of something (last time a bit of pencil) that had gotten past the trap(s) and wedged itself into the impeller area - preening the impeller from turning. I would suggest that one remover the motor assembly and separate the motor housing to be sure the impeller is not obstructed BEFORE ordering a replacement motor!Also - my motor is 120VAC so it would be easy to test the operation to be certain it is running - BEFORE ordering a replacement motor.

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  • How to Remove Even More Mildew From Your High Efficiency Clothes Washer

    "Mildew is not killed by bleach."Not my experience.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on usc0astie's instructable 12-Step Washer/Dryer Pedestal7 months ago
    12-Step Washer/Dryer Pedestal

    "...possible to build a much lighter pedestal out of 2x4s..."Well, anything is possible. You can use a torsion box approach using 1x1's to create extremely strong panels that could be joined with 'box joints' along the edges (a bit tricky to pull off) to create a four surface 'box' that wood work ;) Although I would 'tie' the bottom fronts together with a flat steel or aluminum bar stock to keep the bottom front from splaying outward.

    Nice work.How did you get the washer up onto the stand? Many helpers? Seriously interested.Couple of thoughts:Notching 4x4 verticals so they fit under as well as on the sides of the 2x4's supporting the top and placing another at the center rear will increase load bearing and stability.Painting Pressure-treated wood (before it has aged and completely dried out) is NOT a good idea.Placing end-grain (4x4's) in contact with an area subject to moisture is not a good idea - best seal those 'feet' with something to be safe.

    As you increase the height - not a bad idea- you increase the instability potential geometrically. Maybe 6x6 vertical supports with 2x6 set in along sides and read supports halfway up the supports. Use seasoned (dry) material and bolts and exterior wood glue to hold it all together. Remember - lots of weight and plenty of vibration to stress the structure.Keep in mid the position of the controls and the height of the person responsible for 'doing the laundry!

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  • How to Take Great Close-Up Photos

    May be you just hit upon a great instructable for using and OLD camera!

    Make you own Table Top Camera support from a salvaged Gooseneck Lamp. Look in Salvation Army and Habitat ReStores, flea markets, etc. The 'gooseneck' bit is flexible and hollow while providing enough support to hold a LIGHT camera while affording a hidden path for any wires (shutter release, etc.) (;ee my Instructable when I get a Roundtuit)

    (; That's not a Thumb Tack - it is a Push Pin! https://www.amazon.com/Officemate-Steel-Thumb-Silv...Great job. Thanks.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on jessyratfink's instructable Basic Photo Editing7 months ago
    Basic Photo Editing

    "close ups of metal, shiny objects"Shiny objects pick up REFLECTIONS of everything - including LIGHT SOURCES - esp Point Light sources. Even your camera - and lens.Can you cover the area with an off-white sheet? Object, camera & You? This should diffuse the light sources evenly. You will still need to adjust your angle and may want to pull your camera back and use the OPTICAL zoom to get the 'close-up' while avoiding a reflection from the camera lens.Reflections are necessary to help define the shape of the object - all you need do is eliminate those that are DISTRACTING.

    I use the free Infranview and a real old PSP,exe I started with twenty years ago - and am still learning how to use. If you have MS Word, you can adjust phots in that program (basics). As well, you can do some editing with Paint (comes with almost every PC)

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  • - Spring- Pendant From a Stainless Teaspoon.

    You are an artistic craftsman!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Tuomas Soikkeli's instructable Industrial Style Slide Door7 months ago
    Industrial Style Slide Door

    Impressive metal working - the 'store bought' hardware for these doors is not cheep!Would suggest a router and a (correct size) router bit if you decide to do another - it looked cold out there! ;) Also, using a router to relieve the area where your corner braces were fastened would allow those bits to be set flush with the door surface.One suggestion - a valance - to cover the fancy iron work and keep the dust/dirt off the mechanism.Another thought - rout mortises to accept the vertical hardware bits and use Cap Nuts and matching bolts with heads recessed flush to the door surface on either side of the door.

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  • DIY Carbide Lathe Tools for Cheap

    HFT ! gotta love it! Cheap base for your cutters and a free flashlight to boot!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on igggv's instructable ROBAPERAS Fruit-picker7 months ago
    ROBAPERAS   Fruit-picker

    "you do not always place the hand in the same position"I wonder if you could create a 'grip" that incorporated a 'sliding handle.' With two slits cut down each side (a portion of the handle length and centered along the length) creating two sections that would have a large O.D. in the center of these 'strips' such that gripping them would secure the sliding grip to the pole at whichever position the user chose. If the inside surface of the 'strips' were 'rippled' at a right angle to the pole, it might enhance the gripping power against a smooth pole.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Proto G's instructable 1000W Portable Induction Heater8 months ago
    1000W Portable Induction Heater

    Very interesting use of 6GA copper wire!As another has indicated, your shop shelf tells us you are no amatuer tinkerer and the circuits quietly attest to your construction skills and innovative approaches (e.g. Clamps to hold the coil) to problems.You may want to consider some sort of (Bluetooth?) microphone and writing a script for your video production (This from a fella who cannot tell you if such thing is available or how to add still images to a video or a count-down timer in the frame). The folks SHOUTING "SAFETY, SAFETY" can be ignored, if not forgiven for taking up so much space as it was obvious to me (and, I suspect, to everyone else) that you are dealing with significant power and heat. I would appreciate a list of links to your site (if you have one) or to your ot...

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    Very interesting use of 6GA copper wire!As another has indicated, your shop shelf tells us you are no amatuer tinkerer and the circuits quietly attest to your construction skills and innovative approaches (e.g. Clamps to hold the coil) to problems.You may want to consider some sort of (Bluetooth?) microphone and writing a script for your video production (This from a fella who cannot tell you if such thing is available or how to add still images to a video or a count-down timer in the frame). The folks SHOUTING "SAFETY, SAFETY" can be ignored, if not forgiven for taking up so much space as it was obvious to me (and, I suspect, to everyone else) that you are dealing with significant power and heat. I would appreciate a list of links to your site (if you have one) or to your other projects (salvaging the induction coil from a cooktop, for instance) - especially those you mention here or are shown in use here.You made a point about the circuit (when used with a PS demanding the coil be empty on start-up. Thinking about the crucible application, I wondered if you could cycle/switch the induction coil off and on to maintain a particular heat/temperature without harming the electronics.As to the air circulation within that sealed PVC container/electrical box, would adding a fan and some venting be ill-advised? Our a significantly larger electrical box?Very impressive an several levels. Thank you.

    "Look up bolt buster."Wow $600!BB2-ACC Heat Induction with Advanced Coil Kit$549.99Bolt Buster II Heat Induction Tool with Advanced Coil Kit. An all-in-one design that produces 1,000 watts of power at 95% + power efficiency. This patented design produces MORE Power Transfer at LESS current draw = Runs Cooler, More Power Also Comes complete with an Advanced Coil Kit, Custom Storage Case, Owners Manual on CD, 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty.

    Will it work with Stainless Steel?One can purchase SS tubing and, I imagine, bend it into a coil.What do they use in those percolator drip coffee machines to carry the heated water/steam up to the basket of grounds?I wonder if the shielding braid (carefully) salvaged from some large coaxial cable could be slipped round the copper tube (and pulled tightly to the tube) might work to accelerate the heating with the conduction to the copper cooling the shiel enough t prevent it from simply burning off.

    Try Crucible Coffee to wake you up in the morning?Wait, one shouldn't mess with such powerful circuitry before they've had their coffee!

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  • TS1 modular shelving (with CNC wood threading)

    Amazing what can be accomplished with automation. Most happy to see "sharing the g-code files." Puts me back in college Coding B.A.S.I.C. on a Tandy. We would come up with a cool bit of code and write it on the board for all to share and improve upon.Key was having the Tandy replace the Mainframe and Punch Card approach to interacting with the machine.I think the ability of these machines to create precision parts that can be designed so assembly is accomplished via interlocking parts - that might demand a specific/unique assembly order - might be the mst interesting prospects for CNC-Wood.

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  • Make the Harbor Freight 45W Solar Panel Charge Controller useful with a simple mod.

    I would suggest that, if you setup the system correctly and find it does discharge (the battery) when the Sun goes down, the unit is defective. Since they offer a 30-day (or better) replacement I would have suggested you simply return the kit. If you let too much time pass before discovering the problem, go in and buy another kit, swap out parts to determine if it is the controller or another defective part (in the old kit) and then swap out the defective part and return the latest purchase and get your money back.Good news is these kits are currently advertised for $119.00 w/coupon 11123222

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on omnitasker's instructable Wood Lathe Drilling Jig8 months ago
  • My not hanging cordless drill storage

    Where is the charger!?

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  • Drill Press Table Enlargement & Drill Press Table Winch

    They make an automated device that raises and lowers the tongue wheel on a trailer using 12VDC. I would think such a device could be adapted to raise and lower the table using a simple ON-OFF-ON DPDT switch.Just a thought

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on shopbuilt's instructable Drill press table8 months ago
    Drill press table

    Very nice build.I made mine without considering adjusting the table height and have to rotate the table left to do so, then square it back up to use. I built a design that incorporates a fence that grips the table edges as opposed to t-tracks. As there is seldom much stress on the fence, it works fine.I also like the sacrificial stop approach you used. Mine is 1/4" hardboard but the 1/2" MDF would allow a larger dove-tail approach to capture it.Good technique, great Instructable. "Good Job!"

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on woodbywright's instructable Make a Moxon Vise8 months ago
    Make a Moxon Vise

    Very nice-looking project. Woodthreading Kit, 1" x 6 TPI3 customer reviewsPrice:$50.39 + $7.99 shipping

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on JackmanWorks's instructable French Cleat Wall & Storage Loft9 months ago
    French Cleat Wall & Storage Loft

    Would have like more detail on the French Cleating System design and measurements. Nice job, however - neatly done. Looks as if you've a place for everything!

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  • Mantis - The $20 Floating Leverage Table

    If the top is constructed as a Torsion Box, its weight relative to its strength is lessened considerably. The placement of the inside supports f a torsion box could be such that they 'captured' the 'pinscher' bits - which could, then, be made almost as long as the shelf is deep.

    I would think the welding could be eliminated by using two long carriage bolts as the pinschers. The legs could be fabricated out of hardwood with the 'feet' planed into a semi-circle where they touched the floor. As well, the pinschers could be fitted into the shelf and effectively hidden within an 'apron' or void at the rear of the shelf such that the mechanics were 'inside' the rear of the shelf. "Hiding' the upper parts withing the shelf would also allow for longer 'pinschers' and even greated support/stability.

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  • How to make a steambox for bending wood

    Forty-feet! Really? It would need to be steam-pipe just like the stuff that carries steam to the radiators (for instance). Iron pipe? And, if it needs to span forty feet, think of several inches of insulation unless you want to fill your steam box with hot water.

    A Home Pressure Cooker comes with a relief valve designed to allow steam to exit before the pressure builds sufficiently to deform or 'blow' the cooker.I suspect a copper tube could be fitted to this orifice to carry steam to your steam box. Not sure of the advantage - save the locking lid allows for piping all the steam generated provided you can create a steam-tight conduit. between cooker and steam box.

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  • How To Build a Variable Box Joint Jig

    Wow!Great instructable!So detailed.I'll look for your Sled design.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on pfred2's instructable How to Make a Box Joint Box9 months ago
    How to Make a Box Joint Box

    See also:CMT 230.224.01 Blade for Box and Finger Joint Set with 8-Inch Diameter by 24 Teeth FTG Grind and 5/8-Inch BoreOshlun SBJ-0830 8-Inch Box and Finger Joint Sethttps://www.amazon.com/box-joint-blade-set/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abox%20joint%20blade%20setForrest 8" 2-pc Box Joint Blade Set

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