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  • dreamitbuildit commented on tomatoskins's instructable 8-Ball in Solid Wood Cube3 months ago
    8-Ball in Solid Wood Cube

    Tried to soak douglas fir over night and can confirm household ammonia does NOT change the elasticity. I even put the cube in a plastic bag and microwaved it for 30 seconds until it was hot. Block broke with first turn of the vise. That is, a slight pressure was needed and I waited a few seconds and could hear it start to split .This would confirm what I read that soaking in liquid household ammonia will do nothing to help.

    How likely is it the size of the wood vs species. I tried making a block out of white cedar. The forstner bit was requiring too much pressure as it pushed through the interior it took a junk out. I could see it splitting at the spot as the bit was coming down, I just bought the bit and it felt sharp, HOWEVER , my drill press can only do 600 rpm on its slowest and I did read that you need 300 speed for a forstner to work properly,I think your hole saw was the better solution, especially for end grain.I wonder if the size of my block matters? My table saw can not rip down a 4x4 to 3" To have clean sides , since flipping did not line up. I end up with a 2 13/16" cube. But even the cedar boiled and still wet from the factory split right open and the ball was not...see more »How likely is it the size of the wood vs species. I tried making a block out of white cedar. The forstner bit was requiring too much pressure as it pushed through the interior it took a junk out. I could see it splitting at the spot as the bit was coming down, I just bought the bit and it felt sharp, HOWEVER , my drill press can only do 600 rpm on its slowest and I did read that you need 300 speed for a forstner to work properly,I think your hole saw was the better solution, especially for end grain.I wonder if the size of my block matters? My table saw can not rip down a 4x4 to 3" To have clean sides , since flipping did not line up. I end up with a 2 13/16" cube. But even the cedar boiled and still wet from the factory split right open and the ball was not any further .I do admit, I did not soak for 36 hours. When these cubes split the wood is wet. But is long term soaking the key vs boiling?I am doing a test of hole size. I have measured and traced the dry cube side, a cube face after boiling for 30 mintues and an over night soak. I have traced each hole and can tell you on white cedar there is no significant change in hole size. I will let it soak to the 36 hours and check again before and after heating it up But I suspect heating it is not the going ot show any expansion, If the mode works it will be the water allow it to compress the fibers and then expand back after not expand the actual hole.

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  • dreamitbuildit commented on tomatoskins's instructable 8-Ball in Solid Wood Cube3 months ago
    8-Ball in Solid Wood Cube

    How much work time do you have to get the ball in? How slow do you go? That is, did you tighten ,wait, tighten, or slow even pressure over how many seconds or minutes? I hope I am clear that I am asking how long it should take to get the ball in as well as how long do I have to work with it? I am using doug fir as that was what was available and I had one just break on my less hole while the drill press (in 4 places at once) so putting pressure on this will be interesting. I am soaking now (not sure if that is effective as jayhitek seemed to have failures with even long soaks and boils but I dont know what wood he used. )So what was the push rate tomatoskins?

    What was was the wood species? I would be curious of the bearing, block and hole size. Thanks.

    have you actually used liquid ammonia as my brief research does not show household ammonia will do anything. The bending forums say it is wishful thinking and that only the ammonia gas is going to work to soften wood. However, for this method ,maybe they are wrong so it would be great to read if betwys1 as found it does work to soak in household ammonia and was it straight from the bottle or mixed with water.

    Yes do update betwys1 however you seem to trying to duplicate the ammonia guess method that uses anhydrous ammonia under pressure. What I question is if bending something is the same as expanding something and would the hole return to the same size or will it stay the same expanded to meet the size of the ball? My issue with the pine and Doug Fir was that it did what I assumed could happen, since the end grain is the grain, pushing it outward jsut cracked them along the grain. The cube was quite brittle and the hole size did not seem much wider after boiling and steaming. I am not sure 1 7/8" is a safe size togo with. I am thinking your final photo is maybe not as you recall. I suspect your bit was greater than 2". I dont see how you could have that much more slo...see more »Yes do update betwys1 however you seem to trying to duplicate the ammonia guess method that uses anhydrous ammonia under pressure. What I question is if bending something is the same as expanding something and would the hole return to the same size or will it stay the same expanded to meet the size of the ball? My issue with the pine and Doug Fir was that it did what I assumed could happen, since the end grain is the grain, pushing it outward jsut cracked them along the grain. The cube was quite brittle and the hole size did not seem much wider after boiling and steaming. I am not sure 1 7/8" is a safe size togo with. I am thinking your final photo is maybe not as you recall. I suspect your bit was greater than 2". I dont see how you could have that much more slop with only 1/8" wider hole. Also you still have to get it to expand another 1/4" unless your ball was not 2.25" If your ball is not that size than it might explain some things.I am guessing cedar and other woods might have different bonds.I only put a small turn on my vise and in a second or two it cracked and I could easily pop the entire thing open by hand. I am trying to locate some cedar now.

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  • dreamitbuildit commented on tomatoskins's instructable 8-Ball in Solid Wood Cube3 months ago
    8-Ball in Solid Wood Cube

    Any idea how much ammonia to water and if soaking does the odor dissipate quickly .

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  • dreamitbuildit commented on tomatoskins's instructable 8-Ball in Solid Wood Cube3 months ago
    8-Ball in Solid Wood Cube

    How much ammonia to how much water for how long?

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  • dreamitbuildit commented on virgonautus's instructable Disassembling ASUS k72 series1 year ago
    Disassembling ASUS k72 series

    This was helpful when I changed the grease on the graphics and CPU as well as changing hte keyboard. Now I would like to know can the wifi card be replaced on this model?

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