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  • k24tea commented on robives's instructable Paper Bird. Pendulum Powered Paper Project2 months ago
    Paper Bird. Pendulum Powered Paper Project

    Fun idea, but it's only free to DOWNLOAD the pattern from your web site AFTER PAYING $3.50 for it. I thought the spirit of Instructables was to share project plans, not to sell them. I like your product, but I have to give it two thumbs down for advertisement camouflaged as an Instructable. We're seeing more and more of that here lately. Such a disappointment.

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  • NordicTrack (ski Machine) Mod for Balance Rehab

    This is a very good idea, easy to make and easy to remove with no damage to the NT. I wish I'd have seen something like this about 10 years ago. I first got my NT to continue physical therapy at home to re-develop an even gait and balance. The NT's hand-hold bars in front of the ab pad are too far forward for me. Walker handles on the sides would have been much better to help me to work both legs evenly on the NT, and with a straighter back instead of the tendency to lean too far forward. After lots of PT plus time on the NT every day, now I can walk almost normally, and I still use my NT nearly every day, with maintenance help from Phil B's roller rebuild Instructable. Thanks for sharing your design! Long live our Nordic Tracks!

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  • k24tea commented on WardWorks's instructable Mobile Laptop Harness 5 months ago
    Mobile Laptop Harness

    A good idea and well made. Not to be hyper-critical, but I have similar concerns about ergonomics, unless you're wearing & using it for very brief intervals. I made something very much like this a few years ago, though it wasn't as "finished" as yours. I had to give up using it pretty quickly, for two reasons: First, it put quite a lot of strain on my neck, between the laptop's weight and having to look down at a steep angle to see the screen, and second, because typing so close to my body was awkward and cramped. For just a few quick data checks & entries it was OK, but if I really wanted another one I'd probaby design some sort of shoulder & back harness to keep the weight off my neck, also a frame or tray that could hold the laptop a little higher up and further...

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    A good idea and well made. Not to be hyper-critical, but I have similar concerns about ergonomics, unless you're wearing & using it for very brief intervals. I made something very much like this a few years ago, though it wasn't as "finished" as yours. I had to give up using it pretty quickly, for two reasons: First, it put quite a lot of strain on my neck, between the laptop's weight and having to look down at a steep angle to see the screen, and second, because typing so close to my body was awkward and cramped. For just a few quick data checks & entries it was OK, but if I really wanted another one I'd probaby design some sort of shoulder & back harness to keep the weight off my neck, also a frame or tray that could hold the laptop a little higher up and further away from my body for easier typing and bettter screen visibility. Nowadays I find it convenient in the field to use a full-size collapsible aluminum camera tripod that I've fitted with a screw-on platform (toaster oven drip tray, fits in the laptop case) and a couple of shock cords that secure the laptop to the platform. It's stable, easy to carry/ set up/ adjust, and no neck strain. A field-ready standing laptop or writing/drawing desk, with tripod still available for camera or scope. Your harness is much more compact than my tripod, though! If you want to pursue the harness idea, maybe take a look at how a front-carry infant snuggler is designed to distribute the child's weight on the adult's back & shoulders (not the neck), then also consider putting the laptop on a tray or frame to see & type at a better height, angle, & distance (not at the waist). I'll look forward to seeing your Version 3!

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  • k24tea commented on andrea biffi's instructable wooden kneeling chair1 year ago
    wooden kneeling chair

    Good project! I made one very similar to this about 25 years ago, and it's still my favorite desk chair. Add a materials list and bigger diagram text in Step 2, and then you'll get my vote.

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  • k24tea commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Hammock with Curved Stretcher Bars1 year ago
    Hammock with Curved Stretcher Bars

    I imagine a lot of people use the ideas they discover here but don't think to say so. Among your many Instructables I've found several that appeal to my needs and amusement. I may be making a tenor tootaphone soon, and I want to try your PVC bending method to make a freeform pond fountain and a garden trellis. You have good ideas for using ordinary materials in innovative ways. Thanks again for sharing them!

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  • Secretary Chair - drawing and table hack

    Brilliant! A kneeling chair is wonderful for maintaining good posture and free breathing, especially for people with back trouble. Years ago I made a folding, adjustable-height kneeling chair very similar to yours, but I built mine from fat hardwood dowels instead of metal. I still use it with a music stand for reading and playing various instruments, and with a wooden bar stool for a little table. A big sloped writing/drawing board would be a great help, and your design might be just what I need. Thank you for sharing your invention!

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  • k24tea commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Hammock with Curved Stretcher Bars1 year ago
    Hammock with Curved Stretcher Bars

    Hi Thinkenstein, I realize it's been about 18 months since you posted this Instructable, so I'm a bit late to the party. I did something similar to this after reading your post, but instead of PVC pipe I used a long hickory stick that I bent into an arc while it was still green. After it was dry and hard I cut two pieces about 18 inches long to make my curved bars, and I drilled holes near the ends for the suspension cords. The curve of my bars isn't adjustable like yours because the hickory doesn't bend after it's dry, so I only have two suspension cords on each bar instead of 4. The short curved bars make the hammock very comfortable, with no danger of tipping, and the bars are short enough that the heavy cotton hammock fabric bunches up tightly on the bars and doesn't shift. I enjoy ...

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    Hi Thinkenstein, I realize it's been about 18 months since you posted this Instructable, so I'm a bit late to the party. I did something similar to this after reading your post, but instead of PVC pipe I used a long hickory stick that I bent into an arc while it was still green. After it was dry and hard I cut two pieces about 18 inches long to make my curved bars, and I drilled holes near the ends for the suspension cords. The curve of my bars isn't adjustable like yours because the hickory doesn't bend after it's dry, so I only have two suspension cords on each bar instead of 4. The short curved bars make the hammock very comfortable, with no danger of tipping, and the bars are short enough that the heavy cotton hammock fabric bunches up tightly on the bars and doesn't shift. I enjoy my hammock even more with this improvement. Thank you for sharing your ideas with the Instructables community!

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