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  • relbatto commented on Creative Mother's instructable Fairy House Lamp Recycling Trash2 months ago
    Fairy House Lamp Recycling Trash

    when the samurai went out of style in Japan, the craftsmen who had made the handles, guards, furnishings for the swords turned to creating objet d'art. It was the greatest explosion of beauty from small items ... until now.

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  • relbatto commented on barclay5426's instructable Sculpted Oak Desk2 months ago
    Sculpted Oak Desk

    Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? I spend hours watching the woodwright do amazing things with hand tools, this recreation of form and function is as artistic as any ever created, and a reminder that everything can be elevated... to art.

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  • Building a Custom Automotive Wheel From Scratch

    that your use of tools is the precise thing that i read instructables for is obvious, that your genius in solving a one off problem in an artistic, careful , functional manner is what elevates any readers ambition and accomplishment. anyone who has ever read of the craftsmen who fabricated great works of art in japans edo period has to be struck with the knowledge that we still have their spirits roaming free. thanks for proving it with simple tools. ..

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  • relbatto commented on AlbanyCountyFasteners's instructable DIY Chess Set With Fasteners4 months ago
    DIY Chess Set With Fasteners

    Chess is the single game i see to it all my grandchildren can play. it is important to understand the machinations you will face in the world. something simple and obvious starts out the same way as the chess attack on your hidden pieces does. you have to learn to see that what is happening in the current encounter is leading inexorably to a second result. when you can play against others and win consistently, you have prepared your brain for the concepts of winning in the realities of the universe.this is a well designed and useful group buildable by anyone....................................................................it i a real gift to persons everywhere. thank you.

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  • relbatto commented on eamonwalshdiy's instructable Turn an Old Bath Tub Into a Chair5 months ago
    Turn an Old Bath Tub Into a Chair

    real art consists in seeing beauty where it is. There wa a wyeth who did a coffee table book of his sketches. he had wandered the beaches and painted small mud puddles. when glanced at they were a mud puddle, but when viewed by a wyeth, the tiny pebbles shimmered with a look any opal would die to obtain, the water and mud and bacterial contamination was flawlessly portrayed and their shimmering brilliance in some long vanished sun was an impressive object better fitted for tiffany than the beach. thank you for your artist eye....

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  • How to Bake Bread in a Crock Pot (Slow Cooker)

    has a coarse texture is all, remember though you have to shape the loaf rolls into a rectangle, fold the outer thirds in , put the seam down and let it rise before baking it.if you have a kitchen aid you can just mix it with a dough hook , shape it and wait till its ready to bake. it will feel a lot lighter, and there's no magic in a loaf pan , call it an artisan bread and let your friends think you paid big bucks...always let it cool on a rack or the bottom gets wet.

    if you want a soft crust, simply leave it on the rack to cool ( so it doesn't get soggy bottom) and run a stick of butter lightly over the outside top,while its hot .. this traps rising steam and makes the crust soft. ...store in a plastic bag when its barely warm.resist the temptation to eat it right out of the oven or crock pot...if you can... its still cooking inside.cooking oils work if you are out of butter or terrified by anti butterists....

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  • relbatto commented on edyson-'s instructable Old Chair Transformation6 months ago
    Old Chair Transformation

    really impressive overall but i am blown away with the zip ties . my mother loved to sew and had a really large chair shaped similar to this one, she re finished it and reupholstered it three times i know of and each time it looked better than the original.... creative re use raised to an art always reminds me of her, thank you for such a comprehensive look at how to sculpt a beauty.

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  • relbatto commented on bjkayani's instructable Outdoor Pizza Oven7 months ago
    Outdoor Pizza Oven

    really great job, it is simpler than building a catenary arch form, which i have done for ceramic kilns. with the catenary arch you hang a chain from two places and trace its outline onto plywood, then saw the outline and you have a self supporting arch. if you're clever , you should make the arch work with the size bricks you can get so there is very little mortar required to help the brick retain the arch.after building the form it is supported with the idea of being able to take out supports under it and re use the form, we just used two by fours and some wedges of wood, knocked out the wedges and took out the plywood form.This lets you make a very low arch then a simple wall in the back and a removable one in the front. your method is a tribute to use what you have and get it done. ...

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    really great job, it is simpler than building a catenary arch form, which i have done for ceramic kilns. with the catenary arch you hang a chain from two places and trace its outline onto plywood, then saw the outline and you have a self supporting arch. if you're clever , you should make the arch work with the size bricks you can get so there is very little mortar required to help the brick retain the arch.after building the form it is supported with the idea of being able to take out supports under it and re use the form, we just used two by fours and some wedges of wood, knocked out the wedges and took out the plywood form.This lets you make a very low arch then a simple wall in the back and a removable one in the front. your method is a tribute to use what you have and get it done. the universe only pays for what we finish, and a payment of pizza is something wonderous indeed.

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  • Rewinding and Renovation of the Electric Motor

    This is a truly great job of explaining a complex concept. here in oklahoma, many large electric motors are used in oil and gas production, they fail from thunderstorm strikes, and have to be re built. this process was always a mystery to me and you have done a superb job of imparting the method of re building them. By all means keep these instructables coming on 3 phase motors and do them for 12 volt starters, and generators , and especially for aviation units. this is almost lost knowledge, as the old shops have mostly closed and disappeared.

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  • relbatto commented on MarcusW44's instructable Build a 3D Printed Curta Calculator7 months ago
    Build a 3D Printed Curta Calculator

    Wow. what an amazing intellect, thank you , and when is THIS instructable going to be up ?Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism, the First Computer | History ...www.smithsonianmag.com/.../decoding-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-18095...will you need a go fund me page, i'm in for twenty bucks...

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  • ROSbot - Autonomous Robot With LiDAR and Husarion CORE2 Controller

    as a contribution to the concept of education of parties by module, this is truly significant. huge things are being done by ordinary people, ten year olds share iinterests with 70 year old persons, with similar interest and one of them says wouldnt it be neat if it could.... insert thought... thank you for providing a mobility platform for the next....just think if it were scaled up with solar panels better long range tv, tracks and rolling around on the moon.. crowd source the funding and count me in for a hundred bucks.

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  • relbatto commented on Alex in NZ's instructable Circular Saw Cutting Guides8 months ago
    Circular Saw Cutting Guides

    My apologies , i am on my first cup of coffee this morning, i see what you did and how you did it, thats clear , for some reson i am not getting how it is used with the guide, althought the ability to make angled cuts looks briliant.. any chance you can show it in use?

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  • relbatto commented on VitG's instructable Ukrainian Scissors9 months ago
    Ukrainian Scissors

    these look as if they would be great for stamping from sheet materials in a production basis. the real advantage in a sewing kit would be their size, i do think it would improve the design if the length were increased to permit two folds and let the scissors cut along a path where the material rides in a different plane than the fingers, but that might open up a can of worms, either way looking at something common and improving it is wonderful, think of bottled water selling for more than gasoline...,

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  • relbatto commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable Sliding Wood Crate Storage9 months ago
    Sliding Wood Crate Storage

    I do home renovations and this is such a common problem, the solution to use two drawer slides on the side seems obvious after the fact, but i had never considered it. one of the great things about instructables is the simple solutions to complex issues that everyone else, other than me, seems to come up with. thanks this is definitely added to my bag of tricks, but i will make the crates out of 7/16 plywood and some bracing so it can withstand kitchen actions for a while, yours look heavy enough for your purpose, but mine are likely to get filled up with canned goods in small pantries.

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  • relbatto commented on tomatoskins's instructable Impossible Tape9 months ago
    Impossible Tape

    when my daughter was tiny i had to make several trips to denver for my job. i bought her a small carved wooden puzzle from japan that fitted together to make a square box and she played with it for days figuring out how it went together , then for more days how it went BACK together... i bought her wooden round balls and impossible airy wooden puzzles. she loved them all and they lived in a wooden coke bottle case on our wall.... she is forty years older today and has the largest insurance company in the city of moore oklahoma. the idea that stretching a childs mind doesnt help them is one i would dispute, but obviously somebodies parents didnt think the same way i do. there's always a job for people who can only think inside the box, thanks for a great instructable and dont sweat the t...

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    when my daughter was tiny i had to make several trips to denver for my job. i bought her a small carved wooden puzzle from japan that fitted together to make a square box and she played with it for days figuring out how it went together , then for more days how it went BACK together... i bought her wooden round balls and impossible airy wooden puzzles. she loved them all and they lived in a wooden coke bottle case on our wall.... she is forty years older today and has the largest insurance company in the city of moore oklahoma. the idea that stretching a childs mind doesnt help them is one i would dispute, but obviously somebodies parents didnt think the same way i do. there's always a job for people who can only think inside the box, thanks for a great instructable and dont sweat the trolls, we need people to sweep up, live in their parents basements and ask us about whether we ...want fries... too

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  • relbatto commented on tomatoskins's instructable Benchtop Disc Sander9 months ago
    Benchtop Disc Sander

    really useful information, and the instruction is first rate. i may never build one but the method of adding a motor, cooling it and ability to collect dust would transfer easily to working with shaping and finishing minerals and gems, and if you think sanders for wood are expensive take a look at working with gems, indeed i am tempted to send you some minerals and see what happens! Hint ebay sells polishing diamond disks for <30$ for an entire set....evil minions are extra.

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  • relbatto commented on MikaelaHolmes's instructable Introduction to Worbla9 months ago
    Introduction to Worbla

    the universe would be such a dull place if it were not for those who see art around them and light it for the rest of us.

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  • relbatto commented on diycreators's instructable How to Make a Fire Bowl9 months ago
    How to Make a Fire Bowl

    gorgeous finish, could you place a plastic cutting board on the top , under the weights, to make the lip smooth?

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  • relbatto commented on Pammie918's instructable Recycled Teardrop Trailer9 months ago
    Recycled Teardrop Trailer

    nice way to realize a dream, and the craftsmanship is first rate. if you decide to add an outlet inside, ...the box stores sell a capital D shaped channel to carry electricity, it doesn't grab items and tear them like metal does(its plastic) and the straight edge of the D is covered with stickback tape and a slot to push wires into the interior.it gives a professional look and keeps you safe while letting you charge a phone, watch a tv, make espresso and live like the swells in the half million dollar rvs .;)

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  • How to Break Down Sheet Material Easily!

    really a great use of what you have. if it were 32"wide it would be easy to rig 2 saw horse so you would have the ability to work standing up, i like the way you made a guide that's got little choice but to be perfect for your circular saw.

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  • relbatto commented on Max Maker's instructable Make a 40$ Cold Juice Press!10 months ago
    Make a 40$ Cold Juice Press!

    As a springboard, my hobby is ceramics and this would work with minimal change to get clay de-aired (and of consistency) for throwing on the potters wheel.. this simple idea is something people can use and fabricate.We have wild sand plums by the barrel and they make an incredible jelly, juicing them , or our wild blackberries is generally done using an antique lard press, if you have inherited one.... if not you're stuck with twisting a chunk of canvas with the fruit inside... not fun or effective. thanks for a super easy, and understandable ... solution !

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  • relbatto commented on woodbywright's instructable Paste Wax10 months ago
    Paste Wax

    Out in arizona i installed a lot of saltillo tile, its crude, and made from low fired earthenware red clay, thicker than italian tile it has a great rustic charm, comes without a glazed surface., and incredibly cheap. this is something you must do if its to be used in a home where kids drop things on it but in a patio you can leave it un finished and its best to finish it very little if its used on a porch where skid resistance is a great consideration. i used a type of French Polish which i had learned about for finishing gunstocks, it was one third, beeswax, one third boiled linseed oil and one third alcohol based shellac.the method was to pour it on the tile after grouting, spread it around let it set overinght or a weekend and then do it again removing spots that hadnt absorbed the ...

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    Out in arizona i installed a lot of saltillo tile, its crude, and made from low fired earthenware red clay, thicker than italian tile it has a great rustic charm, comes without a glazed surface., and incredibly cheap. this is something you must do if its to be used in a home where kids drop things on it but in a patio you can leave it un finished and its best to finish it very little if its used on a porch where skid resistance is a great consideration. i used a type of French Polish which i had learned about for finishing gunstocks, it was one third, beeswax, one third boiled linseed oil and one third alcohol based shellac.the method was to pour it on the tile after grouting, spread it around let it set overinght or a weekend and then do it again removing spots that hadnt absorbed the goop by mopping them up and transferring the standing un absorbed part somewhere else. this gives you a faint sheen and while it may need to be re done in a year or so , the path worn be traffic is part of its native ,super cheap, and chic. look. for the outdoor stuff i would seal it with the same basic mix , substituting stoddard solven( (de oderized kerosene) for the shellac.your mix is a great inspiration for people to do some fabrication of finishiing and ( less harmful ) items , while saving big dollars. this is the spirit of instructables writ large. thanks

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  • relbatto commented on tomatoskins's instructable Wooden Dead Blow Mallet10 months ago
    Wooden Dead Blow Mallet

    genius idea, it could stand having the handle tenon extended through the top , but the leather pads on the outside to stop marring are a grand concept, the beauty of the design of a simple object is the marriage of art to antiquity, this deserves recognition, thanks for the instructable

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  • relbatto commented on iccycold3000's instructable 3D Printed Lathe11 months ago
    3D Printed Lathe

    really imaginative and illustrative of how easily patterns for casting can be made.once you have the patterns , of this accuracy you can turn out finished product for dozens of reclaimed metal duplicates, you deserve a dave gingery award for concept and execution, thank you for a great instructable.

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  • relbatto commented on imsmooth's instructable Homemade Liquid Nitrogen Generator11 months ago
    Homemade Liquid Nitrogen Generator

    this is a great instructable for those of us who are experimenting with super conducting, anti gravity , and free energy devices, it probably isn't for people who would play with it in the nude.....thanks for the well written and comprehensive look and for suggestions on where we can find the parts..The internet is an opening into a future far better than we have ever had before , during the time period when we were chipping flints and came up[ with an easier way or faster way or better source, it took centuries for the folsom point to take over. now we have you tube , my neighbor who is in his sixties just learned lennox for a cnc program, how to compiole it and has it functioning in four days from scratch. yes children the pace is too fast now and you better hold onto your hat, cause...

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    this is a great instructable for those of us who are experimenting with super conducting, anti gravity , and free energy devices, it probably isn't for people who would play with it in the nude.....thanks for the well written and comprehensive look and for suggestions on where we can find the parts..The internet is an opening into a future far better than we have ever had before , during the time period when we were chipping flints and came up[ with an easier way or faster way or better source, it took centuries for the folsom point to take over. now we have you tube , my neighbor who is in his sixties just learned lennox for a cnc program, how to compiole it and has it functioning in four days from scratch. yes children the pace is too fast now and you better hold onto your hat, cause we are going into warp 22 whether the di lithium crystals like it or not. thanks for sticking in an oar.

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  • relbatto commented on timberanew's instructable Portable Benchtop Spring Pole Lathe12 months ago
    Portable Benchtop Spring Pole Lathe

    history has served us all well in this really great easy to follow instructable. the history of wood turning shows kings and queens pursuing the hobby in the early days of turning between two trees that happened to be in the right place with springy branches pressed into service in a similar fashion . the real lesson to be learned in using what you have and not whining about what you don't have is there too but not presented in a preachy fashion at all. the amazing lathes that came along later when we had the compound screws to rotate the item and permit spirals and patterns to be added in such a fashion that i still cant figure them out shows our progress well. making a lathe out of palette wood is something i would never have thought of and to see its function here is impressive ind...

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    history has served us all well in this really great easy to follow instructable. the history of wood turning shows kings and queens pursuing the hobby in the early days of turning between two trees that happened to be in the right place with springy branches pressed into service in a similar fashion . the real lesson to be learned in using what you have and not whining about what you don't have is there too but not presented in a preachy fashion at all. the amazing lathes that came along later when we had the compound screws to rotate the item and permit spirals and patterns to be added in such a fashion that i still cant figure them out shows our progress well. making a lathe out of palette wood is something i would never have thought of and to see its function here is impressive indeed. everything we have used to pull ourself to this point came out of the ability to make a lathe. james watt built his first steam engine with pedal powered lathes and bragged about the casting that there was ..."hardly any place in it that you could put your thumb where it wasn't supposed to go..." this deserves a very loud shout out of bravo on more levels than i can praise. thank you for reminding us of those who came before and showing us that we can still function without the electric grid to make patterns and lift ourself up again.....from the progress i see from governments we may very well need it.

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  • relbatto commented on Charlie Chumrats's instructable Bangers and Mash Breakfast1 year ago
    Bangers and Mash Breakfast

    Alcohol boils off at 172 F, so between the parboiling while simmering, and frying its gone..." like the whipoorwillies of yesteryear"....Albert Alligater, denizen of POGO.

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  • Pocket Hole Plugs Cutting Sled for the Kreg Jig

    really ingenious, and super simple solutionfor the kreg plugs. instead of kreg screws i use self drilling screws for metal studs. they are tipped with an actual drill bit and since they are used to drill steel they are tough enough to do the job, but i use glue also. these come with what is called a phillips washer face head,in our country and they are used to frame a steel stud wall for home building. they are sold by the pound in our lumber yards. hope this helps

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  • relbatto commented on makjosher's instructable The Ski Sled1 year ago
    The Ski Sled

    great sugestions offered in a warm and freindly manner, this has great potential and is definitely going somewhere. cant wait for the inevitable sequel of open sourcery three point .2

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  • relbatto commented on notsosharp's instructable A Portable Panel Saw1 year ago
    A Portable Panel Saw

    Really fine solution , i seem to constantly need pieces that are 4x32 ,2x2 16x24 and have to wait till i can get to the home depot, this will make a forty mile trip disappear,and make cabinets, art projects and shelving a lot easier.

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  • relbatto commented on MarishaL's instructable Pao De Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)1 year ago
    Pao De Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

    wonderful share, and your easy bake method is truly wondrous. I have known for years that my blender accepts mason jars, but seeing you use the smoothie dealie brought it back.i use tapioca flour to make a kind of transparent pie and have a lot left.

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  • relbatto commented on Mrballeng's instructable Ductanium Bandage1 year ago
    Ductanium Bandage

    Just last week my great dane tried to shake hands with me, missed and opened up my forearm, for about three inches in what i would call a laceration,. it didnt go deep- just tore the skin . as a retired paramedic i wasnt too worried about the slice and let it bleed for a few minutes to help rinse out the mung and garfus, then i used paper towel to stop the flow and while it was still wet, slathered on some triple antibiotic ointment containing neomycin sulphate, bacitracin, and polymycin sulphate... its a knock off of a much more expensive name brand purchased at dollar general.... after greasing up the gash , liberally, i wrapped paper towels around the whole arm and then used duct tape to secure it in place firmly enough that it stopped any further bleeding. next day i checked for inf...

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    Just last week my great dane tried to shake hands with me, missed and opened up my forearm, for about three inches in what i would call a laceration,. it didnt go deep- just tore the skin . as a retired paramedic i wasnt too worried about the slice and let it bleed for a few minutes to help rinse out the mung and garfus, then i used paper towel to stop the flow and while it was still wet, slathered on some triple antibiotic ointment containing neomycin sulphate, bacitracin, and polymycin sulphate... its a knock off of a much more expensive name brand purchased at dollar general.... after greasing up the gash , liberally, i wrapped paper towels around the whole arm and then used duct tape to secure it in place firmly enough that it stopped any further bleeding. next day i checked for infections (towel came off easily and the duct tape too) rinsed the worst of the gore away gently in order not to start it bleeding again and used hydrogen peroxide,followed with potassium permangenate to complete the debridement, it healed without infection, which can be spotted in angry red color and pain at the site, if this happens its important to treat it . I am forty miles from help in the country and if i had found my superglue it would have left me with less of a scar, hydrogen peroxide is really inexpensive and i recommend it for your prepared site, and KMN04 is really light weight and comes in a porous granule form you can carry dry, use to disinfect wounds, after diluting to a rich purple, in an emergency sterilize drinking water by keeping it very light pink,repeat very light pink... sterilize a field before surgery ,again dark purple. its a powerful fungicide for your feet, or to cure crotch rot. it dyes the skin temporarily, and it makes a great fire starter used in tiny amounts with glycerin to start a fire. this instruction is for grown ups who understand the words emergency and dont think a little is good mores better.its poisonous in the dark purple stage if ingested..goes bang with glycerin if used liberally.the salve and kmno4 are highly recommended to help out with wounds.ebay has a pound of it for koi ponds for $7. chemically pure its higher cost and less of it, 2 Tablespoons occupies little space in a plastic bag and the bag helps prevent sticking to the wound. the parchment paper is a wonderful idea and the whole concept that you can take care of a big wound yourself when required is something that more people need to put into the concept of survival. . i kept the dog didn,t beat him and he recovered from getting cusssed out.

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  • relbatto commented on jbrauer's instructable Appalachian Stick Dulcimer1 year ago
    Appalachian Stick Dulcimer

    he mountain dulcimer has traditionally been made with 3 strings since the 1600s and is a true native american instrument- loosely based on a couple of older ideas from europe. I have played my version of it since the early seventies and recommend it highly for any person during those dark periods of the night when the great hounds shoulda coulda and wooda come to knaw at you. Sometime in the last hundred years it gained a fourth string tuned simultaneous to, and adjacent to, the number one string, and with a 6 1/2 fret added it is able to play lots of things that are outside a modal (myxolydian) range. . most modern music is in the ionic range and this extra fret lets you do just about any music quickly and lets literally anyone with hands play the mountain dulcimer.the national cham...

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    he mountain dulcimer has traditionally been made with 3 strings since the 1600s and is a true native american instrument- loosely based on a couple of older ideas from europe. I have played my version of it since the early seventies and recommend it highly for any person during those dark periods of the night when the great hounds shoulda coulda and wooda come to knaw at you. Sometime in the last hundred years it gained a fourth string tuned simultaneous to, and adjacent to, the number one string, and with a 6 1/2 fret added it is able to play lots of things that are outside a modal (myxolydian) range. . most modern music is in the ionic range and this extra fret lets you do just about any music quickly and lets literally anyone with hands play the mountain dulcimer.the national championships for this real instrument take place in winfeild, kansas during the month of September. your design is a real piece of history and i hope you play it and enjoy it for as many years as i have.you have a really fine version and i hope you enjoy it.

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  • relbatto commented on joen's instructable Indoor Rope Making1 year ago
    Indoor Rope Making

    here in oklahoma, the giant bales of alfalfa are secured with a strong twine made of plastic. as each bale is fed to horses or cattle, the twine becomes a cast off usually twenty feet at a time. i made one of the outdoor,crank type rope makers for my grandsons and they turned out serviceable chunks of rope to use around the farm for a while then lost interest, but not before they had learned a truly valuable survival skill. obviously with a chunk of rope and a tarp you have a tent, but with any rope you can make snares and fish or game comes in handy when you’re lost in a wilderness or enjoying one of our states emergency suspensions of civilization, due to tornadoes, firestorms, ice storms, or earth quakes.I had heard of spindle spinning for making strong thin bow strings and so...

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    here in oklahoma, the giant bales of alfalfa are secured with a strong twine made of plastic. as each bale is fed to horses or cattle, the twine becomes a cast off usually twenty feet at a time. i made one of the outdoor,crank type rope makers for my grandsons and they turned out serviceable chunks of rope to use around the farm for a while then lost interest, but not before they had learned a truly valuable survival skill. obviously with a chunk of rope and a tarp you have a tent, but with any rope you can make snares and fish or game comes in handy when you’re lost in a wilderness or enjoying one of our states emergency suspensions of civilization, due to tornadoes, firestorms, ice storms, or earth quakes.I had heard of spindle spinning for making strong thin bow strings and something to tie saplings into a frame for wattle and daub or wikiup, and this is a really nice instructable on how to fill time without tv ,in an emergency shelter using cast off materials for every part and parcel. I read the instructable three times before the whole thing snapped into place and the ‘penny dropped’, but thats not because you didnt do a good job of explaining all the parts and how they work- its just that the unit you build with drop spindles is a complete process . i look forward to your further instruction on how to get rid of the knotted aspect, we just tied twine together to make rope material , the knots were ugly but its a rope after all not a swiss cabinet, and they didnt hurt the function. I have about five cubic feet of plastic bags (three trips to wallyworld and the grocery,), and enough of an idea to get started, whereupon it will doubtless become clear. thanks for sharing the knowledge, my grandchildren make stuff out of paracord to give as gifts, or for their bugout bags.

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  • How to Make a Traditional Joiners Mallet

    in germany they used to give a gunsmith trainee a chunk of metal and a file and his firs job was to make his tools. as a concept its hard to beat, and the result is impressive here.-makes me think of Leroy Jethro Gibbs building boats in the basenment, bravo.

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  • relbatto commented on WoodPlusMore's instructable Oak and Walnut Tortilla Press1 year ago
    Oak and Walnut Tortilla Press

    The press itself is a great design, it looks like its extremely strong for the task at hand, i put the nixtmal or prepared dough inside a one gallon zip lock bag and press it, then slide a hand under the tortilla slowly and the rest will fall into your hand from its'ceiling...makes the process a lot faster , then into a hot cast iron skillet to toast. discovering the trick made it possible to make the tortillas faster than they can be gobbled up. i use the same press to make pitas made with yeast bread dough. beautiful project , now give her a stil...they get suspicious if you give them their own lawnmower..

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  • relbatto commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Homemade Sausage1 year ago
    Homemade Sausage

    some 65 years ago salami actually had taste. I recall it from my youth where it was a staple in the sandwich rich environment of central kansas. we found a wild garlic on a sunday car trip and took it home where , planted in our summer garden,. it quickly took up a space eight by ten feet. in the fall when the stalks were dry and yellow we'd pull enough for a wreath and mow the rest to ensure a rich crop next spring. the smell of that 8x10 area freshly mowed was exactly like three slices of salami, in the days before political correctness and the harvard school of business administration -skewed the delectable cold cut into a thing of slimy sawdust. i wonder if you might have some remedy in your recipes for an edible form of salami? preferably one thats either smoked or cooked, i dont ...

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    some 65 years ago salami actually had taste. I recall it from my youth where it was a staple in the sandwich rich environment of central kansas. we found a wild garlic on a sunday car trip and took it home where , planted in our summer garden,. it quickly took up a space eight by ten feet. in the fall when the stalks were dry and yellow we'd pull enough for a wreath and mow the rest to ensure a rich crop next spring. the smell of that 8x10 area freshly mowed was exactly like three slices of salami, in the days before political correctness and the harvard school of business administration -skewed the delectable cold cut into a thing of slimy sawdust. i wonder if you might have some remedy in your recipes for an edible form of salami? preferably one thats either smoked or cooked, i dont want trichinosis. my k5 has benefited from a meat grinder and sausage stuffer to resurrect old cajun white boudin and french farmers goodies with hints of floral scent. pork shoulders are inexpensive which you didnt mention, i get two for less than twelve dollars.which work wonders for pulled pork barbecue and mexican carnitas, and glorious breakfast sausage. your sausage looks really spectacular, the balance of seasoning is inspired. you might mention that you can grind your meat in food processors and roll it in aluminum foil to bake in order to encourage the novice. its not really much more difficult than meatloaf, and dare i say french pate? great ible, thanks for blazing the trail.

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  • relbatto commented on Adam Gabbert's instructable Secret Compartment Floating Shelf1 year ago
    Secret Compartment Floating Shelf

    great idea and superb craftsmanship, most impressive. from the contents i'm not alone in my trust issues.

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  • relbatto commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Fire Piston (Made From Aluminium)1 year ago
    Fire Piston (Made From Aluminium)

    really nice instructions on how to make something vital for survival. in pioneer America , there were no matches, instead they used flint and steel to start a fire , then kept it going. neighbors would occasionally have to borrow embers from an existing fire and they had to carry it home in a bed of flammable materials wrapped tightly in leather so it would just smolder till it got home. the flint and steel method works great with charcloth and your fabrication method is simple and effective. actual;fire starting with the glowing ember is tougher than it would seem but with plenty of small pieces of tinder to catch, then a store of progressively larger bits and chunks you can build a fire that will keep you warm and keep bears away. its important to practice survival techniques before...

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    really nice instructions on how to make something vital for survival. in pioneer America , there were no matches, instead they used flint and steel to start a fire , then kept it going. neighbors would occasionally have to borrow embers from an existing fire and they had to carry it home in a bed of flammable materials wrapped tightly in leather so it would just smolder till it got home. the flint and steel method works great with charcloth and your fabrication method is simple and effective. actual;fire starting with the glowing ember is tougher than it would seem but with plenty of small pieces of tinder to catch, then a store of progressively larger bits and chunks you can build a fire that will keep you warm and keep bears away. its important to practice survival techniques before they are needed, so dont set the house on fire and be ready to put it out with ten times as much water as you think it would take. children shoudn't play with matches, but i live in Oklahoma where tornadoes, wind storms, ice storms,floods and now major earthquakes make it a necessity to train kids to have a bug out bag and knowledge of how to take care of them-self.,

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  • Individual Beef Wellington with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

    an inspired dish,gorgeous presentation,and doable dish. Made me remember how long its been since i had Steak Madrid, which is another steak roman candle dish ...and having gone from your cultured dish to Spanish cuisine, lets give a nod to Italy's Bracciole !!!!! Hope you will honor us with your version of them , they too have the disadvantage that they are for BIG dinner parties...This miniaturization is true genius..

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  • Firing natural clay WITHOUT A KILN

    we used to use a similar method and include newspapers that had been soaked in solutions of various metallic salts, our clay pieces were placed in a fire pit filled with wood chips and the pottery was wrapped in the dried newspapers, yuu get some incredible results. your designs for small jewelry pieces are really well thought out shapes and graffiti incisions. we just did small pots and figures. Your method will work anywhere and doesn't involve a lot of hunter gatherer effort. i will definitely show this to my grand daughter. We live in Oklahoma and the red clay here should give really nice results.

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  • relbatto commented on More Cowbell's instructable Easy Generator to Home Hook Up1 year ago
    Easy Generator to Home Hook Up

    The formulae for power in watts is as easy as PIE.... where P=IE, or :P= power in wattsI = CurrentE= voltage(electromotive force)Therefore if you have a minimal power generator of 5000 watts, that puts out 240 volts it will when plugged into the physics show:5000watts/240volts=20.83333333(etc)ampsthis wont change when back fed into a 7500 volt line, but the laws of physics will kick in so:5000 Watts = 7500x I or 7500volts/ 5000wattsx1.5 amps(approximately..... infinite threes rounded)And 1.5 amps will reach out and kill you quite dead even in a total system collapse... where hopefully somebody is trying to fix it. Here in Oklahoma, ice storms every year take out our electrical service and coat the lines with inches of clear ice. Its common for us to lose power for three days, and not m...

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    The formulae for power in watts is as easy as PIE.... where P=IE, or :P= power in wattsI = CurrentE= voltage(electromotive force)Therefore if you have a minimal power generator of 5000 watts, that puts out 240 volts it will when plugged into the physics show:5000watts/240volts=20.83333333(etc)ampsthis wont change when back fed into a 7500 volt line, but the laws of physics will kick in so:5000 Watts = 7500x I or 7500volts/ 5000wattsx1.5 amps(approximately..... infinite threes rounded)And 1.5 amps will reach out and kill you quite dead even in a total system collapse... where hopefully somebody is trying to fix it. Here in Oklahoma, ice storms every year take out our electrical service and coat the lines with inches of clear ice. Its common for us to lose power for three days, and not many years ago western Oklahoma was down for thirty days-ninety days. Voltage really doesn’t care which direction its asked to go, the Instructable has a very safe and inexpensive solution to keeping the linemen alive and working on fixing the problem.and since I know a lot of them , they will be out working in any weather , condition, or happening with or without hope for the future entering their mind..

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  • relbatto commented on vina1991's instructable ULTRA CHEEP HOME AUTOMATION UNDER $51 year ago
    ULTRA CHEEP HOME AUTOMATION UNDER $5

    I really enjoyed the water level controller, electronics is a world class hobby that needs projects like this to spread the joy of being able to actually fix things. ebay has some fantastic bargains on electronic relays capable of handling 20, 40, even 100 amps of ac (triggered by 3-to 36v dc)at low prices. i do a lot of simple projects living in the country , and used the water level controller on my evaporation cooler . they have a little float valve that gets plugged easily and floods the ground or goes dry and quits cooling. I substituted the water inlet valve (110ac) from a discarded washing machine for the pump and solved the problem. While relays can be salvaged from automobiles where they control fuel pumps and lots of other items,(0$ cost), the solid state stuff will last for...

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    I really enjoyed the water level controller, electronics is a world class hobby that needs projects like this to spread the joy of being able to actually fix things. ebay has some fantastic bargains on electronic relays capable of handling 20, 40, even 100 amps of ac (triggered by 3-to 36v dc)at low prices. i do a lot of simple projects living in the country , and used the water level controller on my evaporation cooler . they have a little float valve that gets plugged easily and floods the ground or goes dry and quits cooling. I substituted the water inlet valve (110ac) from a discarded washing machine for the pump and solved the problem. While relays can be salvaged from automobiles where they control fuel pumps and lots of other items,(0$ cost), the solid state stuff will last for decades... if the electrical storms and tornadoes don't get them first, .... i live in Oklahoma! thanks for doing what you can to make electronics useful to ordinary folk who are missing out on a great hobby.

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  • Breathe New Life into an Old Computer

    I've done this for several years and given away about twenty laptops and some desktops too. My daughter has a large insurance company and gives me the ones that are up for replacement. I also buy them by the palette load from government auctions where they have no hard drive, once paid twenty dollars for twenty HP 475 g models . they had lost their wifi built in and i replaced it with a dongle($3), put in a used hard drive and tried to install xp pro for a month... finally in desperation i tried ubuntu 14-04 which installed in twenty minutes and fired up as a usable computer with word processing, spreadsheet, and data handling capabilities. the drivers were all installed and it functions beautifully for internet trolling and since i use abiword for a word processor it can exchange docum...

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    I've done this for several years and given away about twenty laptops and some desktops too. My daughter has a large insurance company and gives me the ones that are up for replacement. I also buy them by the palette load from government auctions where they have no hard drive, once paid twenty dollars for twenty HP 475 g models . they had lost their wifi built in and i replaced it with a dongle($3), put in a used hard drive and tried to install xp pro for a month... finally in desperation i tried ubuntu 14-04 which installed in twenty minutes and fired up as a usable computer with word processing, spreadsheet, and data handling capabilities. the drivers were all installed and it functions beautifully for internet trolling and since i use abiword for a word processor it can exchange documents with my dell e550 (which i am writing this on.) Abiword is like a rosetta stone for interchanging different word processors and free to boot. these work great for students and while not capable of playing the latest games, they do a good job of letting people start to realize the door which all computers swing open. if you need to know how to do anything you can find it on the internet, indeed you tube probably has a short film . last night my grandson had a problem with backing up his boat trailer, i typed a short querry to google and got hundreds of spots to go , looked it up and found out that his boat trailer has surge brakes and you slide a rod into the trailer to keep backing up from meaning put the brakes on harder. Problem solved in twenty seconds of research. old laptops can become a sorcerers book of en-ablement for old folks living alone, young people trying to learn, home bound people who are ill, budding gourmets and children. old ram and bundles of hard drives are available on ebay super cheap and if you stick to the same type of ram and read about ide and sata hard drives first you can build a reserve of great functional repair items for less than twenty dollars which can enrich two dozen lives beyond belief. incidentally I am 75 years old and far from the techie teen you might suspect, thanks for exploring this creative and rewarding hobby that spreads true ability, you are enriching thousands of lives

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