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  • rustybender's instructable Beautiful Bandsawn Bud Vase's weekly stats: 1 week ago
    • Beautiful Bandsawn Bud Vase
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  • rustybender commented on boddhi15's instructable Heirloom Rocking Unicorn1 week ago
    Heirloom Rocking Unicorn

    You can buy a rocking horse pattern from Grizzly Tools for only $0.50. It is not exactly the same as this one, but it would give you a pretty good start.

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  • DIY Carbide Lathe Tools for Cheap

    Thanks for posting this, I will be making a set. I've been lusting after carbide turning tools for a while but the price has been holding me back. Outstanding job!

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  • rustybender commented on seamster's instructable Portable Bandsaw Metal Stand1 month ago
    Portable Bandsaw Metal Stand

    What a great way to repurpose a tool! My local craigslist always has portable band saws for cheap, so this would be a fairly inexpensive way to get a small benchtop band saw.

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  • rustybender's instructable Under Shelf LED Light's weekly stats: 1 month ago
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  • rustybender commented on badtheba's instructable PEZ Dispenser Display Support1 month ago
    PEZ Dispenser Display Support

    Very clever. I've got a collection of around 300 Pez dispensers and I feel your pain. I had several of mine on narrow shelves that ran along the tops of door and window frames. One slammed door could lead to an avalanche. I solved my domino problem by running a thin 1/2" strip of balsa wood along the surface of the shelf. I tacked it down in a few places but left most of it "floating." Then I just slid the "toes" of the feet under the strip. It worked really well. Also, I laughed a bit at your very good advice on hiding your collection if you are single and hope to get married. Its not impossible to find someone who won't see a toy collection and think "man child," but putting it away definitely improves your chances of not scarring away "the o...see more »Very clever. I've got a collection of around 300 Pez dispensers and I feel your pain. I had several of mine on narrow shelves that ran along the tops of door and window frames. One slammed door could lead to an avalanche. I solved my domino problem by running a thin 1/2" strip of balsa wood along the surface of the shelf. I tacked it down in a few places but left most of it "floating." Then I just slid the "toes" of the feet under the strip. It worked really well. Also, I laughed a bit at your very good advice on hiding your collection if you are single and hope to get married. Its not impossible to find someone who won't see a toy collection and think "man child," but putting it away definitely improves your chances of not scarring away "the one."

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  • Indestructible Nalgene Water Bottle

    Very nice. I've had a few of those straps break on me before.While cleaning my bottles, I accidentally discovered an easy way to remove the retaining strap. Every now and then I will give my bottles a deep cleaning where I drop them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. Normally I fish them out with the handle from a wooden spoon, but this particular time I used a pair of tongs and tried grabbing them by the strap. It turns out that plastic gets very pliable in hot water, and the straps just slid off the bottle. A little tug from the opposite direction and the strap came off the cap. Obviously this is slower than just cutting them off, but if your are already going to be cleaning your bottles, it is an easy way to combine tasks.

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  • rustybender commented on kt9887's instructable Mighty Oak Fishing Pole Rack1 month ago
    Mighty Oak Fishing Pole Rack

    Very cool. I like how the reels are elevated. So many rod holder keep the reels down near the ground where they are subjected to extra grime and dust. (We keep our rods on our porch, so it's not the cleanest environment)

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  • rustybender commented on rustybender's instructable Under Shelf LED Light1 month ago
  • rustybender commented on rustybender's instructable Under Shelf LED Light1 month ago
    Under Shelf LED Light

    I'm not sure if you are critiquing my photos, or just suggesting how to make a brighter light. I'm assuming the latter.This is definitely a "task" light and not intended for photography. I don't take many pictures at my desk, I use it primarily for reading and for prototyping circuits with a breadboard. Reading the color bands on resistors in low light was quite difficult and this fixes that problem for me. I've got a different set of lights and backdrops I use when I'm going for high quality pictures. This was my first Instructable and one thing I took away from it is I should have taken more pictures. I thought I was doing a good job taking pics throughout the build, but when it came time to create the 'ible, there were a few places where I wish I had taken more.

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  • rustybender commented on rustybender's instructable Under Shelf LED Light1 month ago
    Under Shelf LED Light

    Thank You! This is my first Instructable so I appreciate your comment.

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  • rustybender entered Under Shelf LED Light in the Shelving Contest 2016 contest 1 month ago
  • rustybender commented on DawsonL4's instructable How to Shave With a Safety Razor.1 month ago
    How to Shave With a Safety Razor.

    I've been using a safety razor for 10+ years. I used to run a site that sold safety razors and these are the two tips people consistently told me were the most helpful.First, when applying the lather to your face, your last strokes with the brush should be against the grain of your hair. This will make the hairs stand up instead of being flattened against your face. If you shave every day, this won't make a huge difference, but if you are lazy like me and only shave every few days, this helps you get a clean shave with fewer passes.Another tip is to use light pressure. Multi-blade cartridge razors have much more resistance, so you get used to having to press harder when shaving. With a safety razor, you only have one cutting edge so you won't need to press as hard. Press too hard and y...see more »I've been using a safety razor for 10+ years. I used to run a site that sold safety razors and these are the two tips people consistently told me were the most helpful.First, when applying the lather to your face, your last strokes with the brush should be against the grain of your hair. This will make the hairs stand up instead of being flattened against your face. If you shave every day, this won't make a huge difference, but if you are lazy like me and only shave every few days, this helps you get a clean shave with fewer passes.Another tip is to use light pressure. Multi-blade cartridge razors have much more resistance, so you get used to having to press harder when shaving. With a safety razor, you only have one cutting edge so you won't need to press as hard. Press too hard and you are asking for nicks or razor burn. If you find yourself using too much pressure, try changing your grip so you are holding the razor with your fingertips down at the end of the handle (away from the blade.) When you hold it like this, it makes it difficult to apply to much pressure and allows the weight of the razor to do all the work.

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  • rustybender commented on Buck_802's instructable Simply Sinful Smoked Cheddar2 months ago
    Simply Sinful Smoked Cheddar

    I smoke cheese with my Traeger smoker regularly. If you use a smoker, I would recommend cutting back the smoke time as a smoker puts out a lot more smoke than a smoke tube. If you go too long, the smoke flavor can overpower the cheese flavor. Also, soft cheese ten to absorb faster. When I do Cheddar, I leave it in for an hour to an hour and a half. For mozzarella I only leave it in for about 40 minutes.

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  • rustybender completed the lesson Input/Output in the class Arduino Class2 months ago
  • rustybender made the instructable Input/Output2 months ago
    Input/Output

    All good. Very imformative

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  • rustybender commented on Trochilidesign's instructable USB Volume knob2 months ago
    USB Volume knob

    Instructables is about invention, but it is also about learning. Its not just showing of something you invented, it is showing people how they can do it too. It's right there is the site's name: Instruct.Inspiration is great, but this site is founded on instructing and learning. If you only want to inspire and not instruct, there is already a site for that, its called Pinterest.You will note I'm not the only one who has asked for the code. That should tip you off that maybe it should have been included. These people aren't just complaining for the sake of it, they've been inspired, but are stuck like me because they don't possess the same knowledge as you. Telling them to "figure it out" is cruel. I have been learning to code Arduinos, but I'm just beginning. For someone wit...see more »Instructables is about invention, but it is also about learning. Its not just showing of something you invented, it is showing people how they can do it too. It's right there is the site's name: Instruct.Inspiration is great, but this site is founded on instructing and learning. If you only want to inspire and not instruct, there is already a site for that, its called Pinterest.You will note I'm not the only one who has asked for the code. That should tip you off that maybe it should have been included. These people aren't just complaining for the sake of it, they've been inspired, but are stuck like me because they don't possess the same knowledge as you. Telling them to "figure it out" is cruel. I have been learning to code Arduinos, but I'm just beginning. For someone with no programing experience, it is like learning a foreign language. Someday I hope to be to the point where I can conceive an idea and code it from scratch, but that is a long ways off. Looking at other people's code allows someone like me who is still learning to look at it and see how it works! Once I understand how it works, I can use it as-is, or modify it for another project. Don't think by offering a little hand-holding you are preventing people from learning. It is quite the opposite. Show us how it is done so we can take that knowledge and run with it!

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  • rustybender commented on Trochilidesign's instructable USB Volume knob2 months ago
    USB Volume knob

    What a disapointment. This Instructable caught my attention because it took the design from the Arduino tutorial and incorporated a neopixel ring. I already have an unused Trinket Pro and some extra neopixel rings, so I thought this would be a great project. I don't have access to CNC, but that's not a show stopper for me. I can just craft a box and dial in my woodshop, and fill it with the electronics from this Instructable. Unfortunately, the electronics is where this Instructable falls apart. The author took the USB volume knob from the Arduino tutorial and improved it by adding a Neopixel ring, but they failed to include any information on how that was done. It is very frustrating to see there is no updated code and no updated wiring diagram. The CNC portion on this Instructable loo...see more »What a disapointment. This Instructable caught my attention because it took the design from the Arduino tutorial and incorporated a neopixel ring. I already have an unused Trinket Pro and some extra neopixel rings, so I thought this would be a great project. I don't have access to CNC, but that's not a show stopper for me. I can just craft a box and dial in my woodshop, and fill it with the electronics from this Instructable. Unfortunately, the electronics is where this Instructable falls apart. The author took the USB volume knob from the Arduino tutorial and improved it by adding a Neopixel ring, but they failed to include any information on how that was done. It is very frustrating to see there is no updated code and no updated wiring diagram. The CNC portion on this Instructable looks very impressive, but the omission of detail for the electronics drags it down. If the author would update it with the code and an updated wiring diagram, it could be a really great Instructable.

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  • rustybender commented on matt392's instructable Portable Hammer3 months ago
    Portable Hammer

    About 20 years ago, an old carpenter taught me if you want a really useful light duty hammer that also can function as a pry bar, a scratch awl, or a screwdriver, all you need is....a screwdriver.Just hold the screwdriver backwards and use the handle as the head of the hammer. Flick your wrist to swing it. It works pretty good as long and you aren't trying to pound nails into really dense material (oak would be a challenge). Obviously a hammer is best, but when you find yourself up a ladder or on a roof needing to pound in one or two nails and your hammer is nowhere to be found, this comes in really handy.A couple tips:Screwdrivers without the rubber coating on the handle work best as they will transfer the energy to the nail better. The longer and heavier the screwdriver, the easier i...see more »About 20 years ago, an old carpenter taught me if you want a really useful light duty hammer that also can function as a pry bar, a scratch awl, or a screwdriver, all you need is....a screwdriver.Just hold the screwdriver backwards and use the handle as the head of the hammer. Flick your wrist to swing it. It works pretty good as long and you aren't trying to pound nails into really dense material (oak would be a challenge). Obviously a hammer is best, but when you find yourself up a ladder or on a roof needing to pound in one or two nails and your hammer is nowhere to be found, this comes in really handy.A couple tips:Screwdrivers without the rubber coating on the handle work best as they will transfer the energy to the nail better. The longer and heavier the screwdriver, the easier it will be to pound nails.The closer to the point you hold it, the harder it will hit. I usually only hold it with my thumb and index finger so I maximize the arc of the swing.

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  • rustybender commented on ClenseYourPallet's instructable Hardwood Rug3 months ago
    Hardwood Rug

    I've got almost 3 5 gallon buckets full of little scrap pieces. Anytime I have a waste piece of wood that's too small for anything obvious, I throw them in a bucket. It take time to build a good collection.If you want to cheat a bit, find a woodworking store and see if they sell scraps.My local woodworking store has a few bargain barrels full of scraps they sell by the pound. The pieces are too small to be used for larger projects, but would be perfect for this. I'm planning on picking up some pieces to add some additional "color" to my rug.

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  • Arduino Uno w/ ATmega168 w/ 16Mhz and 20Mhz support

    I'm pretty new to Arduino. What would be the benefit to using the 168 on the UNO instead of the 328 it comes with?

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  • rustybender commented on ClenseYourPallet's instructable Hardwood Rug3 months ago
    Hardwood Rug

    Really nice project. I've got tons of scrap wood laying around and this would be a perfect project to use some of it up. I'm a little wary of using one continuous weave to hold everything together as one break in the twine would cause everything to fall apart. I might try using separate twine runs for every few rows. The other thing I would be tempted to change is to use half-blocks on the end rows so it looks nice and square.I'll probably route the edges of the boards before cutting them into individual pieces. I might lose a little accuracy on the drill press, but as long as I'm using flexible twine/cord as the connections, a little misalignment shouldn't be a deal breaker.

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  • rustybender commented on FabienM9's instructable Ecuadorian Cookie Table4 months ago
    Ecuadorian Cookie Table

    So, how do we make one?

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  • rustybender commented on bekathwia's instructable Your First Experiments4 months ago
    Your First Experiments

    Fair enough, I wasn't aware of the problems with wiring LEDs in parallel. It goes to show how having a little knowledge can sometimes get you into more trouble than being completely ignorant on a subject.

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  • rustybender commented on bekathwia's instructable Your First Experiments4 months ago
    Your First Experiments

    Here is my finished project. I had to use actual red, green, and blue LEDs since my clear LEDs were just white. I also removed the blue wire that connected the red LED's resistor to ground and just ran the resistor direct to ground since the wire didn't serve any purpose. The second picture is the same circuit with 2 of the resistors removed. (I like to challenge myself to remove redundant components where possible)

    I encountered the same problem. In the instructions, it says to grab the three clear-lens LEDs and the wording seems to indicate that while the shell is clear, each one will glow either red, blue, or green. The animated GIF also shows this. Like MyatCharm, my clear LED's only produce "white" light. I worked around this by just using red, green, and blue LEDs.

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  • rustybender commented on StephanP1's instructable Very Simple DIY Table Saw4 months ago
    Very Simple DIY Table Saw

    In the US you can find used contractor saws on Craigslist and at pawn shops for under $400 easily. I would hardly call those toys. They aren't cabinet saw quality, but they are going to be better suited for table saw work than any upside-down track saw. I think Raitis's point is it would be foolish to go out and buy a track saw just to use in this manner. Now if someone already has a track saw, this is a clever way to repurpose that tool and delay purchasing a dedicated table saw. It would also be a nice alternative for someone with limited workshop space.

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  • rustybender commented on kenyer's instructable Fidget toy hand spinner5 months ago
    Fidget toy hand spinner

    I don't see why not. I'm going to try making one out of wood. My kid plays roller derby so I've got lots of bearings laying around.

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  • rustybender commented on sandilya.anisetty's instructable AC Drill Speed Controller5 months ago
    AC Drill Speed Controller

    I like the idea, but I would use this sparingly. Running an electric motor at low voltage can damage the motor. The motor will run hot and wear out quicker. http://ecmweb.com/content/how-save-your-motors-dur...Dremel used to offer a variable speed controller box you could plug your Dremel (or other tools) into. It kept the voltage constant at all speeds so your tools were safe. I believe it modified the frequency instead of the voltage. There's probably something similar out there that would do the job without risking your tools.

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  • rustybender commented on voiceoverbob's instructable Hand Made Dominoes!5 months ago
    Hand Made Dominoes!

    Nice. It looks like a fun project. I'm tempted to try making a set myself.That wood you are using looks to be Oak, not Pine. Oak is actually is a good choice for Dominos since it will resist dents and scratches better than Pine.

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