Instructables: exploring - workshop - metalworking - metal - featured http://www.instructables.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:38:54 PDT BLOX v1.01 Making a Kant Twist Clamp http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-Kant-Twist-Clamp/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FF2/C2RT/HTEUFUXW/FF2C2RTHTEUFUXW.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FF2/C2RT/HTEUFUXW/FF2C2RTHTEUFUXW.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FF2/C2RT/HTEUFUXW/FF2C2RTHTEUFUXW.SMALL.jpg Switch and Lever Face it, tools are cool! Sometimes tools are so cool that you want them, regardless if they are unavailable to you. Such was the case with the Kant twist clamp. Living in Sweden these clamps are not available, and entirely unheard of, but the desire to have one was still there. Aside from being a u...
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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:45:53 PDT
How to Mount, Polish, and Etch a Metallographic Sample for Optical Microscopy http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Mount-Polish-and-Etch-a-Metallographic-Samp/
How to Mount, Polish, and Etch a Metallographic Sample for Optical Microscopy - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FZX/7BCZ/HSE9584O/FZX7BCZHSE9584O.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZX/7BCZ/HSE9584O/FZX7BCZHSE9584O.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZX/7BCZ/HSE9584O/FZX7BCZHSE9584O.SMALL.jpg jjwicks Are you someone who's interested in metals, likes to look at things under a microscope, and finds themselves in a lab with time to spare? Then learning how to mount, polish, and etch a metallographic sample for optical microscopy might just be for you! Chances are you're an engineering student who h...
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Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:14:07 PST
Build an awesome custom ladder for your truck/mobile work station http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-an-awesome-custom-ladder-for-your-truck/
Build an awesome custom ladder for your truck/mobile work station - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F2Y/2LPZ/HS61A2X3/F2Y2LPZHS61A2X3.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2Y/2LPZ/HS61A2X3/F2Y2LPZHS61A2X3.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2Y/2LPZ/HS61A2X3/F2Y2LPZHS61A2X3.SMALL.jpg damianzuch EXCITING! We're putting this Instructable in the Mobile Work Spaces contest, if you like it please vote in the upper right hand corner! Holy cow, those prizes are awesome!!! :) OK, so, our shop often rents trucks for several months at a time and we turn them into mobile work stations. We will occas...
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Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:08:05 PST
How to Forge a Rose http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Forge-a-Rose/
How to Forge a Rose - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FTF/57N8/HRI8XS8S/FTF57N8HRI8XS8S.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTF/57N8/HRI8XS8S/FTF57N8HRI8XS8S.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTF/57N8/HRI8XS8S/FTF57N8HRI8XS8S.SMALL.jpg macgyver603 The rose is a powerful symbol of love throughout society, and it has been since the dawn of civilization. Show your valentine that they are a powerful part of your life by giving them a forged rose. This is a fairly difficult project, but with patience and hard work, you will have a gift that will ...
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Fri, 14 Feb 2014 01:30:44 PST
Hang a heavy display box on a wall http://www.instructables.com/id/Hang-a-heavy-display-box-on-a-wall/
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Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:58:30 PST
Make a Belt Buckle out of Steel http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Belt-Buckle-out-of-Steel/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FDA/R158/HRKR25D4/FDAR158HRKR25D4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDA/R158/HRKR25D4/FDAR158HRKR25D4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDA/R158/HRKR25D4/FDAR158HRKR25D4.SMALL.jpg tinkertinker This video shows the process I use to make belt buckles out of steel or stainless steel. I cut mine from 3/16" plate. You will need a welder (preferably TIG), a drill press, a belt sander, and some miscellaneous tools to make buckles with this method. If you have a tumbler, a great way to pre-finish...
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Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:18:05 PST
A Citrus Juice Press with Mortise and Tenon Joints http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Citrus-Juice-Press-with-Mortise-and-Tenon-Joints/
A Citrus Juice Press with Mortise and Tenon Joints - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FIF/AAU8/HRBNCADB/FIFAAU8HRBNCADB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIF/AAU8/HRBNCADB/FIFAAU8HRBNCADB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIF/AAU8/HRBNCADB/FIFAAU8HRBNCADB.SMALL.jpg tinkertinker The goals of this project are two-fold: Make an awesome and beautiful citrus juicer Create a mechanical/metal project that someone can build with almost no tooling of their own, as a means of learning more about outsourcing manufacturing steps. The result is this juicer constructed of w...
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Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:52:37 PST
Paw Print Bottle Openers http://www.instructables.com/id/Paw-Print-Bottle-Openers/
Paw Print Bottle Openers - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FKR/SNH1/HQ1E91JB/FKRSNH1HQ1E91JB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKR/SNH1/HQ1E91JB/FKRSNH1HQ1E91JB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKR/SNH1/HQ1E91JB/FKRSNH1HQ1E91JB.SMALL.jpg Natalina I am a newbie to metal working, and decided to try a simple project to get acquainted with some of the awesome tools we have at the Pier 9 shop (I work here at Instructables, and we have an amazing new shop! Apply to be an AIR and you can use it too!). I made these as christmas gifts for my family w...
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Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:50:11 PST
VEGAN Branding Iron for the grill http://www.instructables.com/id/VEGAN-Branding-Iron-for-the-grill/
VEGAN Branding Iron for the grill - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FQZ/CE6X/HPPI1DIN/FQZCE6XHPPI1DIN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQZ/CE6X/HPPI1DIN/FQZCE6XHPPI1DIN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQZ/CE6X/HPPI1DIN/FQZCE6XHPPI1DIN.SMALL.jpg ivan_stephens Every year for Christmas a few friends and I try to make handmade gifts. A big concern is cost and time to build. My wife had purchased a branding iron for me at a store outside of Houston. I liked the design of the original but figured we could make it much nicer. These can be used on steaks, pork ...
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Fri, 27 Dec 2013 09:38:03 PST
how to make a fireplace / BBQ out of steel http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-a-fireplace-BBQ-out-of-steel/
how to make a fireplace / BBQ out of steel - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F80/RGCO/HOUFXFQJ/F80RGCOHOUFXFQJ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F80/RGCO/HOUFXFQJ/F80RGCOHOUFXFQJ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F80/RGCO/HOUFXFQJ/F80RGCOHOUFXFQJ.SMALL.jpg hukkitorte This is how to make a nice big firebowl for a BBQ really fast in the workshop.. The Bowl Get a nice top of a boiler.. (sometimes scrapyards have them lying around).This time I bought one, was about 100€. 800mm in diameter and 6mm thickness Find the center Find the exact center and drill a hole...
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Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:38:05 PST
Katana Letter Opener http://www.instructables.com/id/Katana-Letter-Opener/
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Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:59:13 PST
Super workbench http://www.instructables.com/id/Super-workbench/
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Sat, 2 Nov 2013 23:03:47 PDT
How to Make a Welding Table http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Welding-Table/
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Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:34:16 PDT
How to Weld - MIG Welding http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Weld---MIG-Welding/
How to Weld - MIG Welding - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F82/2IV6/F2NOBQV2/F822IV6F2NOBQV2.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F82/2IV6/F2NOBQV2/F822IV6F2NOBQV2.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F82/2IV6/F2NOBQV2/F822IV6F2NOBQV2.SMALL.jpg noahw This is a basic guide on how to weld using a metal inert gas (MIG) welder. MIG welding is the awesome process of using electricity to melt and join pieces of metal together. MIG welding is sometimes referred to as the "hot glue gun" of the welding world and is generally regarded as one of the easi...
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Wed, 5 Sep 2007 11:45:19 PDT
Making an ARC Welder - Part 2 of 2 http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-an-ARC-Welder-Part-2-of-2/
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Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:13:17 PDT
Blacksmithing Ancient Egyptian Copper Chisels http://www.instructables.com/id/Blacksmithing-Ancient-Egyptian-Copper-Chisels/
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Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:00:36 PDT
PANZERHANDY - the armoured cell phone http://www.instructables.com/id/PANZERHANDY-the-armoured-cell-phone/
PANZERHANDY - the armoured cell phone - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FKE/OM4S/HEI45V3U/FKEOM4SHEI45V3U.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKE/OM4S/HEI45V3U/FKEOM4SHEI45V3U.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKE/OM4S/HEI45V3U/FKEOM4SHEI45V3U.SMALL.jpg bricobart How many times I broke a mobile phone by just letting it fall on the ground or - everybody gets angry, sometimes - while throwing it to the wall or someone's head... Too many, many too many. Even my strongest Samsung shockproof didn't resist, finally. Mobiles are fragile, too fragile, and need our...
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Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:56:26 PDT
Bulletproof iPhone case http://www.instructables.com/id/Bulletproof-iPhone-case-with-pics/
Bulletproof iPhone case - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F6D/5S6H/HELWZBX1/F6D5S6HHELWZBX1.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6D/5S6H/HELWZBX1/F6D5S6HHELWZBX1.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6D/5S6H/HELWZBX1/F6D5S6HHELWZBX1.SMALL.jpg lockershop Applying for a job with the secret services or just protective of your iPhone? Either way this is an instructable for you.This holder can not only withstand  bullets and pellets from  low caliber guns and air rifles but is stab proof, protects your smart phone from falls, from hits by a  hammer an...
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Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:59:37 PDT
Easy to make bending press brake with flexible hinge http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-to-make-bending-press-brake-with-seat-belt-hi/
Easy to make bending press brake with flexible hinge - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F0Z/L91V/HEBN3UXN/F0ZL91VHEBN3UXN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0Z/L91V/HEBN3UXN/F0ZL91VHEBN3UXN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0Z/L91V/HEBN3UXN/F0ZL91VHEBN3UXN.SMALL.jpg stechi I have seen some great home-made bending presses.  But I wanted to fold up a box from a single sheet of aluminium with the edges turned right over on all sides.  This can usually only be done on a press with removable and cutaway noses (the bit over which the bend is formed is called the nose).  Thi...
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Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:57:08 PDT
DIY Mini Forge http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Mini-Forge/
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Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:32:26 PST
Copper Rose - an everlasting flower! http://www.instructables.com/id/Copper-Rose-an-everlasting-flower/
Copper Rose - an everlasting flower! - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FWN/B14Q/HD4VNB1G/FWNB14QHD4VNB1G.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWN/B14Q/HD4VNB1G/FWNB14QHD4VNB1G.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWN/B14Q/HD4VNB1G/FWNB14QHD4VNB1G.SMALL.jpg SanjayBeast Hi all, So, after lots of requests from the internet and my friends, I thought I'd upload a step-by-step guide to making a rose out of sheet copper and steel/brass rod. Of course, this is not a definitive guide - I saw a similar flower on the internet and wasn't completely satisfied with it, so modi...
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Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:01:04 PST
Sheet Metal iPod Case http://www.instructables.com/id/Sheet-Metal-iPod-Case/
Sheet Metal iPod Case - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FOC/HP72/HD4VPHSW/FOCHP72HD4VPHSW.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOC/HP72/HD4VPHSW/FOCHP72HD4VPHSW.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOC/HP72/HD4VPHSW/FOCHP72HD4VPHSW.SMALL.jpg M3G Last week I was sitting around with a couple of my friends showing off my new iPod when one of them asked if I had a case for it yet. I responded that I didn't, but it got me thinking. I decided I would make my own case. As soon as I got home I sketched up a design and after a few days of work I had...
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Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:32:05 PST
Cutlery guide http://www.instructables.com/id/Cutlery-guide/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F05/MW50/HCJO6J59/F05MW50HCJO6J59.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F05/MW50/HCJO6J59/F05MW50HCJO6J59.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F05/MW50/HCJO6J59/F05MW50HCJO6J59.SMALL.jpg Hack42Moem Spoons, forks, knives. Chopsticks, too. Many of us use them every day. We don't even see them anymore... they are woven into the very fabric of our daily lives. Yet, cutlery can be so much more than just a bunch of nifty tools to eat with. It can be an excellent material for jewelry and other pieces...
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Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:01:48 PST
Metal Reindeer Sculpture http://www.instructables.com/id/Metal-Reindeer-Sculpture/
Metal Reindeer Sculpture - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F3I/URSE/HBBCIITD/F3IURSEHBBCIITD.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3I/URSE/HBBCIITD/F3IURSEHBBCIITD.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3I/URSE/HBBCIITD/F3IURSEHBBCIITD.SMALL.jpg stevemoseley This Instructable will show you how to make a metal reindeer sculpture.  I made mine out of stainless steel since I had the material on hand.  I made this for my wife who had seen one somewhere else and wanted one. Tools and Materials TOOLS Wheel Grinder Hack Saw TIG Welder Rotary tool with stai...
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Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:47:54 PST
How to Make a Spot Welder - for Cheap!! http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Spot-Welder-for-Cheap/
How to Make a Spot Welder - for Cheap!! - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FSN/BWHI/HAQ2TMS2/FSNBWHIHAQ2TMS2.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSN/BWHI/HAQ2TMS2/FSNBWHIHAQ2TMS2.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSN/BWHI/HAQ2TMS2/FSNBWHIHAQ2TMS2.SMALL.jpg The King of Random You Might Be Surprised How Cheap It Can Be Have you seen the video above?  If not, take a look now because it will help you as you go along in this instructable.  A typical resistance Spot-Welder can range in price from about $200-$800, but with a little resourcefulness, and a bit of free ti...
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Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:54:39 PST
How to make a Buckler out of Sheet Metal http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Buckler-out-of-Sheet-Metal/
How to make a Buckler out of Sheet Metal - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FIY/YZ0J/H994VICQ/FIYYZ0JH994VICQ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIY/YZ0J/H994VICQ/FIYYZ0JH994VICQ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIY/YZ0J/H994VICQ/FIYYZ0JH994VICQ.SMALL.jpg rimfire13 I decided to make a buckler out of sheet metal for one of my friends who is very interested in Monster Hunter, a Action/Adventure/RPG that involves fighting massive monster with awesome weapons. This is the start of one particular sword and shield from the game. Materials:           18"x18" 18 gaug...
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Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:26:54 PST
Anodizing Metal at Home (The LJS method) http://www.instructables.com/id/Anodizing-Metal-at-Home-The-LJS-method/
Anodizing Metal at Home (The LJS method) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FM5/9MA7/H9947CZQ/FM59MA7H9947CZQ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FM5/9MA7/H9947CZQ/FM59MA7H9947CZQ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FM5/9MA7/H9947CZQ/FM59MA7H9947CZQ.SMALL.jpg sdfgeoff In my free (pah, free) time I do metalworking. Sometimes I make Mini Swords, other times Jewellery. Sometimes I make things that even I don't know what to do with them. But regardless, they are all silver and shiny. Seeing as a lot of my recent jewellery has been made from Aluminium, I decided to l...
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Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:22:31 PST
How to Use a Plasma Cutter http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-a-Plasma-Cutter/
How to Use a Plasma Cutter - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FYE/QMQL/H97JQY9V/FYEQMQLH97JQY9V.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYE/QMQL/H97JQY9V/FYEQMQLH97JQY9V.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYE/QMQL/H97JQY9V/FYEQMQLH97JQY9V.SMALL.jpg newdetroiter Using a plasma cutter is very convenient and fairly easy.  The benefit is that "freeform" cuts can be made to metal based on guiding the cutter.  Since this machine works by directing plasma through the creation of a circuit, a ground clamp is necessary, much like welding.  This instructable is str...
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Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:36:16 PST
Sheet Metal Flower to Practice Plasma Cutting and Welding http://www.instructables.com/id/Sheet-Metal-Flower-to-Practice-Plasma-Cutting-and-/
Sheet Metal Flower to Practice Plasma Cutting and Welding - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FFF/2XYX/H97PZNKW/FFF2XYXH97PZNKW.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFF/2XYX/H97PZNKW/FFF2XYXH97PZNKW.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFF/2XYX/H97PZNKW/FFF2XYXH97PZNKW.SMALL.jpg newdetroiter The purpose of this flower is to allow experience using a plasma cutter and MIG welding such that ugly novice cutting/welding adds to the charm of the flower.  Since practicing tends to make us focus on what we're not good at, why not use it to our advantage and have the outcome look better with une...
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Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:46:17 PST
How to Set Up and Use a PlasmaCAM CNC Plasma Cutter http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Set-Up-and-Use-a-PlasmaCAM-CNC-Plasma-Cutte/
How to Set Up and Use a PlasmaCAM CNC Plasma Cutter - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FPK/GK94/H8CVGM2I/FPKGK94H8CVGM2I.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPK/GK94/H8CVGM2I/FPKGK94H8CVGM2I.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPK/GK94/H8CVGM2I/FPKGK94H8CVGM2I.SMALL.jpg thebeef2 This is a simple guide to cutting on a PlasmaCAM cutter and will go through all steps from making a part on the computer to setting up the tool itself.  The PlasmaCAM is similar to other production models and is fairly easy to use once you get the hang of it.  Plasma cutters are nice because they ca...
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Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:27:04 PDT
Brake drum blacksmith forge http://www.instructables.com/id/Brake-drum-blacksmithing-forge/
Brake drum blacksmith forge - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FO2/Q693/H58PK5Q9/FO2Q693H58PK5Q9.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FO2/Q693/H58PK5Q9/FO2Q693H58PK5Q9.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FO2/Q693/H58PK5Q9/FO2Q693H58PK5Q9.SMALL.jpg replayreb My son caught the blacksmithing bug while he was at summer camp so we investigated building our own blacksmith forge and found that brake drum forges are a very popular way to get into the hobby.  We built our blacksmith forge out of a brake drum, 2" pipe, cinder blocks, a light dimmer switch and ha...
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Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:39:22 PDT
Mini Laptop Desk http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Laptop-Desk-1/
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Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:36:20 PDT
Hand Key Rack http://www.instructables.com/id/Hand-y-Key-Rack/
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Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:50:52 PDT
Aztec Pewter Coin From Laser Etched Template http://www.instructables.com/id/Aztec-Pewter-Coin-From-Laser-Etched-Template/
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By: MarkInOhio

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Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:50:09 PDT
Etching Aluminum by Sand Blasting at the TechShop. http://www.instructables.com/id/Etching-Aluminum-by-Sand-Blasting-at-the-TechShop/
Etching Aluminum by Sand Blasting at the TechShop. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F9S/0NN3/H6DWQCN9/F9S0NN3H6DWQCN9.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9S/0NN3/H6DWQCN9/F9S0NN3H6DWQCN9.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9S/0NN3/H6DWQCN9/F9S0NN3H6DWQCN9.SMALL.jpg macfreshy A quick and easy way to etch aluminum, or really almost anything, with the sand blasting cabinet (or other sandblasting apparatus). Done at Techshop San Francisco. Pick your material Material selection will impact how easily it etches and the overall look of your finished piece. For this instruct...
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Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:32:52 PDT
How to make build a Gondorian Suit of Armour from authentic materials (well, almost) http://www.instructables.com/id/Gondorian-Armour-Made-of-steel-with-chainmaille/
How to make build a Gondorian Suit of Armour from authentic materials (well, almost) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FSI/J5TQ/H6I6WGAE/FSIJ5TQH6I6WGAE.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSI/J5TQ/H6I6WGAE/FSIJ5TQH6I6WGAE.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSI/J5TQ/H6I6WGAE/FSIJ5TQH6I6WGAE.SMALL.jpg When in doubt, duct tape! ATENTION: Please take huge care with sheet metal and wire. You can poke your skin and or cut yourself. Wear gloves and protective eye wear as well as long sleeves and long trousers. Covering skin here is very important. When painting, do it outside as fumes may be relased and can cause problems when...
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Fri, 31 Aug 2012 08:18:36 PDT
Solar powered pig roaster http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-powered-pig-roaster/
Solar powered pig roaster - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FNP/I928/H52FXHXN/FNPI928H52FXHXN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNP/I928/H52FXHXN/FNPI928H52FXHXN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNP/I928/H52FXHXN/FNPI928H52FXHXN.SMALL.jpg ivan_stephens So this year I turn thirty years old. For my 18th birthday I was in the Army and in basic training. So no big celebration instead I got rolled left and right in the mud all day. My next big birthday I turned 21 and i was in Iraq. This was during OIF 1 so I hadn't even had a shower in 4 months. So no...
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Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:53:48 PDT
Inexpensive Soft Metal Bending Tool http://www.instructables.com/id/Inexpensive-Soft-Metal-Bending-Tool/
Inexpensive Soft Metal Bending Tool - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FC9/680B/H4VQRIFF/FC9680BH4VQRIFF.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FC9/680B/H4VQRIFF/FC9680BH4VQRIFF.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FC9/680B/H4VQRIFF/FC9680BH4VQRIFF.SMALL.jpg ImagineN4tion This project may not seem extremely exciting but it is very useful and satisfying to create other parts with once it is finished.  It IS exciting, get EXCITED!  If you are a true Maker, you are already teeming with excitement over the fact that you are reading another instructable and expanding your...
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Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:39:50 PDT
Get more out of your chop saw http://www.instructables.com/id/Get-more-out-of-your-chop-saw/
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Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:21:12 PDT
Metal Man Pencil Holder http://www.instructables.com/id/Metal-Man-Pencil-Holder/
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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:31:57 PDT
Professional looking jewellery on the cheap http://www.instructables.com/id/Professional-looking-jewellery-on-the-cheap/
Professional looking jewellery on the cheap - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FMK/FLC4/H347FLGE/FMKFLC4H347FLGE.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMK/FLC4/H347FLGE/FMKFLC4H347FLGE.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMK/FLC4/H347FLGE/FMKFLC4H347FLGE.SMALL.jpg sdfgeoff How many times do you want to make some jewellery for someone, but find all DIY jewellery seems to be are clay beads, or just assembling clasps, wire and pendants that have to be bought? This instructable goes through the construction of a pendant based on the "mockingjay" pin from the Hunger Games,...
By: sdfgeoff

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Fri, 8 Jun 2012 21:09:31 PDT
Cast Pewter Coat Clasps http://www.instructables.com/id/Cast-Pewter-Coat-Clasps/
Cast Pewter Coat Clasps - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FP6/EVI8/H337KY89/FP6EVI8H337KY89.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FP6/EVI8/H337KY89/FP6EVI8H337KY89.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FP6/EVI8/H337KY89/FP6EVI8H337KY89.SMALL.jpg rachel I promised my friend a big pimped-out fake fur coat, and he loves heavy metal hardware.  I had the idea to try making some gorgeous unique buckles for the coat.  After some testing I decided that a buckle, with its separate tongue piece, would be too complicated for my first pewter casting, and simp...
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Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:39:46 PDT
Bender from Futurama - 87% Iron, 100% Cool http://www.instructables.com/id/Bender-from-Futurama-87-Iron-100-Cool/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FOE/M0W0/H0FLBJPP/FOEM0W0H0FLBJPP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOE/M0W0/H0FLBJPP/FOEM0W0H0FLBJPP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOE/M0W0/H0FLBJPP/FOEM0W0H0FLBJPP.SMALL.jpg desbromilow This is a photo set of the construction of my Bender model. Bender is the coolest robot in the universe - including the parallel dimensions. This model was dimensioned from screen snaps, and dimensions taken from assorted licensed toys - then scaled to suit the materials available. The vast majority...
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Mon, 2 Apr 2012 05:12:32 PDT
Alphonse Elric Armour in Aluminium http://www.instructables.com/id/Alphonse-Elric-Armour-in-Aluminium/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F7N/HPUC/GA5PAKMQ/F7NHPUCGA5PAKMQ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7N/HPUC/GA5PAKMQ/F7NHPUCGA5PAKMQ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7N/HPUC/GA5PAKMQ/F7NHPUCGA5PAKMQ.SMALL.jpg TheFullMetalAlchemist For anyone wanting the patterns I've attached them to this instructable now, "pdfs.rar" My current project, the Alphonse Elric suit of armor from the anime Full Metal Alchemist. I have no particular interest in making armor but I thought it would be a great way to pratice my metal shaping. I also...
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Tue, 8 Jun 2010 00:58:55 PDT
Dragonfly 3D fold-up http://www.instructables.com/id/Dragonfly-3D-fold-up/
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Mon, 7 May 2012 15:35:21 PDT
Undroppables http://www.instructables.com/id/Undroppables/
Undroppables - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FYQ/WZD9/H1JUJRYK/FYQWZD9H1JUJRYK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYQ/WZD9/H1JUJRYK/FYQWZD9H1JUJRYK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYQ/WZD9/H1JUJRYK/FYQWZD9H1JUJRYK.SMALL.jpg sdfgeoff Who here likes to fiddle with their stationary while at school, college, work or home? And who's teacher/lecturer/boss/wife get's annoyed at this (when you drop it)? Well, there's me, and I'm sure a few others. To solve this problem I came up with a small metal object that you can make that keeps ...
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Mon, 7 May 2012 01:10:29 PDT
Metal flower lamp http://www.instructables.com/id/Metal-flower-lamp/
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Sun, 6 May 2012 09:12:33 PDT
Bacchus' Calumet http://www.instructables.com/id/Crazy-Horses-Calumet/
Bacchus' Calumet - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FFA/QSRI/H1LWQJU8/FFAQSRIH1LWQJU8.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFA/QSRI/H1LWQJU8/FFAQSRIH1LWQJU8.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFA/QSRI/H1LWQJU8/FFAQSRIH1LWQJU8.SMALL.jpg bricobart I called this Instructable originally 'Crazy Horse's Calumet'. But, some members mentioned the 'abusive' use of this Lakota name. Since I never wanted to offend or provocate anyone I decided to change the title. It became 'Counterfeit' Calumet. Member Joni - see comments - told me that this pipe wou...
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Sat, 5 May 2012 09:51:15 PDT
Scenic Metal Snowboard Rack http://www.instructables.com/id/Scenic-Metal-Snowboard-Rack/
Scenic Metal Snowboard Rack - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FIN/CPL6/H0FLRICO/FINCPL6H0FLRICO.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIN/CPL6/H0FLRICO/FINCPL6H0FLRICO.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIN/CPL6/H0FLRICO/FINCPL6H0FLRICO.SMALL.jpg m and m This project is a great way to get your snowboards out of closets and corners where they are gathering dust and display them beautifully on the wall.  My brother and I designed and created this rack.  It mounts on the wall and holds four snowboards with a mountain snowboarding scene on top.  It us...
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Wed, 2 May 2012 12:00:08 PDT
Simple Metal Polishing http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Metal-Polishing/
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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:18:45 PDT