Instructables: exploring - photos - workshop - featured Sat, 1 Aug 2015 13:29:21 PDT BLOX v1.01 Urethane Flat Belt Welding Tool LOTL After pricing specialty tools made for welding flat urethane belts, i decided to make my own. I have a kit for welding round, V and flat belts up to 1 1/2" and needed a tool for welding 2" flat belts. It was a one time job and the tools for doing this cost $300-$400. List of parts purchased. 1 - Lo...

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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:26:59 PST
Anvil Stand - Pt.1 - Sourcing Materials & Construction Bender-BackBoneFab Metalwork can be done in many scales and with an equal amount of skill levels, but one common thing that no metalsmith can do without is some kind of anvil. Lucky for me, I just got a new one, and this past week I made a custom stand for it.  More than anything else, anvil bases need to be secure. ...
By: Bender-BackBoneFab

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Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:59:35 PDT
Pallet Coat Rack RuudvandeLooij A new apartment means new furniture as cheap as possible, this story is one of a coat rack. My brother in law had some nice slabs of wood from which I could have one. The first idea about the looks was born. That was until a friend of mine sent me a picture of a pallet shelf for his special beers. ...
By: RuudvandeLooij

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Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:18:08 PDT
Multifunction Coffe Table With Storage, Slide Out And Lift. Build From Euro Pallets dirkdeus This coffee table was Born while we were searching all  over for a new table for our living room. Nothing fits in form and function. So we build our own. Made of 2 europallets. Movable on 4 heavy duty castors. The highlight is the huge storage space inside the table and the lift and the slide  mec...
By: dirkdeus

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Mon, 3 Mar 2014 01:54:23 PST
Make a Belt Buckle out of Steel 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...
By: tinkertinker

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Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:18:05 PST
Removing Popcorn Ceilings! Sonata85 I surprised my wife by having her walk in from a long day at work to find me covered in sloppy wet oatmeal-like popcorn ceiling plaster and the furniture all over the house, but she wasn't mad and it turned out to be a very easy DIY project!   ***((Warning: Popcorn applied before 1978 MUST BE TESTE...
By: Sonata85

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Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:13:02 PST
HomeMade Modern DIY Log End Table homemademodern I've often watched logs burning in a fireplace and wondered what the wood could have become. I purchased these logs for $2 a piece from a guy selling firewood on Craigslist. He claimed they are white oak. By stripping off the bark and sanding the log smooth, I created a nice piece that could b...
By: homemademodern

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Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:37:45 PST
Secret book - Polaroid album compartment bad pixel This is a very special project for me. It was made to be given as a birthday gift to my girlfriend back in 2010. Stupidly I did not document the whole process of making it but I will do my best to explain how this build differs, in the way it is constructed, from other secret book compartment builds...
By: bad pixel

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Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:58:44 PST
Raven beak - wooden guitar pick Eldalote Hi! I came to this idea since someone mentioned a wooden guitar pick in comments. But my local music shop doesn't sell them, so I decided to make one! Although the playing isn't so comfortable for me it looks just awesome as pendant! :) Things you will need: - piece of wood ( I got mine from an ...
By: Eldalote

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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:07:18 PST
"Reframing" Empty Parking Sign zisiadis This is a quick and fun urban intervention that allows pedestrians to experience a literal “reframing” of public space. It simply and beautifully exemplifies the power of taking a new view on old things. You too can beautify a disused sign in your neighborhood!  To create this, I took measurements...
By: zisiadis

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Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:08:11 PST
Bike Hanger Shelf terielise This shelf was made from plywood. The design was based on this one... Steps: Measure cut glue  screw drill  hang glue screw Steps and materials are shown in picture form.  I plan to fill the screw holes with...
By: terielise

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Sun, 1 Dec 2013 00:13:52 PST
Solar Death Ray (TV Fresnel Lens) bennelson For all of you would-be eco-friendly mad-scientists, I present to you a way to dominate the world! But only on sunny days - THE SOLAR DEATH RAY! This is simply a free projection lens from the front of an old television, mounted in a wood frame. It's any easy project anyone can build with only simpl...
By: bennelson

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Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:24:02 PDT
Herramienta útil (useful tool)útil-useful-tool/ rimar2000 Cuando corté las duelas para mi primer bol con su tapa, hecho con mi método, tuve errores de medición debido a la dificultad de medir con cierta aproximación los ángulos involucrados. La cosa se solucionó eliminando una duela en el caso del cuerpo, y agregando media duela en el caso de la tapa. Hay ...
By: rimar2000

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Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:39:44 PDT
Rainbow Pinecone Spoon Light domenic3 Intro: This is a light that i have made. What inspired me to make this design is a pinecone as shown by the design. This is a multi coloured spoon celling light that is a fun but fiddly project that doesn't cost much. there are also many different colours with the light that I bought. Body: Steps: ...
By: domenic3

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Tue, 3 Sep 2013 00:07:23 PDT
Sugru tipped pegboard accessory achmorrison The hangers we have for the screwdrivers at Workshop 88 didn't have any rubber tips on them. Sometimes the tools would slip off unexpectedly when the workbench gets pounded on.   I decided to put some Sugru on the tips of the holder.  One packet of Sugru was enough to cover all the tips of the hang...
By: achmorrison

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Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:18:06 PDT
Shipping pallet stool thomseal There are plenty of old shipping pallets floating around, which frequently become reappropriated in the form of tables and chairs. The wood used in shipping pallets is of low quality, but by cutting it up and laminating it back together, strength and new aesthetic can be achieved.  Tools/Materials:...
By: thomseal

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Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:49:01 PDT
Mérida's Bow for a firend Tofu Props and Play i make this Merida's bow props for a friend  Luce cosplay for french Epitanime convention she's FB page  Luce cosplay 1- What did you make?  i make this Bow  for a friend costume of Merida for an french Epitanime convention 2- How did you make it?  i ...
By: Tofu Props and Play

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Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:45:05 PDT
Revamped rocking chair with re-used insect screen ribbons. Dave A A few years a go we bought a nice old rocking chair at a flea-market. After scrubbing off a very old, thick and ugly layer of brown paint, sanding and adding felt to the legs it served it's duty in the living room. When we got some other chairs for the room the rocking chair moved outside to the ver...
By: Dave A

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Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:40:17 PDT
Vintage Ice Chest from Wood Pallets miamitreasure                                                                Vintage Ice Chest                                                                                                                                     Original Credit goes to                                                                ...
By: miamitreasure

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Tue, 4 Jun 2013 06:38:20 PDT
Retro Vinyl Lamp ctx1985 Note: I will make a more detailed instructable for this when I get some more time. Make a cheap, quick and easy lamp out of a 33 and a few 45s! It adds a nice vintage touch to any room and makes a great lamp also. What you'll need: -12" record (clear or coloured ones work the best) -3 or 4 7" rec...
By: ctx1985

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Wed, 22 May 2013 12:47:49 PDT
Boards & Baling Twine: A Rafter Bookshelf gwylan Just after I finished building my small (~200 square feet) house (if any such project can ever be said to be done) I found myself in dire need of more bookshelves. I’d built one in next to my desk, and had one short stretch of wall where I could position a freestanding set of shelves, but that was i...
By: gwylan

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Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:17:27 PDT
Made it at TechShop (PGH) - Recycled Pallet Wood Desk andyleer 1)Find a handful of old pallets. 2)Break down the pallets and remove all nails. (This is very important as you do not want nails screwing up the SawStop) 3)Using the planer, plane down legs to be all even width/height. Cut legs to length on miter saw. 4)Plane all top boards to same depth. Cut to ...
By: andyleer

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Tue, 7 May 2013 19:46:28 PDT
Pallet Breaker walkthewalk If you have more than a couple of pallets to break up, this tool will save a lot of time. I welded it up from scrap I had in the shop (bed frame angle iron, black pipe, square tubing, shovel handle).  Lots of different scrap will work.  Make sure to make your forks wide enough so you can get around...
By: walkthewalk

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Sun, 5 May 2013 11:10:31 PDT
Small footprint vertical bicycle stand gwilhunting Short but sweet instructable this. I wanted to put my bike out of the way of my housemates, somewhere I could admire it. At the same time living in a rented house means I couldn't screw or nail into the walls or floor. I didn't want horizontal legs for people to trip over, so designed my own stand ...
By: gwilhunting

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Wed, 1 May 2013 14:29:39 PDT
tea staining mikeasaurus Think that staining wood means stinky lacquers, rubber gloves, and long drying times? Think again! I'll show you how to stain wood to look weathered and old, with nothing more than household items, and with results achieved in a fraction of the time. Naturally aged wood has a great faded look that ...
By: mikeasaurus

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Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:40:25 PDT
Full Metal Sofa Falkenberg Hi There, so this is an little more complex project, I was looking for an new sofa but i couldnt find anything i like, and i´ve never seen an sofa completly made of Metal. so I got the idea to DIY an FULL METAL sofa and thought it couldnt be that hard to do, some profile tubes, a little sheetmetal,...
By: Falkenberg

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Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:52:57 PST
Build a life-sized active volcano damianzuch I love my day job! Tina, James VDK and I were fortunate enough to be invited to help build a life-sized volcano (well, it was actually about four stories high...) for a television show. The purpose of the show was ultimately to allow scientists to test various theories on volcanic activity but the f...
By: damianzuch

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Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:56:48 PDT
21 W Led Bulb (1450 Lumens) peterbd I wanted a high output LED bulb for use in an exterior motion detector lamp.  The high efficiency bulbs are no good as they take time to warm up, and the LED bulbs available are too low output.  Normal bulbs consume a lot, and need to be replaced often.  So I decided to make one.  The leds should la...
By: peterbd

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Sat, 23 Mar 2013 03:54:38 PDT
DIY Draisienne (hack of IKEA's frosta stool by Andreas Bhend and Samuel N. Bernier) le FabShop In november 2012, Core77 made an article on their blog about one of my projects, a collection of 3D printed lampshades made to repair IKEA lamps. At the end of the page, the writer (Ray) made a suggestion : "Where Andreas Bhend's recently-seen IKEA hacks included instructions à la the Swedish furni...
By: le FabShop

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Tue, 19 Mar 2013 06:06:23 PDT
Cardboard Robot Laundry Folder! simplebotics This robot is capable of folding shirts and pants in under 2 seconds! This robot's entire body is made from cardboard.making this bot consisted of cutting cardboard and adding servos to push up each cardboard piece. Duct tape acted as the hinges and string. Hope you like it and please vote! A video ...
By: simplebotics

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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:15:36 PST
Indestructible Organization HartKyle83 I at times can be the most unorganized man in America.  Because I know this and because I am a thinker and a creator, I some times overcome my disorganization.  In this most recent instance I have created a hand toll organizer that never fails.  You can't mess it up even if you try.  
By: HartKyle83

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Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:40:01 PDT
Old Camera Style Lamp made from scrap, Fullmetal Falkenberg Hello, here´s another Lamp i´ve made from scrap and carparts It got the look of an Vintage filmcamera wich i really like, because of the dirty broken glass with the engraving it looks much more used and original vintage. Thats not really an step by step instructable its very hard to find the same ...
By: Falkenberg

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Sun, 10 Mar 2013 05:39:51 PDT
Dieselpunk Full Metal Coffee Table Falkenberg Hello this is an indistructable coffeetable i´ve made. It´s not really step by step but with the pictures it´s comprehensable i think. MATERIAL: you will need some leftover meters of 90° anglesteel and some tubes. an metallplate. for the stands i´ve used some old brakediscs. four screws for fixi...
By: Falkenberg

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Fri, 8 Mar 2013 04:15:53 PST
Liftable / Stand-up / Rising - Desk / Table evalds Machanical solution that can be mounted on almost any table & can lift easily high load. Total costs of this project were cost of table itself + about 150$ in components. Necessary components: 1. Any cheap bearings x 24 2. Any kind of thick plywood (about 2cm thick) 3. Any Furniture wheels x 4 5. ...
By: evalds

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Fri, 1 Mar 2013 03:12:14 PST
Folding Bed Bench (Hidden Cot) Samw I found a version of this bed at a local antique barn. I loved the idea of it and couldn't find any plans online. So here is my interpretation.  This bed works well for small basement suite my wife and I rent. We love having friends over, but if anyone needs to sleep over they are usually subjected ...
By: Samw

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Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:47:45 PST
Architectural Gingerbread Lord of The Things First I googled some pics of Architectural Gingerbread so I could get a rough idea of what I want.  With a felt pen I drew out my design on some extra thick scrap plywood.  I then drilled some holes to make it easier to cut with a jig/saber saw. To make sure my patterns were correctly repeated and r...
By: Lord of The Things

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Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:26:16 PST
Simple Trash Bin Lid Prop for easier filling DanDiego Here's a simple way to prop up the hinged lids on your home trash and recycle bins/barrels so you can use both hands when filling them. Items needed: Prop Stick - can be metal bar, PVC pipe or a piece of wood. Nut & bolt orToggle Bolt Drill or something to punch a hole through the plastic barrel Op...
By: DanDiego

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Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:18:01 PST
robot lamp champx Here is a simple way to make an original lamp! just take an old motorcycle headlight, use fasteners to put the legs, make holes for eyes and mouth, buy a cheap RGB LED bulb with remote control and here is a mood lighting out of the ordinary!
By: champx

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Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:35:53 PST
Ergonomic Polystyrene Keyboard and Trackpad Holder ischommer Got RSI? Neck pain? This little project might help to correct your posture when using a keyboard. It allows you to place keyboard and trackpad on your lap instead of the desk, putting your wrists and back in a more natural position. And best of all: It just requires some screws, a craft knife and so...
By: ischommer

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Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:55:41 PST
Small Figure Casting via the "Bologna Sandwich Casting Method" in0v8 I heard about Bologna Sandwich Casting at TechShop Detriot  so I decided to give it a shot. The objective is to make small customized figures to be used in games such as Monopoly; and I made it at TechShop. To make the figures I used: Painted hardboard from the TechShop scrap bin Thin card board fr...
By: in0v8

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Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:28:42 PST
57 Chevy Classic Car Couch BILLETSURFER 1957 Chevy Classic Car Couch       +WOW Factor      I built my 1957 Chevy Classic Car Couch a few years ago,  I lost the step by step pics of the build but included pics of the new parts needed to build your own.  *Its important to point out the cost of parts definitely reflects the quality of ...

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Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:08:28 PST
Adjustable bookshelf for angled walls simonvp Since angled walls/roofs are hard to make shelving systems for, I have made a bookshelf to utilize this mostly lost space. You can adjust the bookshelf to every angle, by adapting the bolts en setting the angle right.  If you want to, you can also put it on a regular wall, wherever you want, or on a...
By: simonvp

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Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:21:37 PST
How To Clean Surfaces with TSP The Family Handyman Before you start painting with your new color, you'll need to clean the surface so that paint will better adhere to the wall. We've got something that can help you clean those walls quickly, without too much effort. We advise taking a sponge and trisodium phosphate cleaner (or TSP substitute) to was...
By: The Family Handyman

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Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:36:03 PST
Norwegian Wood ValeB This is a model of a simple and basic table for a designer in 1:5 scale and its stool. It is ideal for a designer who works in a private space, in fact, the table is very long (in 1:1 scale should measure 200 cm long and 90 cm wide). The model is made of pine wood for the top table and the top stool...
By: ValeB

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Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:03:21 PST
DIY Wrench Rack The Family Handyman A great way to organize your wrenches is to screw a tie or belt rack to the wall. Then all that's needed is to hang the wrenches in order form smallest to largest. Now you can quickly pull them off when needed.  For more organization ideas check out The Family Handyman – Home Organization
By: The Family Handyman

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Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:31:31 PST
Olmo Desk Anto.does Olmo desk is a table thinked for designers and architects who works in small places. Inspired by the Chinese boxes. The 1:5 scale model is totally handmade. Model dimensions: 12cm x 26 cm x 16 cm. Enjoy! 
By: Anto.does

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Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:03:19 PST
Quick Blade Cover-up The Family Handyman Use a garden hose to cover up your blade. This is an extremely easy way to protect hands and feet.  All you need to do is take an old garden hose, cut it to the length of the blade, slit it down the middle, and cover the blade. And voila, that's it! For more organization ideas check out The Family...
By: The Family Handyman

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Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:15:41 PST
How to Use a Non-Contact Voltage Tester The Family Handyman A non-contact voltage tester is the safest way to make sure the power is off without touching any wires. Before you open an electrical box, you should:   - cut off power to the outlet at the main electrical panel   - confirm you turned off the right circuit This is where the non-contact voltage te...
By: The Family Handyman

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Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:36:05 PST
Pointy-Tool Pincushion The Family Handyman Some tools can be very sharp and dangerous if not organized correctly. We're sure you'd rather pull your tool out of a styrofoam board instead of reaching into a dark, cluttered tool drawer and risk puncturing your hands. You can easily make a wall mounted pincushion using Styrofoam and plywood.   ...
By: The Family Handyman

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Mon, 7 Jan 2013 17:45:08 PST
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