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Is Birch a good wood for Bow Making? Answered

I would really appreciate any help from experienced archers on this topic, i dont want someone saying "just strap some bamboo together" becasue i want to make an actual self-bow and the most readily available tree around here is birch.

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How to slow down a Birch Portable Record Player from 1954?

I bought a record player recently but teh wheel goes WAY too fast making the records sound like chipmunks... There is no speed control on this player so is there any way i can slow this down?

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Wood varnish questions

I want to varnish this birch plywood platform to keep it as waterproof and UV resistant as possible but also keep it as close to it's original pale birch colour as possible. i've never varnished anything before so i've been googling for answers and i'm getting some conflicting information, i've been looking at different clear outdoor varnishes and most claim to protect against UV light and not leave a yellow tint but most reviews say otherwise and some general varnishing info articles claim that clear varnish can't protect against UV at all and i'd need a dark stain which i really don't want. so what can i do to protect the wood against the elements and maintain the colour as much as possible? can i combine varnish with other stuff? i found some clear 'marine varnish' is this heavier duty than normal wood varnish or something?is there an alternative to varnish that will have a similar effect?if i need to modify the platform later, cutting bits out or drilling new holes is it ok to just apply another layer of varnish to reseal it or will it need preparing in some way or some additional step?

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How to make a tree?

I just moved my office and now there is a pole in my cubicle. I've decided to turn this heinous and inglorious pole into a beautiful and realistic indoor tree. The pole is 6" in diameter (18" circumference), 9' high. I've ordered birch bark tubes to wrap around (http://www.barkcanoe.com/materials.htm) the pole. The trunk is set. Next up is to make branches for the top of the tree. Anyone have experience making branches and leaves look realistic? Where can I buy artificial leaves? Should I buy an artificial tree and cut off the leaves? Should I make the leaves myself? Thanks!?

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crooked?

I was cutting down a 4 by 8 sheet of birch faced plywood and both the jigsaw and circular saw cut crooked.  I clamped a 2 by 4 guide and it still cut the other way.  If i was to use another guide on the other side and make a path, would that work?  Why are my brand new blades cutting WAY off???

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longboard/press question, too long for title please look at the details?

Im building a longboard, i wanna make it out of 3 sheets of 1/4 inch birch, when i put it into the press should i put all 3 sheets in at once, or put 2 in , let them dry, and then glue the third one on?

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HELP - IDEAS NEEDED

If you are familiar with KIWI shoe polish applicator and shine brushes, I have boxes of these birch wood brush blocks that I'd like to use in creating some useful items.  These have a small indention on one side that was used for hanging during the lacquering process.  I can trim the ends or edges as needed.  I've thought of using for shadow box roofs, multiple-sided bowls, etc. but would appreciate any other sensible ideas.  Any help is appreciated!!

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I want to build a cruiser board, but what type of wood should I use?

I want to make a homemade cruiser board about 10" x 36". I don't want much flex in the board, so what type of wood should I use. I do want to bend the wood before I cut out the initial design. Birch wood or just standard plywood? How many ply s should I use? It will be used for more cruising and not tricks.

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Recommendations for online vendors of laser cutting materials?

Our makerspace has a few people who are thinking about placing one or more orders for various materials.  Most will be used on the laser cutter, but not all.  Some of the materials we are looking for are: * Wood: basswood sheets, birch (or similar sturdy) plywood, etc * Acrylics * Leather (vegetable tanned) * Paper: undetermined cardboard and/or cardstock What companies are out there that would have a variety of these materials at good prices?  (For comparison, we have been mostly leaning on the local Michaels - probably one of the most expensive options per-piece.) Thanks!

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Suggestions on making a plastic-free push-up cosmetic container? Answered

I absolutely despise plastic and don't want it touching my body or anything that touches me any more than absolutely necessary. I've been working on some home-made body care products, and have made the deodorant posted on Instructables by scoochmaroo...but she re-uses an old plastic bottle, and that's just icky! So I'm open to suggestions...aluminum, glass bottles converted somehow, toilet paper tubes, ceramic, birch bark...whatever! I'd like it to sit at 1-2 oz, and have push-up-from-the-bottom capabilities. Or if you know where I can find what I want, I've been looking all over the net and haven't found a thing!

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Bending 3/4" plywood into right angles with a 4" bend radius

I have an idea for a stylized plywood coffee table that is all made from a single board of 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood. I've attached a .jpg of a coffee table base-design to this email.  The bends on either side are 4 inch radius bends. Although I have basically no experience bending plywood, I sincerely doubt 3/4 inch plywood is going to bend into right angles at a 4 inch radius. I may be wrong, but if it is possible, I do not know how to do it, and certainly do not have the equipment. I've seen on the internet very flexible sheets of plywood, but wouldn't that just get glued into position and then just collapse once un-molded? I can't believe that I am the only person who wants to do something like this. Any input?

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Real-Life X-Wing Set to Fly

No, really.Andy Woerner and his crazy rocketeer friends have built a 21-foot long X-Wing model that can actually fly. Yes, this is a real X-Wing powered by four solid-fuel rocket engines complete with radio-controlled moving wings. It blasts off in California next week, and we talked with Andy about the project, and how they expect it will do. The X-Wing model is huge. At 21 feet long and with a wingspan of over 19 feet it is, in fact, big enough to fly a kid in. However, knowing that it will be powered by solid-fuel rockets, they wouldn't put a kid, dog, monkey or Gizmodo editor inside, even if it uses three full parachutes to land.After drawing the plans using CAD software, Andy's team and his friends at Polecat Aerospace (with the help of RMS Laser and Aerotech Consumer Aerospace) used laser cutting to make the pieces out of Baltic Birch wood. They also used solid aluminum for some parts, like the rods which are the pivot point for the wings. full story with more pics

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Equation for accurate bending (kerfing) of plywood

I am planning out my first Instructable. It will be a bent (kerfed) plywood coffee table, There have been a growing number of projects out in the 'makeosphere,' where people are cutting slits or kerfs that go almost completely through a thicker piece of wood, allowing it to be easily bent. I am on a super-tight budget, and cannot afford to ruin my $22 sheet of plywood, so I was hoping that someone might be able to help me with some measurements for cutting the kerf-slits in the plywood. Here is the idea all sketched out. I need help with the measurements that are in bold.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Materials: 1x | 4 ft. x 2 ft. 3/4 in birch plywood 2x | 3 ft. 5/8 in threaded metal rods 8x | flat washers 4x | standard nuts 4x | "end nuts"  Steps: On the sheet of plywood, measure in X inches and mark X number of cross cut lines, X inches apart. Measure in 2 inches from each end of the board and draw a line. Measure in 2 inches each each side of the board, and draw another line. Drill out a 5/8 inch hold at all 4 of these crossed lines. Thread a standard nut onto each end of the threaded rod and screw it on 1-2 inches roughly, then slip a flat washer over the threaded rod. Bend each end of the board up to create almost 90 degree angles. Insert each end of the threaded rod into the holes, slip a flat washer over the threaded rod and screw on each of the four "end nuts."  Use the standard nuts, and the end nuts to fine tune the bends into 90 degree angles.  Flip the table over, and enjoy.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  Stability is more important to me than curve radius. I don't know if spacing cuts close together for a small curve radius is more or less stable than placing the cuts further apart for a larger radius. I've never done this, but I have seen that there is an equation for this. I haven't been able to find the equation actually expressed, I've just heard that there is one. Does anyone know about this area of woodworking/physics?

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