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any ideas for a large dining room table with out having to actually spend tons of money on it? ?

Thinking about doors for the top, not sure what for the legs. thinking of a saw horse but not sure how this would work. wanting to seat 10 people. need the cost to be extremely low and it to be a mix of vintage, eclectic and earthy to match the rest of my house. anyone have any ideas?

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There's a monster in my dining room....

Hey well for start let me say hi, First post here, been a fan for a while, just get a membership and getting a pro account next month. Wanna know is any other puppetiers, robotic peoples, or animatronic fans are hanging about town. I am a full time student and I also own my own business, a post apocalyptic wasteland business filled with animatronic monsters...and errr, video games. I will be posting some how to do instructables asap. I make alot of toy food too. But in september I am getting a load of animatronic kit delivered and cold war stuff, some crazy experiments coming. Also do you US' guys and girls have Gemmy talking skulls, from the halloween range of walmart cus I cannot get one and would be greatful and pay pbviusly to get one for by animatronics and hacks, cus in the uk...we don't get no Gemmy products in general, maybe the odd thing. I am so budget poor at the moment I will show everybody how to build an ellaborate henson monster 1980's puppet from egg boxes....ooooo sorry for the hyper active mail, just excited about incoming material, plus I got a laminating maachine today and forced a tonne of stuff through that sucker.... good times!

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Magnetic Table Holds It All Together

All that space under your dining room table has been going to waste... until now! Install neodymium magnets all over the place and you have an interesting concept. I'd be in constant fear of knocking a cup and saucer onto the floor with my knee, but it's not like anyone's really gonna make this and use it. Right? linkvia Gizmodo

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Sturdy folding table? (life edited)

I recently found this thing called Life Edited. It's partly about making the most out of your space with multi purpose spaces and having most you furniture either being able to stack/fold away or being transformed. So for example by having your bed folding into the wall and dining table folding into the other wall, you could have a room that doubles as dining/bedroom. Anyway I started drawing up solutions for my home, it's all going well except for one problem. It is that my desk takes up a lot of space in the room. I have two requirements for my desk: 1. it has to be ergonomic 2. it has to be very sturdy, no what so ever wobble or play. I have a such desk, but I really can not figure out how to make it fold/stack/transformable without affecting the sturdiness. any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated!

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Bowling Alley Table

I used to love bowling as a kid and now I love to see materials get reused. So to see this lovely table by Ryan Brown that is made from a section of a bowling alley lane totally makes my day. Dining Table Project via DesignSponge

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origami folding Table

i am sorry if this is the wrong place for this but i once saw on the internet a table from a cruise ship i think it was the "grand dining table" but i'm not sure. The table when turned opened to about double or triple its size extra pieces rising from inside and sliding into place to form a "whole" table the point of this is i would love if some one could point me to either the site or how to make one for myself

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What kind of rooms should I put in my Minecraft mansion?

I am building a large mansion in Minecraft. The perimeter will be 24 by 72 blocks, and it will have two floors. I don't really know how to use all that space. I plan to have a lounge, a library, a dining room, a kitchen, a trophy room, and some bedrooms, but I don't think that's enough. Could you suggest some room ideas?

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Flip-out Table in my living room table drawer? Answered

 Hey everyone well i was sleeping and i had this awsome idea to put flip-out table in my drawer in my living room table. I just want to know what you guys think i would need top do somthing like this. I got the wood to do it and the tools forsure and i brought my brother brain into this so hopfully we gunna make a day of this. if anyone need info on the table i will be posting pics later.

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Can some one create for me the plans to make this table from crate and barrel?

The table can be viewed at... http://www.crateandbarrel.com/furniture/dining-tables/span-white-gateleg-table/s509186

Question by desya    |  last reply


"Sunken living room" (joists?)

I am wanting to build a "sunken living room/conversation pit" in my (newly made to be) open floor plan living room, dining room, kitchen. From what I have read. These concepts are primarily built in with new construction or in houses with crawl spaces. I, have a full basement. As for the loss of head space in basement. That is fine. I plan on using that area (walled in) as a seasonal storage cloest. (Holiday decor, seasonal clothing) Just curious as to what would be needed other than a support frame for current and unaltered joists and the new "sunken joists"

Question by TylerPatrick    |  last reply


8 seater dining table split lengthwise down the middle; could be joined together for family meals. Is this possible? Answered

I would like to make a dining table that when not in use can be split in (2)  two down the middle of the length of the table and can then be separated into sideboards and used separately as half tables or sideboards.  I have quite a small outside deck.  the tops of the tables would be purchased as slabs.   i would purchase the table tops x2 and the legs x 8 ready made. the dimensions of the table when it comes together  would be to seat 6-8 people when we have family over. I think 6 foot long or 180cm I was wondering would anyone be able to sell me the plans as a pdf  for the list of items required and a DIY of how to put them together?  I am hoping to be able to take the list to the hardware store and get everything cut to shape for me. I can use a drill and a hammer and am not very proficient at either but am keen to make an effort.

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Need a cutting table design.

I need a cutting table in my sewing room which is really a small bedroom. I have two single beds in the room and need to be able to put up a table that will stradle one of the beds. I need to take it apart and store the parts under the bed if someone comes to stay. And of course it needs to be easy to make and inexpensive. Come on guys I have seen how clever you are, get your thinking caps on.

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Any ideas for an easy diy open top dining table/ desk ?

Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I'm looking for an easy to make open top table (like ikea's Vika Veine) for each member of my family.  If i could get 4 or 6 spaces put together, that would be GREAT!  We could use it for work and school (open) and then just close it when we are ready to eat.  I'm a novice and would love to get some instructions on building this...would it be possible to do with ikea's LACK tables...using 8 and then adding legs and some hardware?

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Painting a Floor

I want to paint a dining room floor. Has anyone ever painted a floor, the wood work is dark, any ideas?

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Folding coffee table?

Hi instructable community. I am currently graduating, and I own a 484sq. feet (45m^2) apartment. I have the basics and am quite grateful for what I have. however, I belive that a coffee table is almost a necessity. The problem is that if the table isn't wide enough, it won't be of much use, and if it's too wide, it will occupy too much space and will be in the way. That's (hopefully) where you brilliant minded people come in. I was thinking about a folding coffee table that will be thin, and when I have company over, I pull on it or something and it widens up so it can comfortably hold a few glasses and maybe a book or too. I have added a few images of the area that the table will go. The couch is 2m in length (6.56167979 feet) so you can get a generall image of the room. The couch is on a slight angle, so the small plant can fit behind it (it's on a chair so it can get sunlight),  so I can move the couch around a little for a bit more room. Please keep in mind that I do not have many tools, but I know how to work with raw materials, It will just take a little more time (instead of an electrical saw, I have a hand saw. Same job, takes longer). Also I don't have alot of spare money and I can't find "special" items (for example, ball bearings, and pivot and swirlly stuff are out of the picture). I know it sounds quite bizzare but I would like some help. It doesn't HAVE to be a foldable table, but I would prefer it to be, because the couch is also a bed, so if someone comes over for a couple days, I need to be able to "hide" the table to open up some space.  Worst case scenario, I'll make a small(ish) chest that will double as the table. Thank you for your time reading this message. I will be glad to hear from any of you!

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What is the best place online or offline to buy table legs?

Looking for pre-made legs or has anyone seen a place that sells a base similar to this? http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=19581&catalog;=filter&menuCatalog;=room&menuSubcategory;=213146

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Plans for a model railroad table? Answered

I'd like to build a table for my son's HO scale model railroad layout, and want one that's not too heavy and can be taken up and down stairs when we move it to a different room after the house is painted. Thanks!

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Email/txt/calls table?

Recently somebody post a thread about the twitter table, and i was thinking if he could get updates from twitter to be sent to that table, then i could get emails,txts,calls,etc sent to some led's in my room. I would like some help to as of how i would go about setting this up. Thanks

Topic by Pablojr  


Tech-tastic Coffee Tables

Coffee tables can really bring a room together, especially if they're high-tech and provide their own entertainment. They're expensive, as the site suggests, but just the ideas warrant personal kudos. Of course, as with any coffee table, you'll need to have a coffee table book about coffee tables.Link via Neatorama

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Looking for a particular Instructable!

Hiya, I've been sending myself nuts looking for an Instructable that I happened across earlier today.  I can't seem to find it now but I can give a description of the front page. It is a fold down (or up) surf shack table... the image is a chap in a white room with lots of compartments and he is putting the table back up. I'm sure it was featured in the newsletter but I'm not sure as I can't find it in my inbox. I hope someone can help, I wanna get crackin! Thank you Georgina :) 

Topic by juddlin    |  last reply


Jewelrymaking craft area/desk/studio

I've seen ssooo many "shops" for guys making stuff, is there a jewelrymaker out there with any neat ideas about organizing/working space? I basically work at my 4'6" desk, with a smaller 3' typing table at my left side that holds my computer and several compartments on top and a 6 drawer cabinet that fits under it. I'd love to see how other jewelrymakers work, since we don't necessarily need a whole room. My "studio" is in my living/dining room, in my "mini-loft" apartment!

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Wall mounted colapsable massage table

High all, I have a room thats designated for massage and physical therapy. Its not a big room, 10 by 13 feet and it has one wall thats also a roof. So working space is a bit limmited. I have a old but strong massagetable thats made out of steel and has a black leather top. As a pressent i got it from my father inlaw so i dont want to put it a way, but it is however taking a lot of roomspace. So i was thinking on making a construction on my wall to mount it on so it can be folded away to make more room for other activities. Problem is... how do i make it strong enough to hold it in place, not only during idle time but most importent, during long massage sessions. The table weighs in at about 70 kilo's, the frame is solid and the legs are rounded aluminium pipes. O, and the design has to look a weee bit atractive... otherwise clients wil walk away thinking "OMG, LOOK AT THAT FREAKY TABLE!!!" Thnx in advance!

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I have a very small budget and area rugs are proving to be expensive any ideas on where to get one or how to make one?

I have a dining room and living room that have brown carpet, im looking to cover them up with two area rugs,

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A Thermal reacting LED? Answered

Ok so I don't know much about LED's, or let alone anything about how electronics work, then only thing I know is how to code on a computer, for a computer, I don't even know how to code a PIC card or whatever... But anyway, I want to make an LED react based on a thermal image, so its camera or Thermal LED or something detects heat in a room and adjusts the power of light on an LED and also turns it off and on, kindof like another tutorial that someone had with the light table, except they didn't have instructions to build it. If you want I can draw a picture of what it should look like, but basically I want to end up with a bunch of LED's to light up when i enter my room, and later on I want to make it so that they shut off when I clap 2 times and make them udjust different light areas, so when I walk in different areas of my room, different lights go on, and then later after that I'll make it so I can change the colours of the lights by saying a different colour. If someone can help menu would greatly appreciate it and when i build it I will post the instructions on this site :D Thankyou

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What feature makes your Work/Craft Table perfect?

We're planning to site build a craft/work table in our downstairs semi-basement space. Can you take a look at your (Non-dining table!) work table and let me know what I should add to the following list, or take into account generally? Taking into account the features I can foresee we need, I find the following desirable: Entire table surface should be something less than 48x96, so it fits in space allotted and can be made from sheet of plywood. A work surface approximately 34" high. This allows you to sit at the table or work standing up, without lower back pain from bending over excessively. A Light table feature in a corner of the table, illuminated from below to allow tracing and viewing of slides, other transparent media. An electrical receptacle in the top or edge of the table, for soldering gun, small fan, other uses that require juice while avoiding extension cord madness. A laminated top. A holder for a roll of 36" white butcher paper under one end. ~ an opening to an undermounted trashbin for easy cleaning I'm planning to pick up some Ikea storage or tool box shelves for under table storage. Thanks in advance for any and all helpful suggestions... Chris

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Faux Petit Fours, does anyone know how to make these pretty little "non edible" desserts ?

I have purchased these to use as a pretty display in dining room, but would love to make them myself.

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Clamps make instant tables out of any flat object

The clamps are secretly table legs. Clamp four of them onto a scrap piece of wood and PRESTO! it's a table! A great temporary solution before you put the real legs on, because who wants clamps in their living room? Link

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Open Source Design Software?

Hello Instructables forum, I'm wondering if anyone knows of some nice open source design software? I'm in the process of creating my next instructable (a dining table) and would like to design some legs on the computer before making them. Cheers, Chris

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Teen Guy Bed Room Ideas-No Sport?

Hi, I am 13 and I am wondering how to decorate my bedroom?? I have a rectangular room with all doors and wardrobe at one end, and grey/purpkleish walls with a eggplant feature wall. Beige non-replacble curtains. I have a massive metal 4 poster bed crazy thing. Which I LOVE! What shall I do? I also have a white/green retro dresser and dressing table, and some small wooden filing cabnets. I like the late 50's and early 60's. And pugs, definatly pugs. But, as I am in Australia there is no Wallmart or macys for me. But we DO have target! I am intrested in making 2 'zones' in my room. bedroom down the doorend, and longue(????????????/) down the other? What should I do??? Thanks

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Safe and Sound

Hey homeboys and girls. This is Bilal checking in from Eric's dining room table. So it's true, I did have a bit of trouble with Airport Security. They made me miss my flight checking out all my crazy scary gadgets. It would be irritating but hey, I'm sure loads of people haven't seen a metronome before. Gasp! It ticks! Arriving in SF would have been quite unsatisfactory without a brief car chase so thankfully security obliged us with a short run with their tiny electric cars. Never fear, Eric, Christy and I made a swift getaway to the hills. Go Volvo go! -BG (thanks for breakfast Eric)

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What is a good adhesive for draughtsman's mylar?

I want to make a smooth drawing surface to place on a dining room table. The material I have on hand is used mylar sheets from an engineering shop, about the thickness of paper. I'd like to cut the sheets down to quarter-size or so and laminate several thicknesses together to make a semi-rigid surface.  I've tried several adhesives I have on hand, and the one that works best is Elmer's Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive, but even that doesn't stick very well. So, what's the best option to glue this stuff together, keeping in mind that I don't want anything thick that will distort the sheets or create a lot of bubbles?

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Floating table held by strings with pulley system for up / down?

My room is rather full so i had the idea to build a table that can be lifted up to the ceiling when not needed to save space and act as a cool feature.  My room has a slanted roof and the section that's not slanted ( in the middle) is 43 inches wide and 100 inches tall. length isn't a problem(more than 100")this spot would be an optimal place to build the "levitable". I have access to pulleys and string and all that stuff so i can build it no problem, but I'm not a master with ropes or pulleys or mechanics and I don't know the best way to make this work. Thanks a lot!!

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Need help and idea because move into a new EMPTY home

Hello everybody , I recently move in a new house, but my room is empty . I need some idea to fill it, I need a desk, a coffee table, a place to sit (or beanbag ottoman), a shelf unit. And perhaps a cabinet shirt. I think use of tires and a board over to a coffee table. But after I do not know. I would use materials of recovery. Thank you for your help.

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How can I tell if a first floor wall is load bearing? Answered

Hi, I would like to remove the wall between my kitchen and dining room to open up the area.  How can I tell if the wall is load bearing? The wall is on the 1st floor, runs lengthwise to the house and is about in the middle of the house, but it doesn't travel the entire length of the house. Any help or advice is appreciated.

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Daft Punk Table Replica driver board reverse reconstruction.

I'm in love with the daft punk table: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-Daft-Punk-Table-Replica/?ALLSTEPSI'm actually making a wall hanging rather than a table because theres no room in my studio for another table.The author of that instructable didn't include the microcontroller program or a circuit for the driver board. From the description (and looking at another site) we can tell that it uses a a couple I2C port expanders connected to a transistor array. I have both the PFC port expander and the ULN2803A in my parts box, but I think it can be made cheaper, faster, and expandable.I want to ditch the I2C bus. Why? 1. Its slow (100 or 400 khz), not that more is needed, but what about bigger boards?2. Its bit intensive: each chip update requires a)start signal, b) address byte, c)port setting byte, d)stop signal. That's more than 8 bytes of bits per table update.3. Its expensive: the i2c bus needs 2 pullup resistors, and you have to route Vcc to them on the PCB. I2C peripherals are a bit pricey ($1+ for the PFC i2c port expander). You need a UC with hardware I2C, or write a I2C software routine, etc. 4. Its not expandable beyond the assigned number of I2C addresses. The PFC chips have a limited number of address selections (determined by the state of 3 pins). If all addresses have been used then a second I2C bus would have to be added.These goals can all be accomplished with a handy chip I learned about in lady ada's bike POV instructable, the 74HC(T)595. The 595 is a serial to parallel port expander with 8 output bits. The interface is a simple 3 line affair with serial data/clock lines and a latch that puts the data on the pins. Now the cool part: several can be connected end-to-end so that you can create a chain with hundreds of extra outputs. Bits can be clocked in at up to 20Mhz, so large or multiplexed grids are possible.Why its good:1. Its fast, up to 20 Mhz2. Simple interface - clock in only the bits needed then set the latch. 26 bits, <4 bytes per refresh.3. Its cheap: 0.33 per chip, easy 3 wire interface can be operated with microcontroller, PC parallel port, or even buttons.4. Massively expansion potential, multiple chips can be chained for a disgusting number of outputs.The circuit is pretty basic. It only includes those things needed for the graphics card : I/O expanders, transistor array, connection headers. Power supply and control unit are separate components. The 595 has a 'blank' pin, it seems to reset all the chips to a known state when pulled low. I wanted to make it available for a 'more complete' design, but I also included a jumper so that it can be manually disabled for use in simpler implementations.The 3d is just for fun: the PCB is mostly unrouted.Any comments or suggestions? Has anyone used the 595 before? I've ordered a few to play with, but have not yet used them.

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I just sanded and painted dinning room chairs black. Now I want to protect/seal them. What should I use? Answered

I also striped, sanded and stained the table. I will apply my second coat tonight. What should I use to give it the glossy finish and also protect and seal it? Thanks in advance.?

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Mayline Futur-matic (Drafting table) w/ Varitask base

Greetings all!,  I have a Mayline Futur-matic (drafting desk)  w/ motorized Varitask base.  Need a manual or instructions for disassembly.so I can replace the huge original desktop (about 48" x 42") w/ one that'll fit my room.  the springs for adjustment are likely too strong for the smaller desktop & I don't want to risk injury taking it apart.  Thanks in advance for any assist!  [images from ebay]

Topic by Machy  


Ikea RAMVIK Coffee Table Arcade Mod

I'm in the purchasing phase to begin building a new arcade modded coffee table.  I have most everything figured out, my only issue is an idea a friend of mine expressed to me tonight and that is a "spring loaded latch" to serve as a means to, when first pushed in, release the monitor from being held in place on the table so it can be more conveniently angled towards the viewers, and when pushed in again, to latch it back into position (flush with table top). My problem is,  I have no idea what these things are called or what they look like. I'm fairly certain "spring loaded latch" is the appropriate terminology, but not completely sure as everything I'm seeing looks entirely foreign to me. I've included a terrible, terrible MS Paint version (I literally spent ~5 minutes on this) to kind of show what I'm going for. I want it flat on latch, angled at release. Spring loaded to push it forward upon release, but locking at the end point (say 35 degrees). This will be my first mod, and I absolutely HAVE to do it as my wife thought it was cool enough to allow for our living room piece. So, to reiterate, my question is: What is the name of this piece that latches/releases upon pressing? Is there one viable for something as heavy as this monitor (21.5" IPS LED Monitor)? --- Also, if anyone has any suggestions, please do share. I am a total novice but my father is a woodworking aficionado (though my intent is to keep this as exclusive to my own efforts as possible).  When I finish this piece, I will absolutely include a step-by-step instruction PDF. Thanks, Eric

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Top 10 Instructables For the Home

Shelving, tables, lighting, and more: what better way to outfit your house with what it needs than to make the accessories yourself? Check out this list of some of the best Instructables to help improve your home.As always, they're in no particular order. Invisible Book Shelf by dorxincandeland Have an old book you're never going to read or use again? Free up some storage space and utilize that book to create a bookshelf that makes your books look like they're floating around. . &nbsp; Concrete Kitchen Countertop by doubleabattery Combine the fun of DIY with the finished look of a professional product with these concrete countertops made from concrete. . &nbsp; Simple Platform Bed by aeray Pick up your mattress from the floor: with only a few materials and easy steps, you can efficiently make a platform bed. For another option, try the Pipe Dream Bed. &nbsp; Aquarium Coffee Table by x86Daddy You can give your living room a fishy feel with this sure-to-impress aquarium coffee table. . &nbsp; Literary Clock by mdhaworth If (after the Invisible Bookshelf) you've got another book to spare, you can turn it into a timepiece perfect for any room . . &nbsp; Laptop Stand by jumpfroggy Need to check the latest Instructables after you've already called it a night? This laptop stand will help you comfortably compute in bed or wherever you need a solid surface. . &nbsp; Tennis Ball Chair by wholman Revamp an old chair into a stylish, comfortable work of art featuring tennis balls. . &nbsp; Knife Block by engineerable A high-quality, wall-mounted knife block safely stores and organizes up to 30 knives of varying shapes and sizes. . &nbsp; Minimalist Desk by arte.sano Create a functional workspace with your own very simple desk using workhorses and a door panel. . &nbsp; Paper Lamp by drips Light up your house in style with this geometric table lamp made out paper, or opt for the classic Lampshade Polygon Building Kit . &nbsp; Now there's no excuse for putting off those renovations. Add your other favorites below!

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Can I use light switches to control mains plug outlets?

My room has only one outlet. What I want to do is fix 2 plug sockets to the bottom of my desk and then have everything electrical connected to that through an extension lead.  However, as these are at the back of the table I want to install light switches at the front which I can use to switch the outlets. Is this allowed/safe? The switches I have are single pole. This picture is as seen from underneath the table.

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First Woodworking Project as Wedding Gift - Many questions on desk making!

I know this is a long post but I would be grateful to any of you for being willing to read it. So I am going to be married soon and moving into my first real adult apartment.  As a wedding gift to my new wife I want to make us a really neat computer table setup.  We have a room laid out as an office for the two of us so I wanted to try and make a large desk that would run along three walls in a giant U.  I am planning to make it modular in the sense that it will actually be 3 straight desks plus 2 corner units and each can work independently of the others.  She is a huge steampunk fan so I want to use pipe as the structure  that I paint a brass color and then make a wood a nice dark cherry color. While there are some great plans on pipe desks I have a few questions. 1. Most of the desks I see are MDF/Ply + pipe.  Is this strong enough to use as a desk for crafts, art, and to hold several monitors all at once?  I am sure the pipe is but I am concerned about the ply or mdf bowing.  If I use normal wood planks to reinforce the bottom will that allow it to remain more sturdy? 2. How hard is it to disassemble these? We plan on moving many times in our life and I'd like to build a design that not only can break down into the 5 separate desks but can actually be disassembled.  I hear MDF/Plywood doesn't like taking screws more than once.  If I screw the table-top into the frame using screws and flanges is that a - do it once and it is done sort of thing or can I unscrew them to move the desktop without ruining the top? 3. Assuming trying to rescrew it together would ruin the table I had the idea of creating a frame with wood blocks screwed into the flanges that had been given raised pegs - probably carved out of the wood.  The desktops would then have fitted holes carved into them - assuming I use a thick frame underneath the ply like 2/4 lumber - so that I can just lay the desktop on the pegs and weight would hold it in place.  My question is whether or not this has the same strength as screwing the  desktop directly to the frame.  Assuming the holes and pegs are well-fitted and near flush would I get enough strength for a sturdy table? 4. I've been really fascinated with the planked wood tables I've seen on here.  It seems easy enough to build a solid wood underframe and then cut plywood planks and screw them to the frame.  My only question is for corner units.  Most modern corner desks are big pieces of MDF that have been shaped.  Assuming my corner piece is straightforward - just a square table with one corner loped off - how hard would it be to create a corner desk with a planked top?  Could I do it with just a jigsaw?   5. I've noticed quite a few of the plans use aluminum pipes and Kee Lite or Kee Klamp fittings.  These seem rather expensive, and if I am doing a cheap MDF top I want to know if there is a cheaper metal alternative that still has good structural capacity.  These are desk tops for computers - maybe 120-200 lb load limit maximum for the entire desk.  Could I use plumping pipe?  Are there cheaper fittings than Kee Lite that are still easy to disassemble when I want to move? Thanks in advance for any answers!

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Winamp wireless remote controll

Ive made a winamp remote controll of a wireless keyboard.it was quite easy.take out the printcard and hotwire the chip :)Controll your music and video from your couch. Ive made mine on my living room table. Here`s a short clip of it in actionWinamp remote controll

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Fix Rattan/Bamboo furniture - NOT WICKER!!!

I recently bought a mid-century rattan dining table with four chairs.  I want to replace the cushions on the chairs - two piece, but they have snaps to keep the cushions in place.  I do not plan on having snaps on the new cushions, but that leaves me with the male part of the snaps.  If I pull them out, which I want to do, I will be left with a bunch of holes and no clue how to fix them, and since I haven't removed them yet, I have no idea how deep the holes will be.  I am open to any and all suggestions.   Thank you!   PS, I've tried to upload photos, but it's not working.  

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how to keep my house cool? Is there a way i can make a simple cooler that circulates water to keep a particular room co?

I stay in seattle area, and it's around 90 - 100 F nowadays, We do not have an AC in house. We have a 2 storied house with bedrooms on the 2nd floor. Lots of windows, But the problem is that there is no wind blowing, thus the house inside is very hot even with the table fans and ceiling fans running. Any tips of keeping the house cold? Any way to build something with that uses water as a cooling agent?

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Mancave help

Hey forums, im new to instructables. I really need some help and ideas for my mancave which I am going to build. It's going to be in my bedroom, which is now just a room with a bed and some desks, but it has the potential and largeness to become a nice chill loungy man cave. I'm going to get a bigger 2 person bed this summer, and i get a tv for my birthday ( I hope). basicly the biggest problem is the construction of the room. I have a big shelf on the wall but it is occupied by lots of books from my childhood and from my brother(who is moved out already) and my parents. It's really annoying since we rebuilt the house and I got that room with a brand new shelf but my parents filled it with their stuff already :P. The majority of this stuff is moving or thrown away so its not a big problem. I will provide a plan of my room now and how i plan to make it. Basicly the things i really want in my room are these 1. tv 2. couch 3.speakers ( i have them but i want marley bag of riddim) 4. coffee table 5. mini fridge 6. fan 7. ps3 8. hookah. I have most of this stuff (except for the mini fridge, fan and couch) but the main thing is the way they are put in the room. Again i will provide plans of the room. Sorry for bad English, i'm not from England or US :D Terribly sorry about the pictures being reverted, i dont know how to revert them, so you have to do it if you want to see it :((( so sorry

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How can I prepare my new room the way I want it to be?

Well, seeing I am a growing young man, I have come to hate my brother. I dislike everything about him and I want to move out of our room. I have already moved my Xbox 360, bought a new $900 dollar computer, a 32" 1080p HD LED/LCD TV, a glass table/desk, and have moved alot of this "equipment" downstairs in my garage. Note: I still sleep in our room upstairs. Now I have basically been spending a majority of my time in my garage and have noticed a couple of flaws of this "moving in." I do homework in my garage, I edit videos in my garage, play Xbox 360, go on the computer, anything that basically doesn't involve sleeping, These flaws I have noticed in my garage will be listed now: Barely any Air Conditioning (I have a fan, but it sometimes throws dust everywhere) A lot of dust falls everywhere, on my glass table, Xbox 360, TV, Lamp, everywhere. I have mediocre internet speed, about 4 Mbps average download speed,  and 3.50 Mbps average upload speed, when I should be getting around 15 Mbps with Comcast (Maybe this has to do with my wireless connections or my Wifi strength, located upstairs with my brother) There is wall mold on some places of the walls (which can actually be a health issue) There are little bugs that are on the walls, along with spiders (Which kind of creep me out) And last is that I have a whole bunch of stuff in here that my mom wants to giveaway to poor, needing children in South America, but she never get to doing it. It is really cramped in my garage with all this stuff. Please keep in mind that I want to have my bed in here, and have my separate room in here... So what I need help with, or what I need assistance with, is having a good way to approach this problem in a neat, healthy, way. I want to live comfortably in my room, without the constant precipitation of dust, the idea that a spider will crawl into my mouth, that my walls are beautifully painted, and I have space to move around. Also when I go to use the internet that I have reasonably fast Internet Speed, and when I play Xbox 360, I don't lag, like I usually do. My Internet is setup like this, just if you were wondering: Comcast Surfboard Modem - Connected to the Internet Wireless Comcast Netgear Router - Connected to my Modem My brothers Xbox 360 - Wired directly to the router My Xbox 360 & Computer - Get Internet access through Wifi from the Router Wireless Comcast Netgear Router - Gives Wifi to everyone in my house also that sometimes may be using it I wan't to see how I can get faster Internet speed, probably connecting two wireless routers, which I think is impossible, or seeing if I can run a cable down from my Wireless Router straight to my Xbox or something. I wan't to have a list of procedures on how I can go about to do this and fix this room up to my liking. Well for those of you that actually finished reading this, thank you and any help would be greatly appreciated. And also I will attach a picture of my garage so that you can have a better picture of what I am dealing with. Thanks again Alex...

Question by DELETED_Alex8171    |  last reply


SUSTAINABLE MAGAZINE NAPKIN RING

These napkin rings go well with the waffle coasters to create a set on the dining table. The colors of the magazines give it a bohemian charm. Finish the ring with lacquer for easy cleaning and durability.INSTRUCTIONS: www.projectfidgetyfingers.blogspot.comMeasure the length and the circumference of a toilet roll.Fold magazine sheets into quarters. Once cut into quarters, fold it into half and then 1/3 and ½ again. Measure the width of the strip and match it according too the circumference of the toilet roll. It should match, giving some allowance of the thickness of the strips. Work out the thickness of the napkin ring. We have measured out 1/3 of the toilet roll, including allowance for the thickness of the strip.Use glue stick to stick the strips onto the toilet roll for placement and ease of weaving. Weave and tuck loose ends into the square weaves.Finish with lacquer.

Topic by suzene  


how do i get air freshener oil out of a red leather purse (it leaked all over it)?

We had one of those plug in oil room fresheners from Bath and Body works. It tipped over one day while it was on the table and leaked all over my red leather purse. The oil didn't change the color but definately smells strong. I've tried cornstarch to absorb the oil but it doesn't work - it seems that the leather has completely absorbed the oil.

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Cheap and easy way to send alpha-numeric messages to pc?

Hi, Ok.  This is driving me crazy!!!  I've been on the computer now for 7 hours straight, going deeper and deeper into a problem that on the surface really shouldn't be that difficult.  I think I'm pretty close to losing my mind... So here's my issue.  I work in a busy restaurant (everyday we serve over 700+ people in 5 a hour timespan!) and I've developed a program in .net that automatically seats guests.  The software takes care of groups of diners, equally sharing guests amongst  servers, seating best tables first and so on etc etc.  Any way, all the software user has to do is take the guest's room number and name, the code does the rest. Here's my issue.  When the restaurant fills up, a queue quickly forms.  The only way for me to find tables that are open and ready to be seated again is to walk around the restaurant and do an update.   I have to do this every 10 minutes which is very inefficient and time consuming. This creates chaos as the hosts are running around and being told to do different things by different people. The hosts are flipping tables when they should be hosting tables, and vice-versa, they are coming up to the front to walk a guest in when we have no open tables  I came up with the idea of having the floor supervisor send a message wirelessly over the network using an old winmo phone - she simply types in the table number, clicks send and then the table is marked open in the program at the front of the restaurant.   This solution is the best I could come up with but it's not perfect.  In an ideal world, each server would have a way of telling me which table is open the second it is ready.  It would be too costly for everyone to have a phone plus it would look inappropriate to the guests.  The crappy software we use on the computers on the floor is closed and can't be altered.  I need a cheap and easy way for the servers to be able to send a message to the computer at the front of the restaurant. And this has lead me on my merry dance around the internet - going from ardurino to bluetooth.  From z-wave to usb dongles.  There just doesn't seem to be a system out there that fits my problem.  The  closest I got to a solution is using 433mhz keyfobs which cost about 5 dollars each from china (the same ones used in home automation to open doors and switch on plug sockets).  When a table is free, the server punches the table number on the key fob and the software updates itself.  This lead me into the murky world of 433MHz - it seems incredibly complicated and difficult to do with protocols and drivers and everything else. Has anybody done anything similar to this? Another solution I came up with is having a button on each table.  Again, when the table is free, the server presses the button and the table becomes free in the software at the front.  Is there something like this on the market? Another idea would be to have wireless web cams around the restaurant so I would be able to see when a table is free.  This is a great solution except it isn't fully automated and, again I don't think management would like the idea of cameras all around the place. Can anybody point me in the right direction?  Has anyone faced a similar problem and if so, what did you do to improve things? If you got this far in the message, thanks for reading this rambling nonsense but I really am at my wits end!! Thanks again,

Topic by kingballz    |  last reply


BBC Magazine readers give 40 ways we still use floppies

This fun article from the BBC website showcases readers' responses to Sony ceasing production of floppy disks.  There are 40 picked responses, many of which just talk about legacy hardware that still uses them for data storage, but some of them are easily 'ible-worthy.  Highlights: 1. I regularly buy floppy disks. I own a pub with a retro theme and I use them as beer mats. 4. Not as much a user as an owner of a great many floppies, I was planning to tile the roof of my shed with them (using the two existing corner holes to take the nails) until my wife forbade it. 13. I put handles on them and sell them as spatulas. I sell thousands of them a year. 18. I've always used an old floppy disk as an ice scraper for the car, just the right combination of rigidity and flexibility. Just don't use the side with the metal sleeve on. They last about a year before they need replacing from my endless pile from the 1990s. 28. Floppy disks are ideal "floppy table" stabilisers, whether in the dining room or on the patio. They are also good for wedges filling in gaps where wood has to be cut. I have also embossed them in a cement pathway in a splendid "talked about feature" as they are of no use whatsoever for storage. Enjoy!

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