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helping hands tool? Answered

Is there a tool OR SERIES OF TOOLS out there that can assist hobby enthusiast who have the misfortune of unsteady hands. Not quite Parkinsons but pretty bad. The mind still wishes to create and to solve technical problems, but shaky hands put a stop to a lot of projects...or just make completion time very slow. There are definitely high end medical robot arms that do the trick but for your average Joe, there's always budget constraints. We can't afford those expensive automated robot arm systems. So is there a RELATIVELY reasonably priced product that could be used in these situations?

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What is this hand tool? Answered

Got this tool with a bunch of other tools. It has some markings related to machine screws. Any help will be much appreciated.

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Vintage Hand Tool?

One end is pointed (maybe an awl) and the other has a screwdriver like blade (maybe a pry bar). It is cast or formed metal, 5 inches long and the blade end is 3/8" wide. My best guess so far is maybe a shoemaker's tool. Thanks for any help identifying this tool.

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Simple Hand Tool Right?

Hello All, There is a tool that costs about $500 that hopefully can be made for a whole lot less.  It's a chiropractic actuator (See Image).  If you have never see one of these tools in action before, you squeeze up with your fingers and down with your palm, which will plunge the top part of the tool into the bottom part of the tool (kinda like a toilet paper roll holder type of action when pushing the two ends together).  The top part of the tool goes down about 3/4 of an inch (while the bottom part of the tool stays stationary the whole time) and then somehow sends a hard tap to the end of the mechanism (maybe like an internal mechanism simulating something like a hammer coming down a nail or something). It's driving me nuts!  How can a tool this simple be so expensive!?  Anyone have any ideas on how to make something like this, maybe there is a tool that can be modified to do this that is out there already, or maybe there is something else that can simulate the action of this tool without breaking skin, bones, etc :) Thanks for reading and thanks in advance!!!

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Rolson hand tool sale?

Not sure if this is a local thing or whether it's also going on elsewhere, but Tesco in Cambridge is having a sale on Rolson tools: I got a pair of safety goggles, four pack of clamps and a junior hacksaw for a pound each, and there's more (mostly hand tools) to be had.  I know all the adages about buying cheap tools, but at that price I'd happily use them as raw materials for a one-off make.   UKinese members, check out the hardware aisle in your local big Tesco, thar be (potentially) bargains.  Now I'll have to work out something to do with them all...

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Can anybody identify this tool? Answered

Unknown pliers-like tool. Black enamel paint over grey metal. No markings. Approximately 12 inches long.

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Precision hand cutting tool for wood? Answered

I have a scroll saw in my garage that's been sitting there for ages. Without going into my sob story about my whole situation, let's say the reason why I wanted to use it is because I'm dirt broke and wanted to craft gifts, and I spent a bit of money fixing it up just to find out it won't power whatsoever. So now I'm looking for a way to cut wood precisely, possibly by hand. I've been working with wood about 3/4" thick, but I may go thinner for my own sanity if I'll be working by hand. Any recommendations? 

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What is this tool called? Answered

I am working on a project and saw this tool used in the instructable. It was used to cut wood (I'm using acrylic) but the author did not say what this hand tool is. I want to find one either in-store or online but I don't know what it would be called. It looks like some kind of coping saw but the blade looks different. 

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Ideas for home made Hand checkering Tools? (For wood checkering)

Hi everyone! I am in search for any ideas for hand checkering selfmade tools and even tutorials on how to checker properly. Since there are not many tutorials about this craftmanship - also finding hand checkering tools to buy (in germany) is quite impossible.. Really would appreaciate any help and/or ideas! thanks alot! cheers Logi

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Rivet gun cuts in wrong spot?

I have a hand rivet gun but every time I use it (minus 1 time) I have to clip the stem off myself because the gun cuts it too far out (only cuts about 1/4"). Any ideas? Specifications Name: Hand Riveter Set SKU: 38353 Brand: Pittsburgh (Harbor Freight, Might be the problem) Grip: Material Vinyl

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Jewelry tools for sale

My boss recently purchased all the tools from a jewelry shop that was going out of business and subsequently has a lot of tools that he is parting with. While these are primarily jewelry tools many of them are perfect for prop building. He has some nice workbenches, casting equipment, benchtop laser welder, a large polishing station, plating rectifier, rolling mills, benchtop lathe, flexshaft motors/handpieces, microscopes, engraving tools and all kinds of small hand tools. There's too much to list here- I have a complete listing of everything with photos and pricing. Some of this equipment is pretty big/heavy so local pickup would be preferred (Boulder, Colorado) but he said he'll ship equipment if need be. After downloading and viewing the list if there are any questions just message me and I'll try to answer them as best as possible or have my boss email you. Thanks!

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Sharpen hand saw blades?

Nowadays almost all hand saws are induction tempered. It seems such a waste to throw them out all the time after they get dull. Traditional hand saws could be sharpened with a triangular file and a special tool to bend the teeth outward. I guess sharpening can be done by means of a dremel tool with a diamond disk, but what about the bending of the teeth? Any suggestions?

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Any recommendations for a good multi tool?

 I've just recently gotten into building and creating mainly small, fun gadgets and time wasters, and I need a good multi tool. I'm willing to spend a decent amount of money, but I don't want a gold plated, hand crafted, thousand dollar work of art. Just want something useful and durable. Any suggestions? Thanks =)

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NEW ELECTRONICS TOOLS BUY HELP? Answered

I am going to start building projects from here (instructables).So i need a toolkit but i am unsure what i need.But I think this will do: A voltmeter or multimeter - Digital or analog i am confused A soldering iron - i already have this A screwdriver set A Drilling machine - I think Bosch would be nice but which one impact or regular and wired or wireless. And am i missing anything above......and hey whats a hot glue gun.Bosch has that but do i really need it? I am not going for big projects so i don't need a router or sander. Does any1 know what are the types of blank circuit boards i mean the circuit boards which do not have any components soldered on. I got a PCB yesterday which had all the holes each row connected to each other by copper strip....that makes things very hard.....And how do i get a third hand in INDIA.... I liked rstraugh's Third hand www.instructables.com/id/Third-Hand-A-multi-use-helping-hand-for-electro/ But the thing are not available in India easily.So can anyone suggest me an easy one.

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Any uses for a hand mixer?

I have recently inherited a powerful hand mixer. ex : images.google.com/images Making food has never been an interest to me, but I do have interest in the tool's potential. Inside the mixer is a 120V AC current (0.6A @60HZ) motor, along with several gears and the such.  This absolutely reeks of usefulness. I would normally already have half a million ideas for this, but problem is, I'm at an inventor's block. This is where I ask you to come in, instuctables.com. I want as many ideas for this as possible, I don't care how ridiculous.  Even if its a car that runs on pigsh*t, I won't mind.  anyway, just food for thought. thanks. ps. if you were one of the the whopping 13 people who viewed my forum topic, yes, this is a repost. I think my reasoning is pretty dang obvious. pps. I'm mad about not being able to use bold font anymore... we had something going...

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Books similar to Make: Tools by Charles Platt? Answered

I'm looking for books that are similar to Make: Tools by Charles Platt. It focuses on building skills around hand tools, starting with basic sawing and gluing wood and working through more advanced sawing, drilling, staining and finishing, basic joinery, and working with ABS.  I've looked at the other books published by Maker Media, but nothing really compares to the kinds of hands on learning and skill building. 

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What are some good tools to have? Answered

I have a drill (2 actually), a dremel, and a hand-held sander. I also have as many wrenches and screwdrivers and hammers (the smaller things) as I need. I have $40 dollars in a giftcard to Home Depot. What tools would be good to have? Look at my instructables if you need to figure out what i would use them for.

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Why wasn't my Homemade Mallet accepted to the "Hand-Tools Contest"?

Why was my Homemade Mallet Instructable rejected from the Hand-Tools Contest? I used "Hand-Tools" to make a "Hand-Tool"... Why could fit the contest better than that? I uploaded and clicked on the enter 3 hours before the contest ended, Didn't get accepted, And now the contest has already closed... I've attached a screenshot below Now that I think of it, I guess that it's because I used a Microwave and a Refrigerator...?

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how to cut properly using a hand saw?

Well i tried using a hand saw to cut a piece of plywood, but instead of getting it cut at 90 degrees to the edge it just cut in an angle, how do i control this ??

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Windows XP Registry Repair

If your Windows XP has landed to a position where it has become nearly impossible to efficiently do any work, or it frequently crashes up or the system has obtained a habit of being hanged up in the middle of crucial activities. All these are symptoms that the registry has caused serious errors and the system requires registry repair. Occurring of registry errors is quite common in those operating systems which programs through Windows technology because as the system is being used, many programs are being installed and uninstalled, various hardware applications are added and removed, data files are created and deleted and various other such functions. A registry can be defined as the central point on any PC and is responsible to store the entire data which constitutes the core elements of the operating unit plus each and every other setting that is required during the course of using it. The time at which the data saved within the registry becomes corrupt, errors starts piling up in the back of the system which eventually surfaces with the passage of time. This can also be the main cause behind the slow startup of the Windows, random occurrences of Windows shutdown or several program errors that occur randomly and frequently. A Windows XP registry repair becomes necessary as the system ages because the quantity of programs and applications operated on it increases too. This increase in programming capabilities will create errors within the registry because of the accidents or mistakes made during the programming process. An example of this is that when the user is installing a new application and accidently the system turns off due to power failure or accidently unplugging of it. Since the downloading was still under process and was stopped abruptly, there are chances that some installation files are stored and incomplete configuration settings is now present in the registry because no way was provided to it to roll back to the application. These files, since are of no use for the system occupies not only space on the registry but can also create errors within it. In the course of performing a Windows XP registry repair, there are several options for doing this. The first way can be do it yourself by the use of primitive tools provided free of cost. The second option can be to buy registry cleaner software through which the registry will be cleaned automatically or the third way can be to render the services of a PC specialist and let him do the work for you. All the three options have some pros and cons in it. Performing a registry clean by yourself can be quite complicated as it is a very large area and fixing errors at your own might take a lot of time. Purchasing a registry cleaner on the other hand, is a good option if it has the features of analyzing and fixing the whole registry rather than certain area only. Rendering services of a specialist is also a good option but, it might be quite expensive touching to the limits of buying a new system in that price. About Author: This article is written by Jason Kelly, who also writes for www.registry-repair-tools.net, a site emphasizing on registry repair tool, windows registry repair, and windows xp registry repair.

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I am looking for hand tool that will punch a hole in a a variety of coins to use when making a 550 cord bracelet.

I am loking for hand tool that will punch a hole in a a variety of coins to use when making a 550 cord bracelet. So the hole can't be much bigger than the width of the cord..any suggestions? and if so where can i get one...?

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perserving mild steel tools in marine enviroment

Hi,I am planning to be living in a boat this summer, and will need to bring along sufficant tools for any maintenance I will need to do, and will need to bring screw drivers, spanners, saw, hand drill, plane, etc. it's a large boat compared to my tool collection so I'm not worried about weight, also, i'm not going to bring any power tools.I was thinking i'lll wrap with all in oily rags. will this be enough?cheers. Dominic

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Steampunkesque 50 cal Rifle

I'm not a huge fan of steampunk, with the exception of Lady Clankington ;-), simply because much, nay most of it, exists just as a prop, not a a functional object.  So when I ran across this beautiful rifle, I just had to share. The most amazing thing, is that someone handcrafted this in their home machine shop.  Truly a master craftsman. Steampunkesque 50 cal Rifle

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What tools I need to begin wood crafting? Answered

I want to make some wooden boxes and cases, and I haven't done any wood work till now so I don't have any tools and I can't buy the workshop electronic machines which I see in almost every woodworking instructables here (such as drill, lathe, sanding, saw, mitre, buiskit jointer, and all other electronic tools). So I want to begin with simple hand tools.

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xbox 360 case modding

What tool would be best to cut a window in the side of a xbox 360 i would prefer a hand tool but a power tool would be ok too i have access to a bunch of tools (my dads a contractor) and if i am successful in my mod I plan to make my first instructable :-).

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Dead Sewing Machine or Dremel Tool Motor

A woman asked me to look at her sewing machine. The motor was dead. A new foot control did nothing. A dealer seemed disinterested in looking at it for repairs, but wanted to sell her a new machine for $700+. Attached is a photo of the commutator from her machine's motor after I cleaned it up enough to run again. After 15 years of use there was so much oxidation and contamination from brushes arcing that an Ohmmeter showed infinite resistance (open circuit) across the commutator, unless readings were taken on the brighter copper colored portions of the commutator. (The brushes are still good.) Then I got reasonable readings, indicating there was actually an unbroken circuit across the armature coils. Removing shrouds and getting to the motor was the most difficult part. Then I turned the motor by hand while I held 500 grit sandpaper on the commutator until it was clean and bright. The motor runs like new again. The owner is very happy. (I made this fix as a favor, not to gain income.)I had expected something like I found in a Dremel tool that quit working. With an Ohmmeter I found a break in the circuit between the field coil and a terminal pin. (I was able to bridge the broken connection and the Dremel workes again.) Another sewing machine did not run, and the problem was found to be a bad electronic circuit board no longer available. That machine had to be replaced.But, sometimes somethng so simple as a very dirty commutator is the only problem and is easily cleaned so the machine works perfectly again.

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Question about jewelry repair

I do simple jewelry repair,and want to learn how to solder.What tools do I need for this?I have a Dremel tool and several hand tools.Please be specific.

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How do I preserve a cardboard box so that it will last as a storage container for the tool that came in it?

The box interior has a shaped cutout (also cardboard) to hold the tool in place so the blade is protected. The box is non-corrugated cylinder board.  I need to preserve both the interior and exterior

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123D Design Vs. Rotary Tool. What is better?

When Instructables gave me the opportunity to be part of its Artist in Residence program, one of the first things I thought was "Blimey!* I don't know 123D or any other design program. What am I gonna do?" (*Of course, in my country we don’t say “Blimey!” but something ruder. But I think you get the point) Let me introduce myself: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer, from Colombia (not "Columbia"). Former Colombian Navy Officer, BsC in Naval Sciences, maker focused in trash art and upcycling. You can see my Instructables profile here. My skills: I can transform almost every piece of e-waste and plastic trash in something useful, decorative or funny. My weak point: the only design program I used in my life was... Paint. Yes, that Paint. So 123D would be my first experience with a CAD program. I have to be honest: I'm not a big fan of CAD programs. Yes, they are awesome. But I am an old school maker who loves to use his rotary tool and his screwdrivers to build stuff, at risk of his own hands. I thought CAD programs were reserved for industrial designers or engineers, even one like 123D Design, developed for the DIY community. THE EXPERIENCE A few weeks ago, on a Friday afternoon, I finally decided to take a look the 123D Design installed in my PC. So I started to play with the program. When I got stuck, Randy Sarafan gave me some useful tips. Two hours later, I finished some kind of robot arm. At night, I had finished a "chicken legs" robot. On Saturday morning, I had a futuristic motorbike. On Sunday, I was at the beach in San Jose, eating Deep Fried Twinkies, but that’s not important. By Monday, I had my fourth project ready (not my best work, but still) for the "Show and Tell" meeting at Instructables. I finished my instructable on how to make a transformable robot, my first 3D printed project. And right now I'm working in a futuristic jet. I'm not saying "Oh! I'm a genius! You’d better make a movie about me! (In this case, I want to be interpreted by Ryan Reynolds or Samuel L. Jackson)". No. What I'm trying to say is that, sometimes, we have the tools at reach, but we are too lazy, too coward or too old fashioned to try them. And Autodesk is giving a great tool to the maker community. It's a friendly program (I don’t know how it could be friendlier. Telepathic commands, maybe?) and you can learn it in one weekend or less. It doesn't matter if you are a professional designer or not, you only need two things: the will and visual-spatial ability. And you only get the second thing by being curious about all the things around you: touching, dismantling, cutting, breaking, attaching, opening, destroying and rearming stuff. And, if you are a maker, you are on the right way. 123D Design is an awesome program (and honestly, the only one I learnt), I love it and it's free, but it has two aspects to improve. First, fonts could be very useful. What if I want to 3D-print a plaque with my name? Second, I don’t know if it’s because of my computer, but sometimes the program crashes and, if you didn’t save your progress, you will have a very bad time. So I got the habit of saving on my computer every 4 minutes. That’s all. AT THE END Right now, I’m asking myself “Myself, what do you prefer: a carpal tunnel syndrome for using your computer or a severed hand syndrome for using your jigsaw?”. Then I remember my wise mother telling me “Mijo, don’t say those barbarities because there is no idle words”. Resuming, what is better for a maker, CAD/CAM or traditional crafting? I believe there is no competition, because both are complementary. It’s all about what do you want to do, how do you want to do it and what is the best option for your project. There are a lot of things you will never achieve without a computer. But there are a lot of things a computer won’t be better than the human hands, too. And building stuff with your very own hands is a very rewarding experience. So, it’s up to you! Because for me, 123D Design became just another tool in my toolbox. A powerful, fantastic and awesome tool in my toolbox.

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Random Knex Challenge 2- Power tools! WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Hey guys! Im back with a new challenge: A Knex Power Tool.    HEY GUYS, I HAVE ANALYSED ALL OF THE ENTRIES MADE, BUT I HAVE COME TO ONE DECISION, COMPARED TO THE OTHERS THIS WON BY FAR, BUT WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, THE WINNER!- Shadowman39! Hmm.. lets post a list of the winners in order... Shadowman39's saw Knex_builder_freak's saw kNeXFreek's circular saw Knex_builder_freak's sander kNeXFreek's drill kNeXFreek's jigsaw Bigdylan91's hack saw Sprout-less' dremel The prize for this challenge is: A patch! WOO! 5* on all of your ibles Faving all ibles Subscribe to you! So, in this challenge you have to create a power tool out of knex. Now your model doesnt have to have a motor, and it doesnt have to really work (I mean like cut wood, ect.). The tool can be powered by a motor or it can be hand cranked. Here are some rules to help!   Must be 100% Knex (A bit of tape + string is also allowed) You can use a motor or a hand crank The tool you make can include things like: A drill, a jigsaw, a circular blade, a chainsaw, ect. It must be shown by a forum topic, or in a comment. More than 1 entry is allowed Must be entered before 5th December Entrants: Lowney Killer~SafeCracker kNeXFreek Bigdylan91 Shadowman39 Smilee Lioneatr Knex_builder_freak Shadowninja31 Knex-lover Sprout-less Good luck!

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Require versatile set of tools for supporting youth poverty

(Sorry for my English is too bad because I was in Vietnam. I translated by Google) Hello! We have known about your site through a Google search. We think it is very good and I also have done a few things from the tutorials on the website such as USB Fan, USB LEDs ... We just do for fun because I'm not in a position to do big projects. And we really feel very happy when his own hand to create a product whether it is small:). We have a petition with you! Currently we are very interested and wanted versatile set of tools (like USB Gift Contest) but the ability of financial straits (now we're a student) to buy a versatile toolkit for them I was not too difficult if not impossible. So we want to ask you how old kit but not used may donate to us. We would be grateful if such a tool (if you can you can support me two or three sets, because here we lack tools). Thank you for reading! Waiting for your reply!

Topic by Matrixs  


Sculpting From Scratch: Class at the San Francisco Art Institute

For over one million years hominids have made and embellished tools. We make everything from fake flowers to 2,000 ft towers. However, in a world of Ikea and fast food, it is easy to forget the potential of our own hands. Sculpting from scratch combines engineering and play to make freestanding objects that entice the senses and provoke thought. Class projects will focus on learning how to use shop tools, repurposing refuse, articulating objects, illustrating intent, and the question of beauty. No prerequisite.Jesse Hensel is a contemporary artist whose work is informed by the Yup'ik woodcarving tradition. His rugged natural sculptures use an Alaskan frontier perspective to critique contemporary society. Recent San Francisco exhibitions include such venues as the de Young Museum and Mark Wolfe Contemporary. His team was honored with the Artist's Choice Award at the World Ice Art Multi-Block Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. He received his BA in Liberal Arts at Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA in Sculpture from SFAI.Sculpting from ScratchInstructor: Jesse Hensel10 Sessions/Thursdays, June 4-August 6Time: 6:30-9:30pmLocation: Studio 105Number: SC1002Tuition: $400Apply: http://www.sfai.edu/Page.aspx?page=110&navID;=21&sectionID;=5

Topic by jesse.hensel  


Alternative power source for power-tool enhancement design project?

Hi this is my first post here :-) I'm a Design student in London currently researching power-tools. I've made this really crude prototype of a system that looks at enhancing the vibration of a power-drill by vibrating the user as they pull the trigger on the power-drill. It consists of a 12v 55AH car battery running through a 300watt 12v to 230v inverter which in turn powers a cheap 135watt 230volt orbital sander. It's all mounted to a British Army paratrooper clansman radio pack frame and has a very crude wooden arm with a temp on/off toggle switch mounted inside a vitamin c bottle :-) and tapped with gaffa tape, very much bricolage.... I used what I had to hand and what was cheap, i know it's not safe (yet) but i'd like some opinions on alternative smaller and lighter power sources? I know I could just use cordless sanders but there expensive and i need multiple units 2-3 and as this is only a small part of what I'm doing so cost is an issue. I'm considering looking at cheap 12v battery packs from cordless drills but don't fancy using lithium and blowing myself up? All suggestions and opinions appreciated! Thanks James

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Alternative power source for power-tool enhancement design project? Answered

Hi this is my first post here :-) I'm a Design student in London currently researching power-tools. I've made this really crude prototype of a system that looks at enhancing the vibration of a power-drill by vibrating the user as they pull the trigger on the power-drill. It consists of a 12v 55AH car battery running through a 300watt 12v to 230v inverter which in turn powers a cheap 135watt 230volt orbital sander. It's all mounted to a British Army paratrooper clansman radio pack frame and has a very crude wooden arm with a temp on/off toggle switch mounted inside a vitamin c bottle :-) and tapped with gaffa tape, very much bricolage.... I used what I had to hand and what was cheap, i know it's not safe (yet) but i'd like some opinions on alternative smaller and lighter power sources? I know I could just use cordless sanders but there expensive and i need multiple units 2-3 and as this is only a small part of what I'm doing so cost is an issue. I'm considering looking at cheap 12v battery packs from cordless drills but don't fancy using lithium and blowing myself up? All suggestions and opinions appreciated! Thanks James

Question by le_bricoleur    |  last reply


CS4 Photoshop: Help with cursor

I downloaded the trial of PS CS4, and It's great! But for some reason, no matter what I do, the mouse stays at the hand tool. It just won't change. Any help here?

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Tree moat digging machine need help

I am needing to dig tree moats around 150 trees in an orchard. We use flood irrigation to water them. Each tree has a sprinkler head. I am needing to build a moat around each tree to keep the water near the roots. As of right now we are forced to use a hand hoe to make them. On some spots i have to use a shovel to break the soil up before I can use the hoe to make the moat. Does anyone have any ideas on a machine or better process to make them? What came to mind was a trench machine or some kind of disc harrow. The problem with the trencher i see is they are made to go forward and not side to side. The moat are not that deep maybe 5-7 in deep. A photo of one i dug by hand as an example.

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Aspiring techie. Where do I find the skills, the tools, the work?

As a child I grew up on legos and K'nex, and I wish my first computer had come earlier in life. I want to pursue more things like programming, robotics, working on cars and lighting the neighborhood with massive LED Beacons of custom-PC goodness. I've tried some researching of certain topics on my own, but I usually run into some difficult roadbumps. Particularly, there often runs a gap between beginner and advanced knowledge I find hard to bridge. I started off great with some programming classes at college, but their department is lacking. The other significant obstacle that comes to mind is cost. It's hard to shell out for new tools and parts for every project. Do you have any advice? Where could I find an entry-level job at an electronics re-saler, or something like that? I don't really have the skills for a mechanic, but what might be a first step? Or, something pre-programming that I could learn from- particularly for game or software development? Which schools in the Midwest have more hands-on training?

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How to make a homemade drill press?

I dont have a drill press at home because it cost too much for me but it is really easy to drill on anything if you have this kind of power tool. I have a portable hand drill and I am thinking of fabricating a holder for this as if I am using a drill press. Can someone help me out how to do it if it is possible to transform my hand drill into a drill press? Many thanks and more power to Instructables.

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Upcoming wood working contest!

We've teamed up with Popular Mechanics to bring you a woodworking contest! Any form of woodworking is eligible. You can use classic hand tools, power tools or even your granddad's whittlin knife to build something tiny or the size of a house. Share your woodworking project, and explain why and how you made it so others can learn from your experience, and marvel at your awesomeness.  Contest details soon!

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I would like to build a simple toy barn and stable for my 4-year old's toy horses. Tools and budget are limited.

All of the plans I find onlline are expensive and complicated, and IJ don't have a band saw or router. I just want to build a simple, open-roof barn and stable, maybe a small table as well, for my little one's toy horses. I have a drill and hand tools, and some woodworking talent. Any ideas?

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No nails Australian wood shelter?

I saw part of a show about how to build a wooden shelter using no nails from logs.  It didn't look like a log cabin.  The sides were split logs held in an upright brace also made of logs.  It was simple to make but very hard work as much of it was done with hand tools.  But I think modern tools could be used now. ( This was sometime in the 1960's.) Anyone know anything about it?  It would be a good thing for off-girders.

Question by rookie1  


DIY: in Prison

Limited resources? Hiding from authority? No, not a young DIY-er with a low budget and strict parents, but prison inmates trying to get out. Take a look at this collection of photographs by Marc Steinmetz showcasing creative escape tools crafted by German prisoners while in jail. While many of them were confiscated before completion or implementation, a handful of them were used successfully to break out of jail. While I in no way condone these actions, you've got to admit some of these are creative use of available resources. Plus, if Instructables ever ran an Escaping from Prison contest (sponsored by Alcatraz tourism, anyone?), we'd all be up against some pretty stiff competition.Escape Tools

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Work board

I have a shelf, about 2x2 feet, (not attached to anything) that I use as a work board for my projects. I'm thinking about adding some things to it, like built in helping hands, magnets for holding tools while i'm working, a light, etc. Do you think it would be worth making an instructable about?

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fumeFan launched on Kickstarter

Hello friends, I made an awesome new device called the fumeFan. The fume Fan is a soldering fume extractor, work lamp, helping hands tool and a project organiser for hobbyists, makers and creators. It is a new device for the geeks and makers that do stuff with their hands. You can check out the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1554904482/the-fumefan If you think you need one, please pledge and support the idea. I am happy to answer any questions. Best regards, Pavel

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Etching and installing parts in shells?

So I'm trying to make a music box. I bought a 15 note hand crank mechanism I want to install into an 8 inch nautilus shell. I also want to etch the outside of the shell like in the photo. I've never worked with shells like this before and I obviously don't want to shatter it. What tools would I need to do this? What should I be careful of? Anyone with experience working with shells advice would be appreciated. :)

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Shift, Ctrl and Alt Keys only

Hello Everyone, I need help urgently, I'm a graphic designer plus an instructor and my tools of trade are Photoshop and Illustrator. Last Monday I had a road accident and got my right hand fractured. I've resumed my job but having lot of difficulty in working and teaching. Although I'm a right handed person. I am still managing to use mouse with my left hand now problem is only mouse is not enough to work on these softwares. I was wondering if any one can design a simple strip with three buttons having functions of  "SHIFT, ALT, CTRL" and can be connected through USB and I will stick that strip on my plaster near fingers of right hand. So that I would be able to work properly. I only need a PCB designed so that I can hire someone here in Pakistan to make this for me. Doctors are saying that this plaster would last for atleast six weeks. Please help me. Regards Imran Ali

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Starting out as electronic hobbyist. What electric components (not tools) would be good to have around workshop? Answered

I'm just starting out as an electronics hobbyist, and I am finding it is getting prohibitively expensive.  I don't have the ability to dumpster dive for parts, nor can I run to the local electronics shop for every resister I need.  Mail ordering for one or two parts for a specific project gets ridiculously expensive, not because the parts are expensive but due to shipping.  I'd like to simply place one big order for the majority of parts I will need for most projects.  So, if you were going to spend say 100 bucks to buy electric components to play with, what would you buy to keep on hand?

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Getting started for a beginner

Hi there, I hope this is in the right forum. So, I have always liked to work with my hands, seeing things people made and thinking "I WOULD LOVE TO GET INTO THAT" and I recently decided to make good on my wishes and wish to really get into the DIY scene. I'm looking for help on what tools I should get my hands on to start working on things. An example of something I wish tor re-create would be this: https://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-PC-project-inspired-by-Shadowrun-Cyberdec/ I'm not looking for help on what it takes to make up the end product but rather the tools one would use consistently to make everything fit and what not. Is there a sort of beginners toolbox or something of that sort I should look into getting? Sorry if this is confusing, I'm confusing even myself a bit, haha. On a side note, does everyone here have a garage they work in? I'm in NYC and as many of you know it's not the easiest place to have a workbench. Can anyone recommend me places you would go to work on projects? Thank you in advance.

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DIY Pocket hole jig [plans or how to] [for DIY furniture projects]

Pocket hole jigs are really handy for DIY furniture but also expensive. I'm looking for some good plans to make my own with basic tools (hand saws, miter box... that kind of thing) any suggestions?

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