ive got a super old jigsaw

I have an old jigsaw aperently my great grandfather used when he was young or something anyway im just trying to find out more about it. sears roebuck model 110.0401  .  so far im unable to find anyting anywhere on the internet anyone or anything that knows about this thing. not that im so much looking to sell it or anything i would just like to know more about it.. exactl how old it is and whatnot. so if anyone knows anything it would be cool to hear about it. ty

Question by jason13james13 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I have an old jigsaw motor, anyone know of anything not to complicated to use it for?

Recently got a jigsaw motor from a jigsaw where the blades wouldn't stay in, I feel no need to fix it as it has had some hard use and is on its last legs. I was just wondering if anyone had any handy or cool uses for it, even if they're useless uses. Edit: It also has variable speed although at this point in time im not sure what the range is, I post this just incase it makes it any more useful.

Question by ads100 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Can anyone identify this jigsaw? Answered

I have an old jigsaw, but I can't find its specs. I lost the box, and Googling it failed too. Does anyone here know anything about this?

Question by Shagglepuff 8 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Band saw or jigsaw access in bay area?

I need access to a band saw or jigsaw in the bay area. Does anyone know of any community workshops or rental places where I could use one that wouldn't require me to take it home (where I could work on site?). Thanks, Paul

Topic by pwtyng 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


can i use a dremel jigsaw attachment on the dremel 300 series?

I want to use the dremel jigsaw attachment with my 300 series but i think it is only for the Dremel 400 Series XPR.

Question by Redrockers 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Jigzaw puzzle with my scrollsaw, gaps are too thick?

Hello, i am very new at this, I just got yesterday a scrollsaw, and as i knew it was comming my way, I have been looking at tutorials and the like, but now that i made my first 4 simple 5 pices jigsaz puzzles, they seem loose, once i put them together and make them stan, for example a dog, they are loose, and the pices do nto stay together nicelly, i used 3 different saws, an 18.5 very thin cuts with pin, a general purpuse 15TPI with pin and a numer 5 skip tooth without pin. Sorry about the language it is not my main. Thank you for all the help ;D

Question by blonduckD 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Could i mount a jigsaw upside down and use it Like a fretsaw ?? Answered

Could i mount a jigsaw upside down and use it Like a fretsaw ?? because my fretsaw is nackered and before i buy a new one if i can improvise by making it in a vice and Building a metal support etc Itwill be perfect

Question by stephenniall 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Drill press motor placement ?

I'm building a drill press out of an old jigsaw motor and was wondering if it would be too shaky to mount on the drilling arm. If so, how could I mount it elsewhere? Would pulleys be the way to go?

Question by ads100 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to make cuts for a child's jigsaw Answered

Greetings from a new Instructabler: I'd like to make some wooden blocks as well as some jigsaw puzzles and perhaps a lockbox for my daughter.  (She's six months old now so I have some time to figure this out.)  I'm thinking something like this for the puzzle (simple shapes and pegs for her to grab onto), and something like this for the lockbox.   I'm trying to figure out what is the fewest number of saws I have to buy to make all these things.  Seems like I'm going to need a band saw for the wooden blocks, but I'm wondering if I might be able to get away with it on the scroll saw?  This extremely helpful site describes using a band saw with a circle cutting attachment for arches and triangles.  Do I need a band saw for cutting 2 3/4" hard maple?  I'd likely have to just not make the 5 1/2" triangles if I went this route (which wouldn't be the end of the world). I'm a bit puzzled (as it were) regarding how to make the puzzle pieces and also the doors for the lockbox.  I imagine that if I didn't need the puzzle piece itself and just needed the outline then I could drill a hole in the piece, thread the scroll saw blade through, and cut the shape.  How do I make the cut that preserves both the puzzle piece and the surrounding wood?  Do companies that make these toys make the puzzle pieces (and doors) separate from the puzzle outlines (and lockboxes), or do they use lasers or something else? Your guidance would be greatly appreciated!

Question by statestraveller 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Is it possible to make perfectly straight cuts with a jig saw?

I recently bought a 40 breeder tank and am working on a stand. I need to make about 19 perfect straight cut on 2x4's. I do not have a circular saw or table saw and the local hardware store does not make accurate cuts. Is there a jig I can make  to make perfect cuts with a jig saw. I was thinking like a box that guides the  2x4 and holds the jig saw in place.

Question by imthatguy1125 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Using a Dimmer for Power Tools?

I want to make something for my 120V AC Black&Decker; Jigsaw, But it will cover the trigger. My question is: Is okay to use a 120V/110V AC Dimmer (PWM?) to control the speed instead? I can keep the jigsaw's trigger at "full power" with a zip-tie, But the control the speed control will come through the dimmer... Are there any problems with the fact that the jigsaw is an "inductive load"? If it is, Can I improve it with a capacitor? My jigsaw uses 4.5Amps @120V, How many Watts is it? (IDK the formula for AC Watts...) Is there any more information that I missed? Thanks,     Yonatan

Question by Yonatan24 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Where can I get chloraform and/or tranquilizer darts?

Don't ask questions on why I need this. Just know that it will ultimatly make the world a safer place for children. Where can I get my hands on some chloraform and/or tranquilizer darts?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


can any body give me design of cycle based jig saw?

I work for aborigins in india they require cheap human powered machines can anybody help i want jigsaw, drill machine design

Question by sanjay117 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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???

Question by sherisauter 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to cut precise disk out of aluminium or gfk?

Hi, I'ld like to make a kind of spool. For that I need a two discs (80mm diameter) and a ring. The material is 3mm gfk or alu. By now my idea is to mount a jigsaw upside down and rotate the gfk around its center, so that the saw cuts tangential. Any better ideas are welcome. cheers Michael

Topic by mknuemann 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


Best power saw for cutting wooden gears?

Would I be better off trying to cut very small wooden gears with a scroll saw or jigsaw? My goal is to be able to make wooden gears perhaps as small as half an inch in diameter. Would I better off even skipping the power options and just do it by hand with a file?

Question by paulcauchon 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Best way to cut plexiglass without a laser cutter?

I need to cut a 9" diameter circle out of a 12"x12", 1/8" thick piece of clear cast acrylic (making an infinity mirror). I've cut this stuff with laser cutters before but don't currently have access to one. I have a circular glass cutter but I'm not really clear how that does me any good - it scores a circle but the acrylic doesn't seem brittle enough to snap off nicely along a circular line. I have a jigsaw with a wood blade but that just snagged and made the acrylic shatter. I have made rectangular cuts before by scoring a straight line with a utility knife, then lining that cut up with the edge of a table, and hitting the suspended piece of acrylic with a mallet - it snaps right off. I'm just not sure how to make a circular cut. Finer-tooth jigsaw blade? Approximate it using the score-and-snap method for a many-sided polygon with a bunch of straight cuts?

Topic by Ben Finio 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


What tools should I order from Lee Valley to get started in woodworking? ?

What tools should I order from Lee Valley to get started in woodworking? I have a jigsaw and a drill, I'm thinking more about chisels, planes etc... What would you buy if you were starting all over again? I

Question by dan_ce 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What Powertools do you have? and what would you recommend?

I have a... Mini Workzone Bench GrinderDeWalt Drill and Driver SetRyobi JigsawOzito SharpenerOzito Random Orbital, Detail, Belt sandersOzito Angle GrinderWhat Powertools do you have and what Powertools would you recommend?

Question by TheInstructableTinkerer 5 months ago


Integrating Access Control System with Hackerspaces Passport and Membership Software

Jigsaw Renaissance are looking into integrating Nadine and Hackerspaces Passport with our door locks. If you are able to commit time to help us designing or building, please post to: Inscape Access Control System - If you are interested in the project, please go to the group and sign up. - There will be opportunities to work on embedded firmware, electronics, mechanics, encryption, and the membership software application. - You can then control whether to get each email separately or receive a digest once a day. About the project: This project will provide an electronic door access for our new building. The project will involve providing several badge readers (probably RFID), and door lock controllers as well as a car park induction loop. Finally there is a need for software that manages the keys and access privileges. This software must be easy to use as the building landlord will use it. -- Jigsaw Renaissance is a learning and making community, a collaborative community dedicated to collective education and creation. Our mission is to create an environment in which success, failure, and most of all discovery are celebrated. Our vision is that this environment will foster an enduring sense of wonder and a drive to effect change in ourselves, our communities, and the world. For more information about JR (www.jigsawrenaissance.org), please visit our wiki page at wiki.jigren.org/Starting_Classes or this page: www.element14.com/community/groups/jigsaw-renaissance/blog/2011/03/25/who-we-are Contact us, so we can chat about scheduling something cool together. Thanks!   Ultimate Regards, -- Budi Mulyo +1.206.571.8430

Topic by Wise Cricket 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How do I cut shapes from square tubing?

Does anyone know any techniques I can use to cut out shapes from square steel tubing? The only tools I have is a drill and a hand saw. I actually have a handheld jigsaw but I need to buy a new battery for it because the last one broke. The illustration below shows how I need to cut it.... Oh ya..the tube is about 1 and 1/2" Thanks in advance.

Topic by IlluminatedAntichrist 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


What is the best way to cut Plexiglas or Lexan? Answered

I am building a solar panel, and I need to cut a sheet of Lexan. I have scoured the internet and have come up with a bunch of ways ranging from scoring it to using a jigsaw. None of these seem to yield a good result and a clean edge (even after sanding). I was wondering what your experience was and how you guys cut it or if there are any good resources. Thanks in advance, msweston

Question by mweston 10 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Anyone know how to convert a sofa bed into pure storage?

I liven SF and am completely out of room at this point. The bed in this hide-away-bed is so uncomfortable, guests don't use it anyway. I want to remove the hide a bed portion, leave the couch and, reclaim the area for storage...  ANy ideas? the couch is the ektorp model from ikea and has springs. this one: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79876880 i am decently handy, can get wood, have a drill and jigsaw. thanks for any ideas!

Question by littlebitty 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Precision PVC saw

I could use a little help. I'm looking for some way to make fairly precise cuts in 6" PVC. ( Don't ask, it's complicated. But not pressurized or anything dangerous. ) I tried a side cutting bit in a drill, it worked but wobbled side to side too much to make decently straight cuts. I'm thinking something like a jigsaw, but much smaller, also right-angle style would be good. I've been checking out this site for awhile now so, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, I don't want to make one out of an Altoid's box ! :) Any ideas ?

Topic by ComfortablyPlum 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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!

Topic by Hiyadudez 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Trying to make a table-mounted hot knife for rope cutting

I'm wanting to build a mountable hot knife for cutting climbing rope, similar to the ones at http://www.wirecare.com/hot-knives.asp and  http://www.rocknrescue.com/acatalog/Table-Hot-Knife.html, using a method similar to flywoodkb's https://www.instructables.com/id/Hot-wire-foam-cutter/. How should I go about keeping the "prongs" coming out of the box from electrocuting me/causing a short? I'm hoping to use a jigsaw blade for the blade part.Also, I have a handful of transformers from disassembling some electronics. Is there a way to tell what voltage and amperage they are?  Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Topic by The Insomniac 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


i want to make a 'shelfing unit' that is an upright with slits across for the shelfs (with matching slits) to fit into.

The shelf will have two purposes: one for putting plant pots on and secondly as security against someone breaking in. I have to keep drilling to the minimum as its rented property so the uprights which are 4 x 1in will be wedged from sill to ceiling with just small (maybe 1in) angle brackets to fasten to wooden sill. Few questions: 1. How can I get a perfect fit between sill and ceiling? I know I can measure but it isnt even. 2. How to get those slits perfect? Would there be a certain type of jigsaw blade that will make the job easier?  3. Are there any other measures I can take eg. to stop the wood splitting at the end of the slit.

Question by merimaid 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can't publish changes to a Instructable

This may be a duplicate question but I can't seem to find the initial post.Have have made edits to an instructable. I can see them in the edit or preview screens but not when using the public view. Looking at the attached photos, the one with the referece to 2mm acrylic is in the edit view and the other is the public view.I have tried clearing my cache, different networks, computers and ISPs.I could try unpublishing and republishing but I am concerned that I will loose the "Featured" rating and viewing stats.I have two questions: Can anyone else see new reference to 2mm Acrylic in the first step? Does anyone have anu advice on where to go from here?https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Jigsaw-Puzzle-Light-Acrylic-Laser-Cut/

Question by abasel 3 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


Instructable edits do not appear in published version

I have made and saved edits in the following instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Jigsaw-Puzzle-Light-Acrylic-Laser-Cut/However whenever I vist the publish instructable they are not shown (I have done edits in other intructables and these have shown up, so I am not sure what is different this time).This is what is published: https://prnt.sc/mi1o90 but this is what is in the edit and preview screens: https://prnt.sc/mi1o4s. You will notice that the 3rd and 4th bullets in the preview screen are missing from the published. I also have changes in the last step that are not reflecting.I have cleared my cache, tried different browsers, networks and ISPs on different devices.I have a few quesitons:Can anyone see the changes that I claim not to be able to see?If this is an issue, will unpublishing and republishing fix it?If I unpublish will I loose my "featured" status as well as the viewing stats?Your help is appreciated.

Topic by abasel 3 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


Tips on cutting 1"x1" squares out of a thin sheet of pressed wood

Hi everyone, I don't know if I'm posting in the right place, but I figured I'd try anyways. So I'm working on a project, but I have little experience with woodworking tools and methods. I found some nice scrap sheets of pressed wood that are about 1/8" thick that would be perfect for an idea I had to make some tiles for a game. I need to cut these sheets into 1"x1" inch squares and the squareness is important for the pieces to fit together in the long run. From what I've seen "Rail Saws" would be appropriate for something like this, but it's such a small project that I don't think spending that much money on renting one would make much sense. I also considered making my own tool using some kind of sliding mechanism using raisl and an xacto knife since the wood is so thin, but I figured I'd ask here before! I have access to a circular saw and a jigsaw and so was thinking maybe some kind of rail system using them would be appropriate as well, but I'm not quite sure as to how to go about doing it. I appreciate any help! Thanks!

Topic by adjeprado 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Precision Fiberglass Wood Lettering Cuts

A couple three or four years back I used a retired surfboard to illuminate my house address numbers. Cutting the fiberglass was a nightmare; it splintered, cracked and was nothing remotely close to precise or clean. I ended up cutting an open area in the deck of the surfboard [section where you'd typically stand]. I then used a jigsaw to carve a design of wood with address numbers inside. As an artist, I wasn't impressed with the outcome, but many, many others who've seen it seem to love it. Including those who purchased the house at our previous address. At any rate, I've been commissioned to create another, similar project. SInce it's going to be for someone else I'd really like it to be perfect; especially since my name will be associated. My question is, what tools are available [reasonable cost not an option -few hundred dollars give or take] in order to cut precision alpha-numeric characters in fiberglass or 1/8 to 1/4 wood completely through? I'd like sharp, nearly 90 degree angle on the characters/numbers. I've already tried a scroll saw on the fiberglass with less than desirable results. And the edges and corners were nothing close to 90 angles. My number '5' looked like the letter 'S'. Any help from you guys will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. The original post which Caitlyns Dad addressed. The link to the images is no longer valid: https://www.instructables.com/community/Cutting-through-a-surfboard

Topic by Sovereignty 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Read with your Kids

Hey this is Brett. I have something that's extremely important for you to know. You need to READ with your KIDS! You need to do it regularly! You need to do it at the same time each day! It's been proven that kids who are read to by a parent can read better, earlier! In this day and age far too many kids are dropped off at a daycare and plopped in front of a TV set. I remember the good old days, growing up on the farm. As a four year old I remember settling down with Mom in front of our wood-burning stove. I would stare at the dancing flames as Mom would read "Dick and Jane" to me. The older children would do something constructive like a jigsaw puzzle or draw pictures at the kitchen table. Dad would sit off to one side of the room and carve us some small animal figures out of walnut. Thinking back to those days really brings back those feelings of warmth and security. It tears my heart out to think about my grandchildren and what they might have to look back on. Instead of the glow of a cheery fire and the safety of Mom's lap. They might look back and only remember the cold glow of the computer screen and the uncaring embrace of a beanbag chair. Once again, Please. Please read to your children. This really works! Books on tape just don't cut it. I read to my own children every night from the books they picked out. They've grown up now and are starting their own families. I hope that they'll think back to their nights with Dad and pass on this tradition of reading to their kids. Thanks, Brett.

Topic by DELETED_Brett Briner 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Ponoko 10-Day Design Challenge -- Puzzles

Ponoko is running another 10-day design challenge with $5000 worth of prizes. The theme is puzzles.Ponoko 10-Day Design Challenge -- PuzzlesWe want to make it easy for you to do cool stuff. And with the fantastic response we got from our first Design Challenge we've decided to run another one showcasing Puzzles. So this is another chance to show off your design skills, get your creations made and delivered to your door for free. Oh, and win $1,000 in cash plus several thousand dollars in other prizes.Design briefPuzzles can educate and entertain. They can be a solitary exercise or a group activity and when you have memorized how it goes together, you can pass it on to friends or family.Your challenge is to create intriguing and entertaining puzzles on a laser cutter -- within 10 days!Laser cutting brings a new angle to puzzles. The ability to create incredibly intricate detail means puzzles can be as simple or as complex as you like. The traditional jigsaw shape can now be designed with much greater variety and intricacy.Laser surface treatments can be a graphic in nature or a texture. How these are used is essential in the design of your puzzle. Every mark or line on the material becomes a clue on how to put the puzzle together.Puzzles need not be 2D. You could make a 3D puzzle using layers or shapes connected in an interesting way. Think about how multiple pieces can be combined to create an interesting design.Attention to detail, material combinations, connections, production feasibility and quality will be key to making your design stand out.full details

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


I am looking to build a cheap (under $300) CNC machine that won't involve too much precise cutting... Answered

I have been interested in CNC for a while now, and now that I have a fairly good supply of money I think it's time to try my hand at building one. My criteria for the CNC are: *It has to be smallish (about 20" deep and up to 36" wide...) *I don't want to do too much precise cutting as I don't own a bandsaw. My cutting methods are hacksaw, Miter Saw, Jigsaw, and Circular saw... A kit would be nice (as in one with all parts included like the one oomlout will eventually come out with...) *I would only use it for foam most of the time, but it would be nice to be able to cut and carve wood and other materials as well. *A Hotwire machine might be nice... *I would like to build my own controller for it, because the prebuilt ones are expensive, right? *I would like it to have 30 inches x travel, 20 inches y travel, and up to 6 inches z travel. Like I said, it will probably do sheet foam most of the time, so even 6 inches or less z travel would probably be fine. Any of these sizes could be adjusted, I'm not set on the exact size... This machine would have to be able to work off of free or relatively inexpensive software. It would also have to be able to be stored 4 inches off the ground. I might bring it up to my benchtop when I use it, but it would be nice if it could stay down there on the shelf.

Question by snowpenguin 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Viking Catapult, Engagement Ring, Collapsible Utensils...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 20, 2008 Welcome back! Enter the new T-shirt Hacks speed contest! Show us an awesome way to reuse a t-shirt, and win some sweet prizes. The winners for theToss It! paper airplane speed contest are up. See which planes won the Air Instructables Pilot's License. Check out these cool instructables! How to Make a Desktop Viking Catapult Get ready for some serious cubicle warfare with this small-scale adaptation of the classic Viking Catapult. Wargame included. posted by Kiteman on Mar 19, 2008 Create embroidered patches from digital images Follow these simple steps and reproduce digital art in embroidery. posted by bekathwia on Mar 16, 2007 Make a Platinum Diamond engagement ring A professional jeweler provides tips on making your own custom engagement ring using the lost wax technique. posted by chrisparry on Mar 18, 2008 DIY Vintage Jeans... Coffee Style Add a nice light brown vintage look to your jeans with some coffee grounds and just a little bit of time. posted by threadbanger on May 7, 2007 Get Over a Barbed Wire Fence If you ever need to get over a barbed wire fence, these tips will help you from shredding yourself in the process. posted by Tetranitrate on Mar 14, 2008 Twin jet paper airplane Stuck with just a couple pieces of paper and want something to do? This stylish plane is easy to put together and flies fast. posted by neelandan on Mar 9, 2008 Give your old shirt a new life! Pocket-Sized Speed Contest What do you do for your pet? Simple Metallic Laptop Stand The laptop stands keep on coming! This one keeps your laptop cool for under $10 and even matches the look of a MacBook Pro. posted by chris99 on Mar 17, 2008 Pocket sized collapsible eating utensils. Put these mini-utensils in your pocket and simply pull them out to regular size (or super size!) when you need them. posted by Gunk on Floor on Mar 19, 2008 8x4=2 (2 Tables from 1 sheet of plywood) With a simple template you can get two tables from a single sheet of plywood. Use a jigsaw or a waterjet if you have access to one. posted by barnabygunning on Mar 18, 2008 Self watering recycled plant pot for growing herbs and flowers Reuse plastic bottles and enjoy a laid-back way of growing your plants. posted by iPodGuy on Mar 18, 2008 Steampunk Finger Stylus Make a funky stylus for your finger and navigate those touchpads like a pro. posted by robbtoberfest on Mar 16, 2008 Digital 3D Picture Viewer - "The DigiStereopticon" Update an old-timey gimmick with a new one to make photos fun again. posted by JayDub on Mar 17, 2008 Get Your Eggs Ready! Easter is just a few days away so check out these colorful egg Instructables! Hard Boiled Dragon Eggs Dyed Inside! Rattlesnake Onion Skinned   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Green and sexy car show

The Morgan LIFE car will get it's first UK airing at the Eden Project next weekend.The Morgan LIFE car, probably the sexiest green car in existence is a fuel cell-powered electricsports car built by Morgan Motor Company and startup efficient transport company RiverSimple. Research and development is by QinetiQ, Linde, Cranfield University and backed by BERR. This is its first UK outing.Four stacks of fuel cells convert the hydrogen fuel into electricity to run a super efficient motor generator attached to each wheel. Energy recovered in braking is stored in ultra capacitors rather than batteries, and end to end the performance is estimated to be equivalent to a 150mpg petrol engine. With a top speed of 85mph, 0-60 in less than 7 seconds and a 250 mile range, the mix of technology has been packaged by Morgan to add yet another unique twist to the project. Using only the best and lightest materials, aluminium, wood and leather, the Morgan DNA is clearly visible, adding a new dimension into an environmentally sensitive concept.And Lotus will be showcasing their most powerful Exige yet:The Lotus Exige 270E Tri-fuel is the most powerful version of the Lotus Exige ever, and it runs on any mixture of gasoline, bioethanol and methanol. It is the latest research vehicle from Lotus Engineering, the consultancy division of Group Lotus plc.Emerging technologies will allow alcohol fuels such as methanol, already a proven internal combustion fuel, to be made synthetically from CO2 extracted from the atmosphere. A fuel derived renewably from atmospheric CO2 would be a key piece of the jigsaw allowing society to transfer to sustainable, renewable, carbon-neutral internal combustion.Lotus Engineering is researching the use of sustainable synthetic alcohols as future fuels for introduction within 15 - 20 years.The Exige 270E Tri-fuel is part of Lotus' research into the complex combustion and calibration processes for powering vehicles on mixtures of alcohol fuels and gasoline, which will be important for a successful transition from today's fuels. Its flex-fuel technology gives a practical route to the introduction of sustainable synthetic fuels. Using an alcohol sensor in the fuel system and the advanced Lotus engine management system, the Exige 270E Tri-fuel runs on any mixture of gasoline, bioethanol and methanol. This is all happening at the Eden Project in Cornwall, one of the UK's flagship environmental projects, with some of the world's largest biodomes built into an old claypit.All the major manufacturers will be flaunting their newest, greenest models including Ford, Peugeot, Citroën, Fiat, Volkswagen, SEAT, Honda, Axon, Lotus, Saab and Morgan. Vectrix's electric motorcycle will also be on show, and the hydrogen-powered Morgan LIFE car will make its first public appearance (in the UK).There will also be exhibitors demonstrating how to maintain and even insure your car in a greener way. One stand will feature a driving simulator that they claim can teach you to drive in such a way that your carbon emissions are cut by 15%, there will be a pedal-car race track for the kids, and a Grow Your Own car trail around the rainforest.We visited last Summer, and can recommend it to anybody. If your not aiming for a specific event, go on a Tuesday (it's quieter) and check opening times - opening times on some days are several hours longer than others.Eden Project

Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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!

Topic by mduhamel 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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.

Topic by M.C. Langer 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago