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Heavy Duty Workbench

Specifications: 60X30 Not attached to any walls Heavy duty (I need to be able to throw a transmission on it and get to work or take out my hammer and do my woodworking stuff and not have holes or any other damage to the work bench) Under $500 I have scoured Instructables and can't seem to find an instructable that suits my needs.  I can get a full metal workbench for $1500, or a metal topped workbench for about $800. I'd like to keep this cheap. I'm all good for scavenging, but I live in the suburbs, so places to scavenge are hard to come by. Regards,  David

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Covering a workbench in metal

I am attempting to put a metal top on part of a wood work bench to make it more resilient.  I am planning on getting into electronics and want to make it less likely to burn . \ Any ideas on what I should use? at the moment I am thinking sheet metal, but I am worrying about toxicity ect. Maybe that is OCD but hell I am so haha. 

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Small Home/ Small Apartment Work Bench

Hello!  I am a senior industrial design student and I am currently working on my senior thesis, which is to design a workbench or work station for DIY people who live in small apartments or small homes with no dedicated rooms to build in. I am looking for ideas/experiences/input from DIY people who have experienced this issue. If you have any ideas or thoughts on this type of work bench design please post them here. More importantly please answer the interview questions I have posted below. The more information I can collect from potential users of this type of workbench, the better all-around design I can come up with for the final product. I am really looking forward to hearing for everyone. Thank you for you help! 1. When you need to build or make something in your home, in what space do you build/make? (Living room, bedroom, office, outside, etc.) 2. What type of surface do you build on? (Worktable, desk, kitchen table, etc.) 3. What types of projects do you build or make? (Home improvement, decoration, storage, furniture, etc.) 4. What tools do you own? 5. Which of those tools are most useful in your builds? 6. How do you store your tools? 7. What issues do you encounter trying to build in your small space? 8. Are there any specific ideas you have that would make your building/make experience better in your small space?

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woodworking bench top warped in heat wave. arrrrrrr

Build a workbench a few months ago, 95% finished Can be find on my ible page. Had a heat wave for 5 days,  temperatures above 40 degrees. Broke all recorded records here in Victoria Australia Water boils at 100 water freezes at 0 Temp in shed must have been at least 55, Is the bow from bad construction or just heat. Will it return to its original shape or is it $#@!#$

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rolling work bench

Does anyone have any feedback on workbenches on wheels? I've got some old shop lockers from a school that got demolished and I'd like to put wheels and a top on and use as a moveable work area. I've got two locking casters and two free moving casters to put on the bottom, but am not sure about the steadiness of the work surface. Any thoughts or Ideas? I will be putting tools in the locker so that will weigh it down quite a bit. Foothill Frontier

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Public-access workshop similar to Techshop in Boston or Providence area?

Hi everybody. I'm an engineering student that recently began creating designs for several projects. So far I have only been using simulation software to test my designs. I would love to  begin prototyping but unfortunately, I don't really have the space or cash to make a small electronics workshop. Is there anything in either the Providence or Boston area that has these resources to the public similar to Techshop?

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Knick-Knacks For Setting up an Electronics Bench

I've decided to start doing some fiddling around with circuit board electronics such as arduino and LEDs. I've got the basic tools e.g. soldering iron, helping hands, solder, etc. I'm planning on getting a temp control.  However, I know from long experience in tech matters that there are always some little "knick-knacks" that you always end up needing. For example, in most basic machine repair, you always find you need an assortment of screws, bolts, nuts and washers around if you don't want to have to go to the hardware store twice a day.  So what kind of little fiddling things should I look at getting that the more experienced might have on hand without thinking about. Are there tapes, wires, odd little tools, collections of components etc that are useful but no obvious to novices? Is there something you'd wish you had when you first started?  Heh, I am afraid I don't know exactly what to ask for because I'm asking about things I don't know to ask for.  

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What can (should) I do with this turbine and fan motors?

I have this industrial turbines and fan motors. They are 3 phase (I have 3 phase), 3/4hp and 1,5 hp respectively. Do you have any ideas? Thanks! I'm new to the forum, I'm from Argentina and work doing industrial installations. Love metal and woodworking.

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B&D Workmate 825 any good? Answered

I want a folding workbench for my birthday from my parents, I don't have enough room at uni for a proper workbench so this will have to do until I get my own house. I've read some reviews of workbenches available at the moment and a lot get rubbish reviews. The better of them are the B&D; WM825, though even that has mixed reviews. Does anyone have any advice on which to get or can recommend a different brand? I'm looking for one for less than £70.

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How to send out a challenge for a solution to strengthening workbench?

I want to strengthen my Brand New Keter Folding Compact Workbench (Model17182239) to stabilize for planing, etc. This gentleman added a wooden top with clamps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BCKsBhI5Dg&list;=PLVRClmknC_G4C4b75ebm3Oj5zUHly-2GP And that's PART of what I want but I'd like more stability for planing.  I've thought of a simple making floor brace to keep the legs from shifting along the floor, but I'd like something that will brace the work top from swaying/shaking on the legs too and yet STILL keep the table light weight and portable as possible with these additional features. I'm not new to the constructions environment, but brand new as a practitioner to wood working. Thanks all!

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What are these called and where can I get one?

I came across this photo of a workbench plan with attachments while surfing and saw something in one of the pics I have been wanting for years. When you click on the link look at the last photo on the right. Hold fasts are used to hold down what I can only describe as some kind of drill bit arbor. Can anyone tell me what they are called and where I can get one? https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-real-woodworkers-workbench/ thnx - Nelson

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No instructions visible?

In this instruction:  https://www.instructables.com/id/Carpenters-Workbench-Build/ there are no instructions visible.  The only way I can see them is to select download.  This hasn't been the situation in the past.  Has something changed or is there a glitch in either my computer or in the Instructable page?   Does anybody else have this issue? 

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Fundable.com Has anyone used this?

Has anyone ever used fundable.com? Its a site where you can set up a fundraiser. I'm trying it out and will post results if it works for me. I'm trying to raise funds to set up my workbench at the Santa Fe Complex

Topic by LinuxH4x0r  


What Do I Need To Know When Buying a Good Work Table?

I'm shopping around for a good table for my seedling of a workshop, but I want to be sure that what I get will be best for what I'm getting it for. I intend on doing a lot of work with foam (and probably heat guns), general prop-making (probably involving a Dremel), and some electronics work eventually (i.e. soldering). The table I'm looking at is this one here. It's stainless steel, of good dimensions for where it's going, and is just as sturdy as it'll ever need to be. Would this work? Would the metal surface be a problem for what I'm dealing with? If so, what material should I look for?

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Is there a simple way to be able to run low voltage things like LED arrays from the mains power?

Basically I want to be able to make some LED lights to light up my workbench in my shed and it'd be easier if I could just plug them into the wall instead of having to replace batteries every now and again.

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Which most have tool to buy ? Only have 100 euros

Hi all, I'm starting a little workshop/workbench but don't have a lot of funds. What ultimate electrical tool should I get first ? (under 100 euros) I was thinking about Dremel.. but not sure how many times I'll use it :)

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What about adding status post here?

I would like to suggest a post status here just like facebook. I would love to post my update on what's on my workbench or what I am currently cooking or what so ever. What do you think? Please let me know in the comment thanks!

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Hurst model T motor

Hello my name is Freddy iam in New York DYI hobbiest and iam doing a table project that is a rotating workbench for different bench top tools to be used and it will rotate on this motor but my problem is how to power it.. I would like to plug it and later add a switch to it.. Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you for time and patience... Freddy Westchester New York/AKA YO

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Popsicle Stick Guitar, LED Coffee Table Panel, Junkbot Planter

  Popsicle Stick Guitar LED Coffee Table Panel Junkbot Planters Laptop Hard Cover Portable Workbench Adjustable Round Bag Survival Stoves Wooden Kids' Pull Toy Moveable Garden Giant Ball from House M.D Special FX Bald Cap Desktop Zen Garden LED Projector Lamp Easy Origami Pallet House  

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Wiring a 3 bulb lamp

I know this is basic, but I'm not familiar with wiring anything that could potentially burn the house down so I feel its better to ask. I'm wanting to wire up three lights to go over my basement workbench to all work on the same switch. The image shows what I planned to do, was just wondering if there an expert out there who could tell me if this is going to be safe? Would 60 watt bulbs ok?

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Bubble Machine, Sleek iPad Stand, Laser Cut Wedding Dress

Bubble Machine Two-Ingredient Ice Cream Laser Cut Wedding Dress Secret Minesweeper Pillows Simple Workbench Sleek iPad Stand Special Effects Makeup USB Game Pad Alcohol Stoves DIY Boom Box Desktop Skee Ball Make Viking Era Paint Altoids Stereo Mixer RFID Car Immobiliser Solar Hot Air Collector

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Precision Pumpkin Carving, Easy Home Brewing, Where the Wild Things Are Hat

Precision Pumpkin Carving Easy Home Brewing Where the Wild Things Are Hat Make an Armor Mask Light-Up LED Leggings Army Man Costume Polygon Lamp Kit The Instructables Card Game Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies Mini Altoid Gas Grill 5 Great Lemon Tricks Wooden RC Quadrocopter Fold-Down Workbench Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwich The $0 Coil Gun

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How to make a power supply for an LCD backlight?

I have a piece of crap LCD monitor that I tore apart to build a projector, and I've been intrigued by the backlight ever since... I was thinking it'd make a cool light for a workbench or a lightbox for tracing, but I have no idea how to power it. It came out of a Starlogic 17" monitor, model number M17ANA. I've got the inverter still attached to the backlight, I just have no idea what the pinout is. If anyone has any ideas they're welcome.

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3D Printers for Special Needs Makers

Cameron is a wheelchair-bound maker in Colorado using 3D Printing.  He's especially interested in creating a head motion-controlled robotic arm that would use 3D Printing to make the brackets and fixtures to mount a portable system onto a wheelchair.  This robotic arm would really help people like Cameron navigate the world, but it could also be used at a workbench by non-handicapped makers as a 3rd arm.   So, an Indigogo campaign was started to raise funds to help Makers with specific physical needs get access to 3d printing: http://youtu.be/J2QsMNqi09w   http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3d-printers-for-special-needs-makers Go, look, it's cool.

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Download button disappeared

I had ibles loaded in several tabs and was downloading the pdfs one at a time. During this process, I suddenly hit a page with no download button. I determine that the button had disappeared from all of the tabs. I logged out, shut down the browser, cleared the cache, then logged in again. Still no ability to download. Some of the affected pages that were loaded at the time, altho I can't download pdfs of any page now: https://www.instructables.com/id/Funky-cabinet-made-from-repurposedfound-items/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-wood-shelvesshelf/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Workbench/?ALLSTEPS Running XP SP3, FF 9.0

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I have an old TMobile Sidekick (PV210) that I would like to repurpose. Any ideas or projects already out there?

I have an old TMobile Sidekick (PV210) that I would like to repurpose because it seems to me like a shame to throw out. I've googled to see if its rootable so I can at least flash the firmware to something useful but nah that was a dead end. I'm going to dismantle it as soon as my basement workbench is clean again to see if i'm inspired. I'm relatively new to this site but what I've seen is amazing some of you guys must have some good ideas. Thanks, Simpleton

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The Hardships of moving around the house. And mariage.

Well, my dad is getting married in a few weeks and we need another room for my new brother. No where to go but the garage. We are turning it into a playroom and my room. There is a 9' by 9' outcroping from it which will be my room room. The problem? Two things. First, I won't be able to post my air cannon, my PVC water blaster, or my solution to the water crisis. That means no Instructables for a while, at least not instructables that don't fit on my desk. Problem two, all my building supplies are in a box in the back of the shed and the workbench that I used so much is now in ashes in the backyard. While your thinking about how bad this sucks, look at these pictures. :)

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12VDC from computer power supply WHILE COMPUTER IS RUNNING?

Okay, how crazy would this be? I need a 12VDC power supply to do some bench testing. I have a computer by my workbench which has at least one free Molex connector coming out of the PSU. I know I've seen Instructables that show how to make a bench power supply from a disconnected computer PSU, but would it be a really terrible idea to run wires out the back of the computer case to my bench and use them to test circuits? What are the potential pitfalls, and what are some steps I could take to make them less likely? I'm thinking fuses on the incoming power lines are the first step.

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What can I use for airbrush paints? Answered

OK, so I recently bought an airbrush set for $20 at a garage sale. I don't have an air compressor, so I bought the canned proppelant stuff and the nozzle attachment I need, for another $20. Then, I noticed there wasn't a hose in the kit, so I spent about 12 more bucks. I would love to try it out, but I don't have airbrush paint, and I am reluctant to spend any more money on this project. I do, however, have some standard Testors model paint laying around my workbench. Will this work in my airbrush or will it clog it up or damage it in any way?Thanks,Noahh

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Top 5 new Instructables

Another week has ended and we tallied up the numbers to see what were the most popular new Instructables. This top 5 list covers the Instructables that were published within the last week that had the most pageviews.Leading the list is our intern, drinkmorecoffee, who finished his time here with his 6-cent throwie Instructable. The rest of the Instructables show that laptops, LEDs, and tasty treats get a lot of attention as they should.So check out this top 5 list and come back next week for our next round-up! 6 Cent LED ThrowieMake an LED Throwie for 6 (six) cents - it's the cheapest Throwie ever!LED Throwies are popular contraptions made of a battery, an LED, and a magnet all taped together. This... posted by drinkmorecoffee on May 8, 2009 Laptop Bubble StandEveryone is always making laptop stands that, albeit functional, are rather hideous to look at. This becomes less than ideal when you consider that typically, when the laptop ... posted by randofo on May 12, 2009 {THE LED LIGHTBULB}With energy at shortage, we strive to conserve. Although we attempt to buy the greenest electronics and turn them off as much as we can, we still find ourselves with those en... posted by aandre on May 10, 2009 Pie in a JarTiny pies.Made in jars.Frozen to create individual freshly baked pies when you want them.What could be more adorable? posted by scoochmaroo on May 11, 2009 Building a real woodworker's workbenchThere are a number of instructables on building "workbenches" of various degrees of cost and sophistication, but most of them are really just tables. They'd work fi... posted by jdege on May 11, 2009

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Project that needs some "originality confirmation"

I had an idea for a portable workbench/toolbox. when i drew it up it looked like a chest, so i called it a workchest. but when i showed my design to my family, my mom said that this was a design that many women use to carry their makeup and grooming things. i dont really think thats true, but i think some outside opinions might be useful here. so a wooden chest with dimensions at 1 1/2' for length, width, and height with the top unfolding to make a workspace thats 3'x1 1/2', this is something that fashionable women would carry around or keep at their house so they can look beautiful wherever they go? i dont think something like that would ever be intentionally created for makeup.

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Instructables without instructions?

I am rather disappointed that I am finding instructables that point to websites.  I think Instructables is getting desparate if peope post something here, without proper instructions(intentionally left out) and then feature it. Perhaps it is an accepted process here now, in which case such instructables are not to blame but merely a symptom, or perhaps misperception on my part, of what the purpose of this site is for. Case in point: https://www.instructables.com/id/A-New-Workbench/ I don't mind if you create an instructable, put up all the directions, and then also point to your site.  But to put up, not even half, of the instructions and then point to your site seems dissapointing, if not misleading to me.  This is a dangerous slope from people who "share what they do and how they do it" to a company simply advertising to get other people to their own site. I am the only one who feels like this?

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Sanding small flat surfaces so they stay flat

Hi, I'm trying to sand fairly small wooden objects that are about 1/2"x1" and sometimes a little larger. I often find that one side is thicker than the other or the corners are no longer perpendicular. I am trying various techniques, like taking a chunk of 2x4 and wrapping it sandpaper and then vice it to my workbench. Then I rub the object against the paper block. That is getting better results.  I've read that some people use spray-on adhesive to secure sheets of sandpaper to a granite top and that it is supposed to work well. There are a few instructables that explicitly talk about sanding and I've read many of them. They advocate a bunch of techniques. I'm wondering what other folks have had success with. Thanks, Andy

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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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An illuminated light switch that will work on 120/240V AC.

I have a fluorescent light fixture that my dad gave me, it was about 9 feet, so I cut it in half and re-did the wiring so it would fit on my workbench. It uses a plug to turn on and off. I know the wall switches they sell at home depot are rated for 120/240v but they are cheesy looking and hard to locate in the middle of the night in my garage. When I come home from work on my motorcycle, I need an immediate source of light. Is it possible to use an illuminated switch, say from, Oreilly's or Advanced Auto parts and add some form of surge protection so it won't blow or pop a breaker? I want to use the same concept as a surge protector, it uses an illuminated switch, but only cause its components are protected by the surge. Is it possible to make my own involving soldering components on PCB?

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Grounding yourself w/ a suitable ESD wristband without a PSU

So I do not own a laptop or any personal computer as I have no need for either of them (until I get deeper into electronic tinkering with an Arduino, etc). I do have an ESD wristband that I bought from a local computer store that has an alligator clip on the end. I've done a bit a research, but only getting mixed answers as to how I can ground myself without a PSU. I'd like to guarantee that I don't fry any of the beginner electronic projects that I plan on doing. How exactly am I supposed to ground myself with an ESD-wristband? I do own rubber Nike sandals (open-toe) that I don't mind wearing to help avoid frying any electronics, have a wooden surface on my workbench, but my workstation area is all on carpet. Thanks in advance!

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Member gift exchange?

I just heard about imgr doing sort of a secret Santa type gift exchange for valentines day and thought that was a super cool idea. While we're probably too late for v day, maybe that would be a fun thing to put together for a "spring cleaning" maker trade. There's a lot of amazing talent on this site and I bet some of us could definitely stand to clear our workbenches of surplus or unsold projects. Each person would get the name and address of another member and send something they make, and receive something from a different person in return. I'm happy to help organize it, but I'm not sure about the best way to assign gifts since we can't just draw names out of a hat. Suggestions? And do we divide it by country so nobody has to deal with international postage, or leave it wide open? I welcome ideas and definitely would like to gauge interest.

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I charged a capacitor about 3 months ago, would it be lethal if I discharged it again and used for another project? Answered

I built one of those disposable camera tazers where if you made contact between 2 wires soldered to the capacitor it would create a medium sized spark. Well I remember charging the capacitor for the camera about maybe 3-4 months ago, but I never made contact between the 2 wires. My question is would it be a bad idea if I discharged the capacitor again and used the camera for another project, I'm just going to be doing the same thing, except the camera will be in a different housing and a High Voltage switch mounted next to the momentary switch already mounted on just for safety. Would It be safe to solder aswell? I'm a little paranoid about electronics because of what I've heard from people dying by these shocks. Better to be safe than sorry. The disposable camera is on my workbench as I type this.

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LED Lamp Buzzing (not a bulb)

About a year ago, I came across this LED lamp that was on sale at my local Target store. It caught my eye because it had a little tray at the base of the lamp along with a USB port for charging my devices. Since the first time I plugged it in and turned it on, it makes a buzzing noise. At first it didn't bother me, but now that I am spending more time at my workbench it has become annoying. I understand it is kind of common for LED bulbs to do this because of the dimmer switch being outdated, however this lamp is not dimmable nor is it a "bulb" so to say. It's about 7-9 SMD LEDs on a circuit with a rocker switch. If it makes a difference, I do have my lamp plugged into a surge protector and don't have anything plugged into the USB port located at the base of the lamp. What can be done (other than throwing it away, of course) to stop the buzzing noise coming from the lamp? Thanks in advance!

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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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What should I do with this old Air Force radio case? (Opportunity for collaboration)

I have this (steel? it's heavy) case for an army radio set that I found dumpster diving with my Dad more than 10 years ago. I haven't used it for anything, and am now noticing it has great potential for being a case for some kind of project. It's got a rim on the inside with screwholes that I could mount a plate on, and I beleive it's watertight. I always love doing cool stuff, but I don't really have the technical imagination to come up with something. I'll take any and all ideas, and once I clean out my garage and get my workbench built in there, I'll get to it :-) I think it would very cool to collaborate with some people closely and build something unique here... Thanks PS: Also, if anyone has any knowledge relating to what kind of radio gear this might have held at one point, please share it with me. I've transcribed the contents of the plate on the front, maybe have a look and see if anything pops out.

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Need advice on video cameras and equipment for workshop recordings

I’m renovating my basement and getting a new craft workspace.  I dabble primarily in costumes/cosplay and terrariums.  I’d like to install a few permanent video cameras to do overhead recording of my primary workbench and my sewing bench to capture time-lapse and real-time recordings of my work. I need some recommendations for:   -  Cameras I can permanently affix to the ceiling and plug directly into power and run a feed right to my Mac Mini.    -  Something that will produce a nice quality video appropriate for instructional videos – I don’t have an abundance of natural light in my workshop, though I plan to install plenty of supplemental lighting.  Looking for something under $200 (under $100 would be even better so I can get 2!)     -  Advice for setting up those cameras to record directly onto a Mac Mini and being able to have a feed show on my monitor.    -  Can I get cameras/software that can do both time-lapse and real-time recordings?  If I’m working on a project that takes 20 hours to build, I don’t need 20 hours of real-time recording - I’m assuming time-lapse would be much more manageable from a file–size standpoint. Any help or advice is welcome!  Thanks in advance!

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Aug 7, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest closes this weekend! Submit your crazy new sport now to win hundreds of dollars of clothes from Horny Toad.Also closing this weekend: voting for the Instructables Book Contest. Help choose what Instructables get mentioned in the book!Everyone loves pie! Enter our Pie Contest, share your favorite recipe, and win an excellent pie cookbook to help you get your just desserts Build a 4 Color T-Shirt Printing Press by Progfellow Drainage Luge by pbshoe Quickly Multiply, Wooden Style by joshf Steampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle by gmjhowe 4 Uses for a CD Spindle by msolek Magnetic stripe card spoofer by powerpants Skateboard Frame by ryry Self Watering Mini Garden by RomanH Make an Instructables Robot Plushie! by jessyratfink DIY Bike Panniers by trebuchet03 Portable Solar Energy Generator by charlitron Perfect Peach Pie by linuxmom Voting closes this weekend! Top 10 new uses for LEDs Mmm... pie The ultimate workbench top! by poptones How to Make a Pie... That Turns into a Cake by locodiego Homemade Spot Welder by jds1969 Breathalyzer Microphone by randofo Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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Help with school project!

Hi guys,  I am an industrial design student at the University of Alberta in Canada looking for some help for my project. I have been assigned to redesign a soldering iron and research on how to make this tool better with input from users in the specified market. In this case, I am looking for first timers or beginners who have just been introduced to soldering and gear my improvements towards their needs. My primary design goal is to lessen the learning curve by addressing issues of safety and comfort. I have posted some questions as part of my research and would love the input. All input is welcomed regardless of skill level. Thank you for your help! Soldering Iron Design Survey 1. What is your experience and skill level? ( None, beginner, average, expert) 2. Which type of soldering iron do you use? The gun shaped one or the pen type? 3. In what environment / setting do you use it most? eg. workbench, kitchen table. 4. What were some of the needs you had for the too and were they metl? (Needs meaning minimum expectations, without which the product would be a failure) 5. What were some of the wants you had for the tool? 6. What were some problems you encountered when you first used a soldering iron? 7. Which aspects of a soldering iron besides functionality do you consider being the most important? eg. comfort, safety etc. Thanks for your help!  Justin

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Help with school project. Redesigning soldering iron for beginners.

Hi guys,  I am an industrial design student at the University of Alberta in Canada looking for some help for my project. I have been assigned to redesign a soldering iron and research on how to make this tool better with input from users in the specified market. In this case, I am looking for first timers or beginners who have just been introduced to soldering and gear my improvements towards their needs. My primary design goal is to lessen the learning curve by addressing issues of safety and comfort. I have posted some questions as part of my research and would love the input. All input is welcomed regardless of skill level. Thank you for your help! Soldering Iron Design Survey 1. What is your experience and skill level? ( None, beginner, average, expert) 2. Which type of soldering iron do you use? The gun shaped one or the pen type? 3. In what environment / setting do you use it most? eg. workbench, kitchen table. 4. What were some of the needs you had for the too and were they metl? (Needs meaning minimum expectations, without which the product would be a failure) 5. What were some of the wants you had for the tool? 6. What were some problems you encountered when you first used a soldering iron? 7. Which aspects of a soldering iron besides functionality do you consider being the most important? eg. comfort, safety etc. Thanks for your help! Justin 

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