My chisel has a chink in the blade, how do I get it out? Answered

I was wood carving one day to find that my flex cut chisel had a large, crescent shaped chink right out of the blade, it is about 1 centimeter deep and is a real nuisance, I was thinking about going to my local woodcraft store to ask a pro how to do it, but I thought that before I drove out there, I should ask on here, so anyone that knows what they're doing, can they give me an Instructable or tell me how to get it out? I want to start carving again ASAP! Thanks Future Filmaker

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Removing design from class ring?

I feel ridiculous wearing my high school class ring. Has anyone removed the design from theirs and if so, any tips for minimizing the marking from the sanding/grinding?

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How do you properly sharpen a kitchen knife? Answered

It sounds silly, but I have all the sharpeners one could buy, steels, ceramic, diamond... but no matter how I rub, pull or grind, my kitchen knifes can hardly cut through the skin of a tomato.

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stone cutting

I have yet to use a laser to create my work. I wish I could and if I did, this is what I would create: switch plate art, I call it"splart" right now I use diamonds and carbide on old Ohio barn slate. This is created with disposible hand drawn templates. A fine wet surface grind to finish and a coat of waterbase poly. A very basic "instuctable," This is my entry. I am: http://www.splart.com

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Requesting feedback on a Fire Breathing Dragon test I did in metal wire.

I did this as a test, so no need to grind my gears about the lack of detail or the unfinished wings. Of course, if you feel passionately about it, feel free to grind my gears good and hard. I'd still like to know what ya'll think. Go to the link below for much larger pic if the thumb interests you at all...the thumb is almost useless. http://imageshack.us/a/img267/5623/firetesta.jpg Size wise, in its pose, there's just over 8" between wing tips, just over 5" head to tail, the "stream of fire" is about 5" long out of the mouth...the head is only 3/8" long by 3/16" wide. Made it with some stiffer than I'd expect steel wire I got at the dollar store ages ago, it's about half a millimeter wide...so it's around 24/25 AW/SW gauge I guess. The legs do look a little awkward in the picture, not at all in the hand or other pictures...but I couldn't get them to look right at the viewing angle I wanted to show...so anyway. Imagine it flying overhead burning a village or cooking a cow for dinner. Cheers.

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does using salt-based tooth powder scratch your teeth?

I have soft enamel and I am looking for a natural tooth powder that, at the very least, won't further damage my enamel. Most tooth powder recipes I've seen use sea salt as an abrasive. I've also heard from dentists that salt is too abrasive and will scratch your teeth microscopically. Is this true? Could I grind the salt finely before using or would that defeat the whole purpose?

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My angle grinder gets very hot. How do I fix it?

Hello there, I have a 2 years old Bosch GWS 8-115 angle grinder. It gets very hot quickly, a few seconds after powering it. If you wait a bit more even smoke comes out from the grinding wheel area. The rotor doesn't sound very consistent too. Any advice on how to fix it? Thanks, Shamir

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Effects on metal

So I really like this clock.  I think I'll buy it soon. But as a beginner's art project, I'm trying to replicate some of the metal effects here.  I'm curious for techniques on how to accomplish some things, like: The back plate is copper, which the artist says is "oxidized".  I expect oxidation to turn copper green, blue, or black, not this silver/grey color.  Any ideas how this was done?  Is it just that it's a light oxidation? I really like the metal texturing here.  I've been able to replicate something similar on copper plate by hand-sanding in one direction with a fine-grained sandpaper.  But notice the vertical texturing on the backplate - how would that have been done?? I like the polished metal look of the minute hand contrasting with the reflective look of the hour hand.  How would you do that - similar way as the backplate?  Same with the gear? I've actually made what I think are much prettier nails by taking old (originally quite rusted) square iron nails, removing the rust and grinding the crap out of them with a bench grinder until I get a cool reflective finish.  Doing the grinding in patches gives it almost a hammered metal look while keeping the reflectiveness.  I think the effect is cool and really works with the "old-but-new" look of the square nails.  I'll post before+after pictures if anyone's interested.

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Can anybody help me hack my capresso 453 coffee maker so that it makes coffee hotter than it does?

 We love our Capresso 453 grind and brew coffee maker but the coffee comes out about 15-20 degrees cooler than it should. We replaced the first one immediately but had the same problem with the second one. It appears to be a common problem with these units and we're out of warranty. I'm reasonably handy but I can't seem to find someone else frustrated enough with the knowledge to tell me how.

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Multi-regional DVD player repair?

I have a multi-regional DVD player that no longer plays. I heard a rumbling/grinding sound and it just stopped. It won't open the disk holder or anything. I think a belt might have broken and jammed everything up. I haven't opened it because I'm afraid of messing up the circuit board. How do I ground myself? If it is a belt, were can I buy another and how do I put it on? If not the belt, how do I find out what is wrong? If I could find out a way to do it, how could I move the regional programmer into another DVD player?

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Tech Deck Skate Park (WIP)

I've recently started to build a tech deck skate park. The base is mdf (solid stuff, very heavy), and all the features will be made from wood with metal coping. The base is 36"x16" to fit on my desk. You can track my progress here: chrismccann.wordpress.com Let me know what you think, what you might change, and what you like/don't like. Also if you need any closeups of anything, I've got it saved in CAD and can post any screenshots you guys want. Also, here are a few questions I have for you guys: -The flat rails were easy because they were handles, but how could I make the rail on the stair set? -How should I cut the profiles (out of 1/2" plywood) that will be the shape of the quarter pipe? I need to accurately cut that radius, but I only have a crappy band saw, 1" belt sander, drill press, dremel, and various hand tools.

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Decrease plastic recyclables volume, possibly a shredder? Answered

We recycle everything that our county accepts, and by far, the plastics take up more space than anything else.  There is a large amount of air volume inside and between bottles.  I've seen the trick where you compress the bottle and then screw on the lid, but this isn't practical for a lot of containers.  What I would like to see would be some way to reduce a plastic container to smaller pieces that would take up less space.  It needn't be ground into pellets, just cut small enough to reduce the wasted air volume. I've thought of two possibilities, but I'm open to other suggestions.  One is some kind of motorized shredder that would grind/cut the plastic.  The other is a large container, similar to the slap-chopper kitchen gadget, that would have blades to slice the plastic. I have three main requirements.  It must be more convenient than taking scissors or a knife and manually cutting up the bottle.  It must be able to handle most common plastic bottles up to large laundry detergent size, and reduce their overall volume.  The third is it must be fairly safe to use.  We will be adopting soon and I don't want to have to worry about small children falling into the bottle grinder.  :-)

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