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  • DIY Modern Cat Scratching Post

    Two thumbs up for presentation, thinking outside of the box and cat scratching post /pad version 1. Two thumbs down for this version 2 design/concept. IMHO this only invites cats to scratch at furniture and gives positive reinforcement to do so. I've always used double sided tape (on their favorite furniture area) and a spray bottle filled with water to steer them away from scratching at furniture. The gist of this design could be used in a modular "cat house" or tree. I don't blame you for trying this concept because I believe Mochi telepathically sent you the idea. Cats are smart, have advanced human training skills and aren't afraid to tell us who is really owned in the relationship.

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  • Arnold Ziphle commented on jwgottabass's instructable Liquid Apple Pie (xxx)2 years ago
    Liquid Apple Pie (xxx)

    FYI to all those having problems finding Everclear (190 proof alcohol) at your local liquor store, go to the restaurant supply store. Because some people can't drink responsibly, and the chance of dying from,alcohol poison, many liquor stores don't carry it. Chefs still need it for some recipes and to provide flame for cooking others.

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  • Arnold Ziphle commented on gzumwalt's instructable Pencil Puzzler Revisited2 years ago
    Pencil Puzzler Revisited

    Thank you for sharing your version of the Zig Zag illusion, along with the instructions on how to make the "case" for it with a 3D printer. Maybe, thanks to you another great Magician will learn his first trick. When I was a child, my dad a variation of this. The case was made of Balsa Wood, and it used pieces of rope instead of the pencils used here. I had thought that it was part of the Magic kit he put together as a child in the 1940's. Upon investigating the history of this illusion's (trick's) concept, I found it was developed, and originally preformed by Ned Williams (stage name Robert Harbin) during the mid 1960's - Zig Zag Girl. A number of Magicians pirated his illusion, which frustrated "Mr. Harbin". Reference to the history I state can be found here: http...

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    Thank you for sharing your version of the Zig Zag illusion, along with the instructions on how to make the "case" for it with a 3D printer. Maybe, thanks to you another great Magician will learn his first trick. When I was a child, my dad a variation of this. The case was made of Balsa Wood, and it used pieces of rope instead of the pencils used here. I had thought that it was part of the Magic kit he put together as a child in the 1940's. Upon investigating the history of this illusion's (trick's) concept, I found it was developed, and originally preformed by Ned Williams (stage name Robert Harbin) during the mid 1960's - Zig Zag Girl. A number of Magicians pirated his illusion, which frustrated "Mr. Harbin". Reference to the history I state can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zig_Zag_GirlTenyo, a company that sells props for magic tricks came out with a device similar to the one presented here, though it used cigarettes instead of the pencils suggested here. Their "designer" of their device was Hiroshi Kondo. They named the trick Tenyo T-110 Zig Zag Cig. Tenyo gives full credit to Robert Harbin for being the originator of the Zig Zag illusion, and states many magicians have copied it since originally preformed by Harbin. Reference to this can be found here: http://tenyo-magic.blogspot.com/2010/05/t-110-zig...Again, I thank you for sharing this illusion, along with instructions on how to build the "props" to preform it. I hope I have cleared up any confusion about who created this illusion, when it was created, and the fact it has been copied many times, by many people, over the last 50 years. Peace

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  • Arnold Ziphle commented on AdrianD3's instructable Post-Apocalyptic Boots2 years ago
    Post-Apocalyptic Boots

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Good luck with your studies, projects and this contest. I hope you can continue to do leather work out of love and not need it as a fall back trade. Something about making a living from doing a thing you love, usually ends up driving the love out of it.

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  • Arnold Ziphle commented on AdrianD3's instructable Post-Apocalyptic Boots2 years ago
    Post-Apocalyptic Boots

    Nice build but, seems to be missing how you used the contact cement to attach the outer sole. Did you put the "glue" on both pieces, just one part? How did you clamp them together? How long? Any special tools, jigs to apply even pressure over the soles? How much pressure is needed? Thank you.

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  • Build Your Own Drill Press for FREE!

    Nice concept. Well presented. While this project isn't for everyone, I can't think of one that is, it has a place in the back of my mind for when such a thing might be of use.

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  • Arnold Ziphle commented on mtieleman's instructable MTI-workbench2 years ago
    MTI-workbench

    This portable wok bench is a form of torsion box. Made of plywood, and held together mainly by glue, with butt joints. Butt joints, glued together, in thin wood/veneering are one of the perfect places to use brads. Initially they will act as clamps until the glue dries. Then they add strength to the joint against lateral forces - where a glue bond, and this type of joint are weakest. Another nice thing about brads, installed with a brad gun, is you can control the piece being attached with one hand, while "nailing" with the other. Thus the 2 pieces can be put together, as desired, long before the glue gets a chance to dry. Now you can move on to the next piece quickly, or add other types of clamps, without your work falling apart, or before the glue dries. Do a Google on "...

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    This portable wok bench is a form of torsion box. Made of plywood, and held together mainly by glue, with butt joints. Butt joints, glued together, in thin wood/veneering are one of the perfect places to use brads. Initially they will act as clamps until the glue dries. Then they add strength to the joint against lateral forces - where a glue bond, and this type of joint are weakest. Another nice thing about brads, installed with a brad gun, is you can control the piece being attached with one hand, while "nailing" with the other. Thus the 2 pieces can be put together, as desired, long before the glue gets a chance to dry. Now you can move on to the next piece quickly, or add other types of clamps, without your work falling apart, or before the glue dries. Do a Google on "torsion box" (without the quotes). You will find a number of good, quality, wood workers putting them together with glue, and brads, also get a better visual of when or why to use them. They are also great for installing trim, and molding around the house, which is what got me started using them. Besides the time they save me, I can buy 1000 of them (18ga) for around $3.00USD for my Bostitch brad gun. In the end you will find nail guns pay for themselves through the price of their consumables, just like laser printers. Have a blessed day!

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  • Arnold Ziphle commented on mtieleman's instructable MTI-workbench2 years ago
    MTI-workbench

    Joined:Jul 21, 2016: Did you join this site only to comment on this particular instructalble?

    Nice idea for a portable work bench. But, all you share are some pictures of the build at a couple of different stages and some dialog, mainly about how you developed the idea, very little on the how you actually built it. IMHO the spirit of instructables is to teach others how to make something. It would be nice if you would add a list of tools used, the size and number of screws, their spacing, etc... I would never have thought to use screws to go into the ends of wood that thin, I would have selected brads to hold the material in place until the glue set. I understand why you didn't use dowels but, why did you choose screws? The girders would have to be true to give proper support, or the screws would likely tear out, and the girders would collapse. How did you square their ends? A...

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    Nice idea for a portable work bench. But, all you share are some pictures of the build at a couple of different stages and some dialog, mainly about how you developed the idea, very little on the how you actually built it. IMHO the spirit of instructables is to teach others how to make something. It would be nice if you would add a list of tools used, the size and number of screws, their spacing, etc... I would never have thought to use screws to go into the ends of wood that thin, I would have selected brads to hold the material in place until the glue set. I understand why you didn't use dowels but, why did you choose screws? The girders would have to be true to give proper support, or the screws would likely tear out, and the girders would collapse. How did you square their ends? A jig or template and a hand planer or belt sander?

    In your Youtube video titled "PAULK WORK BENCH", between 0:59 - 1:10 minutes, you describe how your work bench came to be. I am having trouble understanding why you, or anyone else, believe that another builder couldn't possibly want and design a bench, like yours, from their own imagination, needs and experience. I worked for a man, Charlie Thompson, in the 1970's. He was a master carpenter, house builder, also owned the Ohio State Roof Truss Co., and K&G Lumber yard. He designed, built and utilized a very similar portable plywood bench to this. The biggest differences I see between your bench, this bench and his is: Charlie's had 2 wood worker vices on one side, it housed a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw, and their deminsions. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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  • Tarp And PVC Canopy Lean-to Workspace

    Nice idea. IMO well documented and written 'ible. Thank you for sharing. This was posted a little over 2 years ago. How is it holding up?

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  • Arnold Ziphle commented on deba168's instructable 5 Unusual Uses for a Coke Can2 years ago
    5 Unusual Uses for a Coke Can

    You will be better off using something like this on each of the computer antenna, like a satellite dish, to collect & intensify the wifi signal. You will want your reflector to have half a parabolic shape, like they do here. The closer you place the wifi antenna to the parabola's focal point the more signal gain you will have, just like a satellite dish's LNB. placement to the dish.

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  • Preserve the Beauty of Raw or Rusted Steel & Iron Surfaces

    It takes someone like you with experience to understand what is there. About 32% of this product is a secret. The company is only required to mention the hazardous ingredient(s), and their percentage, through a MSDS. Roughly 68% of this product is some form of thinner and/or drying agent. This would explain why you don't have the same problem(s) previously experienced with the linseed oil drying/curing time and how it gets "under the rust" to stop further oxidation, while preserving the surface rust. Again, thank you for sharing this, your experience and time on this site.

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  • Preserve the Beauty of Raw or Rusted Steel & Iron Surfaces

    Thank you for sharing this product and information about it, especially that it is linseed oil based, which is not mentioned on their WEB site, literature, or the MSDS. I noticed that you added Step 2, as an after thought, for the Bot. I don't know when you added Step 3 but, I hope it works as you intended ;)

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