# Bill WW

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24Instructables1,005,654Views575CommentsWashington State USAJoined March 28th, 2012
I'm a retired mechanical engineer, woodworker, boater, and inventor. Now I'm getting into wood turning, and have found that all my wood projects need not be flat and square.

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• Bill WW commented on sbkirby's instructable Wood Lathe Duplicator With Angle Grinder3 months ago

Nice work Stephen. Also excellent drawings. Are they all Sketchup? I envy your lathe with v/s drive and speed indication. I'm still moving drive belts on my Jet lathe. Thanks for the great project.Bill

• Bill WW commented on cingham550's instructable How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Chain4 months ago

"over-tightening chain tension"... yes excellent point.

Nice, thank you. Excellent point about using a vise, with the wood blocks on the vice jaws. I know that properly holding the piece you are working on is a big part of the project - and for safe working. However, I have been sharpening my chainsaw on the bench just inches from the vise - but not using it! DUH!

Yes, the rakers... that is kinda tricky.

Just realized I have spelled a word incorrectly all my life, and the author misspelled it also. VISE is the clamping tool on the workbench... VICE is a type of crime.

• Bill WW commented on Random_Canadian's instructable 10 Minute Dog Boots4 months ago

Tireguy, you’re sure right. I agree this boot idea might not be too good for the dog. I just saw them in NYC and that is what I was told.

• Bill WW commented on Bill WW's instructable Bench Top Dynomometer5 months ago

Thanks for your question, EsraNo, you are not missing anything; you are adding something in that is not necessary. There are no equations listed in Step 6 that involve friction factor.And the force, shown in equation: Torque = Force x Distanceis the Force measured by the scale you see on the right in the photos. And the Torque is caused by clamping the two wood 2x4s around the steel shaft.Everything you say about friction and friction factor is correct, but these things do not enter into this experiment. Yes, torque is produced by friction caused by clamping the 2x4 onto the rotating steel shaft. But if the frictional force is not great enough to slow down the motor, you just tighten that toggle bolt you see in the opening photo. If the coefficient of friction of the material (wood) ...

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Thanks for your question, EsraNo, you are not missing anything; you are adding something in that is not necessary. There are no equations listed in Step 6 that involve friction factor.And the force, shown in equation: Torque = Force x Distanceis the Force measured by the scale you see on the right in the photos. And the Torque is caused by clamping the two wood 2x4s around the steel shaft.Everything you say about friction and friction factor is correct, but these things do not enter into this experiment. Yes, torque is produced by friction caused by clamping the 2x4 onto the rotating steel shaft. But if the frictional force is not great enough to slow down the motor, you just tighten that toggle bolt you see in the opening photo. If the coefficient of friction of the material (wood) is low, you just tighten the toggle bolt. I did not make a good decision in using wood as the friction material. Sometimes I had to clamp it so tightly that the friction almost set it on fire!Let me know if I can be of more help. Bill

• Hello John -As usual, I wander my shop looking for the right material to make the project. I saw these blocks that I picked up at the woodturning symposium this Summer. People dye veneer strips then glue them together, and use them for turning projects like bottle stoppers. Worked out well here.Wow, you topped 2,000,000 total views on Instructables, congratulations! I'm getting close, but have not been active lately.Cheers!Bill

• Bill WW made the instructable Newton’s Gravity Defying Puzzle - 3D Print6 months ago

I love your drawings and dimensions! I use Autocad to make my shop drawings, so can identify with what you are doing.But I can't claim to have turned the pieces to three decimal place precision on my lathe. Not that I wouldn't try!Sending a couple of these to grandkids today a Christmas presents. Thanks for the Instructable!Bill

• Bill WW commented on tomatoskins's instructable How to Make a Newton's Gravity Puzzle6 months ago

Spectraply?... hmm, not sure. I bought the material at the Woodturning symposium. I think people dye veneer strips and glue them together. I looked around my shop for something to turn for the plug, and there it was. Still experimenting with the design, initially turned the two pieces with really tight tolerance, just a few thousandths clearance. Now think that is not correct, a little more gap is needed. Hope your engineering studies are going ok.Bill

• Bill WW made the instructable How to Make a Newton's Gravity Puzzle6 months ago

Great project!I drilled out the inside plug to lighten it a bit.thanksBill

• Bill WW commented on tomatoskins's instructable How to Make a Newton's Gravity Puzzle6 months ago

Thanks Kayak, you reminded me to get busy and make a couple of these for grandkids this Christmas. You and I are on the same wavelength: hollowing the plug to lighten it. And I will experiment on my lathe to make various airfoils.

• Bill WW commented on squared59's instructable Cross Puzzle6 months ago

OK, thanks, now I see.

• Bill WW commented on TheCuttingBored's instructable Building a 7-sided Wedding Arbor6 months ago

Great job, I love it! No simple miter angles for you; a septagon no less! I use a digital protractor for these types of angles, accurate to 0.2 degrees. Congratulations on your wedding and for creating a meaningful arbor. Is your shop always so tidy?

• Bill WW commented on squared59's instructable Cross Puzzle7 months ago

Great project Martin, I'm looking forward to making it! Got some nice hardwood just waiting for this one. "...putting a 1" Forstner bit into the drill press and clamping it in my vise so that it made contact at 3 points...". Excellent! You did not show the spheres going into the puzzle. Seems one each on inside of dowels?Your combination square... it looks, um, well used.Thanks for sharing!Bill

• Bill WW commented on tomatoskins's instructable How to Make a Newton's Gravity Puzzle7 months ago

Great, Troy. I'll make some for the grandkids - and their parents for Christmas. From one mechanical engineer to another: if you have had your fluid dynamics courses, you know Newton had little to do with this. The puzzle is best explained by Bernoulli's equations, and demonstrated by an airplane wing - the moving air over the curved top of the inner part creates a lower pressure and lifts it out of the shell.

• About leaving the vacuum pump running:I made a vacuum chuck for my lathe, same principle, vacuum holds the workpiece. I found that if you make the jig out of wood, air will leak through the pores in the wood and will loose vacuum. You can try to seal the wood with sealant, but likely the pump will need to continue running.

Great work, Charlie. First step in any shop project should be a solid way to hold the workpiece. You found a good one.

• Thank you David, will definitely try your method!Forgot I did this Instructable. Wow, look at my finger and the Exacto knife in step#1! Someone should have yelled at me about that!Bill

Yes, I assumed a drill press, but maybe others may not.

• Bill WW commented on Kink Jarfold's instructable I MADE a DADO JIG11 months ago

Very nice jig. It is important that users clamp the jig into position before using it, as you show in the photos.

• Bill WW commented on jprussack's instructable How to Dry a Cell Phone11 months ago

Of course it wasn't your intention to sound "supersmart", the author requested that we help him calculate the outward force: "...any have the moment of inertia calc for the outward force?"

Jeff, re: your question on outward force. At your rotational speed of 2.4 rev/s (40 mph and 4' radius) centrifugal force from an iphone 7 (138 grams) is 8.6 pounds. That is an acceleration of 28 g.

In my case it was an expensive lesson. Compounding the corrosive nature of salt water, here on Puget Sound we have a pretty extensive tidal range, which causes a pumping effect on the submerged phone.

Thanks for the tips. However, I found that salt water (sea water) is a much different problem compared to fresh water. I dropped mt iphone 7 overboard in 20' or so into Puget Sound. A diver got it back the next day, but it was quite dead, even a repair service could not help revive it.

• Bill WW commented on Phil B's instructable Uses for Spent K-Cups11 months ago

Phil, I saw that slide rule also! I have mine (55 years) and my dad's (about 100 years old).The K-cups also make a nice container for mixing epoxy glue.

• Bill WW commented on tomatoskins's instructable Perfect Wooden Sphere11 months ago

The "sharpened tube way of finishing it to round"? Where can we find out more about this, have not heard of it. Thanks.

• I just set it there. You could glue it down, but it's not necessary. Let me know if you have any more questions. Good luck.Bill

• Thank you for viewing my Instructable.I assume you mean the force when the solenoid is activated and touching the iron bar.Some manufacturers provide this information on their website. You may want to check.Otherwise, you will just have to find a hand held scale such as is often available for weighing luggage, such as this one: https://www.walmart.com/ip/TraverGo-Analog-Luggage-Scale-Black-TR1300BK/55187870You will have to tie the scale to the solenoid with the solenoid on the bar, then lift the scale until the solenoid breaks contact. The scale reading will indicate the magnetic force.Hope this helps.

• Thanks for the comment! I apologize for the hype in the title: "...Supersonic Speed". No chance of hitting mach 1. Maybe with pressure on one side vacuum on the other? I looked at your chart and guessed that you got over 250 m/s. I had trouble with the end seals also, then made that holder thing.with the thin basket wrap plastic. My cannon still just sits in the corner of my shop gathering dust. But I inherited a couple of grand kids and I'll probably show it to them sometime soon. Good luck with the scout project.Bill

• Bill WW completed the lessons Big Batteries and Controlling Motor Speed in the class Large Motors Class1 year ago
• Bill WW completed the lesson Large Motors in the class Large Motors Class1 year ago
• Bill WW commented on diycreators's instructable Mobile Bench Vise 1 year ago

Nice work; I can always use another work holder! I use the same method of using weights when gluing items. Most of the exercise I get from the weight lifting weights is lifting them to the work bench.

• Wow, thank you, Zig! Somehow I missed that article, I will print it out and study it in detail - with my physics book open. I have seen that reference to specific heat of air. Looks like you are new to Instructables? Welcome, you will find it entertaining. I've been pretty inactive for a few years. Appreciate the comment. Bill

• Bill WW followed KimberlyP1 year ago
• This Instuctble Is as good as it gets. Great detail and clarity. It is 100% right-on (I do segmented woodturning a lot). I believe you can buy the segments from Jerry Bennet at Segeasy.com. Or if you are cheap like me, use a large 30 degree drafting triangle and make perfect 12 segment rings. Looks like we have the same lathe.

• Bill WW commented on Bill WW's instructable Small Cheap Check Valves for Tubing1 year ago

Ah yes, my good friend. It could have gone either way ;-)Since the border between these countries has changed over the centuries, both could have claimed ownership of the one-way valve. However, I suggest you petition the International Valve Agency and ask for a re-naming. Should the diode also be considered.So good to hear from you again.

• Bill WW commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Magnets1 year ago

A valid concern. But glueing a magnet on my drill has worked well for me for several years, no problems.

Mike, another great one, thanks.

I do this also, I use the magnet to hold the screwdriver bit. Perfect.

• Bill WW commented on darbinorvar's instructable LED Book Safe W/ Secret Compartment1 year ago

Nice work Linn, you do keep busy!All the best to you and family.Bill

• Be nice, Markl. Arbodude has shared a good project.You are correct that the latent heat of vaporization is about 7000 BTU/gallon. But we do not know the air flow rate of 68 degree air. If his swamp cooler evaporates two gallons per hour (a lot of water) that is 14000 BTU/hr. He needs to source a lot of water, but that is part of the the game. Experiment and learn.

Excellent project Arbodude, thanks for sharing. Let us know how it worked for you.

• OK, I'll try. Bill

• I'm trying to stay retired, but projects pop up and I can't say no. I had a Popular Mechanics magazine from the late 40's that announced what became the ball point pen. But all they said was that a new writing device had been invented that could write under water.

• Bill WW commented on Bill WW's instructable Simple Shop Storage Bins2 years ago

Dumpster diving can be a gold mine at many companies. A friend of mine worked in R&D at a manufacturing company. He collected a lot of equipment and stainless fasteners from projects that did not work out.

• Glad one of my Instructables could help you. Your son could climb a big hill with a 24 volt drive!Bill

• It isn't a project. I entered a contest several years ago and they needed a video from me. I would have deleted it, but due to a glitch was not able to. If you want to see the solar powered Stirling engine running, there is a short video on YouTube. Just enter my name and "solar powered Stirling engine".Thanks for your interestBill Wells

• First, where are you located? I hope I included enough metric units.Part of my problem is that I made the cannon four years ago and forgot much.1. The office tape may be a problem. For covers, I used a very thin plastic film, the green material you see in step 5 (and other steps). It needs to "pop" when punctured. The covers are held in place by vacuum; turn on vacuum pump, then hold one cover at suction end, have someone hold cover on discharge end while pump is running.2. Make sure the ball is all the way at the suction end of the tube before firing. Good luck and let me know how it goes.Bill

• Thank you for your comment.Using US standard pipe sizes based upon ASTM D1785 specifications, following are PVC pipe dimensions:1 1/2" PVC pipe, schedule 40 1.610" 40.9mm1 1/2" PVC pipe, schedule 80 1.500" 38.1mm And the standard ping pong ball diameter is 1.57" 40 mmSo, using schedule 40 pipe there should be about 1mm clearance for the ball to fit into the pipe. You may be using schedule 80 pipe, which indeed will be too small. Good luck and best wishes.

• Thanks kndclark.Yes, I believe you are correct. Close to speed of sound but not quite. But the title does get attention. I hope somewhere In small print I said "close" or "maybe".I believe supersonic speed could be reached with compressed air on one side and vacuum on the other. I have not tried tat yet! Bill

• Bill WW commented on danthemakerman's instructable Marking Knife from Saw Blade2 years ago

Good thoughts , Carpenter. Someone in my woodturning club had the design details, but of course now I have lost my copy. Darn, now that I need it. (1) There are a lot of carbide tipped turning tools out there now, like the Easy Wood tools. And I occasionally abuse some of my saw blades without damaging the carbide tip. Have knocked the saw tooth tip off, however - another story.(2) Good point about the tooth profile. (3) Yes, we would need to consider the rake angle, good point (no pun intended). Maybe I will finally find the plans.

• Bill WW commented on danthemakerman's instructable Marking Knife from Saw Blade2 years ago

I have also seen a design for making a woodturning parting tool from a saw blade, but incorporating the carbide tipped tooth. Thanks for this Instructable, I need a marking knife.

• Bill WW commented on offseid's instructable The Incredible Flying Paper Tube2 years ago

"Awsome"? "Awesome"? I didn't notice. What I liked, other than the design, was learning a new word: TUBIFY.

• Your cookies look much better than the woodworking and electronics projects I usually look at on Instructables. And you do not have to think about blocking these "cookies" from your computer!

• Fantastic! But now my car will be forever banished from the garage.

• Bill WW commented on Stish's instructable DIY Notebook Stand/Cooler2 years ago

Great, and your design raises the cooling fan inlet so air can get in. On my Dell the fan inlet is pretty much blocked right there at the back.

• Bill WW commented on MadeleineDouglas's instructable Clamping at ANY Angle2 years ago

Very nice, and drilling the hole in the corner is a valuable feature. For those nice tight glue joints you made, you do not need much clamping force so "spreading the angle" should not be a problem, and you have the metal square behind to check. Good work, thank you.

• Bill WW commented on kludge77's instructable Milliput Ring2 years ago

Be sure to use original JB Weld, not the "quick" variety.

• Bill WW commented on woodshopcowboy's instructable Stackable Shop Storage Boxes 2 years ago

Really good shop storage option; I like the lip at the top which keeps the boxes stacked.

• Bill WW commented on Kiteman's instructable Make a Viking Sun Compass2 years ago

HA! good joke.

• Bill WW commented on Bill WW's instructable Bench top dynomometer2 years ago

Oh, I wondered... my misinterpretation. Maybe we should go metric and say your motor is between 2kw and 6kw. I think you need a major scale-up here, that is like 10 times the power I tested. I doubt the brake blocks I used would work in your case. It would be best if you did not just clamp down on the motor shaft only, you should have something like a brake drum. Remember the key equation: Power = torque x RPM.

My workbench is much more messy now compared with four years ago.

• Bill WW enrolled in Concrete Class2 years ago
• Bill WW commented on Bill WW's instructable Bench top dynomometer2 years ago

​Maybe not too much, in my tests, the AC motor tested 0.15 HP, the DC motor 0.35 HP. Your engine I assume is 3/8 HP, or 0.375 HP. Pretty close. The main thing to be aware of (and be careful of) is that when you clamp down on the Prony brake it will heat up fast; and even faster for higher HP engines. You may want to make modest changes to the design, just use the equations I listed. Good luck with it.

• Bill WW commented on stangtime's instructable Box Threading Jig2 years ago

Your bearing press jig is the key; I'm going to have to rig up something for tapping straight. I'm using the same cutter as yours. I made a decent threaded box with my prototype #1 jig, but it only has a 1" x 6" long lead screw. I would like to use a long section of 1" 8tpi all thread as you did, but can not find it locally - it needs to be perfectly straight, as yours seems to be. Where did you get that all thread rod? ThanksBill

• Thanks for your comments and valuable suggestions. Yes, I am now rotating the LCD more often, which does help. My "new" problem with the S9900 is that Nikon packed so many buttons and dials that my fat fingers often hit the wrong keys. But I'm learning...Bill

• Thanks Daniel - Patching only goes so far, as you know. This year I broke down and had a new roof put on! I live in Olympia. Bill

• Bill WW commented on Bill WW's instructable Energy saving window insulation2 years ago

Thanks BtheBike. Yes, should help in both Winter and Summer. The only downside, of course, is that it will block your view out those sliding doors!

• Bill WW commented on stangtime's instructable Box Threading Jig2 years ago

Nice work, including your guitar music.So you cut 8 tpi threads with your jig; have you tried other lead screws for cutting other tpi? And did you post photos of your tapping press addition? I'm ordering the 60 degree cutter tonight, so I'm on my way to a threading jig for my lathe.Thanks much.

• Bill WW commented on -BALES-'s instructable The Disc Center Finder2 years ago

Nice project, thanks. Your method is better (in some ways) than using a machinist's V head square, which is small for large items.But I initially stopped at the first method, with carpenter's square and speed square. I think I understand the method, do you just measure out 1/2 way, draw a line, and repeat?

Thanks - I should have figured that out, obviously did not.

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