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  • CapnChkn commented on monkeywork's instructable Hiking Trail Markers
    Hiking Trail Markers

    You really should consider putting the markers on posts. As well as introducing fungus and disease under the bark, if the tree is to be used as lumber, or needs to be cut down, you now have little pieces of metal in the wood. If this is in a "no machine" area, these can really tear up cross cut timber saws.

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  • Bird Housed Made From Election Signs

    Polypropylene will photo degrade, in other words, it will decompose in sunshine. You would not do wrong to paint them with a couple coats of latex paint. The problem here is there's not a lot of paint that will stick to PP (Recycle #5), so it will scrape and flake off after a while. You can try a Plastic Primer or paint adhesive, but I haven't found any in the local stores.

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  • Soda Bottle Face Shield

    I've been wondering if anyone would ever get to showing a 2 liter face shield! I got the idea years ago when I was trying to make a beekeeping veil!

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  • Chucking Scraper for Turning Bowls on Lathe

    I watched all the videos on this project, and there's nothing about how it's used. I suppose I can use these to make one, but WHY would I want to make one? A YouTube search doesn't show anything at all.

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  • How to Grow CHILLIES at Home!

    I was about to say! I sell seed, and have been growing various hot chilies for 30 years. This is an oversimplified method, just to start with, you need to start your seed at between 80 and 90 degrees F (27 to 32 degrees C.)Sunshine is the best for getting the stuff at it's peak. The second year, you will find your peppers milder and so on until about August, when they've managed to gather enough energy to get the flavor and spicy going.

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  • Boy, I'll say! No, there isn't a bevel on a scraper. And it's not rolled with a screwdriver, it's done with a burnisher. The surface of the scraper should be polished as well as the burnisher. This will give you the finest edge, and the smoothest surface. Grimy, rough scraping can be done with the less polished scraper, and finished with a smoother card.

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  • CapnChkn commented on charliecadin's instructable Wine Cork Surfboard

    How much for energy usage and carbon released into the atmosphere for the glue used to stick the corks together? Otherwise, I like the concept!

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  • I was about to say! Water roots are different from soil roots. I would have suggested the cuttings be placed in sterile starter mix.Moisten the mix and place it in a roasting pan or something oven safe. Moisten the mix and set the oven to the lowest temperature, place the soil, in the covered pan, in the oven until the soil temperature reaches 165°F for 20 minutes.

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  • I like the idea. I bet you could get more action out of it by putting magnets inside, and on the ground. Or attach a spring to the cord. My problem is the ears. Maybe your cat is just more relaxed than ours, but every cat I've had has destroyed their toys, unless they lose them first. Those ears just look like little arrowheads to snag themselves on, or swallow when they tear them off.

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  • The bevel should definitely be on the outside. I've tried to find video of the long handled spoon knives, but wasn't really successful. It's long enough to fit under your arm, and gives you leverage to put some power behind digging the meat out. Afterwards you should use a smaller spoon knife to do the detail. If you can get the right edge on one, it should be sharp enough to cut across the grain. Cutting with the grain is for finishing, and you can use a cabinet scraper to fine the finish on a spoon; sandpaper just seems to make the surface fuzzy after it gets wet and the grain rises. Best woods for carving wood bowls, cups, etc. are fruit woods, Apple, Lemon, Pear. Pear so far is the best for me. Oils should be food grade, Flax oil, or Tung, Walnut is good, but can be bad for al…

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    The bevel should definitely be on the outside. I've tried to find video of the long handled spoon knives, but wasn't really successful. It's long enough to fit under your arm, and gives you leverage to put some power behind digging the meat out. Afterwards you should use a smaller spoon knife to do the detail. If you can get the right edge on one, it should be sharp enough to cut across the grain. Cutting with the grain is for finishing, and you can use a cabinet scraper to fine the finish on a spoon; sandpaper just seems to make the surface fuzzy after it gets wet and the grain rises. Best woods for carving wood bowls, cups, etc. are fruit woods, Apple, Lemon, Pear. Pear so far is the best for me. Oils should be food grade, Flax oil, or Tung, Walnut is good, but can be bad for allergies, so it's easier to not use it. These woods are fine grained, and can be extremely hard, so are best carved while still green and left in a box of sawdust to cure out without checking, which cherry is very ready to do.I know you're just asking about shape, but the wood you would carve with it also determines the shape of the tool...

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  • Looks good! You are correct, the blade is too long. If you want one to reach the bottom of a kuksa or bowl, you should make the handle longer. Then you can apply leverage.

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  • Very Good! I find myself having to tell people, "When you spray your plants, you're killing all the bugs, including the ones that are eating the bugs that eat your plants, and you're feeding the ones that eat your plants!"Tiny wasps, some look like bees, also hunt and feed their larvae as well as lay eggs on their prey. They feed on nectar as well, and flowers with tiny nectaries are foraged by them. Usually plants the have tiny flowers, and a fallow area are good for attracting them. It seems counter-productive to leave an uncut, wild patch of plants in the middle of the garden, but these tiny insects, ground beetles, fireflies, assassin bugs, etc, would have to go elsewhere to find food and shelter. What takes you a minute to walk, is comparatively miles for them...

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  • CapnChkn commented on MarcoS199's instructable SWAT Lights

    What the heck is this for? What is a "Do not disturb Desktop light?"

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  • CapnChkn commented on ClenseYourPallet's instructable Wood Xylophone

    Heh! Isn't "wood xylophone" redundant? Xylon = wood, phone = sound, voice!I want one!

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