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  • How to Install Figure 8 Table Top Fasteners

    Very nice instructable. Best framed explanation for the function of figure 8 fasteners I’ve ever seen. Good job.

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  • Single Wheel Bike Trailer (No Weld)

    This is a fantastic project. I like the way you used the hinges as connectors. Years ago, hinges were the connector of choice for structures that were temporary use, like a tent frame and various shelters for animals and feed on farms, even entire produce stands. The profiles you are using seem to be in limited distribution in North America. I have found bigger extrusions, and they are rather costly. If anyone has found these extrusions at a good price in North America, please post your sources ! Thanks for the very cool instructable.

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  • David R commented on mikefle's instructable Cordless Tool Chest
    Cordless Tool Chest

    Great drawing and instructable. I used a hole saw and then used a jig saw to cut out my hanging slots. I mounted the tool holder on the wall and I put pegboard above it. I have all the accessories, like blades etc on the pegboard. I find that I am less likely to forget something when I’m packing up tools for an off site project if all the tools are layer out like that.

    Great instructable. I used a hole saw and cut holes, then used a jig saw to cut out the rest to make the slots. I like the way you mounted the charger. I hang my tool cabinet on the wall and I put pegboard above it and hang all the accessories there, like the blades etc. I find that I am not as likely to forget something when packing tools for an offsite job because I can see everything. I drew outlines or put labels so I know if a piece that belongs on the wall is elsewhere.

    Great drawing and instructable. I used a hole saw and then used a jig saw to cut out my hanging slots. I mounted the tool holder on the wall and I put pegboard above it. I have all the accessories, like blades etc on the pegboard. I find that I am less likely to forget something when I’m packing up tools for an off site project if all the tools are layer out like that.

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  • David R commented on Polkilo's instructable Pocket Hole Jig Handmade
    Pocket Hole Jig Handmade

    What an inspiring instructable. This is clever. In the US , Harbor Freight sells a set of locking collars for drill bits. It is an inexpensive way to get the locking collar.You can also get them from Lowe’s, Home Depot , and Ace and most hardware stores with a big fastener department. The set from harbor freight costs about as much as one collar from the other places. In Canada, princess auto has the same set. These stop collars for drills are useful in other applications too. The tubing is also easy to find at the big box stores and the hardware stores. I made a jig to drill holes in concrete at a precise angle and welded it. I would have tried this method ( might have used casting resin instead of glue only because of the size of the thing) thank you for posting this. Amazon also has a…

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    What an inspiring instructable. This is clever. In the US , Harbor Freight sells a set of locking collars for drill bits. It is an inexpensive way to get the locking collar.You can also get them from Lowe’s, Home Depot , and Ace and most hardware stores with a big fastener department. The set from harbor freight costs about as much as one collar from the other places. In Canada, princess auto has the same set. These stop collars for drills are useful in other applications too. The tubing is also easy to find at the big box stores and the hardware stores. I made a jig to drill holes in concrete at a precise angle and welded it. I would have tried this method ( might have used casting resin instead of glue only because of the size of the thing) thank you for posting this. Amazon also has all of these items.

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  • David R commented on MaddieJ3's instructable French Fries

    I find that putting the cut pieces of potato in a colander under running water from a sprayer, agitating and flipping for a short tine like 30 seconds in small batches greatly reduces the number of brown fries. The higher the solid content in the potato, the better the fries, so the lower the whole potato floats in a bowl of water the better the fries.

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  • Do you have the plan for the escaping mongoose?

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  • When I was in Middle school one of the science teachers had a real stoplight in his classroom. Green meant all was well. Yellow meant calm down and red meant silence. He got the light from the public works department and one of our projects was to create the toggle switch panel to turn on/ off the lights. We had to change the bulbs because with the reflectors the light was really bright indoors.We added a bell that sounded every time you turned on a light which helped. You brought back memories of a project long forgotten. Great instructable. Very cool. I’ve always made spinning wheels with lazy Susan bearings because they spin and balance easily. Very cool how you fixed the balance issue.

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  • Pride and prejudice? Neat idea. Thank you for sharing !

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  • Yes, please post, make them, document each step and post it!

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  • David R commented on DonS89's instructable Making a Keep-Warm Box

    This material is called coroplast. I think that might be a trade name. It’s engineered to accept paints and inks. I’ve painted and printed on it for thirty years. I’ve had good success with both. The solid painting of both sides can change the characteristics of the material by causing it to warp or curl slightly. Acrylic paint that has a high degree of flexibility performs best in my experience. For temporary uses, any paint will do.

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  • David R commented on Omer O's instructable Folding Table

    This is a terricif job. You were lucky to find a hinged table since it fits in cars better. I am always watching for discarded folding tables. The tops nearly always fail before the legs do. It is possible to purchase folding table legs if you can’t find used ones. There are some other interesting instructables on building folding tables by making legs from metal conduit pipe , I think the title of one is craft fair table. This table looks great, far better than one from the factory and all it cost was some time.

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  • It looks like he used real wood screws, the kind with the thick shank. Those screws are much stronger than deck screws, by a factor of ten or more probably. This is great you found this drawing and thanks for posting it- very informative.

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  • I might choose to add some cleats and then some threaded inserts and use bolts. Deck screws can snap easily so maybe adding a quarter inch bolt to carry the weight might make this more durable. Thanks so much for sharing this very interesting build. Your chairs look fantastic.

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  • This is a nice overview but it is very lacking in detailed instructions. I hope you will update your excellent start to include more actual details.

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  • Very good instructable. Great video, impressive editing. What do you use to do the editing?I’ve built a few elevated planters like this. Here is what I ran into: you cannot plant peppers, tomatoes or other tall plants and reach the plants to tie them or harvest. It’s awesome having them elevated until the plants grow. I would love to see a way to lower these closer to the ground as the plants grow.

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  • David R commented on MacGyver9's instructable DIY Utility Tables

    You might be able to bend the corners instead of welding. See my other comment about Harbor Freight above. Another option is to use one inch thin wall conduit build connectors. Google one inch tubing connectors- there is one company in particular that makes inexpensive connectors, like tiny key clamps for tubing.

    I see these style table legs at flea markets , there must be literally a thousand of them at the Rose Bowl Flea market , there are even vendors selling them.Another variation is a product from Harbor Freight that is a work stand for doing work on automobile doors. They make them in two versions , one with 3/4 tubing and one with one inch tubing. They rate the capacity of the 3/4 inch st 200 pounds abs the one inch version at 500 pounds. Search item 38778. Interestingly the ones at Harbor Freight are bent instead of welded. It might be easy to build a binding jig or use a conduit bender. The bends look pretty easy but you’ve got to get the bends matching to make it best when closed and make it stand level. As of today’s date I cannot buy the materials and make one of these for …

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    I see these style table legs at flea markets , there must be literally a thousand of them at the Rose Bowl Flea market , there are even vendors selling them.Another variation is a product from Harbor Freight that is a work stand for doing work on automobile doors. They make them in two versions , one with 3/4 tubing and one with one inch tubing. They rate the capacity of the 3/4 inch st 200 pounds abs the one inch version at 500 pounds. Search item 38778. Interestingly the ones at Harbor Freight are bent instead of welded. It might be easy to build a binding jig or use a conduit bender. The bends look pretty easy but you’ve got to get the bends matching to make it best when closed and make it stand level. As of today’s date I cannot buy the materials and make one of these for less than the price at Harbor Freight using a twenty percent off coupon.

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  • Butter was used only in the original recipe, not in the fversion that was sold. It was used in such a small amount that the resulting chips had less than a half a gram of fat per serving, which is considered “ fat free”

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  • In the nineties you could buy bags of chips in the store that were cooked in a giant microwave oven. They were called Louise’s and they were good sometimes, but the consistency from one bag to another was never right.When cooking thin slices of potatoes, it helps if you use a potato with a high solids content. They make chrispier potato chips. Yukon Gold, kennebec, are examples of higher solids potatoes. Russets tend to turn brown. If you have trouble with the chips turning brown, rinse the slices longer in more changes of water. There was another brand of fat free potato chips called Childers, that was on the market from 1991 until 1998. They were baked in a traditional oven. Their original recipe called for :washed thin slices of potatoes and dry throughly. place slice on a heated…

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    In the nineties you could buy bags of chips in the store that were cooked in a giant microwave oven. They were called Louise’s and they were good sometimes, but the consistency from one bag to another was never right.When cooking thin slices of potatoes, it helps if you use a potato with a high solids content. They make chrispier potato chips. Yukon Gold, kennebec, are examples of higher solids potatoes. Russets tend to turn brown. If you have trouble with the chips turning brown, rinse the slices longer in more changes of water. There was another brand of fat free potato chips called Childers, that was on the market from 1991 until 1998. They were baked in a traditional oven. Their original recipe called for :washed thin slices of potatoes and dry throughly. place slice on a heated buttered iron skillet with a second , smaller iron skillet , also heated with a light brushing of butter on the bottom of the skillet. Place potato slice in large skillet, place small skillet bottom down in contact with the potato slice. Typical cook time is 3 to 3.5 minutes at 300 -350 degrees. Temperature and cook time depended on the size and thickness of the slice.Remove smaller frying pan carefully. If chip sticks, carefully peel off with very thin edged spatula. If chip has a soft center, put on baking sheet in oven at 350 for two minutes or until done. The Childers chips also had consistency issues from batch to batch, but I’ve had perfect bags of the Childers chips that were really in a class by themselves. They omitted the butter in the commercial cooking process, replacing it with a cooking surface cleaning between batches to reduce sticking.

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  • No need to tear out the metal. You can buy metal stud track and “ cap” the open side. Then, using metal cleats you can attach shelves. Alternately, you can insert wood into the open side of the metal stud.Cap the metal stud with lattice slats to decorate or go for the industrial look and leave the metal exposed. Google “ metal studs “ to see how to fasten them , etcMetal studs are easy!!

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  • Excellent design. I usually cut all my pieces , dry fit them, then apply the finishes prior to assembly, so I can skip the taping steps and the finishes are usually better because of easier access of the surfaces prior to assembly.

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  • There is another method that can be used for things you never plan to disassembleIt has several names, but in the midwestern US it’s called “ Batter the bolt”This was popular with farmers and it spread from there. It allows you to secure a nut in the field without a trip to the hardware. I first discovered this on a barn find Cyrus McCormick reaper.It’s simple; tighten the nut. Take a ruined wood chisel, and place it on the threads closest to the nut. flatten the threads next to the nut all the way around. Pretty much the only way to remove a nut that has been secured like this is to split the nut or saw off the stud at the nut. You want to bend the threads towards the nut “ locking” the threads against the nut.I found a depression era carnival tent fra…

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    There is another method that can be used for things you never plan to disassembleIt has several names, but in the midwestern US it’s called “ Batter the bolt”This was popular with farmers and it spread from there. It allows you to secure a nut in the field without a trip to the hardware. I first discovered this on a barn find Cyrus McCormick reaper.It’s simple; tighten the nut. Take a ruined wood chisel, and place it on the threads closest to the nut. flatten the threads next to the nut all the way around. Pretty much the only way to remove a nut that has been secured like this is to split the nut or saw off the stud at the nut. You want to bend the threads towards the nut “ locking” the threads against the nut.I found a depression era carnival tent frame made of two by fours and door hinges bolted on the ends to connect the pieces.Bent nails took the place of the hinge pin. These hinges were bolted to the wood and the nuts locked by this method. It was around 60 years old when I found it, and had been used for 40 years, put up and taken down every week for six months each year and all bolts appeared to be the same and none were missing.

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  • David R commented on seamster's instructable Spray Paint Secret Safe

    I've known people that put bank notes in seal a meal bags, then wrapped them in tin foil and stashed them in a freezer. The money still got too moldy to spend and they had to beg the Federal Reserve to replace the notes!!

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  • Street signs are difficult to recycle. The heavy vinyl lettering and paint finishes are hard to remove. Many municipalities have these pile up until a specialty re- processor can pick them up. Sometimes municipalities are reluctant to sell old signs to the public, same as old uniforms etc because they are concerned someone might use them for a nefarious purpose. I point out that I'm going on record as the owner, and I intend to cut them down so they are no longer signs. I take the signed statement with me, if they bring that concern up, I tell them it concerns me too, put ''tis in your files. They often give me the signs for free at that point. Make friends with the Streets engineer, show them this instructable. Check to see who the resource recycler or environmental educator is, they can…

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    Street signs are difficult to recycle. The heavy vinyl lettering and paint finishes are hard to remove. Many municipalities have these pile up until a specialty re- processor can pick them up. Sometimes municipalities are reluctant to sell old signs to the public, same as old uniforms etc because they are concerned someone might use them for a nefarious purpose. I point out that I'm going on record as the owner, and I intend to cut them down so they are no longer signs. I take the signed statement with me, if they bring that concern up, I tell them it concerns me too, put ''tis in your files. They often give me the signs for free at that point. Make friends with the Streets engineer, show them this instructable. Check to see who the resource recycler or environmental educator is, they can facilitate the process.

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  • the hollow wall anchors are made in different versions,and rated for the weight they will " hold" in pull out and in downward weight. They will hold up to 75 pounds with the right anchor.

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  • David R commented on randofo's instructable Adjustable Bookshelf

    This is neat. I built one using locking collars instead of these speed rail fittings, which cost $1.45 each at Harbor Freight and fence pipe that cost $20 total for a 5 foot tall book case. I put rubber feet on my pipe legs.I loaded the shelves and they have held up just fine, at a much lower cost. I don't think mine looks as nice as this one does, I like the way the speed rail fittings look, they are just so costly. I suspect it might be stronger, but , really, the collars work.

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  • David R commented on TheCuttingBored's instructable DIY Vintage Crates

    Great idea, neat execution. For the finish, try experimenting with some of the " rapid aging" techniques,like putting a bit of steel wool in water, then spraying the liquid on the wood and leave it for a day. On plywood,it looks " real" and its a nice grey. Watch the board ends,it turns them darker than the face of the boards.

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  • David R commented on notsosharp's instructable A Portable Panel Saw

    sixty inch T slot track seems to be harder to locate. The big woodworking tool places all seem to have forty eight inch pieces but not sixty inch.Orange Aluminum of Orange California will cut it at sixty inches. Has anybody else found a source for sixty inch T track ?

    has anybody come up with a way to rotate the saw so the work piece can be rip cut along the long dimension? As this is laid out, it appears to need three support legs and a way to rotate the saw. Probably needs more stabilizing beyond three support legs to slide the panel into the saw for the 96 inch cut.The T slot track is available at orangealuminum.com in 72 inch lengths for $ 11.95 each. Part number 0A7150 T Track 72 inches long Us 877-464-2181

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  • I have personally experienced this method, which is basically eating less and exercising more.I lost 45 pounds in nine monthsAndI feel so much better.For exercise, I walked and repetitivly lifted weights. periodic Sedentary periods can be survived by not overeating .I experienced no negative side effects other than a small increase in fatigue at first, and overcame that by sleeping a little more. Then, I had more energy than I've had in a long time.

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  • David R commented on tomatoskins's instructable Double Marble Puzzle

    thanks for updating the template. Just to clairify, the two holes are pretty much drilled ninety degree,and you achieve the angle primarily with the angle that you position the dowels in the holes? You put in two marbles, only two marbles are required, or, is there another way to do this with the extra marbles shown? You dont actually show adding the marbles as a step. Your finished piece is really sharp looking.

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  • Gairuntee, you have hit the proverbial nail on the head! Since the time of your post, some excellent discussions have been posted: re: all thread rod, spray foam insulation, screw and glue, ice and water shield, and more, see the posts after yours for details on these.Here are my thoughts: This is an awesome instructable,and it really made my day to learn that a group like this one could undertake such a project. I appreciate how it is not so much a recipe as it is created to share and inspire. Assuming you want a travel duty home, and not a park model:Windows: windows in camper , motor home,other mobile structures are rated to withstand winds in excess of 200 mph. Modular and mobile home windows are typically at least 120 mph wind zone,to withstand the 70 mph winds it is exposed to duri…

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    Gairuntee, you have hit the proverbial nail on the head! Since the time of your post, some excellent discussions have been posted: re: all thread rod, spray foam insulation, screw and glue, ice and water shield, and more, see the posts after yours for details on these.Here are my thoughts: This is an awesome instructable,and it really made my day to learn that a group like this one could undertake such a project. I appreciate how it is not so much a recipe as it is created to share and inspire. Assuming you want a travel duty home, and not a park model:Windows: windows in camper , motor home,other mobile structures are rated to withstand winds in excess of 200 mph. Modular and mobile home windows are typically at least 120 mph wind zone,to withstand the 70 mph winds it is exposed to during transport from factory to home site. Interestingly, in the seventies, modular home windows and doors were observed to better survive severe weather , and site builders copied their use of higher wind zone doors and windows on lakes and other locatiins with " micro climate" weather impact.Frame: to me, park or travel model, you gain by using steel framing. Care must be taken to choose structural steel in lieu of " tin can" filler studs intended for curtain wall construction. Steel is 30 percent stronger, and probably 50 percent lighter than wood framing. A combination of steel with wood to receive fasteners in places is common in the camper market. Today, in the southern us, steel is about the same material cost as wood,slighty higher labor cost due to slower fastening But you get lower cost from lower electrical and plumbing rough ins due to the ore punched rough in openings in steel framing.The North Carolina Department of Insurance is concerned about several rather spectacular failures of tiny houses on nc highways in recent months. The larger tiny home producers in N C are adopting third party certifications. These programs require that you follow the certification organizations prescribed methods for framing, attaching to the trailer or foundation and dozens of other items. The best of these certification programs require multiple inspections at various stages of construction of each and every home. This process helps secure loans and lower insurance costs. Even an owner builder can access this third party inspection process.When you take a structure on public roads, you are responsible for your safety and the safety of others. No one intentionally builds a dangerous to move tiny house, but it has been happening, and the authorities are starting to notice. Some tiny homes have been involved in accidents, and owners have found themselves with inadequate insurance coverage, or cancellation over the methods used to build the home. This is troubling. You never want to see anybody have problems like this, and we all face this issue.Electrical and plumbing heat and air : campers and other mobile structures with plumbing and electrical have evolved far beyond the installation methods I have observed in many tiny houses. I have learned a lot about electrical and plumbing in mobile structures from Coachman and other mobile structure builders. Discussions with designers and engineers in these mobile structure plants reveal great concern for fire safety in electrical circuits and propane piping ( damage occurs while building is being moved and shows up when put under power ) there are different " best practices" for every aspect of building a mobile structure, and paying attention to these details will result in a safer structure that will last longer and have a higher re-sale value. There is a world of knowledge about how to build mobile structures to tap into. The best part is it really doesn't increase the cost of building a tiny house.

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  • What a well organized, detailed instructable. Very clear and inclusive. I like the way you explained how to determine the size drill bit instead of just calling out a sizeThis is a lot of detail, but it is so nice to have more information than less. Often I wonder about some of the chosen materials and you explain why you chose and even the thinking into ordering the projectGood work!AndI am inspired to go smash some pennies

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  • In the south many choose the larger sauce varieties, Heinz being one. Sauce tomatoes have more flesh less water and they fry better for fried green tomatoes

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