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  • Thanks for keeping a noble art alive.

    I have no bookbinding skills at this point.

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  • I carried a book safe in high school some 50 years ago, nice stash.BEFORE cutting up any old book though, go to Abebooks dot com (book exchange from 27 countries, millions of books) and check the possible value. I once bought a paperback for a dollar at a library and found that the cheapest available online was listed at $450.It is high unlikely to find such a book but a few moments checking online would be wise.Good job, nice lock too. Keep up the good work.

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  • David the R commented on gravityisweak's instructable DSLR Ring Light

    Great idea. ThanksDo a custom light balance before starting, if it matters, and you're ready to go!

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  • Plus, if you catch a really big fish……..

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  • NIce job. Using a heavy duty trailer is a good idea.Clean, simple, useful, well done.

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  • If you'd like to hear and see a band use similar speakers, check out ArcAttack on youtube.

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  • Tabasco sauce works. Warm the metal, put it on and leave it for a minute or two. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly to avoid corrosion.

    In an emergency I use Tabasco sauce for cleaning stranded wires. By emergency I mean a wire that cannot be cut any shorter and something you need to fix now, like a connection on your old jalopy 100 miles from home. Warm the wire a little, put the Tabasco hot sauce on it, and wait a minute or two. It will clean it right down to the shiny copper. Rinse it completely to keep the sauce from eating it away.If you'd like to see how it works, take and old dirty penny and run it under hot water. Drip a couple of drops of hot sauce on one side, wait a minute and rinse it. Shiny metal.Put a tabasco sauce pouch in your emergency tool box where it won't get crushed.

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  • David the R commented on bwayne64's instructable 27 Led Light Mod

    That's why the DC adaptor is used and set to 4.5 volts.

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  • Note - The battery cannot be 100% dead on a car with an alternator, that is all modern cars, because the alternator requires electricity to generate it. If there is even the slightest click when turning the key, it's possible. If you are driving an old car, say 1960's and British, it has a generator which needs no electricity to generate electricity. Alternators have advantages like producing more current but generators have the advantage of needing no electric field to begin with.Good idea, I hadn't heard of it. Thanks.

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  • The easiest way to keep from drilling anything under a jig is to place a piece of scrap wood under the jig. Set the depth gauge deep enough to make it through the book.Nice work for a make-do rig, thanks.

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  • Charcoal is necessary for backyard blacksmithing or metal casting, regular wood coals and BBQ charcoal are not hot enough. I've met a few backwoods types that figure the knowledge might come in useful someday.With proper knowledge and precautions the gas can be gathered, filtered, and stored for later use the same way as propane although a propane device would need to be modified to use it. Look up 'wood gas generator'. You can use it in a car, motorcycle, generator, etc.NIce little introduction to converting one type of fuel into two others.Thanks.

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  • Color you wise & skeptical, it's a much more luminous hue and goes with everything we do in life. My feelings exactly. I always assume all information is kept to be sold now or sold later whether it's on the net, entering a contest, whatever. I've seen sites that are free for years with great policies suddenly sell all their info to Google or whoever without even a 'sorry'. It all goes to original intent.I'm for making privacy policies actual permanent contracts that cannot by changed except by mutual agreement in writing. As it is now they can simply say 'we'll never sell your info unless we want to later, then we'll change our policy without your consent', it's ridiculous. In a nation that prides itself on 'the rule of law' we let these companies operate without having to keep their…

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    Color you wise & skeptical, it's a much more luminous hue and goes with everything we do in life. My feelings exactly. I always assume all information is kept to be sold now or sold later whether it's on the net, entering a contest, whatever. I've seen sites that are free for years with great policies suddenly sell all their info to Google or whoever without even a 'sorry'. It all goes to original intent.I'm for making privacy policies actual permanent contracts that cannot by changed except by mutual agreement in writing. As it is now they can simply say 'we'll never sell your info unless we want to later, then we'll change our policy without your consent', it's ridiculous. In a nation that prides itself on 'the rule of law' we let these companies operate without having to keep their word.

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  • What a cool clock, congratulations on a fine design. The cardboard rings are a big increase in mass over the original hands, does that affect the accuracy of the clock?Thanks for a great idea!

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  • I remember seeing this when they built it 7-8 years ago. It looks good, I like the board track racer look.That said, it is extremely dangerous to over stress a bicycle frame far beyond it's design loads for speed and weight. It could easily come apart at high speed and most assuredly would come apart eventually if it was driven as a motorcycle. Looking like a motorcycle doesn't mean it IS a motorcycle. Also, since it has the horsepower of a motorcycle it would have to pass state inspection to license if you take it on public roads; brakes, lights, signals, frame all have to be up to snuff.Anyone considering this type of project would do better and ride safer by buying a suitably heavy used motorcycle and convert it. That way you have all the heavy duty components and legal necessities. At…

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    I remember seeing this when they built it 7-8 years ago. It looks good, I like the board track racer look.That said, it is extremely dangerous to over stress a bicycle frame far beyond it's design loads for speed and weight. It could easily come apart at high speed and most assuredly would come apart eventually if it was driven as a motorcycle. Looking like a motorcycle doesn't mean it IS a motorcycle. Also, since it has the horsepower of a motorcycle it would have to pass state inspection to license if you take it on public roads; brakes, lights, signals, frame all have to be up to snuff.Anyone considering this type of project would do better and ride safer by buying a suitably heavy used motorcycle and convert it. That way you have all the heavy duty components and legal necessities. At the very least have the frame built by a shop that builds motorcycles.I have seen complete motorcycles (300 cc and up) on Craigslist in good shape with a blown engine or tranny for as little as $300. Heed this warning! -Don't ever buy a vehicle without a pink slip no matter what the seller says. It costs about $10 in CA for a new one, you just go down to the DMV and sign a legal document that says you swear under threat of perjury that you legally own the vehicle free of any liens or tickets. It's that simple. If the seller says they just lost it or it's their uncle's car or whatever, ask them to go to the DMV and straighten it out. Any problems, simply walk away.What could be wrong? Vehicle was used as collateral for a loan and the bank owns it, unpaid tickets could be thousands of dollars, the vehicle is stolen, vehicle was used in a crime, vehicle was involved in a hit and run, etc.The flat track idea is really cool looking, it just isn't safe. Build something you'll feel good about riding.Best of luck.

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  • David the R commented on nickd561's instructable All in One Work Bench

    Well thought out design. I am now thinking of straightening up the garage!Thanks.

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  • Top notch job! Looks good, practical, good capacity. You do quality work that looks professional and neat. I like the meter, too.The only thing I would do different is have the light on a gooseneck or swivel headed magnet with a switch for one LED or all of them. That way you could just point it and use what you need.Keep up the quality work!

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  • I hope we don't see a flurry of non-Instructables dealing with dangerous puzzles. Gosh, guess how you build it and don't get electrocuted? It's a mystery.;-)

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  • You can make 200 gallons a year of wine or beer without a permit as long as you don't sell it. I've made a lot of cases of wine and some beer, it's fun.

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  • In the USA it is illegal to distill alcohol without a permit. If it used illegally for drinking the Feds can take your house or whatever property you were using as well as your still.Study up.

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