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  • Restoring Old Soviet Hand Drill

    As an aside I was taught to call these drills Yankee drills while some refer to them as eggbeater drills for obvious reasons. I have two of these of different sizes both of unknown to me provenance. Since I am primarily a hand tool woodworker (joiner) I reach for them frequently for small drilling needs. I additionion I use my brace and bits for most other drilling jobs. The control you have with these tools is greater than the powered alternatives.

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  • I MP commented on FOOD by Lyds's instructable Holiday Cornbread Recipe
    Holiday Cornbread Recipe

    I have and I find that adding sugar makes it a cake, pardon my Southern cooking bias.

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  • I MP commented on FOOD by Lyds's instructable Holiday Cornbread Recipe
    Holiday Cornbread Recipe

    Cornbread does not have sugar as an ingredient, adding sugar and making it sweet turns it into New England johnnycake.

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  • I MP commented on cbm104's instructable Simple Wood Workbench
    Simple Wood Workbench

    I recently discovered a type of woodworkers workbench which goes back 2000 years, one you can sit on as you work, . I found it on YouTube but it is best laid out in a book :Ingenious Muchanicks: by Christopher Schwartz. In the book he researched a long history of sit on workbenches. You can build one of any lumber you choose and make it all with hand tools. Building one is my next project since I have gravitated toward using just hand tools for my woodworking projects.

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  • I have a similar recipe for Rocky Road Fudge but which takes two additional ingredients and I use a slightly different cooking (melting) method. The two additional ingredients are mini-marshmallows and some real butter. The butter adds smoothness and the marshmallows mimic Rocky Road Ice Cream. My cooking method it to use a faux "double boiler" i. e. a heat proof bowl over a pan of boiling water The vanilla, butter walnuts and marshmallows are added after the choclate has melted and completely integrated with the sweetened condensed milk.

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  • I have the recipe as an electronic file. If you send me an email at theSergeantMajor@gmail.com I can send you a copy plus if you want it my recipe for three bean two meat chili.

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  • The addition of the chili sounds like an excellent idea since it is a departure from my practice of serving chili over rice which is the way it was served in my family and also in the service. Coming from a Southern cooking orientation, I use buttermilk for my cornbread and make it savory by never adding sugar. I was taught that cornbread made with sugar was a Yankee thing called johnnycake. I normally use a cast iron skillet which I place in the oven as it preheats so the cornbread takes a nice bottom crust.

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  • I MP commented on IJustLikeMakingThings's instructable Labyrinth Maze

    Just a point of clarification in your title for the project. A maze and a labyrinth are two different things. With a maze you want to find the center, with a labyrinth you want to find your centre.

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  • Have never gone the process of using electrolyis, I simply use a solution of cosmetic grade citric acid which is a totally biodegradeable plant product for my salvaged hand tools. Sometimes a wire brush is needed to completely remove the rust. For the cast iron cookware I salvage at flea markets , garage sales and thrift stores I use oven cleaner from the dollar store.

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  • Not disdaraging your instructable just sharing my method to make the same item, I go to Hpme Depot, actually anyplace that custom cuts wood stock will work, where I fill a bag with sawdust for free. Most of the sawdust is pine so it is resinious. I melt my wax in a metal cup that I got at a thrift store but a clean can from the trash works well. I fill with the egg carton sawdus, tpour in the wax and let it soak the egg carton which makes them easier to light. Side note for some reason they ones on hand seem to disappear when my partner comes over, guess she finds a use for them at her house.

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  • I MP commented on theskashow's instructable Customizable Pack Frame

    I will make a modified reproduction of the original Trapper Nelson canvas bag , adding external pockets. The way the original was constructed you can mount any size bag you choose to make. The original attaching system can be added to your version rather easily. There are multiple sets of plans online.

    What goes around comes around. This is very similar to a classical Trapper Nelson pack frame the first-ever mass-produced external-frame pack which began to be sold in 1924. In 1929 Nelson sold the rights to Trager Manufacturing in Seattle who made and sold them until 1983. I am in the process of making a reproduction Trapper Nelson.

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  • I MP commented on bekathwia's instructable Homemade Ranch Dressing

    I use a 2 to 1 ratio between the mayo and yogurt. I use plain Greek yogurt and buttermilk for tartness and omit the lemon juice. Dried versions of the onions, celery, garlic and dill weed can be used at half of the quantity of the fresh ones. Allow a longer time for the ingredients to marry if you use the dried.

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  • I MP commented on jprussack's instructable Citric Acid Gets a Shaker

    The average price I am finding for food grade is $2.50 a pound on eBay with cosmetic running a little less. Quantities range from ounces up to 5 pounds. I normally buy it is 5 pound quantities since it lasts a long time as I use it. Aluminum has a reputation for leaching into food unless anodized so I avoid it as cookware.I do not find residual heat a problem in my steel sheet pans and they do not have a reputation for leaching into food. The weight differential is not a selling point for me since I find steel more durable. I find all sizes of steel sheet pans at thrift stores but if you want new your local restaurant supply house has excellent prices.I admit to being a bit of a kitchen Luddite since 90% of my cooking is done in cast iron cookware.

    I use cosmetic grade citric acid to derust metal tools, the cosmetic grade is cheaper than the food grade. I use steel shet pans due a personal aversion to any aluminium cookware, I own none, but the same method works on steel sheet pans.

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  • I suggest you use oatmeal instead of coffee grounds to add a bit of grit, it is a common ingredient is artisan soap.

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  • In my 26 years working for Uncle I spent many a night under a "poncho hooch" (the Brits call it a banyan if I remember correctly). The military issue ponchos I was issued came in two weights, one a lightweight material and the other a heavier weight one.I also have a German issue one which is on the heavy side.A couple of adjacent trees, enough paracord and something to peg down the windward side and you were under shelter for the night. With a lean to configuration you could make the first cup of coffee before you rolled out of your sleep sack. Nice instructable and reminder.

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  • Chisels are cutting tools, primarily used on wood but other types of chisels are used on other materials. Restoring a wood chisel is a multi step process from removing the rust to making the chisel true again, sharpening the chisel and the replacing or restoring any damaged or missing handles.Most older ones you will find have suffered some degree of misuse or abuse which will need correction before you being the restoration process itself.The steps in the process are similar to restoring and sharpening a plane iron. I do not think that the comment section is the place to take up space to describe them. I do not know the Instructables policy on using specific emails but if it is allowed I can write up the entire process and steps as an electronic file and share it with anyone who is int…

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    Chisels are cutting tools, primarily used on wood but other types of chisels are used on other materials. Restoring a wood chisel is a multi step process from removing the rust to making the chisel true again, sharpening the chisel and the replacing or restoring any damaged or missing handles.Most older ones you will find have suffered some degree of misuse or abuse which will need correction before you being the restoration process itself.The steps in the process are similar to restoring and sharpening a plane iron. I do not think that the comment section is the place to take up space to describe them. I do not know the Instructables policy on using specific emails but if it is allowed I can write up the entire process and steps as an electronic file and share it with anyone who is interested.

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  • For a biodegradable rust remover use cosmetic grade citric acid to soak the rusty parts then use a nylon bristle brush to remove the loose rust particles. I use wet and dry sandpaper sprayed with window cleaner (thank you Paul Sellers) attached to a one foot square of counter top granite from Home Depot to true and sharpen the plane parts.When cleaning things up make sure the cap iron has a true edge. For a scary sharp plane iron finish with 2000 grit wet and dry then hone rh blade on a leather strop. I have restored multiple Stanly all metal planes and Bailey iron wooden bodied transition planes. In my opinion no currently available commercial plane will match the work you can do with a restored plane. Old chisels can also be found and resurrected from the dead to fill that void in you…

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    For a biodegradable rust remover use cosmetic grade citric acid to soak the rusty parts then use a nylon bristle brush to remove the loose rust particles. I use wet and dry sandpaper sprayed with window cleaner (thank you Paul Sellers) attached to a one foot square of counter top granite from Home Depot to true and sharpen the plane parts.When cleaning things up make sure the cap iron has a true edge. For a scary sharp plane iron finish with 2000 grit wet and dry then hone rh blade on a leather strop. I have restored multiple Stanly all metal planes and Bailey iron wooden bodied transition planes. In my opinion no currently available commercial plane will match the work you can do with a restored plane. Old chisels can also be found and resurrected from the dead to fill that void in your workshop.

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  • I guess I am too much a southerner, I never add a sweetener to cornbread, i.e. sugar or honey. If you add a sweetener it becomes Yankee johnnycake.

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  • I make a no knead cheese bread in a Dutch Oven (artisanbreadwithstreve/youtube) now I will add bacon.

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  • I MP commented on shopbuilt's instructable Scary sharp on a budget

    I use granite blocks from Home Depot as my mounting surface because they are polished flat and heavy enough to stay in place on the bench, They cost $4.98 USD but are a one time purchase. I use window spay from Dollar Tree to wet the sanding surface (Paul Sellers technique) Scrap leather glued to a piece of wood forms a honing surface. Smoothing plane irons often have rounded corners to prevent tear out. Brand new out of the box wood and wood carving chisels require the backs flattened and the bevels sharpened. To sharpen the inner edge of a gouge glue sandpaper to a dowel of matching diameter. Remember to remove the backside burr from any tool sharpened.,

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  • You just need to thaw them not cook them. If you oven roast them they do not need to be thawed first

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  • I MP commented on juniortan's instructable Smoking in an apartment

    There is no need to soak the wood chips in water, that actually slows down the development of smoke.I frequently do stove top smoling however i do have a dedicated smoke pan. The small one I have is an Abu-Roken made in Sweden. I found similar ones on eBay in the $25.00USD to $30.00USD and a used one in the same price range. As an aside this is called the hot smoke method.

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  • Sea salt in general, at least what I have in my house, is less coarse than Kosher salt so grinding sea salt would make it more akin to table salt.

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  • Kosher salt is coarser than table or sea salt so tends to be more effective due to the larger crystals. Measured by volume i. e. 1/4 cup table salt is twice as heavy as kosher which is why they are not interchangeable in a recipe. If you substitute table salt for kosher in a recipe it is the equivalent of doubling the amount of salt. Pickling salt is also coarser than table salt.

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