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  • Soose commented on waylightcreate's instructable Simple Plywood Computer Desk4 weeks ago
    Simple Plywood Computer Desk

    Looking for a simple design.. This needs a keyboard drawer for me. Ty!

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  • Figuring Measurements of a 5-pointed Symmetrical Lighted Star

    That is one huge star! I honestly had to go back and read my own Instructable above, as it's been 10 months or more. Great to have another example in case I've really confused someone above...So if your "sides of a star" are 5 feet long or 60 inches (!) then for the height, about 95% of any side means (.9511 x 60 = 57.066 inches ), wow, 57 and about 1/16th tall! How BIG are your redwoods and how do you get the stars up there!? Do tell! That sounds like an Instructable all on its own! Our purple martin house is 18ft high, I think? And the pole has a hinge at the bottom, about waist height. Plus, the metal house itself is on a pulley and string, so we just untie and lower it to attach both the light strings of the tree and last year we just attached the lightweight st...

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    That is one huge star! I honestly had to go back and read my own Instructable above, as it's been 10 months or more. Great to have another example in case I've really confused someone above...So if your "sides of a star" are 5 feet long or 60 inches (!) then for the height, about 95% of any side means (.9511 x 60 = 57.066 inches ), wow, 57 and about 1/16th tall! How BIG are your redwoods and how do you get the stars up there!? Do tell! That sounds like an Instructable all on its own! Our purple martin house is 18ft high, I think? And the pole has a hinge at the bottom, about waist height. Plus, the metal house itself is on a pulley and string, so we just untie and lower it to attach both the light strings of the tree and last year we just attached the lightweight star with twist ties. Too easy. I've pondered erecting a similar light-string tree on some of our trees, but getting the strings or a star up to the top just seemed too difficult without erecting scaffolding and I am not going up on a ladder against a tree, lol.BTW, on my cell phone, I couldn't see what the "hurricane straps" really were, and didn't recognize them. Glad I took a second look on the desktop. I think, if I were making my version of your star, I'd want to spray paint it all dark, maybe dark green. It's certainly a better frame than mine of 5 coat hangers. :) Built to LAST! And you can unbolt it for storage -- a great advantage!

    I had to look for Sebastopol... with Redwoods, that's gotta be in California.I enjoyed figuring out the math again; like you say, if you don't use it you get rusty. Figuring out how to explain it to someone else -- well, that's difficult. Reading this almost a year later, I probably made it overly complex to follow. Real skill is needed to make something understandable.Maybe I should add a step at the beginning with simple resulting equations or methods -- maybe using the calculator you found -- allowing someone to derive actual measurements. Just for clarity. We're not trying to teach math in this Instructable, imo-- we're trying to build a lighted star!

    Kendall, do show us when you get your LED lights attached! (And don't forget, a photo of how you get that up to the top of a Redwood.)

    If I had oodles of time, I'd like to create my own LED circuit for such a star. Have you thought of making a star out of the actual hurricane strips? (Are they sturdy enough to be the frame for a light structure?) You could put an LED thru every hole, or at intervals, directly in the hurricane strips? Maybe some other member here will get inspired and try that out. :)

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  • Figuring Measurements of a 5-pointed Symmetrical Lighted Star

    Thanks, Kendall Williams, for providing the link to the little calculator. Very helpful. I didn't think of looking for a calculator online, last holiday when I was making my own star. No matter, I like pulling out a few trig skills and exercising them. :) I like your PVC frame, too. You're getting a good start on the holiday! I doubt I'll be making more stars, though. The one from last year is still in great shape, very sturdy with only box tape holding it. Unless we decide to mount another lighted tree on another bird house... I guess I could cover the whole field with stars and trees!

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  • An Easy Way to Create Professional Looking Labeled Project Panels

    I see I first saw this 5 years ago! Do you think laser toner has changed somehow?I tried the technique tonight with a laser printer (not mine) and it didn't release the toner at all from the papers we tried to print upon. First we tried white copy paper. (It was probably 20lb paper.) Nothing transferred. And we could not make the image -- which was sort of rubbery and stuck to itself and the paper -- do anything at all. The paper under the image actually stretched in a rubbery fashion until it finally tore apart. We'd kept it very wet with polish remover. Then, we tried an expensive piece of vellum. The vellum adhered to the surface a bit better, but only tiny bits of it ever transferred over. Not sure if it would have eventually... we rubbed and rubbed.It is like laser toner ha...

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    I see I first saw this 5 years ago! Do you think laser toner has changed somehow?I tried the technique tonight with a laser printer (not mine) and it didn't release the toner at all from the papers we tried to print upon. First we tried white copy paper. (It was probably 20lb paper.) Nothing transferred. And we could not make the image -- which was sort of rubbery and stuck to itself and the paper -- do anything at all. The paper under the image actually stretched in a rubbery fashion until it finally tore apart. We'd kept it very wet with polish remover. Then, we tried an expensive piece of vellum. The vellum adhered to the surface a bit better, but only tiny bits of it ever transferred over. Not sure if it would have eventually... we rubbed and rubbed.It is like laser toner has changed properties. :(

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  • Soose commented on romanursuhack's instructable How to Make a DIY Chameleon Mug3 months ago
    How to Make a DIY Chameleon Mug

    Does the epoxy glue make the paint under it safe to wash in a dishwasher?

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  • Soose followed abizar3 months ago
      • Chess Piece Display Frame
      • DIY Nesting Lab Benches
      • Laboratory Water Bath
  • Soose commented on BrittLiv's instructable Lord Vetinari Clock5 months ago
    Lord Vetinari Clock

    Absolutely brilliant! I was just listening to Going Postal and this very segment on the way home today. Sir Terry would surely be very appreciative; and Lord Vetinari would, I think, be amused at your inventiveness!

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  • Soose commented on timdekker1825's instructable 10 to 100 Dollar Watch5 months ago
  • Soose commented on mscharch's instructable Checkerboard Bowl 7 months ago
    Checkerboard Bowl

    Gorgeous! Extremely impressive.

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  • Soose commented on Soose's instructable Fix Slipping Eyeglass Lanyards7 months ago
    Fix Slipping Eyeglass Lanyards

    Sharon, thanks for the feedback; sorry it didn't work for you. Still working for us all these years later. Yes, our glasses have a covering on the earpiece that provides a bump, just not enough of a bump to keep lanyards from sliding off. We rarely have to replace the tape. (As long as we use the good quality stuff.)

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  • Soose commented on Sebastiaan Mollema's instructable Staircase Drawers !8 months ago
    Staircase Drawers !

    Thanks for the answer. Will try it. We have tried sanding sealer with poor results.

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  • Soose commented on Sebastiaan Mollema's instructable Staircase Drawers !8 months ago
    Staircase Drawers !

    Impressive. I enjoyed the video. What is the substance you painted the MDF with -- to prime the edges? I can't hear what you're saying there, and have had problems with priming and painting MDF edges. (Usually, we use the tape edging that glues on with an iron.)

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  • Soose commented on Ryan110's instructable Soil Sieve Sifter Machine8 months ago
    Soil Sieve Sifter Machine

    Very cool! Kudo's to the author! In the deep deep past, I've made a flat frame with wire mesh or screening mounted on it. The idea was to sieve the garden soil so I could grow straight carrots. (Plus we have a lot of chirt in our soil here.) You've cut out the manual part of that operation and really sped up the amount of soil that can be sieved. I'm impressed!

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  • Soose commented on tattoogirl's instructable Grocery Bag Sunglasses8 months ago
    Grocery Bag Sunglasses

    Very cool project! Time-consuming but the results are excellent! (And almost all the techniques you exhibit could be used for other projects. Thanks.) Way to go!

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  • Soose commented on jenniferdouglas's instructable Batik "Potato Masher" Duvet Cover10 months ago
    Batik "Potato Masher" Duvet Cover

    Just gorgeous! Thanks for showing us your art. Sigh...

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  • Soose followed jenniferdouglas10 months ago
      • 'Rainbow Lily' Silk Painting
      • "Purple Turtle" Silk Painting
      • Batik Xmas Wrapping Paper
  • Soose commented on Jake Morton's instructable LED Fiber Optic Chandelier10 months ago
    LED Fiber Optic Chandelier

    Beautiful and well done. I googled and see a method of swaddling the glass/stone/shell item in Instamorph/Polymorph before drilling the item underwater. So I'm wondering if you could embed a good many marbles at a time in a similar fashion. See the video at this link: https://www.riogrande.com/Content/Drill-Your-Own-B...(Seems to be a jewelry-making supply house or something?)

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  • Soose commented on tomatoskins's instructable Hot Pipe Wood Bending11 months ago
    Hot Pipe Wood Bending

    @Tomatoskins, Excellent Instructable! You've opened up another possibility for me. (Like you, I have hesitated making a huge steam box, though I've been around someone who did make one.)@Lonesoulsurfer, Please do let us know how big a radius pipe you have success with.

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  • Soose commented on darrenhall's instructable Finger Protectors - Steel Guitar Strings12 months ago
    Finger Protectors - Steel Guitar Strings

    Thanks so much. I haven't played regularly in a long time and am going to use this strategy to extend my practice time while I build up some callouses.

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  • Soose commented on foobear's instructable Ziploc Bag Washer1 year ago
    Ziploc Bag Washer

    Really appreciate the thought behind this thriftyness and you sharing your design. I also feel guilty about not reusing where sensible. From years ago, I remember a "Tightwad Gazette" piece on those of us who save plastic bags, and the racks we create trying to find a way to dry them. :)

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  • Pocket Size Accordion Notebook With Business Card Holder

    Several years late coming into this discussion. But I have a need for either a pocketmod or Leporello list at the moment and am looking for a solution.I like the idea of using rolls of paper for this. Pity a quadrule version is not produced. (Well, I looked on Amazon; not there at least.)I want mine to be two-sided. How about making (or having made) a stamp for 1/4" grids? There is at least one instructable for making a stamp. You could use rolls, then use a stamp where you want graph paper.Or how about carrying some business-card sized folded pieces of quad rule paper instead of just business cards? When you find the need for them, you could just attach them in line. I kind of don't like the idea of the fabric adhesive tape. Are you still using that or have you found any a...

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    Several years late coming into this discussion. But I have a need for either a pocketmod or Leporello list at the moment and am looking for a solution.I like the idea of using rolls of paper for this. Pity a quadrule version is not produced. (Well, I looked on Amazon; not there at least.)I want mine to be two-sided. How about making (or having made) a stamp for 1/4" grids? There is at least one instructable for making a stamp. You could use rolls, then use a stamp where you want graph paper.Or how about carrying some business-card sized folded pieces of quad rule paper instead of just business cards? When you find the need for them, you could just attach them in line. I kind of don't like the idea of the fabric adhesive tape. Are you still using that or have you found any alternative? Could you use a strip of a thicker paper like quadrule paper and a glue stick across that join instead of tape? Wonder if it would hold up. Then you could write on the back side of the list.Question: Do you keep a record -- store the lists you replace in an archive? I assume you make a new cover for the new list. Have you ever gone to a more permanent cover or are you still using this in its original version?

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    • Intro:  DIY Lighted Star ~ From 5 Coat Hangers & a Rope Light
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  • Soose commented on Kale_3d's instructable CD Case Calendar1 year ago
    CD Case Calendar

    Has anyone updated - made - a template for 2018 for this project?

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  • Soose commented on foobear's instructable Big Box Calendar1 year ago
    Big Box Calendar

    Hi. I know it's 5 years ago -- have you kept up with this each year? Have you made one for next year yet? (I don't know what a mtc file is, don't have a craft cutter. Would have to use printer? I used to print my own but have been living with dollar store calendars for awhile.And I'm gathering you are attaching these pages to a more normal sized purchased calendar, just overlaying them.

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  • Soose commented on dezine's instructable Rope Basket1 year ago
    Rope Basket

    That's a beautiful basket. I've tried working with masonite before and it hasn't cut very cleanly. (But when I buy commercial products, the cuts are very crisp and clean!) Do you have any hints on getting a really good edge on masonite?Also, do you have any sources for colorful ropes? Maybe woven?

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  • 10 Ft Outdoor Christmas Light Tree Decoration

    Very pretty. Well done. :) Have your GE lights lasted and how long? Do keep us updated. We just replaced our strings with some commercial grade ones ordered online -- got tired of troubleshooting the cheaper strings every year and having a third or two-thirds of the strings go bad. I hope they last! I think they're warrantied for 3 years. Ordered them early because we found for several years if you wait til closer to Christmas, many are sold out!Our tree (we call it "The Christmas Cone") is similar in looks. We suspended it from the bottom of one of our birdhouses on a pole.( The strings are attached underneath the house on a ring of PVC, notched for the light strings, and raises and lowers with the house, which is on a winch. We just roll the light strings up and put...

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    Very pretty. Well done. :) Have your GE lights lasted and how long? Do keep us updated. We just replaced our strings with some commercial grade ones ordered online -- got tired of troubleshooting the cheaper strings every year and having a third or two-thirds of the strings go bad. I hope they last! I think they're warrantied for 3 years. Ordered them early because we found for several years if you wait til closer to Christmas, many are sold out!Our tree (we call it "The Christmas Cone") is similar in looks. We suspended it from the bottom of one of our birdhouses on a pole.( The strings are attached underneath the house on a ring of PVC, notched for the light strings, and raises and lowers with the house, which is on a winch. We just roll the light strings up and put a rubber band around each segment, then stow the whole thing - rings and lights -- in a box. Keeps us from having to untangle them every year. )

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  • Embossed Clay Star Christmas Decorations.

    Beautiful. Would you please share an economical source for the air-drying clay?

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  • Cost Effective Plastic-tub Wicking Beds

    Great Instructable. Well done, like your photos and descriptions. Making the shade cloths would be a good topic for another Instructable. Including cost?

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  • Adjustable Height Sit/Stand Walnut Desk

    Thanks so much! :)

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  • Soose commented on CJ_ADAM's instructable Dog (Or Human) Bandanna Ice Pack1 year ago
    Dog (Or Human) Bandanna Ice Pack

    Thanks for testing out those ingredients of the cooling packs! Very helpful! My dog could do well with something cold for our walks. I had not thought of toxicity. (He doesn't chew like that but you never know. You saved me from a major error.)I've been thinking for awhile of making one of those thunder type jackets for our dog. Perhaps something that would fit on his harness and serve both purposes...

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  • Adjustable Height Sit/Stand Walnut Desk

    Do you mind saying how much the metal kit was?And how long does it take to raise the desk? How much travel does it have? (I might have missed these details.)

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  • Make a Midori Type Traveler's Notebook

    Nice Instructable, very easy to follow. Good job!Where do you source your leather and refills?

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  • Start an Element Collection - How to Find Samples in Everyday Places

    Check out this book to go along with your collection:NATURE'S BUILDING BLOCKS (An A-Z Guide to the Elements)Author: EmsleyPublisher: Oxford PressIt has an interesting and detailed chapter on each of the elements.

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