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  • A Power File From an Angle Grinder

    When cutting sanding belts, turn them inside-out and cut from the back. This is much easier on your knife than cutting through from the grit side.

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  • The Legendary Secret Fort

    Also, no worries on refrigerators, anymore. They've used magnetic seals and haven't locked in well over half a century. They're exactly as easy to open from the inside as the outside.

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  • Vintage Rotary Phone Dial PC Volume Control

    This may help you switch the master volume under Windows.https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20828752/python-change-master-application-volume

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  • Adjustable Shelving for Part Bin Organizers

    To save a bit of wood on this project, you could have made dados to fit the 'ears' of the organizers (if using all the same organizers) and left the shelves out - or made a few shelves for oddball things. I've done this with a few types of organizers.

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  • Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken

    Step 1: "Add chicken to flour mixture, toss until well coated." is basically typed twice. Also, double-frying your chicken adds considerable crispiness. to help stand up to the sauce.Thanks for the recipe!

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  • DIY Solid Wood IPhone Charging Dock

    I've done similar for an Andriod (USB) phone with a separate, shimmable depth, adjustable-height back plate to adjust for a variety of phone case thicknesses and heights .(I find having a steel back plate slightly taller than the phone facilitates removal from the dock.) I also made a cavity in the block for a chunk of lead to add weight. It's been a great addition and has lasted through several phones.

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  • Kveik - Brewers Yeast Ring

    Cool build and I like the history behind this 'puzzle'! Seems like a more conservative way to use materials would be to mill two blocks at once from a longer slab. Dado the wedge face on each side of the blank, then bandsaw them apart between the dados (see attached pic for a thousand words worth of explanation). (For anyone else attempting this.)

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  • Syncubus commented on fretters's instructable Computer Drawer
    Computer Drawer

    As an old-school tech, I used to carry a folding compact mirror (like ladies use for checking their makeup). It'll save you some twisted neck positions under a counter reading ports behind a PC. Of course, there are 'mirror' phone apps, these days, so actual glass mirrors aren't as necessary..

    Edbit, here is a somewhat more detailed overview of configuring default folders in Windows[10]. Similar settings can be configured in earlier Windows versions.

    ALL of the I/O ports would be quite a tangle coming out of the front of your desk. Some components (drives are a good example) aren't necessary to be banging-your-elbows-on-convenient. Good cable management and planning for what is 'necessary' makes for a much cleaner, more managable look.

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  • Storage Bin Organizer Shelf

    Another option to save cutting all of those dados would be to cut 'runners' for the storage bins to the appropriate height from 1/4" stock (plywood or hardboard) and glue/tack them to the walls.

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  • While this is interesting and I liked your clever mounting method, I've often seen people chuck a short, pointed tool in a drill press (or milling machine) and use that in the indentation in the back of the tap (nearly all taps have this indentation) to 'steer straight and provide quill pressure' while using a regular tap wrench on the tap. This avoids the 'square peg in a hexagonal chuck' problem and requires a lot less storage space.Here's an example: https://www.instructables.com/tapping-a-straight-hole-with-the-aid-of-a-drill-pr/

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  • Syncubus commented on Stish's instructable DIY Woodworking Vise

    You might enjoy this DIY quick-adjust mechanism by Pask, particularly with your fine threads.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtImjYDGq1k

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  • I'd be interested to know how having the fence that close to your air-exchanger affects your power bill. Typical guidelines call for two feet of clearance around the unit and five feet above it. Not being able to 'breathe' makes them work harder and can shorten their service life.Check with your manufacturer for specific recommendations.https://inspectapedia.com/aircond/HVAC_Clearance_D...

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  • Woodworking tip for future reference, your jigsaw is made for making curved cuts (as for your enclosure holes). [One of the things jigsaws don't do well is straight cuts.] Drill a large enough hole for the blade to stick through and cut just away from your line (narrower blades cut tighter curves). The sanding drums for your Dremel tool will help clean up nicely to the line. Interesting project!

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  • "Tall" kitchen waste cans can have a lot of extra room at the bottom under a short shopping bag. I found an appropriately sized cardboard box to fill the space and wrapped it in plastic/packing tape to 'raise the floor' of the can. It gives my bags a more solid 'bottom'.

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  • Two things: It looks like your friend fried them Japanese 'tempura' style, which makes for a much lighter consistency. It's a good method to read up on for a wonderfully light batter.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TempuraAlso, never fry with extra virgin olive oil. It can't take frying temperatures and breaks down. (It's too expensive to waste.)

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  • That case is beautifully reminiscent of 1980's Coleco's Electronic Quarterback (and similar sports games).

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  • Rather than cutting the tape with your scissors, try simply folding it where you want it cut. It should break fairly cleanly. Holding it with needle nose pliers where you want it to break might be a good idea. Tape measures are made from hardened spring steel, which breaks quite readily (this is often what happens to tape measures for them to end up in the project bin) This also makes them horrible for scissor edges! Similarly, mitering the corners can be done by gripping the corner with pliers and snapping it off. Sandpaper will clean up and rough edges or sharp corners.

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  • Lovely bench. For those commenting on the sturdiness of the design, one way to remove some of the springiness while still maintaining the cantilevered design would be to change the angles of the braces to a shallower angle. It would add some complexity/layout to the joinery, but angling one brace to the leg, then angling the second brace to join into the first brace would beef up the design for more abusive applications. Se attached pic for 'thousand-word' summary.

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  • Tool holders, towel racks, grab bars, truck rails, bumpers or landing gear for RC cars/quadcopters, custom hula hoops, marble machine pipes, Archimedes screw pumps, etc., ad nauseum...

    Unlikely on the heat blanket. PVC's melting temperature is around 160 °C (320 °F), which would be dangerously hot for an electric blanket/heating pad (which are normally intended for direct skin contact).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyvinyl_chloride

    Unlikely on steam bending. PVC melting temperature is around 160 °C (320 °F). Steam isn't going to get much hotter than 100 °C (220 °F) without being under pressure.

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  • Syncubus commented on Evansy-7's instructable Linnaeus Laptop Chair

    They're at the bottom of the plans PDF file. (last ~half of the document)

    OMG! And the dimensions are in Arabic numerals! *giggles*

    The great thing about building it yourself is you can customize the dimensions to suit your needs. A pair of adjustable furniture levelers under the front feet would also allow you to adjust the table height relative to the seat height.

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  • It's a myth that chiggers burrow into the skin. They don't, so 'smothering' them with a seal of nail polish is also fictitious. Whether nail polish relieves itching from a chigger bite is the question.

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  • Syncubus commented on seamster's instructable Tune Up Your Lawn Mower!

    Aerosol "Carburetor Cleaner" is available at any auto parts store.https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na/en_us/support/faqs/browse/how-to-clean-carburetor.html

    A cheap (dollar store) turkey baster can work as a siphon pump. Add a piece of plastic hose to get into smaller places.

    Use aluminum foil (or cut up an aluminum can with scissors) to fashion a custom spout to direct the oil. Some mowers come with a plastic spout for this purpose that gets easily lost/never worked right anyway.

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  • It's hardly impractical if you need a metal brake.

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  • Syncubus commented on woodbywright's instructable Make a Spokeshave

    I disagree. The idea of an Instructable is to instruct on the processes and methods behind projects. Many people already have many of the tools listed. If you don't have a specific tool, there might be an Instructable on how to make one of those, as well.

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  • Spray a clearcoat, so the brush doesn't smudge the image.

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  • Syncubus commented on ReeseLloyd's instructable Magnetic Spice Rack

    Adding some silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent) to your garlic powder might help prevent clumps (it's how the spice industry does it). Also, possibly adding something non-magnetic (such as a glass marble) might give you more 'clump-busting power' when shaking the grains loose.https://www.americanspice.com/silicon-dioxide/"Simply Organic" brand garlic powder is more coarsely ground than many "garlic powders" and is less prone to clumping. I buy it by brand specifically because of this fact (I don't care about 'organic' labels).

    Try looking on Amazon or eBay for larger, bulk quantity purchases? Michael's is geared to smaller, craft-sized quantities (with their associated packaging and markup).I see a quantity of 100 6mm by 1.5mm neodymium magnets from China on Amazon for under $10. (I'm not linking to it, since I'm not advertising for anyone specifically.)

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  • You could use a block of material with a hole to match the thread. Then drill a hole through the center for a screw with the point filed down to match the profile of the thread. The point of the screw will follow the thread. Accuracy is your friend.

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  • If you were to attach a small piece of wood with a hinge to the top of the device so the other end rested on top of the paper towels, it would prevent them from unrolling in a breeze and you wouldn't have to fight with the bungee every time you wanted a towel.

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