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  • caitd3 commented on Sawdust Willy's instructable Oak Dog Bowl Stand
    Oak Dog Bowl Stand

    I have a Bernese/Border Collie and the only way he can reach his dinner dish is to lay down. I am going to try this, he will love it.

    That has to be the most beautiful dog bowl stand ever! You should put them on Etsy, you will make a fortune.

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  • Carved Plywood Rocking Elephant

    Saw the other elephant with leather ears on here a couple days ago. It was fantastic. I like your version too. The wooden ears are gorgeous and the eyes you put on made me think of Disney's Dumbo the Flying Elephant from my childhood. How we loved Dumbo! I can only imagine the faces of the children when they see your version.

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  • Keepsake Plywood Rocking Elephant

    WOW! Totally amazing. Coolest thing I have seen in years. You took plywood to a whole new level. The layering created by shaping is gorgeous. Wish I had grand kids to make one for.

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  • caitd3 commented on Maritha22's instructable Carving a Patterned Stone
    Carving a Patterned Stone

    Stones are usually very hard. What kind of dremel bits did you use? Most of mine are way softer than the stone you carved....also what kind of stone was it. Soap stone is soft, but it is not very common.

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  • caitd3 commented on sg19point3's instructable 10$ Shrink Wrap Kayak
    10$ Shrink Wrap Kayak

    It would be great anywhere but where I live. The gators are bigger than the kayak. Love the idea though.

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  • MakeIt Clearly Heard Mask

    This is really great. I have problem with the lining in some cloth masks sucking up to my nose when I inhale. This would eliminate that problem too.

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  • caitd3 commented on Woodbrew's instructable Homemade Drum Sander
    Homemade Drum Sander

    Ingenious! Thank you!

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  • Replacing Antique Hardware With Epoxy

    Brilliant idea! I often use Sculpey or Fimo polymer clay to make my pieces, but this would give me something clear too, and would eliminate baking in the dedicated oven required by the clay. Is the finished piece hard or flexible?

    Fantastic! I have a couple projects in mind already. I love this idea.

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  • DELICIOUS Swedish Cinnamon Knot Buns

    The only thing I would change is I would substitute already made dough from my local grocery store in the interest of saving time. They have it all made up ready to go in the bakery. This looks yummy for sure. I will be trying this one too.

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  • caitd3 commented on SomethingSoSam's instructable Dessert Crunchwrap
    Dessert Crunchwrap

    Oh, what a brilliant idea. My husband saw the picture and said, "Ugh" until I started reading the real ingredients. He changed his mind about 3 down on your list. (He does not like southwestern cuisine). Neither of us like coconut very much, so I would substitute white chocolate shavings instead. We will be trying this one for sure. Thank you.

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  • caitd3 commented on jeff-o's instructable Pierogi Pizza
    Pierogi Pizza

    That is my problem exactly. I finally gave up on the different letters. I have a couple dictionaries and a tape, but I just was not able to master it. I studied French, German and Latin and a bit of a coupe others like Italian and Old Norse and Swedish, but my mind could not grasp those letters. Thanks for the offer though. I sure have enjoyed chatting with you. You have inspired me to go back and dig out my Mother's old handwritten cookbook to see what is there. She used to make something we called chili, but was a soup with kidney beans and meat in a tomato broth. Haven't had it in years, but it was so good on cold days. That was comfort food.

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  • caitd3 commented on jeff-o's instructable Pierogi Pizza
    Pierogi Pizza

    If you get the round wonton wrappers, just put your favorite ingredients in the center, lightly smear water on the edges, fold in half and press the edges together with a fork to seal. You can either boil or fry. I prefer boiling. They float when done. When boiling, I like to drizzle melted butter on top. Mom liked cabbage or sauerkraut in hers. You can really put anything you like inside, the only limits are your imagination.

    Cool idea! My Mom would have loved this! Also, pierogi are really easy to make too. If you want to cheat and do it easier, substitute round won-ton wrappers and change up the fillings to your favorite. My favorite pierogi filling is cream cheese and pineapple preserves, boil and drizzle with melted butter. Guess that would work if you like California style pizza, but the point is, you can fill them with anything.

    My Mom would agree. Her side of our family came from Poland and I have fond memories of the wonderful food from when I was a kid. I had not heard of baked, only boiled and fried. Our family usually boiled them. For those interested there is a book available Polish Cooking by Marianna O. Heberle. I make Pineapple and cream cheese filled desert Pierogi, but the book also lists blueberry and cherry filling as well as vanilla cheese filling. The only limit to the possible fillings is your imagination.

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  • Assisted Fruit Picker With Scrap

    We are going to do this one for sure. Our orange tree and the pomegranate both have nasty thorns. This is just what the doctor ordered!

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  • Huge Hand-Carved Celtic Wooden Shield. 1000mm in Diameter!

    Try some of the Dover books on Celtic designs, they should have exactly what you want. When I do this kind of work, the images can be enlarged using a photocopier and tape the individual sheets together. There are also some poster programs that are available that will work for this. You take the image and tell them to print it to a specific size, and they will allow you to print out it on your printer. they do multiple pages and even give you cut and paste lines so you can make it into one large poster of the exact size you want. I use this technique for a lot of banners that I sew.

    I forgot to mention Courtney Davis. He is a fantastic Celtic artist. You can find his designs online and in several books . http://www.courtneydavisart.com/ I am sure you will find exactly what you want. I have been studying his style and techniques for over 20 years.

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  • Storage Evolution

    Wow, That sure brings back memories.While that $300 and $100 doesn't sound like a lot today, back then it was a lot of money. I finally moved up to an Apple IIC, and then switched to Windows when Apple kept upgrading to new computers and did not support the older versions. Software was harder to find for the Apple too.

    Love your idea, but you forgot the first storage system I ever had...a cassette tape. I had a Timex computer, and they used a cassette tape and a regular cassette recorder to save programs and data. Not sure how much memory the system had at the time it was only 8 or 16 K...that's right K, at the time. It was tiny too My tablet is almost bigger. It required a TV set for a monitor at first too. You had to program it yourself and it only worked in basic. Those were the days........Today, anything less than 1T is small.

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  • Making a Reading Bench for Children

    This is a fantastic idea! If I had the room, I would love an adult sized one.

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  • Building a Soil Sifter / Rotary Trommel

    This is BRILLIANT! I don't do much in my garden that would require this, but a smaller version would be fantastic for when I go to N. Carolina gem mining. We always bring back a trunk load of "dirt" from the mines to work with here. I have been using hand sieves to separate the dirt from the stones before washing to look for the rubies and garnets.

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  • Growing Avocado Plants From Seed

    I am using avocado fertilizer. It is easily available. The plant, now tree is at least 10 years old, probably closer to 12 years. I still have not gotten any fruit or flowers, but the info I have read says that they bloom Jan-March. Seems strange to be in the middle of winter, but by the end of Feb, we start getting quite warm here so I am hoping. Can't explain why it took so long, but it is now a good fifteen feet high and very beautiful.

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  • caitd3 commented on Renard_Bleu's instructable Tree Monster
    Tree Monster

    This is too cool! I am heading out to get the beach balls right now. Got the perfect tree too!

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  • Creamy Bourbon Caramels With Sea Salt

    I love the caramels, but I am having a terrible time with the cellophane wrappers. I had to buy some cellophane bags for candy and cut them into rectangles. I could not find the lighter cellophane at either Michaels or JoAnn's. Did you have to order yours online? Maybe waxed paper would work better? I live where it is pretty humid most of the time and I had to let it set in a cold oven for a couple days so that it firmed up enough to handle. Best part of the whole project is eating the results. I have some honey bourbon I am going to try next, then rum, and then chambord...there are so many choices...Gran Mariner Thanks again for the instructable, and if you have a source for the wrappers, I sure would love to have it.

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  • Creamy Bourbon Caramels With Sea Salt

    Just finished making this. Now I have to wait 24 hours to cut and wrap. The cook's batch tasted great. I used Wild Turkey Rare Breed which is a higher alcohol content than regular Bourbon because it is what I had on hand. I used a larger pan to avoid the boil over problem when adding the bourbon/milk mixture. Alton Brown said on his show, that if it boils over, just use a bigger pot.....Worked great. I have some Wild Turkey Honey Bourbon to try next time. Only problem I had was I scorched a bit on the bottom of the pan, but I was careful not to get it in the pour. I use T-fal pans for candy because they don't need to be scraped to get the last bit. It just all pours out nicely, no spatula needed. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Creamy Bourbon Caramels With Sea Salt

    WOW! I have a big event to go to in a week, and these are going with me. They are going to be the biggest hit of the weekend!

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  • This is super cool! I am going to try it for sure. Thanks. Great video too.

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  • This looks like a great project, but I could not help but notice the framed art on the wall. Is that something else you made? It looks super interesting and would make a great project too. What are the circles made of?

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  • Thanks for the info. I live in Fla too, on the East coast. My tree is only about 12 feet high. I did not realize they got that big and I will keep it trimmed because of your note. No fruit yet, but we keep hoping.

    Many plants can be started from the original fruit. I have had luck with pomegranate, kiwi, Japanese Plum and dragon fruit so far. One never knows until you try.

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  • Growing Avocado Plants From Seed

    We did this years ago. The result is a tree some 10-12 feet tall and it is beautiful. We haven't had fruit yet, but we keep hoping for the first crop soon.

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  • Probably the best instruction directions I have seen in years! The photos are so good you could almost make it without the text. This is an amazing project. We make Kitty Houses with display boxes from our local retail club. We get the ones with open sides for the display and they serve as entry points. The cats love them. Cats are amazing friends.

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  • caitd3 commented on Troy Eckstein 's instructable Salad-bowl Banjo

    That is way COOL! Thanks for sharing.

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  • You mentioned that cutting the HDPE into small pieces was difficult on the hands and arms. I have a Dremel scroll saw with a fine blade that is set up all the time in the workshop. It would make quick work of doing the cutting without the carpal tunnel or arm fatigue.

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  • No, They are arranged by subject as much as possible. I have so many book cases, it is easy to have a whole length of one size arranged with all the say "big books on embroidery", and next to them the my art books etc. After a while, it is easy to know where they are. There are easily 1500 books in our collection, but they "live" in their designated spaces.

    As I was writing that, it came to me that it would be a good instructable. I've done one so far on Polymer clay jewelry. I'll have to put it on my list of 's

    My solution is to have book shelves adapted to specific sizes of books. We built in all of ours and had the luxury of picking a book and making the shelf to fit...all the other books of that size fit well too with no waste of space. In addition, I have utilized the space above closet and room doors to put an additional shelf. Our computer room has built in shelves on all 4 walls with the exception of our two computer stations. We even have a shelf above the length of the window. Someone else mentioned it is easier to spot books by color and spine. I agree. I have well over 1000 books, probably closer to 1,500 and this was our solution. We have built enough shelves to keep the books fairly well sorted by size and subject within size. Unfortunately we have run out of space for shel…

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    My solution is to have book shelves adapted to specific sizes of books. We built in all of ours and had the luxury of picking a book and making the shelf to fit...all the other books of that size fit well too with no waste of space. In addition, I have utilized the space above closet and room doors to put an additional shelf. Our computer room has built in shelves on all 4 walls with the exception of our two computer stations. We even have a shelf above the length of the window. Someone else mentioned it is easier to spot books by color and spine. I agree. I have well over 1000 books, probably closer to 1,500 and this was our solution. We have built enough shelves to keep the books fairly well sorted by size and subject within size. Unfortunately we have run out of space for shelves. A simple trick for building building bookshelves with level shelves is to pick a book the size you want for that shelf, put it at one side of the upright side, and screw (screws are stronger) or nail the shelf in place while sitting on top of the book with a 1 inch spacer sitting on top of the book edge to facilitate removal. Repeat on the other side and you have very level book shelves the height you need. Repeat for the next shelf until finished. Works great. We finally made jigs of the various sizes of books from scrap lumber to facilitate building.

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  • Those were my Mom's favorite. I decided to make a dessert Pierogi one day. Mixed soften cream cheese and pineapple preserves together for the filling. Boiled them and topped with melted butter. Yummy. You could substitute your favorite preserves in place of the pineapple preserves. These desert Pierogi were always a hit.

    ooooh! Powdered sugar! Great idea. I will try to find the title of that book. It was a small paperback with fantastic recipes. I will post it if I can locate it.

    I have heard a few other names also...by the way they are almost the same as the Chinese Wontons...same principle, and Empanada and Raviolis are other versions depending on the culture. Dumplings are nearly universal it seems. Somewhere in my library is a whole book on variations.

    Found the book. Empanadas & Other International Turnovers by George Zabriskie, 1984. Only one dough recipe, but it is just the basic dough. It is what you put inside that makes them yummy, whether baked, fried or boiled. I remember Mom used sauerkraut in some and potato and onion in others.

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  • caitd3 commented on helijoc's instructable Dog Paws Stepping Stones

    I absolutely love this project. We will be doing this as soon as weather permits. We am going to make one change to the basic plan though, we are going to make hearts as the base instead of circles. This is to go along with the saying, Dogs (or cats) leave footprints on your heart). We will inscribe each of our departed best friends names on these and put them into our lawn as a remembrance of all the love they shared with us. For the Kitties, we are going to make 4 small Kittie foot prints on the heart.

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  • caitd3 commented on fretters's instructable Computer Drawer

    I work with wood a lot, but all the electronic connections leave me cold in the dust. I had problems with not enough drive space and the rest of the things you mentioned. My solution was to get a good USB hub and add external drives stacked on shelves above the Dell case. The shelves are ventilated with enough space between shelves to make sure they stay cool. Works for me, all the drives are readily accessible and I am currently up to 35 T. I would have been lost trying to do the electronics portion of this project, but the 2 high speed USB hubs solved my problem,

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  • Agreed. Not everyone has access to the tools like we do. For us this is simple, the pallet boards are already a good size. We cut each of the long slats into two pieces by cutting on either side of the supports...that way we avoid removing nails. We store that way and they are ready to go. For this project, they are already the perfect length. A band saw or even a sabre saw will make quick work of the cat head outline in the plywood and a rotozip will do the paw or smaller face very easily. It uses a rounded saw blade and cuts clean. This is a definite project for the spring when we can work outside. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  • I totally love it. We have been using display boxes from our local BJ's and turn them upside down on a carpet for our cats. They love them. Our main problem is we keep the boxes outside as one of our cats is feral and refuses to come in. I am going to try using recycled pallet boards for the sides and plywood for the front. With a removable top scratching board, it will be easy to clean the inside and change the bedding.

    Absolutely. The house would be under our roofed patio, but that is always a smart idea. I prefer a good polyurethane to do the job. Of course painting it to match the cat would be great too.

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  • I don't have a 3D printer, but love working with wood. I can see this made using circular curtain hangers and dowels with a wooden ball at the top of the big one.

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