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  • DIY Microwave Kiln | Fuse Glass in Your Microwave

    Easily one of the best Instructable videos I've seen to date. Absolutely no interest in fusing glass, but seriously tempted to make one of these after watching you do it!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on hobbybuilder's instructable A Cabin in the Woods8 weeks ago
    A Cabin in the Woods

    Squirrels don't need steps!

    " a factory plywood panel is not parallel on both long edges"Take it back! It is defective! Nice job on the cabin.Hardi-plank!.

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  • Folding Wood - Work Platform UPDATED

    Elegant fix - two issues in one!PS: "Rough sawn" lumber? Looks like Big Box 2 x 4's (1.75 x 3.5's !)

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on ledgehead's instructable Folding Wood - Work Platform2 months ago
    Folding Wood - Work Platform

    How does it store? Legs cannot fold up, right?

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  • Turn a 250yo Tree Into a Love Seat!

    Not a forester by any stretch. However, I do have a stump and roots here that was here twelve years ago. No bark, no obvious rotting. I wonder if it might be worth the effort (and expense) to dig it out of the ground. cut and clean the roots appropriately and make it portable!The tree (and roots) are wet. Getting it all above ground might allow it to be preserved.Excellent project BTW, Brilliant!

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  • Geometric Concrete Planters Made With Paper Molds

    You specify "concrete mix," but the material in your photos appears tobe Portland Cement (no aggregate apparent).Might ou share exactly what sort of 'Concrete' ou did use?

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on tonyfoale's instructable Tool Demagnetizer and Magnetizer2 months ago
    Tool Demagnetizer and Magnetizer

    Learned something today - well a few things - about magnetizing and demagnetizing and m Weller soldering gun!

    If you have a Drill Press and jig saw or coping saw you should be able to cut the plastic to (rough) shape, drill a hole in the center to fit an Aluminium, or Brass bolt four holes to accept the magnets. If you do not have plastic thick enough a maybe cut three (or four) circles and make a sandwich with the center hole drilled through all four and the magnet holes in the 'inside' two pieces. It is not essential, of course that the thing be circular (neither magnets nor tools give a damn), but you could 'chuck it up' in the drill press and sand it smooth and round (or use a rasp).

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  • DIY Magnetic Bucket Broom on Kubota BX

    Excellent! Elegant! Not sure if the would do you, but HFT has magnetic tool bars similar to what (it appears) you used. A while back, they had a coupon "Free - with any purchase!"Although, when I first read the email bout a magnetic sweeper attachement, I thought it was a sweeper that pick up metal bits (nails, for instance).

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  • Modifying an Old HP7475a Plotter to Work Over USB

    "There are only 4 lines that will be needed: RX, TX, GND and RTS. ... Solder 4 wires directly to pin 1, 2, 5 and 6 of the plotter's USART chip (GND, RX, RTS and TX of the chip respectively) "In the pictures, I only noticed three wires connected to 'pins' and a 4th to a capacitor.Lovely work. Curious to know if there are any WARNINGS about soldering to a chip's pins like you've done here - seems a bit risky (damage to chip?).I'll vote a thumbs up !

    Forgive me, I can't seem to find a way to vote in teh T2T Contest!

    "This is an entry in the Trash to Treasure"Found it!!Did it!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on QAmakes's instructable Modern 5-elements LED Lamp (bars)2 months ago
    Modern 5-elements LED Lamp (bars)

    Check out/search:20-Pack 3.3ft/1Meter U Shape LED Aluminum Channel System with Milky Cover, End Caps and Mounting Clips, Aluminum Profile for LED Strip Light Installations, Very Easy InstallationUsed channels for adding under cabinet lights to kitchen.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on CalebL40's instructable Rain Barrel for Garden Watering3 months ago
    Rain Barrel for Garden Watering

    Your solution has made waves in the recycled blue barrel markets across the globe! They, heretofore, sold at a discount to those with removable lids. Turning the thing Upside Down was the elegant solution - along with the idea of putting the Rain Water into the barrel's bottom where a liquid tight seal is not essential.Also, those large valves are an issue. They are expensive, difficult to turn and restrict the balancing flow from the primary barrel into the secondary barrel (and the effective pressure at the 'tap'). Best to use the largest possible 'connector' piping that will fit and use a reducing T-adapter** in the center to get to the hose bib valve. As well, the two Hose Bib Valves add expense where one would do nicely using a 'Y' Splitter (Item#63148 $4.99) or a 4-Way Splitt...

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    Your solution has made waves in the recycled blue barrel markets across the globe! They, heretofore, sold at a discount to those with removable lids. Turning the thing Upside Down was the elegant solution - along with the idea of putting the Rain Water into the barrel's bottom where a liquid tight seal is not essential.Also, those large valves are an issue. They are expensive, difficult to turn and restrict the balancing flow from the primary barrel into the secondary barrel (and the effective pressure at the 'tap'). Best to use the largest possible 'connector' piping that will fit and use a reducing T-adapter** in the center to get to the hose bib valve. As well, the two Hose Bib Valves add expense where one would do nicely using a 'Y' Splitter (Item#63148 $4.99) or a 4-Way Splitter (Item#9437 $9.99)Also, consider elevating the barrels more - helps with water pressure which may be needed or just nice with a Drip Irrigation System and helps with attaching the hose(s) if the spigot is waist high.** I could not find one at Home Depot, so a 3 in x 3 in x 3" wold work using a couple of reducing bushings to get to the 3/4" for your hose bib. Bt, I did find "Charlotte Pipe 3 in. x 3 in. x 2 in. PVC DWV 90-Degree Hub x Hub Elbow with Lowheel Inlet Model# PVC003030800HD " which would allow you to exit left or right (to your hose bib valve - even Mo Elegant!.

    Curious, what do you mean by "slip the inlets"?

    The barrels are connected by the black pipe underneath. As water seeks its own level, the black pipe will fill first. Then, once the pipe is full, any additional water will be divided (equally!) between the respective barrels. Now, the 'first' barrel will initially have a somewhat greater portion of the incoming water - but they will balance out. The 'lag will be dependent pon the relative diameters of the intake and crosser pipes.

    Really, illegal! regulated! First this nation was shared by nomadic indians. Then the Christian White Men came with their salves and economic system and property rights (land grants from Kings of distant lands) - jeeze, talk about "into each life a little rain must fall . . ."Are these Democratic legislators or Republican?Think about it - why are folks collecting rainwater? to irrigate, right? So, they are temporarily impeding the runoff, then letting it go a bit at a time. Gee John Denver made it sound so nice "Colorado rocky mountain high" Oi Vey!

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  • "The Unsettling Machine": a Quick Junk-Art Sculpture for Beginners

    "there is a "right" way to hit a baby doll's head"If you can visualize it, you'll understand.Also, coming in from the rear is clock wise!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on quintaar's instructable Washing Machine Notifications3 months ago
    Washing Machine Notifications

    Thank you for the detailed response. You have given me lots to look up!While we do have Internet Access here (no cell phone, however), I don't want to build (invest in) a system that is dependant upon access to the net!I use computers from the Good Will Store to save money and had Dial-up for years (NetZero).Frankly, I do not understand Google Home and have yet to find a Google Home for Dummies.I have X-10 controls that regulate my water heater in the basement and a red lamp upstairs so 1. I use less electricity 2. have a visual indication when it is heating water, and 3. Am able t switch it on at will sing a small remote.It seems to me that these Sonoff devices are similar - save they are controlled via Wi-Fi signals while X-10 transmit over the electric lines in the home (They (X-10) ...

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    Thank you for the detailed response. You have given me lots to look up!While we do have Internet Access here (no cell phone, however), I don't want to build (invest in) a system that is dependant upon access to the net!I use computers from the Good Will Store to save money and had Dial-up for years (NetZero).Frankly, I do not understand Google Home and have yet to find a Google Home for Dummies.I have X-10 controls that regulate my water heater in the basement and a red lamp upstairs so 1. I use less electricity 2. have a visual indication when it is heating water, and 3. Am able t switch it on at will sing a small remote.It seems to me that these Sonoff devices are similar - save they are controlled via Wi-Fi signals while X-10 transmit over the electric lines in the home (They (X-10) also have a proprietary radio signal control - as I understand it).Again, thanks for the response. Gotta run - clothes are done.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on quintaar's instructable Washing Machine Notifications3 months ago
    Washing Machine Notifications

    While I am familiar with remote control of AC using X-10 modules, I am lost when it comes to this new approach. If I have a wifi router in my house, will that be sufficient to allow me to use the Sonoff device?Or, will I need a wireless phone and contract? Or must I have an active internet connection to use these Sonoff devices?Google Chromecast works great - but not if you lose your Internet connection.I like your idea of monitoring the Washing Machine. And, wld like to do smething similar to monitor our well pump*, well pump heater lamps, water heater and electric baseboard heaters.Thanks* We had a break in the line and never noticed until the second electric bill was opened!

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  • "The Unsettling Machine": a Quick Junk-Art Sculpture for Beginners

    Arm spins in the wrong direction. Should come from behind, hit him/it once and stop.

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  • Under Stairs Hidden Storage Drawers

    My first thought was to 'finish' off the back of the stairs - close them up with Risers. Then box in the space from the fifth(?) step down o the floor using the 'pole' and the rear wall to define the area. Now, you have a short wall to the left of the commode that you can put a door on to create a compartment. If you continue the Risers all the way up, you will effectively add a unique 'wall' and ceiling to the spare(?) toilet room as well as a space to hang a door (for privacy). This should add little weight to the circular stairway. You might try contacting the MFG of your Staircase as they may well sell precisely fitted Risers the fit perfectly.

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  • Recycled DIY Floor Rug From Left Over Carpet Tiles

    Brilliant!First time I saw it I told my wife "There's a creative person."Wonder if you could find some way of gluing the bits to a sheet of backing material so as to have a resilient and portable piece - or, why didn't you think of it first, a wall hanging!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on WeTeachThemSTEM's instructable Google Forms in the Classroom3 months ago
    Google Forms in the Classroom

    Asking for the First Name and Last Name(s) makes sorting the data properly that much easier, no? First Name: ( ) Initial ( ) Last Name ( )

    "...while I was teaching..."Are you no longer teaching?

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  • Jig for Cutting Perfect Crown Molding

    In Step 3 "Making the Jig," you placed the molding on the Mitre saw, holding it (tenuously) such that the face that would fit flush to the wall was held flush to the back of the mitre saw to measure the depth (2) and the height (3).Now, if you rotate the piece and position it as in "Step 2 Cutting the angles (image first)."Would it not be easier (possibly more precise) to measure the distances required?

    Thanks for sharing the idea and jig. Appreciate that, in Step 7, you showed the actual guide you made - corrections and all! Crown does get confusing. And, as it is not cheap material, cutting a 12 or 16-foot section incorrectly - well, you know.

    Yes, so true. As well, the walls are not necessarily 'perfectly' plumb nor square to the ceiling. As my grandpa would say " 'tis a poor workman that blames his tools."And yet, literally millions of homes (over a hundred years or more) have had crown molding installed professionally and otherwise so it certainly is possible.Do you know what coping is?As well, precise measurement of the angles and transfer of said to the cutting tool helps.I like: https://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2015/04/03/install... Katz is the man!

    Do an instructable on using that RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless Full Size Glue GunWould appreciate learning how YOU thought it works etc.

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  • Insulating a Floor Underneath the Crawlspace

    In my experience, chickens eat insulating foam! They de-insulated the lower panel of our garage doors. I wound up covering the bottom section of the shop door with re-cycled dog food bags. I had the problem with white sheets, white sheets covered with silver foil, and green sheets - have not tried the color she is using!

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  • Simple Vise Modifications to Bend Metals

    "I have some problems."Yes, but more than likely your issue is not related to this instructable - rather a coincidence perhaps.

    I did not realize I was replying (above) to the creator! I thought I was responding to one of your critics!Erittäin mukava työ!Fastidious and Finnish, too!Kiitos

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on SparkyGiraffe's instructable Crochet Llama Hat!4 months ago
    Crochet Llama Hat!

    Great work - but where's the music? ;)Alamahat alamahat alamahat alamahat In the village, the peaceful village the lion sleeps tonight . . .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQlByoPdG6c

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  • Table That Can Be Turned Into a Chair and a Storage Unit

    Elegant! Patent before IKEA sees it!

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  • Router Rails - Smooth ANY Surface Completely Flat!

    "Not Ouchy Proof"There are lots of warnings. However, you cannot fix stupid so the best way is to let stupid people hurt themselves because that works so much better than printed warnings. Ask stumpy!

    I like your design and agree it is an improvement over those that restrict the movement of the router when it comes to the Boarddum Factor. Also appreciated the SPLINES and your Splines Jig. Not sure about the plexiglas base - does it FLEX under pressure? I would think rigidity is as important (or more) than bit watch. I recently returned a plexiglas trim router base because - using it as intended, the router bit would 'come out of square' and 'trim' the pattern off the laminate edge! In this case, the height of the bit above the work is crucial and the weight of the router and the downward pressure applied by the user (attempting to maintain contact) effectively works to change the height above the work.As the width of the rails (wider the work) increases the rigidity of the metal ra...

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    I like your design and agree it is an improvement over those that restrict the movement of the router when it comes to the Boarddum Factor. Also appreciated the SPLINES and your Splines Jig. Not sure about the plexiglas base - does it FLEX under pressure? I would think rigidity is as important (or more) than bit watch. I recently returned a plexiglas trim router base because - using it as intended, the router bit would 'come out of square' and 'trim' the pattern off the laminate edge! In this case, the height of the bit above the work is crucial and the weight of the router and the downward pressure applied by the user (attempting to maintain contact) effectively works to change the height above the work.As the width of the rails (wider the work) increases the rigidity of the metal rails decreases and 'flexing' becomes more of an issue. If the handles are outboard of the support rails, this would reduce the impact of the users efforts to hold the router 'to the work.'The use of 'off the shelf' shelving supports - excellent! BTW, since the 'inside' of the U-shape is 'rounded,' you should get a snug(er) fit by taking a round-over bit to edges of the frame holding the router that fit inside the 'rails.'Thank you for sharing!

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  • charlessenf-gm's instructable Dog Food Bag Insulation Protector +Plus's weekly stats: 4 months ago
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  • How to Make a Powerful Hydraulic Press

    Have you tried hydraulic oil?

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  • charlessenf-gm's instructable One Quart Creamer Pitcher's weekly stats: 4 months ago
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  • charlessenf-gm commented on bulletgirl's instructable Easy Step Stool4 months ago
    Easy Step Stool

    Tried the fownload and . . .<Error><Code>NoSuchKey</Code><Message>The specified key does not exist.</Message><Key>FIM/7QX0/JS5CEUT3/FIM7QX0JS5CEUT3.mp4</Key><RequestId>0F5F4336370C4E56</RequestId>"); vertical-align: bottom; height: 10px;"><HostId>dqvKBhTy4EHkSAnbxYRcz1/lCQEasp3dRcoqyb1/9Xt3ngvkrviKcQ8MuCU4xKG6inF2rDhE/xc=</HostId></Error>

    Elegant. Well executed. Find a router to cut dado an rabbets to capture the steps eliminating the supporting pieces - they make bits designed to cut standard plywood thicknesses in a single pass.I'm putting it on my bucket list Thanks for the inspiration!.

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  • How NOT to Make a River Table (For Your Chair!)

    That is pretty and functional as well. I wonder how stable? I was thinking that the inside leg, were it to fit between the arm and the cushion would add to the stability - another six inches on one leg.

    "...making way too much because math is hard..."If you find yourself telling yourself such things at "Math is hard,' or 'I don't do/like Math," best to stop ASAP. Especially if you have a child. These are examples if self-fulfilling prophecies that act to give yourself permission to fail. If you've 27" inches of 1/2" thick board and the average width* if the void to be filled is 1.5" then you've got 27*1.5*.5 = 20.25 cu in to fill. Since a Cubic Inch is equal to .55 Ounces** (0.554113) about 12 ounces of solution should do - but add 10% just in case or about 13 ounces. So, 27*1.5*.5 * 0.554113 = 11.22078825 Ounces and and one or two for good measure!Simple, not 'hard.' * Measure the distance of the gap every inch along the board and add the 28 measur...

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    "...making way too much because math is hard..."If you find yourself telling yourself such things at "Math is hard,' or 'I don't do/like Math," best to stop ASAP. Especially if you have a child. These are examples if self-fulfilling prophecies that act to give yourself permission to fail. If you've 27" inches of 1/2" thick board and the average width* if the void to be filled is 1.5" then you've got 27*1.5*.5 = 20.25 cu in to fill. Since a Cubic Inch is equal to .55 Ounces** (0.554113) about 12 ounces of solution should do - but add 10% just in case or about 13 ounces. So, 27*1.5*.5 * 0.554113 = 11.22078825 Ounces and and one or two for good measure!Simple, not 'hard.' * Measure the distance of the gap every inch along the board and add the 28 measurements and divide the total by twenty eight to get an average:(m1+m2+m3+m4+m5+m6+m7+m8+m9+m10+m11+m12+m13+m14+m15+m16+m17+m18+m19+m20+m21+m22+m23+m24+m25+m26+m27+m28)/28** Didn't know that off hand? Simply as Google "How many ounces in a cubic inch?" and see what you get.

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  • Insulating a Floor Underneath the Crawlspace

    Simpson Strong-Tie; 16 in. Insulation Support (100-Qty);Flexible yet strong with carbon steel, spring wire construction. Mitered tips penetrate wood to keep insulation sheet in place. Easy to use for DIYers of any skill level; $14.31/case https://www.homedepot.com/p/Simpson-Strong-Tie-16-...By the way, reading all the advice offered here I thought to advise anyone embarking on such a project to get a few grains of salt or, better yet, speak, NO! - better yet ask and LISTEN to professionals and take the time to research a project before you begin!If she had jacked the shed up higher on the one end another eight inches (1 block) before leveling it, the insulation task would have been simpler. I suspect that, had she asked a few folks at the professionals desk she might have heard about ...

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    Simpson Strong-Tie; 16 in. Insulation Support (100-Qty);Flexible yet strong with carbon steel, spring wire construction. Mitered tips penetrate wood to keep insulation sheet in place. Easy to use for DIYers of any skill level; $14.31/case https://www.homedepot.com/p/Simpson-Strong-Tie-16-...By the way, reading all the advice offered here I thought to advise anyone embarking on such a project to get a few grains of salt or, better yet, speak, NO! - better yet ask and LISTEN to professionals and take the time to research a project before you begin!If she had jacked the shed up higher on the one end another eight inches (1 block) before leveling it, the insulation task would have been simpler. I suspect that, had she asked a few folks at the professionals desk she might have heard about the insulation supports and a variety of insulating alternatives (they re-insulate mobile homes in a similar fashion everyday).Even a simple SHED is designed. The flooring leaves the bottom plate exposed, for instance, so there s a surface to nail the interior wall boards to along the floor and, if youse, the baseboard molding as well. There is a reason for the way the shed was designed - best not to fight 'the program.' Even better to learn it.

    A layer of relatively heavy weight plastic under the structure is always a good idea. Also, the area needs ventilation and somesore of screening to exclude rodents and such for taking up residence therein. You might look to using insulation wire to hold the insulation in place and then add the spray foam to seal them in place as the idea is to capture and hold 'dead air' that is itself an insulator.If the building is up on blocks (as was the case here) raising it up a block and a half first, then lowering and leveling it might be the best approach. And, if you can staple another sheet of plastic to the bottom of the floor joists - it might add to the insulation..

    "Put The Insulation On Top Of The Floor"Well, best to put the insulation outside the package. Adding two inches to the flooring impacts the entry way* and 'hides' the plate one would fasten the bottom edge of the paneling to. Frankly, I think she would have been well advised to leave space between her insulation boards and the underside of the flooring and used wires to hold the sheets in place until she was able to seal the edges with the spray foam and then cover the entire thing with 8-10 mil plastic sheeting stapled to the underside of the floor joists - as in insulating mobile homes.* Trip hazard

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  • AtticTemp - Temperature / Climate Logger

    "Why have a screen on the device when it is in the attic?"I have to ask this as well.Why have anything in the hot cold dusty dirty difficult to access attic save the sensor and the circuitry requisite to transmitting the data down into some 'conditioned' space. Perhaps to a home office computer or to the home wifi and onto the Internet?

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  • Wood Lathe Duplicator With Angle Grinder

    Your comment/tip(s) are intriguing. I can't think of anything (along the same lines) better. Unless, of course,it had included links to the topics/software mentioned!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Patsakorn's instructable Shelves Made of Old Drawers5 months ago
    Shelves Made of Old Drawers

    Great idea! Good execution. Where the drawer bottom is recessed relative to the drawer front and sides,look to the idea of a French Cleat to hang the drawer.Where the items to be stored therein (as with Spice jars,for instance) are likely to be taken out and replaced on something less than an annual schedule - consider leaving ufficient space for gripping fingers to grab the item(s).

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  • French Apple Pie - Crumbly Crunchy Delicious!

    The conversions are listed parenthetically at the end of each line (were applicable).e.g."100g marzipan (3,5 oz)" Many chefs are of the opinion that weight is the most reliable way to indicate the amount of an ingredient - ounces of Flour, for instance. If you sift your flour, for instance, it is likely the volume would increase. You could, of course, pack it into a measuring cup. That would decrease the volume, of course. However, that would likely increase the weight of the flour added.Worth the investment in a small digital scale.

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  • The Awesomest Jelly Bean Dispenser Ever 2019!

    If you have the right size bit, hide the threaded metal ring below the surface of the top board. Of course, actually threading the top board would be the most elegant approach to this design modification. See, also, the suggestion relating to 'catching' the beans dispensed. Re: that idea, I thought the bottom board might be extended such that a concave 'bowl' in the center would line up with the opening in the bean dispenser when it was opened.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Alpaca Studio's instructable Making a Whale Toothpick Holder5 months ago
    Making a Whale Toothpick Holder

    " The 3mm one on the top allows just a single tooth pick go through."

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Alpaca Studio's instructable Making a Whale Toothpick Holder5 months ago
    Making a Whale Toothpick Holder

    Well, "pretty small" is relative, no?

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Alpaca Studio's instructable Making a Whale Toothpick Holder5 months ago
    Making a Whale Toothpick Holder

    "pretty sure u take the top off because is a holder not a dispencer (sic)"Actually, he drilled a (blow) hole in the top of the whale's head early on in the video. I suspect the idea is that the end user lifts the whale, turns it upside down and a pick falls through the hole. And, thus, it is a pretty little dispenser!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on WesH31's instructable Quinzhee5 months ago
    Quinzhee

    "... It could be - 25 outside the quinzhee but it will be close to freezing..."Ah, not that is a comfort! ;)

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on WesH31's instructable Outdoor Rustic Stairs5 months ago
    Outdoor Rustic Stairs

    "Hammer a 10 inch spike through the stems of the top U into the bottom one"I do believe one would do well to employ a longer spike drilling a hole in the first all but equal to the diameter of the spike so that four inches of spike are driven into the lower section of 8 x 8" post material.The concerns expressed elsewhere relative to the ratio as between Rise and Run are significant. If you first determine the position of the top of the first step and that of the surface of the ground immediately after the bottom step, you can determine the total Rise. Then, the distance between the edge of the first step and that of the last gives the total Run.If you search for 'Building a staircase" you will likely find detailed instructions and calculations for building one 'in s...

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    "Hammer a 10 inch spike through the stems of the top U into the bottom one"I do believe one would do well to employ a longer spike drilling a hole in the first all but equal to the diameter of the spike so that four inches of spike are driven into the lower section of 8 x 8" post material.The concerns expressed elsewhere relative to the ratio as between Rise and Run are significant. If you first determine the position of the top of the first step and that of the surface of the ground immediately after the bottom step, you can determine the total Rise. Then, the distance between the edge of the first step and that of the last gives the total Run.If you search for 'Building a staircase" you will likely find detailed instructions and calculations for building one 'in space' as when constructing one designed to carry folks from one level to the next in a house, etc. While calculating the Rise and Run are done differently, the calculations offer the same results. When there is No Handrail to support one, errors in calculating the ratio is of greater significance and increases (as does the hazard) with steeper terrain.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Kink Jarfold's instructable KITCHEN CORNER HUTCH5 months ago
    KITCHEN CORNER HUTCH

    Thank you for that cardboard template idea!I have a use for something like that.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on WesH31's instructable Building an Outhouse5 months ago
    Building an Outhouse

    A great idea. Never knew so many folks were building these. One thought I had related to disposing of the waste as we do with our kitchen scraps. I searched for Composting Toilets and there are lots of ideas 'out there' on building and managing such things. It would seem that would be a commendable objective given the effort requisite to building a structure that would serve either end.I found Rid-X offered as a way to hasten the decomposition process. It would seem such an additive (along with the sawdust) couldn't, as they say, hurt.I also had a thought as to the seat of the throne itself. On most commercially available toilet seats, there are pads on the bottom that elevate it above the ceramic bowl rim. Since, once flushed the bowl is not a source of odor, this 'gap' is inconsequent...

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    A great idea. Never knew so many folks were building these. One thought I had related to disposing of the waste as we do with our kitchen scraps. I searched for Composting Toilets and there are lots of ideas 'out there' on building and managing such things. It would seem that would be a commendable objective given the effort requisite to building a structure that would serve either end.I found Rid-X offered as a way to hasten the decomposition process. It would seem such an additive (along with the sawdust) couldn't, as they say, hurt.I also had a thought as to the seat of the throne itself. On most commercially available toilet seats, there are pads on the bottom that elevate it above the ceramic bowl rim. Since, once flushed the bowl is not a source of odor, this 'gap' is inconsequential.In the instant case, however, a seat that somehow sealed the opening when shut, would leave only the vent pipe for the odors to escape - and that up and outside the convenience. Thee is round plastic foam insulation available at Lowes/Home Depot, etc. Just a thought.For my part, I scored a combination commode and sink from the Boone, NC jailhouse via an auction and have been toying with the idea of building an 'outhouse' to house it. It relies upon a water flush - so the plumbing will prove more complex.Watch for it!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on helijoc's instructable HVAC Return Air Filter Box5 months ago
    HVAC Return Air Filter Box

    Excellent work! Some in 'the industry' might come up with the 'over done' remarks, but if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing the right way the first time. In my opinion, folks in 'the industry' are far more likely to cut corners than shoot for perfection.Yours is a perfect seamless construction as opposed to a box made of several sections with all manner of seams 'taped shut' and a 'mess' upon close inspection.I agree that additional detail on your fiberglassing and insulating materials would be appreciated - maybe you could add a bit. For instance - Six layers of 25# fiberglas cloth or 25 pounds of fiberglas cloth that weighed twenty-five pounds?What did the final piece weigh - or do you know? It looks rather thin in the pics, but six layers - how thick were the walls?One assum...

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    Excellent work! Some in 'the industry' might come up with the 'over done' remarks, but if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing the right way the first time. In my opinion, folks in 'the industry' are far more likely to cut corners than shoot for perfection.Yours is a perfect seamless construction as opposed to a box made of several sections with all manner of seams 'taped shut' and a 'mess' upon close inspection.I agree that additional detail on your fiberglassing and insulating materials would be appreciated - maybe you could add a bit. For instance - Six layers of 25# fiberglas cloth or 25 pounds of fiberglas cloth that weighed twenty-five pounds?What did the final piece weigh - or do you know? It looks rather thin in the pics, but six layers - how thick were the walls?One assumes you put your Air Handler in the Attic as opposed to mounting it in a 'closet' on the ground/main floor because there was no room for a 'closet' for the air handler.Did you ever consider designing a duct take off box for the other end of the equation?One question, if the area of the filter is 800 sq inches and the diameter of the exit is 18" or 254 SQ IN, does that 'choke point' negate the effort?

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  • Easily Soundproof a Stainless Steel Sink

    I did not intend to disparage your completed effort at all. My apologies if I came off as depreciating your successful effort.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on DonS89's instructable Making a Keep-Warm Box6 months ago
    Making a Keep-Warm Box

    "...the panels you creatively acquired..."Gee, don't they have Elections where you are?? ;)What a great use for old Trump Signs - creating and maintaining hot air!

    "...Here in North Carolina the winters are pretty mild..."Well, that depends a bit as NC runs from thousands of feet up in them thar hills in Western NC to them grass flats and dunes at sea level on the Atlantic (East) Coast. We've had several weeks of overnight temps well below freezing.

    Every BLACK FRIDAY Walmart and similar vendors offer an electric griddle for ten dollars (US) or so and we buy a couple because the "Non Stick" stuff does not stick to the aluminum griddle itself (where does it go!?).Thus, the old ones are available for tinkering and repurposing and, in this case, of a great shape and size for a cabinet heater. With a little effort, the Heat Control the comes with the griddle can be located outside the cabinet and the thermostat/controller within the cabinet. Then, the griddle would be powered or not according to the interior temperature and the temperature of the griddle governed by its factory controller - this the 'recovery time' could be adjusted accordingly. Though NEVER above the FLASH POINT of the chemicals stored within.

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  • Easily Soundproof a Stainless Steel Sink

    ",,,noise and quick loss of temperature..."I must have known your dad as, in 1996 I rebuilt a bathroom and found the steel tub much much much cheaper than the Cast Iron alternatives. Before installing, I filled the void between the front and one tub wall with (Window & Door) expandable foam and ran rows of the foam along the underside of the remaining tubs walls (and bottom) so as to effectively 'coat' the tub's inside with insulating foam. The job was a bit messy, but the result was a tub that 'sounded' as sturdy as a cast iron version and held the heat better than either. Once the foam stuff sets up, you can trim it with a bread knife (or similar). With a Kitchen sink, however, you really can't use too thick a 'solution (save between the bowls of a double-bow sink) gi...

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    ",,,noise and quick loss of temperature..."I must have known your dad as, in 1996 I rebuilt a bathroom and found the steel tub much much much cheaper than the Cast Iron alternatives. Before installing, I filled the void between the front and one tub wall with (Window & Door) expandable foam and ran rows of the foam along the underside of the remaining tubs walls (and bottom) so as to effectively 'coat' the tub's inside with insulating foam. The job was a bit messy, but the result was a tub that 'sounded' as sturdy as a cast iron version and held the heat better than either. Once the foam stuff sets up, you can trim it with a bread knife (or similar). With a Kitchen sink, however, you really can't use too thick a 'solution (save between the bowls of a double-bow sink) given the necessity of accessing the fasteners that secure it to the counter.Maybe some SPRAY-ON solutions?Design Engineering 050220 Boom Mat Spray-on Sound Deadeninghttps://www.amazon.com/Design-Engineering-050220-Deadening.../B001URKV0G Rating: 4 - ‎182 reviewsReduce unwanted road noise and vibration, even in hard-to-reach places. ... Kilmat 80 mil 36 sqft Car Sound Deadening Mat, Butyl Automotive Sound Deadener, AudioNoise…. ... Design Engineering 050110 Under Carpet Lite Sound Absorption andInsulation, 24" x 70"….

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on AdventuresInJunkLand's instructable Fix Up an Old Laptop!6 months ago
    Fix Up an Old Laptop!

    Well, Thank you very much. It appeared that you selected a region on China - or my Geography teachers failed me. I appreciate the link and may indeed attempt to create such a tool.. If you combine the approach with Google or another Cloud . . . well, independence at last, great God almighty, independence at last! Attempt at humor

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on AdventuresInJunkLand's instructable Fix Up an Old Laptop!6 months ago
    Fix Up an Old Laptop!

    Thank you, I found the Thermaltake ST0005U-C on Amazon; as well as several others similar to Monllack USB 3.0 to IDE & SATA Converter External Hard Drive Adapter Kit 2.5"/3.5" Cable Multifunctional Hard Disk Adapter US Plug. May I safely assume that my laptops contain either 2.5" or 3.5" SATA Format HD? Or must I assume it could be, or could be an IDE or something else? I've four (or maybe five) laptops whose drives I would like to open to extract/copy/move the data off.I was hoping to purchase One Thing a ma jig that would handle whatever HDs I found in my laptops.Thank you again.

    Wouid you please share details about, ins to such adapters? I think I need a set!

    Got it USB 3.0 - Curious, if my 'puter only has USB 2.0 wi it make any difference having teh 3.0 rated transfer device?I noted 'we' have turned this Instructable into a bit of a special interest group / discussion group. I wonder if there is a "Computers 101" group already 'out there?'

    "I assume the sata connector to the HDD end is standard" Makes sense, but what about power? "proprietary for every laptop model" Suspect it is for some - Always hesitate to say "all." . But the five or so laptops I have hanging about waiting to try accessing the HDDs to pull my data and wipe will remain until I can find a UNIVERSAL connection thing that will allow me to connect any (and all) of these drives to a USB port so I can copy off the old data.If you find one, lemme know!

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on AdventuresInJunkLand's instructable Fix Up an Old Laptop!6 months ago
    Fix Up an Old Laptop!

    "We're sorry, but your call did not go through" Tried to call. BTW I cannot 'do text.' VLT* Here )*Very Low Tech"

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on AdventuresInJunkLand's instructable Fix Up an Old Laptop!6 months ago
    Fix Up an Old Laptop!

    I've several old laptops that have bitten too much dust. Each has a hard drive that MAY contain data I would like to have access to. I know that there are adapters to turn small format Hard Drives into USB Powered external Hard Drives and thought that would be a good way to test the Hard Drives from these old laptops to see if I could recover any data from them - then destroy them.It seems, however, that there are more than one type of drive in these laptops so there isn't a single adapter that will work with any/all small hard drives. Is there some sort of cable or device that is designed to connect (but not necessarily encase) different sized drives so they might be read and copied onto other drives or media?

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on JON-A-TRON's instructable Flip-Top CNC Table6 months ago
    Flip-Top CNC Table

    All these Machine Made Projects are impressive. However, the design and execution left one significant feature half done. The work Height for the CNC orientation drops a foot or so relative to the work surface/table position.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on tomatoskins's instructable Simple Belt Sander Blocks8 months ago
    Simple Belt Sander Blocks

    Ah! an 'app.' I was thinking of doing the same thing 'manually' with a ruler! Never thought of using an 'app' but that's the way to go if you've got such a thing!.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on tomatoskins's instructable Simple Belt Sander Blocks8 months ago
    Simple Belt Sander Blocks

    Thank you for this. And the plan! Question: how did you determine the size(s) of the blocks? I have my idea, curious to learn if you used a similar approach.BTW, with Charismas down the road, these make very interesting gifts for the family wood worker - give her/him an EyeObie Belt Sander!

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  • charlessenf-gm's instructable Hollow Core Door Robe Hook Support's weekly stats: 8 months ago
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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Captain Charlotte's instructable Easy Twisted Potatoes8 months ago
    Easy Twisted Potatoes

    Unique, creative and well done (the taters and the instructable)!

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  • Making Half Blind Dovetail Drawers for a Walnut Desk

    Why did you not use a single board for teh drawer fronts?

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Grunambulax's instructable Antique Post Office Box Door Bank9 months ago
    Antique Post Office Box Door Bank

    Thanks for the determining the combination steps!Nice work.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on diycreators's instructable Wall Mounted Dream Desk9 months ago
    Wall Mounted Dream Desk

    Wow, Peel and Stick contact paper! You did an excellent job with it! You have a future in furniture design!If you look at where you added the French Cleat to the (whatever do you call the black portion?) you might consider incorporating the cleat into the frame of that 'black portion.' By raising the position of that part of the cleat, you would raise the hanging point a couple of inches.

    If you do decide to build a similar hanging desk, lighten the load! The desk is basically a Torsion Box and, as such, doesn't need all that 3/4" material. If you go down to the home store and look at (lift up, etc.) a hollow core door slab you will find it extremely sturdy because the 'skins' are supported by a lattice work inside. Sometimes this lattice is made of cardboard! If you look up Torsion Box Construction and adapt the principles therein to this project, you will have a sturdy desk that weighs a fraction of something built out of heavy plywood or MDF.As the desk itself is lighter, the desk then becomes capable of carrying that much greater load - if you make it twenty pounds lighter, you can use it for a desktop computer and still put less strain on the French Cleat.By t...

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    If you do decide to build a similar hanging desk, lighten the load! The desk is basically a Torsion Box and, as such, doesn't need all that 3/4" material. If you go down to the home store and look at (lift up, etc.) a hollow core door slab you will find it extremely sturdy because the 'skins' are supported by a lattice work inside. Sometimes this lattice is made of cardboard! If you look up Torsion Box Construction and adapt the principles therein to this project, you will have a sturdy desk that weighs a fraction of something built out of heavy plywood or MDF.As the desk itself is lighter, the desk then becomes capable of carrying that much greater load - if you make it twenty pounds lighter, you can use it for a desktop computer and still put less strain on the French Cleat.By the way, the French Cleat need not be a single continuous strip. One could create the same holding power/strength if a four foot long Cleat were divided into two or three sections - which might better accommodate the wiring.Of course, it is easier to route the wiring to an exit point away from (and below) the cleat in the first place.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Phil B's instructable Low Tech Inclinometer 9 months ago
    Low Tech Inclinometer

    Good points. I know I 'feel' the tilt and immediately back off without knowing at what point (degrees) I feel the tilt.' So an inclinometer might be something I could use to see if I've been 'over reacting' all these years! I wonder of you used a hard plastic tube (filled with sand to do the bend) . . . or knew a glass blower . . . Ignore the musings. It appears that the mower is equipped with Rollover Protection bars - as is my Kubota. The problem I worry about is it simply tipping over and catching me between the side and the cold hard ground. Regardless such musings good work on all counts, your friend has a friend indeed.

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  • charlessenf-gm commented on Phil B's instructable Low Tech Inclinometer 9 months ago
    Low Tech Inclinometer

    Looking at the tool you made to Calibrate the device, I wondered if that would suffice in and of itself! Good idea and execution. I need one for my Kubota Tractor!

    Good point. I do wonder about the advisability of determining the tipping point of the machine while sitting in/upon it. With my tractor, my ears tell me when Im approaching that point (or at least, I make that assumption and go to level ground promptly).

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  • Upcycled Rocket Stove Griddle BBQ + Pizza Oven Attachment

    First off - Great Job! Both the Build and the Instructable.Second - Love the phrase 'material based design' - been doing it all my 'dumpster diving' life!Question: It appeared that the radiator was two sections, I wondered if they could have been re-oriented ninety degrees (one to the other) so as to channel the exhaust gases left and right (to the exhaust vents at the top rear).Thanks for teh efforts at sharing.

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  • Wi-Fi Smart Scale (with ESP8266, Arduino IDE, Adafruit.io and IFTTT)

    "so you can see how the weight changes with time"Oh, come on now, we all know how our weight has changed over time ;)

    1. Were those the smallest sensors you could find? 2. If you moved the display or eliminated it entirely, how small could you make the transmitting circuitry? (not looking for the theoretical limit, rather what you could do with the parts available - off the shelf - as was done here)

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  • Movable Dock, Lego Style Brick Legs,  Under $300 Part I

    "Oh, use nails when possible"Funny, I would think SS Deck Screws would be preferable - esp if dismantling the project was a consideration.

    Nice project. Curious to understand why you went with the fence pickets and then with two-by material for the rest. Given you tightened up the spacing, wouldn't deck boards have served as well as the two-by-six's? Use 2 bys on the perimeter and deck boards on the 'inside.' A fellow had a pool float project made of Pool Noodles that were 5' long. He joined them into 10' lengths with a (short) piece of rubber hose or PVC pipe. In this case, the long 'channels' formed by the spacing between your support beams/boards would serve to contain eight or ten of the pool noodles with a resulting increase in buoyancy - a floating dock? Or is the water level a constant in your pond?

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