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I like to explore with my hands, but I trouble choosing one area of focus. I have completely renovated my house, but nothing I do is craftsman quality. I want to build an electric car, hack computer hardware, build an FM transmitter, make a stone house.... My favorite titles are "The Last Whole Earth Catalog", "Shelter" and the VW Idiots Guide. I think "Make" magazine is a sham (nothing is really a hack; you actually need to know how to do stuff to even start), and instead like geeky sites …

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  • darlingtom commented on DIY Andrea's instructable Awesome Bike Trailer
    Awesome Bike Trailer

    You solved how to use bicycle wheels for me--especially the rear wheel. I just want a simple garden box trailer.Tip: Old bedframes are great sources of angle iron. I cut a six inches and drilled holes for the wheel and to bolt to frame--4 pieces, 12 holes.

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  • darlingtom commented on Density's instructable LEGO USB
    LEGO USB

    I have gone through 2 USB security keys as they attach to my keychain but the cases don't last. I've looked for a shell, but for some reason never thought of Legos (even though my house is littered with them). For the security key, I need to have access to a button on the end, but that's doable. Plus, a ring to attach it to the keychain. But a) the Legos are much tougher than what the fob is made of now and b) I really like how you put the figures on them. Well documented. I'm a teacher and I might have my own students (middle school) post their own. Great job.

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  • darlingtom commented on mkaercher's instructable Student Standing Desk
    Student Standing Desk

    Idea #2 for foldability: If the top is removable, you make extra tops. Then, you turn the extra top upsidedown and put the legs inside it. If the demand for such tables grows, you have tops ready and use Idea #1.

    I love that you thought to include a whiteboard top to this and not just leave it at "standing desk". That next level of thought!Is your Lowe's whiteboard a true whiteboard or a shower panel? I ask because I find the panel I bought horrible to erase marker from. Then, someone used Windex on it and it's horrible. I'm just looking for some cheap, good whiteboard in general.

    I just happened to go to a store where I found a solution (possibly over engineered and more trouble than it's worth, but in the name of innovation....). Here, the weight of the cinder block creates tension that the chains pick up, making it solid. But it is foldable. You could put cross pieces across, still, for stability and a footrest.Instead of a cinder block, you could put a hook and students can hang their bookbag. That solves two problems.

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    • Wireless Charger Hidden in Antique
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  • darlingtom commented on BrennanC3's instructable Wood Fired Sauna

    I did it; an 8x8 shed with 6x1 pine tongue and groove inside and 2x4 benches. The sap is minimal and nowhere that matters. Thanks for the inspiration.I turned my wood stove into a rocket stove, which helped a lot with lighting and heat generation. I put a 6" hole in the top front to draw in the air. On top of the stove I put a garbage can. The stove pipe goes into the can, stopping about four inches from the top. About six inches from the bottom another stove pipe exits the can and goes up and out of the sauna. The bottom six inches of the can are packed with gravel. Then I put the lid on.In brief, the air rushes in through the top (rocket) and generates an immense heat with little fuel. As the stove pipe, can and gravel heat up the fire gets more efficient. By the time it …

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    I did it; an 8x8 shed with 6x1 pine tongue and groove inside and 2x4 benches. The sap is minimal and nowhere that matters. Thanks for the inspiration.I turned my wood stove into a rocket stove, which helped a lot with lighting and heat generation. I put a 6" hole in the top front to draw in the air. On top of the stove I put a garbage can. The stove pipe goes into the can, stopping about four inches from the top. About six inches from the bottom another stove pipe exits the can and goes up and out of the sauna. The bottom six inches of the can are packed with gravel. Then I put the lid on.In brief, the air rushes in through the top (rocket) and generates an immense heat with little fuel. As the stove pipe, can and gravel heat up the fire gets more efficient. By the time it exits the can, there is little smoke. From outside it is hard to tell the fire is even lit.

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  • Yeah, slow to respond (ha, ha). I've seen them half the size. In fact, I've seen multiple ones half the size and that gives the teacher more flexibility in creating barriers. The only issue is it tipping, so keep it thick/wide and not too tall.

    What a nice job! There is no evidence you are anything but skilled (ha, ha)!Put 2x4 on the ends vertically (for thickness; your ends might be thick enough). In each, put in a screw eye with a hole big enough to put a lock through. Cut the front board longer than the unit. Put that board against the front and mark where the screw eye meets it. Drill a hole in the board just large enough for the screw eye to go through. Put the board so the screw eyes pop through and put a lock on each screw eye.If you don't want two locks, you could use a hook on one end of the unit and put a screw eye on the end of the front board. Hook the screw eye onto the fixed hook and bring the front board around so the other screw eye goes through the hole in the board. Lock that. With the lock in place no…

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    What a nice job! There is no evidence you are anything but skilled (ha, ha)!Put 2x4 on the ends vertically (for thickness; your ends might be thick enough). In each, put in a screw eye with a hole big enough to put a lock through. Cut the front board longer than the unit. Put that board against the front and mark where the screw eye meets it. Drill a hole in the board just large enough for the screw eye to go through. Put the board so the screw eyes pop through and put a lock on each screw eye.If you don't want two locks, you could use a hook on one end of the unit and put a screw eye on the end of the front board. Hook the screw eye onto the fixed hook and bring the front board around so the other screw eye goes through the hole in the board. Lock that. With the lock in place no one should be able to unhook the other end of the board.Sorry for the late response. I'm sure you've solved the problem.

    No. It's two sided, but if you make it one sided you need some serious brackets as if you were putting up each shelf individually. My local school took the wheels off and used it to divide up the classroom.

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    • Better, Flexible Closet Touch Light
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  • This is awesome. I just could not wrap my head around how to go full zoetrope. Getting ride of the core is actually better than building a core that's wrapped in the artwork--more motion! Genius.I don't have a 3D printer, but I'm going to try a low-rent version. Very exciting.

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  • I don't disagree. She wanted something simple and it has worked for her all summer. Instead of a kayak, she bought a light (49 lbs), short one-person canoe so she could easily get in and out of it. I agree that heavier, longer crafts can be unweildy.

    She went with a small canoe, as it is easier to get in and out of. You could feed it into the back of your VW, I think. It's that small. With the ramp, I know you can do it.

    I had not thought of that. I'll pass it on to my mother. Her canoe (she went with it instead of a kayak) is 47 lbs. It has been okay this summer.

    My mother has them. This is my car. She's a state away, and I wanted photos now for Instructables. I want to add her using it, but she never takes photos. But, yes, racks are recommended.

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  • You can mitigate the vibrating noise by either a) twisting the strap, or b) tying a rag around that bit of strap to break up the plane. A zip tie would do it, too, and is discrete.

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