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  • How to Make a DIY Raised Planter Box

    I like it - being in the UK the cost of timber is a LOT more than the USA so it'll be on the when we win the lottery list (I joke not). Larch may be an alternative but that also either costs a fortune or is rough sawn (and I mean ROUGH) and don't deliver unless charging a fortune.The only thing I would have added is a self watering system which would be pretty easy to make and solve any of the drainage issues as well.The black legs with the natural cedar are what makes it special. Should still look good when the cedar greys over time as well.

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  • foxuk commented on petachock's instructable Bread Bin - Lockdown Style
    Bread Bin - Lockdown Style

    I like it!It appeals to my frugal use of timber and need to cut costs.I've been making wider boards out of roofing batten using a similar thought process. But for this I think it's a visit to the eaves where my two pallets of afromosia off-cuts are stored - bought in a bankruptcy sale 45 years ago and still being used for nice jobs.Thanks for the tutorial and the idea.Jon

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  • Make Your Own Carbide Lathe Tools

    Thank you!,I saw this project on pinterest today 23/02/2020 and it really upped my confidence about making this sort of scraper. The prices of carbide inserts have dropped considerably and I'm waiting for a complete metal working cutter and holder to arrive from China for less than £4 - with lick this will mean only turning a handle of a sufficient length.I last used a lathe almost 50 years ago and my darling wife eventually gave in to the soulful 'doggie really needs a bone' looks for valentine's day.Reading this really convinced me that I wasn't completely bonkers, just a little 'frugal' when looking at the prices of ready made carbide woodworking tools.AND I just bought a pallet load of European oak offcuts (1050mm long offcuts!) from ebay for peanuts so the handles will be long enough…

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    Thank you!,I saw this project on pinterest today 23/02/2020 and it really upped my confidence about making this sort of scraper. The prices of carbide inserts have dropped considerably and I'm waiting for a complete metal working cutter and holder to arrive from China for less than £4 - with lick this will mean only turning a handle of a sufficient length.I last used a lathe almost 50 years ago and my darling wife eventually gave in to the soulful 'doggie really needs a bone' looks for valentine's day.Reading this really convinced me that I wasn't completely bonkers, just a little 'frugal' when looking at the prices of ready made carbide woodworking tools.AND I just bought a pallet load of European oak offcuts (1050mm long offcuts!) from ebay for peanuts so the handles will be long enough and strong enough.Thanks again,Jonathan(Wales UK)

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  • foxuk commented on dewey302's instructable Rear Steered Adaptive Trike
    Rear Steered Adaptive Trike

    Amazing feat of engineering. I take my hat off to you!

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  • foxuk commented on Paige Russell's instructable Chalkboard Clock

    I like it - probably wouldn't use a laser and rely on 'normal' tools myself but the concept is spot on.I bought a few clock movements a few months ago (they were very cheap from China via Amazon) and may get around to using them now!

    I haven't seen any 24hr analogue movements yet.

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  • foxuk commented on geekswoodshop's instructable Geometric Planters

    Very nice. I'll be sending the link to a friend who does this sort of stuff in a local college. He's also the worst (best) scavenger I've ever met and will have half a ton of small offcuts waiting for a use.Just wondering why you didn't cut the compound angles on a chop saw?

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  • foxuk commented on MaddieJ3's instructable French Fries

    Being British, I think we call these chips......The final result will depend more on the variety of potato used than anything else.Maris Piper is my favourite for a basic half inch thick chip.If using an air fryer, why not use a good old King Edward in chunks lightly sprinkled with oil and shaken (or if the diet will allow Beef Dripping) The best fluffiest roastie ever.Things can be a LOT easier if you chose your potatoes with care.N.B. Using a pan full of oil on top of a hob is DANGEROUS! My old mum a chip maker of many years experience gutted two kitchens before having her chip pan confiscated and replaced by a temperature controlled deep fat fryer.If you must use a pan and oil use a high sided saucepan and never fill more than a third full of oil. The oil will froth up as soon as the c…

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    Being British, I think we call these chips......The final result will depend more on the variety of potato used than anything else.Maris Piper is my favourite for a basic half inch thick chip.If using an air fryer, why not use a good old King Edward in chunks lightly sprinkled with oil and shaken (or if the diet will allow Beef Dripping) The best fluffiest roastie ever.Things can be a LOT easier if you chose your potatoes with care.N.B. Using a pan full of oil on top of a hob is DANGEROUS! My old mum a chip maker of many years experience gutted two kitchens before having her chip pan confiscated and replaced by a temperature controlled deep fat fryer.If you must use a pan and oil use a high sided saucepan and never fill more than a third full of oil. The oil will froth up as soon as the chips are added and this can overflow and will catch fire even on an electric hob - gas only needs a slight spill to cause a firestorm. If a chip pan does catch fire cover with a fire blanket - NEVER try to put out a chip pan fire with water as the fire will spread and there is a likelihood of explosion.Sorry to be a wet blanket, but having had to fix up two kitchens after chip pan fires I really believe safety comes first.

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  • If (like me) you are on a budget, you can avoid the cost of 'washer head' (kreg or other) screws by using washers with normal, even countersunk, screws.In the UK we have pozidrive screws which are a little better than most at grip, combined with an M4 washer with a 9mm diameter there is (arguably) as good or better pull and/or strength to the joint. The reason I was given for this was that the separate washer remained stationary whilst pushed by the screw, whereas the combined screw and washer would 'screw' into the hole.The best twist drills I have found (only on Banggood) have adjustable centres allowing a much longer pilot hole than the standard. Unfortunately the closest sizes available are 9mm or 10mm so cannot be used with a kreg (or clone) BUT can be used with the really cheap Chin…

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    If (like me) you are on a budget, you can avoid the cost of 'washer head' (kreg or other) screws by using washers with normal, even countersunk, screws.In the UK we have pozidrive screws which are a little better than most at grip, combined with an M4 washer with a 9mm diameter there is (arguably) as good or better pull and/or strength to the joint. The reason I was given for this was that the separate washer remained stationary whilst pushed by the screw, whereas the combined screw and washer would 'screw' into the hole.The best twist drills I have found (only on Banggood) have adjustable centres allowing a much longer pilot hole than the standard. Unfortunately the closest sizes available are 9mm or 10mm so cannot be used with a kreg (or clone) BUT can be used with the really cheap Chinese guides. These need either vary careful positioning or jigs made for accuracy.I like the work station.

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  • Great - I'm debating sending a link to my wife as she will want one or fifty six!As she hasn't got a birthday until next 18th December I think I'll risk it.What clay would you use for outdoors?

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  • The divide line between 'Hand made' and 'machine made' gets wavier every year. Would this cross that line or would it still be regarded as hand made?Perhaps 'craftsman made' would be a safer option?Sorry but customers are a right pain in the whatsit in the UK and so are Trading Standards..... unless 'bribed' with enough decent coffee and choccie biccies...

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  • Thanks - I'm in the UK and it's literally three times the price here - so will need careful calculations.

    Actually available in the UK from amazon at a price that isn't too bad - gawds the prices you get in the USA make me jealous - Thanks

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  • Are there any other permanent finishes that could be used?I'm thinking more for a sink than for a mug...... maybe even a bath, insulated and sealed would be fun. O and deep enough to soak - British bath makers seem to think it is still war time and we're rationed to 4 inches (to be used by the whole family).Great mug - herself brought one over that she bought in a fair in California so I've always wanted to know 'how to'.

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  • If you use it (or the abrasive papers) with water as a lubricant it cuts down on the glass powder as well.I used to work in a glazing company (as an estimator) and was often amazed at the ways around getting stuff done that were used by the older (properly apprenticed) glaziers and fabricators.

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  • You can also use a sharpening stone or diamond sharpening thingie.I have cleaned up edges on window louvres with very cheap sharpening stones - the ones that are useless for sharpening and wore away gave the best results as they rounded the glass.

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  • foxuk commented on Joerg Engels's instructable Wisp of Bread

    Thank you.I'll try the recipe in my phillips air fryer with a silicone mould.My mouth is watering already.JonP.S. The 'air fryer' is really a mini fan oven with a pretty powerful fan which tends to speed cooking.

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  • Trouble is that there are quite a few coeliacs who react to rice gluten as well..... :0(Most of the 'gluten free' flours are a nono for us.One day there may be a 'cure', until then I dream of a really crusty white bread cob with grated vintage cheddar, a 6mm slice of strong onion and salted Welsh butter.It's an immune system problem that has so far baffled researchers.

    It's one of those things that not only depends whether you are European or USA but also which expert is giving the information (and which way the wind is blowing).So far there is only one test (consumption) and that has the result that all coeliacs are aware of if 'negative' or should that be positive?

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  • Just a thought, but if you are going to have to use a flush cut saw anyway, why bother with the angle cutting jig?Just chop off square and push in. There's no fiddling with getting the angled bit in the right position. Ok, it may waste a tiny bit more 3/8th dowel but the savings in time are pretty significant.The kreg plugs are cut so that the direction of grain matches. The kreg plug cutter also allows grain matching.JonP.S. I'm using round head pozi screws with washers to save a LOT of money on the Kreg branded screws. An 8 fits well with a M5 washer.

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  • Thank you for showing the 'bowl'.Being Welsh I have carved many spoons in various shapes and sizes over the years and was mulling over a larger project i.e. a bowl combining use and sculpture. You have given me the oompfh to start really thinking about form and function again. Although the Welsh frugality means I will be probably tending towards the function.

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