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  • foxuk commented on diymontreal's instructable Miter Saw Station (plans Available)5 weeks ago
    Miter Saw Station (plans Available)

    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 Ch...

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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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  • Fairy House Lamp Using Plastic Bottles

    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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  • foxuk commented on rschoenm's instructable Intricate Wood Inlays Made Super Easy1 year ago
    Intricate Wood Inlays Made Super Easy

    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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  • foxuk commented on dustin_little's instructable Build a Wooden Grog From Scraps! 2 years ago
    Build a Wooden Grog From Scraps!

    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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  • foxuk commented on dustin_little's instructable Build a Wooden Grog From Scraps! 2 years ago
    Build a Wooden Grog From Scraps!

    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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  • foxuk commented on How Do You - DIY's instructable Polishing Bottle After Cutting2 years ago
    Polishing Bottle After Cutting

    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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  • foxuk commented on How Do You - DIY's instructable Polishing Bottle After Cutting2 years ago
    Polishing Bottle After Cutting

    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 Bread2 years ago
    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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  • foxuk commented on Joerg Engels's instructable Gluten Free Buttermilk Buns2 years ago
    Gluten Free Buttermilk Buns

    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?

    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.

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  • foxuk commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable 6 Ways to Plug or Fill Pocket Holes2 years ago
    6 Ways to Plug or Fill Pocket Holes

    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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  • foxuk commented on Julian Watts's instructable Hand Carved Sculptural Wooden Bowl2 years ago
    Hand Carved Sculptural Wooden Bowl

    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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