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"Black socks and Birkenstocks do not maketh the geek. I would argue that the essence of geekitude comes from within. To the true geek, it's not enough that things work. He or she must know how things work. And beyond that, there is the nagging temptation to make said things work just a tad bit better than factory spec. This curious and compulsive fixing of things that are not broken -- that's true geekitude." --David Plotnikoff I’m an Intel officer for the US Army and I also work with comp... Read More »

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Trash to Treasure Contest 2017
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  • inchman commented on world of woodcraft's instructable Cardboard Pens6 months ago
    Cardboard Pens

    I use Alumalight for most of my projects. I use the white for coffee beans and the clear for cat 5 cables and a bunch of other stuff. It's great. But I have not been able to get a good clear blank when I use it for cigar labels, even if I coat it first.

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  • inchman commented on world of woodcraft's instructable Cardboard Pens6 months ago
    Cardboard Pens

    I make lots of pens with really weird stuff in them (denim, cat 5 cables, soda cans, cigars, ice cream store spoons, etc.) I never thought of cardboard. I got to try that. BTW, I've had problems with keeping the epoxy getting cloudy for some of the items. After reading your 'ible, I called West Systems to find out what they recommend. I placed the order and can't wait to try it! (one pump of each is awesome to get the ratio right!)BTW, they recommended the 207 harder. Why do you use the 205?Thanks again for a great 'ible and giving me something else to try!

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  • inchman commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Secret "Jurassic Park" Stash 1 year ago
    Secret "Jurassic Park" Stash

    Great 'ible. I am wondering out loud if it would be possilble to have a small tire pressure value on the inside of the compartment so you could put some slight preseure into the top of the can with some oil and keosene so that it would still spray if pressed. Of course you would need to make it airtight and you would lose some of the storage space, but the fact that the shaving cream can in the movie still worked was the coolest part of it. It would increase the complexity of this build an order of magidute, but that is what 'cool points' are for.Either way, this is a great way to create the hidden storage can. Thanks for sharing!

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  • inchman commented on BrittLiv's instructable Mystery Lego Storage Box1 year ago
    Mystery Lego Storage Box

    Really cool. When I first saw this, I was like "how are they working with plastic to get it to look that nice?" I can't believe it was wood. Excellent job!

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  • Firewood Log Tea Light With Matchbox

    Great 'ible. Thanks for sharing it.BTW, how did you prevent cracking? I've tried lots of project with fire wood and that is a big problem. Either the wood is already cracked everywhere if I let it dry before cutting it up, or it crackes after I make the project if I cut it before its dry.Thanks again.

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  • inchman commented on dale1952's instructable Homemade Roof Rack With Accessories1 year ago
    Homemade Roof Rack With Accessories

    Dude, It is awesome that you redid this 'ible. These roof racks are great and will serve you well! Plus, they look awesome. Double Plus Good!I really felt bad about calling out the other set, but now I see that you made a much better set!

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  • inchman commented on dale1952's instructable Wooden Roof Rack 1 year ago
    Wooden Roof Rack

    Dale,I love the spirit behind this 'ible, but PLEASE do not use this. As a former law enforcement officer, I can tell you that really bad things happen when objects fly off of vehicles traveling down the road. Your use of wood (reclaimed pallet wood, none-the-less) is a recipe for disaster that could cost other people their lives. The force of wind at only 50 MPH against a kayak, suitcase, or other item with any forward sail area is tremendous. Even if they work fine now, time, sun, weather, vibration all will weakening and degrade the strength of these mounts.Again, you have a great 'ible and I love the fact that you are reclaiming wood, but this should only be a 'proof of concept' at best and not used on public roads. Stop by my house in NJ, and I'll GIVE you a set of metal racks....

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    Dale,I love the spirit behind this 'ible, but PLEASE do not use this. As a former law enforcement officer, I can tell you that really bad things happen when objects fly off of vehicles traveling down the road. Your use of wood (reclaimed pallet wood, none-the-less) is a recipe for disaster that could cost other people their lives. The force of wind at only 50 MPH against a kayak, suitcase, or other item with any forward sail area is tremendous. Even if they work fine now, time, sun, weather, vibration all will weakening and degrade the strength of these mounts.Again, you have a great 'ible and I love the fact that you are reclaiming wood, but this should only be a 'proof of concept' at best and not used on public roads. Stop by my house in NJ, and I'll GIVE you a set of metal racks. Just please don't jeopardize other people on the road for these.

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  • inchman commented on bobbycordone's instructable How to Dig Your Own Swimming Pool1 year ago
    How to Dig Your Own Swimming Pool

    I don't know why they skipped the shallow end, but the reason most pools are painted these colors is that they look the most attractive. Black pools do warm up quicker in the spring and stay warming longer in the fall, but for most of the summer, the water is too hot to swim in comfortably (who wants to swim in bath water?) Of course, what region you live in will affect this also. Someone in Arizona, doesn't want any dark color, yet a pool in Maine may be best if painted black.

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  • inchman commented on WoodAirGrille's instructable Ultimate Battery Management Station1 year ago
    Ultimate Battery Management Station

    But his design has a door that opens up. This is much better than a fixed window (like I did on mine.) If there are any issues, open the door and you have complete access.

    I hate the movement toward button batteries! As you can see from my version of this 'ible, I had to add two types of storage for them. There are way more variations of these batteries and they do NOT store well. I wish they would start using LESS formats of batteries, not more! BTW, I don't buy electronics with proprietary batteries if I can avoid it. But that often means L2, CR 23, stc size batteries.

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  • inchman made the instructable Ultimate Battery Management Station1 year ago
    Ultimate Battery Management Station

    First, thanks for the great 'ible! I finally got fed up with batteries all over the place (and leaking on one another) and I remembered this 'ible. A few hours later, and I had my own modification of it. This sits in a utility closet, so I didn't care about what it looked like so much. I also need more storage, so it's oversized. I did add a hook for blister packs of button batteries and a little cubby for odd batteries. Then I made a tray for loose button batteries. They will quickly leak if allow to touch each others + and -. So I ran a table saw through a small board and added sides. See the photos! Thanks again for great inspration!

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  • inchman commented on Make Everything's instructable How To: 100lb Anvil Stand2 years ago
    How To: 100lb Anvil Stand

    First off, I really hate when I read a great 'ible like this and then I have to rearrange my schedule so I can make it right away! I do have a question that is kinda dumb. I would love to be able to add wheels to this base to move it when not in use. They would have to fold up so they weren't taking the impact, but I can't seem to think of a creative way to do this while keeping them out of the way. Any ideas? (Don't worry, I'm sure I'll post my solution when I make this seeing as now I have to make one!) 8>0 Again, thanks for an awesome 'ible!

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  • inchman commented on Vsevolod Korolev's instructable DIY Agate Knife!2 years ago
    DIY Agate Knife!

    This is an awesome idea. Great job. The finished project is amazing. I got to try one. (Note, I'm also voting for you (and AGAINST myself) in this contest as that is a cool idea!

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  • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)

    WOW! I can't believe I won 2nd place. There were so many great entries in this contest I didn't think I had a shot! Thanks to everyone that voted for me! I'll try to keep coming up with 'ibles worthy of this site.One request, if people could post what they liked/didn't like about this 'ible so I can improve my entries, I would be most apreciative!Thanks again!

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  • inchman commented on mrstan's instructable Plastic Repairs (Gas Tank Example)2 years ago
    Plastic Repairs (Gas Tank Example)

    The ones for recycling. Here is a link to an image of them (note, I didn't read the website and I'm not commenting on the website, just the image of the codes.)...http://ecoramblings.com/why-all-plastic-containers-cant-be-recycled/

    Great 'ible. The biggest problem I have is matching the new material to the old one. I wish where was a easy and quick way to identify plastic types. (I know about the codes on the bottoms, but older plastic items may not have them. Maybe someone can do an 'ible on what plastics will work with other plastics.Thanks again!

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  • inchman commented on seamster's instructable Portable Bandsaw Metal Stand2 years ago
    Portable Bandsaw Metal Stand

    Thanks for a truly great idea! I am so making one of these for my next project.Thanks again!

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  • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)

    Thank you for that very nice compliment. I spent most of today making some more and thinking about building a forge.Have a great one and thanks again!

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  • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)

    Amen on bikers supporting bikers!I'd love to see how your knife comes out. I still have more disk brakes, so I expect to make some more knives.

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    • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)
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  • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)

    This is a great idea! I normally have rivets in the handles, but I never liked the look (and they are a total pain.)Your solution it very elegant! I like it.Thanks for teaching this old dog a new trick.

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    I am concerned also. I did try to heat treat it and it seemed to take. I used the file test and it past.Also, it's a decorative knife also. So I'm not what worried about it.I'd love to see the handles on your skinners. I never thought about an asymmetrical handle prior to this.Thanks again for the comments.

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  • inchman commented on Black Beard Projects's instructable Blacksmithing Forge2 years ago
    Blacksmithing Forge

    Great 'ible! I loved it, the simplicity, yet exceptional functionality! One question, what welding rod did you use welding the cast iron brake drum to the steal table surface? I'm not a super experienced welder and I always seem to fail cast iron welding. I even got nickle rods (not cheap) and preheat the items with an oven and let it cool slowly. Did you just use a normal rod with a 'good enough' weld or is their other magic I'm missing. It's a great forge BTW, and I am planning to make my own, so I wanted to know what you used for the rod.Thanks.

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  • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)

    Thanks for reinforcing the idea that safety is more important than 'authentic' photos. In the past, I've had people that could take the photos while I was working. This time I didn't, hence the static shots. But I am a little particural to the nickname "Honest Lefty!" Thanks again for checking out the 'ible.

    Thanks for the vote! I can use each and everyone I get.

    Acutally, I was planning on giving it to NegoCrux, as it was from his bike and he was the inspiration behind it. Unfortuantely, he is on this site, so I can't surprise him with it. But I was hoping to have it win an award, then I was going to give it to him as an "award winning" knife.

    This one kind of surprised me as well. I didn't know what to expect when I started, but I was please with the results, even if they aren't perfect. Japanese culture has a saying of "Sabi" which is the idea that a worn or imperfect item has beauty. If it's true, I could win a beauty pagent! 8>)

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  • inchman completed the lesson Welcome in the class Easy 3D Printing2 years ago
  • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)

    Yes, there is all of those things in this knife. 8>)I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)

    Спасибо. Я рад, что вам понравилось.

    Yes, the small little nicks in my hands aren't visible in the image. 8>)

    The heat treating would have been done before the handle was added. Since this is a decorative piece, I didn't bother with it. If I was making a working knife, I would have. I'll do a proper 'ible on knife making for the beginner once I more confident with it. It would be to help other newbies with all the tips I found.

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  • inchman commented on kludge77's instructable Making A Pen Out Of Paper2 years ago
    Making A Pen Out Of Paper

    Thanks for this great 'ible! I make pens from Antler and other weird stock. Now I have to try paper. One question (and it would make another great 'ible), how to do sell the pens? Do you do it via etsy, flea markets, word of mouth, craft fairs, etc? I can't seem to find a place to sell them in any great quantity. Maybe you can talk about pricing as well. I normally sell an antler bolt action pen for about $40. Is that too low? Thanks.

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  • inchman commented on MadeleineDouglas's instructable Clamping at ANY Angle2 years ago
    Clamping at ANY Angle

    First, this is a neat 'ible. But I really LOVE the idea of using paper for the angles. That is worth the 'ible by itself!Thanks for sharing.

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  • inchman's entry Anti-Keyboard Cat Attack Mat (AKCAM) is a winner in the Cat Challenge 2016 contest 3 years ago
  • inchman's entry Anti-Keyboard Cat Attack Mat (AKCAM) is a finalist in the Cat Challenge 2016 contest 3 years ago
  • inchman commented on inchman's instructable Anti-Keyboard Cat Attack Mat (AKCAM)3 years ago
    Anti-Keyboard Cat Attack Mat (AKCAM)

    Thanks for the vote!! I'd love to win one of these contest one day. 8>)I've seen the software, and the problem I had wasn't the cat actually walking on the keys, as it was them wanting to lie down in front of me, making it impossible to type or mouse over them.This solution allows my kitties to lay down right in front of me (satisfying them) and still letting me work.Thanks again for the vote and the comment!

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  • Breathe New Life into an Old Computer

    I agree. I have 20 year old computers running old versions of OS (I even have a Windows 3.1 machine.) I've 'air gaped' them from the internet, so there is no risk of inflection (these means that these machines do not connect to any network.) But they run some awesome features and software that still works well. I have a 3d architect program that was for Win3.1. It still makes the same great drawings, and I don't have to worry about learning curves with new releases!I also have some machines that hooked up to TVs with large drives so they serve as a media server.In the shop I have an old laptop that is just for diagnosing cars wih ODBII connectors and software.In fact, I'm finding that I like older machines NOT hooked up to outside networks better. This way I only have a few machine...

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    I agree. I have 20 year old computers running old versions of OS (I even have a Windows 3.1 machine.) I've 'air gaped' them from the internet, so there is no risk of inflection (these means that these machines do not connect to any network.) But they run some awesome features and software that still works well. I have a 3d architect program that was for Win3.1. It still makes the same great drawings, and I don't have to worry about learning curves with new releases!I also have some machines that hooked up to TVs with large drives so they serve as a media server.In the shop I have an old laptop that is just for diagnosing cars wih ODBII connectors and software.In fact, I'm finding that I like older machines NOT hooked up to outside networks better. This way I only have a few machines that access the net and they are the only ones I worry about keeping up to date.Throwing Linux on a old machine is also a great way to skip the "OS Bloat" of modern software.Thanks for the great 'ible and saving some resources!( I did just finally purchase win server 12r2 for my webserver upgrade from 2003. So I'm behind the curve there!) DOH!

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  • inchman commented on inchman's instructable Anti-Keyboard Cat Attack Mat (AKCAM)3 years ago
    Anti-Keyboard Cat Attack Mat (AKCAM)

    Please do. I think maybe people would love it!

    Maybe they were switched at birth? 8>)

    Please do! I'm sure lots of people will find it helpful!

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  • inchman commented on inchman's instructable Anti-Keyboard Cat Attack Mat (AKCAM)3 years ago
    Anti-Keyboard Cat Attack Mat (AKCAM)

    This is a great idea for people who are not touch typist. I don't look at all, but I made add this to the directions for people that might need it.Thanks again!

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