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I play with software, hardware, wood, metal, timbers, food, drink, plastics, cloth, leather, ML/AI/robotics/3Dprinting/MotionControl, all the usual stuff.
  • macshout commented on diymontreal's instructable Office Drawer Cabinet
    Office Drawer Cabinet

    Sweet build, and slick no-nonsense video. Your shop is also set up brilliantly for accurate work. Btw Princess has the slides on 1/2 price for the rest of February. Thanks for the positive review of them as I need eight pairs which will add up.

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  • Wireless AC Current Detector

    Looks good to me. That really does help to describe the circuit.

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  • Train Wild Birds to Exchange Litter for Food!

    Is it a sign of the times that no one asks how you trained the AI, but everyone wants to know how you trained the magpies? Did you use back-propagation, or does that only work with some species of corvids?

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  • macshout commented on pauldobrowski's instructable Easy Shakshuka
    Easy Shakshuka

    Good point. I was automatically thinking of the 28 oz 769 ml size, but saying to myself that they would way overwhelm the recipe, and was going to start with half of that, and add more if needed. If you can find (or make) passata, that is a great ingredient to adjust recipes to a nice consistency. It's a bit thicker than tomato sauce, and great for non-Italian style dishes such as cabbage rolls. Okay I don't know if cabbage rolls are actually non-Italian, but the way we make them is without basil, thyme, rosemary or oregano. Garlic depends on the day, though it rarely gets much time off, even for good behaviour.

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  • Mesmerizing Magnetic Wall Clock

    Not easily with the Arduino nano. Here is a discussion on using it for battery powered projects. https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=418299.0

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  • How to Make Fluffy and Soft Japanese Milk Bread

    Had I followed the filling recipe more closely it would have been excellent, but alas...The dough, however, was spectacular again, and reheated perfectly in the toaster oven two days later.Next stops on the hand pies tour: Panzerotti, Stromboli, and Cornish pasties, though this dough might even be a bit too soft and puffy for that application. Either way we'll cover our tracks by eating the evidence.

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  • How to Make Fluffy and Soft Japanese Milk Bread

    I was skeptical about the use of the term roux, but it really is. "Best buns ever!", exclaimed my wife. I am using this technique for King Arthur Flour's spinach and ricotta calzone recipe tonight. Can't wait. The dough is rising. Thanks for sharing this. Bread making has just jumped to another level, and given that it was already here, it's getting hard to lose weight around here.

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  • In summer you could increase the wax content, and in winter, if you keep one in the car, make it with less wax.If you don't like the consistency you end up with, you can always melt it again, and add more wax or oil.

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  • Most commercial wheels are about 1/2-1 HP which is 375-750 W, and most treadmills are 2-3 HP or 1,500-2,250 W, so yes, there is lots of power.

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  • macshout commented on liquidhandwash's instructable Robot Chicken Door

    It is definitely brilliant, but how did you know that specific keyless door system would have a variable relay time adjustment? There is nothing about that in the product description.

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  • In Canada you can get oak stair treads at Home Depot. I checked on the B&Q website, but they are not listed there. You might have some luck in the store though.

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  • Nice build, and nice Instructable.In step 1 you say:25mW Laser with adjustable lens (or above)but then later talk about a 250mW laser. Could you please clarify, and maybe give a link to where to purchase the laser you used? I assume that is a banggood device. I like the built-in current limiting aspect of it.

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  • Sweet, and very neat work. The only thing missing from the video was a (pretend) burned finger - to make the rest of us klutzes feel better. >:o

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  • Good question. It looks like 250g eggs, 250g milk, and ~80g flour.I just finished fighting this with an artisan bread recipe: 1-1/2 cups water to 3 cups flour. That's 375g/240g or 150% hydration! No wonder it was a pudding. Next time I took it to about 100% with much better results.

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  • Nicely done!I'm in the middle of trying to port GRBL to ESP32 as I ran out of room on the Arduino, and a Mega is overpriced for what you get. I'm trying to swap out the steppers for DC motors with optocoupler feedback. They work for inkjet printers, so why not? I only need 3 pwm out, 3 digital out for direction, 3 interrupt in, and 3 more inputs for direction. It's a tight squeeze.Thanks for the great tip about the ability to export a Processing application - works for Linux too.In Processing3 you can use selectInput() to pop up a file chooser, and save yourself a lot keyboard handling pain. https://www.processing.org/reference/selectInput_.html I pasted the example code into a new sketch, and it just worked - brilliant. For Linux, I may rewrite GPP to work on the command line.First - off…

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    Nicely done!I'm in the middle of trying to port GRBL to ESP32 as I ran out of room on the Arduino, and a Mega is overpriced for what you get. I'm trying to swap out the steppers for DC motors with optocoupler feedback. They work for inkjet printers, so why not? I only need 3 pwm out, 3 digital out for direction, 3 interrupt in, and 3 more inputs for direction. It's a tight squeeze.Thanks for the great tip about the ability to export a Processing application - works for Linux too.In Processing3 you can use selectInput() to pop up a file chooser, and save yourself a lot keyboard handling pain. https://www.processing.org/reference/selectInput_.html I pasted the example code into a new sketch, and it just worked - brilliant. For Linux, I may rewrite GPP to work on the command line.First - off to check out GRBL-Plotter...

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  • macshout commented on wold630's instructable Black Lemonade

    I'm not sure what you serve at parties, but charcoal would not be the biggest concern for 'risking unexpected pregnancies' at the ones I have been to - nudge nudge, wink wink.

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  • It seems to be based on a 555 timer chip, and only outputs a square wave. The pots are for adjusting the frequency and duty cycle. Google YL-107, and you will get a little more info on the board itself.

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  • Is there a VOC detector for Arduino? I find perfumes overpowering too. :)

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  • Yes, but you will have to make some minor changes to the code. The change involves the variable 'dirPin' which is set to HIGH to set travel in one direction. If you put another switch on another digital input, and check whether the switch is open or closed, you could then write that value to dirPin. Or without code changes you could instead wire the direction pin of the 4988 to a switch with a pull-up resistor (say 200 Ohms) connected to the 5v rail, and the other side of the switch connected to ground.

    Yes, that should work perfectly.

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  • macshout commented on pfred2's instructable Cheap CNC Dos and Don'ts

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  • Mmm, sounds good. Well, actually, I can't really hear what you're saying. Apparently the hops are called "HEY!", and everything else is kind of ratta-tat and boing boing boing. What are the malts and hops, and amounts of each?Thanks and cheers!

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  • You certainly can use a jigsaw, but it will be much slower, especially when cutting thicker wood. Personally I find a jigsaw to be a pain to use because of having to lean over it to see where it is going, whereas a bandsaw gives great visibility. Also I don't tend to cut my bench as much with the bandsaw as I do with the jigsaw.You do have to be able to justify the cost difference. I just spent almost as much on a big bandsaw re-saw blade as I paid for my last jigsaw, however, slicing down 6" (15cm) by 6' (2m) logs into 4"X4" (10cm) would have been a chore with the jigsaw.

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