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  • nvanbkirk commented on thefrenchmaker's instructable Light a Fire With Water2 years ago
    Light a Fire With Water

    Pretty cool. chances are that if you need to start a fire in the wilderness and don't have other igniters or cannot get the timing down with shoestring + "bow" + twig + leaf + bark, you'll possibly have access to water and some trash you can use to focus the light through the water... kudos for the video and simple instructions. the image/diagram you shared in a response to house to hold the bag below was very helpful. It might help other visual learners grasp how you hold the bag to form a lens. I know it helped me visualize the elliptical shape necessary to focus the sunlight. Thanks for sharing! You got my vote because it's a simple and useful trick that not only applies basic light physics but also could very well mean the difference between a life and death situation aft...

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    Pretty cool. chances are that if you need to start a fire in the wilderness and don't have other igniters or cannot get the timing down with shoestring + "bow" + twig + leaf + bark, you'll possibly have access to water and some trash you can use to focus the light through the water... kudos for the video and simple instructions. the image/diagram you shared in a response to house to hold the bag below was very helpful. It might help other visual learners grasp how you hold the bag to form a lens. I know it helped me visualize the elliptical shape necessary to focus the sunlight. Thanks for sharing! You got my vote because it's a simple and useful trick that not only applies basic light physics but also could very well mean the difference between a life and death situation after "acts of God" or car accidents, etc. Thanks again!

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  • nvanbkirk commented on MikaelaHolmes's instructable Sew Pajama Pants From a Pattern2 years ago
    Sew Pajama Pants From a Pattern

    Wow. That was a lot of work, but it turned out great! My mother made so many costumes by hand from commercial patterns like this for me and my siblings when we were wee little kids. It definitely makes you appreciate both handmade clothing from times of yore and from friends and family before it was commercialized so much more! Kudos on the very descriptive and picture heavy instructions! It's true that a picture is worth a 1,000 words (or even more for visual and hands-on learners like myself) and really helps explain the process step-by-step when comes time to try and reproduce. Thanks the sharing!

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  • nvanbkirk followed Creativity Hero2 years ago
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  • nvanbkirk commented on Creativity Hero's instructable How to Build a Wooden Desk Lamp2 years ago
    How to Build a Wooden Desk Lamp

    That was a quick, enlightening, and fun how-to-video. the final product is both functional AND beautiful. Thus looks like a very affordable project for those of us who do not have a lot of the fancy woodworking tools necessary in a lot of these kinds of projects. It's very normal, where I grew up and even where I live now, to have most of those items lying around or in our small toolbox - my wife had some of them and never worked with wood! Here, its common, when you leave home and family to go to school or start your adult life, to have a small tool box with a drill of some kind (bits are cheap and a few standard sizes often come with indoor band drills these days). Limiting to a drill, wood glue, back saw, and clamps was genius! I want to make this and I had everything but the wood an...

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    That was a quick, enlightening, and fun how-to-video. the final product is both functional AND beautiful. Thus looks like a very affordable project for those of us who do not have a lot of the fancy woodworking tools necessary in a lot of these kinds of projects. It's very normal, where I grew up and even where I live now, to have most of those items lying around or in our small toolbox - my wife had some of them and never worked with wood! Here, its common, when you leave home and family to go to school or start your adult life, to have a small tool box with a drill of some kind (bits are cheap and a few standard sizes often come with indoor band drills these days). Limiting to a drill, wood glue, back saw, and clamps was genius! I want to make this and I had everything but the wood and lamp socket/cord available 10+ years ago. Use of woodglue instead of nails and hammer or staples and staplegun was a great decision - doesn't require steady hands or finesse and is great for cheaper wood (no splintering). My hands are not what they once were and shake and cannot hold things very steadily or firm and I'm not alone. I like that you made this a project that almost anybody can do - if I'd known it were this easy and that it could turn out so beautifully 10 years ago, I'd have a really nice desk lamp to go with my speaker stands at my desk where I spend so much time. The light, softened by the fabric, is easy on your eyes and reduces eye strain (and doesn't hurt my head during migraines). I am voting for this because of the low overhead, a project that doesn't require weeks of planning or building thanks to your instructions, quick and easy video, suggestions provided for lighting, low bar set for starting, tools limited to either typical tools or things that are cheap and can be used for future projects or even around the house, and finally for a beautiful template that allows room for personal replacements (different colored paint or wood with stains, and fabric with paper is easy to substitute with any other fabric of choice to match color preferences or existing room design).

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  • Easy 2x4 Electronics Enclosures

    Looks like a cool idea for a base enclosure that can be built with limited toolset and can be expanded upon as needed for different project needs. voted your project and props for the ideas. Makes an excellent skeleton/template upon which to build or add as necessary for individual projects. I'm limited to hack saw, battery powered drills, dremmel, and all kinds of dremmel & drill bits that i could use to create breathing holes and to make a nice 'pad' in the base. Seeing your pictures and steps gave me some ideas for reusing some wood spared from some old wooden desks just collecting dust in the garage. Thanks, nvanbkirk

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  • nvanbkirk commented on TechKiwiGadgets's instructable Retro Pac-Man Clock2 years ago
    Retro Pac-Man Clock

    @tronicgr : If you don't mind my asking, about how much filament did you wind up using for this project and about how much did that much filament cost for a project that of that size? Interested in getting into 3d printing for a couple project prototypes in the future but have no idea about cost-to-use after shelling out money for the printer itself. Thanks, nvanbkirk

    If it's like the tft for raspberryPIs, then there's a config file you might need. I had to tell my Pi to acknowledge a smaller resolution because it wanted to default to a higher res (1920x1080). the file for Raspberry pi was the config.txt on the boot partition. I haven't had the chance to play with the Arduinos yet.

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  • nvanbkirk commented on Yonatan24's instructable How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise2 years ago
    How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise

    sorry, few word corrections... my phone's keyboard has this nasty habit of replacing "just" with "may" and I'm not seeing a way to edit my prior comment. ^~- "just make sure to watch your solution; the acid in the Cola that does the work can start to each thru the metal that you are trying to salvage" Anyways, I've enjoyed some of your Instructables (I think I stumbled onto one of yours from a link in an email directly from Instructables site) and as a person who cannot afford all the tools necessary for the random gadgets and contraptions I wish to make, it's nice to see that there are other people out in the world who are also willing to try to make a workaround (your drill press was one such example) - sometimes a simple use of odd bits lying around ...

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    sorry, few word corrections... my phone's keyboard has this nasty habit of replacing "just" with "may" and I'm not seeing a way to edit my prior comment. ^~- "just make sure to watch your solution; the acid in the Cola that does the work can start to each thru the metal that you are trying to salvage" Anyways, I've enjoyed some of your Instructables (I think I stumbled onto one of yours from a link in an email directly from Instructables site) and as a person who cannot afford all the tools necessary for the random gadgets and contraptions I wish to make, it's nice to see that there are other people out in the world who are also willing to try to make a workaround (your drill press was one such example) - sometimes a simple use of odd bits lying around can allow you to turn a functional tool into something else... there's a Chef (the sciency one) who says that you should never have a 'tool' in your kitchen that has only one use, and because woodworking often requires 1 tool that does only 1 thing, it's nice to find another way to use said tool.anyways, cheers! Thanks, DudeSerius

    Cola works really well for this, too (don't know about off brands, but Coca-Cola has worked wonders at home). Local car shops used Coca-Cola to clean up car battery rust so they could recharge and resale a salvageable battery. also, world to clean up 'exploded' battery juice in gadgets (I generally use Cola for the larger items and use water with baking soda for cleaning up dried battery juice that learned into the contacts for my smaller devices). may make sure to watch your solution ; the acid in the child's that does the work can start to eat thru the metal you are trying to salvage if left long enough.

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