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  • rof commented on DanPro's instructable Garlic Gardening
    Garlic Gardening

    I'm not sure that if it was said somewhere - my apologies if I missed it but in the UK we are advised not to buy garlic for planting from the supermarket and the likes as it is treated to prevent it growing. It might be suitable from markets but you would be best to ask..

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  • rof commented on PieBaby89's instructable Ralston Berry Crumble Pie
    Ralston Berry Crumble Pie

    I am a an elderly male novice cook who has asperations away above his capabilities!!The pastry you use puzzles me slightly in that it uses far more butter than any other I have researched. It seems for this type of pastry a 4 to 1 flour to fat ratio is the normal and yet this is 2 to 1 - I decided the research results were correct !! So far this pastry looks OK.And as something that is novel is the vodka addition - any idea what that does ? Certainly the pastry rolled out easilyRob

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  • rof commented on LTDWoodworks's instructable How to Make a Kerf Maker
    How to Make a Kerf Maker

    You need to be careful about the internationality of this website and be aware that the word dado in the manner that you are using it is purely US orientated. Your use of the word has clearly confused two of us.Ironically I was also going to pull you up over the use of the word 'kerf' which with my extensive knowledge of woodwork in the UK, is the width of the saw blade including the set of the teeth - seemingly that also defines what you call a dado, and would just be a slot in the UK.

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  • rof commented on LTDWoodworks's instructable How to Make a Kerf Maker
    How to Make a Kerf Maker

    I really cannot work out what this is used for as a dado in my terminilogy is the wooden moulding round a wall and often used as a picture rail. Please explain.

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  • rof commented on bippy8's instructable Tiger Tail Pen
     Tiger Tail Pen

    Hmm - ahh 'chatoyancy' - won't be many people recognise that word, that's a real professional one!! I only came across it for the first time a couple of months ago!Two points - you need to use a tipped tool for turning this - I see you used one - as the glue both in the ply and for gluing the segments together can go hard enough to blunten a HSS gouge quite quickly. And, yes you fell lucky with the plywood leftovers at 5/8" but in reality any thickness of plywood could be used.

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  • rof commented on Amaries's instructable Make a Bear or Two....
    Make a Bear or Two....

    A real stimulus for Xmas presents - thanks

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  • rof commented on deebee2u's instructable Joinery Mallet
    Joinery Mallet

    Having retrieved a similar mallet many years ago from a rubbish throw-out, I was interested in how they wer made as I suspect that in days gone by this would have been one of the tools a wood workoing apprentice would have had to make for himself.I have one particular concern abot this build and a comment to pass on. Oak is not suitabe for the handle as it has a tendency because of it's grain structure to produce splinters - a 'skelf' in Scots - which is hardly an attractive feature of a handle. Traditionally these mallets were produced in hornbeam or beech and and both these woods are prefereable for the handle, or ash as is used for traditional hammers.Again with reference to the handle, it has to be recognised that it is part of the structure of the tool and is a balancing element to…

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    Having retrieved a similar mallet many years ago from a rubbish throw-out, I was interested in how they wer made as I suspect that in days gone by this would have been one of the tools a wood workoing apprentice would have had to make for himself.I have one particular concern abot this build and a comment to pass on. Oak is not suitabe for the handle as it has a tendency because of it's grain structure to produce splinters - a 'skelf' in Scots - which is hardly an attractive feature of a handle. Traditionally these mallets were produced in hornbeam or beech and and both these woods are prefereable for the handle, or ash as is used for traditional hammers.Again with reference to the handle, it has to be recognised that it is part of the structure of the tool and is a balancing element to the head so should have mass as well. In that context I would suggest it should be 1 inch wide instead if 3/4" and certainly not any shorter. The other detail I would recommend is that the centre part of the handle where it is predominantly going to be held is significantly spoke-shaved down to a comfortable oval instaed of just being just slightly edge broken - will make it so much more comfortable to use. Just look at the handle on a metal head hammer as a guide.

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  • rof commented on Marve48's instructable Harvest Apple Fritters
    Harvest Apple Fritters

    What does the term "Harvest Apple" mean ? It doesn't come up as meaning anything on Google as a type of apple.

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  • rof commented on raul7321's instructable A Tiny Compass With ATtiny85
    A Tiny Compass With  ATtiny85

    Could I ask what battery life this has? Is it going to work for the whole day on the hills?

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  • rof commented on SparkyGiraffe's instructable One Pot Bolognese
    One Pot Bolognese

    I'm sorry - I'm on a roll and have been looking at your apple cheesecake and asked about quantities there. I'm on here now and am on the same theme - what is a 'pack' of ground meat? There are lots and lots of people who would I'm sure love your recipes, but don't live where you do.The attraction is the one pot cooking and it's amusing to see the Italians getting up in arms when you are just puuting the pasta in.

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  • rof commented on SparkyGiraffe's instructable Scaled Apple Cheesecake
    Scaled Apple Cheesecake

    Hi - the ingredients say 2 1/2 packs but the Step 1 says 1 1/2. I think this is a mistake.As I'm in the UK and for elsewhere in the world where Graham's are not available, can you include a weight please. Fantatic looking dessert and I'm all for trying it.

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  • One of the problems with this treat, is that if you over cook the sugar syrup, the finsihed item goes bitter - if you under cook it remains sticky !! Digital cooking thermometers are all around so use one to gently get the sugar syrup to 145 C ( 293 F !!) before taking it off the heat and adding the bicarbonate. And as AndrewA above says - that is hot and lava like so be careful.

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  • rof commented on SimonRob's instructable Bi-color 5mm Led Ring (DIY)

    I've had several situations where I have push button LED switches where it would be useful to know that the power was on and then the switch had been pressedAs an addendum, could the author edit the text to say 'solder' rather than 'weld' - the latter is a very different process.

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  • Good one - well done. Interestingly a friend has had a similar experience here in the UK with bugs coming out of sycamore he's used for facings - the holes are now a 'feature'!One thing to watch please, and it applies to all writers of Instructables, is that these web pages are read internationally and things like 'HF' mean nothing outside the US - OK google and I get 'Harbor Freight', but whereas we in say Europe are happy enough to translate inches to millimetres, abbreviations like this can be a problem.

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  • rof commented on BorkWood's instructable Modern Coat Rack

    Two concerns - many of my coats do not have hanging loops big enough for 'pegs' like these. And then in my book, the 'pegs' should have well rounded edges to protect the loops.

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  • Be careful about Streptocarpus as they droop their leaves if they get too much water. "Oops I've not watered enough, let's give it some more !!". No, they come from dry South Africa.

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  • Nice bit of workmanship and quite difficult to do as a one off. I went off to look at the 'antique' hand bellows I got from my parent's house. Interesting that if you put a finger over the pipe hole, air leaks all over the place when squeezed, but as bellows they work fantastically - the pipe is so much bigger than the little gaps. The reason is that the leather is just held by tacks at 1" spacing so maybe it is worth considering avoiding gluing as that will make it near impossible to repair if the leather develops a hole. Also there is a leather cord through the handles preventing them being pulled to far apart.

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  • I question the logic behind this. The whole point of 'toe-nailing' as I see someone calling it, is to join one timber orthogonally onto another - with this method the nails from both sides go into the base timber at right angles and can therefore pull out easily in a straight line. If the nails are straight and are hammered in at an angle they interlock in the base timber because they are at an angle to one another, and joint is very difficult to pull apart.

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