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Hi I am Neil, 59 Retired and living in Spain with my family, spiritburner is my given nickname as I collect Paraffin Pressure stoves mainly from Sweden but also other countries, dating back over 100 years, I love making electrical circuits, DIY, getting my hands dirty, i own a engraving laser , 3d printer and I am a professional photographer. Mainly in VR 360 and Landscape, educated in the UK to degree level and retired to Spain at 37 years with my young family and have enjoyed life here ever s…
  • Audio Spectrum Visualizer IN-13, 7 Band.

    Very nice use of hard to find IN-13 VFD's, well done and it looks great in the wood case, almost tempted to have a laser cut highly polished Inox case, that would be very retro industrial look. Thanks for making and sharing.

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  • Against the Clock (Revisited)

    thanks very much, looks good.

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  • Against the Clock (Revisited)

    Is there a video of it working at all?

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  • Orrery (Earth, Moon, and Sun)

    It wasn't meant to be and I apologise if you felt it was. Sometimes my passion as an engineer gets the better of me. My sincerest apologies If I have upset you in any way, It was not my intention to cause offence. Neil.

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  • Orrery (Earth, Moon, and Sun)

    You will need way more than a CNC machine to build this, the skills required to design and build one of these machines is about 25 items long. Most people do not even know what a Orrery is and when they see it they have no idea what it is capable of doing.The people who can design a Orrery are those that can unlock the mystery of the Antikythera Mechanism.

    Absolute masterpiece and workmanship. Superb instructable. Its rare nowadays to see work like this. It takes a very skilled engineer to produce this work, normally reserved for the best clockmakers and toolmakers. Highly skilled craftsmen and women.When work like this does come to light it should be applauded. It is such a feast for the eyes to see this Orrery. Thank you so much for sharing this rare piece of work.

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  • Halloween Mini Spotlights

    good idea, does the job nicely, well done

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  • Retro, Illuminated Tin Can Christmas Tree

    nice idea but a serious plug for tru tone led bulbs going on here......

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  • spiritburner commented on ruths's instructable Tea-light Lantern
    Tea-light Lantern

    Nice idea, looks great, so glad you used an electric tea light rather than a real one, you might want to add that in your title to get some more hite, the fire risk might put people off.nice project.

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  • Simple Holographic Audio Visualizer

    Interesting, pity there is no video of it working to see how well it really works...

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  • Make a Frontier Stove From a Gas Bottle

    very nice build, I think however the chimney might do with being up in the 6 to 8 cm diameter to make it draw better, its always a problem with these small stoves, you need height and a good diameter.Really good use though of a gas cylinder, the ones you end up buying are just thin tin compared to the gas ones and the price they charge for them is ridiculous. If your car camping with the heater then the only additional thing I would take and pop in my tent is a combines smoke and c02 detector.Mine in the house went off the other day and we didnt know why until I bought it into the lounge and found a small leak in the seal around the door which was allowing some fumes to escape into the lounge and it set off the detector. It did explain why we were falling asleep when it was particularly b…

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    very nice build, I think however the chimney might do with being up in the 6 to 8 cm diameter to make it draw better, its always a problem with these small stoves, you need height and a good diameter.Really good use though of a gas cylinder, the ones you end up buying are just thin tin compared to the gas ones and the price they charge for them is ridiculous. If your car camping with the heater then the only additional thing I would take and pop in my tent is a combines smoke and c02 detector.Mine in the house went off the other day and we didnt know why until I bought it into the lounge and found a small leak in the seal around the door which was allowing some fumes to escape into the lounge and it set off the detector. It did explain why we were falling asleep when it was particularly burning hot.replaced the gasket and all safe now.If your burning coal or charcoal its a must 100% to have the detector....Its a dangerous gas and you cant smell or taste it, the only symptom is falling asleep. We were just dozing mid afternoon and I thought this cant be right. Checked with the detector and well the rest is history.

    would love to see how you are doing this....

    it will be as the gas is a liquid, the tank is untreated and therefore it oxidises, should see inside a diving cylinder after a few years and the air is filtered through dry filters all the time, you have to have them shot blasted ever few years to keep them in code and safe to breathe the air!!

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  • Hammered Copper Coffee Table

    That is an excellent job I love to see things made from Copper and Brass, Both materials are excellent to work with, very forgiving and because you can anneal them you can make all sorts of shapes from them.You were lucky to get the cylinder in copper most of them now are steel and heavily insulated as copper is so expensive now.It's also good to see the peened finish. Well done. really looks great, not everyone's cup of tea but I love things made from copper, most of my saucepans are copper or cast iron and I just have the copper ones re tinned every few years. They are a generational item and basically will last forever.It is also now a commodity with 1 oz of copper currently trading at about 29 euros so you have well over 100 usd on that table there in scrap copper alone. Before i ret…

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    That is an excellent job I love to see things made from Copper and Brass, Both materials are excellent to work with, very forgiving and because you can anneal them you can make all sorts of shapes from them.You were lucky to get the cylinder in copper most of them now are steel and heavily insulated as copper is so expensive now.It's also good to see the peened finish. Well done. really looks great, not everyone's cup of tea but I love things made from copper, most of my saucepans are copper or cast iron and I just have the copper ones re tinned every few years. They are a generational item and basically will last forever.It is also now a commodity with 1 oz of copper currently trading at about 29 euros so you have well over 100 usd on that table there in scrap copper alone. Before i retired I used to keep any lead , copper and brass that we came upon while working and just threw them into bins in the workshop, upon retiring they produced Copper at long last is also being used now in hospitals as counter-tops, door handles, taps etc because of its antiseptic/ antibacterial properties. Its incredibly good in dealing with all sorts of little nasties, way better than stainless steel/Inox is. these people who insist of having stainless everywhere in there kitchens would be way better in having them made out of pure copper for that reason alone.I also think it really looks nice and ages beautifully, It was also applied to the hulls of wooden ships in the mediterranean where I now live to stop the little worms from eating the ships' hulls.A nice little earner as we say of here in europe!Nice job, thanks for sharing.ThanksNeil.

    a lot of the time it is extremely dangerous to wear gloves when using metal and machinery, your glove can get trappen and it can you pull you hand into the machinery with devastating results.Also when wearing gloves you cant feel half the time what you are doing on metal.Most of the time it is safer not to wear them.

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  • Mini IMac G4 Flat Panel - Powered by NUC

    Fantastic build and I cant even imagine the time it took to do this, well done and thank you for sharing with us. I love this version of the Mac and still have mine running as a photo viewer in the hallway as you come in the front door, Lots of friends always comment on it.Even today I believe this was and still is the best ever designed Mac. Here in spain there are a couple of shopping centres in Barcelona that still use this mac on their information desk and its purely down to aesthetics. People love the look of it.

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  • Miniature Camp Stove

    You said that you have drawings of miniature stoves , I was wondering if you have them anywhere to look at please.thanks.

    very nice concept, I have some 4 inch pipe and might have a go....Thanks for sharing.

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  • Scan View-Master Reels to Digital Video. Its the View-ReMaster!

    Really good idea to keep the old Viewmaster but I have to admit to still making the reels from my old stereo realist camera I have dating way back in years.Just have to remember to tell the film developers what its for, The main trouble now is getting the actual reels and I have had to resort to cutting them out on a C02 laser I have, it cuts out the template beautifully.I still do digital stereo and use stereo photo maker to process them into Holmes cars, nothing like viewing them in the original way. Nice project.

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  • Delicious Cheesy Garlic Bread

    I have to admit they look great, we used to go to a restaurant many years ago called Goodies in Southampton on the south coast of the UK and they made the best Garlic bread I have ever tasted in my life, looked a bit like yours but it was baked in foil and came out as if the butter had saturated the baguette, incredible stuff. Keep em coming.

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  • Mobile Observatory (upcycled Bunk Bed)

    Great project looks great fun, my only worry is that your address is splashed over the internet. Not sure how it works in the US but that would be enough to find you this side of the pond.

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  • Wood Air Freshener

    Looks lovely and I bet it smells nice, I too miss my truck, she had to go though, getting on in her years, old VW but she was great, had her for 20 years and owed me nothing, the kids used to call her the skip as our house is elevated on the front road and you can toss things from the terraces into her. But no longer......Great job.

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  • 2.1 Bluetooth Sound System - Fully Printable

    Totally agree with you, I have lived in spain for 20 years and can see no benefit at all in the UK leaving, People are short sighted in the UK and forget the benefits of being in the EU, They had a voice and with a strong government could have made changes in the EU, now they have no voice and are a tiny little country, if they ever return, they come back without the benefits that Thatcher managed to agree, a small country with no power any longer, don't get me wrong I am a englishman, Monarchist always and I am saddened that this has happened. We were once a strong and respected country but this will not help the UK in the worlds standing, next Scotland will leave the Union and join Europe which I hope for as my wife is Scottish and wants independence.

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  • 2.1 Bluetooth Sound System - Fully Printable

    yep, exact same drivers off ali express for 13 dollars a pair with free postage, just need to shop around a little, nearly all their 3 inch speakers/drivers are around 10 to 40 dollars a pair on the eu site, I dont know if you have to pay tax on the delivery to uk , here in spain very rarely and at that price in the uk probably no. Seems to kick in around 25 and I know they mark the prices down on purpose.

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  • Making a LED Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device

    this is great and looks fantastic, I just looked up what Bondo is and was very surprised to see the Amazon Product Safety leaflet says the following:- I'm not one for being "PC" but in this case it might be an idea to change to a less dangerous product? We don't want youngsters playing with this 😄 .Product safetyThis product is subject to specific safety instructions and warnings.Fatal in contact with skin.Fire hazard if heated.Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.Causes organ damage.Causes serious eye irritation.May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.May produce an alergic reaction on the skin.Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child.It is suspected of causing cancer.

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  • Concrete Tree Log Waterfall Fountain

    No problems, it might help others who are struggling to make it work, I just wish I had your talent, skill and patience certainly in painting and ideas that's for sure!! I just work to plans that are given to me.

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  • Concrete Tree Log Waterfall Fountain

    No problem, actually i'm english but I moved to spain 20 plus years ago with my family, technically i live in catalunya and not spain as this part of the country wants separation from the other part not that that worries me, I love living here and its a fantastic place to bring up young kids with the way the Catalans/Spanish Are.On another note your mould I would try and find some release agent to help you remove the the set project, remember concrete will shrink if you leave it long enough in the mould to cure, dry and set. I wouldn't take it out of the Mould for at least a couple of weeks in a warm climate and longer in a damp one, I would also water the drying concrete with hose every day for a week of so or put a wet blanket over it to keep the humidity in.Concrete is a mixture as I s…

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    No problem, actually i'm english but I moved to spain 20 plus years ago with my family, technically i live in catalunya and not spain as this part of the country wants separation from the other part not that that worries me, I love living here and its a fantastic place to bring up young kids with the way the Catalans/Spanish Are.On another note your mould I would try and find some release agent to help you remove the the set project, remember concrete will shrink if you leave it long enough in the mould to cure, dry and set. I wouldn't take it out of the Mould for at least a couple of weeks in a warm climate and longer in a damp one, I would also water the drying concrete with hose every day for a week of so or put a wet blanket over it to keep the humidity in.Concrete is a mixture as I said before and the cement part of the concrete needs a chemical reaction to take place, if it dries out before that happens the concrete just will go crumbly or be brittle, you need to allow for that chemical cement reaction to take place so leave it out of the sun, keep it damp for a few days then let it dry out slowly, never light a fire in concrete as it will explode as the stones in the mixture create air pockets.So keep it damp, let it dry and cure and then when its dry properly the mould if its not too difficult should just pop off. It might need some help if so just be careful.Have fun.

    selling them is the issue!! even making 10 a week would be in my estimation not possible looking at the amount of Post pro work involved.

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  • Concrete Tree Log Waterfall Fountain

    I wouldnt use this process for leaving it in the garden, especially if you get frosts, almost certainly it would crack the items, the problem is there is no real strength in the item, you have the wire but it wont stop it cracking, it will stop it breaking in half but not a crack, I would look at another method and either use proper concrete that has stone chips in it or use resins that mix with the cement from Sika , another method is to buy from a construction shop a bag of fibreglass strands, these are about 2cm long and there are thousands in a small bag, what you do is mix them in with your cement/concrete and that is a much stronger way of holding it together, use the mesh as well, a bag of these is about 5 euros and you probably get tens of thousands in a bag like in the photos , w…

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    I wouldnt use this process for leaving it in the garden, especially if you get frosts, almost certainly it would crack the items, the problem is there is no real strength in the item, you have the wire but it wont stop it cracking, it will stop it breaking in half but not a crack, I would look at another method and either use proper concrete that has stone chips in it or use resins that mix with the cement from Sika , another method is to buy from a construction shop a bag of fibreglass strands, these are about 2cm long and there are thousands in a small bag, what you do is mix them in with your cement/concrete and that is a much stronger way of holding it together, use the mesh as well, a bag of these is about 5 euros and you probably get tens of thousands in a bag like in the photos , when you mix them in sprinkle a few in at a time as you mix the mortar up and keep mixing all the time as you make your mortar, What you dont want is a lump of fibreglass needles at the end, the trick is to get them evenly throughout your mix.We use them all the time in Spain to hold concrete patios together and in swimming pools as the temperature is very hot here, it works better than using the large iron mesh which is only used on heavy construction, on small patios or terraces which are not structural we use these.

    just put a teaspoon of bleach in it once every couple of weeks to keep the water sweet and stop any algae build up, looks good. I wouldn't leave this outside in the north of europe the cement would probably crack in the heavy frosts we have here, if you do then make sure you empty it and make sure no water is left in the pump....

    Use these fibreglass strands in addition to your wire mesh, you get them from a construction shop, they cost about 5 euros or less for a bag this size which is about 25 cms by 15 cm and full of them, mix them thoroughly into the mortar and it will be rock solid when hard.I am a construction engineer and these are used in concrete and mortar mixes where you need extra binding strength, another trick if you need to make the mortar really solid is to vibrate the mix in you mould, you can use any normal electric sanding machine to do this, what it does is vibrates the particles of sand/cement/stone together and form them to bind and compact and you are left with a form of very strong concrete. Only vibrate solid moulds though or it will break the mould with this method. Even gentle tapping o…

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    Use these fibreglass strands in addition to your wire mesh, you get them from a construction shop, they cost about 5 euros or less for a bag this size which is about 25 cms by 15 cm and full of them, mix them thoroughly into the mortar and it will be rock solid when hard.I am a construction engineer and these are used in concrete and mortar mixes where you need extra binding strength, another trick if you need to make the mortar really solid is to vibrate the mix in you mould, you can use any normal electric sanding machine to do this, what it does is vibrates the particles of sand/cement/stone together and form them to bind and compact and you are left with a form of very strong concrete. Only vibrate solid moulds though or it will break the mould with this method. Even gentle tapping on the mould helps by settling the contents.

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  • Location Tracking "Weasley Clock"

    My kids would go spare if i put them on something like this!! I would expect most would, sometimes it´s a pity we don't all live in the wizarding world really, save a lot of trouble and strife. Even with he who must not be named.....Fun idea though.

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  • K40 Laser Cutter Rebuild-12x24in Cutting Area

    yes if you follow it slowly and carefully anyone can do it.

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  • Underground Drinks Cooler

    Looks good but as a cooler though a complete and utter waste of time. Good Instructable though, might as well just bury the fridge in the grass!! Sorry, but the truth sometimes hurts.The orange pipe to which some poster commented is the standard pipe used in europe as a soil/poop pipe to the main drains from the toilets or to a septic tank, No idea why they are orage apart from ease of visibility when using large machinery in the near vicinity of the works. The old pipes from a hundred plus years ago which were made from a ceramic material and fired were of this colour on the outside so I guess they carried it on through...Seriously as a cooler there are too many explanations as to why this will not work, just accept it wont, and if will fill with water , crud, maggots and a complete ass…

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    Looks good but as a cooler though a complete and utter waste of time. Good Instructable though, might as well just bury the fridge in the grass!! Sorry, but the truth sometimes hurts.The orange pipe to which some poster commented is the standard pipe used in europe as a soil/poop pipe to the main drains from the toilets or to a septic tank, No idea why they are orage apart from ease of visibility when using large machinery in the near vicinity of the works. The old pipes from a hundred plus years ago which were made from a ceramic material and fired were of this colour on the outside so I guess they carried it on through...Seriously as a cooler there are too many explanations as to why this will not work, just accept it wont, and if will fill with water , crud, maggots and a complete assortment of creepy crawlies despite all attempts to prevent it of that I am sure. Thank you though for an instructing write up.

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  • Christmas Shadowbox - Decor Item

    this is really great, I have done something similar but using my K40 laser to cut out wood and arrange in a layers with spaces and its makes a nice 3d look but obviously paper allows for the light to shine through beautifully, I still have my Diode cutters as well and this cuts card as well as wood and I may give this a try on fine card or even a fine ivory acetate , it looks very nice and with a programmable set of leds and specific colours you could replicate a dawn to dusk to night shadow which would look lovely as well. I think you have done a lovely job. these were first made many years ago as a form of entertainment in the evenings and on special holidays like Christmas, its something you can bring out every year and cherish.

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  • Making a LED Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device

    as a mere mortal like yourself, I have a feeling however this is an object or device of some enormous power from a computer game and I suspect it opens a event horizon or for mere mortals a wormhole or black hole in to another dimension or place in the game. 😄

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  • USB Pendant for Universal Gcode Sender (UGS) for CNC Machining

    Very nice piece of work, sadly I dont use UGS, I have Open Builds control but would love to see something similar for that. Well done this is a great asset to anyone using UGS on their CNC. I had a jog pendant on my Mach 4 machine originally and that was great to have. thanks for posting this.

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  • spiritburner commented on ThomasVDD's instructable Upgrade Your CNC
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    me too following....any news...

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