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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…
  • 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

    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.

    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.

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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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    me too following....any news...

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