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  • Build a Tool Rack for Your Tool Wall

    I have made some racks for a cabinet door for tool and it was difficult to make so things wood fit and fiddly to use. I never thought of a slot !!!! now to figure out how to change the holey one for a slotted one without making a huge f'n mess in the process. uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on WardWorks's instructable Build a Sheet Metal Brake6 months ago
    Build a Sheet Metal Brake

    I just last month made one from plans by Dave Gingery in "sheet metal technology" out of oak for the bending arm and the bed and purple heart for he leaf the part that does the clamping It uses C-clamps for the hold down but looks a lot like yours. I can not bend as heavey as yours maybe but every shop could use one. do not know why it took me so long before I made it.nice workuncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on JettaKnight's instructable Cast Concrete Bench6 months ago
    Cast Concrete Bench

    when casting and pouring concrete for gardens I like to expose the aggregate. I mostly start with adding washed "river" pebbles into the top and washing off when the concrete is still green but rather stiff possible to mix types , colors to get the desired effect.uncle frogy

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  • 1960s Volumio Console Stereo Cabinet Restomod

    nice job. most reel to reel tape recorders display feet of tape not actually time but since the drive is governed very accurately it does converts to time. I like the sound of those older solid stereos, the combination of very efficient speakers, inter-stage transformers and discrete transistors (no noisy ICs) and a shorter signal path.look out for aging electrolytic capacitors especially in the power supply make a clean rich sound the cabinet is in really prime conditionuncle frogy

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  • Pro Tips for Using Cardboard

    nice instructable, I am fond of cardboard, and corrugated cardboard and will often use it to make things that could be made of other materials. I have had some difficulty with both yellow and white carpenter's glue and discovered by experiment that waterborne urethane floor finish works really well and dries quickly. If the thing will be subjected to rough use and stress I paint it with old varnish or oil base urethane which soaks into the fiber and makes it harder. I would think that to make it really water proof all you would need to do is paint it with the resin use with fiber-glass might not need to use fiber-glass cloth at all but you could use the cardboard as the "armature" for a fiber-glass prototypethe great advantage is the lack of serious weight compared to just ab...

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    nice instructable, I am fond of cardboard, and corrugated cardboard and will often use it to make things that could be made of other materials. I have had some difficulty with both yellow and white carpenter's glue and discovered by experiment that waterborne urethane floor finish works really well and dries quickly. If the thing will be subjected to rough use and stress I paint it with old varnish or oil base urethane which soaks into the fiber and makes it harder. I would think that to make it really water proof all you would need to do is paint it with the resin use with fiber-glass might not need to use fiber-glass cloth at all but you could use the cardboard as the "armature" for a fiber-glass prototypethe great advantage is the lack of serious weight compared to just about everything else and the ease of working with it.the mind is the most important tool we have keep using ituncle frogy

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  • Making High End Furniture From Plywood - DIY Modern Dining Table

    having worked with plywood I have to hand it to you the ability to laminate two sheets together and get a flat result very difficult thing to accomplish

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  • uncle frogy commented on Jake_Makes's instructable Most REDNECK Forge Ever. Period.11 months ago
    Most REDNECK Forge Ever. Period.

    now I'll have to look through my junk piles to see if I have a suitable similar fire box, tried fire brick but they were problematic. thanks for sharing .I do not know about exploding but I doubt a porcelain sink would hold up for very long to the uneven heat of a fire in it. the stresses would probably be too much and would break like ordinary glass would. they make high temp porcelain lab ware but they are different than ordinary sinksuncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on High Voltage Fun's instructable Gas Bottle Hot Smoker12 months ago
    Gas Bottle Hot Smoker

    I do not know if the photos were posed or not but I would advise that when using electric arc welding equipment besides using a welding hood I would also cover up to protect myself from the harmful and intense ultraviolet light emitted from the electric arc.tripod legs installed in slides on the sides might improve the stability without increasing the mass to greatly. it looks kind of like a steam punk rocket! great!uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on Raleighup's instructable Indestructible Coffee Table1 year ago
    Indestructible Coffee Table

    I like the table and especially the top.I would have only change 2 things I would made sure that all the joints that were made to make longer boards were as far away as possible from each other and I would have run all of the boards through a thickness planer so that all the mating faces would make a good glue joint they would not have to be all the same thickness. I would still have used screws to help hold it together until the glue dried Then it would be very similar to a glue-lam beam. some body just might want to put a motor on it to work on it at some point or pick it up take it apart and move it around.uncle frogy

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  • LM317 Based DIY Variable Benchtop Power Supply

    I do not know what you or others see but on my system the schematic is barely readable the lines are clear enough but all the text / labels are almost impossible to read even using the large version and getting very close to the monitor they are still difficult read. Maybe it has something to do with how instructables handles the files it is sent, like how youtube changes the file resolution it is sent before they put them up.I appreciate that you were more focused on making the project then making an instructable for the project that is the reason I do not post any myself doing 2 things at the same time can be confusing, and difficult taking more then twice as long on each step my thanks for your effortuncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on a-morpheus's instructable Undead Pan1 year ago
    Undead Pan

    nice work I like using cast iron cook ware myself and have restored some as well. I found aone piece that had had a Teflon coating applied that had been "burt up" and was rusting rather badly.I had no power tools but I had time. I used a very cheap sharpening stone I did have. It was rather small for a sharpening stone and not particularly hard. I used it like a "grill stone" and honed the inside flat and smooth then seasoned it. makes great fried chicken!as long as you use an edible oil I do not think it makes a lot of difference in the end, the only real problem would be what the smoke smells like during the process because what happens is the oil penetrates all the pores and then is burned out leaving a very smooth none stick layer of carbon, which like activa...

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    nice work I like using cast iron cook ware myself and have restored some as well. I found aone piece that had had a Teflon coating applied that had been "burt up" and was rusting rather badly.I had no power tools but I had time. I used a very cheap sharpening stone I did have. It was rather small for a sharpening stone and not particularly hard. I used it like a "grill stone" and honed the inside flat and smooth then seasoned it. makes great fried chicken!as long as you use an edible oil I do not think it makes a lot of difference in the end, the only real problem would be what the smoke smells like during the process because what happens is the oil penetrates all the pores and then is burned out leaving a very smooth none stick layer of carbon, which like activated charcoal has very little to no taste or smell.I have an iron wok that has also developed such a surface just from use.uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on aCuriousCreator's instructable Wooden Biltong Box1 year ago
    Wooden Biltong Box

    well that is nice and a fun and useful device indeed. I have a general question. where I am it is increasingly harder to obtain incandescent light bulbs and leds are not very hot being much more efficient, how could you make one of these without the light bulb , using some other low current device as a heat source? and what might it be.uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on ma-vela's instructable 3 Ingredient Chalkboard Paint1 year ago
    3 Ingredient Chalkboard Paint

    I have used "chalkboard paint" both black and green before it seemed pretty good. How does this mixture compare to the ready mixed type?uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on DroosKitchen's instructable How to Make an Outdoor Griddle1 year ago
    How to Make an Outdoor Griddle

    when I was a child our stove had a great griddle and it got used all the time. this simple device deserves to be more widely used, the sear tastes much better than the char from naked flames great job very professionally done it should last for years uncle frogy

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  • Multi-External Hard Drive Power Supply

    nice product fit and finish are supurb not the post apocalyptic design I would have cobbled together out of "junk", you could even add a switch for each jack without much trouble.before you know it you might end up making a NASuncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on tomatoskins's instructable Custom Tool Wall1 year ago
    Custom Tool Wall

    I am always amazed by some peoples ability to organize their tools and work-space. I am a believer or sufferer of more room more stuff and my tool collection is very eclectic. I never heard of anyone with too many tools.My big problem is one of storage of all the hardware and leftovers and usable "scrap " and what might actually be junk someday that I accumulate. They take up more space all the time. I have hung on the wall tool boxes and some tools organized in a similar way and I see some details I will add to my own "system" .good use of space and my hats off on the discipline involved in creating it!uncle frogy

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  • Super Bright Tunable Led Light Panels

    I want to compliment you on your use of safety equipment. safety glasses ear muffs and a mask it seems all to easy for those outside of an industrial environment to over look some or all of normal safety concerns and thus take unnecessary risks to negative results.work safe and do good work two things that should always go together!uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on kofaktorlab's instructable the BOOKSHELF1 year ago
    the BOOKSHELF

    very nice. I have made things with slotted boards before but this is one of the nicest shelves I have seen and I do not know why I never thought of ganging them together to cut them with a circular saw like that before.thinking of some out of 1/2" birch ply with a clear finish.uncle frogy

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  • Weaved Bathroom Hamper and Litter Box

    a woven object is weaved by a weaver.when I first read the description I thought you were going to use that plastic strapping/banding that is used in shipping material not sure if it is PVC or not . I have admired it and wished I could think of something to do with it but that stuff you found is great and it took some work to get it into that final shape.I hate seeing stuff end up in a land fill!I admire your shop nice work on bothuncle frogy

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  • Modern Farm Table With Hairpin Legs for Under $200

    sorry if this sounds critical but what you show pictured appears to be Douglas fir the most commonly available framing , construction lumber and not pine. Pine in that dimension is a little harder to find though for the look it might be worth it. fir might be more durable compared to some species of pine and a good deal cheaper. sugar pine is very easy to work with but costly and hard to get in that size for example.uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on CCX191's instructable Make an Electric Motor2 years ago
    Make an Electric Motor

    a good source for magnets like that is the magnetron tube from a microwave oven. the advantage is you do not have to overcome the glue that is used with speaker magnets and they are also very strong and a simple wire cutter is all you need to get them out.uncle frogy

    how much current does the draw?uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on jparacuelles's instructable Making instant batteries2 years ago
    Making instant batteries

    what metal is the wire screen made of?uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on entomophile's instructable Little Gem Amplifier2 years ago
    Little Gem Amplifier

    the look of the finished project in photos does not really indicate size very well.it looks bigger than it must be as an index card box is probably not 18" high by 18" wide by 8" deep as an amp good job!uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on Cdab88's instructable Guitar Amp2 years ago
    Guitar Amp

    well there is the LM386 of course which is an OP ampuncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on andrewwilson's instructable Emergency Stop Button 2 years ago
    Emergency Stop Button

    I had need of just such a switch inline with a big ole 1/2 inch drill motor I was using to mix some stucco I had the drill lock on and the dam thing slipped from my hand continued spinning and wound up the power cord and broke it. all I could do was stand and watch.never thought of one of these before thanks for posting it. I will add one to my kit in the near future.I did make something a little bit similar for working on electronic equipment during trouble shooting. I got tired of having to keep plugging and unplugging the power cord so a put a single through double throw switch on a power chord to switch hot and neutral I left the ground pass through.always like good ideas!uncle frogy

    let me try that again a single throw double pole switch to switch the hot and neutral ground is a pass throughsorry uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on tanner_tech's instructable Custom Tube Guitar Amp2 years ago
    Custom Tube Guitar Amp

    an OK improvised junkyard amp suitable for the lab or prototype testing but not "road worthy".I have a fondness for this kind of "post apocalyptic design"uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on ChipsWoodShop's instructable Mini Vise in Minutes2 years ago
    Mini Vise in Minutes

    I was thinking do I have any nice square nuts have I seen any at the big box hardware store?then I thought T nuts would work and I have a bunch of them in different sizes.. This is just what I need to hold small work pieces at the drill press because it is no fun when the bit grabs just as it punches through specially in metal.uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on TheCutlassKid's instructable LED "Vacuum" Tubes2 years ago
    LED "Vacuum" Tubes

    great idea. I have always disliked the "decorative" only use of expensive and still useful vacuum tubes. but these could be made out of dead ones rendering them no longer useless though still visually interesting. Your choice is opened up to tubes that do not have any common use today, look in any long dead TV's great thinking!uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on dwaynerbear's instructable Mitre Saw Station2 years ago
    Mitre Saw Station

    your project gives me too many ideas I was content with making do with my shop which has grown as the jobs range has increased. Just what I needed another project! I think I can adopt some of this one to help consolidate and organize the space in my too small of a space for the all the work I end up doing.The cabinets are a great idea because it is dust control that is a major problem in an active shop and the cabinets keep stuff, the growing hardware and tool collection, in enclosed spaces away from the "f''n" dustuncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on seamster's instructable Restore a vintage power drill2 years ago
    Restore a vintage power drill

    I have a very similar drill I have done a little work on. it is too fast for most of the things I need a drill for but I did press into service as the power for a drill bit sharpener that likes the higher RPMs. I all so have a 1/2" drill of the same vintage that does not spin very fast but it sure has the torque for big auger bits over 3/4" and up and does a swell job of mixing 5gal. buckets of mortar and plaster does not get hot or bog down both could use a little polish though then I might be afraid to use them

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  • uncle frogy commented on thebeatonpath's instructable DIY Yellow Jacket Bottle Trap2 years ago
    DIY Yellow Jacket Bottle Trap

    That looks like what you said it was an environmentally safe method of trapping wasps and rather simple to build.I do not like being stung by wasps much either and have not been stung very often because I do not hassle them. All wasps are carnivorous I had the most numerous nests when I had dogs and the unavoidable flies which the wasps were eating. I like flies much less than I like those things that eat them how ever and preferred to just make the wasps not build there nests right in any paths I would have to take on a regular basis. I do not have any dogs at present and now seldom see any wasps in my yard and no nests I can find.uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on marcus2015's instructable Make your own lye2 years ago
    Make your own lye

    that is a pretty ingenious set up for extracting lye from wood ashes. This project and the comments it has received pushed me over the edge.sure you might be able to purchase the results of this project for less money and surly less trouble. so ------- what? you can buy artisanal soap many places again so what. these projects are projects, instructables on how someone did something. no one is forced to do them just like they did or even read them. many are cheaper to buy then build that is not the point at allWhat is the point of just ranting on how stupid they are or a waste of time and money?You have the time, you have the material in this case a ready supply of wood ashes anyway it might be fun and interesting to try and learn to extract the lye even make something out of it, inse...

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    that is a pretty ingenious set up for extracting lye from wood ashes. This project and the comments it has received pushed me over the edge.sure you might be able to purchase the results of this project for less money and surly less trouble. so ------- what? you can buy artisanal soap many places again so what. these projects are projects, instructables on how someone did something. no one is forced to do them just like they did or even read them. many are cheaper to buy then build that is not the point at allWhat is the point of just ranting on how stupid they are or a waste of time and money?You have the time, you have the material in this case a ready supply of wood ashes anyway it might be fun and interesting to try and learn to extract the lye even make something out of it, insecticidal soap is a thing and mixed with nicotine is a very strong contact insecticide and home made will wash the dog and home made soap would probably smell better that a dirt itchy dog. at least my dog.helpful comments are helpful the other kind are just more discouraging BSuncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on LukaK19's instructable LED Persistance of vision Globe2 years ago
    LED Persistance of vision Globe

    was there any problems with the rotation like wobble or vibration? A balanced sphere or wheel rotates easily but that "loop" besides the air resistance is a different thing.uncle frogy

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  • uncle frogy commented on SpecificLove's instructable 8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool2 years ago
    8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool

    I never thought of the steel wool screw trick that is now store for future referenceyou must have a very controlled touch to use steel wool on glass like that many would probably ruin it I was told that when the windscreens of small planes are cleaned it is ad vised that they only go up and down so any streaks and small scratches only go in the same direction might be because they are plastic but any way.I have used steel wool to patch rat and mouse holes to good results. I used a little courser grade and in-bedded it in the plaster they have no problem chewing plaster but they can not chew steel otherwise they would be eating through caned foods and peanut butter jar lids.uncle frogy

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  • Make Your Own Dead-Blow Hammer! | DIY Woodworking Tools #7

    that is a nice one time use hammer cheap and quick to make but not built for strength or long use. It reminds me of the soft blow hammers plumbers used when working on cast iron drain pipe. they were a piece of black pipe for a handle and the working end was a beer can filled with lead. they would put a fitting on the pipe push it into a can and fill the whole thing with molten lead. lasted long enough and could be reformed when it became too deformed in use and it did not break the cast iron pipe.uncle frogy

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