Abstract strategy game term. Answered

There is a term used, for example, in the game of chess where, because moving a piece every turn (no passing) is compulsory, having to move is sometimes detrimental to your chance at winning. What is that term? I think it starts with with an M but I'm not for sure.

Question by mynameiswillem 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Vacuum Tube Chess Set

This chess set made from vacuum tubes is pretty stunning. Plug a tube into a square and the top lights up. I doubt that the pins will stand up to very many games of chess, but it is lovely to look at. Vaccum Tube Chess Set via Make

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to format instructions on the chess playing robot project?

I have been working on the project found on this instructable, and I can not figure out what to enter in the serial monitor. To be clear I have only built the x y, the motor assembly. So the only the code found in the folder in the zip file named motor controller. In other words, my question is what do I enter in the serial monitor to move a piece. Thank you in advance if you can help me with this.

Question by PersonP2 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


how to make a completely programmed user friendly led chess board?

i want to know the complete circuitry and the steps for it,s design..and also the programming part required.

Question by sumit.ahuja 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago



lost wax casting

Newkidontheblock. looking for authentic instuctions how to go about making lost wax castings of chess pieces (in aluminium )dozens of them ????

Topic by golodenboy6 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Do you play chess.com(chesscom) ?

If you do, I would love to play with someone who is respectable and doesnt want to try and hook  up! The instructables community is very mature and fun to talk to so I would love to play chess with some people message me with your username

Topic by FlatLinerMEDIC 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Chain Mail Chess Set

This entire chess set is made out of chain mail. The amount of work that must have gone into this is mind-boggling. You will certainly lose the nice sound of solidly dropping a piece into a new strategic location, but maybe the clank of chain mail on chain mail will be even more satisfying.Link

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to easily win a chess match?

Question by bayblade 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Ideas for a wire chess set.

I was thinking about doing a wire chess set. Since it was suggested by CaitlinsDad over here: https://www.instructables.com/community/Requesting-feedback-on-a-Fire-Breathing-Dragon-tes/ Came up with this. These are rough (obviously), the rook should have crenelations and I did the king and queen in the same piece. It's like 5 AM and my fingers hurt from working on a wire Nine Tailed Fox (from Naruto) for my son. So, I took a short cut. The picture should make it clear how I'm planning to make things look. The knight is abstract, it always bothers me when the horse is the only thing with any detail. The pawn is about 1/2" x 1" tall, the queen would be just under 2" tall, the king is about 2 1/4" tall, both by 1" wide, the other 3 are about 1 1/2" x 3/4". It is done in 18g galvanized steel. Anybody still reading? Great! I'd love to get some feedback, good, bad, anything to either confirm it is just the best thing ever OR how it could be improved towards that goal. So don't hold back. Cheers.

Topic by Thrasym 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


connect chess board to pc?

Hi, i want to connect a normal - nicely looking wooden chess board - to my pc to play chess against the computer but instead of staring at the monitor, i rather want to look at my "analog" chess board, move on the board and let the computer "tell" me the next move (ie i don't have to sit next to the monitor when i play). i have been searching the web up and down and so far, havent found a single web page where somebody describes of how to do that; all i find is 500 dollar electronic chess boards .... since great chess programs exist for the pc, there is no need to write my own, i just want to read out the positions on the chess board - either through a web cam and some recognition software, or more hardware oriented with sensors on the board...... i really don't have a clue how to approach this problem in practice - any advice would be appreciated. regards, charline

Topic by charline 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Exploring Synergies between Chess and Video Games

I'm a 2200 ELO chess player, and recently started teaching chess to Pyre, one of North America's best Starcraft 2 players (a video game). I'm blogging about this experience as we are jointly exploring both games and the synergies between them. There may be more overlap between the two games than you may think! Feedback and suggestions are highly welcome, in particular from chess players and the video gaming community! http://revtiberius.blogspot.ca/

Topic by RevTiberius 6 years ago


Another idea for a piece-tracking chess board

RFID-based chess boards have their merits of course, but would be pretty expensive and could potentially suffer from antenna cross-talk. Furthermore, the relatively immense amount of information carried compared to what's required makes RFID sort of overkill. Reed switches have the opposite problem, only carrying a single bit of information per square (piece present y/n). It seems that what you want is something in-between (six kinds of pieces, two colors, so you only need four bits of entropy per square/piece).My idea is the following:Each square is a circuit containing a signal generator connected to four bandpass filters at frequencies f1,f2,f3,f4 (multiplexed of course, so that we only need a few signal generators/filters)Each piece has a RLC circuit in the foot (with fairly large inductance)The circuit in each piece is tuned to resonate at frequency f1, f2, f3 or f4, or any combination of the fourTo poll a square for information, we mux to the square's circuit and generate sin(f1) + sin(f2) + sin(f3) + sin(f4). Now we should be able to discern which piece is on the square based on the frequency response observed at the output of the bandpass filtersIf I'm not completely missing something, the resulting PCB should be comparatively cheap to construct. But I'd love to hear if this is a less elegant solution than I think. Are there any problems with this idea?

Topic by BenjaminL136 7 weeks ago  |  last reply 7 weeks ago


[newsletter] Light Suits, LED Chess, Bioluminescent Algae...

June 26, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Robot Contest closes for entries in just a few days. Enter your robot now to win a trip to RoboGames 2009!Now that the summer has officially started we're celebrating with our BBQ PDQ Contest. Show us your tastiest food for the grill and win an Instructables apron! The Pocket Pal for Safe Travel by foxquarry The Invisible Face Mask! by aKaMaKaVeLy Bioluminescent Algae by ScaryBunnyMan Create Wall Art With Electrical Tape by lilybee Cheap Portable Bluescreen by themakeclass Turn Signal Biking Jacket by leahbuechley DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere by arturg Yip Yip Costume by sliny Build a 96-Volt Electric Motorcycle by Kentucky-bum Handy Tricks for the World Traveler by stasterisk LED Chess Set by Tetranitrate Mobile Computing on the Fringe by johnnyallenshaw Closes for entries onJuly 6th! Winners announcednext week Grill up something tasty! Extendable bed for an SUV or truck by galadriel How to get the best out of your travels by josh EL wire outfits by enlighted Guitar Tube Amp by gmoon Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Wall chessboard.

I was wondering if there are anyone who has built a similar project or would be willing to give it a try. I'm trying it and having difficulties.

Topic by taysummers 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how can i play a chess game? Answered

I have a chess at home for my birthday gift but i can't play it because i dont know how to play it  please can you help me

Question by princess kenny 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How plausible would the idea of making a voice-controlled chess set be?

Yesterday, after playing a round in a chess tournament, I thought of the idea of a voice-controlled chess set. Mac has done a voice-controlled chess app, so why not make the same thing, but with a real set? My idea is to have each piece have a board with a railroad-esque track system for the pieces to move around on in response to a voice control unit also incorporated into the set. My main concern was how to circumvent the voice-control mechanism being unable to determine which individual piece to move if more than one of that piece is on the board and capable of the move being made (for instance, if the player said knight to E5, and both knights are capable of moving there, which one does it move?), but then decided that the voice activation could be activated by stating a square name, and the command affects the piece on that square. I know I would have to scale the set up a bit to fit the electronics, but is this idea plausible? How much would the technology to make it cost? 

Question by ALogan97 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Lego Chess Set - motorised, $32k, 100k bricks

Using 32 Lego mindstorms bricks, 100,000 Lego bricks (though adding up the stats from their site it's 97,015) and costing roughly $30,000 this Lego chess set that will be on display at Brickworld next week is truly amazing. Check out the detail on the pieces, I love how the knight's legs move as it travels the board. Though I was really confused until I realised they HAD to move the pawn out the way before the knight could move. The whole lot took a year to plan and build, led by 4 main people and helped by 23. Their site has more stats on how it was done and what it involved. [via Make]

Topic by Jayefuu 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Help coming up with how to make robotics project (RFID/iButtons/sensors/chess/microcontrollers)? Answered

Hi all! :3 For my 2-year high-school robotics project (last two years of High School) we were allowed the freedom to choose whatever project we felt like working on, as long as it got approved by the teacher. Me, being a huge fan of chess, decided to make a chess-related project. Unfortunately, I dashed into it without giving it much thought. So I'm here asking you guys if you can think up of a way for me to achieve this. Afterwards I'd like to take it a step further and have it not be related to chess at all, and make my own board game with my own rules, but that's afterwards. Alright, I'm really bad at explaining things (English = not my native language), but here goes. I'd like to make an interactive chess board. The chess board would be grid-based, obviously, with possibly LEDs inside each square. I'd also have my 16 (or well, 32) chess pieces that would all be custom made. (I have access to any materials I need, so don't worry; I have a big budget, 3d printers, plenty of microcomputers and microcontrollers, you know. All I need to know is what to get X'D) Now let's say I place/take off a piece on the board. I'd want the grid to light up the corresponding squares/blocks. E.G: I pick up a pawn, and the square right in front of it lights up. So You understand what I mean? If possible there could be some button on the chess piece. Heck, it doesn't have to be a chess piece, as the shape would make it weird. I can just have blocks with a button on top and a little sticker indicating what piece it is. Anything like that works. I'm guessing the board would have some kind of microcontroller/microcomputer integrated into it that would process the logic for the lights/movements. The part that really gets me most is how it will know what chess piece it is and how I would go about implementing the code and such. If you had to make this, and had 2 years time, how would you make it? What kind of materials would you use? I've been doing a bit of research on this, and through my research it seems like using Arduino or something of the like along with iButtons or some sort of RFID/NFC would be ideal. I don't want to do anything optical, like utilizing cameras, etc. I'd like each piece to store memory and information related to it and for it to be able to be read and written by the board (well, the microcontroller/microcomputer). Again, I don't have that much expertise with anything related to radio frequencies, or a lot of the part of the hardware-side of the project, I'm more of a software-buff. But I really want to learn which is why I'm doing this! I have a bit over a year's experience in C++ and Java, since that's most likely going to be required. Anything helps! Thank you so much for your help! :')

Question by h4n4t0 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


i'd like to make a rfid chess board that can record the position of the pieces in real time for game analysis,?

It's called a blitz board, when the clock is hit it records the position of the pieces. then the full game is converted by software to a game database.  i have programming experience and electronics experience but it's been a while. trying to figure out where to start.?

Question by fusion 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 months ago


in addition to my RFID chess board Q, i'd also like to know if anyone has a source for LCD clock faces.?

Thing is, i'm an old school blitz player and i know a lot of others are as well. digital chess clocks are cool, but there is something cold about a seven segment display. also the chronos clocks are super expensive. we like the look and feel of analogue clocks, but like the accuracy of digital. i mean the ultimate for me would be to have a clock with a stepper motor and control it directly, but that's out of my realm right now. what i'm looking for is a lcd clock face that has the look of an analogue clock. like the image included. this way i could have the best of both worlds, a countdown timer with an analogue face. plus it would make for a great kit.

Question by fusion 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Laser Etching Acrylic for 3D Chess - Can I borrow some time on the machine?

Hey Squid Labs, I have a question/favor to ask. I'm looking to make a Raumschach board. It is a 3D chess variant with 5 decks using 5X5 boards. Well actually, I'm not sure which chess variant I'm going to go with just yet (its down to either Raumschach or Millennium chess). In any case, I bought the necessary raw materials today - threaded rods, cup washers, nuts, end nuts, threaded rod and acrylic. All from my favorite surplus store, Skycraft. I was wondering if I could possibly send you the raw material and CAD files and have the chess board etched. I would, of course, pay for return shipping. If not, that's fine - I'll probably just use tape and sand paper. But if I can have it done from a CAD file, I can make it a little more custom (I could even include instructables or squid labs logo if you want :P). Thanks ~Paul PS: For anyone wondering why I am not considering Tri-Dimensional Chess (as seen on Star Trek).... Technically, there's no official rules or setup of the game as created by the television show. Not to mention, moving attack boards and getting pieces into the "Neutral Zone" takes a long time (according to semi official rules on chessvariants.com)

Topic by trebuchet03 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


How to make corks more solid and hardy? Answered

Hi! I'm trying to create the chess pawns out of corks, i need to carve just a few more of them. But i want to made them more durable. Right now they're tender and fragile (i'm worried that i can break them easily). Is there a way to make them more hardy? like some glue or some kind of paint... I want to keep them rough, without bright or smooth surfaces, but i want them to be harder, what can i do? thanks!! :)

Question by FenriX 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


nPlayer Game Clock for Hexagonal Chess (Need Help Sourcing LCD and Misc Parts)

Hello, I am sourcing components for a project. There is a 3 player chess variant called hexagonal chess. I want to make a 3 player game timer. The idea is to have three displays, one for each player on their side of the board. Each display has a button to stop the timer and start the next. Because there are 3 players, it won't work well to have a single timer between them, as is done with a 2 player timer. I don't have much hardware experience but I can read/write C/C++ well enough. I will be developing under Linux. These are the components I am considering. FRDM-KL25Z arm m0+, needs some modification to activate real time clock. has usb control 4 digit, 7 segment display A basic LCD display - $6.86 each, can I find these cheaper elsewhere? Will the m0+ be capable of driving 3 of such displays simultaneously? Is there perhaps a more appropriate solution? What other bits am I missing? Like I said, I don't have much hardware experience. I know I need buttons...I've never hooked up an LCD before, is there anything special I need? I downloaded the manufacturer PDF for the particular unit (FE0202W). It doesn't give much info. It doesn't even say how much voltage it is rated for. Is this just such a basic component that it doesn't matter so much??? Kind Regards, Movo PS: All designs/code will be published under an opensource license.

Topic by tmckinney1 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Instructables UK Weekend Meet up - Day One

Present at the UK Meet up were - SteveAstroUK LizzyAstro Jayefuu gmjhowe Rainbow_Han Kiteman Kitewife Roger-X No 2 Son PKM Lemonie Willywoozle Jonnybo111 Perryscope Various Projects Including -  BBQ which then fed everyone present! Laser Chessboard Laser cut chess pieces CNC Milled Chess Pieces Metal Lathe Practice Crochet CNC Emroidery Laser Cut Toast Stencils Please Find attached some sample pictures!

Topic by gmjhowe 8 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Need some ideas

Ok...at my other "home" www.geekstogo.com someone came up with a question about methods of making a "sherlock Holmes type chess board" where you could place one (or multiple) chess pieces in a specific location and have it open up a secret compartmentlinkage....and it got me really interested in attempting to build such a nifty contraption...we through out a bunch of ideas on how to get the chess board made and wired up....had some good ideas for using reed switches and either a push solenoid or even a linear actuator (to open and close a drawer depending on switch positioning)...i think i could work the wiring and stuff up...but what i need is some ideas for what to do instead of a chess board (i'm wanting to make this for my brother and his wife and i already got him a shot glass chess set...so he doesn't need another one of those)i though maybe i could make a water fountain where it would have a removable piece (or pieces) that when you put it in one location it will turn the fountain on and off...and if you put it somewhere else it would open up a drawer or something...i've got these faces from CPR dummies (don't ask) that i was going to use to make the fountain (like the water dripping from the open mouth) and either make some of my metal hands or buy some of those wooden art model hands or something...and make it that way...but i'm not sure if that's what i want to do (also not sure if the reed switches i'm planning on using are capable of switching 110v AC for long periods of time so suggestions on materials would be nice)another idea would be a big wall art piece like the Magnetic Multi Panel Mural...but i'm not sure how to integrate a drawer setup in something like that without getting inside of his wall at his house (would be fun though....wire it up in the wall...and have like a drawer open across the house when you move a panel or something like that)also...i guess it doesn't have to open up anything...it could do anything when the switch is on or off or whatever....any ideas are welcome

Topic by crapflinger 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Game Interface Protection Software

 Have you ever had someone break into a password-protected file/folder by finding out the code? Well, if someone made a Game Interface Protection Software, they don't need a code! The software would have these following traits: 1. The user could choose through a variety of games (like chess or poker) to use as the protection. 2. The user could set the game difficulty level. 3. The user could also have a password after the game, just in case someone else got through the game. 4. The user could also have the game set so the person would only be able to win by a certain way. Ex: (On chess) D1 to C4... If someone here could make this software, I'm sure they would have a nice business.

Topic by Blackhawk2 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


someone else's instructable?

I just looked at my account and it seems to have someone else's instructable in it, or at least the beginnings of one (LED Chess Set). I have accessed the site from home and from work, but always from PCs that should not have been used by others. Could it be that there is a bug that attributed someone else's instructable to me?

Topic by berserk 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


K'nex Challenge 1: 13th Aug - 4th Sept - RESULTS ANNOUNCED

As likers of knex and engineering, Gmjhowe, =SMART= and myself decided we'd start a little knex competition. Each month we will pick three items that we'd like to see redesigned in knex and invite you to have a crack at remaking them, with added functionality if you can!To start with the prizes will be patches, designed by gmjhowe and awarded by him, =SMART= and myself. If it takes off, who knows there may be better prizes in months to come. The patches that will be awarded for 1st - 5th place are below.Here are this months challenges, we've included a smaller project for those of you with less pieces available.Monitor Stand: A stand to replace the base of a monitor. It should be able to twist from left to right, tilt the screen up and down and allow the user to turn from portrait to landscape. Adjustable height would be a bonus!Knex Chess Set: An 8 x 8 chess board with knex pieces.Sellotape Holder: A Knex sellotape holder, for you knexers with less pieces. It should hold the reel and allow the user to pull and cut sellotape one handed. (some suggestions to expand this option: make a large reel tape holder for bigger sellotape rolls, make a wider one for parcel or duct tape, make an adjustable width holder for different tapes, make a hand held tape gun like those they use for packaging - link.)Dock: Somwhere to dock any kind of gadget from phones and ipods, to laptops and external harddrives. It can dock one kind, or all if you're a genius.If this becomes popular and we get a few of each of the above designs submitted, we might add some more challenges to this competition. Rules:- To enter, write up a full instructable of your construction process with clear pictures and descriptions. Post the link here.- Starting and closing dates are GMT.- What the judges say goes!- Have fun!- Judging - 5th Sept - 12th SeptAccepted Entries:Mini Tape Dispenser by jollexPSP Dock by jollex2 in 1 Knex Chess/Checkers Set by knexsuperbulderfreakUniversal iPod Dock by lioneaterUniversal iPod Dock by Killer~SafeCrackerNano K'nex Ipod Dock by BartboyKnex Chess Set by I_Am_CanadianDS Lite Docking Station by TigerNodUniversal Ipod Dock by knexsniper1Fold up phone dock by smileeKnex Tape Dispenser by knex gun builderUPDATE: This is now closed. We will announce the winners when we've had a look through the entries and judged them.RESULTS:1) Knex Chess Set by I_Am_Canadian2) Mini Tape Dispenser by jollex3) DS Lite Docking Station by TigerNod4) 2 in 1 Knex Chess/Checkers Set by knexsuperbulderfreak5) Universal Ipod Dock by knexsniper1Patches for the winners will be awarded soon and we'll be having a think about what to post for our next competition!

Topic by Jayefuu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How will leaving a pulley off my lathe affect its performance? Answered

 I have a variable speed motor from an old fan and I plan on using it for a small lathe. I will be turning foam and soft wood chess pieces and goblets. Will it be ok to leave a pulley system off? 

Question by imthatguy1125 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Humans vs. Machines: Foosball

First, Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov; now, computer dominance has extended beyond chess to the world of foosball. Students from University of Adelaide in Australia created this autonomous foosball table that seems capable of beating human challengers. Of course, if any of the engineers want a break to play a game of foosball, they're going to lose to their own creation.Link via GizmodoAlso check out Gizmodo's gallery of other foosball creations.

Topic by joshf 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Top LED Instructables

The number of awesome LED Instructables keeps increasing, and we want to show them off! We have an older list of top LED Instructables, but within the space of a year and a half, including the very successful Let it Glow! and Get the LED Out! Contests, we've gotten many more cool projects that light up with color due to LEDs. Here are, in no particular order, 10 more great LED Instructables for you to try (or just admire): LED Chess Set With some dedicated modifying, you can turn a cheap glass chess set into a beautiful, glowing version. It also inspired another Instructable, the Simpler LED Chess Set.   Synchronizing Fireflies A favorite of randofo's , this series of LEDs shows a possible way that fireflies synchronize lighting up at the same time. Turn Signal Biking Jacket Hand signals, meet technology: a biking jacket with controllable glowing turn signals built in. 4x4x4 LED Cube Make light-based designs and patterns come to life with a large cube of LEDs. Animated Multilayered Engravings Transform a simple engraving into an animated piece of art with LEDs. LED Pasties The LED pasties became an instant classic--a very simple, very creative upgrade of burlesque pasties. Daft Punk Replica Table The squares on top of this table light up individually and can be programmed to make patterns and designs. LED Creatures These LED creatures can be programmed to recognize each other and can be a great project for kids and beginner LEDers. Hard Hat LED Display Geeks and construction workers are not often associated, but this hard hat bridges the gap with its LED Pong display. Fiber Optic and LED Garden Make a glowing garden that looks good both day and night and never needs to be watered. Choosing these 10 was very difficult--there are an enormous number of great LED projects on Instructables.Enjoy these projects, and let there be light-emitting diodes!

Topic by joshf 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Paper plane street art mixes 2D with 3D

Really enjoying this street art that looks like paper airplanes that are flying on the side of a building pop off and land in the ground in front. This was done by Said Dorkins in Mexico City. According to the artist: "This intervention is a way to make a satirical reflection on the mechanisms of threat and power in which we are engaged, the political farces and scenarios created at the expense of the suffering and disruption of others. You may be asked for some within spheres of power, to destroy people, buildings, communities, as if it were a game, the movement of a chess piece or throw a dart on a cork." Street Art At Its Best: Said Dokins' Avionazo en la Plazuela

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I have finally watched a full game of Rugby and I have to admit.....

even though I don't normally sit down and watch "sports" of any kind (unless I am trying to pick up some pointers, like watching  snooker, chess, or other tournaments), that compared to football in the USA, or baseball,  the action was definitely more engaging. I mean, they actually moved around on the field, and for longer periods of time then 2-3 seconds.  Our football is comprised of 1-3 seconds of movement followed by nearly 30 seconds or more of wondering about until the next play.   Rugby to American football is like a cheetah is to a snail.   If I am going to watch one of them, I will watch the cheetah :-)

Topic by Goodhart 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Two or three of my six grand kids have the potential to be DefCon Kids now what ?

So I have access to six young minds by helping my wife and retired teacher to sit with them 4 days a week. Four I drive to school while the parents (my children) earn a living.  Two are easily motivated and do well with Legos.  One likes robots, they all do math window games. I teach chess and play when thy want ( no Queen or rooks for me ) Programming is my artistic expression but I would push too hard and blow them away. What low level intros can be a leap into DefCon Kid status that you know worked well in your experiences ?

Topic by iceng 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How can I create Magical special effects? Answered

I have been cast as Merlin in a medieval fair living chess board act. We have a few reliable magic tricks we've used in the past, but I'm trying to find/think up new ideas. This is a live show and I will most likely be standing on an elevated stage for most of it. I don't mind cheesy tricks (I might even do the string of handkerchiefs up the sleeve gag). Illusions that can be used in "combat" are very welcome. So, if you have ideas, or know of any websites that will help, I'd really appreciate. I've looked through Instructables, but haven't found much, so if you know any good ones, assume I missed them.

Question by NunchakuMan 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Gift for birthday to hubby, manly gift

Ok soo, I am in a deep problem. I want to gift something to my husband but o just don't know what to male for him. Things that he is fond of . 1.chess 2. Cell phone ( always on internet) 3. Loves bbq 4. Fan of tools right now 5. Latest obsession is new bullet bike ( indian version of harley davidson.) Now for the tough part. •thought of making a exploding box (birthday giftcard) but i feel it is too girly and clique for a 28 years old. •thought of making ches board ( suck at woodwork) so it is again out ofquestion. leather wallet ( again need skill) • thought of making beard oil but oh well only oil??? i know how to do embroidery. and i can cook decent help plZ  

Topic by sabu.dawdy 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Model Railway Exhib-Conservatory of Flowers-Mini Landmarks made of Recycled Materials

There is going to be a Model Railway Exhibition at the Conservatory of Flower in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They turned one of the wings into the largest fantasy Model Railroad layout. Landmarks of San Francisco have been built out of Recycled/Repurposed Materials and placed around the layout. It looks really cool.The Conservatory of Flowers is Recycled Acetate File Folder Tabs, Corrugated Plastic and Chess Pieces for Finials. The Chinatown Gate is out of Mah Jongg Tiles and Dice, Portals of the Past is from Cassette Tapes, the TransAmerica Pyramid had 6000 Computer keys, and Coit Tower has Rulers and Yardsticks. There are more buildings also.November 20, 2008 - April 19, 2009Golden Gate Express ExhibitionThere is a video at the link and you can read a news story about it.Model Railway-Conservatory of FlowersPhotosSan Francisco Chronicle

Topic by SFHandyman 10 years ago


Model Railway Exhib - Conservatory of Flowers - Mini SF Landmarks made of Recycled Materials

There is going to be a Model Railway Exhibition at the Conservatory of Flower in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They turned one of the wings into the largest fantasy Model Railroad layout. Landmarks of San Francisco have been built out of Recycled/Repurposed Materials and placed around the layout. It looks really cool.The Conservatory of Flowers is Recycled Acetate File Folder Tabs, Corrugated Plastic and Chess Pieces for Finials. The Chinatown Gate is out of Mah Jongg Tiles and Dice, Portals of the Past is from Cassette Tapes, the TransAmerica Pyramid had 6000 Computer keys, and Coit Tower has Rulers and Yardsticks. There are more buildings also.November 20, 2008 - April 19, 2009Golden Gate Express ExhibitionThere is a video at the link and you can read a news story about it.Model Railway-Conservatory of FlowersPhotosSan Francisco Chronicle

Topic by SFHandyman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Console Game Ideas

For those of you who know what consoles are (I hope you all do) I have been coding one (yeah, like DOS) and I finally released it. For the next version, I am having it so the person can download what they desire from the internet. Currently, the only thing I can make it download is games. I need some ideas for games. I cannot do update graphics (meaning whatever goes on the screen stays on the screen, unlike modern games today) so if I want to do hangman, Everytime I make them guess a letter it must print out the hangman letters. I need ideas for games, and if you had ideas, that'd be great. I did tic-tac-toe and hangman already, checkers and chess and backgammon are all ruled out, so what should I do? Thank you! P.S. For the ones who want to see my console, go to http://github.com/konix-systems/Konix-One-0.01   :)

Topic by finnapancake 5 years ago


Extreme Art in Cabral´s forest park: Rock Music video "A"

Extreme Art to save one of the best forest parks (Cabral’s forest park), in the city of Vigo, in Galicia -Spain-: Rock music video "A" (BEN SENMEDO). We made it also with free software (Kdenlive - Manjaro, end format WebM, audio Ogg) and the song is in Gallego, a language that we speak in the NorthWest of Spain. Actually, the place chosen to make the videoclip, known as "Monte de Cabral" or "Cotogrande", has serious risks of being destroyed, because of the complicity of the mayor of the city, Abel Caballero, with the Britsh corporation Eurofund. The mayor and the corporation want to convert the forest park into a commercial macroproject that they try to call "Porto Cabral". With this video, we hope anyone can enjoy the forest park forever: Letter of "A" in English: In this black horse I'm going to walk between the rain, they fall disks and seas cry out victory. I listen to the ripple of the good souls still death, for me it will never be late, when the fight will be good. I rush forth at the bad management of the power, I leave the jewels, I choose only the pieces of chess. One night, any day, waiting. One night, any day, waiting. People are not silly sheeps, we mount horses, we take the bridles. The souls without fear ever win the larvas, I don't tremble with idiots, you will never see flights. Music: BEN SENMEDO Voice and guitar: Ben Bass: Kuko Jones Black horse: Melanita Rider girl: Olalla De la Iglesia Screen and edit: Alma de Libertade and Muchamufa Colaboration: Edu  

Topic by cgalega 5 years ago


Making my way through 2012.

Hi everyone ! Since Jan. the 1st I decided to set myself up to a little challenge by "making my way" through the year. In 2011 I was really disappointed never to seem to find the time to make enough stuff, so I decided to try to make something - even a little thing - every week. So far so good, as this has forced me to work fast and not overthink projects, and also go dig in the backburner folder to look for ideas. So far I've got : Week #1 : A papercraft and duct-tape mask made after an Army of Two template ; Week #2 : A hand-knit red scarf Week #3 : Chess piece flash drives Week #4 : Mont Black pens, an update on Kingant's original instructable Week #5 : Hackerspace passports from passport-sized Muji notebooks (Instructable coming soon) Week #6 : Plaster mold of my face for a harder version of the mask in Week #1 Week #7 : Custom Wordpress theme for my blog, based on Hamasaki theme (I had lent my Dremel to a friend, which I needed for Week #8 - see below) Week #8 : Fixing and repainting a skateboard found on the street ! Week #9 : Foam mold of the plaster mold from Week #6 ! Week #10 : USB gamepad from original Xbox pad Week #11 : Magnetic blackboard for appartment door (joint project with Rvaya from 5sizes2small Studio) Week #12 : Home-made BookCrossing labels Week #13 : Coming soon ! Have any of you ever tried anything like that ? Anyone have advice for skills to pick up along the way, or fun projects to do ? I'll try to post as many Instructable as possible inspired by that little challenge in the meantime !

Topic by thirtythreedown 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


DrSimons - Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray: An Experiment in Optics - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.DrSimons was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:I'm really amazed my instructable has made it to the finalists, as It's only my second one! Not only that, I'm getting a lot of votes (but keep them coming please!!!)If I win the laser cutter, things are really gonna get good around here...I already have dozens of excellent projects that would suddenly become possible, and am only just getting into the DIY scene. That means there are 100s, perhaps 1000s of projects in my future, and with such an excellent way to prototype large designs, make small parts, customize/art-ize everything imaginable, I really can't tell you how many fun, creative projects I'll come up with. I am a huge lover of desktop fabrication, love working with high quality tools, going to be learning how to weld as soon as possible. So please vote for me!!!My vision for the laser cutter:Amazing paper/origami projects like the pop-up pyramid - I am totally into advanced origami like insects and sheets of fish scales3D cardstock topographic mapsCustom parts for innumerable future projectsCustom engraved office supplies, artwork, furniture, cutting boards, cell phones, jewelry, pens, etc....Custom puzzles, chess boards, clocks, car upholstery, artistic lamps, textiles, etc....Laser-cut methods for PCBs (possibly?)High-precision models, mock-ups of designsMathematical shapes (such as parabolas), super-detailed, multi-layered stencilsAnd much...much moreFor those of you who haven't read through the whole instructable, here are some of the highlights:

Topic by DrSimons 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Jayefuu as Instructables' Artist in Residence

Thursday saw the end of two of the most fun filled months of my life. Since the beginning of February I've been an artist in residence at Instructables' office in San Francisco. First impressions? The office was unlike any I'd ever visited or heard of. An open plan 2nd floor office above a deli and a night club on 2nd street, Instructables' headquarters is home to a team of 25 young and enthusiastic staff. It's not like your average software company either, no desk is the same and each is covered in or surrounded by a mix of complete and incomplete projects, or is in itself a project. Those above mentioned staff are all friendly. The office has the same tight knit community feeling that I have felt part of as a non-staff member using the site. As an artist in residence I was given no direction other than to be creative and pursue and finish projects that interested me. The environment was hugely beneficial as a maker. At home I feel that I have to explain why I want to make something. “But you can buy that!” I am often told. At Instructables I was surrounded by people who understand that making is a passion, that it's important and ideas quickly develop and grow as enthusiastic friends chime in with over the top but all too often adopted suggestions to improve projects in progress or create new projects. There doesn't need to be a reason to create something to amuse, educate or just show off. While in residence I worked on a bubble machine, a giant chess set to play in Eric and Christy's kitchen, an improved laser cut jenga pistol, a cupcake decorating stencil, several educational instructables as well as writing Perl to simplify several tedious admin tasks performed by the editors. My most used tool was the laser cutter. If I had to choose a favourite new skill that I learned, I'd be hard pressed to choose between the skills I developed with a DSLR and lighting, and how to drive a forklift. The best piece of insider information I picked up.... I know who the next artist in residence will be! Given a chance, I'll definitely be back. I love the staff, I love the city and the nearby climbing is exceptional! James

Topic by Jayefuu 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Answer life's burning questions - win the thanks of many (and an Instructables t-shirt)

This is no longer the current Burning Questions Forum Topic. Please refer to The New and Official Burning Questions Instructable from now on for all matters related to the Burning Questions Contest, group, and discussion. The original forum topic is preserved below for reference.People search for stuff at Instructables all the time. Sometimes they find what they're looking for, sometimes they don't. But there are a few common how-tos that come up often enough for we stewards of Instructable-dom to wonder, "why don't we have an Instructable on that?"The answer is of course, because no one has written one. But you, noble Instructable citizen, can change that. Below I've listed out a number of popular 'wanted' Intructables. The bounty: 1 Instructables t-shirt and the thanks of many (including our own.)A regular Instructable about this has been posted, but keep your ideas, thoughts, and comments coming!Instructables most wanted:how to braid hair (your own)how to braid hair (someone else's)how to cut hair (someone else's - Steve Blair already did how to cut your own)how to clean a mattressHow to snowboardHow to make wineHow to make soapHow to paint a carHow to make a pinataHow to cure a headacheHow to do a donutHow to drift (Automotive drifting, not just wandering around aimlessly)How to surfHow to paint (Like, art and stuff.)How to DanceLearn pokerHow to make rubber molds (Suggested by Honus)How to cast with resin (Suggested by Honus)The only rules are: The Instructables have to be of good quality. (Ie, they have to be detailed, contain pictures, and actually provide a good answer to the question.) If they're lousy (and you know damn well when they are), no t-shirt for you.They have to be titled as above (or with very minor variation). Why? Because that's what people are looking for. If you write a great Instructable on how to build a hovercraft, but title it "poly-surface air powered vehicular lifting machine" no one is ever going to know you wrote it.They have to be new Instructables. (We might be willing to make some exception to this, should have you *really* answered one of these questions in the past, but titled your Instructable poorly. However, new Instructables > old Instructables.)Everything else is fair game. Generally, there's going to be only one winner, but if there's a good faith effort by two people at the same time, we'll call both of you winners. Really, we're not going to be sticklers on this. The idea is to help others, so if you can contribute, please do.I've created a group to house everything, called Burning Questions. If you want to get the shirt, you've got to add it to the group.When we've determined an Instructable is of high enough quality, we'll add a link to it below, in the "Answered Questions" section. Before that, the topic is still open! Are there questions you want answered? Comments? Post them on the Burning Questions forum thread!Answered Questions:how to boil an egg - Answered by TheCheese9921how to meditate - Answered by sardines454how to write a resume - Answered by Weissensteinburghow to cook - Answered by drinkmorecoffeehow to shave - Answered by Brennn10how to lose weight - Answered by jessyratfinkhow to gain weight - Answered by royalestelhow to write a research paper - Answered by Brennn10how to play tennis - Answered by jknighthow to get a passport - Answered by zieakhow to build a custom pc - Answered by technick29how to ask a girl out - Answered by spiralsyncrasyhow to clean dog/pet/cat urine - Answered by Zaenhow to play guitar - Answered by josh92176Learn photography - Answered by WeissensteinburgHow to stop global warming - Answered by WeissensteinburgHow to make a kite - Answered by (who would have guessed...) Kiteman (also, more kites!)How to swim - Answered by GbuttonHow to jump start a car - Answered by tbonecbHow to cure hiccups and How to cure hiccups - Answered by joejoerowley and LebowskiHow to parallel park - Answered by KitemanHow to fix a flat tire - Answered by trebuchet03How to solve a rubik's cube - Answered by T3h_MuffinatorHow to sell on ebay - Answered by grimsqueakerHow to remove gum from clothes - Answered by kqrpnbHow to play baseball - Answered by gamer5How to play chess and How to play chess - Answered by llama13, latobada, Hugo.B, and pyr0man1ac (Though the former Instructable is a big collaboration, and is still in progress.)How to download iTunes shared music on a mac - Answered by blckleprdHow to make money (online) - Answered by Sam NoyounHow to cure (and prevent) a hangover - Answered by zieakLearn to type - Answered by Brennn10How to make moonshine (For fuel purposes only, of course) - Answered by AdamKHow to clean leather - Answered by BeastbunnyHow to pick a lock - Answered by _Soapy_How to build a robot - Answered by robomaniacHow to make a diaper cake - Answered by dennisyukiHow to flirt - Answered by pestisbestP.S.This is how to add an Instructable to a group.And this is how to add a group or person as a collaborator.

Topic by jeffreyf 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Any cheap DIY christmas gift ideas? (details)?

Hi, I am currently 15 years old and live in Warsaw, Poland. You see, in my family we never sticked to the "Everyone gives presents to everyone" scheme. My parents would get us presents, as well as give them to each other. I want to change it this year, since i feel like a total jerk this way (receiving gifts and not giving any) Overall: I need to get a present for my father, mother and brother, whose details will follow. I don't want the overall cost of the gifts to surpass 100PLN (around $35?), nor for them to be the cheap "glue some felt to some cardboard and write some nice sentences" DIY christmas gifts. I would like them to be original, maybe just a creative, slightly changed everyday object. They should not be consumable (cookies, bath salts etc.), they should be useful but nice (no coasters or stuff like that) They can not require any help, since they have to be a surprise to my family. I would like them to be preparable in my bedroom, without use of any complicated tools (including sewing machines and glue pistols). Also, no photo albums or such. Father: My dad is a business-ish person interested in a variety of subjects, like chess, computers, programming, engineering, books, movies and all that stuff. He works a lot, uses an LG Viewty Snap, drives a Ford Mondeo, occasionally wears glasses. I would like his gift to be very practical and elegant, something he could take in his pocket and maybe use throughout the day (A personalised business card holder, maybe?) Mother: My mom is the head of a small internet newspaper centered about building, ways of saving energy, construction and such. She spends most of her day at home. She likes knitting, sewing, and would surely love a simple gift that took some effort to make (some creative, practical thing to hang on the fridge? A hand-sewn pouch, stuffed animal or something?) or that makes the flat nicer (maybe a blanket?) Brother: My brother is 18 years old, he studies sound directing at Warsaws' Music University. He's a lazy and messy person who plays the piano and performs at a small band on keyboard. A very artistic guy, his bedroom is full of synthesisers, cables, wires. He probably will not appreciate any gift, so be sure to give me some more suggestions - i have no idea what he might like. His gift should be minimalistic and creative - it does not need to be very useful. Oh well, i kinda wrote too much up here. If it was too long for you to read, i need a christmas gift idea for: My dad (businessman) My mom (pretty much a housewife) My 18yo brother (who studies Sound Directing) The added price of the three gifts should not go over $35, they can't be consumable, they need to be simple enough to be done inside my bedroom so it's a surprise. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions, i will give any information needed for your ideas :)

Question by Arendos 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Instructables Book Contest Winners

Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the Book Contest. All of these Instructables will receive a mention in the Best of Instructables Volume 1 and the authors will receive a copy of the book when it comes out this fall.Some of the Instructables here have also been selected by O'Reilly editors to be fully reproduced in the book as well.Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you for making great Instructables that inspire everyone else.InstructableAuthorLED ThrowiesQ-BranchInvisible Book ShelfdorxincandelandLaser Flashlight Hack!!KipkayMintyBoost! - Small battery-powered USB chargerladyadaDIY Compact Survival KitledzeppieHow to make a cardboard costume helmetHonusturn signal biking jacketleahbuechleyAudio Visual Art....FOTC Stylescooter76Wall-E Robot4mem8Paper WallettheRIAAScreen Printing: Cheap, Dirty, and At Hometracy_the_astonishingMunny Speakersfungus amungusKnex Heavy CannonI_am_CanadianHow to Make Playdough (Play-doh)canidaLED Chess SetTetranitrateSew your own Instructables Robot Plushie!jessyratfinkDIY Vinyl Wall ArtbritsteinerBluetooth Handgun Handset for your iPhone: iGiveUpManaEnergyPotionEasy to Build Desk Top 3 Axis CNC Milling MachineTom McWireBuild Your Own Butler Robot!!! - Tutorial,Photos, and VideoErobotsHow to build a 96-Volt Electric MotorcycleKentucky-bumHow To: Make Bath BombsSoapyHollowSteampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle (Mercury Bow)gmjhoweSave $200 in 2 minutes and have the worlds best writing penkingantConcrete Lightbulb Wall HookwhamodyneLight Bulb LampbumpusLightbulb "green"houseLinuxH4x0rInstructables Robot -- Paper Model=SMART=How to Build a Robot - The BeetleBot v2 ( Revisited )robomaniacWallet made from a computer keyboardzieakhow to add EL wire to a coat or other garmentenlightedGandhi: 17' Tall Cardboard AvatardelappeTure Trigger, 10 Round, Auto-Loading, Knex Concept Rifle, by bannana inventorbannana inventorHow to build your own Jet EnginerusswmooreShake it like a Tic-Tac!MrMunkiCyber/Steampunk Futuresque Sci-Fi Hand GungmjhoweHow to Make a Marshmallow Gun or Marshmallow ShooterewilhelmHow to build a 72Volt electric motorcycleStrykerFriends Are Easy To MakecuteaznprincesssBuilding Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smallermikey77Portable 12V Air Conditioner --Cheap and easy!CameronSSHow to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHTGreg MadisonGiant MatchTetranitrateMagnetic Rubik's Dice CubeburzvingionHow to build a wood fired hot tubveloboyIron Man HelmetpmaggotHome-made Sun Jarcre8torGrow Your Own Bioluminescent Algae ScaryBunnyManConstruction of Two Portuguese Style Dinghies (Small Boats)rook999Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extendertm36usa"1UP Mushroom" Mushroom Burger!momo!Open Any PadlockTetranitrateCoilgun Handgunrwilsford07Electroforming an Iris Seed PodMaggieJs100 Ways to Reduce Your ImpactBrennn10Lego USB StickianhamptonSolar Powered Trikedpearce1How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily)Stuart.McfarlanAirgun with eXplosive air-Release ValvechluaidChapStick LED FlashlightBCatAwesome led cubeAlexTheGreatBarbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project!jessyratfinkDIY 3D ControllerkylemcdonaldThe Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more!thecheatscalcBuild a World's Smallest Electronic Shocker!PlasmanaSimulated woodgrain for metal boxesamz-fxHow to Grow Pineappleswoofboy111Creating a 3D effect with image editing software (GIMP or Photoshop)Andrew546S.P.R.E.E. (Solar Photovoltaic Renewable Electron Encapsulator), a Compact, Durable, and Portable Solar Energy GeneratorcharlitronHow to get a Tshirt for GoodHartRocketScientist2015Grow a square watermelonwatermelonBuild a 4 Color T-Shirt Printing PressProgfellowElectromagnetic FloaterJ_HodgieThe accidental pocket jet engine...killerjackalopeDigital Picture Framemicahdear

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Top 50 2008: Instructables

Yesterday we looked at the Top 50 commenters for 2008 and today we'll be looking at the numbers for the top 50 Instructables of 2008. Since there's no one way of declaring a list of Instructables, we created three top 50 lists. These cover Instructables in order of rating, pageviews, and comments. Instructables on these lists were all published in 2008.Let's go to the graphs and charts!Top 50 Instructables: Pageviews   Instructable Views 1   Body-Mod: Elf Ears 347738 2   Use your laptop as an Xbox/Xbox 360 "Wireless Adapter" on Windows XP/Vista, and Mac OSX 220780 3   Fix the Red Ring of Death! (without towels!) 177285 4   Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars 159647 5   Run Backups on any Wii Without a Modchip 159408 6   How to build a 72Volt electric motorcycle 159261 7   How to make out 145713 8   Inverted Bookshelf 137198 9   Munny Speakers 124736 10   Awesome led cube 118293 11   Firefox Pranks! 117449 12   How to make an Iron Man Arc Reactor 116481 13   How to French Kiss 115958 14   How To: Make Bath Bombs 108287 15   Gift Ideas 107914 16   DIY USB "Hard Drive" 96588 17   Safely Shaving Your Pubic Hair 96144 18   WinXP Overhaul Guide: How to make it look like Vista, run like lightning, and stay productive, fast & smooth 94980 19   Laser Tattoo 94705 20   DIY Vinyl Wall Art 92752 21   How to refill a "disposable" Brita brand water pitcher filter with activated carbon. 89724 22   Make your own Roll-Up Keyboard 89558 23   Hidden USB Storage 86430 24   how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment 84340 25   Build a 60 Watt Solar Panel 82286 26   Grow a square watermelon 82275 27   LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies 81368 28   USB 80875 29   How to remove most of the seeds when cutting up a watermelon 80822 30   How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT 80281 31   LED Cube 4x4x4 78936 32   Covert Spy Sunglasses 78633 33   Build a water mortar 77090 34   Super Nightvision Headset Hack! 76634 35   A better laptop stand for bed 76101 36   Amazing plasma globe tricks that you never knew before!!! 74842 37   How to get a Free Itunes Account (No Credit Card Needed) 74490 38   Make an iPod Video Projector 74026 39   Homemade Gifts 73478 40   Lasers 73242 41   Remote shutter trigger for Digital Cameras 72911 42   Ergonomic Laptop Stand Made From a Coat Hanger 72321 43   MAKE A HIGH VOLTAGE SUPPLY IN 5 MINUTES 71744 44   Protect Your Home with Laserbeams! 71387 45   Iron Man Helmet 71358 46   Get Big Money for Dead Batteries 70261 47   How to Put on a Condom 69805 48   How to make an Iron Man Mask 69617 49   How to build a 96-Volt Electric Motorcycle 68924 50   Nintendo Lunchbox 68164 Top 50 Instructables: Ratings   Instructable Rating 1   Build A Plasma Speaker 4.64 2   Build A Net Gun 4.62 3   Wall-E Robot 4.60 4   Sew your own Instructables Robot Plushie! 4.60 5   How to Make a Portable Game System 4.54 6   Build Your Own Butler Robot!!! - Tutorial,Photos, and Video 4.54 7   Electromagnetic Floater 4.52 8   LED Cube 4x4x4 4.50 9   LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies 4.49 10   DIY Vinyl Wall Art 4.49 11   5-minute Chocolate Cake 4.48 12   When a Phillips is not a Phillips! 4.48 13   Airgun with eXplosive air-Release Valve 4.47 14   How to Build a Robot - The BeetleBot v2 ( Revisited ) 4.45 15   How to Start a Business 4.45 16   Gandhi: 17' Tall Cardboard Avatar 4.44 17   turn signal biking jacket 4.44 18   Hidden USB Storage 4.44 19   Cyber/Steampunk Futuresque Sci-Fi Hand Gun 4.43 20   LED Chess Set 4.41 21   Build your own Electric Car! 4.41 22   LCS-1M - A Full-Featured, Low-Cost Hobby Oscilloscope 4.40 23   Build a World's Smallest Electronic Shocker! 4.39 24   Lego USB Stick 4.38 25   MAKE A PILLAR WITH A DECORATIVE CAPITOL AND BASE 4.38 26   EGG FLOWER VASE 4.38 27   Aliens Powerloader Halloween Costume 4.38 28   Munny Speakers 4.37 29   Giant 100mm LED 4.37 30   Coilgun Handgun 4.37 31   How to Thank Instructables 4.36 32   Guitar Tube Amp 4.36 33   How to get a Tshirt for GoodHart 4.34 34   Creepy Cobweb Shooter! 4.34 35   Grow Your Own Bioluminescent Algae 4.32 36   How to make a Portal Gun 4.31 37   how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment 4.30 38   Duct Tape Messenger Bag + Hardware 4.30 39   Firearm Safety: The "do's" and "don'ts" of enjoying guns safely. 4.29 40   The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! 4.29 41   Recycle Old Light Bulb 4.28 42   USB Batman Spotlight 4.28 43   Coffee table upgrade! 4.27 44   Steampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle (Mercury Bow) 4.27 45   Building Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smaller 4.27 46   How to grow flowers on a military base in Iraq 4.26 47   How to make your own LED lightbulbs 4.26 48   Iron Man Helmet 4.25 49   Cardboard/Fiberglass Halo 3 inspired Master Chief Costume 4.25 50   Build Halo Armor 4.25 Top 50 Instructables: Comments   Instructable Comments 1   Build a World's Smallest Electronic Shocker! 812 2   Knex Heavy Cannon 645 3   Awesome led cube 637 4   Simple Xbox 360 Rapid Fire Mod 591 5   Build A Plasma Speaker 494 6   DD-27 V2.75 compact AST rifle 454 7   WinXP Overhaul Guide: How to make it look like Vista, run like lightning, and stay productive, fast & smooth 453 8   The accidental pocket jet engine... 427 9   Scavenge free electronics, food, and help the environment 400 10   How to make your PSP "Better" or how to have more fun on a Sony PSP 379 11   Laser Tattoo 376 12   Amazing plasma globe tricks that you never knew before!!! 376 13   DSman195276's sidearm --updated-- v1.5 is here! 371 14   MAKE A HIGH VOLTAGE SUPPLY IN 5 MINUTES 363 15   Wall-E Robot 352 16   Knex Heavy Cannon v5 - Handheld 342 17   Fix the Red Ring of Death! (without towels!) 341 18   How to Build a Time Machine (Vortex Distortion Space and Time Dilating Device) 340 19   Knex Heavy Cannon v2 - Mini 339 20   How to get a Tshirt for GoodHart 338 21   Run Backups on any Wii Without a Modchip 336 22   Make A Water Leyden Jar 331 23   Park 52 knex sniper 327 24   Build a simple Marx Generator 323 25   Knex Guinea Pig Trap 318 26   TRUELY semi-auto knex gun 315 27   L96 308 28   How to Build a Knife 307 29   Pineapplebob's Sniper Rifle 306 30   True Trigger, 10 Round, Auto-Loading, Knex Concept Rifle 299 31   Fire Shaving 290 32   DJ Radio's knex SPEC-9 sniper rifle 285 33   How to UPGRADE from Vista to Windows XP on an Acer laptop 283 34   How to dodge a draft 279 35   Protect Your Home with Laserbeams! 279 36   Hidden USB Storage 277 37   Knex Compact AST Pistol 276 38   Cyber/Steampunk Futuresque Sci-Fi Hand Gun 276 39   Steampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle (Mercury Bow) 275 40   Pocket sized survival kit 274 41   Knex Pistol "TDS" With Simple Slide Action *Updated as of 8/26/08* 271 42   Use your laptop as an Xbox/Xbox 360 "Wireless Adapter" on Windows XP/Vista, and Mac OSX 269 43   Body-Mod: Elf Ears 266 44   Knex M4 Carbine (True Trigger) 257 45   How to make a Portal Gun 255 46   DSman195276's sniper rifle 254 47   Reaper Crossbow 254 48   fully automatic knex gun (UPDATED) 252 49   Build your own computer 252 50   LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies 252

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Sharpening knifes and similar tools

On the weekend a friend of mine asked me if I could get his 2 fishing knifes ready for the season.Being a nice guy I agreed as they were so blunt that you could sit on the knifes edge without even getting a scratch.Did just the usual, you know, cleaning it first, grinding a proper angle back on it with a very coarse stone, sharpening from a 300 grit down to a 1000 grit and then of course polishing and removing the burr.Was quite pleased with the result and decided to bring the finnished knifes back to my friend....There are several ways to check if a knife is sharp.Most know the newpaper cutting thing.Some dare to try if the knife i able to shave some hair off.And a few actually know that it is enough to check if it won't slip of your fingernail.My friend however was used to knifes that I would consider to be piece of steel with a rounded edge...Of course he had to try to run his finger down the blade and before I could stop him....He said "Feels nice and smooth but I think you ruined the edge with your polishing!".I only said "Get some bandaids before you check your finger and reconsider."Lets just say about 10 seconds after his test he started bleeding like a pig.He actually managed to get the cut about 5mm deep :(We agreed that it would be best to keep these knifes in the boat and to put a note on them so he won't check their sharpness again.There are tons of tutorials and videos showing various ways of sharpening a knife that can be used as a general reference.But if you already know all the basic while still struggling a bit to get the edge and sharpness you desire:The most important thing to know is what type of steel is used in your blade.I don't mean the grade or composition, just the difference between stainless steel and old style steel that is able to rust.You never want to sharpen a stainless steel blade with a stone that is well used on normal steel.If in doubt clean it out!The reason behind is that you cause the steel that is able to oxidise or rust to be worked into the stainless steel surface.In the worst case this can cause rust spots or smalle pits in your sharpened edge.When it comes to restoring the edge of a well worn knife some beginners and so called expert struggle to keep the angle and edge itself even and straight.Tools to overcome this are available, like these guides for a diamond stone on a stick where you cplamp your blade in.There are also "trolleys" that hold your blade at a fixed angle on the stone by means of small wheels.Both have their uses but also a lot of limitations, especially when it comes to the rounded parts of a blade, like the tip or filet knife that is generally curved a bit.Special knifes like the old Kukri knifes have a curved part that goes to the inside, these are a true pain with normal grinding and honing stones, so I will leave them out here, but feel free to ask in the comments if you need more info.The best way I found for restoring a rounded knifes edge without special tools is by using a long diamond file.Preferably with a quite long handle and not too wide.Like with the guide tools the key is to cheat your way through ;)But unlike most guide tools you will still keep the same angle in the curved parts ;)Here are the basic tool required:Long handled diamond fileSome wooden block or similar to get work platforms of different heights (lego blocks work too)A long enough clamp to secure your blade on the block(s)For the last you can also make a screw clamp like a hinge to hold the blade in place.You want to knife to be secured so it won't move and so that you can reach all parts of the edge with the file.Depening on what side you work on or what you prefer the file will rest with the handle either above or below the knife.With the length of the handle you can adjust the required angle, preferably in the 20-25° region.For the straight parts of the blade you work in overlapping sections.Rest the handl so it aligns close to the knifes handle and move the file along the knifes edge.It helps to use a permanent marker on the endge to visualise where you take material off and to check the work area creates a parallel area in the painted bits.When you see some material removed move the handle of the file a bit further towards the pointy bit and continue to create the parallel boundaries.Kepp going back and forth along the straight part of the blade until there is only a tiny area left on the edge where the marker stays visible.For the rounded tip part you place the handle so you can follow the curve on the knife at the same angle as on the straight part.Most knife have this area badly neglected once well used so you might end up with a slightly wider area where material is removed.Once the edge is all reduced to the same slim marker line it is time to repaet the process on the other side at the same angle you used before.Don't be too scared to see in a close up that your edge is not perfectly even or straight, a few imperfections will be buffed out in the next step.To finnish the edge and smooth it out you use a flat stone or diomand plate of similar grid to the file, for example 300.If you do this step right you won't even need fancy guides or tricks after doing it a few times.The key from now on is keep an even angle that matches your initial angle to restore the edge.The old masters were right here to use stones that are either secured tightly in a wooden frame or "clamped" down by a leather strap.Apart from needing a perfectly clean and flat surface on the stone and movement will cause a more or less rounded edge again.Every use one of these fancy chesse slicers that work like a potato peeler?You wanna do the same with your knife on the stone.With the stone in front of you start at the far end and move the blade down like you want to cut a thin slice of the stone.Always with the edge towards you like cutting something off, never the other way around.If you don't mount your stone too high you will notics that it is quite easy to use your palms as a guide to keep an even angle throughout a cutting stroke.To find the right angle you again cheat with a marker.But no matter what type of stne or diamond sharpener you use: use lube!!The coarse types usually are fine with water, diomand anyway, finer or so called "oil sones" require honing oil.Do a few strokes and check the marks you left on the marker.Adjust until you get about the same work area cleaned as in the previous step with the file.You will soon see that there are now uneven areas which cause a wobbly outline on the marker.Continue with this grit until you get a nice and even outline.For the rounded tip area you do it similar but with a slight twisting motion.It can help to do a few dry runs on a piece of cardboard to find the right twist.Simply place the rounded part on the cardboard at the approx angle for the sharpening.Now move the handle so the edge follows the curve on the cardboard - the circular motion you need to get from the straight part to the tip is the "twist" you want during the sharpeing of this area.Again, once satisfied do the same on the other side.Now it is time to decide if you want to keep the angle all the way or if you prefer a beveled edge with a slightly wider angle for actual cutting edge.The later is good for knifes that see a lot of abuse and hard work, the first for everything that needs to be really sharp.I prefer sharp so lets continue with this and if you can't figure out how to get a second agnle on the edge ask me in the comments ;)Depending on the quality of your blade you now need to work your way up the grid.If your edge (the part with marker left) is more than half a mm wide you might want to keep going with 300 grit until no marker is left and the edge develops a slight bur on the other side.From now on cleaning the blade and stone every few minutes is a good thing!Rinse it off, wipe it off, flush it off, whatever works best to keep it clean.If you go to 600 grit you will clearly see the difference in the work area.The scratches buff out an the surface becomes smooth.You keep doing the same slicing technique but only do as many strokes as required to get a slight bur throughout the edge on the other side.You will feel it when you move your finger along the side, one feels smooth, one feel very rough.Areas that stay smooth indicate that there is either still material to be removed or that you created a small dint while sharpening - the marker will tell you.Once you get a bur with just a few strokes you know the edge is there.Time to move the next higher grit you have available.From here on you might need to use oil instead of water and depending on the type of stone you will need to leave some slurry on the stone - check the manual ;)Either way the procedure is still the same: Slice a thin piece off until you get a bur.Then do the other side until both are even.Assuming around 1000 grid is the usual max on a hobby level and that you don't have any finer stone it is now time to take of the bur on the edge.No matter what you try there will always be some but created when sharpening.A lot can be prevented and smoothed out though.To do this you reduce the pressure during the last few strokes and turn the knife around often.When you get to the point where a single stroke causes a bur and another single stroke on the other side inverts the bur the knife is almost ready.Polishing a knifes edge can cause a bit of bluntness.For obvious reasons it is best to sharpen to the honing point where a 5000 - 20000grit wet stone is used, but these are quite expensive and require special care.In other cases like our example here you need to make the best out of it:Get some sturdy old leather like some belt.Use proper glue and clamps to glue it onto a really flat piece of wood.You want the smooth side glued and the rough side of the leather facing up.Prepare the leather with some kitchen knife that is need of sharpening anyway by placing it almost flat onto the strip with the edge facing away from you.With good pressure move the blade toward you.You will have to do this several times to align the fibres in one direction only.Now get some metal polishing paste or if nothing else polishing wax for metal - the fine stuff for the wax type please.Rub it in and work in with the kitchen kifes the same as bafore, always in the same direction.You will create a bit of a mess but that does not matter for now.The leather will become more and more smoth on the surface until it appear quite even.Clean the excess off and grab the real knife.There is now enough lube and polishing material in the leather to last quite a while.Start with the knife as flat as possible, again the edge facing away from you when you move the knife in a slicing motion towards you.Do this for a few minutes and you will see that the sharpened edge becomes shiny where it goes into the knifes body.Once all is polished increase the angle slightly and repeat.In a perfect world the polishing should now go almost to the last bit of the edge, only leaving a very thin rough line.This last line is the critical bit.There are two ways to deal with it, pressure or time.If you keep the last used angle but increase your pressure the blade will go deeper into the leather and the polishing should reach the front of the edge.In the other case you slightly increase you angle but only use very little pressure, more like letting the knife rest on the leather while you move it along.In either case you check the edge often with your finger and once it feel really smooth throuout you stop.Turn the knife over often during this last step as even with the polishing you create a slight bur.Only repeated turning and using as little pressure as possible will remove this last bur on both sides.If you know think your knife is still not sharp enough than you might just have a very cheap knife... ;)

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