Construction Equipment in Loving Detail

Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has approached construction equipment and reimagined them with an obsessive amount of detail to create new gothic items that need to be seen to be believed. With laser-cut and carved materials, the "vehicles" are far from functional, but still amazing.That's it, I need to plan a trip to see some new art in other countries. Linkvia Core77

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Camper Trailer DIY

My husband has this obsession with building his own camper trailer. Does anyone know the proper way to go about this, or have any suggestions?

Posted by jkw0322 10 years ago


Student accused of creating a Monster....

Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh police arrested a North Carolina State University student last week who was accused of creating a "monster" out of construction barrels and placing it on the side of the road.Authorities charged Joseph Carnevale with larceny for taking materials from a construction site at a roundabout project to create the monster.Story

Posted by Keith-Kid 9 years ago


need help with LARP weapon design and construction

Hi crafters.  I'm in need of help with constructing a larp weapon, fighting fan, that could open up with a press of a button or pull of a lever N close itself upon releasing it. could any help me with the design of the mechanics n gear system I could use to make it work? It should not be of electronic nature though. Here I attached a drawing of how the weapon should roughly looks like . i'm thinking of using rounded edge aluminium flat bars(looks like flat metal ruler) as the bone for the 'blades'. Really appreciate the help.

Posted by meowgod 3 years ago


constructing an a-frame, lean-to roof on a garage

I started framing a lean-to, a-frame roof like a deck (with an a-frame "header" and three joist hangers). The joists are angled at about a 45-degree angle and are perpendicular to the garage (on which I hung the header). There will be two 4x4 posts at the end of the 10'x10' roof. When I looked for advice about this framing style, I found nothing. Is this going to be stable? I designed the roof this way because I have 6' reclaimed cedar fence panels that will run down the roof like shingles. Thanks for your help.

Posted by meralgia 6 years ago


Solar Panel Construction

Hello Everyone, this is my first forum post!I had a question and couldn't think of a better place to turn to than this.Basically, I am constructing, or planning to rather, an outdoor picnic table. I want to add some gadgetry to it and make it more multifunctional. Sorry to be vague, but a lot of it is still being worked out and since I'm going to post the project on here anyway, I'd like to wait to present the entire project as a whole.My question involves the use of solar panels as a table top surface. I have a basic understanding of how to create a solar panel powered system (http://www.rain.org/~philfear/how2solar.html or https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Power-System/). But my question is this: does covering the solar panel with a piece of acrylic hinder its power collecting abilities? I'm thinking of covering the entire table top surface of my table with solar panels. Aside from the obvious downfalls of people using the table and blocking sun, I thought there would be enough time when its not in use to collect power. But obviously I can't have people eating right on the panels and damaging them. Any guidance would be GREAT! I just want to know if I should even entertain this design idea or separate the panels from the table altogether. Thanks!

Posted by jchorng 10 years ago


introduction of my instructable and myself :)

Hi my name is leith and im introducing myself and my design . i am very motivated and really need to work if anyone is interested in a collaboration or another project please contact me . thanks

Posted by C60 5 years ago


Math formula(e) needed: tesseract model construction?

Although I CAN do this without the math formula(e) to figure it all out, I would like to have it for a quicker method of figuring out size, etc. so I didn't have to use up so much material in guessing. I would like to construct the tesseract I have pictured here, using rigid clear plastic sheets or panels.   Given a said size for the "inner cube" say 2 inches (approx. 5 cm or about 51 mm) what formula(e) must I use to calculate the panels' dimensions to connect to the larger cube (knowing full well this will depend on the size of the larger cube....say approx. 4 inches across (about 10 cm or 102 mm)? The reason I'd like the formula(e) is that I may need to increase the size of the center cube by an inch or so, and this would allow me to do so without having to go through the "trial and error" thing so many times. I would, of course, want the center cube to be "centered", if possible or shall I say as close as possible. Thanks....

Posted by Goodhart 7 years ago


I need serious critique and advice.....

Guys n Gals, I would like to have those of you interested in helping me clean up a published instructable ( my Latest, in a long while ) as I seem to be at a bit of a loss as to how to make it look less "disorganized". Maybe it is that I am still not fully recovered from the surgery, or whatever, but it does not look like it is quite "right" yet, to me. Thanks for any help given...

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago


Drones, not just for spying

So with the advance of 3d printing, arduino firmware, Raspberry pi, and the general open source approach to making things in the last 15 or so years, it's really not that surprising that drones have become as wide spread as they are. Those not interested in drones view them mostly as either a hobby or a potential threat to their privacy, but I had an idea the other day that might push them into better prominence.   What if drones could be used for construction and basic maintenance?  What if a quad copter was the thing that was wiping down the windows of a skyscraper?  Or messing with dangerous high power electrical lines.... Things that are both tedious because they have to be done over and over again, and that are moderately dangerous for a human being to perform.  Why can't a drone be used for some of that, and can one be designed around those constraints?  This is how a hobby user could make innovations that might curtail some of legal and general paranoia surrounding drones.  This is all well and good, but let's take this a step further: Drones are a necessary part of human exploration.  People talk about putting humans on Mars.  Human beings require inputs. Food, shelter, air.... those sorta things.  If there's a problem with one of those things on Mars, there has to be a way to fix that, and it's probably best if it's something that's established before those humans get there.  Drones could be used to do a variety of tasks, and possibly even establish small caches of water or maybe even limited quantities of iron. Maybe even something like a 3d printed iron shelter.... (Induction heating works by pulsing a electromagnetic coil with high frequency electricity, which can be used to melt magnetic metals with high degrees of efficiency. This could be used to make low grade steel on mars, but if time and scarcity of resources aren't constraints... it would work.) Anyway... I was just sort thinking about this stuff. Let me know what y'all think

Posted by Qcks 3 years ago


acceptable angle of deflection for temporary support

Hi, I am in no way an engineer.  I'm trying to figure out what is an acceptable angle of deflection for a combination frame and hammock support.  I'm thinking of using the the 80/20 t-slot beams.  I want something that is portable, easily assembled/disassembled for moving, and lightweight.  I'm go to make a box in our garden to protect our plants and when the corn is big enough, move the box around to make a hammock support(chicken wire around the bottom part to keep the critters out).  It's basically a box 6 feet wide, 8 feet long and about 6 1/2 feet high. 4 beams to make a rectangle on the bottom, 4 uprights(1 in each corner), and another 4 beams on the top to make it more rigid.  Chicken wire will keep the pests out but let me in to relax until the corn is too high and I move the frame.  :)  I'll put the hammock diagonally from pole to pole; total weight with me and the hammock is about 250 pounds.  It will be anchored to the 2 uprights with 300lb chain at each end. Using the angle of deflection calculator from 8020.net, I found some beams that had 5mm deflection with 150lbs of dead weight in the center of the 6 foot span.  I thought that even if I anchored the hammock to the center of the 6 foot span, that would be 300 pounds, more than the 250 max the hammock and I will be.  And anchored in the center of the beam is the worst case scenario since I'll be anchored to the corners. But is that an acceptable amount of give in the beam?  It's not meant to be permanent.  I won't be in it more than 2 or 3 hours tops. Thanks!

Posted by BobR90 2 years ago


Can you help me find examples of modular building components?

So far I've found lego duplo kinex snobe origami bloxes http://bloxes.com/ drilled paddlepop sticks i also seem to have a memory of a rounded triangle shape in plastic/metal with bits cut out that you can attach together at right angles? no idea what they might be called. Any other suggestions out there?

Posted by wocket 8 years ago


Roof deck over synthetic membrane: water intrusion?

Oops, so I posted this in Outdoors before I found Home. Double posting is irritating but it's kind of relevant to both... I'm new to the forums here (long time reader, infrequent poster), if I just committed a major faux pas, gimme a heads up and I'll take one of these down! Anyway, so the back door of my 3rd floor apartment opens on to what amounts to a raised back yard; the only problem is that this "back yard" is the roof of a 2 story addition to the brownstone I live in, and I'd rather not put my foot through a very expensive roof. I've been looking into decking, and right now my plan is a contact-only solid frame all the way around the perimeter of the roof, with a lip extending over the edge of the roof (to supply stability without puncturing the membrane) connecting to the actual frame of the deck which would of course be placed over the top of the brick walls of the building. From there I was going to face the deck with synthetics, probably with struts placed along the horizontal struts of the roof connected to both the upper deck and sub-deck cross bracing (depending on what materials I use/can afford and their relative strength). My hope is to find a way to make the deck in modular pieces that can be removed for when the roof inevitably needs to be resurfaced. So basically it would be large squares (or irregular shapes, whatever) that would sit on top of the struts/cross bracing with the help of a few screws and provide the deck surface. What I'm worried about is water intrusion at the contact points, such as around the edge of the roof and on top of the studs in the middle of the roof. I know synthetics are much more resistant to this type of failure than older materials, but are they impervious? Where do the pros put contacts so water doesn't leak into the floor below? Even if you minimalize it, the deck will have to come into contact with the roof at some point, or you've found some fancy new way of building I'd love to hear about. A few other thoughts are footprint: the building is an 1890 Richmond row house, could this be done with a small enough profile to increase the value of the property without damaging the "drive by" value? (I was picturing an iron railing to keep the project semi period, and this roof actually connects to the big hulking wooden fire escape, so it wouldn't be marring a virgin landscape) Also, do you think any building codes in the country would allow L bracing and big old bolts to hold the structure of the deck together instead of end-nailing the boards? It would make removal for roof work a lot easier. For the corners, would it be better to miter the ends at 45 and run a bolt through the two of them, end nail an L joint or use a thick metal l bracket and a few bolts to hold the joint together? That was kind of an intense post, I'm just looking to shoot the breeze a little bit with anyone who has any thoughts. Everybody always has their perfect way of doing things, on such a big, high pressure job (if this goes south I'd be poor AND homeless!) I want to really chew on the idea a little bit first. Thanks to anyone who actually read this far!

Posted by Macadaciouse 10 years ago


Willing to Construct Projects

Hello everyone. I'd just like to offer the service of project construction. I know a lot of people have great ideas that they want someone to make for them. I would be willing to make these projects. I am pretty good at soldering and know about how to construct circuits (I can do electronics). I don't know how good I am at other types of projects or what people would want, so just ask! Finally, I'd be willing to construct these for free on just one condition. I'd like to be able to sell kits of what ever the project is. I'm looking to open up an online store and need some projects to do. Even if you don't want me to sell it I probably would still do it for free. Thanks, and someone please have a project! :-)

Posted by Gjdj3 10 years ago


My Next Ball Machine

Hello everyone! I've started building my last large ball machine, and I'm doing something I've never done before... posting construction pictures! I'm excited about posting frequent updates. Since these updates will be weekly (and sometimes more frequent than that), I'm posting these pictures in a forum thread on SSCoasters right here. In this thread you'll find descriptions for the pictures and more information on what I plan to do with this ball machine. I recommend you check it out if you want to see updates. ;-) Below I have a few pictures of the ball machine. I won't be posting here as often as in the construction thread, but there will be a few pictures added here from time to time. Again, explanations for the pictures are on the thread, so I won't bother posting them here (I'm lazy aren't I). Thanks for viewing! -Shadowman39

Posted by Shadowman39 5 years ago


K'nex for sale, UK only

So i have some knex that i have for sale it is around 400-600 peices, from a few random sets, it is a mix between original knex, mini knex and that lego knex blocks thing i dont know how much it would go for so make an offer :)  UK ONLY I WILL POST TO UK!!! thanks -Zak PS pictures will be taken and put up when some one asks for them :)

Posted by knexdude152 7 years ago


Plans for Cataclysm Changed

I had to demolish the lift on Cataclysm because it wasn't working very well. Click here for more information on why I took the lift down: http://39shadowmansknexcreations.blogspot.com/The ball machine will still have its originally planned design; I'll have to build a new lift to replace this lift. I wish I wouldn't have wasted my whole summer building this lift. The pictures below is what the lift looked like before I took it down.

Posted by Shadowman39 9 years ago


Wah Pedal

Hey! Can anyone please tell me about the working and construction of a simple WAH PEDAL for Guitar? I wanna make one but i dunno the procedure... So can someone help me to make 1?

Posted by $uryo 8 years ago


I forgot the name of this DIY Book Catalog?

I'm looking for a catalog my Mom used to get of DIY books. It was a small publishing house, a black and white catalog, and they would re-publish a lot of cool out of print things. I think they got their start with radio hobbyists? They had a really impressive list of pretty much everything-- radios, construction, farming, math, hydrogen engines, compost, crafts.... I think the family/company name started with an L and was in the southern half of the US?

Posted by planethalia 6 years ago


Ever heard of Ceramicrete, MgO cement, Magnesium cement

Has anyone ever worked with MgO cement?  Where can buy it in US? MgO replaces the Ca found in portland cement. MgO cement makes a concrete that will incorporate cellulose and other organics into the crystalline structure. absorbs CO2 instead of generating it, is an order of magnitude stronger than portland, does not require wetting, and cures in minutes. So basically, you can take some burlap or old blanket and paint this stuff on, then fill the void with straw and cement and make super strong, light and thin structures. I have looked for it locally but it does not seem to be available to consumers in the US, probably because of the lack of sheep crap which is the typical source of Mg. It is amazing stuff. This is pretty much the only article I could find about the stuff: http://greenhomebuilding.com/articles/ceramicrete.htm

Posted by bsims1 5 years ago


Construct Houses with DISCARDED PLASTIC BOTTLES

Check out the New innovation in construction using discarded plastic bottles...Think it is not strong enough ? heres the link to the instructable..https://www.instructables.com/id/New-Innovation-in-Construction-using-Waste-Plastic/

Posted by nav.sparx 9 years ago


scalable geometric construction system

Hi my name is leith and im introducing myself and my design . i am very motivated and really need to work if anyone is interested in a collaboration or another project please contact me . thanks

Posted by C60 5 years ago


data logger construction

I would like to have a thin sensor to measure the time of wearing a scoiliosis brace by patient. Any suggestions?

Posted by orthofoo 5 years ago


"positive"

Today was the first time i wanted to comment, but found myself confronted with this: "We have a "be nice" comment policy. Please be positive and constructive with your comments or risk being banned from our site." In my personal opinion, constructive comments are rarely positive and positive comments tend to be rather useless. Who thought the statment quoted above is a good idea and can it be changed?

Posted by Xaromir 7 years ago


Construction of a robot learning to move in internal rooms

I am looking for a person who knows how to make a robot that will move inside the space, avoid obstacles and create maps of the rooms in which he works?

Posted by finder11 4 weeks ago


Man constructs 16-XBOX mobile LAN gaming center.

This giant Winnebago showed up outside our dorms today. There was a maker inside. More photos at the blog.

Posted by JamesRPatrick 7 years ago


Rate my drawing!

Check it out! Constructive criticism please :P

Posted by FoxyPenguin94 6 years ago


The settle of Caton Knights

This site is about how to construct something that useful forexample toys. I don't know how to construct thing. but I can fold a butterfly and rat by using a pice of paper. It is easy to do. If you want toys for you and family take this http://catan-board.blogspot.com/ Good luck

Posted by Downloadman99 8 years ago


What happened to all the categories?

Just wondering what happened to a lot of the categories? When I used to come on this site there were a lot more, including the good 'ol section (forgot the name) dedicated to 'unrefined' projects (ie. constructing projectiles out of office supplies, constructing devices that could cause potential danger if misused, pyrotechnics, etc). Anyone know?

Posted by Rauffle 10 years ago


Man constructs 16-XBOX mobile LAN gaming center.

This giant Winnebago showed up outside our dorms today. There was a maker inside. More photos at the blog.

Posted by JamesRPatrick 7 years ago


Sedge Hat

I would love to see some instructables on making traditional Asian headwear such as sugegasa (sedge hats) and booshi from properly gathering and preparing the materials to actually constructing the hat.  I am particularly interested in seeing how a sugegasa is constructed with an appropriate interior (the straw/bamboo is not supposed to rest directly on the head). 

Posted by Anianna 7 years ago


wireless motor

How may I construct a circuit so that I can trigger a motor from a distance wirelessly.

Posted by pro2xy 9 years ago


water diven dc generator

Construct a dc generator using a water pump driven by a garden hose.

Posted by alaskagene 10 years ago


General Construction part1

Vince, Here's a few more pictures that I think are not in the instructables. The machine is at the college. I'll try to get some more pictures of it Monday. I see your confusion we need an end view of the Y rail showing the X stage mounted. I also made a 3D google sketch up of it that would be real handy. If I can find it.

Posted by Tom McGuire 6 years ago


CASTING CALL FOR ENGINEERS AND CERTIFIED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.

National Geographic Television is looking for an experienced engineer or certified construction worker to host a new ten-part television series. The ideal candidate will have a diverse range of experience in one or more of the following industries: aviation, shipping, rail freight, construction, mining, or civil engineering. You don’t have to have an engineering degree, you just have to prove that: you have engineering experience, you love your work, and you have the ability to communicate that passion to others. Professional certification in welding, commercial diving, metal work, or electronics is desirable. The series will be broadcast on National Geographic Channels both in the United States and around the world in the second half of 2008. Send resumes and inquiries to fixes@ngs.org by October 20 2007. Better still send a video of yourself on the job to World’s Toughest Fixes, C/O National Geographic Television, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20036.

Posted by peter_rees_tv 11 years ago


Goliath walabi world

New knex coaster in construction. Goliath.

Posted by the_burrito_master 9 years ago


Speaker amp construction

I've got a 30W ELK-1RT speaker...it's designed for use with alarm systems etc...nothing really fancy....but we're attempting to find a way to plug it into a computer out in the factory i work at...we're having a rediculous time finding prebuilt amps to drive this thing from a PC line out port....wonder if anyone has something prebuilt or schematics and parts needed to power this speaker from a PC

Posted by crapflinger 11 years ago


8/10/25mm Construction Kit

I would like to propose a standard for the design of an "Erector Set" type construction kit based on a standard 10mm thick by 25mm wide rail with 8mm holes spaced 25mm apart.  The metric sizing would insure a global participation in the design process.  The main construction rails could be built from any smooth grained hardwood such as hard maple in North America or several other species I have seen used in Europe or ABS plastic, Aluminum, etc. Alternatively, a 5/15 - 3/8 - 1 inch format might find greater acceptance in the US which would allow for use of many standard components such as skate board wheels which use a 5/16 shaft for bearings, etc. Given a standard hole size, thickness, and spacing, a variety of 3D printed components could be designed by the community as add-ons to the basic kit.  Ideally such designs would be done in Autodesk Inventor based on PARAMETRIC MODELS that could be adjusted for say both a mm and inch standard. Laser cutting at TechShops, 3D printing, and other simple home shop built components for connectors, etc., as well as suggestions for utilizing other standard building components such as say plastic tubing for spacers, and other standard hardware components, would greatly expand the features of the construction kit. Ideally Makers, TechShop members, home woodworkers, etc. would produce kits and make them available to "young inventors and engineers" in our school systems as a community project. While I have suggested the above mentioned dimensions, these and other basic considerations should be vetted in a crowd sourced forum before any standards are set.

Posted by astroyny 4 years ago


How to make an LED heart

Hello, I am designing and making a prop for a music concert and would like some advice on the best way to go about it. The prop needs to be a glowing/lit heart that starts off on stage as a series of glowing rods. The artist then constructs the shape onstage and it becomes this glowing heart. I am thinking of using some sort of plastic tubing and LED lights, but Im not sure how to construct them so that they can: - start of as individual rods then fitted together in a specific shape - they need to turn on and off an be able to have the batteries replaced. - must be bright red glow - lightweight and low heat. If anyone has some good ideas or advice on how to construct it I would be really grateful. Thanks guys!

Posted by lowtechloz 8 years ago


Help in constructing a battery charger

Hi there! I need some help constructing a circuit to charge a lead acid battery. The ratings of the battery are: 12v, 7Ah(Or so). The circuit must have the following features: -> Must be fairly simple (Considering the fact that i don't get all the components easily in the place i live, not even online) -> Must automatically cutoff when the battery is fully charged(Or near full). -> Must also have an indicator, (like the ones we have in a digital camera battery charger, which shows RED LED=Charging, GREEN LED=Full, something like that). -> Charging times can be fairly reasonable (Few hours for a full charge sounds reasonable).  -> Hopefully, some explanation on how the circuit works. ;) Thanks in advance :)

Posted by charmquark 5 years ago


IIP !!!!!! (Instructable In Progress)

I'm in the process of constructing a new instructable! Check It OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! https://www.instructables.com/id/EK254QIFIPPIKIW/ BTW its a Pirates of the caribbean diorama

Posted by KANahas 10 years ago


Many Card Wallet

I've been trying to find an ible, or a figure a way to make wallet that will store many cards. Similar to how this one is constructed.

Posted by MelPhleg 2 years ago


Need help with temporary wall construction

Can anyone shed some light on how this is built ? It looks like 2 8ftx4ft plywood panels sandwiched together with some 2x4s and a hinge on the back. I am trying to find out how to sandwich the sheets together so it looks seamless like the image below. Thanks in advance. http://www.wwd.com/images/processed/wwd/2009/07/20/landscape/01-large/fs_cdg_black.jpg

Posted by svioletta 6 years ago


Rube Goldberg machines

I need construct a rube that has at least 4 different simple machines - no legos, marbleworks, mousetrap game parts, etc.... HELP.

Posted by cocoa611 9 years ago


The Assasilant

Made in about 10 minutes using a few common electrical components and some spraypaint. i just posted it to give some ideas constructive criticism is welcomed. Enjoy.

Posted by ilikepie=) 8 years ago


Man builds amazing 1:40 scale LEGO Battleship + VIDEO !!

A Japanese man called Jun Brick has finished building a 1:40 scale replica model of the Japanese battleship "Yamato" .. out of LEGOOver 100,000 LEGO bricks were used in the construction !Back in 2007 Jun Brick posted photos showing the construction so i can only assume it took over 3 years to build.Photos of the construction and loads of the finished ship can be found on his Geo Cities page(Which is in Japanese so i cant read it :S)Below are a selection of the most impressive photos.Video is not all still images, it has some great panoramic views and walkarounds Via Wired

Posted by =SMART= 9 years ago


Complaints

Here is a topic where people can post complaints about instructables. Pleasedo not be negative but instead make the complaints constructive and cite what you would like to see changed.

Posted by lding 7 years ago


Micro drone construction help

For a school project a partner and I are attempting to build a self controlling quadcopter. It should be able to use a specific input from a photo transistor and the be able to navigate on its own. The only problems that I can see running into at the moment are finding an atmega compatible rotor controller, and that not including the propellers it is going to be under two inches (5.08 cm). I would appreciate any assistance possible in finding a motor controller of this size, and will keep this post up to date with our project.

Posted by Kaptia Teramo 2 years ago


TINY YELLOW HOUSE- webshow- episode #1 (tiny cabins- junk construction)

Here's a link to episode #1- as a test run of sorts. Subsequent mini-features will cover some more in depth, step-by-step construction of several different redneck-thrift building projects. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEvYT3CMtQI -Deek http://www.relaxshacks.com Author of "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks..."

Posted by Deek D 8 years ago


New Contest involving Kinetic Wind Sculptures

I would like to see a new contest involving the construction of kinetic wind sculptures

Posted by roweathers 6 years ago