Advice on a wood project

I am looking for some innovative ideas along the lines of the normal Mail sorter / holder / bill organizer. But I need to have it more efficient than a 3 slot wooden bin hung on the wall or sat on the table. All ideas will be considered....this is a home use project so I can get my financial life back in some kind of symmetry, or more organized at least. What we have now:

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago

Demo (Contractor) Bags Are Sometimes Better than Garbage or Other Bags

Folks use garbage bags for storing and hauling .  Problem is, garbage bags rip easily and usually are good for one use. Demo bags are woven from polypropelene and are strong and  can be re-used.. Haul one load, dump it, bring the bag back,  Refill and repeat. Or use it for moving. No worries about ripping. They are not waterproof or completely dustproof. So one may wish to line it with a plastic bag. I think I may try to use this as a potato bag for growing potatoes a described in an earlier instructable

Posted by Wilmette 5 years ago

thin clear plastic rectangular container

Anyone have a source (cheap!) for a thin clear plastic rectangular container? Like this glass one: roughly 6-8" wide and less than 2 inches thick overall?  thanks for any leads, cheers, flashj

Posted by flashj 8 years ago

Javafix containers?

I'm reasonably certain that I didn't dream this up, but if I did I am sorry. No, not really because somebody should make a coffee brand called that. Anyway apparently there was back in the DDR a coffee brand called 'JavaFix'(spelling uncertain) Which is either a mistranslated or made up name  or it was actually called that in which case it's awesome and I have to know where to get a tin or two. (or at least a high resolution image.) Yes I did google it and no I didn't find any appropriate links. (Presumably Britney Spears owns the whole coffee industry with something weird called a "latte" or a 'frappuccino' I assume it is some type of hard drug made of amphetamines ground toddlers and the anguished cries of dying orphans...)

Posted by XylophonicMonkey 8 years ago

Instructable Going to be LED light plants container

Here the link to build the container

Posted by reusesave 9 years ago

Zipfizz Containers

I have a bunch of empty Zipfizz containers. I don't want to toss them in the trash (no plastic recycling in my area). What in the world could I make with them that would be useful?

Posted by jwade19 5 years ago

Pressure and containment

How much pressure(Psi or atm) can this container hold? Its a mentos mint container I dont know what it is made of, Im just assuming is like aluminum or some sort. The dimensions are in the image. 

Posted by TechnoGeek026 8 months ago

Anyone got thoughts on this instructable idea?

I own a foodsaver with those airtight containers. The rubber piece came off the other day and got me to thinking. Almost any container could be used by drilling a hole in it. Maybe someone could come up with a DIY to make containers that work with foodsaver or those Zip pumps that take the air out of containers. Those pint containers that come with Chinese food might work. Or Tupperware or Ziploc containers would do also. I just have the idea but not the talent to do it. I'll leave that to others. ha ha.

Posted by bayridge 7 years ago

Reusable To-Go Food Containers

I've been thinking of this idea for a while now. Everyone is using those reusable shopping bags these days, so why not design a reusable, resealable and collapsible to go container? I say collapsible so that when you're not using it, it can be stored in a purse and not take up a lot of room.

Posted by InvaderDig 9 years ago

off-grid, affordable, and open-source shipping container house

Howdy,  I've launched a kickstarter to build an affordable, off-grid, and open-source shipping container house: . Any feedback would be appreciated; thanks!

Posted by liseman 7 years ago

Easy way to strip paint off plastic containers?

I am trying to take paint (printing) off of a plastic container -- the body is a 5 and the lid is a 2. I can do it by hand using sand paper but it is taking a really long time. (And I have 18 containers to strip.) Any suggestions for something that would strip this and not be too crazy with fumes, bad for environment, yadda yadda yadda? Thanks for the help!

Posted by kellybasinger 10 years ago

how much psi can a a1 steaksauce container hold

I have a project and i need to know how much psi a a1 steaksauce container can hold

Posted by rollingstoner357 10 years ago

eBooks only contain table of contents and comments

Hi, The ebooks available for download only contain a table of contents and comments, but not the actual instructables.  Not what I would call an eBook!! Is there a problem with the eBook generation or is this on purpose? Cheers, Shauno

Posted by shauno 7 years ago

Pressure Container

How much Psi or atm can this mentos mint container hold if i seal it then put a vavle on it? I dont know what material it is made of, Im assuming its thin aluminum. Can anyone help me with this please.

Posted by TechnoGeek026 8 months ago

Project Cases,Boxes,Containers,Holder......

What ever you want to call it what else can you use. Sure there's Altoids tins and Tic Tac containers But what else do you use for a project housing ? And dose anybody know of any sites that sell components and allow Interac Online ?

Posted by littlechef37 10 years ago

DIY mini heating element

I have a container (8cm by 8cm by cm) to store powdery food. But the food gets clumped together to the container walls. As such, I am thinking of coming up with a mini heating device to keep the container warm to prevent the clumping of the powder food. Am quite noob to this and would like to hear suggestions and ideas to come up with a simple diy device.

Posted by kurtselva 5 years ago

Trying to seal a system containing ethanol.

I'm putting the pipe system together for my solar thing, which needs to contain hot ethanol, not under significant pressure. What kind of sealant / adhesive can I use that won't dissolve in the ethanol? I'm gluing together mostly plastics like PVC, but also steel and aluminium.

Posted by SolarFlower_org 9 years ago

How to drill holes on ABS plastic?

Hi guys, I have this plastic which I think is made of ABS plastic. I need to drill a rectangular hole and and some circular holes in the container. As such, what method (milling machining/drill etc etc) should I use to achieve my goal without damaging(cracking etc) the container? I have uploaded a pic of the container.. thanks

Posted by kurtselva 5 years ago

Small self-contained energy source

Hello,            I am interested in making a energy source similar to iron man's arc reactor in the fact that it is small, self contained, and and powerful. I would like it to be hand-held, but I can deal with slightly larger or even desk size. It needs to be long lasting. I am well aware that an arc reactor is fictional, but I just need something that may be similar. It can be a large project (I have time) but needs to be not super expencive. Around $500 is the max I can go for!  I hope someone can help, 13islucky

Posted by 13islucky 6 years ago

Good Plants to Grow in a Dorm (1 Gal Container Limit)

What are some good plants to grow in a dorm room? I am limiting the container sizes to about 1.5 gallons (About 6.825 liters). Preferably something that would bear fruits or something. No herbs because I can't do any cooking anyway. East facing window. I've though of -Cherry tomatoes (A bit too big) -Strawberries -Black Pepper?

Posted by crestind 11 years ago

Storing carbonated drinks?

 If I'm making a lot (10 litres) of fizzy drinks with CO2 is it okay just to store it in a large plastic container? One of my friends told me that if I put it in the wrong type of container (e.g glass) it can explode. Help?! 

Posted by asasklfjklasfkljasklfjaklfsjkl 8 years ago

"This video contains content from SME" message

Hi everyone.  I have an Instructables I recently posted which contains some videos. I've never had trouble with people viewing my videos on previous instructables I've posted, but on my most recent one, E4-B4 Astromech Droid, on of the videos has the following message... This video contains content from SME. It is restricted from playback on certain sites. Watch on YouTube." So first off, what the heck is SME? If it's such an issue, what does it leave a link to view the video on YouTube, which it plays in anyway? How can I get rid of it? And why is it that is one of the sites that has this issue? This particular video does contain some third party content which I do have their permitton to use, so I don't see why I get this rather annoying message.  Thanks guys. 

Posted by steve-gibbs5 2 years ago

Shipping Container Workshop To Kenya

Howdy, My friends and I are building a workshop out of a shipping container, and we want Makers' suggestions on equipment. We'll be sending a 20' shipping container from Austin, Texas to Bungoma, a city in Western Kenya. The primary goal will be constructing chambers in which we can create biochar ( ), and we want to make the shop as versatile as possible. Thus far, we've definitively spent ~$8,000 of our $20,000 budget, mainly on a used plasmacam 4'x4' CNC with 2 plasma cutters, and allocated <20% of our space. Here's our list of some proposed equipment:;=en_US What are we missing that we just shouldn't be without? We'll have access to (dirty) grid power, standard industrial building materials, and (slow, expensive) shipping from the West. Please add your ideas to the spreadsheet and your broader comments below. We'll read everything, incorporate the best suggestions, and let you know what our final inventory becomes. We need to have our container in transit by the end of the month, so don't delay! Thanks, Luke  

Posted by liseman 7 years ago

Can a glass, vacuum insulated container withstand temperatures in the -180 degree celsius range?

Is it possible to store liquid nitrogen and oxygen in a vacuum insulated container for a short period of time? i have a thermos that i though might work, but i want to be sure that im not going to have the thermos explode in my face when i try it. this is an old beefy thermos that can take at least 190 degrees celsius, but im not sure about the other direction.  

Posted by pedrogabman 8 years ago

The URL contains escaped bytes unsupported by the UTF-8 encoding.

This is my first post to the forums, just wanted to let you know of the error message on I love the site, and can't wait to learn more!

Posted by plainhavoc 3 years ago

The what-I-got-for-Xmas thread

Hand knitted jumper, in special container ;-)

Posted by steveastrouk 5 years ago

No Images in PDFs

When I click the PDF link on an Instructable, the resulting file doesn't seem to contain any of the associated images.

Posted by jah5150 9 years ago

Offensive photos

This "member" posted a comment and the link to his Instructables page contains lewd photos: cuckholddon Can you remove?

Posted by robbtoberfest 5 years ago

Cutting Tin - Candy & Mint Containers

Greetings all,   I have an interest in cutting patterns in the smooth tops of tin candy & mint containers but am a complete noob to this sort of fabricating, would appreciate any helpful offboard links or posted Instructables here. What I'm wanting to achieve is a 'finished' item that looks plasma-cut but since the item itself is quite fragile as well as small in general size I have no clue other than the very time-consuming process of 'routing' out such with a mini-Dremel.     Fairly tight budget here too so a dedicated C-N-C setup is a bit unlikely but no impossible. Thanks in advance !

Posted by patron_zero 6 years ago

cooker hood condenser

Ok i have moved into a new studio which does not have an external vent fitted to the cooker hood and relies on a re-circulation kit comprising of a small tower and a disposable carbon filter (which can cost quite a bit to keep replacing). So what i was thinking was how about ducting it to a homemade condenser, something simple like a plastic container with a cut off of hood filter attached to an area near the top of the container and the vent ducted in through the top of the container it could be primed with an inch or so of water to get the process going..... i recon my concept is pretty basic but am i heading in the right direction?

Posted by Tallanted 5 years ago

"Welding" Plastic

What is the best way of "welding" or joining two pieces of plastic? The type of plastic I'm using is the translucent material used in milk containers.

Posted by BrianKT 10 years ago

Calcium Chloride Corrosive Effects

I know that calcium chloride can corrode metal, but does it require direct contact or can it generate fumes that could corrode?   Here's the issue:  I have a wood stove and I place a container of Damp Rid inside over the summer to absorb moisture.  It looks like the Damp Rid plastic container had a small crack, so moisture passed through the calcium chloride and through the container and through the back of the stove After a while I noticed a pool of water behind the stove.  I traced the problem back to the Damp Rid container, cleaned up the moisture inside and outside the stove, and replaced the Damp Rid.  At the same time I noticed areas all over the exterior of the stove where the finish was coming off, areas that were not in contact with the water.  In fact, at least one section of the stove that had direct contact shows no sign of  a problem. I'm trying to discover if the calcium chloride caused the problem, or if it's something else causing the damage.

Posted by corgaff 7 years ago

Pump for little pieces of paper

Hi, I'm going to make a display cabinet for an art project. Please see image for more info. The idea is to have a container (gray box) with ash on the back side of this cabinet, then there should be a pump (red dot) emptying this container and blowing the ash to the front true a tube (see red line) into a double glass window.  How can I create something like this? the problem is the transfering of the ash (little pieces of paper) from the back to the front.

Posted by vkranendonk 8 years ago

chinese food pail

Does anyone know how i can make one myself? and what material to use?

Posted by bananamufu 9 years ago

Recycling chemical containers in Tanzania

We're situated in Tanzania on a cereals farm. Needless to say - plenty of empty plastic chemical containers, creating massive headaches when it comes to destroying it. Does anyone have some pointers as to how we can do re-cycling on the farm - keeping in mind we're about 800km (500miles) due west from Dar-es-Salaam. We'd like to make some 5-7 mm sheeting out of the stuff to be used on the farm - to replace stolen sheet-metal water gates used for regulating water flow into rice paddies. Any sparks out there to light our fire? Kind regards Hendrik Neethling Kapunga Rice Project Limited (KRPL) Tanzania Mail: Land: +255 752 44 5572 Cell: +255 768 299 813

Posted by HJN 9 years ago

Air delivery system using pvc

Hi, I am a geocacher and I recently saw a youtube video of a cache container that was a 2 inch PVC pipe.  At the bottom, the cap had a tire valve in it.  When you pumped up the container, a pill bottle came out the top.  I have attempt to build something like this but nothing seems to work.  The pill bottle will not rise.  Can anyone help me with what I am doing wrong? Thanks, Kent

Posted by tkuhrich 6 years ago

Things you can craft from (Recycling!)

Here is a list of some great things you can craft things out of:CARDBOARD:-Empty Shoe box-Used Poster boards-Empty Dunkin Donuts Munchkin or Doughnut box-Empty Pizza BoxesCONTAINERS:-Empty Altoids candy box-Empty Water bottlePAPER:-Newspaper-Used Paper (like one you used to write phone numbers on)PLASTIC:-Empty water bottles-Empty milk containers*Adding more soon!*

Posted by dragonblue80 9 years ago

Remove these ads by Signing Up.

Try searching for something containing "remove". I (pro user) find many results just because of the "Remove these ads by Signing Up." content.

Posted by lpdunwell 6 years ago

using the acetone method , what type of container , can i make and store the melted styrofoam in?

reading a couple posts about reducing styrofoam using acetone.  i happened to come across a lot of pieces and need to reduce it, but am not ready to use it yet. what containers ahere good for this , acetone comes in metal cans, many of the instructables say to do the melting in glass, i have seen some say metal,but no specifics. i dont have a glass open top bottle handy yet, but i may if i have an idea of the ratio of plastic to expanded.  i thought i saw a video on you tube of a guy using a plastic bucket and storing it in a zip lock bag.I would need to verify that method and the type of plastic first. since  most instructables use glass and metal pots. Off to break it up

Posted by escapefromyonkers 8 years ago

What can be done with the little plastic capsules from Kinder Surprise eggs?

Kinder Surprise eggs are hollow chocolate eggs - the size of a large hen's egg, containing a small toy - usually a clip-together kit of some kind, contained within an ovoid plastic capsule. capsules used to be two-part, but have recently switched to having a living hinge attaching the lid section. They're a little under two inches long and about an inch in diameter (the pic in the above link shows the older, two-part design - but they're the same size either way)Surely there's something useful that could be done with these little plastic containers - they close pretty tightly - so I guess they could be waterproofed pretty easily (LED 'floaties' maybe? - although releasing them into the ocean would be littering)

Posted by Atomic Shrimp 10 years ago

Food safe pump

Hi everyone! I'm working on a halloween costume where I want to have a container of liquid on my back, a hose from said container running down my left arm and a way todispense the liquid through the hose. Right now the dispensing is the problem. Would a windshield washer pump be reasonably safe to use for something that is going to be consumed? I'd buy a new unused one of course. If that's not a good idea, what would be? I've experimented with a can of compressed air to push the drink out but was not fully satisfied with the result.

Posted by Jur 4 years ago

Remote Valve?

I have an idea for a project, and I am trying to figure out a simple mechanism or valve that will be able to release fog produced by water and dry ice into a relatively small diameter tube. I would like it to be activated via remote, but other ideas are appreciated. My plan is to have a sealed container with water and dry ice on my back. Tubing would lead from the container to a mask I'm constructing. I am just trying to figure out a way in which I can control the release of the fog.

Posted by Moerdith 6 years ago

It's late for the contest, but...

There's a steampunk egg containing a pendant on ebay.Nice little item, and part of the proceeds go to charity, so I don't feel spammy advertising it.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago

chrome says instructables has malware

 when surfing to your site using google chrome, a blocker comes up that says your site is harmful and could contain malware.

Posted by milltools 8 years ago

Solar water still

I'd like to make a good solar water still. I was thinking of something for purifying the water from rain barrels along my house and channel it into drinking water containers. Any good ideas out there?

Posted by robbtoberfest 11 years ago

How to seal a system containing ethanol, but low friction?

Still working on my solar device (in Copenhagen now), and it's coming along fairly nicely. Should hopefully have a full instructable in a couple of weeks. However, I'm having problems at the moment trying to keep the thing water tight, where the axle leaves the system, taking out the rotational motion. I'm using the bearing housing from an old bike wheel (photos to come) and I've got it sealed well where it's attached to wall of the container, but the ethanol is flowing pretty freely through the bearings themselves. I need it not to. I could use something like an O ring to seal the axle, but friction is a big issue. I wanted to pack the whole axle and bearing housing with grease, but grease dissolves in ethanol. Solutions? Is there anything grease like which isn't soluble in alcohol? Salt, maybe? Cheers all. (Nearly there...)

Posted by SolarFlower_org 9 years ago

Help needed for a project

Hi; sorry if the topic is posted in the wrong section; I need help with materials required for completing a project. My assigned project is about coming up with some pen like container. It has to be like those white out containers in malleable plastic that you can somewhat press (best case), or a hard one. The casing has to be transparent (not colored) One of my friends suggested making it using resin for the latter case. What should I use. Can you please tell me the materials and a possible process of doing that? Much appreciated! Thank you so much!

Posted by Rpie 6 years ago

A Cat in a Box!

Sorry, no hilarious picture - but a thought exercise!Imagine a steel box (to shield the contents from the universe) that contains a cat. Inside this box is a device that contains a gas which may, or may not, cause instant death to the cat. One hour after the device is released in the steel box (with cat) - what is the state (assume only two states - alive or dead) of the cat?Mind you, you have no method to measure the results of the possibly poisonous device - after all, measure the result and you change it! I imagine there are a few of you that have read about this very scenario in an academic setting :)

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago

World's Smallest Shockers For Sale

Well, not really, but I am going to make and sale tiny shockers on ebay soon, I just need a few questions before I start making, and selling them.Do you wanted the shocker naked (Like in the picture below) and make your own container for them?Do you want the shocker to be packed up in a film canister or box container with a battery holder and a switch?And the most important of all - How much are you willing to pay for them? I need an answer to that!And here is the link to make the shockers.. Build a World's Smallest Electronic Shocker!

Posted by Plasmana 10 years ago

Knex innovation, when does it end?

As of right now there's 4 individual topics on the first list of topics, each containing the words Knex innovation... ISN'T 4 A BIT MUCH?!?!?

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago