Full-size plywood spacecraft

Pete Hennessey of Melbourne, Australia has made a series of full-size plywood replicas of space-related items. Amazingly enough he modeled them in Illustrator and the whole process of making a model of Hubble took him three months to make. Yow! peter hennessey: my hubble via MAKE

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Bending 3/4" plywood into right angles with a 4" bend radius

I have an idea for a stylized plywood coffee table that is all made from a single board of 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood. I've attached a .jpg of a coffee table base-design to this email.  The bends on either side are 4 inch radius bends. Although I have basically no experience bending plywood, I sincerely doubt 3/4 inch plywood is going to bend into right angles at a 4 inch radius. I may be wrong, but if it is possible, I do not know how to do it, and certainly do not have the equipment. I've seen on the internet very flexible sheets of plywood, but wouldn't that just get glued into position and then just collapse once un-molded? I can't believe that I am the only person who wants to do something like this. Any input?

Posted by Dolmetscher007 3 years ago


using Router on Plywood !

Tearout is an issue when running a router on plywood, but I tried something new. Instead of a conventional cut, I did a climb cut, and tearout was pretty minimal.

Posted by Toga_Dan 2 years ago


Woodworking: Router Replacement?

The situation:I (will) have a disc of plywood roughly 20cm across. I need to cut a spiral notch in the ply, from edge to centre, around 3mm wide, so that I can hold a spiral of flexible ply in place and close off the end of the spiral at the same time.The perfect tool for the job is, of course, a router.The problem:I don't have a router.Short of buying a router just for this one job, what can I do to cut the notch?Plus:I've been saying "plywood" - is there another material that can be shaped the same way?

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago


i need help on a way to secure plywood for laying on over the bathtub, the far side has only 1/4" curved and tile wall

I need to do a medical procedure and I want to get it out of my bedroom. I salvaged some 3/4 inch plywood  and need to find a way to securely attach the plywood temporarily  for the procedure and then be able to quickly take apart and store for 2 days latter I realized that working with the smaller plywood pieces was better for my spine. Once I do a couple of procedures I will see if I need to attach them together with  a quick release hinge or plate.  I need to lie down and need to be able to work the water controls ,so I will leave a space open by the controls and spigot . I can put a pillow there if I need to. I also found  out by accident that the home depot orange buckets are almost  the perfect size for use as stabilizer columns, with lids or a shim underneath and filled with water, they would make great  stable columns. So that really helps. The problem I need help with, is every time I think I found the answer a day later I realize it wont work. I am not a carpenter. I need to secure the plywood on the far side of the bath tub so I don’t have a flip over or collapse into tub. The far wall has ¼  inch of  curved bathtub and then the  tile wall. I  think I need to make a wedge device to  keep the board into the tiles and not let them shift or back out. The buckets maybe enough, but I have to move  my body a lot during the procedure  and don't want to take chances.  2 of the boards have 4 inches overhang on the bathtubs entry side, The lip for the bathtub in that side is I think 4 or 6 inches wide so plenty of support for the plywood. I have 4 inches  extra overhang , I could cut  that off . Or  if it would be better attach some quick release wood  for legs or even 2 inch PVC pipe if I could figure out an  attachment with quick release.    I was thinking of attaching a board perpendicular to the plywood to fit in the tub and keeping the plywood from shifting, and  maybe a wooden wedge  and notch system to push the board against the wall and keep it from backing out or shifting. I just had a brainstorm , put wooden perpendicular strips on both sides of the plywood . If exact and with the pails it maybe non shifting. Someone would have to help me with how to measure correctly, as my measuring  skills are horrible. I may have a tool that would carry the measurement over.  I did get a book on my new kindle that is all  about measurement tricks, but I have not had time to even load it up

Posted by escapefromyonkers 6 years ago


Plywood Challenge: Bike Polo Arena

The chain link fence around our Bike Polo arena  needs a 1' high runner at ground level. You can't bounce a Polo ball off a fence. I've found over two THOUSAND small 12" x 18" x 1" plywood  pieces (hardwood, not OSB) . At $0.25 apiece, these are 1/10 the cost per square foot of Home Depot! What is the CHEAPEST way you can think of to permanently join 8 pieces in a row, edge to edge? You have $0.50 per join. You must be able to lift the assembly and smile, confident and proud of its rigidity.  Already thought of: Gluing (biscuit, tongue and grove, etc): Lots of work, might work with the right process. Sandwiched between sheets (HDPE, HIPS, PC, etc): Expensive, >$1 per ft^2 Webbing, Jacob's Ladder style: Webbing ain't cheap

Posted by Marathon 4 years ago


Equation for accurate bending (kerfing) of plywood

I am planning out my first Instructable. It will be a bent (kerfed) plywood coffee table, There have been a growing number of projects out in the 'makeosphere,' where people are cutting slits or kerfs that go almost completely through a thicker piece of wood, allowing it to be easily bent. I am on a super-tight budget, and cannot afford to ruin my $22 sheet of plywood, so I was hoping that someone might be able to help me with some measurements for cutting the kerf-slits in the plywood. Here is the idea all sketched out. I need help with the measurements that are in bold.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Materials: 1x | 4 ft. x 2 ft. 3/4 in birch plywood 2x | 3 ft. 5/8 in threaded metal rods 8x | flat washers 4x | standard nuts 4x | "end nuts"  Steps: On the sheet of plywood, measure in X inches and mark X number of cross cut lines, X inches apart. Measure in 2 inches from each end of the board and draw a line. Measure in 2 inches each each side of the board, and draw another line. Drill out a 5/8 inch hold at all 4 of these crossed lines. Thread a standard nut onto each end of the threaded rod and screw it on 1-2 inches roughly, then slip a flat washer over the threaded rod. Bend each end of the board up to create almost 90 degree angles. Insert each end of the threaded rod into the holes, slip a flat washer over the threaded rod and screw on each of the four "end nuts."  Use the standard nuts, and the end nuts to fine tune the bends into 90 degree angles.  Flip the table over, and enjoy.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  Stability is more important to me than curve radius. I don't know if spacing cuts close together for a small curve radius is more or less stable than placing the cuts further apart for a larger radius. I've never done this, but I have seen that there is an equation for this. I haven't been able to find the equation actually expressed, I've just heard that there is one. Does anyone know about this area of woodworking/physics?

Posted by Dolmetscher007 3 years ago


Laser materials suppliers - UK recommendations?

Anybody have a preferred supplier for laser-friendly materials? I'm looking for plywood and acrylic sheet (any colour), thickness 1-8mm, preferably (for fitting in the cutter) around A3 size. Have you come across anybody selling unusual sheet materials for lasering, or get them from unusual sources? Feel free to post links, of course. If you are a supplier, and don't want to get in trouble for spam, PM me, or pop over to my FB page, LightWorks Laser

Posted by Kiteman 4 years ago


Chalkboard paint + Degrade Spruce Plywood + Primer?

So this is my first real project and I really don't wanna screw it up. 3/8" x 4' x 8' Degrade Spruce Plywood = $11.94 Chalkboard Paint - Black (887ml) = $21.50 Primer = (?) I'm thinking of sanding the plywood, then applying primer (what kind of primer? I have no clue about that), then two coats of the chalkboard paint. Is there anything wrong with my plan?

Posted by midevilshadow 8 years ago


Chicken mesh and plywood radio/wifi reflector dish.

Haven't quite the time to do a proper instructible for this, but in case anyone finds it useful: http://solarflower.blogspot.com/2011/07/chicken-mesh-and-plywood-radiowifi.html Has schematics, 3d models and construction instructions. Cost about NZ$20 in materials (plywood, mesh, cable ties, screws), took a couple days to make, but really only because of the lack of proper power tools. Works real good.

Posted by SolarFlower_org 7 years ago


How do I build a plywood box to raise my HE Washer & Dryer?

I would like to build a simple sturdy box to place under my washer and dryer. Something that can withstand the weight and build out of 3/4 " plywood. Any resources or ideas. I'm thinking of raising it 12". Possible room for storage baskets underneath it.

Posted by bkskaggs 10 years ago


MDF desktop

Hey guys and gals. I'm considering making this computer desk that uses one sheet of 4x8 plywood and was wondering if a sheet of MDF would work. I just got back from Lowes where I was checking prices on plywood and they didn't have the type of plywood thats veneered on both sides. I thought about using MDF instead and wanted to know how much of a difference it would make. My concerns with the MDF are finishing the final piece and attaching the hardware to the two halves. I've worked with MDF before, but it was under complete different circumstances and I didn't have to bother finishing the project with paint/stain. What are the pros/cons of using MDF vs. Plywood?The desk instructable

Posted by smkoberg 10 years ago


Ninjabread Men Cutters, Bent Plywood Bicycle, Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain

Ninjabread Men Cutters Bent Plywood Bicycle Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain Caramel Dumplings Armored Messenger Bag 10 Uses for Old Toothbrushes Arduino to Nokia LCD Build a Stylophone DIY Portable Photo Booth The Magic Propeller Plant Cell Cake High-Gain Parabolic Mic Camcorder Shoulder Rig Air Freshener Sensor Hack Long Cargo Bike

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


strongest blowdart

I know CanDo's is strong, but i cant get it to go through plywood.

Posted by evildethbunny 10 years ago


Contest entry rejected, why?

I entered the Playwood contest with a little playwood Icosahedron but the entry was rejected. Tried an Email to the support but from the forum replies it seems good to ask here too why it was reected... The contest states made from plywood, I used plywood and wood glue. Other entries don't even use any playwood, instead particle board or even MDF. Can someone please explain why particle board and MDF is fine while using plywood gives a rejection? I'm not desperate for the contest just totally fail to understand the reason for the reject ;)

Posted by Downunder35m 2 years ago


Insulating tape, better than electrical tape

I'm looking for an electrical insulating tape that I can put over some exposed wire that will affix and stay put on plywood. Right now I'm using electrical tape, but the adhesion to the plywood surface isn't working that well. Anyone out there have ideas or suggestions?

Posted by phidgetsinc 4 years ago


Can Hardwood Shred ABS?

I am thinking of making a prototype plastic crusher/shredder out of a hardwood instead of steel. Do you think that a hardwood would be able to grind a plastic such as abs into small pellets? If so what kind of wood would be best? What if I made a plywood out of hardwood to strengthen the grain? What if I just use nice plywood?

Posted by rednax718 2 years ago


Secret stashes

Really enjoying this video by YiTing Cheng that shows lots of clever hiding spaces. The use of plywood is especially awesome. via Core77

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Wood varnish questions

I want to varnish this birch plywood platform to keep it as waterproof and UV resistant as possible but also keep it as close to it's original pale birch colour as possible. i've never varnished anything before so i've been googling for answers and i'm getting some conflicting information, i've been looking at different clear outdoor varnishes and most claim to protect against UV light and not leave a yellow tint but most reviews say otherwise and some general varnishing info articles claim that clear varnish can't protect against UV at all and i'd need a dark stain which i really don't want. so what can i do to protect the wood against the elements and maintain the colour as much as possible? can i combine varnish with other stuff? i found some clear 'marine varnish' is this heavier duty than normal wood varnish or something?is there an alternative to varnish that will have a similar effect?if i need to modify the platform later, cutting bits out or drilling new holes is it ok to just apply another layer of varnish to reseal it or will it need preparing in some way or some additional step?

Posted by ambientvoid 3 months ago


Book Giveaway

Two of my designs were featured in a very cool new book, PlyDesign, 73 Distinctive DIY Projects in Plywood by Philip Schmidt (and published by Storey Publishing). To celebrate (and to thank the instructables community -- without whom these projects would never have been "discovered") I'm giving away a copy.... but to make it interesting, this giveaway will be in the form of an informal contest. Post a comment with a link to your instructable. As long as your project includes plywood (or other sheet goods such as MDF, plyboo, etc) it qualifies. No publishing date restrictions, you can submit any instructable from the very first day instructables went live up to today -- however, choose your favorite instructable, because I will only consider one per person. The contest will close whenever I have 100 entries or on July 31st, 2012, whichever comes first. I will also be giving away a three month pro membership to my favorite instructable submitted by a non-pro member. I look forward to checking out your instructables! UPDATE: Member Makendo has offered another year membership for an instructable by a non-pro! So far I have no comments/instructables by non pros. Show me what you've made and you've got a very good chance at getting a year's worth of free pro membership...

Posted by belsey 6 years ago


Wooden Go Kart?

*Hopefully this is the correct category..... Hello all! I am quite interested to start learning woodworking (already have some knowledge) And what better way to start that with a gas (or electric) go-kart :-P? I know fair amount of people who have built things out of wood, some younger than I am (14). And it seems like a very good skill to have. Plus, if I am good enough at it and I outgrow the go kart, Ca-CHING! I could sell it for profit (If it is in good enough condition still). I'm currently in 8th grade but I cannot take a woodworking class until 10th grade, So why not start? I was also wondering if the Ibles community could help? I could use some ideas, and I will need alot of info for the engine and frame.(If you can even find PEDAL CART info that would be awesome too). My plan is to have it done by mid summer (July 10 for me). This may seem like too much for me, but I want to build one that, if it doesn't have an engine, one could easily add one (I realize I can not run a gas/lawnmower engine on its side) Please leave your thoughts below!!

Posted by Randomguy65 6 years ago


Is this normal?

Sorry for the bad quality, but I thought this looked strange...This is an arrow flying through a piece of plywood.It was captured using a digital camera filming at 30 fps, I used windows movie maker to slow down the video to 12,5% of the normal speed.Can you spot the arrow on this blurry video? I can't :/

Posted by Wicky 10 years ago


DIY Wall of Death

The wall of death is a large cylinder with a banked floor that allows motorcycle daredevils to ride on the walls. These guys wanted their own and with a spare field, 850 pallets, and some plywood they did it.Check out the video to see the build process and an example of what can go wrong while riding in it.via Make blog

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Slideboard...what material is this?

Would like to build a portable slideboard..I see tons of plans for plywood-based boards but dont have the space. Does anybody know what material this guy is using for his slideboard, or what I should get for a flexible and slippery board? Thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndyUqr-fV_s

Posted by boehnc 5 years ago


Pool Table playing fied

Hi! I'm about to build a pool table (billiard table) and I wonder what material I should use for the ''field'' where you play. I wondered about plywood or something similiar. On all quality tutorials they want some stone or something (I don't really know) So what's the best and cheapest solution?

Posted by GroggDog 8 years ago


How strong is pvc pipe?

 I'm trying to build a bed loft type thing similar to this I'm thinking about using pvc pipe though because its cheaper/easier, but my only worry is if it will  hold weight. I want to put a hammock on the bottom (occasionally 2 people so ~250lbs) and a piece of plywood on top to make a shelf.  Thanks

Posted by zaza410 8 years ago


question on building a computer desk?

Hey, i'm gonna be building a simple desk for my computer. and i was just wondering if anyone knows what kind of legs i should use for it? also how should i attach the legs to it? bracket, nails, ect. its just gonna be 3/4"x 27"x50" piece of plywood. then i'm gonna make a monitor stand, and a keyboard tray. thanks

Posted by HTF 10 years ago


Need help building a portable outdoor dance floor

Wanted: plans on how to build a portable outdoor dance floor I've been looking online, and I can't find any actual plans for a portable outdoor dance floor. I'd prefer to make it out of plywood with either parquet or laminate flooring on top. Anyone ever built something like this and would like to share plans? Thanks

Posted by ocelot42 10 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


What the right material for me?

Hey Community! What type of material is best for making robots, small boxes, and platforms? What inexpensive tools can I buy for cutting them? 1/4 or 1/8 inch acrylic would be perfect, but I don't have a laser cutter. Can you cut small pieces of acrylic with a handsaw? Same thing with wood, I have no idea how to make cut small pieces properly. Metal? Is that even an option? Wood seems to be my only option but I don't know where to get it or how to cut it. If I buy 1/8 inch ply I cutting plywood is annoying, since it's made up of layers. Is 1/8 plywood what I want to use? Is there some other type of thin wood I should use? Basswood is OK but most of the time it's too thin and very expensive. I have a good dremel but trying to cut along a strait line with those dumb grinding wheels is very difficult. Where can I buy really small nuts, bolts, and washers to use with wood/acrylic?

Posted by HavocRC 4 years ago


My Scholarship Idea.

My immediate thought for a use for the I-Robot was sticking with it's original intent of a "floor" tool. So it was to add a sander to it for finishing floors or even a buffer. As my idea percolated I thought with it programmable you could have it sand plywood sheets, tabletops, counters.... Then why not add a routing device instead and make a crude CNC/engraver. So that would be my project. Don't know if it could be done, or if I'm the one to do it, but I'd sure give it the old college try...

Posted by curve12 11 years ago


Woodworking angles and edges

Hello, I'm working with some plywood to create the Swords used by the Character Kirito in the Anime Sword Art Online. I've done some woodwork before but my main trouble is that i don't know how to create edges on the wood so that it actually has a blade-edge of sorts. so does anyone have tips to go from having you wood like this: _________  <---top of wood ................| ................| <---side of wood ................| _________|                   ^-------bottom of wood to this? ___ <---top ........\ ..........\ <----edge on side ........../ ____/      ^--------bot all comments appriciated

Posted by CryoFireProductions 4 years ago


Whats the appropiate paint/substance used for waterline painting

A recently constructed 24' hull (plywood on frame, 3 sections) that belongs to a set of outriger cannoes now need a coat of paint for the already marked waterline. the boat has yet to be primed. im thinking  "couple layers of regular exterior paint should do it" but it'd be a shame if i did'nt ask all you satly's here at instructables what you thought. (priming under way)

Posted by Jumpin Jehosaphat 8 years ago


woven bamboo subsititute for fiberglass cloth

I spent a lot of time in the Philippines and saw that they use woven bamboo mats to make the walls of houses. While at the hardware store I saw fiberglass resin and remembered the wired.com article about the guy and the bambo bike. This got me to thinking if there was a way to use woven bamboo mats as a subsitute for fiberglass cloth. Mainly because I am cheap and not for environmental concerns. maybe hand woven bamboo mats laminated together for plywood, or use as a boat hull? maybe housing material?

Posted by KungFuChicken 9 years ago


how do i build a fibreglass skateboard

 Hi im new here How do i build a fibreglass skateboard, im puzzled because they are just one peice. Are they injection moulded, or made in 2 halves and glued together, i understand you can place some plywood in the core to stiffen it. Also how is it coloured, if i want to make a blue one, is the first layer of fibreglass blue, or is it painted with an airbrush on completion, what sort of paint would be used and tough enough Many Thank - K

Posted by kc6666 8 years ago


metal roofing

I am trying to get an answer, i hope someone can help. i have a 12x60 trailor i use for hunting and fishing, in upstate ny. i want to put a metal roof on. the original roof is sort of a rounded dome. the rafters are 2x6, i was thinking about building it up with 2x4's to get a bigger pitch. is it worth it? also if i use 2x4's do i need to put plywood on top first or can i attach the metal roof right to the 2x4's. thanks rich russo

Posted by rrusso54 11 years ago


Should I use a remote-controlled solenoid to tip something over?

Hi all, I want to be able to remotely tip a model face over when my friend walks in the room (see attached photo). The face is made of cardboard and spray foam and is mounted on a piece of plywood that is hinged to the table. Should i try to use a remote controlled solenoid to pull this gag off? Any better recommendations? It should be remote but I could probably hide a wire if there is a different and more reliable system. All advice welcome!!!! Thanks, D

Posted by damianzuch 7 years ago


Recommendations for online vendors of laser cutting materials?

Our makerspace has a few people who are thinking about placing one or more orders for various materials.  Most will be used on the laser cutter, but not all.  Some of the materials we are looking for are: * Wood: basswood sheets, birch (or similar sturdy) plywood, etc * Acrylics * Leather (vegetable tanned) * Paper: undetermined cardboard and/or cardstock What companies are out there that would have a variety of these materials at good prices?  (For comparison, we have been mostly leaning on the local Michaels - probably one of the most expensive options per-piece.) Thanks!

Posted by sing1ejack 4 years ago


Cheap and Easy Futon Frame

Hi all! I have been scouring the web for easy, simple futon frame building instructions and plans and I have not come up with anything!  If any of you would feel so inclined to try something simple that's made out of  say plywood, not slats and can be made by an amatuer woodcraftsmen, PLEASE SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE:)  I'm up for anything, it doesn't have to look traditional or anything, just as long as it can fold into a bed.  We need to build it for our boys to sleep on, but be able to put it up during the day. Thanks in advance!

Posted by jblhopper 8 years ago


Can't find project: help with search

I am trying to find a project that I downloaded the plans for a year or two ago.  It was a project for building a portable work surface.  It was wooden, made out of a single piece of 4'x4' plywood.  It was a hinged box with a slanted surface.  It held a power strip, a spool for solder and wires, and two helping hands made out of thick copper wire.  I have tried over a dozen keyword combinations, but all of them seem too generic. Can anybody out there point me in the right direction?  If it helps, I think the project was featured in the makezine blog. Thanks, Keith

Posted by randomthinks 8 years ago


Non Permanent Grass Dog Area

I recently moved into a rental home that has no grass, rocks only.  My two large dogs are used to having a grass yard, so I am looking for a way to make them a raised bed-type grass area that I can deconstruct when I move in two years.  I'm thinking a wood frame with a plywood bottom, fill it with topsoil then adding sod on top of that.  The only problem is that I would like it to be fairly large, at least 25' X 25'.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.   (Sorry the photo is weird, it was taken through a screened porch.)

Posted by Luny 2 years ago


Cleaning windows with magnetic sponge

 I was looking for a solution to clean my roof windows and found this solution: www.supermagnete.de/eng/project136 But I don't know which magnets I should order. If they are to weak the sponge will fall of all the time, but I use this monster magnet like this guy the window might get damaged. Is there someone who got a collection of magnets already (and dirty windows) and want to give it a try? In my case the window is around 10mm thick + lets say 5-10mm sponge on each side + 3-4 mm thick piece of plywood to distribute the pressure.

Posted by HHL 8 years ago


My Costume Picture Entry

So I was hanging out with some buddies of mine in my spartan costume...betcha can't guess which one is me. My costume consists of: Helmet - Cardboard shape, covered in bondo and spraypainted. Bicycle helmey pads inside. Shield - Cut plywood, with a cardboard lambda, covered in bondo and spraypainted. Polyester straps are riveted/gorilla glued on the back. Cape - Scarlet cotton fabric with polyester straps to keep it from choking me. Beard/abs - Mom's eyebrow pencil...If you have experience with spirit gum, use that and fake hair, unfortunately, it didn't cooperate with me. Pantalones - If you're feeling frisky, wear a speedo, if not, brown shorts are acceptable

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago


Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom

Pirate ship bedroom? Shiver me timbers! Designer Steve Kuhl used 2x12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. "But that's not all. The room is also decked out with a rope bridge that connects the pirate ship to the top of a jail cell, and a rope suspended from the ship's hull provides drop-in access to the closet. There's also a completely hidden spiral slide, that lets you travel downstairs in a more adventurous way." Check out this pirate ship bedroom, there's 14 pictures that show the bedroom from all angles and even a computer model that illustrates the spiral slide. via: mymodernmet.com

Posted by mikeasaurus 7 years ago


wtf??!!

I just visited some air gun dealers site and i learned that they sell air rifles that can go up to 3000psi! I am making an air rifle that i was gonna pump with a air compressor up to 300psi. :( I thaught that 300psi was much!! Wtf?? I mean 300psi is enough to go trough 18mm plywood. Whats 3000psi gonna do??!! Go through a wall?!! Wtf? :( But is there a way for me to pump to a higher psi?? And a other thing. My air tank was this ABS pipe and i was wondering if you could get ABS pipe out of iron. Can you?? PS: I still havent learned how much fps a 300psi is.

Posted by Enzo55 11 years ago


Beer Battleship

I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum to post this.  I want to make a portable Beer Battleship game for my friends coming home party.  I attached and image of the basic setup for the game. I need some input on how I could make this setup portable. I would want three pieces of plywood that stack together with hinges at the bottom.  When you opened the game up two pieces would lay flat on the table with the middle piece sticking straight up at a 90 degree angle.  I just can't think of how I can make it stand up straight while still making it portable.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Posted by z_wipf 8 years ago


Any ideas on how to create solid roof for steel framed gazebo?

Have one of those $180 steel framed, 10 x 10, two tier roof, gazebos that every retailer seems to sell now a days. (kind of like the one in the picture) Its perm attached over our hot tub. Problem is, the nylon top keeps deteriorating and then shreds and has to be replaced. Any ideas on a good, cheap or maybe recycled material, roof that would be permanent? (WI=Snow in winter, has to be strong enough for an occassional storm) And how to attach it maybe? Looking for a few brainstormed ideas because all I can think of is boring PLYWOOD! *GRIN*

Posted by kellyndiy 10 years ago


Need help selecting a small motor for moving a small rig back and forth left-to-right only about 1 inch.

I have never worked with motors before, and I am starting to realize that there are dozens if not hundreds of different types of motors. Imagine two 6" long, 1/2" dia. aluminum rods suspended between two pieces or trapezoidal shaped plywood that are secured to a base and braced to make this whole structure rigid. on these two aluminum rods "rides" a small carriage that is literally just a small 2" x 2" platform made from... whatever... 1/4" plywood. This carriage can slide left and right on these two aluminum rods. I need a motor that can somehow move this little platform left and right, back and forth, only between 1/8" to 1". I need to be able to control the speed (rate) at which is travels this small distance.I also need to be able to control the starting point and the end (return) point. Basically, I and transferring string from one spool to another. So the platform will have a spool of thread on it, and it will be going left-to-right while another spool is turning. The left-to-right movement will be coordinated with the speed that the second spool is wrapping (turning) so that the thread windes as close to "perfectly" in layers. And each spool will be between 1/8 - 1/4 - up to 1" wide. This is why I need to be able to set the starting point, and the end point where it will stop and reverse direction. I will be controlling this with a project board like an Arduino. I just need to know what kind of motor to look for, and any other suggestionsThanks guys!

Posted by Dolmetscher007 8 days ago


Kite-powered proa (boat) collaboration/comments

Added 5/26/07: Please read the comments below to see how the project is evolving. Design specs, goals, etc, have been modified after discussion.Hi Folks,For several years I've been wanting to build a kite powered proa. A proa is a kind of boat with a narrow hull and a smaller outrigger. These Instructables are about building a proa with a traditional sail:https://www.instructables.com/id/ERIIBDCCOTEPUCHZ1K/?ALLSTEPShttps://www.instructables.com/id/EZN8M3OCWZEV2Z7IR5/?ALLSTEPSThese are kite-powered proa-like vehicles for land and ice:https://www.instructables.com/id/EPKZ5O80HQEQZJI20F/?ALLSTEPShttps://www.instructables.com/id/EPWWSYZNWIEV2ZKLCH/?ALLSTEPSGoals for the project:1. Make at least one good boat.2. Publish a good Instructable.3. Work with interesting people.I am definitely going ahead with #1 & #2. #3... anyone interested?The Boat: Generally it should be appealing/attainable by as wide a range of budgets and circumstances and skill levels as possible.a. It should be fun to mess around with starting in about 6 or 7 mph of wind (3 m/s).b. A beach boat, not an overnighter. Should be able to carry one or two people, a paddle, personal flotation device and maybe a sandwich and a water bottle.c. Storable in a typical apartment (maybe even a dorm room?). I'm thinking a 2-part bolt-together hull like Wade Tarzia's above. Two halves, each under 8 feet long so they can be stored on end, maybe used as bookshelves as suggested by TimAnderson. What is a typical ceiling height? Mine is about 91"d. Possible to build on a restricted budget ($200? is that possible? $400?). I'm budgeting about $500 but as a cheapskate packrat scrounger type I am hoping not to spend it all. Should also avoid necessitating rare and expensive tools.e. It should be possible to make a "good looking" version if the builder chooses.... sort of financially and chronologically(?) scalable. Someone might want to build something as quickly and cheaply as possible, and another person might want to spend all summer working on the fine details and finish. The boat should be worth building in either case.f. Should be able to take a passenger (is that possible if we rely on weight-shifting for steering?), but be sailable single-handed.g. Possibly be adaptable to a traditional sail? Would this be hard? This is something I don't need for myself, but I bet someone will ask that question as soon as we publish it. If someone doesn't already have a kite, is it easier to build a kite, or a sail and associated mods to the boat?h. Probably plywood stitch-and-glue construction main hull, but maybe carved from a couple of Styrofoam billets with a plywood stringer and/or deck? Leaning towards all plywood. If we fiberglass the whole boat can we use 1/4" interior luaun at $9 per 4x8 sheet? Is that more practical and cost effective than something like occume at $60 per sheet with glass on just the keel and joints? We'd need 3 sheets. Need to do some calculations on this.i. Usable in flat water, chop and small waves (and bigger waves?). Mine will be used mostly at an ocean beach.j. Steerable by weight-shifting, i.e. moving towards the front or back of the boat. No rudders or daggerboards. Maybe paddle-assisted steering when carrying a passenger/helmsman?The Instructable:a. Should be a good read, even for folks who won't undertake the project. b. Doubles as an Instructable on how to collaborate to make a great project and a great Instructable.c. Represents everyone involved in the project in some way.d. Gives the potential builder a rough "how to sail it" as well?e. Presents the reader with several options for materials and/or construction.f. All the regular "what makes a good Instructable" things.The Interesting People:a. Everyone is interesting in some way or another, right?b. Some people like to do research on the web.c. Some people have built boats.d. Some people some know about wood, or glue, or paint, or kites, or sails, or writing, or... e. Maybe someone will build the boat concurrently so we'll have pictures of two or more versions at various stages when we publish the Instructable.Let me be the first to sign up :) I have been using kites to get around fields, beaches, frozen lakes and the ocean for 10+ years. I make my own kite boards and have made my own kites (I use commercial kites now but still love my homemade plywood boards). I've done a fair amount of web research on proas and plywood boats (and some on tarp boats, canvas covered canoes, surfboards, etc.) but I have never built a boat. I experimented with a busted up, rudderless old hobie 14 for a while, but my homemade foot-steerable rudders broke almost instantly, and shortly after that I had to abandon the boat because I moved to a place where it couldn't be stored. It was enough to get me interested. I'm pretty confident I could build a usable boat as a solo project but I want to see how much better it could be as a collaboration, or at least having a few folks commenting on my ideas.I have a small assortment of cheap power tools. I've used epoxy and fiberglass a few times and I have some on hand.I have permission from my lovely bride-to-be to use part of the kitchen, part of the time, as my workshop (that's true love). I also have a small are outside where I can work but I can't leave anything there.The pictures are my initial hull ideas. For each hull one pic shows the hull from 3 angles and the other shows how the side pieces would fit on two sheets of plywood. A third sheet would be needed for the deck and a fourth (of thicker stuff, I would guess?) for the frames, bulkheads, etc. I'll attach the files for the hulls too. You can get the freeware to view and edit them at www.carlsondesign.com.The simple V hull would mean less cutting and joining. The other one looks better (in my opinion) and can float more weight with the same amount of plywood.Could instead go with a flat bottom like Wade's.Let me know what you think.Thanks!

Posted by flywoodkb 11 years ago


computer desk

Anybody interested in an instructable on building this desk that I'm going to build in the near future, it takes 1 and 1/2 sheats of 3/4th inch plywood to build. It's wide enough to hold up to 3  21 inch monitors. It can hold just about any mid tower computer  nicely, and under it i will be putting in a drawer but these aren't the final plans so I don't want to design a drawer just yet, next to the keyboard pullout would probably be a place to store documents, or in my case drawings. and on the right you'd have your multi purpose shelving may end-up making the spaces non permanent. Dunno we'll see how things go, I may not even use these plans.

Posted by the_burrito_master 7 years ago