Idea For Workshop Addition? Answered

I recently relocated my electronics table in my workshop and I am currently wondering what to do with all the free space. I am leaning towards a DIY CNC router, but I also might want a welding table. A lathe would also be nice. But my question is simple "What do I put in a 3' by 5' space?" I also don't want to spend 3K on some machinery that is seldom used.

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3D Print Workshop at a library

We've had a 3D printer at our library for about 6 months now. We would love to offer workshops on how to use software like Tinkercad or 123D to create your own designs. We are currently looking for someone to lead the workshop. Any ideas where we could connect with someone? We are located in Marin County, right next to San Francisco: http://www.beltiblibrary.org/ Many thanks for any suggestions on forums, people to reach out to or even workshop ideas.

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No instructions visible?

In this instruction:  https://www.instructables.com/id/Carpenters-Workbench-Build/ there are no instructions visible.  The only way I can see them is to select download.  This hasn't been the situation in the past.  Has something changed or is there a glitch in either my computer or in the Instructable page?   Does anybody else have this issue? 

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Glass bottle cutting?(a champagne bottle)?

I have explored all your pages with regards to glass bottle cutting and i can,t find anything with regards to cutting a champagne bottle. Yes, the bottom How does one cut the bottom off the champagne bottle?? i have tried many ways, with the tapping from the inside to heating the outside and then rapidly cooling and all are unsuccessful.... Please could you help?

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Mechaniical vs Electronics special course?

I am not going to take a whole college course as I have finished Bs in Computer Science already I just want to explore more and create things that are physical or hardware that I can program, I just wanna explore the possibilities I have and be able to create, what courses should I take? I am willing to study anything just not the whole college semesters again I just need the major subjects or workshop that I can attend with hands on.  I am more of a self study person so a very good fundamentals of basics of gears circuits that works well with a program should do so Ill have a smooth start.

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hi.. please help i want t build a die for a token or coin ( metal )?

Hi..again i need help i want to mint a coin,how do i build a die or mold? what do i need, how do i do it ? which is best the Roland RX-50 or MDX-15 ? i want to scan it and engrave it. what is a collar die how does it work, do i need it ? when i mint do i use oil? i know i'll need a press how do i build one? i want to do all this at home, i'm looking for small things..the engraver must b a desktop..   please help Best regards Best friend 

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Home Made AC for building/Workshop

I was curious   what   if  i  put a 16 cubic ft. chest  freezer in  my  small work  building   and  filled  75 % fullof  water . once frozen i  could  install and  4 inch pvc pipe in  one side  and  then another in the opposite  side.  On days i would  be working in my shop  for   a few  hours   if i pushed air  through  the   pipe  and  recieved  cold  air  out the other side.   Wonder how long  this would work  or would  it  work  at all? Andy

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What are some good Barn/workshop options?

I'm looking at getting more property and I'd like to add a large workshop (aka barn)  I do work with computers, electronics and wood working so I'd like to have space and facility for all. This won't be an animal shelter (though dogs may hang out with me) I'm looking for opinions and hopefully an unexpected suggestion.

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plans for Converting a Portable Circular Saw Into a Table Saw?

I'm needing to use a table saw but only have a craftsman circular. I can't afford to buy a true table saw, but I've seen some people make a table and place the circular upside down, using bolts to attach it to the underside of the work surface on these home built tables.

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What are the most must have tools in a workshop and what brands should they be?

Hello everyone. I am trying to figure out what are the most used tools in a workshop that handles with wood and maybe metal and from which company are the best quality tools? Thank you

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Best tools for Instructables authors? Answered

What should a basic generalist workshop contain?  Say you were starting your workshop from scratch and, knowing what you do now, had to purchase new items to kit out the space. What would you avoid? What would you insist upon?  I'm looking more for general philosophies of tool-buying than outright brand names, but I'll entertain the notion of brand fidelity as a heuristic for purchasing trustworthy tools. I intend to use the answers given here to help purchase prizes for upcoming contests.

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Is there a cheap way to reduce noise from workshop ? Answered

Hi all, I was wondering what the cheapest way is to reduce the noise coming from my workshop, which is basically a tin shed. Im using it as a small forge and appreciate that the sound of hammer on anvil is not blockable (think thats a word) but i also use a belt sander, power tools etc, so would like to try and minimise the noise heard outside. Any ideas ?

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How to cool my little workshop? Will this work

I have my workshop building i am trying to cool without spending a 1000.00 bucks. I havea small chest freezer forget the cubic feet but it is around 2 ft. by 3ft. in size. I was wondering if i fill 75 5 full of water and instal a coil of 100 feet of 3/8 copper tubing in a coil on the inside running to a 36 inch fan with 75 ft of 3/8 coil on the front and set it to pump 32 degree water to the fan . Do you think this woudl bring a 10ft by 16 ft building down from 100 to 80 degrees ? This would probably be cheaper on electricity over all than a a/c if i could afford one. Can anyone share there thoughts? Thanks alot Andy

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Should I enclose an outdoor roofed area with tarps?

I bought a house with a roofed area in the back yard.  There is a concrete slab (approx 10X20), and a metal roof about 12-15 ft high.  The roof only covers half of the slab, and I plan to put a small prefab metal shed where the slab extends.  I'd like to use the roofed area as a pseudo-workshop, but because the roof is so high, rain blows under pretty easy.  In a perfect world, I'd extend the roof and wall in the whole thing, but I ain't rollin' in money like that, so a shed for storage, and a dry work area is good enough.  My question is whether or not its feasible to hang tarps as "walls."  I know it won't be super permanent, but I'd like them to last a reasonable amount of time.  I was thinking of securing them on the four posts by sandwiching them with 1" x 4"s, because I don't trust grommits and twine to hold in wind.  What kind of tarps and hanging methods would be ideal for this, or would there be a better alternative I haven't thought of?

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How to make cuts for a child's jigsaw Answered

Greetings from a new Instructabler: I'd like to make some wooden blocks as well as some jigsaw puzzles and perhaps a lockbox for my daughter.  (She's six months old now so I have some time to figure this out.)  I'm thinking something like this for the puzzle (simple shapes and pegs for her to grab onto), and something like this for the lockbox.   I'm trying to figure out what is the fewest number of saws I have to buy to make all these things.  Seems like I'm going to need a band saw for the wooden blocks, but I'm wondering if I might be able to get away with it on the scroll saw?  This extremely helpful site describes using a band saw with a circle cutting attachment for arches and triangles.  Do I need a band saw for cutting 2 3/4" hard maple?  I'd likely have to just not make the 5 1/2" triangles if I went this route (which wouldn't be the end of the world). I'm a bit puzzled (as it were) regarding how to make the puzzle pieces and also the doors for the lockbox.  I imagine that if I didn't need the puzzle piece itself and just needed the outline then I could drill a hole in the piece, thread the scroll saw blade through, and cut the shape.  How do I make the cut that preserves both the puzzle piece and the surrounding wood?  Do companies that make these toys make the puzzle pieces (and doors) separate from the puzzle outlines (and lockboxes), or do they use lasers or something else? Your guidance would be greatly appreciated!

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Could i convert an air compressor into a Diesel Engine ??

I've heard its possible to convert a small compressor into a diesel engine ?? could someone post some info on how to do this or point me in any direction ??

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Ideas for my black walnut table?

I cut down 2 huge black walnut trees in my backyard and I have decided to make some tables but I need some tips and ideas for the table.. The thing stumping me the most (haha) is how should I make the legs for a table that small probably 2 feet in across?

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Does anyone know what a high quality digital multimeter brand would be and where I could find it? [Excluding RadioShack] Answered

I've seen some some digital multimeters on RadioShack for around $20 but they kinda make me nervous.   The qualities I'm looking for are: Reliable, very accurate (can measure very small amounts of current, like from small solar cells, small wires, computer fans, etc.), large variety of ranges, as well as very durable. Any help in finding out what the right digital multimeter for me would be, is very much appreciated!

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I am looking for a motorcycle to fix-up. And I don't know how to go about getting the actual bike to start on?

I am a younger guy who just wants a project to keep me busy. I am kinda limited on cash right now but I am planning on getting a job soon. I do live in central Texas, and I am not sure if I should go to a salvage yard or something to get the bike. Please some advice on the subject would be greatly appreciated because I am new to this and I am not really sure how to do this the right way. Thank you.

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Spring loaded bicycle braking system , Does double duty as a Propulsion aid through gears . Feasible?? Answered

  Basic Idea: When used to help slow(not primary brakes) a strong coil or spring is tightened to aid slowing. When maximum amount of tightness is reached the coil disengages somehow, The coil could be kept in the tight state until released for use for a burst of propulsion through reverse gears . Totally non-electric and light. It would be ideal for stop-and -go bike commuters , up and down hilly areas ,etc.         Same idea could used for smaller cars, motorcycles,etc. Has this been used before ? Feasible ? Any critiquing of the concept is welcomed .

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Come on...is there a moderator for this place? Workshop is filling with crap articles this week. Answered

Today: https://www.instructables.com/id/GENOCIDE-HOW-TO-COMMIT-IT-YAY/ This week has had horrible articles that don't belong in Workshop, but now it is a genocide article? Need some moderation, or at least moving things to where they belong...

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From “garage” concept to multi-materials workshop: ideas, layouts?

The common concept of a “garage” (the ’man cave’ stereotype) is a place to work on cars and/or motorcycles. How could this be adapted to be a place, under a single roof, to work on small engines, and projects chiefly involving wood as the material, and ones made from steel and/or other metals? Situation: I’ve now got two separate and pretty compact spaces on my rural acreage for working with wood and for working with metal (including work with small-engine equipment). These spaces are located at inconvenient distance.  I’m wanting to conceptualize how I might combine functions under one roof. Needn’t be said: no one wants to get sawdust into the area where torch flames or electric-welding sparks could cause a hazard. And you wouldn’t want to get engine lubricants or solvents mixed up with wood projects, or near flames.  There are people who have done this combo successfully, but few available layout diagrams or photos on the internet - I’ve searched, a lot!  I need input, hopefully including some illustrations of examples.  I’ll only be able to afford a modest investment, possibly 16x24 ft building or a bit larger, with a bay door. (Part of what a bay door would facilitate would be taking welding processes just out of the shop, to work on outdoors during fair weather.) I know that just a few decades ago small-farm shops were often multi-purpose, and used for "bench carpentry", also for maintaining or servicing the truck or tractor, welding bailer components back together, etc. They often had a tablesaw and a bandsaw - besides the hoist, welders, cabinets of wrenches… certainly both a woodworking vice and a “bench vise” for metal. Can you help?  Thanks. (For you who think my question sounds familiar, sorry: I'm just trying again with a new subject line and rephrasing some of my explanation.)

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What kind of switch to operate and bypass motion sensor security light?

I would like to be able to manually operate the light for when I need it to stay on continuously, and then have it operate on the motion sensor when I am away from it. Basically I have a motion sensor light mounted above the entrance to my shed/ workshop, and sometimes I need to set up my sawhorses outside of the shop to do work at night and the light is sufficient, but when I have been still too long, perhaps doing some figuring or whatever, it goes out. I don't want to have to continue to wave my hands about to get it to come on every time it goes off. Do I need a double pole single throw switch, or a single pole double throw, or what(is a three way light switch a SPDT- [single pole double throw] switch)? Is there a way to wire it to a single switch where I could flip it over to one side to operate continuously, and then flip the switch to make the light work off of the motion sensor when I have gone in for the night? Please forgive the ignorance. I just can't envision it in my head. Thanks.

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building cinderblock wall... questions questions questions

I'm considering building a small cinderblock wall off of an existing concrete slab.  I have very little clue what I'm doing, but I'm a fast learner. Question #1: Do I need rebar to hold the blocks, or is mortar mix enough?  They won't be "weight bearing" as it will only be a partial wall around 3' tall.  If I do need rebar... hammer drill? all the way through slab? pound rebar in?  Note that the blocks will be just about flush with the edge of the slab. Question #2: The area I want to create a wall for is covered with a roof (four- 4"x4" posts, about 10' x 12'... roof is around 12' high) so the blocks will butt up right next to wooden posts... is this kosher? I guess in my mind, this precludes a cornerstone, and makes the courses hard to offset (I don't know what to call that... the center of the second course blocks sit on the edges of the bottom course blocks), and what is a good way join block to wood? Question #3: Can I use the small blocks (4x8x16) or will they just topple over (see question #1 again), and if I should use the normal cinder blocks, how do I make a corner with 4x4 posts already there? ...likely more questions to come :)

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Homemade shop urinal?

Any plumbers out there? I know that to some this sounds pretty gross, but I would like some ideas on how this might be done. I am not aware of all of the possible pipe fittings and combinations and ways of hooking things up. I have a homemade "sink" that I made out of one of those plastic storage containers and I have a hose bib as my faucet. As a side note, anyone know of an affordable but efficient "on demand" water heater, for the purpose of washing various shop related things? Anyway, I was thinking that there might be a way to maybe put a 45 degree fitting below the drain and run it out to a point to where it would be easily accessible. I would think that just running the water down the drain would sort of clean the pipe, and I would just have to maybe fill a cup with water and pour it down the 45 after using it to clean that part out. Meant to mention that I'm a man. I'm sure that's a useful piece of information! Also, meant to say that I have the pipe drain going down through the floor of the shop. It's then connected to a 90 and it runs the length of the building underneath the ground. I had drilled holes every inch or so along that whole length so that some of the water etc goes out all along that length and seeps into the ground and not just all the way to the end. Thanks for any ideas.

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I desperately need empty tins and cigar boxes to use for science kits. Can anyone help me?

I'm a retired educator - I run workshops entitled I'm a scientist - for parents AND their children.

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what is a plinth?

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questions i have?

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how to make a camera?

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Skateboarding

Why are there no instructables on skating?

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What is a patch?

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fuel?

Is there any substitute for kerosene/parafin oil

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what is this brass tool?

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i need a logo?

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theory of water rocket?

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Please help me identify this tool?

This is driving me insane, please help me identify this tool!  We found this tool in my father workshops and we have no clue what it is. 

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how we make a helicopter?

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how to make a robot?

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ferric chloride?

What is the best ferric chloride constration?

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Slat bonnet?

Need a pattern for a slat bonnet.

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