1. Post #401
    Serj22's Avatar
    April 2009
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    how much would you be willing to pay? the more you pay the more intricate it becomes, and the rarer the parts used become

    it takes a lot to find the parts. it'll be very hard to balance it correctly, too. it''ll be heavy as hell but it'll hammer well
    I am assuming it would be heavy huh... I was thinking something very industrious/ atomotive, like maybe some motorcycle carb attached to an aluminum handle. Something along the size of a stiletto framer. And maybe try to get the head down to about 2lbs if possible. I think it would also be cool with some small exhaust pipe looking things coming off the head for a claw, and to just make it functional as well, so I can hold it comfortably. If you could rig a holder for a tool belt for it that would be cool too, so I dont drop it. I also thought about it and the claw doesn't have to be functional. Just has to look like one kinda.

    As far as money, in a couple weeks I may have something. But if you like bakelite we can work out a trade, plus cash or whatever. I'd hook you up wit Paypal part of the money before you make it too.



    Doesn't have to be exact, I'd leave your artist rendition to decide what will act and look best. Try to keep light, but if it goes heavy, I'll just use it as a single jack for bolts. Just basically has to have the same form factor of a framer. The drawing is just my basic idea. Let me know if your interested and well continue in PM.

  2. Post #402
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    November 2009
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    Not the most DIY thing in the world, but I saw the biggest lathe I've ever seen last week in an FMC technologies building.Machining 9 ton sections of stainless like it was nothing
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  3. Post #403
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    Not the most DIY thing in the world, but I saw the biggest lathe I've ever seen last week in an FMC technologies building.Machining 9 ton sections of stainless like it was nothing
    Industrial porn! :)

  4. Post #404
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    December 2009
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    Guys, quick metal question:

    The site that I purchase materials off of doesn't sell AISI 1040 Steel, but they do sell 1045.

    Is there a dramatic difference between the two, or am I good?

  5. Post #405
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    August 2007
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    Should be just a small increase in carbon content. Slightly harder to work but not much when comparing to 1040.

    Can I ask what you are making?

  6. Post #406
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    August 2007
    695 Posts
    Cleaning out phone camera

    Some content





    Making really small tongs for really small projects. The larger stock next to it are the actual size tongs but I guess I forgot to take a picture of that.

  7. Post #407
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    May 2009
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    I have this knife I got from my Uncle and I want to clean it up and make it look new.

    I don't know much about it at all but a friend said I could use a wire brush to clean all the rust off the handle and give it a new coat of paint after that.
    I'm wondering if anyone knows any good ways I could possible touch it up.

    Edited:

    My wire brush seems to remove the paint when I tested it, so I guess the bigger question would be how would I paint it?

  8. Post #408
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    October 2011
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    Does anyone know any good solar panel providers? I'm planning to start constructing a mobile home when I get to high school so I don't need to pay any rent for when I go to college.

    Like this guy.

    Edited:

    Except that the only things that would cost me top-dollar are the solar panel. Hooray for having a dad with loads of wood and has plumming/wiring knowledge!
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  9. Post #409
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    Still brainstorming around the idea, but I plan building this desk when I get home from my studies overseas. Darker gray boxes are all the electronic stuff which are in real life measurements, all which are measured in cm.

  10. Post #410
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    March 2005
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    Cm! what is that? :P the only measurement i know is mm! ;)

  11. Post #411
    Fabulous Vailglorous Extraordinaire
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    February 2007
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    Haha, yeah. :D

    Anyone of you creative persons have any ideas I could implement? I already have a false wall in the drawer which I designed.

  12. Post #412
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    Current project, I've been working on this on and off for around 2 months.



    Should I make a thread with progress photos when it's finished?

    Edited:

    Haha, yeah. :D

    Anyone of you creative persons have any ideas I could implement? I already have a false wall in the drawer which I designed.
    You could build speakers into it which lift up from being flush with the top
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  13. Post #413
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    April 2009
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    Current project, I've been working on this on and off for around 2 months.



    Should I make a thread with progress photos when it's finished?


    Are you planning on clawing the feet? Looks nice.

    Edited:

    I remade my wife a new shelf for her collection of cans, so they could all be in one place. SInce this is the entire "series" of them, that's as big as it needed to be. It is made of 1x 6 redwood, and the bracket is made of planed douglas fir. I drilled holes all around the edge and put pop rivets 1/2 way down into the wood for decor, then finished the front with chrome, and finished the wood with a clear polyurethane coat, and stained the bottom of the shelf with red mahogany so it was darker on the bottom.



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  14. Post #414
    Cake like Lady Gaga
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    December 2005
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    Are you planning on clawing the feet? Looks nice.
    I hate clawed feet. We used to have a table like that and when I stumbled out of bed to use the restroom in the middle of the night, I would always think a panther was about to eat me.

  15. Post #415
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    April 2009
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    I hate clawed feet. We used to have a table like that and when I stumbled out of bed to use the restroom in the middle of the night, I would always think a panther was about to eat me.
    Interesting. Did you carve the legs down or jig them to similar specs?

    Edited:

    I have this knife I got from my Uncle and I want to clean it up and make it look new.

    I don't know much about it at all but a friend said I could use a wire brush to clean all the rust off the handle and give it a new coat of paint after that.
    I'm wondering if anyone knows any good ways I could possible touch it up.

    Edited:

    My wire brush seems to remove the paint when I tested it, so I guess the bigger question would be how would I paint it?
    Continue with the wire brush. Then get some paint remover and spray the handle with it. Rinse it off with water/repeat till the paint is all gone. Then hit it with some 180 gritt sandpaper. Wrap a string around the blade tip and use one of the serrations to hold it. Tie it to a post or branch or something outside so it will hang down. Use masking tape to cover all of the blade. Hit the handle with a couple light even coats of red oxide to prevent rusting. Spray some red oxide on something nearby, and then come back in an hour. Touch the red oxide you sprayed elsewhere - if it is sticky and leaves a fingerprint, your good to paint. Spray some light coats of glosss black enamel onto the handle. Cover it evenly and lightly with dust coats. Let it dry for about 6 or 7 days. After about a week, sand the black down with some 300gritt or higher to scuff it a bit, then spray a clear enamel over it. Let it dry 3 or so more days. Ensure that you brush any paint dust away between coats. get some automotive polish, and a soft rag, and polish off the handle. Then wax it if you want. That's all.
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  16. Post #416
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    Dennab
    September 2005
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    Alright finished the lightsaber for my brother, here's some thumbnailed pictures:






    Late but whatever, add a plastic tube filled with LEDs
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  17. Post #417
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    December 2009
    654 Posts
    I've been working on a jewelry box for my girlfriends Christmas presents. I'm going to put a necklace/note/picture in it. Ill post some pictures tomorrow as it is at my school right now.

  18. Post #418
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    May 2010
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    I'm looking for some small DIY stuff for in my free time, Ive never done these kind of things before.

    I wanna make a terrarium out of a lightbulb, anyone got some other fun suggestions?

  19. Post #419
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    November 2009
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    I'm looking for some small DIY stuff for in my free time, Ive never done these kind of things before.

    I wanna make a terrarium out of a lightbulb, anyone got some other fun suggestions?
    Build yourself a box. Can never have too many boxes.

  20. Post #420
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    October 2011
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    I'm looking for some small DIY stuff for in my free time, Ive never done these kind of things before.

    I wanna make a terrarium out of a lightbulb, anyone got some other fun suggestions?
    How big is said lightbulb?

  21. Post #421
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    How big is said lightbulb?
    Havenīt even bought it yet.

  22. Post #422
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    October 2011
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    Havenīt even bought it yet.
    Oh, well if it's a plug-in ready lightbulb then you'll have to open it up and let the air escape, then clean the inside.

  23. Post #423
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    May 2010
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    Oh, well if it's a plug-in ready lightbulb then you'll have to open it up and let the air escape, then clean the inside.
    Yeah, I figured that much.
    Thanks for the advice though!
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  24. Post #424
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    November 2009
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    Remember, don't buy a CFL bulb for your project. Mercury vapor is toxic!
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  25. Post #425
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    March 2010
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    Made this from pieces of wood i found in our shed/house.
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  26. Post #426
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    February 2005
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    Does anyone know any good solar panel providers? I'm planning to start constructing a mobile home when I get to high school so I don't need to pay any rent for when I go to college.

    Like this guy.

    Edited:

    Except that the only things that would cost me top-dollar are the solar panel. Hooray for having a dad with loads of wood and has plumming/wiring knowledge!
    this kid stole the design, he didnt come up with the idea himself! sounds and looks like he hasnt got a clue too!
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  27. Post #427
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    October 2011
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    this kid stole the design, he didnt come up with the idea himself! sounds and looks like he hasnt got a clue too!
    He built at least some of it though, with the help of a few family members and stuff he managed to complete it, who cares if he stole the design, it's not like he is going to sell it and say "I designed and built this by myself!"
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  28. Post #428
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    February 2005
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    all im saying is the kid is talking to his interviewer as if its his own design and reckons he done all the work, although he struggled with the jigsaw and didnt have the piece he was cutting off to use supported

  29. Post #429
    ASK ME ABOUT MY BAKELITE FETISH
    Dennab
    April 2011
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    laser gat

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  30. Post #430
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    November 2009
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    laser gat

    Shiny. Shiny and riflish.
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  31. Post #431
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    October 2011
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    all im saying is the kid is talking to his interviewer as if its his own design and reckons he done all the work, although he struggled with the jigsaw and didnt have the piece he was cutting off to use supported
    He also credited the first guy who came up with the idea, watch this documentary called "We the Tiny House People"

    Here,

  32. Post #432
    Headphone doctor
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    April 2010
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    Anyone know if I need a 2-pole or 3-pole 3.5mm Chassis for carrying a signal to a single headphone driver?

    Edited:

    Oh this isn't a question thread, woops.

  33. Post #433
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    Working on a 'portable' PS3 in a briefcase.
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  34. Post #434
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    August 2005
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    Anyone know if I need a 2-pole or 3-pole 3.5mm Chassis for carrying a signal to a single headphone driver?

    Edited:

    Oh this isn't a question thread, woops.
    Do you mean a jack?

  35. Post #435
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    Working on a 'portable' PS3 in a briefcase.
    What you doing in terms of power?

  36. Post #436
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    What you doing in terms of power?
    That's the biggest issue.

    I could just put an IEC plug on the side so you can whack it into the mains anywhere.

    Or I could battery power it, but you'd only get around 1-2 hours of use because I'm going to use a 19" LCD in the lid.

    Decisions.

  37. Post #437
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    November 2009
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    That's the biggest issue.

    I could just put an IEC plug on the side so you can whack it into the mains anywhere.

    Or I could battery power it, but you'd only get around 1-2 hours of use because I'm going to use a 19" LCD in the lid.

    Decisions.
    Why not both?

    Seriously, the best of both worlds might work well here.
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  38. Post #438
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    April 2009
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    Bored at lunch and trying to get all my tools organized at work. Built a custom battery holder for my 18v Ridgid batteries. I have three of them, one for my hand planer, my impact, and my hammer drill. Or my "destroyer," my "heater," and my "m16" respectively.

    Anyway, it's a 16" 2x4 with a 5" tall piece of 3/8" ply with cuts that resemble the drill gun hilts so the batteries fit in tight. Then there is a 8" backer of
    3/8" ply to screw it to the back wall of my "hobo hut" which are basically our areas at work where each of us store our tools.

    Took about 20 minutes.





    The thing below it is a block I made to hold all my nut drivers, wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl, on another bored lunch break.
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  39. Post #439
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    Finally making meaningful progress on my keyboard. Bought the wires and breadboard, finally soldered the FFC breakout boards and wired it all to the leostick.
    Hopefully when I write up the program it just works, because once I have it working even remotely, I can begin the Raspberry Pi integration.
    I'll probably make a thread if progress gets interesting, otherwise I'll try to keep you guys posted in here.
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  40. Post #440
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    Here's a fun project. No tools required.
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