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I have interests in reading & writing, hobbies from woodworking and gardening, to camping and traveling the earth; hopefully, my wife, or granddaughter, or another friend will accompany me, often, although my own company is pleasant enough for reading & writing.
  • ShawnS60 commented on IJustLikeMakingThings's instructable Clear Lime Pie23 days ago
    Clear Lime Pie

    Favorite: almond milkI’ve never been a great milk fan, but this I could drink a cool cup of it, it’s delicios. Oat milk is new (at Starbucks But now Walmart has it), also very good, costs $1 more :-)I gotta million of ‘em, dude!Look at “Mozzarella Fellas” vegan options online, a restaurant in Winston Salem, NCTheir buffalo chicken wings made from cauliflower is the best I’ve had.Middle Eastern: hummus, falafel, lentils all good.Good luck! Allergies are tough for a kid, but if you watch Forks Over Knives, your child may think of him (or her)self as an environmentalist.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on IJustLikeMakingThings's instructable Clear Lime Pie24 days ago
    Clear Lime Pie

    Nice, man!Good happy eating to you.I think a light-pink-colored strawberry would be awesome!

    Nice, dude—plus I’m a big coconut fan...I could start with that & slide in some-a that Meyer Lemon juice off my pop’s lemon bush until I can taste it.Look forward to eating more pie.I’m gonna be YUGE—but everyone with a pie is happier than those without pies, so I plan to die happy 😃

    Check at Whole Foods—(Or Whole Paycheck we call it); there are a ton of non-dairy margarine options to try!My favorite:

    Nice, dude—plus I’m a big coconut fan...I could start with that & slide in some-a that Meyer Lemon juice off my pop’s lemon bush until I can taste it.Look forward to eating more pie.I’m gonna be YUGE—but everyone with a pie is happier than those without pies, so I plan to die happy 😃

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  • ShawnS60 commented on IJustLikeMakingThings's instructable Clear Lime Pie4 weeks ago
    Clear Lime Pie

    I like the idea of the clear pie, too. The pie slices in this Instructables are very nice-looking. However, there does not seem to be a recipe of how to make a clear pie slice here. The author says several things, that extracts can change the color without adding enough tart to make it taste like "key lime pie", and that lime juice would work, but it makes the pie slice look cloudy. So there really is not a sentence that says: to make a beautiful slice of clear pie like in this photo, and that tastes like a good key lime pie, do the following:My argument is just that this does not really include a recipe of how to make a good-tasting, clear, transparent pie slice like in the photo. Mostly it tells what doesn't work, good luck, try finding something that works--it does lis...

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    I like the idea of the clear pie, too. The pie slices in this Instructables are very nice-looking. However, there does not seem to be a recipe of how to make a clear pie slice here. The author says several things, that extracts can change the color without adding enough tart to make it taste like "key lime pie", and that lime juice would work, but it makes the pie slice look cloudy. So there really is not a sentence that says: to make a beautiful slice of clear pie like in this photo, and that tastes like a good key lime pie, do the following:My argument is just that this does not really include a recipe of how to make a good-tasting, clear, transparent pie slice like in the photo. Mostly it tells what doesn't work, good luck, try finding something that works--it does list several things to try and the author's thoughts on results of trying two or three things.I would still like a recipe for the clear pie slice that tastes like key lime pie; I don't find it here. I wish you the best, though--you must be a good cook to describe this recipe in detail in order to help other people, and I wish to compliment you on that.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on cingham550's instructable How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Chain2 months ago
    How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Chain

    I like this How-to, and all the comments, like the German dude pointing out that there are three different chain saw blade diameters in the EU—make sure you’ve got your millimeters measured correctly before you begin...different chain saw could mean different file size(!) of course those precise engineers have three different sizes! Ha ha! I really did like that one.And the old dude (I mean my age) who sharpened next to the vise, but never used the vise to steady his work, & the young woman who never knew you could sharpen those!This is really good stuff, isn’t it! I love it when people help one another for no reason. I remember when I was 16 probably (that was my first job where I 1. got a check, and 2. used tools that did not belong to me.An older guy, going on about the theme “wo...

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    I like this How-to, and all the comments, like the German dude pointing out that there are three different chain saw blade diameters in the EU—make sure you’ve got your millimeters measured correctly before you begin...different chain saw could mean different file size(!) of course those precise engineers have three different sizes! Ha ha! I really did like that one.And the old dude (I mean my age) who sharpened next to the vise, but never used the vise to steady his work, & the young woman who never knew you could sharpen those!This is really good stuff, isn’t it! I love it when people help one another for no reason. I remember when I was 16 probably (that was my first job where I 1. got a check, and 2. used tools that did not belong to me.An older guy, going on about the theme “work smart is better than work hard” showed me how to sharpen the blade on something with s flat file. Couda been a shovel, a straight-blade spade shovel, or old fashioned weed whacker, literally a blade on o shovel handle used to cut weeds on the endless hillsides of our town. The perfect job to teach a child how to endure the heat and work an 8-hour day for small pay.That impressed me so much, how easy it was to sharpen a tool, that here I am writing about it 43 years later. My father was pretty busy being a Vietnam Vet that year. Some of the lessons he taught should not be told here. How to sharpen a tool is pretty wholesome.Thank you!

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  • Throttle Cable Replacement on a 1975 Honda CB200T

    Right on! Pure Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, explaining your mistake—helping others avoid! Young recyclers—you’re in the group whether you like it or not! :-) (turning 59 Wednesday, here)—are among the group’s I most admire. I can never be one, only watch and admire. I also could never be satisfied under 650cc, no matter what (though even the Police ride 125s in China 🇨🇳)To blow your mind, you should study on the Three Flags Classic ride (and all SCMA rides—they pre-ride routes looking for the best roads for you to enjoy; the journey is the destination. A woman at my table at a banquet with RCMP in Winnipeg in 2013 had ridden the Mexico—Canada rid 30 times in its then 35 year history. Always over Labor Day, diff route each year, it is four 600 mile days basically (more tha...

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    Right on! Pure Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, explaining your mistake—helping others avoid! Young recyclers—you’re in the group whether you like it or not! :-) (turning 59 Wednesday, here)—are among the group’s I most admire. I can never be one, only watch and admire. I also could never be satisfied under 650cc, no matter what (though even the Police ride 125s in China 🇨🇳)To blow your mind, you should study on the Three Flags Classic ride (and all SCMA rides—they pre-ride routes looking for the best roads for you to enjoy; the journey is the destination. A woman at my table at a banquet with RCMP in Winnipeg in 2013 had ridden the Mexico—Canada rid 30 times in its then 35 year history. Always over Labor Day, diff route each year, it is four 600 mile days basically (more than I ever ride for casual ride; that is 300 for me, Chicago to St. Louis) so you are really upping your bad-assery on this ride, meeting true believers, maniacs like 70 year old Elizabeth. I did it on a six cylinder 1800 cc F6B, so she barely noticed the ride, and I’ll never know how fast she goes—I get scared before the engine notices anything. But I have ridden my KLR 650 one cylinder thumper to Sturgis & back to Chicago (“you ride THAT here!?” I gotta lotta that. I enjoyed it, nice bags for luggage, solo w/ top speed of 90, Nebraska is tiring with all others cruise control set on 85).I do not recommend the “Zen & the Art...” book to you. It is a horror story for me, about mental illness that runs in my family, & author Pirsig takes himself WAAAAY too seriously, with golden anniversary Editions of the book (made from actual gold(?) not sure—I’m not buying).I ride to laugh, look at pretty flowers and hot air balloons over Utah. My brain philosophized, sure, but does not share any conclusions with me to pass along.Peace out! My daughter’s already the best, but you’re definitely the best, too :-)I love your kitty-cabinet, and why do you rent in NYC? You could do that in L.A. and you’d get to surf!

    Right on! Pure Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, explaining your mistake—helping others avoid! Young recyclers—you’re in the group whether you like it or not! :-) (turning 59 Wednesday, here)—are among the group’s I most admire. I can never be one, only watch and admire. I also could never be satisfied under 650cc, no matter what (though even the Police ride 125s in China 🇨🇳)To blow your mind, you should study on the Three Flags Classic ride (and all SCMA rides—they pre-ride routes looking for the best roads for you to enjoy; the journey is the destination. A woman at my table at a banquet with RCMP in Winnipeg in 2013 had ridden the Mexico—Canada rid 30 times in its then 35 year history. Always over Labor Day, diff route each year, it is four 600 mile days basically (more tha...

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    Right on! Pure Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, explaining your mistake—helping others avoid! Young recyclers—you’re in the group whether you like it or not! :-) (turning 59 Wednesday, here)—are among the group’s I most admire. I can never be one, only watch and admire. I also could never be satisfied under 650cc, no matter what (though even the Police ride 125s in China 🇨🇳)To blow your mind, you should study on the Three Flags Classic ride (and all SCMA rides—they pre-ride routes looking for the best roads for you to enjoy; the journey is the destination. A woman at my table at a banquet with RCMP in Winnipeg in 2013 had ridden the Mexico—Canada rid 30 times in its then 35 year history. Always over Labor Day, diff route each year, it is four 600 mile days basically (more than I ever ride for casual ride; that is 300 for me, Chicago to St. Louis) so you are really upping your bad-assery on this ride, meeting true believers, maniacs like 70 year old Elizabeth. I did it on a six cylinder 1800 cc F6B, so she barely noticed the ride, and I’ll never know how fast she goes—I get scared before the engine notices anything. But I have ridden my KLR 650 one cylinder thumper to Sturgis & back to Chicago (“you ride THAT here!?” I gotta lotta that. I enjoyed it, nice bags for luggage, solo w/ top speed of 90, Nebraska is tiring with all others cruise control set on 85).I do not recommend the “Zen & the Art...” book to you. It is a horror story for me, about mental illness that runs in my family, & author Pirsig takes himself WAAAAY too seriously, with golden anniversary Editions of the book (made from actual gold(?) not sure—I’m not buying).I ride to laugh, look at pretty flowers and hot air balloons over Utah. My brain philosophized, sure, but does not share any conclusions with me to pass along.Peace out! My daughter’s already the best, but you’re definitely the best, too :-)I love your kitty-cabinet, and why do you rent in NYC? You could do that in L.A. and you’d get to surf!

    Right on! Pure Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, explaining your mistake—helping others avoid! Young recyclers—you’re in the group whether you like it or not! :-) (turning 59 Wednesday, here)—are among the group’s I most admire. I can never be one, only watch and admire. I also could never be satisfied under 650cc, no matter what (though even the Police ride 125s in China 🇨🇳)To blow your mind, you should study on the Three Flags Classic ride (and all SCMA rides—they pre-ride routes looking for the best roads for you to enjoy; the journey is the destination. A woman at my table at a banquet with RCMP in Winnipeg in 2013 had ridden the Mexico—Canada rid 30 times in its then 35 year history. Always over Labor Day, diff route each year, it is four 600 mile days basically (more tha...

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    Right on! Pure Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, explaining your mistake—helping others avoid! Young recyclers—you’re in the group whether you like it or not! :-) (turning 59 Wednesday, here)—are among the group’s I most admire. I can never be one, only watch and admire. I also could never be satisfied under 650cc, no matter what (though even the Police ride 125s in China 🇨🇳)To blow your mind, you should study on the Three Flags Classic ride (and all SCMA rides—they pre-ride routes looking for the best roads for you to enjoy; the journey is the destination. A woman at my table at a banquet with RCMP in Winnipeg in 2013 had ridden the Mexico—Canada rid 30 times in its then 35 year history. Always over Labor Day, diff route each year, it is four 600 mile days basically (more than I ever ride for casual ride; that is 300 for me, Chicago to St. Louis) so you are really upping your bad-assery on this ride, meeting true believers, maniacs like 70 year old Elizabeth. I did it on a six cylinder 1800 cc F6B, so she barely noticed the ride, and I’ll never know how fast she goes—I get scared before the engine notices anything. But I have ridden my KLR 650 one cylinder thumper to Sturgis & back to Chicago (“you ride THAT here!?” I gotta lotta that. I enjoyed it, nice bags for luggage, solo w/ top speed of 90, Nebraska is tiring with all others cruise control set on 85).

    Right on! Pure Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, explaining your mistake—helping others avoid! Young recyclers—you’re in the group whether you like it or not! :-) (turning 59 Wednesday, here)—are among the group’s I most admire. I can never be one, only watch and admire. I also could never be satisfied under 650cc, no matter what (though even the Police ride 125s in China 🇨🇳)To blow your mind, you should study on the Three Flags Classic ride (and all SCMA rides—they pre-ride routes looking for the best roads for you to enjoy; the journey is the destination. A woman at my table at a banquet with RCMP in Winnipeg in 2013 had ridden the Mexico—Canada rid 30 times in its then 35 year history. Always over Labor Day, diff route each year, it is four 600 mile days basically (more tha...

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    Right on! Pure Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, explaining your mistake—helping others avoid! Young recyclers—you’re in the group whether you like it or not! :-) (turning 59 Wednesday, here)—are among the group’s I most admire. I can never be one, only watch and admire. I also could never be satisfied under 650cc, no matter what (though even the Police ride 125s in China 🇨🇳)To blow your mind, you should study on the Three Flags Classic ride (and all SCMA rides—they pre-ride routes looking for the best roads for you to enjoy; the journey is the destination. A woman at my table at a banquet with RCMP in Winnipeg in 2013 had ridden the Mexico—Canada rid 30 times in its then 35 year history. Always over Labor Day, diff route each year, it is four 600 mile days basically (more than I ever ride for casual ride; that is 300 for me, Chicago to St. Louis) so you are really upping your bad-assery on this ride, meeting true believers, maniacs like 70 year old Elizabeth. I did it on a six cylinder 1800 cc F6B, so she barely noticed the ride, and I’ll never know how fast she goes—I get scared before the engine notices anything. But I have ridden my KLR 650 one cylinder thumper to Sturgis & back to Chicago (“you ride THAT here!?” I gotta lotta that. I enjoyed it, nice bags for luggage, solo w/ top speed of 90, Nebraska is tiring with all others cruise control set on 85).I do not recommend the “Zen & the Art...” book to you. It is a horror story for me, about mental illness that runs in my family, & author Pirsig takes himself WAAAAY too seriously, with golden anniversary Editions of the book (made from actual gold(?) not sure—I’m not buying).

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  • ShawnS60 commented on ESSOMAR's instructable Cardboard Cat House With Scratcher4 months ago
    Cardboard Cat House With Scratcher

    Exactly--and what are our first toys(?) Personally, I like playing with a stick when I'm out hiking. I have a stick in my garage, a found object, and one in my pen holder on my desk. I do not remember what I used it for; it is about the size of a pen, but well-aged, with no moisture in it so it stays well inside my home. My granddaughter likes the wrapping on the presents; she likes the sound they make when she tears them and her mother plays along, oh you like that tearing sound--it's an interesting sound isn't it? Then she likes the boxes, playing inside them if they're big enough. One of her favorite toys were lightweight boxes that LaCroix sparkling water came in, 12-pack holders. Her father sat one on top of two and they took turns knocking the top one off the bottom. When s...

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    Exactly--and what are our first toys(?) Personally, I like playing with a stick when I'm out hiking. I have a stick in my garage, a found object, and one in my pen holder on my desk. I do not remember what I used it for; it is about the size of a pen, but well-aged, with no moisture in it so it stays well inside my home. My granddaughter likes the wrapping on the presents; she likes the sound they make when she tears them and her mother plays along, oh you like that tearing sound--it's an interesting sound isn't it? Then she likes the boxes, playing inside them if they're big enough. One of her favorite toys were lightweight boxes that LaCroix sparkling water came in, 12-pack holders. Her father sat one on top of two and they took turns knocking the top one off the bottom. When she hit it to him, he said some word, like Boo! and knocked it flying into the air--it randomly flew anywhere, then they went and got it. She could not yet walk, just crawled. I have never seen her laugh so hard, not to this day. So I guess her favorite toy so far was a recycled box before we put it into the recycle bin. I think of that when I decide what to buy her as a toy :-) Thanks for keeping up the good work! My daughter, & son-in-law, and granddaughter are with you, in spirit.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on ESSOMAR's instructable Cardboard Cat House With Scratcher4 months ago
    Cardboard Cat House With Scratcher

    Very nice job, Essomar! I hope your cats enjoy it. I will show it to a friend who has cats--perhaps she will enjoy building this. I do not have a cat, now--but my wife and I have had, before, and we hope we can again in our future. (Now, we rent--> "no pets allowed", an evil prohibition, BUT, I understand it makes your house last longer with fewer scratches on all visible surfaces. But compare: life with cat/life with no cat, I choose to have scratches everywhere and have all my possessions destroyed by claws. It's really no contest; we animals should live together for mutual benefit.) I'll stick a pin in this and come back and make one when I have the need. I enjoy recycling--our largest benefit to the environment is living on a plant-based diet, as using all arable ...

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    Very nice job, Essomar! I hope your cats enjoy it. I will show it to a friend who has cats--perhaps she will enjoy building this. I do not have a cat, now--but my wife and I have had, before, and we hope we can again in our future. (Now, we rent--> "no pets allowed", an evil prohibition, BUT, I understand it makes your house last longer with fewer scratches on all visible surfaces. But compare: life with cat/life with no cat, I choose to have scratches everywhere and have all my possessions destroyed by claws. It's really no contest; we animals should live together for mutual benefit.) I'll stick a pin in this and come back and make one when I have the need. I enjoy recycling--our largest benefit to the environment is living on a plant-based diet, as using all arable land to grow feed for cattle or to graze (+ 30 gallons fresh water per cow), so that the richest 10% of people on earth can order a big mac is not sustainable. Please note, watch "Forks Over Knives", and "Cowspiracy" and become an environmentalist for real. Or not; I believe in your right to choose; I am not king of earth, yet. :-)

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  • How to Care for Mother of Thousands (or Millions)

    I love plants. Succulents, bromeliads & cacti, even an orchid that I never wanted to get because I don't think I can grow it properly but it's still alive a year in--no new blooms, to annuals. Especially: tomatoes, jalapenos, petunias, geraniums, nasturtiums (edible flowers on your salad! Tastes like radishes!). See, I don't make much difference between beauty and deliciousness in the skillet. I've even worked in 2 or 3 greenhouses, growing thousands of hanging baskets at a time from mixing potting soil by the ton and filling seed trays to planting combination pots for sale on Mother's Day. But..." there are many cases of serious sickness in herds due to this plant." (?) An Aussie in the comments quotes tight regulations against playing around with this plant down und...

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    I love plants. Succulents, bromeliads & cacti, even an orchid that I never wanted to get because I don't think I can grow it properly but it's still alive a year in--no new blooms, to annuals. Especially: tomatoes, jalapenos, petunias, geraniums, nasturtiums (edible flowers on your salad! Tastes like radishes!). See, I don't make much difference between beauty and deliciousness in the skillet. I've even worked in 2 or 3 greenhouses, growing thousands of hanging baskets at a time from mixing potting soil by the ton and filling seed trays to planting combination pots for sale on Mother's Day. But..." there are many cases of serious sickness in herds due to this plant." (?) An Aussie in the comments quotes tight regulations against playing around with this plant down under? It's toxic to pets, children, invasive. WHY GROW IT!!!? Try a donkey's tail, an aloe variety like the one you break off and rub on a burn after you get a batch of cookies out of the oven forgetting the pan is hot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedum_morganianumI love Agave plants from which they make tequila. Also sometimes called Century plants because they supposedly grow a long time as the name implies (I personally doubt it's 100 years; I'm going to look it up), blooms with a spectacular 20' tall bloom, and then drops dead. BUT, you can also pull a 3 inch long spike off the tip of one of its stems and give yourself stitches while you're wandering around the wilderness after fighting a bear like Leo DiCaprio in Revenant (doesn't it seem like almost every movie these days says "based on true events"? But just sayin', if you fell off your balcony and landed on a full grown agave plant...I think you'd be killed. But I love them, they come in a variegated form too, imagine 3 foot long leaves or whatever you call succulent stems, green stems outlined in bright yellow with the deadly spike on the end. It's irresistible. Oftentimes in California when they're growing in a public area like at the entrance to an outdoor restaurant at a mall (I'm thinking of the most crowded place I've seen one), gardeners will trim off every point on a plant, so that your spazzed out three year old doesn't climb up and impale himself on the plant! You could AT LEAST put an eye out playing with this plant.Well. You didn't sell me on Mother of Millions. I made it past, invasive, toxic, poisons herds of animals, keep on a high shelf, but since a thousand new mini-mes fall off the leaves every day your pets and children will still be in danger of poisoning, tightly regulated in Australia, and still I'm not convinced I should grow this plant.Grow my favorite, most beautiful variety of succulent, it doesn't help your kitchen burn--it just sits there looking beautiful, (I always think it's a variety of aloe, but it's actually called Haworthia fasciata, with a couple different variety names after that genus & species) https://www.pinterest.com/Two_3GEN/ones-stuff/?lp=...(or something on this page: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/741475526127549239/Keep seeing beautiful things, and I will do the same! Peace and love from old man.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on stinkymum's instructable How to Tie Dye an Old White Shirt1 year ago
    How to Tie Dye an Old White Shirt

    There are many YouTube videos that cover all your questions (how to tie dye a hoodie, shorts, etc). I found this Instructible fantastic & simple! I will try this way soon. As this author noted, many of the YouTube videos do use string instead of rubber bands. It doesn’t seem to matter. What’s really cool are the “fishscale” and other different designs!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on Julian Do It's instructable The Different Picture Frame1 year ago
    The Different Picture Frame

    I love it, Julian! I’m 58 years old and I have taken a thousand pictures, just of my daughter, wife, and granddaughter—then throw in the fact that I like photographing flowers, so much, and nature, in general, we’re up to two thousand. I’ve made a booklet of photos for gifts, I’ve framed photos, I’ve made a 13 month calendar. This is an original photo frame that I think is really exceptional! It’s an original design and...we need it!—old frames are dead (too boring, & large, good ones too expensive). I bet if you made 100 of them and sold them at the flea market for 14.99, you would sell all of them! Or...on Etsy!Good luck, and thank you for a great idea.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on diegoartes16's instructable Paper Fox1 year ago
    Paper Fox

    I think this is also quite lovely. My granddaughter loves to look at a fox framed on her wall with some poetry. Could you share a link with me where you found instructions? I have done Instructiblesbefore, however, I am not looking in the correct place. Ex. Step-by-step instruction to build airplane: these instructions I can easily follow: https://www.instructables.com/id/Spark-Plug-Aeroplane/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=emailThank you!

    Thank you � You are very kind to go to use your time to answer my question.

    Thank you!You are very kind to go to use your time to answer my question.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on diegoartes16's instructable Paper Fox1 year ago
    Paper Fox

    I don’t understand. I clicked on materials needed. I bought them. But I cannot see instructions, like Measure white sheet Cut here, 23 mm, 10 mm, 2, 3, 4 now cutFold sling dotted linesWrite the number 23, match it to all the other numbers you have written (see above). Also add a pen to Materials list if a step says to match up numbers you have written.Thank you for reading. I guess I thought I would find actual directions on the PDF.Sincerely,Shawn

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  • Classic GMC Motorhome Repurposed for Elder Care

    Agreed, as all the comments above say, there’s a special place in heaven, good karma, or whatever you believe in, like the here & now, I feel happy you had an opportunity to help someone in this way, I know you’ve already experienced that reward while working. I’m happy you have skills to do something like this. My comments mean nothing compared to your loved one who thanks you in his heart for this help you have provided. Lovingkindness is a thing; chopping wood and carrying water is sometimes the most loving thing one does in life. Thank you for your instructible, and pardon my comment for going all meaning-of-life on you. I meant to say, hey was it hard using that power drill to tighten those nuts on the ceiling? or something like that!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on Lillyvilleky's instructable Aluminum Can Solar Heater1 year ago
    Aluminum Can Solar Heater

    I like it.I have seen a similar “oven”, which is even more simple, usising an old window. We used to go camping with friends a lot more, when we were younger. The idea was to prepare some food in advance...we sat it in a cardboard box lined with a black trash bag and covered it with an old window—like an extra storm window we found in the garage. After playing out in the river for a few hours, canoeing, swimming and floating on tubes, we arrived back at camp to a heated up meal! Similar to leaving leftovers covered in foil in a 200 degree oven for four hours. It wasn’t haute cuisine, but it was hot food, pull a watermelon out of the cooler for dessert, and it ranked among the most satisfying lunches I’ve had!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on r570sv's instructable Rocket Ship Panel1 year ago
    Rocket Ship Panel

    It’s fantastic, isn’t it.For somebody old enough to remember watching Dr. Strangelove and Lost in Space, and at least know who Jack Benny (creepy smoking guy) is, plus having read the Heinlein, Clarke, all the Vonnegut books of yesteryear, this is indeed a triumph of a project. My 1960s steampunk fan remaining friend is going to love this when I link him to it!It’s a shame that more people do not know about the high power & low cost of Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards, and their eyes glaze over when I mention it. I was born in 1960. I guess it’s time for me to either get dementia or start building space machines, like Elon Musk.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on jessyratfink's instructable DIY Gold Slime1 year ago
    DIY Gold Slime

    https://youtu.be/_0z5DSpQMxk

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  • Make a Modern Pallet Stool / Coffee Table

    Really fantastic. You got my note in Reclaimed. There are so many wood projects I love—I had to save one furniture vote for a table I like using new wood, but reclaimed has more caché with me. Reclaimed is what I can afford, 1, my wife and I do not even eat meat as it is responsible for more CO2 emissions than transportation is, + ocean dead zones mostly from all the waste, & ~50 dead fish are thrown into the water for ever pound of seafood we (don’t) eat!Reclaimed is all we will have after all arable land & water are used so that the earth’s richest 10% can order a Big Mac.Believe it or not, I didn’t mean to get political + what s person eats is very personal; I have a don’t ask/don’t tell policy—I do not convince others; I si...

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    Really fantastic. You got my note in Reclaimed. There are so many wood projects I love—I had to save one furniture vote for a table I like using new wood, but reclaimed has more caché with me. Reclaimed is what I can afford, 1, my wife and I do not even eat meat as it is responsible for more CO2 emissions than transportation is, + ocean dead zones mostly from all the waste, & ~50 dead fish are thrown into the water for ever pound of seafood we (don’t) eat!Reclaimed is all we will have after all arable land & water are used so that the earth’s richest 10% can order a Big Mac.Believe it or not, I didn’t mean to get political + what s person eats is very personal; I have a don’t ask/don’t tell policy—I do not convince others; I simply am the change I want to see.I’ll go vote on more plant-based recipes now :-$ that I talked myself into it. I’ve made furniture myself—I appreciate your art and design with reclaimed material! Truly a beautiful wood vision you have here.ill check yourYoutubeyour YouTube channel. Ever see The Slingshot Channel? Jörg Sprave—therrrrrrre’s something made from recycled materials. Ha ha! (imitatating Sprave: let me show you its features! Ha ha ha ha!)

    You’ll like it, guaranteed. Sprave’s a maniac, but he makes Gatling guns out of wood, that shoot arrows/& or steel Slingshot balls, he can’t be all bad.I meant to say you got my vote. Thank you autocorrect.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on Natalina's instructable DIY Butterfly Wings1 year ago
    DIY Butterfly Wings

    Yours is so excellent, I’m sending to my sister for my two nieces who are both used to improvising theater props. If they start now, they could make them for NEXT Halloween.I think I could do it working full time for a 40-hour week. My granddaughter just turned 5 months old! Hooray! By the time she’s in Kindergarten, after working with the dye, other hobbies, I should be able to try your project (when I say try, I mean succeed—with no guarantees about the result other than: made with love, do my best = guaranteed success with little idea what it will look like)! Great Instructible! You have my vote!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on Jake_Makes's instructable Knife Out of a Sawzall Blade (no HT)1 year ago
    Knife Out of a Sawzall Blade (no HT)

    Nicely done! If you read up on Hinderer, Rexford, Sinkevich, Mel Pardue, other famous knife makers—keep up the good work, and you may be at Knife Show 2018...or ‘20.

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  • Tiny Studio on Wheels... Tasmania Australia. OUTDOOR STRUCTURES CONTEST ENTRANT.

    I enjoyed reading, and I voted for your project, in Outdoor Structures. I think it was mostly because your accent comes through your writing very well, and I find it very interesting and entertaining.If you read other Instructibles, you may notice the Instructible is built up and over-engineered more than the physical structure, with a insistent listing of Step One, Step Two (+ a precise listing of parts needed for each step) and picture to follow. For example, if a person never framed up a house before, he won’t learn how to, here. I say this only to explain my voting process—I like your instructible for different reasons than I like others, and your finished project will be here after you’re gone, won’t it? It’s quite a sturdy little home next to a ho...

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    I enjoyed reading, and I voted for your project, in Outdoor Structures. I think it was mostly because your accent comes through your writing very well, and I find it very interesting and entertaining.If you read other Instructibles, you may notice the Instructible is built up and over-engineered more than the physical structure, with a insistent listing of Step One, Step Two (+ a precise listing of parts needed for each step) and picture to follow. For example, if a person never framed up a house before, he won’t learn how to, here. I say this only to explain my voting process—I like your instructible for different reasons than I like others, and your finished project will be here after you’re gone, won’t it? It’s quite a sturdy little home next to a home (because of the lack of a bathroom, it needs to stay close).Your life is different and interesting, and if you write an Instructible about your life, and how you met your wife, jobs you’ve had, & update how the cats are doing, I reckon you’d have a memoir, Life in Tasmania, and I’d read your story about your exotic location.Or, forget my suggestion, and just build a tiny house, and I’ll read that. I just wanted to encourage you to keep up the writing in your new artist/yarn/writing studio!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on scoochmaroo's instructable 15 Unusual Uses for Cheap Vodka1 year ago
    15 Unusual Uses for Cheap Vodka

    I believe that many more of your students live through all four years of university because of this fact that you just taught me about Canada; there must also be 50% less sexual assaults on college campuses, if there are fewer Everclear-infused punch (speaking of infusions) frat parties on campus! (Please read Krakauer: Missoula book about American colleges for more information.). Your reaction to college: I wish I could get drunk right now, is, however, completely normal. That is one reason that mental illness starts in college (or first time away from home), and that's why only 50% of freshmen go on to graduate. Hang in there, young student! You will help fix the world, no matter your decided course to adulthood!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on stinkymum's instructable How to Tie Dye an Old White Shirt1 year ago
    How to Tie Dye an Old White Shirt

    Awesome; thank you! I will do it soon!I have made several tie-died shirts, as I was born in 1960, and I lived through every one of those years, although sometimes it was a narrow escape indeed.But none of them were as precede and pretty as yours in this Instructable. I learned as I went, never actually learning how to do it properly. I remember a couple of shirts I liked. I still have one I wear that came from my favorite canoeing resort--they gave it to me.Now, the time has come for me to RULE this tye dye shirt!Thank you again; I will follow your Instructable to. A. T. and even share knowledge with a nephew and a grandchild, if I live that long (she's going in 2 months old...so I need to make it three more years, at LEAST, to properly teach my adorable little granddaughter, Margot!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on Paoson Woodwork's instructable How to Make a Mini AXE1 year ago
    How to Make a Mini AXE

    I agree--knives from large-sized Craftsman brand closed end wrenches are also great metal working projects. PS. Pardon my diverging from topic at hand--my first thought just jumped to, I hope this person is not really a rat fink (although true, I sort of made a comment just so I could say rat fink; I'd never before had opportunity to write those two words in the same sentence). Great Instructable, mate! You've got my vote!

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  • All About Coin Rings! Make Your Own!

    I live in NC, Blackbeard Projects. You? I have a mandrel, and S couple of jamming coins I'd like to ring up, but I haven't yet used my "special" ones due to not-optimum result trials (I have 2 "proof" quarters with my wedding anniversary date/year on them that would be the perfect anniversary gift!). I have until October to make those. I also have an old American silver dollar that would be a good jam! One for you, one for me, if I could make them with you. I think I can do "everything", but I have a TBI actually (traumatic brain injury), and I work better with a face-to-face tutorial. No worries--I am also stalking the local Art School for their next Metal Class where they let you use all their tools! That's what I need. I don't have the domed bloc...

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    I live in NC, Blackbeard Projects. You? I have a mandrel, and S couple of jamming coins I'd like to ring up, but I haven't yet used my "special" ones due to not-optimum result trials (I have 2 "proof" quarters with my wedding anniversary date/year on them that would be the perfect anniversary gift!). I have until October to make those. I also have an old American silver dollar that would be a good jam! One for you, one for me, if I could make them with you. I think I can do "everything", but I have a TBI actually (traumatic brain injury), and I work better with a face-to-face tutorial. No worries--I am also stalking the local Art School for their next Metal Class where they let you use all their tools! That's what I need. I don't have the domed block, or any of the presses. I enjoyed your 'structable! Good lesson!

    Oh!--sizing--it's very difficult to make a 10, and a 6, from the same type coin.Thanks for D lesson!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on phrazelle's instructable Steampunk Raspberry Pi Laptop1 year ago
    Steampunk Raspberry Pi Laptop

    This is really a masterpiece, man--the type of thing...I look at a Raspberry Pi in the box and marvel at what it must feel like to be able to build something with it. You did it! And with such art. You got my vote!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread2 years ago
  • DIY Mid-Century Modern Slatted Bench

    For reals! That really hit me in the photos, too--simple to present, but man! That looks like hours of work, for a brilliant so-artistic-looking result! Congrats to this Inst'bles author!

    Beautiful work, man! I voted for you. I made a rough maple top bench with oak legs (dark walnut dowel to cover the leg screw-holes only) last year, & now id love to try this one! (I snagged a great piece of white maple for the top & just had to pull-plane the loose bark from the front edge!). I got no end of compliments from people who walk in my front door and see my puttin' on the shoes bench!Your mid-century wooden artwork would really WOW the relatives!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on mdheath's instructable Concrete and Wood Slab Table2 years ago
    Concrete and Wood Slab Table

    It's not "too" anything, dude; it's perfect, and I would LOVE to try it. I made a bench for sitting and putting on your shoes, for my entryway, last year, out of a slab of maple that started off with bark on each side, and I sort of scraped most of the bark off with an old-fashioned blade pull-planer, and flattened 'er out on the jointer. I used a few coats of poly to finish it after a good sanding, 120, then 220, maybe a little higher; I don't remember; I know I have a short attention span. But in any case, it's nice and smooth.But CONCRETE! Oh, may, I'd love to do that! I'll let you know if I can try it.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on loveisinmytummy's instructable VEGAN Sweet Potato Burger2 years ago
    VEGAN Sweet Potato Burger

    Fantastic! I can't wait to try this out, this week, at home. My wife will love to come home to this, for dinner!Thank you.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum2 years ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Great job. We love teardrops, and camped with someone who used one, before. His was quite similar to yours, even though "store-bought"; you did a great job. What helped his become a home was to put up an extra 10X10 outdoor screened room up right next to his, so he had an "outside" room, and really only entered the teardrop at night, to sleep. Kitchen outside, like yours. I think he just filled a 5-gallon jug of water to have on-hand in the back, when he arrived (we met at Casper's Wilderness Park east of San Luis Obispo, in southern California). The campground had showers/electric/water. Old Hal could be seen sitting in his outside room in a comfy bag-chair reading a book, drinking a cup of coffee, loving life, after a leisurely hike around the beautiful area...

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    Great job. We love teardrops, and camped with someone who used one, before. His was quite similar to yours, even though "store-bought"; you did a great job. What helped his become a home was to put up an extra 10X10 outdoor screened room up right next to his, so he had an "outside" room, and really only entered the teardrop at night, to sleep. Kitchen outside, like yours. I think he just filled a 5-gallon jug of water to have on-hand in the back, when he arrived (we met at Casper's Wilderness Park east of San Luis Obispo, in southern California). The campground had showers/electric/water. Old Hal could be seen sitting in his outside room in a comfy bag-chair reading a book, drinking a cup of coffee, loving life, after a leisurely hike around the beautiful area (watch out for mountain lion signs, and there are tarantulas living in the park (I saw my first one!), but no mosquitoes, so it is magnificent.Camp on, dude. Pulling something like this with my Jeep Wrangler could get me through the first month of the zombie apocalypse (until petrol runs out), after that it'd be my wife and I with our Daryl Dixon crossbows, walking to Nebraska, killing zombies with ice axes all along the way!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on hhawkin2's instructable How to Efficiently Dice a Bell Pepper2 years ago
    How to Efficiently Dice a Bell Pepper

    PS. Go Vegan!www.cowspiracy.com

    I like this method, although I use some combination of the two comments below--I do remove all the seeds and white parts, and cut the rest; this way seems like a good way for me to try next time. I do similar cuts with jalapeños. I try different things...like with watermelon, I cut it like a pineapple, sort of:I cut both end off a watermelon, then slice downward and remove the entire rind, slice off a one inch circle and cut into squares and place in a large Tupperware, one circle at a time, and throw away all the rind (we usually can get "seedless" watermelons, so it is a surgical, clean process, if you have a couple of paper towels nearby to soak up all that juice that drains onto your board during the critical 5 minutes of slicing those red cross sections). Voila! ...

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    I like this method, although I use some combination of the two comments below--I do remove all the seeds and white parts, and cut the rest; this way seems like a good way for me to try next time. I do similar cuts with jalapeños. I try different things...like with watermelon, I cut it like a pineapple, sort of:I cut both end off a watermelon, then slice downward and remove the entire rind, slice off a one inch circle and cut into squares and place in a large Tupperware, one circle at a time, and throw away all the rind (we usually can get "seedless" watermelons, so it is a surgical, clean process, if you have a couple of paper towels nearby to soak up all that juice that drains onto your board during the critical 5 minutes of slicing those red cross sections). Voila! My wife gets home and there are chilled red watermelon squares in the fridge to chomp on for a couple of days, one bowlful at a time, or just grab a fork and eat five squares every time you pass the fridge! :-)

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  • ShawnS60 commented on MrJonesEducation's instructable Frankenstein Light Switch2 years ago
    Frankenstein Light Switch

    I DO admire! You went light on the rocker mechanism: oh yeah, then I threw on the rocker mechanism, voila! All set!Wai' wai' wait! Back 'er on up over there. That's the most important part! I wanted like 10 pictures and an explanation, because I am not smart, I have never heard of a rocker mechanism...I think there are some rocker arms in a car engine, aren't there? Lifting and pushing the pistons up and down with precision? That's all I know about a rocker arm. So you made it so it fit perfectly over a "normal" light fixture, and this one miniscule piece of wood, when pushed up or down with the Frankenstein (or Death Row) electrocution switch, perfectly flicks the light switch up or down, no problem?It is the details like that, that would cause me to stick a chisel in...

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    I DO admire! You went light on the rocker mechanism: oh yeah, then I threw on the rocker mechanism, voila! All set!Wai' wai' wait! Back 'er on up over there. That's the most important part! I wanted like 10 pictures and an explanation, because I am not smart, I have never heard of a rocker mechanism...I think there are some rocker arms in a car engine, aren't there? Lifting and pushing the pistons up and down with precision? That's all I know about a rocker arm. So you made it so it fit perfectly over a "normal" light fixture, and this one miniscule piece of wood, when pushed up or down with the Frankenstein (or Death Row) electrocution switch, perfectly flicks the light switch up or down, no problem?It is the details like that, that would cause me to stick a chisel into the wall after I mess it up a few times. :-)Great switch, dude! I know your friends are jealous, and your wife and children love throwing that switch. I bet all of you remember to turn out the light when you leave the room, saving on electric bill! And instead of "time out" you can threaten to hook them up to your secret training battery and throw the Frankenstein switch if they misbehave! :-)[Editor's note: Joke! Joke--I do not believe in corporal punishment; ask my daughter; she will vouch for me!]

    Yes! Bolt heads...like on Frankenstein's neck.I could see some Steampunk masters making some very elaborate switches, starting here, from found materials...steel bolts...Tesla balls with arcs of electricity that arc of a second when you turn it off...in the dark. Brass fittings, goggles hanging off a special clip on the base. The possibilities...Great project; you've got my vote!

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  • Cheap, crash resistant portable T Copter (in apprx 200 USD)

    You deserve to do that, if you so desire. Great 'ible!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on jaylabrosse's instructable Gypsy Wagon2 years ago
    Gypsy Wagon

    Du hast recht, Mensch! Wunderschön sind die Beiden, is' die Wahrheit! Ich wünsche sehr, dass ich solch eine hätte!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on Nick70587's instructable Home Defense Mace2 years ago
    Home Defense Mace

    Very nice 'ible! Good directions, plenty of room for personalization, and alterations according to individual tastes.I predict this mace is going to strike someone--yeah, it won't like sitting on a desk all its life. Friends drive their Jeeps over trail and dale to the sight of the bonfire, and instead of paintball, it's a mace fight! No head shots, and wear paintball protection, depending on age (25 year olds: homemade loincloths only, 50 year olds, suits of armor), the first one who yells "give" hands over his keys and has to walk home.Good luck. Oh, and burglars: beat them to death. Unless it's a neighborhood teen, then one strike, and dial 9-1-1.

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  • ShawnS60 commented on MaxPower1977's instructable Make a Ring from a Nut2 years ago
    Make a Ring from a Nut

    Married to the Sea Comic:Okay, Rap Angel, I shall indeed write a song about Deez Nutz!PS Hey! Nice ring! I've worked on a couple using a mandrel and a quarter. I've made a couple of them, but it do take some practice. I especially like when you use the dremel to polish inside an old plastic bucket so metal polish won't fly all over the place (I learned that one the hard way, obviously)!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on TheSpodShed's instructable Mega Power Bank2 years ago
    Mega Power Bank

    This is awesome, dude--I hope I can build one exactly like it; plus I like the ideas for built in LED lights in the comments. I have a pretty good variety of LED back-up light sources, but fitting one on this unit that automatically lights up in dark conditions would be good, for me, especially if I pair this unit with the solar panel for an addition to the 12V charging capability..

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  • DIY Irrigation Pots - a modern take on an ancient technique

    This is quite the beautiful idea; thank you. Now you're my therapist if you read further...we moved this past year, coming up on 2 years, really. I grew a LOT of pots where we were; I always had a few going, something going on. I try here in the new place, but I just haven't put in the effort this year. We have had several deaths in the family. I know. Gardening helps that, so it's no excuse. We've been on so many trips (see above excuse) that I left a soaker hose on a timer for the tomatoes and chile peppers, and they are alive. OH! And my lantana in the ground, and one lavender, again, in the ground. They're all alive.But we haven't been getting the tomato harvest we ought to have, nor enough hot peppers, but we've gotten a few jalapenos & serranos (they're almost too ho...

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    This is quite the beautiful idea; thank you. Now you're my therapist if you read further...we moved this past year, coming up on 2 years, really. I grew a LOT of pots where we were; I always had a few going, something going on. I try here in the new place, but I just haven't put in the effort this year. We have had several deaths in the family. I know. Gardening helps that, so it's no excuse. We've been on so many trips (see above excuse) that I left a soaker hose on a timer for the tomatoes and chile peppers, and they are alive. OH! And my lantana in the ground, and one lavender, again, in the ground. They're all alive.But we haven't been getting the tomato harvest we ought to have, nor enough hot peppers, but we've gotten a few jalapenos & serranos (they're almost too hot to eat :-) Happy face.I will try your ollahs, and keep my potted Geraniums and petunias alive next year. Thank you again!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on Mikekav66's instructable Frontier Stove. 2 years ago
    Frontier Stove.

    Awesome. I want one.First, I should own something. Like land. Or a house.Great job!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on VitG's instructable Kitchen Scraper as Never Seen Before2 years ago
    Kitchen Scraper as Never Seen Before

    Nice job.Other commenter: call it the Kiev Scraper; it's from Ukraine!

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  • ShawnS60 commented on halledean's instructable Leather Underbust Harness2 years ago
    Leather Underbust Harness

    It is fantastic! I just think it's cool to conceive an idea, and teach yourself how to use all of the tools necessary in order to produce it to your custom specs. That process will get you through life! Next project? Bota bag to hang off your tool belt? That way when people ask who you are, you can say you're the village zahatogile.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bota_bag

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