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  • gm280 commented on TangLB's instructable Wheel Alignment Tool - "BUILD a TOOL" Contest14 hours ago
    Wheel Alignment Tool - "BUILD a TOOL" Contest

    Very interesting concept. But I have to ask, doesn't the angle of attack driving across the alignment tool change the toe in toe out reading? I mean if you are slightly off on the direction as you drive across the alignment tool effect the reading? IDK

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  • gm280 commented on world of woodcraft's instructable Cardboard Pens14 days ago
    Cardboard Pens

    I turned and sold my share of pens and pencils. The absolute hardest turned were made from rattle snake skin. It basically was made with rattle snake skin in the epoxy resin. And if you looked at it wrong, it shattered on the lathe. You had to take it extremely slow with very very modest cuts. So your ideas is another medium to work with. If you look around the home, or yard, you can think up so many other ideas to work with as well. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on JonMackey's instructable Caliper Data Interface19 days ago
    Caliper Data Interface

    Does your interface have the capability to also power the caliber? I ask because I have some of these China made calibers and they eat batteries like candy, even powered off. I guess it does that to save memory. If your interface can also power the caliber, it could stay on indefinably without going through batteries so often. Just wondering.

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  • Sharpening Rotary Razor Blades - Safe and Simple Method

    While I totally understand your idea and it sounds plausible, that fact is the "Screen" is the major issue with electric razors. The blades grind the screens down as well as your whiskers and dull the blades all at the same time. You can re-hone the blades, but there is not much you can do for eroded screens, other then replace them. If you look very closely at the screens, you will see how they are ground up from the spinning blades. The blades actually rides on the surface of the screens to protect your face from the blades. And once that screen gets ground up, all bets are off for a smooth, irritation-free shave. At least that's what I found out. You could easily take the blades and hone them on a wet stone themselves to resharpen them. But the screen is still a problem. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on WesH31's instructable Building an Outhouse25 days ago
    Building an Outhouse

    Actually I grew up with an outhouse in our yard. Yes I am dating myself here. We did use it occasionally, but we did have indoor plumbing for sure. We later removed it and that also was a mess...really! But while this sounds like a nice project, in the hot summer the stink is nearly unbearable. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on DIY KING 00's instructable DIY Brushless Dremel Tool4 weeks ago
    DIY Brushless Dremel Tool

    How doe this compare to a typical Dremel tool as for power and speed? Interesting concept. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on garzo's instructable Electronic Component Tester (with a Nice Case)4 weeks ago
    Electronic Component Tester (with a Nice Case)

    I wished you've shown how it works and can identify the component and what each pin is. I have a part with a part number that I can't find any data on. It looks like a standard TO-220 power device, but I don't know if it is a power transistor, a power MOSFET, a voltage regulator, or some custom device, since the part number seems to be something the manufacture labeled. And the manufacture is no longer in business and the unit it goes in, is well over 30 years old. And for that reason, I don't know how to test it to see if it works. Connecting it up wrong is now the answer.

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  • gm280 commented on SouthernGinger's instructable DIY Kreg Jig Pocket Hole Station4 weeks ago
    DIY Kreg Jig Pocket Hole Station

    Kreg pocket screws are the best way to make a face frame for any cabinet work...period! Nice project!

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  • gm280 commented on AllisonC74's instructable Power Loader Cosplay4 weeks ago
    Power Loader Cosplay

    Absolutely amazing. You make it look like a real metal structure. The time you took making it look dirty and used finishes the facade for sure. Bravo young lady, Bravo...

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  • gm280 commented on HawkJ's instructable Easy Cardboard Model Airplane4 weeks ago
    Easy Cardboard Model Airplane

    Nice project. The models look really nice. I actually started using cereal boxes to make guitar foot effect pedals in my younger days. Amazing what you can make with cardboard boxes. I would use them to make the shape patterns to use aluminum to form them. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Gagan jain's instructable DIY Non-Contact Voltage Detector 5 weeks ago
    DIY Non-Contact Voltage Detector

    Actually what you made is an open base darlington transistor amp with extremely high gain. And that is good as long as you warn people that just because it doesn't light up doesn't necessarily mean there is no live voltage. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on Jack-Sprat's instructable Make Your Own Money5 weeks ago
    Make Your Own Money

    Looks like you're on to a very lucrative career. lol. Actually pretty funny and clever as well.

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  • gm280 commented on YADUKRISHNAN K M's instructable Working "MEGA 555"6 weeks ago
    Working "MEGA 555"

    An amazing effort put in to this project. You understand how that great IC DIP 555 works and can see why they build them using silicon wafers instead of discrete components. If you plan to built a micro-controller using discrete components, you're in for a huge model indeed. Thumbs up!

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  • gm280 commented on SimonRob's instructable Saturn V Lamp7 weeks ago
    Saturn V Lamp

    I really like this project. It looks very unique and interesting. Thumbs Up!

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  • Spectacle-mounted Laser Pointer for Persons With Locomotor Disabilities

    If you've ever seen the movie "The Jerk", Steve Martin invented a pair of glasses called the Opti-Grab to help keep them on their face. But the addition to the glasses made the customers go cross-eyed. And that was what I was referencing about as a joke. That's all

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  • gm280 commented on KevinByrne's instructable Christmas Gone Wrong2 months ago
    Christmas Gone Wrong

    I really like it. Great imagination and execution. The reindeer looks pretty real. A couple years ago, the people living on the main street from us had a hunter sitting in a deer stand with his rifle aimed at the other neighbor's Santa's reindeer display. It was pretty funny for all. Obviously they had it planned before hand.Bravo on your project. Always great to see such creativity.

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  • Spectacle-mounted Laser Pointer for Persons With Locomotor Disabilities

    Please don't take my comment as anything but trying to make a funny comparison to a older movie. If this can help such people, I applaud your efforts and project posting. It could even be made a lot smaller and still function as you want it too. They make different size LEDs that some are so small you have to use a magnifying glasses yourself to attach them to the power supply. And they can easily point to things thaqt close without problems. Thumbs Up to you and your project...

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  • Spectacle-mounted Laser Pointer for Persons With Locomotor Disabilities

    This isn't going to make you cross-eyed like the glass on the "jerk" is it? lol

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  • Filming a Plant Time Lapse (Radish Microgreens)

    I like that. It was great how you worked the music in with the growth. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on kmazzoni's instructable Electromechanical Marine Steering System2 months ago
    Electromechanical Marine Steering System

    I like the idea and the concept. But it has to go through a few more iterations first. It needs to be a lot more responsive to the steering wheel. The steering wheel typically only turns about two turns max, end to end. So a less turn potentiometer has to be used or mechanically gear reduced to approximate real situations. And that pot has to be totally linear and very precise.There are times when you seriously want a very quick hard turn to avoid something in the way or floating in the water. So your design need to incorporate that capability as well. I think you really could be on to something great. The screw feed needs to be more course to help with those things. While fine threads on the screw thread allows for very smooth movement, it has to be able to turn very fast to allow quic...

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    I like the idea and the concept. But it has to go through a few more iterations first. It needs to be a lot more responsive to the steering wheel. The steering wheel typically only turns about two turns max, end to end. So a less turn potentiometer has to be used or mechanically gear reduced to approximate real situations. And that pot has to be totally linear and very precise.There are times when you seriously want a very quick hard turn to avoid something in the way or floating in the water. So your design need to incorporate that capability as well. I think you really could be on to something great. The screw feed needs to be more course to help with those things. While fine threads on the screw thread allows for very smooth movement, it has to be able to turn very fast to allow quick turns. Just a few updates and I think you could have something marketable. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on mdk_'s instructable Animal Pom Pon2 months ago
    Animal Pom Pon

    They look nice. You may be on to a new marketable product. Check it out and see. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on mervegungor's instructable LIGHT UP YOUR ROBOT CARD2 months ago
    LIGHT UP YOUR ROBOT CARD

    How long does the LEDs stay on with that battery setup?

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  • gm280 commented on thescientistformerlyknownasNaegeli's instructable Soda Can Angel2 months ago
    Soda Can Angel

    Those look very nice. But I can imagine the edges are near razor sharp. But nice all the same. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Bob-Bee's instructable Apple Watch Band From Underwear2 months ago
    Apple Watch Band From Underwear

    Clever idea, but I got to the point that I don't want to promote any company with their logo anymore. JMHO

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  • Water Leakage Sensor on ESP8266 + Micropython + Domoticz

    BorisV2, please don't take my common the wrong way. I was only stating how easy a simply leak detector can be made. That fact that you want to have your phone alert you about such a leak is a good one as well. I've only had one leak in my entire life time, and I didn't need any phone to tell me about it. It was obvious without a phone alert. However, I do like your idea and glad to see younger people getting into both electronic and programming. By-the-way, before I retired, I reversed engineered many old circuits and modernize them with new circuit designs including micro-controllers and programming as well. Thumbs Up!

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  • Water Leakage Sensor on ESP8266 + Micropython + Domoticz

    While I am sure your project accomplishes what you designed it to do, and it works like you planned using a micro-controller approach, a very simple two transistor circuit can work just as well and without any programming or daisy chaining of little PC assemblies. But thumbs up all the same. There is no one way only issue for most anything.

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  • gm280 commented on indoorgeek's instructable Shift Registers: How Do They Work?3 months ago
    Shift Registers: How Do They Work?

    There are so many old TTL and DTL DIPs out there to play with. And each has their own story and use. The mixture of old tech and new can even make new projects that were either hard to do back then, or nearly impossible. So your project brings new life to older tech and DIPs. I like that. And the great thing about those old Tech TTL and DTL DIPs, are they are very cheap to play with as well. Thumbs Up for sure.

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  • Making a Lightning Necklace by Using Recycle Materials

    Batteries can just short internally, not that your design is unsafe. Lithium Ion batteries do it a lot. And even though your are not using those types, any battery can internally short.

    Interesting look. Just hope the batteries don't short out.

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  • gm280 commented on luposays22's instructable Outside Wood Stove Shop Heater3 months ago
    Outside Wood Stove Shop Heater

    I like your project. I have a 24' by 36' shop and each year I think about how I am going to heat it. Presently I use a K1 kerosene heater inside. And while that works well, I'd really like to keep the heater part outside and pipe in only the heat. So I have to reread your post and think now. Thumbs Up

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  • gm280 commented on PaulNorton's instructable Amazing Roly Poly Costume3 months ago
    Amazing Roly Poly Costume

    Well who doesn't like roly pollies. Nice project. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Bverysharp's instructable Automatic Screw Sorter3 months ago
    Automatic Screw Sorter

    Yea, I guess you could look at it that way...

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  • gm280 commented on pickpon's instructable The Dragon - Halloween 20183 months ago
    The Dragon - Halloween 2018

    Why do I get the feeling that that custom displayed on the street was a real show/traffic stopper?

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  • gm280 commented on thecleaninglady72's instructable Hunchback Witch With Pet Spider3 months ago
    Hunchback Witch With Pet Spider

    Very nicely done. I can appreciate the labor, efforts, and skills you put into this. It looks great. Thumbs Up for sure!

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  • Pumpkin Pie Made With a Real Pie Pumpkin!

    I guess I've never tasted a "real" pumpkin pie made with a real pumpkin. That said, how does the taste different from squash type pumpkin pies. And yes, I am sure better, but how better? What does it compare to?

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  • gm280 commented on ReconaissantL's instructable Project 2: How to Reverse Engineering3 months ago
    Project 2: How to Reverse Engineering

    Before I retired, I did reserve engineering to gain schematics diagrams and redesign new replacement circuits to take their place. And this was for military aircraft. Old individual components to integrated designs and modern components and even micro-controllers and programs to replace large amounts of old circuits. I thoroughly enjoyed doing that type engineering work. If you have the need and desire, you can reverse engineer any circuit. It just takes a very good working knowledge of what is going on and how you can redign it to work better. Thumbs Up on your project!

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  • gm280 commented on Bverysharp's instructable Automatic Screw Sorter3 months ago
    Automatic Screw Sorter

    I have many many cabinet drawers full of mixed screws. But they are sorted in wood screws, machine, hex head, counter sink head and so on. However, seems that when I want to make something I usually have one missing to finish the project. If I need four, I can match three, if I need eight, I can match seven. But every once in a while, I do match enough to do the project. Nice project post if it works.

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  • gm280 commented on hombremagnetico's instructable 556 Servo Driver3 months ago
    556 Servo Driver

    Interesting post. I remember back in the days I flew R/C planes, I made a servo standard to adjust the servos. It produced a 1.5 ms pulse to verify the servos were set to center. And it was an amazingly easy circuit to build. And it helps when installing servos in the aircraft. Nice project you posted.

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  • gm280 commented on AverageJoesJoinery's instructable Physical GIF Viewer (Zoetrope)3 months ago
    Physical GIF Viewer (Zoetrope)

    I like this. Interesting concept and execution. Thumbs Up!

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  • Design  and Construction of a Kerosene Fueled "Gasification" Grill

    Looks like a nice project, but I think we will continue using our propane grill setup. I do the routine maintenance and it has been working flawlessly for many years now. And I do have a couple tank backups which I never ever had to switch out in the middle of grilling. JMHO

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  • Step-by-Step on How to Do an Upside-down Halloween Face

    That looks pretty neat. You pulled that off great!

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  • Hack in a Bluetooth Connection to Your Car Stereo for $10

    I like your post, but it is a little ambitious for folks that don't have as much knowledge about their radio system that you do. I could do it because I am a engineering technician. but this could get some folks in a lot of trouble and maybe even ruin their system. Just saying.

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  • gm280 commented on diymontreal's instructable Flip Top Planer Stand3 months ago
    Flip Top Planer Stand

    Interesting idea. I wonder if you could use some type slide in setup so you can use the stand for both storage of unused power equipment and others as well. I have so many stand alone pieces of power equipment like planner, oscillating spindle sander, metal cut off saw, and other such equipment, that I would need a few of these if I can't figure out how to make it a slide in setup. But a thumbs up for sure for your project post!

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  • Relays (DC): 99.9% Less Power & Latching Option

    Nice write up and tutorial about relays. Yes, they are actually used a lot in today's automobiles still. The biggest being the start solenoid. Yes it is a relay and carries very high current to spin the starter motor. Otherwise your little key switch would have to take that amount of current. Simply can't happen or handle that amount of high current through the key switch. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Sound Bending Synth3 months ago
    Sound Bending Synth

    WOW, I actually have some of those reverb IC PT2239 chips I bought some years ago for a project. But for the price of an already made reverb unit, why would I take the time to build one instead of buy one already assembled and working for a couple bucks. Nice project and the ideas are wide open.

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  • gm280 commented on jfryar30272's instructable Tips and Tricks for Electronics3 months ago
    Tips and Tricks for Electronics

    Great post. And when designing most any circuit, design for the lowest current draw. In other words, do the math. It makes it easier on the available power source and also makes part last longer. And watch the specs for each part. When a part states it can carry 1 amp of current, check to see at what voltage. Because one amp at 5 volts is totally different then one amp at 10 volts. The wattage is hugely different, and parts will burn.. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Nikus's instructable 5 Simple Ways to Determine LED Polarity3 months ago
    5 Simple Ways to Determine LED Polarity

    Very good post. And you can also determine how much current and voltage drop for any LED as well. Simple use a 1K ohm resister, or a little over that valve, in series with the LED and apply 12 volts or so and see what makes it light with the correct polarity. And then take a meter and read across the LED only for the voltage drop. And if you have a current meter, put it in series with the resister and see how much current it draws. Different color LEDs have different voltage drops. So you can select the one you need that way and also figure out the current limiting resister for your application as well. Thumbs Up!

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  • How to Build a USBTiny ISP Programmer : by Utilizing CNC PCB Milling Machine

    I can understand where you are coming from. But I am presently making a very small circuit that maybe consumes about 1/2 square inch in size. I just finished bread-boarding it to verify function and will design a toner transfer setup. Why? Because that is the easiest, cheapest and quickest way for me, being how I already have everything needed to do that type PC board. So it really depends on what you have or can get access to. Either way, I applaud anybody that is interested enough into circuits to make them however they can. That is never dull or un-fun if you enjoy the procedures however you want to build them. That is not to say you don't have a good posting, just another way to make boards. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on DiyCoolStuff's instructable Restoring Rusty Dumpster Dove Tin Snips3 months ago
    Restoring Rusty Dumpster Dove Tin Snips

    Nice project. If I am not mistaken, the handle colors denote which type cutter they are. For example, some are left cutting, some right, and others are straight cutters. But for your own use, I guess it doesn't really matter. And while you cut wire, they are for cutting sheet metals. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on tomatoskins's instructable How to Make a Newton's Gravity Puzzle4 months ago
    How to Make a Newton's Gravity Puzzle

    I like it. Easy to make, if you have a lathe, and easy to solve, once you know the answer. But either way a great conversation piece. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on seamster's instructable How to Make Easy Custom Imprints in Wood4 months ago
    How to Make Easy Custom Imprints in Wood

    I like your idea. I initially though you heated them up and burned them into the wood. But pounding them works as well. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable How to Build Your 1st Circuit4 months ago
    How to Build Your 1st Circuit

    Good post.There is nothing more exciting then taking a schematic diagram and scrounging all the parts together, and building your first circuit and make it work.That is exactly what I did decades ago and I was instantly hooked. I ordered an Olson's electronic spring reverb spring and the accompanying schematic diagram that came with it was my first circuit. And surprisingly it worked first time. How can you not get interested into electronic after that. Keep up the encouraging electronic postings. We need younger people to get excited about electronics these days. JMHO!

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  • gm280 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Build a Dub Siren - 555 Timer Project4 months ago
    Build a Dub Siren - 555 Timer Project

    Strangely enough, I actually like your project. And I knew instantly you had to have a reverb unit in it because of the decaying repetitive sounds. Solid state reverb has come a long way. Nice project!My very first electronic project, back decades ago now when I was a young teen, was an Olson Electronics Spring Reverb. When you bought their small spring reverb spring unit (about 10" if I remember correctly, they supplied a schematic diagram to build a spring reverb unit. I scrounged all the parts together over months and months with what little money I could make, and interestingly enough, that schematic diagram that I used to build it from, worked the very first time. I was hooked on electronics from then on...

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  • gm280 commented on GreatScottLab's instructable Make Your Own LED Stroboscope4 months ago
    Make Your Own LED Stroboscope

    Nice project. I actually have an old original tube version of the StrobeScope. And while you have to turn it on and wait for the tube filaments to heat up first, it does work perfectly yet.

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  • gm280 commented on dankly1's instructable Cheap DIY Front Panels4 months ago
    Cheap DIY Front Panels

    Ha dankly1, I don't see anything wrong with your approach. I think you did a great project. I just wanted to show you another option as well. I'd like to see your project when you get it finished with knobs on it. I bet it looks great. We all are here to learn different ideas and such and I do like your ideas for panels. Thumbs Up sir!

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  • gm280 commented on ThomasH358's instructable Battery Powered Tube Amplifier4 months ago
    Battery Powered Tube Amplifier

    Nice, very nice...

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  • gm280 commented on dankly1's instructable Cheap DIY Front Panels4 months ago
    Cheap DIY Front Panels

    I actually design and make all my panel designs for everything I build. I use most any program that allows you to do a layout for your project. I use Visio only because I am very comfortable with that program, having used it for many years. But any program can be used. Then since I have a large bed LASER engraver, I transfer my design to Corel Draw and send it to the LASER. And you can pick any color, texture, and finish you could imagine. Just search on the net for Engravable laminates and see all the options available. Then LASER cuts the design into the laminate material. Your method almost copies that idea. And if you don't have a Large Bed LASER Engraver, no problem, just take your design to most any local trophy shop and they will do it for you. So any custom panels you could even...

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    I actually design and make all my panel designs for everything I build. I use most any program that allows you to do a layout for your project. I use Visio only because I am very comfortable with that program, having used it for many years. But any program can be used. Then since I have a large bed LASER engraver, I transfer my design to Corel Draw and send it to the LASER. And you can pick any color, texture, and finish you could imagine. Just search on the net for Engravable laminates and see all the options available. Then LASER cuts the design into the laminate material. Your method almost copies that idea. And if you don't have a Large Bed LASER Engraver, no problem, just take your design to most any local trophy shop and they will do it for you. So any custom panels you could even need are your imagination. I attached a few panels I made for myself. Thanks you for a great post and project. I like your designs.

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  • Pimple and Blackhead Popping Cupcakes

    That is so sickening neat...

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  • Giving Teddy His Voice Back - Repairing an Old Teddybear With an Audio Recorder

    Oh you had to operate on him via his bottom. I feel so sorry for him. LoLAny time you can bring back such a memory, you did good. Make sure you pass it on to some other caring kid. They can enjoy it as well... Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on automationjackson's instructable My Cedar Beams Teardrop Trailer4 months ago
    My Cedar Beams Teardrop Trailer

    I like it. What do you propose it weights? Wondering since the frame is manufactured from aluminum. But you did a great job of building it. Bravo sir, Bravo!

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  • Homemade Incandescent Light Bulb - 自作の白熱電球

    Very interesting project. Now you have to push the envelop and make a vacuum tube as well. Try a simple diode or triode. Since you have the glass part mastered, next has to be a vacuum tube. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on patrick panikulam's instructable DIY HANDBUILT PORTABLE BOOMBOX4 months ago
    DIY HANDBUILT PORTABLE BOOMBOX

    Nice design and execution. I see you used Aliexpress for most of your parts including the speakers. Have you ever looked at Parts Express? The sell tons of quality speakers with all the data of each speaker one could ask for. I built shop speakers using their products and they sound amazing. Your wood box enclosure looks very nice. Have you disconnected one of the tweeters at a time to see if you could hear any difference? Just wondering.

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  • gm280 commented on GFire's instructable Tool Restoration4 months ago
    Tool Restoration

    Those are good ideas for saws, screwdrivers, knifes, sickles and such, but you really have to go lightly with squares and anything with markings. They usually are not too deep and if you sand aggressively, you can remove those marks. Another idea with marked tools. Once you get them sanded like you like, go over the markings with a sharpie and then lightly sand the excess off outside the marks. Amazing how new and easy it looks and reads. Good project. Thanks for posting it...

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  • gm280 commented on diymontreal's instructable Router Table Dust Collection4 months ago
    Router Table Dust Collection

    That is amazing. Your outlets for the dust collection setup is the same areas as mine. However, since I roll mine outside for near about all the routeing projects, I let the dust go where it wants and use an air hose to clean everything off before rolling it back in the shop again. I know you are going to love that router table. Nice build.

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  • From a Microwave Oven to a Post-curing Chamber for 3D-printed Parts

    The part you have pointed to with an oval and arrow, is NOT the magnetron. It is the power transformer. The actual magnetron is the part attached to the side of the oven at the upper section of the side. Also, you need to inform people that the capacitor can hold a charge and can cause serious issues if it is not discharged properly. So please be very careful.

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  • gm280 commented on stillash's instructable Mobile Planer Cart/Shop Stand4 months ago
    Mobile Planer Cart/Shop Stand

    Nice project. And you are very correct, they weigh a lot. And have one on a movable stand so I can take it outside when I use it. The amount of wood dust and chips it produces is amazing. Better to have that outside then in the shop.

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  • gm280 commented on diymontreal's instructable Router Table Cabinet4 months ago
    Router Table Cabinet

    Yea, I got those holes for the air flow. Otherwise a vacuum has a hard time pulling the dust out. The switch is merely a typical wall type switch. And that is because the router itself has a variable speed setting and a soft start feature as well. And that wall type switch also turns on a switched outlet on the back for a vacuum use. Your looks great. I wouldn't change anything with it. You will love using it a guarantee you. In fact I just finished using mine yesterday and it always performs perfectly. Thumbs Up on your project for sure!

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  • gm280 commented on ZepLabs's instructable Soldering Station4 months ago
    Soldering Station

    Nicely built. You really need to have such a soldering setup if you do soldering of all types. I was just wondering why you did buy a Weller WES51 setup and use it? It is one of the best available and really not expensive if electronics is one of your hobbies.

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  • gm280 commented on diymontreal's instructable Router Table Cabinet4 months ago
  • gm280 commented on PoppaFixIt's instructable I Restored an Old Tonka Truck for My Son5 months ago
    I Restored an Old Tonka Truck for My Son

    You did good. I happen to have my boy's old Tonka trucks and front end loaders and such. And of course they are rusty as well. I have plans to refurbish them as well since my boys are now in the later 30's and early 40's. So you can imagine the condition those Tonka trucks are in as the sit outside. I like your methods but was wondering why you didn't use a good primer before repainting. I think I am going to use automotive PPG primers and paint. I have all the equipment and I know that paint is solid and will be there for a few more generations. Thumbs Up for your project!

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  • gm280 commented on TheCuttingBored's instructable $100 10ft Workbench With Storage5 months ago
    $100 10ft Workbench With Storage

    First I'd like to say, nice project and it looks great. Good execution of the dado and rabbit joints for the bench too. My only suggestion is, if you plan on doing any more wood working, you better close up the storage areas under the drawers if you want to keep those power tools clean and wood-dust free. Because the second you cut any wood, that dust will go everywhere. I know from experience. S maybe time to build some doors now. Just a suggestion.

    When you are custom building shop benches and cabinets, any length is the correct size. I have one enclosed bench that spans 16 foot with sliding drawers on the top and cabinet doors on the bottom. And the top is butcher block as well. Amazingly heavy, but it doesn't move even a millimeter.

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  • Wooden Venetian Blind Nixie Clock Aka Sara's Little Sister.

    Who doesn't like a Nixie Tube Clock. Nice project and it looks great. Bravo sir, Bravo!

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  • gm280 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Fizzle Loop Synth II5 months ago
    Fizzle Loop Synth II

    You need to set up your ideas so they are triggered via an musical instrument input. That way you can create sound that can be in sync with the instrument and make it a new sound for music.

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  • gm280 commented on diycreators's instructable Modern Outdoor Chair 5 months ago
    Modern Outdoor Chair

    Nice project. The only thing I would suggest is when you glue outside furniture, always use a waterproof glue. TiteBond III is such a glue and is available everywhere they sell wood glues. TitBond and TiteBond II are not waterproof. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Hans_Daniel's instructable Tube Audio Amplifier5 months ago
    Tube Audio Amplifier

    Very nice concept to finished working project. I too would one day like to do a tube amp only because I have very little knowledge to do so. But that is the reason to read, read and read some more to understand how tubes work together. I entered elections about the time tubes were being phased out. So I got a few solid state guitar amps that are nice, a tube amp would be interesting to build. I do have an old vintage Music Man tube/solid state amp. The preamp section is transistor, but the amp stages themselves are tubes as is the output stage. Thumbs Up on a great project!

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  • gm280 commented on PCaron4's instructable Halloween Paper-Mache Pumpkins5 months ago
    Halloween Paper-Mache Pumpkins

    Interesting idea. I like it. As for the clay issue, could you have used some Expand-a-foam and cut out the shapes using that? IDK, just wondering. Either way, they look great.

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  • gm280 commented on dekeros's instructable Simple Dowel Maker Jig5 months ago
    Simple Dowel Maker Jig

    Interesting concept. It makes me rethink how I can design a dowel cutter to make 3/4" and 1" dowels on the ends of tree limbs/branches to build outside yard furniture. You can buy them. But they are maga-expensive. So I will redesign my idea to make my own. Thanks for the post and idea.

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  • gm280 commented on Nematic!'s instructable DIY Power Supply !5 months ago
    DIY Power Supply !

    So many hobbyist have used the ATX type power supplies to build a bench top power supply. And for good reason, they are pretty good at supplying +12 volts and +5 volts and even +3.3 volts at pretty substantial currents. But you also need a variable output for higher voltage supplies. I always build my supplies with at least 24 volts or high for the odd electronic circuits. Add a LM317 or similar variable voltage circuit into your supply and you will love it. There are so many times I need a higher voltge as well as +12 and/or +5 at the same time. And a variable is great for testing relay drop out voltages and such. Just a suggestion. But you posted a great PS project all the Same. Here is my last one I made...

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  • gm280 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable How to Fix Corroded Battery Terminals 5 months ago
    How to Fix Corroded Battery Terminals

    On the extremely small gauge wires like that, use an exacto knife and slowly cut through the insulation as you roll the wire under the knife and table or bench. It works really well and after a few times, you get the hang of it pretty good. Works for me...

    Spot on with everything you stated. I've been down this road a few times my self. And if you don't have other battery holders to donate parts from, you can always use a tin can (not aluminum types) and cut out your own terminals. They solder that same and are not that hard to form into replacement terminals. Always better then throwing away the electronic item. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Hairbrush Inventor's instructable How to Make Cup From Rice Straw5 months ago
    How to Make Cup From Rice Straw

    A very interesting project. I never knew rice straws were hollow. That same technique could be used on other reed plant stems as well. Thumbs Up.

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  • gm280 commented on gizmologist's instructable Retro-Modern Bluetooth Stereo Speaker5 months ago
    Retro-Modern Bluetooth Stereo Speaker

    Nice project. Clever way to use parts that really aren't actually used. It does have the aged look. Thumbs Up!

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  • Fixing a Monitor With a Breadmaker: AKA Don't Throw It Out!

    Good fix, no doubt. If you understand how each electronic component works, that goes a long way to repairing any electronic item. Capacitors are a good thing to always check. Resistors usually are a give away when they are bad as well. Usually a burnt one stands out pretty well. First step in fixing anything is a good serious visual look see. Thumps Up!

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  • Homemade Peach Cobbler Using Fresh Peaches

    You instantly got my attention with peach cobbler. It looks great. But to honestly give my sincere opinion, I'd have to try it first. So if you have any left over, send me some so I can evaluate it better... :-)

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  • gm280 commented on ButterMyBiscuits's instructable How to Distill Water in the Kitchen5 months ago
    How to Distill Water in the Kitchen

    My wife also uses a CPAP breathing machine at night. And I thought about distilling the water as well. But we usually just buy distilled water for about a dollar a gallon and it goes for a failrly long time. In other words, I am too sorry to distill my own, but thought about it a lot. Nice project and easy to setup and do. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on RangerJ's instructable Build an Automatic Shop Vac/ Power Saw Switch5 months ago
    Build an Automatic Shop Vac/ Power Saw Switch

    Not exactly sure how you wired this from the vague description. I wiring schematic is usually the better way to show that. But it sounds like you are powering up both the saw and the vacuum via the on/off switch of the saw. If that is so, you now are making the on/off switch on the saw carry way more current then it was originally designed to cover. And if that is so, you will shorten the life of that switch for certain. I better way is to either buy such a setup that also runs the vacuum for a few more seconds when the saw is turned off to clear the hose, or make such a circuit to you are not over-loading any switches. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on Francisco Moliner's instructable RC Boat5 months ago
    RC Boat

    When building anything that will be exposed to water, always use Titebond III. It is waterproof and is available everywhere other Titebond glues are sold. And if you don't want your boat to sink, install some polyester foam inside and it will never sink. Nice project that brings back memories of my RC Miss Unlimited Hydroplane boat decades ago. It wasn't very fast because I only used a .40 ci model engine. Today's versions are lightyears ahead of that. Bravo sir, Bravo.

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  • gm280 commented on SusanYoung1982's instructable Teardrop Camper Made of Wood5 months ago
    Teardrop Camper Made of Wood

    Bravo, you should be very proud of yourself to tackle such a large project, never have done anything like that before. But look at the results and think about the knowledge you've gained. I like it. Thumbs Up!

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  • THT Resistor Organizer  (3D Printing Required)

    I understand your delima. I too have literally tens of thousands of new and used electronic parts. And even though I have them separated in little plastic bags with labels, every time I want a specific part, it is a major chore to go through all those bags to get to the one you want, which most of the time is near the last bag of parts you look through. Part dividers cabinets/drawers are really the better idea. And you have some interesting compartments as well. But when I buy parts, I always buy them in bulk, just for the next time. So unless I built the compartments a huge size bigger, I wouldn't be able to get them in one that size. But very nice organizing technique for sure. Thumbs Up.

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  • gm280 commented on many_methods's instructable Minion Wood Burner6 months ago
    Minion Wood Burner

    Now that looks great. FUnctional and creative design. How can anybody not like it. Bravo sir, bravo!

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  • gm280 commented on Rykley!'s instructable Restoring a 1960's Coke Machine!6 months ago
    Restoring a 1960's Coke Machine!

    Nice project. And even though it is not refurbished to factory condition, it is nicely done. You should be proud of your Coke Machine and display it and not hide it from view. Maybe even donate it to some worthy visitor's place where others can enjoy your work. Just a thought.

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  • Hack Your Garbage Can to Use Grocery Store Plastic Bags

    We use all out grocery plastic bags as trash can liners for every trash can in the home. The bathrooms and great room get them all the time. And we even take the grocery bags and fold them up into a very small rectangles until we need one. Works great.

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  • gm280 commented on artwithdEva's instructable Turn Your Old Plates to Decorative Plates 7 months ago
    Turn Your Old Plates to Decorative Plates

    Obviously you have done this many many times before. They look amazing. Great skill...

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  • gm280 commented on lwentlent's instructable Live Edge Oak Coffee Table7 months ago
    Live Edge Oak Coffee Table

    Very nice wood grain and finish. However I am more of a tradionalist furniture maker myself and like finished edges. But nice project all the same. Amazing to see what grows inside the trees.

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  • gm280 commented on mscharch's instructable Checkerboard Bowl 7 months ago
    Checkerboard Bowl

    All I have to say is, why am I getting this reply when I didn't even post the project?

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