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  • scott f commented on seamster's instructable Making Quick & Easy Work Tables1 year ago
    Making Quick & Easy Work Tables

    I decided to add second drawer for the turning tools using some 1x3 pine stock.. I definitely should have installed the bottom shelf lower.My original build omitted the 2x4 that you used to anchor to the wall. However, without it the table racked side to side, so I added a piece of plywood about 5" high just behind the bottom shelf spanning across the legs. That made it rock solid. Project complete. Thanks Seamster.

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  • scott f made the instructable Making Quick & Easy Work Tables1 year ago
    Making Quick & Easy Work Tables

    I was drawn to this Instructable because I have the same mini lathe sitting in the way on my workbench. It needed its own home, this was exactly what it needed. I decided to work with only the plentiful scrap I had in the shop. I really like your solid core door, but I didn't have one.I made a few minor changes, specifically I wanted a sturdier drawer. Lathe parts are heavy and I didn't think the top supported slides would hold up over time. Instead, I made a single solid drawer (shown missing the front plate) and put two solid runners underneath. Nothing fancy but it will hold a ton.To add some measurements, my top is 18" x 36", a little bigger than the lathe. The drawer is 5.5" deep, and I made the bottom shelf with about 11" of clearance because I have a Ru...

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    I was drawn to this Instructable because I have the same mini lathe sitting in the way on my workbench. It needed its own home, this was exactly what it needed. I decided to work with only the plentiful scrap I had in the shop. I really like your solid core door, but I didn't have one.I made a few minor changes, specifically I wanted a sturdier drawer. Lathe parts are heavy and I didn't think the top supported slides would hold up over time. Instead, I made a single solid drawer (shown missing the front plate) and put two solid runners underneath. Nothing fancy but it will hold a ton.To add some measurements, my top is 18" x 36", a little bigger than the lathe. The drawer is 5.5" deep, and I made the bottom shelf with about 11" of clearance because I have a Rubbermaid tub that I wanted to fit under there. The only other measurement is the height. I have another mini lathe and I've had to build a small deck to stand on so that the rest is at a good height. For me, that meant the top of the table is at 31". It seems low for a normal table, but when you put the lathe on it, it's just about right.Thanks for the inspiration, it was a fun little project.

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  • scott f commented on manuelmasc's instructable HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles1 year ago
    HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles

    Cutting boards are made from HPDE, you probably have one or more in your house already. I just paid about $60 for a 24"x36"x1/2" sheet to make a fish cleaning table. It machines well and is food safe.

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  • scott f commented on Buck_802's instructable Simply Sinful Smoked Cheddar2 years ago
    Simply Sinful Smoked Cheddar

    Our favorite smoked cheeses are Swiss and Pepper Jack, although Cheddars and American are also quite good. I would recommend you move the cheese around every hour or so to get and even coating. We also vacuum seal each block individually, it keeps for years in the freezer.

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  • scott f completed the lesson Cuts of Meat in the class Meat Class2 years ago
  • Cracking Single Dial Combination Locks

    I tried all of the extreme combinations and they all work. It makes sense since the first dial is independent of the second and third. So long as the mechanism can drop into the slot, the lock will open. Keeping the width of the gap on the third dial small gives the appearance that the first two numbers must also be precisely dialed in.I've only played with this on one lock, I will look around the house and see if I have any other Masterlocks laying around. But I would guess that manufacturing methods are consistent and tolerances should be the same as long as the internal design doesn't change.

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  • Cracking Single Dial Combination Locks

    I just used this to unlock a found Masterlock, then I did some experimenting. The unlock code according to the spreadsheet is 38-4-38. However, 36, 37, 38, or 39 will work for the first digit, 3, 4, 5, or 6 will work for the second, but the last was only 37 or 38 and when it opened the dial jumped to 38. It seems like the actual combo should be 37.5-4.5-38, the slop allows them to go up or down on the first and second digit, letting them sell the exact same lock 4 different combinations.Great Instructable!

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