Interesting simple grinder to belt sander

Interesting build to turn a grinder into a sander.  No weld method too.

http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/homemade-pipe-grinding-tool-4427?homelistings#post5399

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Make a multi colored christmas tree light

Nice build that gives a demo of using an ESP8266 and multi addressable LEDS (WS2812).

https://www.instructables.com/id/ESP8266-Arduino-RGB-LED-Christmas-Light-Window-Dec/

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Nice POV display

This could be a nice build to do with kids.  Basically its an arduino nano on a board with 7 LEDS that is spun by a DC motor (separate power on that).  I like the build and it looks pretty simple.  The PCB layout is not available and I think I would put the USB end of the nano on the other side.  Actually, I wonder if this could be adapted to a ESP with a bit shifter (that way you can change the working via wifi).

https://www.instructables.com/id/Rotating-LED-Display-That-Shows-Infinite-Words-POV/

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Cool 3D printed Lathe, but pricey

Nice looking 3D printed lathe, but…you are looking at 300-400 in material costs (just to have the 3D printed parts done is $160 and up).  At that point you can buy a nice used one.

https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Lathe/

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The lazy light switch

So you don’t want to swap out for a WeMo switch.  This might be the next best thing.  Thought I think I would make a few other mods to it.

Light Switch For The Lazy

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Make a vise metal brake

I like this build, but I don’t have a welder so I may have to come up with an alternative.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Best-Vise-Brake-Press-Great-Angle-Any-Time-Choose-/

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Add a harbor freight caliper to your drill press

Not a bad idea, the digital calipers are $10 or less and its a nice way to add a readout onto the drill press.  Downside, the batteries on them wear out fast, so you may need to add in an on/off switch too.

http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/drill-press-dro-20183?homelistings#post28858

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Great, now you can annoy the whole family with Pikachi

Apparently you can change Google Home or Alexia to use Pikachu voice now.

http://www.ubergizmo.com/2017/11/pikachu-talk-released-google-home-alexa/?utm_source=mainrss

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Guide to Makerspaces in Rochester NY

I have not personally been to any of these yet.

Maker’s Guide to Rochester, New York

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Nice thickness planer with a handheld sander

I have seen sanding platforms built in the past with handheld sanders.  But this is the first thickness planer I have seen with one.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/138762

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