Author Archives: robertwilkie

Build a motorized can

OK its more of turning a soda can into a battery that drives the little car. The author is using carbon with saltwater inside the can to generate electricity. It seems to all be part of a science kit thought … Continue reading

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Interesting build to convert a drillpress into an Oscillating sander

I have seen folks make sanding drums for drillpresses in the past, this is the first time I have seen a build where the author uses the motor to also drive the quill up and down. Pretty clever build overall. … Continue reading

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Simple build for a box joint jig

Pretty simple build to make for a box joint jig. These jigs (metal ones) run $100, thought I have seem some plastic jobs a bit cheaper. But this you could do with a scrap piece of plywood, and some time. … Continue reading

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Magnetic guide for saw cuts

Nice build, the author puts a magnet inside a 4×4, and that is used as the straight edge to guide the saw for a straight cut. https://www.instructables.com/DIY-Magnetic-3-in-1-Hand-Saw-Guide-Cut-Straight-Sq/

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A simpler build to the bottle plotter

From yesterday. This build is a bit simpler build but its more of a printer since you put paper on the roller. Not exactly sure what the author was going for here except reducing the size of a CNC. https://www.instructables.com/CNC-Drum-Plotter/

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Building a bottle plotter

Or maybe an etcher too? Anyways the author makes a simple CNC to drawn on bottles with. https://www.instructables.com/ROTARY-CNC-BOTTLE-PLOTTER/

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Nice featherboard build from cutting board

I like the jig he made to make the featherboards. https://www.homemadetools.net/forum/featherboard-cutting-board-video-81009?homelistings#post164541

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friend lights

Basically a set of lights that are connected to the net, and can sync colors with eachother. Interesting build, could be nice with kids these days. https://www.instructables.com/DIY-Long-Distance-Best-Friend-Lights/

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Interesting add on for casters on a workbench

The author put angle iron on the ends to re-enforce the legs, and used bolts into the metal instead. https://www.homemadetools.net/forum/heavy-duty-caster-wheel-heavy-wooden-workbench-82395?homelistings#post169671

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Simple holder for small cuts on a miter saw.

Basically its a paint stick with a nail on one end. Actually I think I will make this with a paint stick. And use a nut/bolt on the other end (sharpen the end of the bolt). https://www.popularwoodworking.com/tricks/add-a-pinch-of-safety/

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