Author Archives: robertwilkie

Don’t hard code WiFi Credentials with ESP8266, use WiFiManager

Nice tutorial for how to use WiFiManager to dynamically set wifi credentials for your ESP8266.  Of course I am a bit worried how “secure” this is. http://www.instructables.com/id/Avoid-Hard-Coding-WiFi-Credentials-on-Your-ESP8266/?ALLSTEPS

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A simple tablesaw bed

Pretty easy build.  This is more along the lines of my tools, not fancy,but gets the job done.  Not so sure I would use wood for the slides thought…but if it works…  I like how the author lines up the … Continue reading

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use the ends of onions to regrow them

In this case it works with Scallions as well as regular onions. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Grow-Scallions-or-Green-Onions/

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Make a simple coin gun

Basically a simple slingshot like build.  Good project to do with kids. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Coin-Gun/

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A simple Pocket Hole Jig

One thing that has annoyed me is how much Kreg Pocket hole jigs cost.  Its not much too them but $40 is alot to swallow.  There are clones, but I believe they are trying to avoid a patent so they … Continue reading

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A pretty simple and portable Tesla Coil

OK this is a much easier build to do with kids.  I like how he uses nail polish to hold the wire in place. http://www.instructables.com/id/Slayer-Exciter-Circuit-Poor-Mans-Tesla-Coil/?ALLSTEPS

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Pop up dog benches

Basically cut some grooves into a dowel rod and use a rubber band to hold it down and pop it up when needed. http://www.instructables.com/id/Rubber-Band-Powered-Bench-Dogs/?ALLSTEPS

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Making your own dremel sanders

Nice idea, the “cork” is used to hold the sanding disk.  The disk is a cheap pvc pipe with sandpaper glued on (author used wood glue).  Pretty good idea. http://www.instructables.com/id/Dremel-Cork-Sanding-Bandsdrums/?ALLSTEPS

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Take a frig compressor to make a vacuum chamber

OK this is on the list.  I wish I kept my old frig now.  Of course remember to use safety glasses.  Oh and the use of a de-humidifier works as well too. http://hackedgadgets.com/2017/03/19/diy-vacuum-chamber/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HackedGadgets+%28Hacked+Gadgets%29

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Router and table saw angle jig

Pretty simple idea for a jig to make angle cuts or routed paths.  Easy to build too. http://www.instructables.com/id/Router-Table-Angle-Cutting-Jig/?ALLSTEPS http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Table-Saw-Tapering-Iig/?ALLSTEPS  

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