Category Archives: Tinkering

Interesting farm platform (acorn)

The author is pretty colorful. Its using an ardiuno/RPi combo for controlling it, right now its just the platform and its goal is to automate farming. I think this looks interesting, but has a ways to go.

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Jig for making custom springs

The author designed and 3D printed out the jig, pretty neat overall, me…I have a jar full of springs that I tap into as needed.

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Nice 3D printed Loom

Nice build…myself, well I would do this if I had a kid into looms and wanted to learn 3D printing, else I would just buy a bigger one for $5 at 5-Below. https://www.instructables.com/3D-Printed-Loom/

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Convert your credit card into an NFC payment ring

OK this assumes your card supports NFC, the author basically “melds” the chip in the card out, and puts a new antenna on it that goes around the 3D printed ring. Clever build. Not so sure I would do this … Continue reading

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A simple plotter build

This could be a good project with kids to make a simple stepper motor plotter with and arduino. The motors used and the arduino shield are overkill for this, but if thats what you have on hand… Note that this … Continue reading

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Clever Wood Lathe Steady Rest

OK so I have looked at buying something like this (just not as fancy) and its expensive. This build seems pretty straight forward and doable. And cheap. https://www.homemadetools.net/forum/wood-lathe-steady-rest-video-88490?homelistings#post193018

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Making deck chairs from pallets

Actually leftovers of a pallet. Its a nice build, and if you are cheap, this could be a good way to make some simple outdoor chairs. https://www.instructables.com/A-Deck-Chair-Made-From-Pallet-Wood-Leftovers/

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Simple walking robot

Something you could build with kids and let wander around the table. https://www.instructables.com/Walking-Robot-Parallel-Cranks/

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3D print out your own cyclone vac

OK not so sure I would go this far, they author basically makes a shop vac with a dust collection built in with 3D printed parts, and has accessories for it too. https://www.instructables.com/Cyclone-Motor-Upgrade/ accessories : https://www.instructables.com/Cyclone-Upgrade-for-Hose-Bosch/

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Nice little organizers for your Ender 3D printer

Nice add ons for your printer. Not so sure I would do this thought. https://www.instructables.com/3D-Printer-Tools-Organizers/

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