Category Archives: Tools

Another Magnetic Stirrer, this one with a harddrive magnet

Another nice (build for a magnetic stirrer.  Only two issues, one I don’t come across alot of barrel receivers in scrap/recycling I do.  Second is the need for a 12 volt wall wart.  I have 5’s, 9’s, but 12’s are … Continue reading

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Did you want to use a Vinyl Cutter with Linux?

If so here is a a nice write up on how to use Inkscape with Ubuntu and a Silhoeutte cutter.  Been toying with the idea of getting a cutter for a few years myself. http://www.instructables.com/id/Inkscape-Silhouette-UbuntuRPi/ Another write up here https://petervojtek.github.io/diy/2015/01/19/cutting-down-costs-of-cutting-with-silhouette-cutter.html … Continue reading

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A mini 3D printed Lathe

Now I have seen it all.  The author 3D printed out most of the parts for a small wood lathe.  the build is pretty impressive, but..would I do it?  Not sure, I think I could get a cheap chinese one … Continue reading

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Converting a harddrive to a sander…and good info on the motors in the drive

The write up was interesting.  but what really got my attention was the information on how these DC motors work from the harddrives. https://www.instructables.com/id/Hard-Disk-Sander/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brushless_DC_electric_motor  

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Make a cheap juice press

Pretty simple build.  The author says it runs about $40 in materials.  I like the use of stainless steel.  I like the homemade brake used to make the metal box too. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-40-Cold-Juice-Press/  

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OK so the next time I see a pipe clamp at a garage sale

I may convert it to this.  Now I would not buy all this material to make the build.  Harbor Freight seels a drill press vise for $15 (before coupons).    But if I pick up one at a garage sale…. https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-DIY-Drill-Press-Vise/

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Another PC power supply conversion

This one is a bit nicer than most write ups I have seen where the author shows pictures of the work to do inside the power supply.  Most write ups I have seen assume you know what you are doing. … Continue reading

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Turn a cheap chisel into a bark scraper

Not sure when I would need a bark scraper.  But this is a good idea on how to turn a hand tool to be used on a pole. https://www.instructables.com/id/Bark-Scraper-From-a-Cheap-Chisel/

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Make a pair of tweezers that tell diode polarity

Nice build…pretty cheap too. https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Polarity-Led-Tweezers/

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Wow that one impressive belt grinder

Nice build for a belt grinder.  Would take alot of work to make myself. The Mother of All Belt Grinders  

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