Author Archives: robertwilkie

Breaking a $120 lock

I got a kick out of this one. The lockbox has 2 screws in it that once off, you can pop it open.

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Nice knob jig

Nice build for a jig to make knobs. Me…I just hand cut them for now. This build is nice cause it can be used for different number of grab points on the knob.

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Interesting wooden clamp build

Its a nice build, I like the cheap way he makes the coil for the spring on the handle. Me…well Harbor Freight sells these pretty cheap, and won’t take me 2 hours to make.

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Nice skittles sorter

The parts are 3D printed out. Its a pretty compact sorter and works well from the video. It uses an arduino for the controller.

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The other alternative, use a jig saw

For making the gear (same author as before) but this time uses a drill press and a jig saw.

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Making a wooden gear with a table saw

This is interesting project. The author first uses a jig to make a circle, then prints out the “gear” pattern to put on the circle, and then slowly cuts out each tooth on the tablesaw. I wonder if there is … Continue reading

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Laser Engraving Leather

OK this is something I haven’t thought of doing. I have one of those cheap little laser engravers…great for burning on wood under 3 inches in diameter. Never thought about trying leather…. https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Engraving-Leather-Hat-Accessories/

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Making your own monitor stand

Nice build…me, you can get stands for $15 these days, so unless I had some sort of custom solution, I think I would just buy one. https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Adjustable-Height-Monitor-Stand/

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Building a Gasifier

OK this is an insteresting build. And apparently old build. They author builds a gasifier that somehow converts dried biomass (like wood) into nitrogen, which he then uses for a flame, or to power a gas generator. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-a-Wood-Gasifier-Works-and-How-I-Built-Mine-Out/

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Making armor from plastic barrels

OK will the shoulder parts. The author does a pretty good job on this. Instead of using Foam this provides a much more ridged material. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-PAULDRONS-Out-of-a-Plastic-Drum/

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