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Thursday, January 11 2018

Good Idea

I like this mat with numbered built-in trays to keep track of stuff. Don't know if I'll buy.

Wednesday, January 10 2018

Cheap Smart Phone Trading App

Monday, January 8 2018

Hacking for the Lazy

Saturday, January 6 2018

Chip Identifier/Tester

I heard about these in college 20+ years ago. I might buy one of these, didn’t realize they were inexpensive now.

Monday, January 1 2018

Non-Toxic Pharaoh's Snake

J79 Blade

No room on my desk, but I still want one.

Thursday, December 28 2017


When the bigger roller in the unit wears out, the top of the paper won't align with the top of the scan. Or even worse, it will be a diagonal. Looks like putting electrical tape on the edges of the big roller compensates for this. Although, I used what claimed to be rubber electrical tape on the edges of the big driven wheel. If you put it in the middle, it doesn't seem to help. This was inspired by a video on youtube where someone used electrical tape on the rollers.


Seemed like normal vinyl electrical tape:


Stopped working after it "cooled-off". I give up, I'm buying a roller set off ebay.

Monday, December 18 2017

Proofer/Warmer not Storage

Sunday, December 17 2017

Drilling Small Holes on a Lathe

Friday, December 15 2017

Conduit Idear

I want to use PVC, but mounted in a sturdy fashion. Finally, came across clips which look to be what I want. Now I need to see if you can cut 45 degrees out of a pipe with a table saw, so you can slide the wires in and out.


Looks like those 1/2 clips will not stay on 1/2 pvc. I'll try 3/4 someday.

Wednesday, December 13 2017

More Destructive Scanning Working

Make a book holder like the Pinterest one or circular saw guy below. I used two pieces of wood with dowels connecting them. The wider(2") piece I glued the end of the dowels into and the thinner(1/2") free slides. The wider piece has a notch so I don't hit the clamp with the knife. I put them about a foot apart for large books and magazines. I use Irwin clamps to hold it together in a metal vise. I slice the spine if it is greater than 1" and use 25MM knife to make it more manageable. I secure it with out about 1/8 below the spine and proceed to slice through. Any larger and you will get a wavy spine. Pictures eventually will follow.

Book Vise

Can't get this to work even with a plywood blade.


Break-off Knife:

Wednesday, December 6 2017

Camera Mounts for Scanner

Got them the other day along with a flashlight I forgot about ordering. The bottom tassel does unscrew like I suspected and it does come with a cheap ball mount on top. They rotate to lock and are as beefy as I thought. Unfortunately, this week I'm a vegetable again so no work on anything.

Tuesday, December 5 2017

3d Printed Propeller

Monday, December 4 2017

Godless on Netflix

I'm not really into westerns, but my wife is. I wish the town had prepared for the bad guys. Dug potholes covered with hay, round logs, and removing every other plank on the deck and bridge. Use the planks for boarding up windows. Make sure there is only a single file path through town. Molotov cocktails for the black powder inept to hurl.

Sunday, December 3 2017

Big Ass Ovens

Friday, December 1 2017

Not Replacing $100 Rollers

Found that friction tape will stay around a roller, as long as it's orientated right, in my Panasonic KV-S1045C to prolong its life. Tried the silicon stuff last night and it seems to work better. It doesn't put skid marks on the page. Looks like I also need to wipe down the interior of my machine prior to using it that day, otherwise it doesn't find the top of the page for awhile. I need to plug it into a windows machine someday, to see what all the blinking lights mean.

Non-Destructive Scanner

I wanted something a little better than what's available at the hardware store to hold the cameras. Someone used focus arm from a overhead projector. When/if this arrives, I'll report back if it works.

This is the type I'm building:

Tuesday, November 28 2017


Requires a higher voltage than Nixie, 1750 volts DC.

Monday, November 20 2017

Pencil Sharpeners

Bought two sharpeners recently and found them to be great.

Tuesday, November 7 2017

Dusting Your Desk

Since drafting isn't a thing now and those brushes are now quite expensive. I found this bee keeping brush which seems to be what I wanted.

40cm Beekeeping Bee Brush Beekeeper Beehive Tool Horse Bristle Wooden Handle MA

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