Organizing All Of The Things

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I have limited space in my shop and am constantly trying to condense the volume of space that my materials and supplies take up while still allowing me to find what I am looking for without digging through bin after bin. One of the best solutions I’ve found to

Converting Welch Allyn Otoscope & Opthalmoscope to “C” Batteries

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Like many small New England towns we don’t have curbside pickup for our trash, instead we bundle everything up and take it to the town dump on Saturdays. This would seem like an inconvenience but, also like many small New England towns, our town dump includes a “Swap Shop.”

Who Ya Gonna Call? 2014 Hallowe’en Decorations

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This year our theme for Hallowe’en was Ghostbusters! The inspiration was my wife’s as she looked at the 1973 VW Type III Squareback that is sittng in our driveway. Her name (the car, not my wife) is Adelaide and I am fixing her up for a friend. She will

No Such Thing as a Free Hot Tub

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We got our first hot tub at a garage sale for $50. We took it home and filled it up and found that the temperature controller no longer worked. The filter housing and skimmer also leaked because the plastic was cracked and the entire assembly had to be replaced.

DIY Powder Coat/Curing/Reflow Oven

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I found  a very clean, barely used toaster oven at the dump. I originally intended it for the kitchen but it turned out that the toast function timer was bad, so off it went to the workshop. I tried using it a couple of times for curing paint and

Studio Softbox Flash Ceiling Bracket

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One of the reasons I redesigned The Steampunk Workshop website is that I thought WordPress with it’s easier to use interface and more flexible authoring would entice me to publish more stories. But an important aspect to any story are good photographs and I don’t always (read rarely) want

Mold Rammer for Sand Casting

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Thor has his Hammer, I have my Rammer.

Cuisinart Top Interlock Repair

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We got our first Cuisinart in 1982. It served us well for more than a decade so when it finally gave up the ghost we purchased another one. We were dismayed to find that the new Cuisinart Custom 14 had changed the interlock on the mixing bowl and top. There was

Nightmare Blues – New from Aaron J. Shay

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Friend of SPWS Aaron J. Shay has released a new music video for his banjo-rock barnstormer “Nightmare Blues” just in time for Halloween! Described by one participant as what would happen “if Neil Gaiman art directed the ballroom sequence of Labyrinth at Burning Man,” this video follows a band as

Hexayurt for Burning Man

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My family and I are headed to Burning Man this year. I have been twice in the past and have always stayed in a tent. I was reasonably comfortable, however sleeping late was problematic. As soon as the sun rose over the RV I had pitched my tent next