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Microphone Stand Camera Adapter

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This is a superquick 3-D printing project. I found in the past that when I film videos in the workshop I am very often tripping over the tripod and the camera never seems to be in a convenient position to get the shot. I realized that I had a microphone

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.”

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.

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

DIY Vibratory Tumbler

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My latest feat of post-apocalyptic engineering. Post-apocalyptic engineering is when you use parts on hand no matter what. There is no going to the hardware store because THERE IS NO HARDWARE STORE!! When I built the Girl Genius Radio Theater Microphone I had some brass plates water-jet cut and I

Altoids Tin Divider and Tweezers

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One of my most popular projects has been the etched Altoids tins that I made for the Steampunk Bible article I wrote. For years I've carried one in my bag that I've used for various medications and vitamin pills when traveling. I had cut up one of those typical