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Sew-through Soft Circuits

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Your mostly-humble narrator I've had an off-and-on love affair with soft circuits since I became aware of them. Unfortunately, all the pre-made boards for soft circuits are clumsy (being traditional hard PCBs) and finnicky (hard to keep a good connection) to use. Being a good little hacker, I decided

Foundry Furnace Part 4 – Gasoline Burner

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This video is an overview of the gasoline burner systems and a test firing of the foundry furnace: Gasoline and Waste Oil Foundry Furnace from Jake von Slatt on Vimeo. Jake von Slatt's gasoline and waste oil foundry, tour and test firing of the gasoline injector system. For the

Chandelier Candle Retro-fit

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When we moved into our house there was an electric chandelier in our dining room.  It was an adequate enough fixture but incandescent chandeliers are terribly inefficient, six 25 watt bulbs actually put out a fraction of the amount of light as a single bulb of half the combined

Franklin’s Bells – Demonstration of Electrostatics with Wimshurst Machine

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How to Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine – Part 2

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   This is part two in a series of articles describing how to build a Wimshurst Influence Machine with parts and materials available at your local home center and hardware store.  In this part I detail how to make a tool to cut the acrylic disks and how to

How to Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine – Part 3

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   This is part three in a series of articles describing how to build a Wimshurst Influence Machine with parts and materials available at your local home center and hardware store.  In this part I detail the construction of the base, supports, charge collectors, and neutralizing bars. If you missed

How to Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine – Part 4

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   This is part four in a series of articles describing how to build a Wimshurst Influence Machine with parts and materials available at your local home center and hardware store.  In this part I detail the construction Leyden jars and the final assembly. If you missed the beginning

How to Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine – Operating the Machine

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   This is the final part in a series of articles describing how to build a Wimshurst Influence Machine with parts and materials available at your local home center and hardware store.  In this part I detail setting the machine up and making some sparks! If you missed the

Cheap Yaris Cabin Air Filter

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Every time I've brought my Toyota Yaris in for it's regular service I was surprised to find a $50 charge for replacing the "cabin air" filter. It always annoyed me, but they assured me it was a pain to change the "special" filter.  Turns out that's bullshit. It's a

Steampunk Strat Original Artwork

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This is my original artwork for the Steampunk Strat – Right click and choose "Save Image As" to download a copy.