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Hardshell Bicycle Trunk

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Here are some pictures of a hard shell trunk I made for my all-weather commuter bike out of an industrial dual compartment mop bucket. Originally published at Bike-Recumbent.com.  Here are some pictures of a hard shell trunk I made for my all-weather commuter out of an industrial dual compartment

Foundry Furnace – Part 3 – Casting the Refractory

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This is the top of the furnace, it needs a 2" hole to let the hot gasses escape so I hammered a tapered dowel into the pipe fitting and used a hole saw on my Milwaukee Magnum Hole-shooter (The most powerful hand drill known to man – use the

Toyota Sienna Body Repair

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If you follow me on Twitter you know that I had a near death encounter with a flying chunk of steel last week . This is how I spent my Saturday. . . . I was in the far left lane on Rt. 128 and a big rig in

Short Wheelbase Recumbent Bike

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Collecting Materials: After getting my shop in order and purchasing a new drill press I began to collect the donor bikes: The black one is a Bridgestone that was hit by a car, it will donate the head and bottom bracket shells, handlebars and brake levels.  The red bike

Home Depot Bike Headlight

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How to make high power bicycle headlights with materials from your local home center. This is an article from a few years back that was up at Bike-Recumbent.com, I'm consolidating everything from there over to here. Nearly five years after I built them I am still using these headlights with

Steampunk Keyboard Mod

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My goal with this project was to build a retro keyboard that was fully functional and of a sufficient quality that it could be used everyday by a touch typist.  In order to achieve this I chose a high quality (though widely available) keyboard as my starting point.  This

Foundry Furnace – Part 2

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I wasn't quite ready to start in with the grinding and welding this past Monday so I thought I'd ease into the day by adapting these photo-copy station lights I found at the dump to my drill press.  They sure do make hitting that little automatic punch dimple a

Foundry Furnace – Part 1

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This past Monday I finally got started on my foundry project!  I’ve been collecting material for some time so I was ready to roll once Maker Faire ’09 concluded.  The goal is to built a foundry furnace capable of melting brass and perhape iron, if I’m lucky.   I’m

Ani Niows steam-powered, erm, ‘magic wand’

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This thing is amazing, but seeing as how this is a family-friendly website, I have the full post over at my personal blog, ladycartoonist.com.

Workshop Telephone

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I started this project quite some time ago, in fact some of you may have seen it at Maker Faire back in May.  Originally, this was intended to be an example of ‘how to steampunkify an object.’  The idea being that by removing the casing and exposing the interesting