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Skylights for Jake’s School Bus RV Conversion

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About two years ago I found these lovely skylights at our town dump, they had been removed from someones roof but were in otherwise excellent shape and they even included the manufacturer's installation instructions!  I grabbed them with the intent of installing them in our school bus conversion RV.

DIY RV Macerator Pump

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When you own an RV one of the things you have to deal with is dumping the waste tanks at the end of your stay in a campground.  This is generally not a big deal, you pull up to the dump station, usually located along the driveway on your

Steampunk Vacuum Tube Guitar Amp

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  A Steampunk guitar amp to go with the Steampunk Strat! I just finished this project for Nathaniel Johnstone of Abney Park and you will get to see its debut with Nathan and several other musicians and performers including the Deshret Dance Company at the Carnivale Mechanique at this year’s Maker

Retro Cellphone Handset

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Here’s a project of mine from a few years ago, it’s an LG mobile ’embedded’ into an old Western Electric model 500 handset. The Bell Model 500 desk phone manufactured for decades by Western Electric is an icon of Twentieth Century product design.  The evolution of the Model 500’s

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