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Rechargable Lantern Battery Flashlight Mod

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I have several 6 volt lantern flashlights kicking around the shop.  However, I never use them because I generally baulk at the $7 they want for a lantern battery that can't be recharged. But the other day I noticed a 4Ah 6 volt recharable lead acid battery at Home

Toyota Yaris Battery Light On – Repair

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The day after I returned from SteamCon in Seattle I got into the car to go to the day job and discovered that my battery light was on in my 2007 Toyota Yaris.  Being an old Volkswagen man I resisted the urge to get out and hammer on the

SteamCon Seattle Twitterstream

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Jake von Slatt   vonslatt   @VonClaret Thanks! it was mostly @LibbyBulloff ‘s doing – both in concept and execution, I was just the pretty dirty face!2 hours ago  @yoyojedi The pleasure was all mine! (as well as the spidery red marks all up and down my arm) Will be in touch for

Microwave Motor Flying Crank Ghost

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This is my cheap and easy version of the classic Phantasmechanics Flying Crank Ghost and it utilizes a carousel motor from a discarded microwave oven and some bits of scrap wood for the armature.   Most modern microwave ovens have a small 110 volt synchronous motor that rotates the

Coming in time for Hallowe’en!

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  This is my cheap and easy version of the classic Phantasmechanics Flying Crank Ghost and it utilizes a carousel motor from a discarded microwave oven and some bits of scrap wood for the armature.

Steam Ballons and Steam Airships

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One of the stories in Steampunk Tales #2 involves zombies and steam airships.  Frankly, I found the steam airship highly implausible and chalked it up to the general obsession with steam and steam power that we steampunks seem to be infected with. However, it seems I am seriously mistaken!

Kerosene Acorn Burner Sconce Lamp

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I was having a hard time this morning getting started working in the shop.  I get one day a week to work in the shop and as a result I often end up with a list of things I want to get done that is about three times longer

Yankee Steam-Up !!

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After several years of trying I finally managed to get to the Yankee Steam Up at the New England Wireless and Steam Museum this past weekend. It was a great event with hundreds of steam hobbyists from all over New England showing up. I was even recognized by Rich

Retro Cellphone Handset How-to

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More retro-cellphone handset goodness! This time from my friend and fellow Maker, Captain Mouse! Her blog is here: http://buttonsformouse.blogspot.com/ And when you visit, do not miss Mandelbrot the Fractal Teddie Bear!

Francophonic Steampunk Forum

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Célia writes: I am the creator of a French speaking steampunk forum. We are trying across this forum, to gather together people interested in this movement. We talk as well about litterature, cinéma, music than about workshops and clothes…After less than 3 weeks of activity, we already have 112 members.