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

Rick’s Wimshurst Machine

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Another Wimshurst Machine is finished! This is the third complete one I’ve seen and one of at least half a dozen in process.  If you’re working on a Wimshurst by all means send along some photos! I am fascinated by the individual modification to the basic design people are coming

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

Cirque Berzerk 2009 Season Finale this Weekend!

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Oh this looks like all kinds of fun! Cirque Berzerk was born at Burning Man and has been described as a “circus on acid,” “French burlesque meets ‘Sweeney Todd’ meets Cirque du Soliel” and “P.T. Barnum’s worst nightmare,” Cirque Berzerk returns to the Los Angeles State Historic Park June

Makeshift Forklift

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A couple of months ago The Lady asked me to move the kid’s playhouse to a different part of the yard.  Not having access to a fork lift, I fig’red that I could mount a 2" hitch ball on the Yaris’ tow bar and make a "fork truck" with

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

Meredith Scheff at MISSION: Comics and Arts

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Our own Meredith Scheff be showing her art in a show tomorrow. It’s her first show outside of school and she would love to see you all there. There will be prints, originals, and comics.  here’s the info: http://www.missioncomicsandart.com/upcomming Space Gallery: 1141 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109 on

A Visual Aid for Bike Design

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For Halloween I made a Witch on a broomstick out of 2" thick Styrofoam insulation. I got my 8 year old daughter to pose with a broom and then I snapped a picture with my digital camera. I did an "edge trace" with Paint Shop Pro and used the

Front Wheel Drive Moving Bottom Bracket Experiments

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Some random experiments with front wheel drive bikes. Originally published at Bike-Recumbent.com  The first iteration is based on Tom Traylor's designs. As with the SWB project I am looking for a bike that I can ultimately try and put in a full fairing. With the short wheelbase bike I