The "i made dis" thread

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Well, it works, but it’s way too high up, my legs dangle.

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Well, it works, but it’s way too high up, my legs dangle.

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Chairs cylinders are sort of a commodity part, similar to casters. Only a few factories make almost all of the task chair gas cylinders in the world. You might be able to find a shorter cylinder that fits your chair on Amazon. your chair proooobably came with a 5"-travel cylinder, and you might be able to find a 3" that fits. The chair maker might even offer one, if they have any sort of real presence/distribution in the US.
 

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Since I refuse to spend 70e on one of these on Etsy, I decided to break out my dads 1960s jigsaw! Also fitted a 3-way-dimmable bulb (it cycles intensity by switching off and back on quickly), so this can be a only-sorta-creepy night light 👻
 

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When you need to hold something down, and there's no such thing as a "floor clamp":

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The last parts for our home remodel (which included all new floors) were the thresholds between the different flooring, and the back door. 2 of the 5 were from a piece of pre-made "T" walnut, but 3 of them I had to mill and shape myself from a single 8/4 plank of walnut.

None of the doorways were perfect, so they are all parallelograms, two needed notches, etc. Normally with new construction you'd under-cut the door frames, and then box them in with the trim, but that wouldn't have worked here, and didn't want to risk ruining the floors we worked so hard on.

Here's them finished, and installed. The one that looks like it's a dofferent color: it is. This was going to be a very high traffic piece, and needed a finish that was super durable AND easy to repair, and it just didn't color the wood as much as we would have liked it to...so note: Minwax hard wax oil doesn't darken/yellow wood like most oil finishes do...

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It took a while to finish these. I cut myself with my table saw making them, and it took a while to be able to use it calmly, mostly because I still had to complete that same cut that gave me stitches in my finger.

We also glued them down, because we didn't want any visible nail holes to fill. We filled a lot of holes in this floor with different types of wood filler, and can see every one, and didn't want that for these solid wood threshold pieces.

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Girlfriend has been selling her concrete pots at pop-up street fairs, and needed a way to tier the display, so the pots would be easier to see without stacking them.

She's been using plywood pieces with stacked bricks as the risers....but that meant carrying loose bricks back and forth from her car when setting up her display.

So i made some legs for the plywood shelf pieces. Made out of scrap subfloor plywood and 2x4s left over from our home remodel, so as not to spend any money on materials. I also had to make sure I could finish them between my sudden-onset IBS issues, so they ain't fancy.. 😅

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Note: this is not a construction method i would recommend. Ha!
 

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I bought a new USB powered clock to go beside my bed, one I can see without glasses, but I find them distracting when I'm trying to get to sleep. I wanted a way to switch it on and off on a timer, but without taking up a socket with a traditional plug timer and its loud relay.

I picked up a remote controlled switching circuit for up to 12V, one with a remote that has a funny telescopic antenna. First part of the plan was to make a receiver board to handle the USB power control. USB-B in because I have lots of spare cables and USB-A out for the clock. These USB breakout boards were being sold in packs of 10 on Amazon for a very good price, with prime delivery.



Second part of the plan was to integrate an Arduino clone into the transmitter so I can control the on/off via my server. Yes, this could be done with home automation like Alexa but I don't have those and don't really want them. I programmed the Arduino to respond to serial data from the PC, then made up a little board with a couple of optocouplers to isolate the Arduino circuitry from the 9V circuitry in the remote. This was stuck to the back of the original remote board with VHB, fortunately the case had enough space.



The wires from the optocouplers were ran around and tagged onto the microswitches, they will bridge the connection when the optocoupler is triggered. The USB port on the Arduino was reinforced with extra solder because they're quite flimsy, the final unit is actually the second one because I broke the first. Thankfully they're cheap and plentiful.



A hole was cut for the USB mini cable (eventually made large enough after breaking that first Arduino board) and everything shoved back in the case. The remote still works as it did originally but when connected to a PC there's a green glow from the board inside. Commands are sent via Powershell, in exactly the same way as my button box.



It works great and the relay on the receiver is much quieter than the normal plug timer relays. it's set to turn off at 10pm and turn on at 4am. The 9V battery should last a really long time, if not I'll just put a booster board in and run that from USB power too. The only slight annoying thing is that the transmitter signal is picked up by my audio cables, going to experiment with placement.
 

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Girlfriend has been selling her concrete pots at pop-up street fairs, and needed a way to tier the display, so the pots would be easier to see without stacking them.

She's been using plywood pieces with stacked bricks as the risers....but that meant carrying loose bricks back and forth from her car when setting up her display.

So i made some legs for the plywood shelf pieces. Made out of scrap subfloor plywood and 2x4s left over from our home remodel, so as not to spend any money on materials. I also had to make sure I could finish them between my sudden-onset IBS issues, so they ain't fancy.. 😅

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Note: this is not a construction method i would recommend. Ha!
Her craft fair sales have been doing pretty well, and she decided she needed an additional tier, and some extra width. The tiers also needed to be flat-pack and assemble without tools/fasteners, and lighter than those previous risers.

So...viola.

There are many designs for shelves like this, but so many have two separate rear kickstand legs, which do nothing to prevent racking and seem quite wobbly. This solid back panel makes it super stable; zero woble or racking. Worth the extra size/weight.

Each shelf is 48" wide, 7" deep, and they are set at 5"h, 9.5"h and 14"h.

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I also made a sign that attaches to the top of a taller free-standing folding shelving. It also attaches without tools or fasteners. The cutout vinyl logo was fabricated by a commercial signage shop based on our design though...neither of us could paint that well. Plywood, cut out 3m vinyl, with 2 coats of polycrylic.
 

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