Make PVC Look Like Wood

  I came up with this simple trick to give PVC pipe a realistic wood texture when I built a few plastic didgeridoos a couple of years ago. It would also work for theater, home decor or backyard tiki-bars! Send an invite if you build that last…
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Homemade Cordless Drill Battery Charger

  In this article you will find step-by-step instructions on how to build a battery charger from wood scraps that will allow you to charge a NiCd (ni'-cad) cordless drill battery. ** WARNING ** only NiCd (Nickel Cadmium) batteries may be…
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A Precise Table Saw From an Electric Hand Saw

  This photo is from 1972.  It shows me using a table saw I made with an electric handsaw, also known as a circular saw. Some will say, "Why bother?" since you can now buy an inexpensive table saw for the same amount of…
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Tips on Cutting PVC Pipe

I love PVC projects.  Like tinker toys and Legos for adults.  Still learning and wanted to pass on two big lessons I learned in the last few months. Three methods I’ve tried for Cutting PVC. PVC Ratchet Cutter Hack Saw/Miter Saw. And Miter…
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DIY Custom Branding Iron

I wanted a way to brand some of my projects. I know you can order custom branding irons that fit on the end of a wood burner. Well, I don’t have a wood burner, and the custom irons can be fairly pricey, so I decided to do it myself. This can…
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PVC Dremel Drill Press

  PVC is easy find material. Not only work for plumbing, it also can make many things. Here is how I made a Dremel drill press with PVC. All of the materials could be found in local hardware stores. Step 1: Materials and Tools Materials:…
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De-Rust Your Old Table Saw

I purchased an old rusty table saw from the local classifieds. It was a great deal, but it was very rusty – rusty enough that it was hard to use and desperately needed help. Here’s how you can remove the rust from your old table saw and…
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Bend PVC Pipe

PVC pipe is a great material for making things.  If you ever need to bend the pipe, here’s how to do it. The trick is to fill it with sand before heating the plastic and bending it.   Normally, the pipe would pinch closed in areas where it…
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How to Modify a Fridge Compressor Into a Silent Air Compressor

  Here is my how to on modifying fridge compressors into silent air compressors. They are ideal if you need: + a silent compressor + a high pressure compressor + have little space and/or don’t need a typical shop compressorTypical fridge…
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Simple DIY Vacuum Chamber and Pump

This is an easy to build vacuum chamber that is power with a garden hose.  you can draw 30 cm of vacuum with your hose. simple and easy way to degas fluids like silicone for mold making without buying an expensive vacuum pump. Step 1: Parts you…
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Yet More Handy Tricks: Volume 5

40 Yet more handy tricks! To see even more handy tricks, check out the rest of the saga at and Fifty Handy Tricks. and 40 More Handy Tricks and Australian Handy Tricks…
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Build Your Own (metalworking) Lathe – Part I

You can make an entire machine shop worth of power machine tools, using basic hardware store/home center supplies and scrap metal. Melt aluminum in a metal-pail furnace, using sand, charcoal, and a clay flowerpot! Cast sophisticated metal tool parts…
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