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Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake posted 04-23-2012 03:49 PM 1184 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craftsman on the lake

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04-23-2012 03:49 PM

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I started woodworking in my early 20’s then stopped when I got married at 25, then picked it up again in 2005 at about 52 yrs old. Between then I did a lot of other skilled things that were one of a kind and only done once. You know, those things that just don’t come up much and may require a little research to tackle but your motto is “I’ll try anything once, the worst I can do ruin it!”. The most dangerous thing I ever did was learn to weld a few years back. Now I just want to hook metal together.

Here are just a few examples of other tinkerings I’ve done that aren’t my usual fare. A lot of people think I’m weird. I like being ‘interesting’. What are your other non-standard constructions? Are you weird too?

Digital antenna, double quad, high gain. Made to say good riddance to the cable company

A raft for the kids. Triangular simply because everyone else has a square one.

A granite wall by the water, I double dare this one to move!

An electric pontoon boat with 2400 soda bottles floating it. Nuff said. The pier too, my need to weld.

a classical guitar.

There are more but that’s enough. What about you?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 08:04 PM

these are awesome… I’ll have to see if I can find anything to add to the table…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Rick M

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 05:36 AM

An electric pontoon boat with 2400 soda bottles floating it. Nuff said.

No way, I’d love to hear more about this.

Outside woodworking, I used to build highly detailed scale models. I once spent about 30 hours just on a P40 cockpit. No pictures though, my daughter found them once when she was little and thought they were toys… yeah, that didn’t turn out well.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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derosa

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 05:51 AM

I like tinkering with cars to some extent, though I have zero training in it. I once had a volvo 240 (the slow, square, granola crowd car) with a high compression 2.3l straight 4 with lots of mods including a turbo system. Doing so required rewiring for a different fuel injection system and everything. Easily put down over 250hp through the rear wheels. Stitched up a deluxe interior of leather and fabric with added bolsters for support. Suspension mods and modest weight reduction to about 2800lbs. That thing was a bit of a terror for many a car that thought they were fast, especially from 20mph up to about 85mph. Before that the gearing sucked and above that the aerodynamics sucked. But full boost from about 1400rpms on allowed for sweet acceleration.
Also rebuilt the engine in my current v70xc volvo about 3 years ago, no other real modifications yet. Next week I’ll be getting rid of the AWD system on it to save on gas. Should net me an extra 7-8mpg.

Besides that
I helped build a motorized bar stool for racing
built a low rider bicycle with electric motor that did about 20mph. Looking to build a hybrid bike with front and rear motorized wheels, thicker wiring and more batteries. Goal will be about 30mph for hopefully 1hr on a full charge.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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rejo55

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 06:14 AM

Boy, oh boy! Some more folks that think outside the box! I love it!!

Have a good’un

Joe

-- rejo55, East Texas

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Rick

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 07:39 AM

Now THIS is a Great Topic!

If you’re Weird GREAT! So am I! Considering that the “Sheeple” are usually the ones that see Us that way ..

.It’s A Compliment! I’d be willing to bet that there are a LOT more like US on here.

I got on here just because of the Title, not thinking of anything I could Post. I Just Did!

I just Rewired my Shop. Dug out 2 old, 2 Tube Flourescent Fixtures that use to be “Directly Wired” into a bank of them. I decide that a “Pull Chain, Off/On” would be better for my use and just had to figure out how to convert them.

Up to HD. Found a “Pull Switch” type. Opened it up. Hello! This is the same switch I bought to fix my “Lamp Switch” in my Ceiling fan. NOT the Fan Switch. Bought 3 at about $5.00 Bucks each (Always like to have an extra one). Drilled the proper size hole in the bottom metal Cover Plate. Black Switch Wires to Black Ballast Wires. Done!

That’s the ”Regular Part”. Wired them into the new circuits. Work Fine!

DAMN! Those Copper Ball Pull Chains look really Boring and they’re hard to grab onto (Maybe …LOL…)

I already had one fixture from before so now I have three “Boring Pull Chains” Flourescents and one “Energy Conserving Bulb” Pull Chain.

So the ”WEIRD Answer?” =================================================================

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Do I get a Membership in the “I’m Weird! One Of A Kind Odd Stuff.” Club??? HUH? HUH? HUH?

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 04-24-2012 10:16 AM

Wormil, Here's a link to an instructable that tells more about the boat build.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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racerglen

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#7 posted 04-24-2012 10:57 AM

Nice touches Rick..maybe a more life like snake would keep the shop a little extra secure ?

;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Rick

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#8 posted 04-24-2012 10:55 PM

Glen:

Actually I started playing around with those Kids Rubber Insects for “Crazy” Fishing Lures. They work! Pike love the Snake one. RIP it through the Weed Beds and if your Lucky BAM!

I’m Gone!

Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 04-24-2012 11:57 PM

I like sharing but don’t like sharing our blueberries with the birds. This is a netted cage to keep the birds off and has hinged doors all for under 30

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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