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DIY surgical mask

March 22, 2020

As of this writing the Covid 19 Corona virus is spreading so fast that the preferred N95 disposable surgical masks are becoming quite scarce. Not many contagion tests are being administered on the general public as of yet, so you or I could be a walking Typhoid Mary. What if I develop a cough or…

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Pedal blender

October 16, 2019

    This is my latest project, the pedal blender.                        

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Cooking oil candle stove

May 12, 2019

  I made this heater/stove for a small push cart shelter. For the main housing I used a Costco peanut can. This top view with the lid off shows the three vegetable oil candles. To make the you first need a floating wick. I used a small 3/8″ length of wine cork. I drilled a…

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Ammo box stove

May 10, 2019

This was my version of the air tight Ammo stove. The box I had was pretty small in comparison to others I’d seen. It was fun to build but the fire wouldn’t last for more than a half hour. I was hoping for a longer burn time. The bolt on the front (left) of the…

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Mouse trap race car

May 9, 2019

In my old shop at Boeing they use to have challenges to keep up moral. This was the mouse trap car challenge. Not for speed, but for distance. All the engineers and floor workers would compete. It was serious business. On the green mat are several materials I tried out before settling for foam board.…

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DIY car top carrier

May 9, 2019

Here I am playing around again with a $20 sheet of 4×8 foot 4mm thick fluted plastic. I thought I’d make a car top carrier. I buy my fluted plastic at Laird Plastics Inc. (206-623-4900) in downtown Seattle Washington where they stock several thicknesses, sizes and color choices. Made with zip ties and held down…

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Paint can swamp cooler

May 8, 2019

This was an attempt at making a small traveling swamp cooler for a vehicle without air conditioning. The fan sucked air thru the small holes on the sides and thru the damp cloth wall lining.  A small fountain pump pushed water up to the round tube. Multiple holes were drilled on the bottom of the…

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Vintage camper bird house

April 14, 2019

This was made using 1/2″ thick CDX plywood and aluminum sheeting. I made the wheels by cutting out plugs from a 3/4″ board using a 2-1/4″ hole saw, then added a long bolt and turned it on my drill-press. The silver frame was made of 3/16″ diameter steel rod. The rubber cane boots make up…

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Paint can stilts

April 14, 2019

This as a great way to get at the things that are just beyond reach. Made with two paint cans, one 34″ rubber strap (cut in two) pipe insulation and duct tape. These help me cut around the ceiling when painting a room. The rubber strap simply wraps around your heal to keep the front…

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Alex’s Secret Box

April 14, 2019

When my Grandson Alex turned two I made him this ‘Secret Box’ for helping with his hand coordination and motor skills. And to keep his favorite toys in. ff

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