Saturday, June 22, 2013
The following instructable shows the construction and use of a zip tie based release mechanism.
Length of fluorescent tube protector (source TAP plastics)
Zip ties, enough for the circumference of the launcher
The photos should make the construction steps clear.
This is my first instructable. All work creating this instructable was done on my Android device.
1) Coconut shell (cut into 2 pieces),
2) Silicon carbide paper (aka, sand paper)
3) Drill machine or anything to make small holes on the shell,
5) Lock system (in this case, hasp and staple's the best)
6) Screws and screw driver,
7) Varnish and 1 inch paint brush,
8) Small padlock.
(I couldn't gather all the materials at the same time, so couldn't take a picture of them together)
If you like this project please vote for me in the Vintage Contest.- Razor saw (or a craft knife, but I really recommend a razor saw)
- 18" x 3" x 3/16" balsa sheet
- 9.5" x 3.5" x 3/32" balsa sheet
- 15" x 1" x 1/4" softwood
- 1/4" thick masking tape
- A metal rod around 5/16"
- An iron
- Coping saw or band saw
- Appropriate safety equipment
Metal Drill Bit
2 Mess Tray's - authentic ones are available on eBay. Reproduction's are available on Amazon.
Assorted Succulents & Cactus
Assorted Grasses, Moss & Thyme
WWII Military Mess Tray Planter:
To create the planter, mark each section of the tray with a Sharpie to indicate where you want the drain holes. Next, take the tray outside and place it in the dirt. Use a drill to drill holes where you have marked the tray. These holes will allow for proper drainage. These are made of really heavy duty stainless steel and it took a lot of man (women) power to drill the holes. I had to use my feet and step on the tray to drill some of the holes.
After you have drilled the holes, place the second tray underneath the one with the drilled holes. Remove the succulents and place them into each section of the mess tray as desired. Make sure you use cactus soil or an all purpose soil. You don't have much room to place the plants so you need to make sure you press down on the soil to secure the succulents. I decided to use some grasses that require shade. Unlike succulents that can withstand full sun, these grasses will start to deteriorate after a while. Eventually, you will need to switch them out.
I recommend putting the pebbles on last and I used a funnel to pour the sand on top of the succulents & cacti that have soil underneath.
This is a great way to put these pieces of history to use.