Sunday, August 25, 2013

How to make a woven rope bone dog toy

1. 60 feet of 3/8" cotton rope. You can get soft cotton rope from Knot and Rope supply by the foot: I also buy it by the spool (400') from Koch on Amazon: The Koch rope is twisted tighter which can be good for some purposes. In this case, either would do fine.

2. Two lacrosse balls. They can be used or new. I suppose tennis balls could be used, but they are a bit bigger.

3. Cardboard. An old cereal box is perfect. We'll use this to make a mandrel to tie the knot around.

4. Duct Tape. You may also want some clear tape for taping the knot grid to the mandrel (see step #3).

5. Pins. In some of the pictures you'll see that I'm using threaded pins that I got from T-pins are actually a bit easier to use and more accessible!

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Attention All Grill Masters: looking for that special ingedient to enhance your BBQ? Look no further. My charcoal salt recipe is perfect for adding just the right touch of smoke with a spicy element that leaves your tongue tingling and a lemony garlic finish that will have you sprinkling this salt on everything. 

Inspired by Adam Perry Lang's recipe from the book Charred & Scruffed



1 DRIED HABANERO POD (1/8 tsp in recipe)







To make charcoal salt, use a microplane and grate one tablespoon of charcoal into a bowl. In another bowl, use the microplane to grate the rind of one lemon.  Next, add 1 cup of kosher salt and one teaspoon of garlic salt. Stir to combine. Add one habanero pod to the spice grinder. I found it easier to break the habanero pod up into smaller pieces for a finer grind.The consistency will be close to red pepper flakes. This is really spicy stuff! Don't add more 1/8 of a teaspoon. It really packs a punch.

Next, add the tablespoon of charcoal to the bowl with the salt mixture. Use your fingertips to grind the charcoal into the salt mixture. Remove any residual large lumps of charcoal.

Your Charcoal Salt is ready for use! Generously sprinkle onto steaks, chicken or your meat of choice. You can also try the salt when grilling fish like salmon. Just use it in place of regular salt and add a touch of black pepper. This salt can also be used as a finishing salt. It's pretty salty so you only need a small pinch. Remember when using salt, it's easy to over do it. You can always add more, but you can't take the salt away once you've added it. There's nothing worse than over salted food. 

Store Charcoal Salt in an airtight Jar. It should keep for a few weeks up to month. 

**Always use precaution when using peppers** Touching your face and other body parts will cause a burning sensation. You can use gloves if you're really sensitive. 

Happy Fathers Day! This would make an awesome gift for Dad!


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Tiny Green Tea Garden

For this instructable I thought about coming up with a great gift idea for those of you on a budget!
This miniature moss garden is composed of supplies that require little to no new purchases!
In order to get started you will only need a few things......

-1 new or used teacup and saucer (preferably a saucer with a large rim)
Note: At every goodwill I've been to, there is always a surplus of cheap teacups!

-1 back or silver permanent marker

-A box of Scotch Moss

- Various pebbles or different sizes and colors

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Re-new a vintage radio and restore its gleam.

017.JPGThis is a 1950ish Firestone radio alarm clock. I found this at a flea market and got an excellent deal. I did not know if it worked or not and I didn't care, I saw potential in it right away. When I got it home, I plugged it in to see if it worked or not. It made a humming noise right away. Not a "radio" noise, but a mechanical noise. I found that that was the clock running.
After about 1 or 2 minutes all the sudden I heard radio noise, a quick tune got many different talk radio station. It sounded awful, but, none the less, it still worked. So for now, I decided to simply clean and polish the entire thing to bring it back to its original (as original as possible) glory...firestone_radio 013.jpgLook the unit over carefully. Check the knobs as well, those are the first to come off. Some knobs have set screws. Most pull off with a little force...
Find the screws that putt the radio guts out. Mine has three located on the bottom. after I remover those I pulled the entire radio out and had to unplug the clock cable from the main radio tray. After that I removed 2 nuts holding the clock in place via a bracket. Whenever possible I find it a good habit to place the screws nuts and bolts back in the holes after you remove the parts you are removing.
I also removed the metal face plate and glass dome from the clock face by bending the small tabs out, on the back of the clock face.

After I removed all the inside parts its time to move on...

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Lego iPhone (and smartphone) stand, docking available

photo 1.JPGHi, I wanted to bulid a lego iPhone stand which is able to hold the phone in vertical position. Here it goes. I made it in Lego digital designer, because i didn't want to get mine into pieces.

This is my first instructable, hope you'll like it.

I checked that all parts cost a total of 1,3$ if you order it from

Névtelen.pngSo, here are the parts on the picture, namely:

The colours really doesn't matter, these were the ones I found at home.

Technic 5M Beam (Yellow) - 4 pcs
Technic Angle Beam 4x2 90° (Black) - 2pcs
Technic Angle Beam 4x2 90° (Yellow) - 4pcs
Technic 15M Beam (Black) - 1pc
Technic Double Angular Beam 3x7 45° (Yellow) - 2 pcs
Technic Lever 3M (Yellow) - 2 pcs
1/2 Bush (Grey) - 6pcs (on the pic there's only 4, sorry about that)
Bush For Cross Axle (Grey) - 7 pcs
Connector Peg W. Friction (Black) - 6 pcs
Connector Peg W. Friction 3M (Black) - 4 pcs
Connector Peg/ Cross Axle (Grey) - 4 pcs
Catch W Cross Hole (Grey) - 4 pcs
Cross Block 90° (Grey) - 2 pcs
Angle Element 0° (Black) - 2 pcs
Angle Element 90° (Black) - 2 pcs
Cross Axle Extension  - M/3 Ribs (Grey) - 2 pcs
Cross Axle 3M (Black) - 4 pcs
Cross Axle 5M (Black) - 5 pcs (if you have 1 more, then you'll just need 2 8M axle)
Cross Axle 8M (Black) - 3 pcs
Cross Axle 10M (Black) - 1 pc
Technic Cross Block 2x1 (Black) - 2 pcs
Technic Cross Block 2x1 (Yellow) - 2pcs

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The Teethlet - A Bracelet made of teeth

IMG_0125.jpgNo worries ! No one was harmed in acquiring the teeth and no tomb raiding was commited !!
These are plastic teeth used in dental labs.
There are several manufacturers. I managed to know someone working in a dental lab and could get my hands on some old fashioned design line.

This might look a bit macabre but such a bracelet is an awesome eye catcher.
The next big hit at your upcoming voodoo party or your local zombie gathering ;)

Drill 1mm/0.039" drill bit Steady hand
Elastic cord Plastic teeth (from dental lab or manufacturer samples)
For a single cord bracelet you need about 25-35 teeth depending on your wrist size. 30 teeth would be perfect for a 18cm/7" wrist circumference.

A wide choice of different teeth gives the bracelet a much more interesting look than just using the same sort of teeth for the whole bracelet. I used incisors, canines and molars.

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