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Old 06-14-2021, 09:27 PM   #1541
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I used to have a small tractor. I put all the attachments on dollies. There was no way for one person to move them around to store them and then be able to move them into place to attach them. A dolly made it possible. I had a 54 inch roto tiller and a large hydraulic snow plow along with a 56 inch mowing deck. Your dolly looks more professional than mine. Good job.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:36 PM   #1542
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I used to have a small tractor. I put all the attachments on dollies. There was no way for one person to move them around to store them and then be able to move them into place to attach them. A dolly made it possible. I had a 54 inch roto tiller and a large hydraulic snow plow along with a 56 inch mowing deck. Your dolly looks more professional than mine. Good job.
Thanks - I agree. I do the same thing - put everything I can on dollies.
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Thanks - I agree. I do the same thing - put everything I can on dollies.
How heavy is the top?
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How heavy is the top?


90 lbs according to the internet. Seems about right.
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Nice job on the game board and stairs and dolly! You make it look easy.
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Old 06-15-2021, 07:42 PM   #1546
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This is a bit silly compared to some of the fantastic things this group makes, but this is what I made today. After going out and seeing that a rabbit nailed my dahlias, I figured I better make some cages. I looked for something already made, but they were about $25 and small. I made these for about $10 and they are a nice size and stackable. Of course If I pay myself minimum wage, I lost money for sure. However, I did get better/quicker after I did a couple of them and figured out my system.

I made five of these. I used a tomato cage for the frame and chicken wire for the outer netting. To make them stackable, I had to do a good job of putting the wire on the cage tightly. That was harder than I though because the cage is a cone and not a straight sided cylinder.

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They stack nicely for storage:


Hopefully, I'll get to see some flowers this year. First time with dahlias.


Not sure about putting a top on the cage but I'm going to secure them better tomorrow. The one stake is not enough.
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Excellent! Those will keep the rabbits out. Great that theyíre stackable.
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It's great to see the ingenious low-tech, low-cost solutions that you guys come up with to solve problems at home!
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This is a bit silly compared to some of the fantastic things this group makes, but this is what I made today. After going out and seeing that a rabbit nailed my dahlias, I figured I better make some cages. I looked for something already made, but they were about $25 and small. I made these for about $10 and they are a nice size and stackable. Of course If I pay myself minimum wage, I lost money for sure. However, I did get better/quicker after I did a couple of them and figured out my system.



I made five of these. I used a tomato cage for the frame and chicken wire for the outer netting. To make them stackable, I had to do a good job of putting the wire on the cage tightly. That was harder than I though because the cage is a cone and not a straight sided cylinder.



Three cages:





They stack nicely for storage:





Hopefully, I'll get to see some flowers this year. First time with dahlias.





Not sure about putting a top on the cage but I'm going to secure them better tomorrow. The one stake is not enough.
We did not do something that fancy. We just wrapped the garden with chicken wire all the way around so all animals (including us) can't get in..
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Finished up my carbonator project. This is an aarke version, same concept as soda stream and uses the same bottles and gas cylinders.



The gas cylinders are brutally expensive to refill and have a device inside that will break and destroy the valve if filled too fast. I did figure out how to defeat this and have been filling from a large 20# tank. The twenty pound tank cost as much to fill as 2 (less that 1 pound each) SS cylinders. But the "inverted cylinder" method would not dispense the final 5 pounds of CO2.

This little project fixes that final problem;



I bought a 3 foot braided SS hose adapter and when I drain the last 410 gram SS bottle I'll hook it up to the big tank -
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Jerry1, looks like factory built and very creative solution.

RobbieB, very interesting project, and I like when an issue or problem can be fixed from DIY method.
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Made a nightstand for the guest bedroom
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Nice ! Like how you mirrored the X pattern from the headboard in the side and back braces on the table.
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Robbie likes it! Built hella strong like I do -

You could prop up cars on that or hide from earthquakes!
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You could prop up cars on that or hide from earthquakes!
Thanks. Hopefully it is the last piece that I will have to paint.
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Finished up my carbonator project. This is an aarke version, same concept as soda stream and uses the same bottles and gas cylinders.



The gas cylinders are brutally expensive to refill and have a device inside that will break and destroy the valve if filled too fast. I did figure out how to defeat this and have been filling from a large 20# tank. The twenty pound tank cost as much to fill as 2 (less that 1 pound each) SS cylinders. But the "inverted cylinder" method would not dispense the final 5 pounds of CO2.

This little project fixes that final problem;



I bought a 3 foot braided SS hose adapter and when I drain the last 410 gram SS bottle I'll hook it up to the big tank -
Nice build and great idea on the refill from a 20# tank. I wished that I would have thought of the refill idea when I was brewing / kegging my own beer. Getting a 5# tank filled is a pita. Had to drive 40 minutes and they were sometimes closed when I got there.
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Thanks. Hopefully it is the last piece that I will have to paint.
OTOH, I like to paint all my projects. Paint hides a multitude of sins...

I notice the table and the headboard had exceptionally fine surfaces. Was it melamine you used or are you that good at surfacing and finishing ?
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I notice the table and the headboard had exceptionally fine surfaces. Was it melamine you used or are you that good at surfacing and finishing ?


Itís poplar sanded to 220. Then zinsser BIN primer. Sanded to 220.

I used Annie Sloan chalk paint for finish coat, sanding between coats. Then Annie Sloan clear wax.

Hard to tell from photos, but I had a hard time controlling brush marks. But I guess thatís the look of chalk paint.
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Itís poplar sanded to 220. Then zinsser BIN primer. Sanded to 220.

I used Annie Sloan chalk paint for finish coat, sanding between coats. Then Annie Sloan clear wax.

Hard to tell from photos, but I had a hard time controlling brush marks. But I guess thatís the look of chalk paint.
Zinsser makes a great primer for smooth finishes. I personally use the shellac version with the hplv sprayer.

I re-newed a client's 50's bathroom with new doors and trim using the primer and good paint. I'm glad they kept the perfect condition tile and sink.
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