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  • DaDawei commented on -BALES-'s instructable Shop Organization Tips and Practices2 months ago
    Shop Organization Tips and Practices

    Great article. Unless I missed it, you left out my very favourite shop organization device. I have four magnetic tool holder strips currently in use, and am thinking of getting another couple. The four I have are already crowded. They are simply the greatest for organizing everything from chisels to screw drivers to pliers. Totally flexible organization. Easy to group tools together. Strong enough to hold a hammer, though I usually dedicate a couple of nails to heavy tools.Other than that, everything you said is right on. I'm not a naturally organized person, but I'm becoming a fanatic about my workshop. It makes life so much easier to be able to just grab whatever tool you need without searching for it. It also makes cleanup at the end of the day super easy if every tool has i...

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    Great article. Unless I missed it, you left out my very favourite shop organization device. I have four magnetic tool holder strips currently in use, and am thinking of getting another couple. The four I have are already crowded. They are simply the greatest for organizing everything from chisels to screw drivers to pliers. Totally flexible organization. Easy to group tools together. Strong enough to hold a hammer, though I usually dedicate a couple of nails to heavy tools.Other than that, everything you said is right on. I'm not a naturally organized person, but I'm becoming a fanatic about my workshop. It makes life so much easier to be able to just grab whatever tool you need without searching for it. It also makes cleanup at the end of the day super easy if every tool has it's assigned place.I still have two bad spots - one drawer under my workbench which I reserve for anything to do with making a hole, and one cupboard cluttered with things like epoxy glue and hose clamps. Working on it.

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  • DaDawei commented on gravitino's instructable Barncaster Electric Guitar1 year ago
    Barncaster Electric Guitar

    Ah, you play lefty. I'd be interested in knowing your opinion of my theory on playing instruments left handed. I'm a militant lefty myself, but I play fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo in what would be thought of as the right handed way. The reason is, I believe these instruments are left handed. Here's why: In the middle ages, left handed people were persecuted and often driven out of their villages. They became the traveling minstrels taking the news and entertainment from one village to another, and they are the ones who invented all the instruments. When I think about which hand does what on a guitar, it seems obvious to me that my right hand had a very shallow learning curve compared to my left, which had to master the chord changes and fingering. At the most, the right ha...

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    Ah, you play lefty. I'd be interested in knowing your opinion of my theory on playing instruments left handed. I'm a militant lefty myself, but I play fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo in what would be thought of as the right handed way. The reason is, I believe these instruments are left handed. Here's why: In the middle ages, left handed people were persecuted and often driven out of their villages. They became the traveling minstrels taking the news and entertainment from one village to another, and they are the ones who invented all the instruments. When I think about which hand does what on a guitar, it seems obvious to me that my right hand had a very shallow learning curve compared to my left, which had to master the chord changes and fingering. At the most, the right hand has to choose which string to pluck with which finger, not nearly as difficult as choosing which string to press down on which fret without damping another string.Most left handed people are more or less forced to become ambidextrous because so much of the worlds tools, from scissors to can openers, were designed for right handers. I learned to roll a coin across my knuckles on my right hand because I had to teach an actor how to do it. I can't roll a coin over my knuckles on my left hand, and would have to practice to be able to do it. But I am very much left handed, and left eyed.So, when you first started learning the guitar, who told you to play it with your right hand doing all the hard work? Do you think you could have learned to play it "right handed" just as easily, or with just as much or less difficulty.BTW, love your barncaster. Reminds me of the rat bikes that bikers often adopt.

    Interesting. Have you ever checked whether you are left or right eyed. It's an easy test. Hold your thumb out at arms length and line it up with something distant with both eyes open. Cover one eye with the other hand. If your thumb doesn't jump over, the eye that is still open is your dominant eye.Some people are left handed and left eyed. Some are right handed and left eyed. But usually the dominant eye is also the dominant hand.I am very strongly left handed and left eyed. I can learn to do just about anything right handed, but my natural choice is to use my left. This means that semi-automatic firearms throw the shell casing in my face. That gets annoying fast.But for me, it was totally natural to play stringed instruments "right handed". Doing it left handed would ...

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    Interesting. Have you ever checked whether you are left or right eyed. It's an easy test. Hold your thumb out at arms length and line it up with something distant with both eyes open. Cover one eye with the other hand. If your thumb doesn't jump over, the eye that is still open is your dominant eye.Some people are left handed and left eyed. Some are right handed and left eyed. But usually the dominant eye is also the dominant hand.I am very strongly left handed and left eyed. I can learn to do just about anything right handed, but my natural choice is to use my left. This means that semi-automatic firearms throw the shell casing in my face. That gets annoying fast.But for me, it was totally natural to play stringed instruments "right handed". Doing it left handed would be far far harder.

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  • DaDawei commented on Bruceaulrich's instructable Wall Mount for Heavy Items1 year ago
    Wall Mount for Heavy Items

    I think it would look better if you stained the mounting plate darker, so that it would disappear into the wall more and allow the focus to be on the propeller. Otherwise, good work.

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  • DaDawei commented on Mikhandmaker.'s instructable Homemade Lathe for Drill Press1 year ago
    Homemade Lathe for Drill Press

    Beautiful video. Nice design. Delightful woodwork. And no problem with your English. Congratulations.

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  • DaDawei commented on kludge77's instructable Cotton Ball Bowl1 year ago
    Cotton Ball Bowl

    Could you make something without a mold using this technique? I'm thinking a bathroom basin or bidet.

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  • The Smallest Workshop in the World

    Good design and good work. Enjoy.

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  • DaDawei commented on Guido Vrola Design's instructable DIY Marking Gauge1 year ago
    DIY Marking Gauge

    Beautiful. I'm inspired. Thanks.

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  • DaDawei commented on woodbywright's instructable How to Hand Cut Dovetails2 years ago
    How to Hand Cut Dovetails

    Inspiring. Thanks for this video.

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  • DaDawei commented on woodbywright's instructable Winding Sticks2 years ago
    Winding Sticks

    I've been a wood butcher for years, but I'm just getting into fine woodworking. I had never heard of winding sticks. So thanks for the education. I think they will be my first project, even before I make my work bench. Great video.

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  • DaDawei commented on johnzhu's instructable $2 Pop Up Woodworking Bench Dogs2 years ago
    $2 Pop Up Woodworking Bench Dogs

    What would you think of using brass rods instead of dowels for the dogs? It's likely a better fit could be found, so that sanding wouldn't be necessary to increase the hole size. Brass would be a nice look.

    Brilliant and inspirational. Thanks for this. I'm sure I can find other uses for that hardware now that you have shown me this, but first I'm building my work bench and these are definitely going into it.

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