Craftsman 13″ Surface Planer 351.217430

Craftsman 13″ Surface Planer 351.217430

Patience pays off again for this great Craigslist find, a Craftsman 13″ Surface Planer for $50.  I’ve been wanting one of these for a while, and one finally popped up in ok shape and for a great price.  It is really sad to see people abuse tools in the way this one was.  It was in a barn and obviously had gotten wet.  All four support posts were covered in surface rust, but they cleaned up easily.  All the rollers…

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Mason Jar Wall Sconce

Mason Jar Wall Sconce

I decided to build these mason jar sconces because we just no longer liked the sconces that were on each side of our wood stove.  The old ones just didn’t provide enough light, since they were candelabra bulbs our options on increasing the light were limited.  Since I do so much canning, I thought going with a mason jar theme might work out well. Parts Brass Elbow 2″ Nipple Brass Backing Nut Brass Plate Brass Bushing 1/4″x20 Threaded Rod Brass…

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Finishing the Wifi Garage Door Project

Finishing the Wifi Garage Door Project

Finished up the Wifi Garage Door project today.  When I posted yesterday about the Garage Controller I wasn’t sure when the relay boards were going to arrive, and sure enough they showed up in the afternoon mail.  After I got them, I had a thought on using the fourth button on in the other box that was wired to a relay but had no purpose.  A little bit of reprogramming and that button will now open the attached garage. The…

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Wifi Enabled Garage Door Controller

Wifi Enabled Garage Door Controller

I had been wanting to build something to control my garage doors for quite a while.  With the success of the Fuel Oil Sensor, I figured it was time to make this work.  We have 4 garages with openers, 3 of them on a detached building.  The remotes that came with the openers don’t have decent range to them.  If we’re inside the house and went to close up the garages for the night, most of the time they just…

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Fixing an ESP-01 Relay board

Fixing an ESP-01 Relay board

I have a project going to use these little relay boards with the ESP-01 Wifi boards.  I ordered 5 of them from a seller on Ebay and got them yesterday in the mail.  Imagine my disappointment when I popped my already programmed ESP-01 in only to find that they don’t work at all. The first thing that I noticed was that the CHPD and VCC pins weren’t tied together so that the board will go active.  Thinking that might be…

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Breadboard Helpers

Breadboard Helpers

Just a quick post of a couple of Breadboard helpers that I made recently.  First one is a pair of little meters to indicate the voltage on the breadboard.  In the pictures, one side is plugged into the bus bar of the breadboard.  The other side is plugged into the 3.3v output of my ESP-01 Programming board. The second is a little mount to hold either the 16×2 LCD or the 4×20 LCD displays that I commonly use.  It was…

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Wifi Enabled, Arduino Based Fuel Oil Gauge

Wifi Enabled, Arduino Based Fuel Oil Gauge

I had been wanting to have a remote Fuel Oil Gauge for a long time, as it’s really a pain to get down to my basement to check the oil level.  We don’t do automatic fill and only get oil when we need it.  I’ve found remove sensors available, but they seem to be rather overpriced for what they really are, especially the ultrasonic model.  None of them actually give you a good idea on how much oil, they basically…

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ESP8266 ESP-01 Programming/Prototyping Board

ESP8266 ESP-01 Programming/Prototyping Board

I started to mess around a bit more with the ESP-01 WIFI boards a couple weeks ago.  I have a couple of projects in mind for using several of them around the house.  As everyone else found, they’re not that easy to work with in their design.  Accessing the pins is difficult without some sort of jig.  I based my board on the design from over at hackster.io.  But I wanted a little more than just being able to program…

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Homemade Workshop Air Filter

Homemade Workshop Air Filter

I had been meaning to make an air filter for the workshop to clean up the suspended dust from sanding for a while, but just never got around to it.  I knew I didn’t have a fan lying around, and I just didn’t fee like running out and buying a box fan just to tear it apart to make a filter.  The other day I happened to be in a seldom used part of the basement and I found an…

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Apple Pie School Project

Apple Pie School Project

Introduction Another apple pie, except this one we did for two reasons.  It’s one of the lessons for the kid’s home life course and we’re visiting a friend tomorrow and figured it would be good to bring them a pie.  We followed the same recipe as our “Award Winning Apple Pie” this time. I did the coring, peeling and slicing of the apples.  Ariana did most of the other work, from gathering the ingredients to mixing everything together to assembling…

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