Download the plans HERE courtesy of the UNCC Engineering Department

For the first project in our sophomore design class we built a small air engine. We didn't actually design the engines, but built them to get us acquainted with the machines, what is possible to machine, what isn't etc. It was quite fun and we got a neat little paperweight out of it.

The air engine runs off of you guessed it: compressed air (or steam). This engine is called...

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In this article I show how I cast a homemade ring using lost wax casting using an old bicycle turned into a centrifuge. A centrifuge allows much more intricate and detailed castings to be made, this instructable shows the creation of a ring, but almost anything small and metallic can be made using this process. A centrifuge spins a mold very quickly in a large arc forcing the molten metal into the mold. This is a very fun and rewarding project to...

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In this article I show how I built a furnace - very similar to another design, just scaled down a bit. I designed a piece of jewelry, made a mold using the lost wax technique, cast the piece of jewelry then set a stone in it. All the materials are easily obtainable. It works with precious metals but if your on a budget and even cheap jewelry from Wal-mart can be melted down and used. It makes an attractive piece that carries a certain homemade ch...

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Precision alignment of silk screens is very important. Shifting of the screen will smear ink on whatever it is you're printing making your edges lose their crispness, or worse getting pain stuck on the bottom of your screen making smudges of paint on your work where you don't want it. Without a way to accurately align your screen it also is very difficult to make multi color prints. My solution (that has already been invented, I just came up with...

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05 Jul 2007

Violin Wall Mount

I saw a holder similar to this at a music shop. In my opinion it was overpriced so I decided that I would make one. To make one of your own you will need:

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21 Feb 2006

DIY Climbing Wall

note I wrote this article as a teenager. Please excuse any spelling or other errors :]

I love rock climbing. I love it so much that I decided to build a climbing wall in my garage. I show how I designed and built a climbing wall in my garage for relatively cheap. Of course every garage varies so my design probably couldn't be copied exactly but hopefully showing how I did will show all the basic concepts behind building a w...

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