Playing With Junk – Building a 4 Cylinder Brigs & Stratton



Here’s a fun project I’ve been following for a while, hoping that they pull it off. These dudes are taking four old Briggs & Stratton engines and making an inline 4 out of them.

I’ve seen other similar builds where they take 4 separate engines and bolt them all together, but […]

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Replacing a Knife Handle


Figure 1 – A beloved old knife with a broken handle. Click any picture to enlarge.

Good morning everyone.

One of our favourite kitchen knives is an old Sabatier 4” paring knife that we bought around 30 years ago. It’s the first knife I reach for (when it happens to be clean) when I need a small knife for food preparation, and over the years it has been used, abused, and run through the dishwasher a zillion times. A couple of years ago, the plastic handle finally cracked badly enough to where a big chunk of it fell off, and we had to set the knife aside until I got around to replacing the handle, a job that I just completed rather successfully, in fact.

I would think that this is a fairly common problem for beloved old knives, so I’m going to take you through the steps that I went through in replacing the handle (scales is the proper term) in case some of you might want to try it. A word of warning though: this was my first time at replacing a full length tang type of handle and I didn’t look up any instructions. I just did what I could see that needed to be done to get what I wanted, and it pretty much came out how I wanted. It would have been nicer if I hadn’t tried to saw off one of my fingers with a hacksaw, but you can’t have everything.

This is going to be a rather long article, so if you’re not interested in the knife repair, now is the time to bail. The handle repair starts after the jump.

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Office Shenanigans: The Paper Crossbow

This Could Be You!*

Our friends over at the television show Battle Castle sent along this little video that we thought perhaps you would find interesting. It contains instructions on how to build a paper crossbow that fires pencils and doesn’t require an elastic band. Apparently. We haven’t tried building it yet to see if it actually works, but we’re impressed enough that we wanted to get our audience started on building them. Hit the jump to watch the video

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First Person View flying, the ultimate RC plane.

As long as I can remember I have dreamed of making an RC plane just big enough to strap myself into. This probably had its genesis back in a chance encounter I had as a small child with some dudes and their giant RC aircraft at a local park. As I sat there staring at the beautiful huge red toy one of them joked “Wanna go for a ride?”

“Can I?!?!?”

“No. Not really, that would be a bad idea.” came the soul crushing answer. Indeed, although it looked almost big enough, the plane crunched into the ground shortly thereafter – which kinda highlighted a few inherent issues with strapping a small child into an unmanned flying toy. Continue reading First Person View flying, the ultimate RC plane.

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Startup: Realizing The Dream

In the 1920’s, radio was largely a voice transmission device. Other uses were just dreams like the one illustrated above: using radio to send command and control signals to machines. We here at AtomicToasters have worked tirelessly to bring this dream to life. After seven years, engineerd’s four smashed thumbs, and six […]

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Random Thoughts: Did I Do That?


So last night I worked into the wee hours of the morning, completing my Hackintosh completely legal build-your-own computer with a Unix-based operating system and delightfully fruity GUI interface. To my great surprise and glee, it worked. Quite nicely, in fact.

Now, admittedly I haven’t sorted out the […]

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Startup: Two Wrongs Can Make A Right

Everything tastes better when it comes from a Mason jar.

Okay fine, this isn’t really a technology article, but it’s an entertaining bit of problem solving that made me laugh. A few months ago, CaffeineFuelled bought herself a nice bottle of wine from a winery she was already quite fond of. She was […]

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Startup: MORE Creative Uses For PVC!

Complete with duct tape and PVC paddles!

Remember how yesterday I said it was dangerous to do a Google image search for “PVC” with SafeSearch turned off? Yeah. Here’s why. I may have stumbled across a new project.

The completed skeleton, sans skin.

This fellow and his son decided they wanted to […]

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Homemade Robo-Mower is Geektastic

A couple of summers ago, I sighted this wonderful example of DIY innovation a few blocks from work on my evening commute. I stopped and snapped a couple of pics with my crappy cell-phone camera and briefly talked with the remote-wielding inventor.

I’m surprised I haven’t seen more like this. It’s really not […]

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It Takes A Village

To make a toaster. You see, any piece of technology — whether it be a $10 toaster or a $1 million supercomputer — can’t be created by one person. It requires a host of materials and expertise that would be impossible for one person to acquire on their own. From ore to iron to steel. From oil to plastic. From 1s and 0s to a useful program. None of us can do this on our own. Continue reading It Takes A Village