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  1. The Ultimate Welding Cart. Doc Nickel, Apr 25, 2015
    1. Almost complete. Dave H, Apr 25, 2015
  2. Bushmaster DD68 project complete. newmaticarsenal, Apr 25, 2015
    1. Nice!. Doc Nickel, Apr 25, 2015
    2. Now I really want to try something like this.. Deus Machina, Apr 25, 2015
  3. did I let the smoke out?. goldie, Apr 24, 2015
    1. Re: did I let the smoke out?. Retromash, Apr 24, 2015
    2. Don't worry, it's replaceable.... Doc Nickel, Apr 24, 2015
      1. I haven't seen a jar of genuine Lucas smoke since the 70s. n/t. eddi, Apr 24, 2015
      2. I would go through truckloads of that stuff! nt. goldie, Apr 25, 2015
      3. But.... Dave H, Apr 25, 2015
        1. There's an installation kit.... Doc Nickel, Apr 25, 2015
          1. Wait gas filters are multi purpose?. FireFrenzy, Apr 26, 2015
            1. A filter's a filter. Dave H, Apr 26, 2015
    3. Pretty.... eddi, Apr 24, 2015
    4. Re: did I let the smoke out?. Dave H, Apr 25, 2015
      1. Probably molten lava. n/t. Torinir, Apr 25, 2015
      2. Most likely melting insulation. Irregular Logic, Apr 26, 2015
        1. I did!. Dave H, Apr 26, 2015
      3. Some ESC are protected by shrink tubing.... eddi, Apr 26, 2015
  4. Refree recruitment drive? n/t. eddi, Apr 24, 2015
    1. I fear the moment she meets Jinx. NT. Peter Sadlon, Apr 24, 2015
      1. Don't fear the moment, revel in the glory unleashed N/T. Retromash, Apr 24, 2015
  5. The rat rod. Doc Nickel, Apr 22, 2015
    1. Those are a PITA. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 23, 2015
      1. Was there no room to fit a nut splitter?. Nighthawke, Apr 23, 2015
        1. That, or the Blue Flame Wrench...?. Bruce Bergman, Apr 23, 2015
          1. In my case.... Doc Nickel, Apr 24, 2015
            1. Dremel with the flexidrive?. Bruce, Apr 25, 2015
              1. It wasn't size, per se`.... Doc Nickel, Apr 25, 2015
        2. In this case, wouldnt work. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 23, 2015
  6. Finally got this process down (leather patches). Renegade_Azzy, Apr 22, 2015
    1. Wood grips. Jeff Pace, Apr 23, 2015
      1. I can.. James, Apr 23, 2015
        1. All about experiance. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 23, 2015
          1. Pic link inside. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 23, 2015
          2. Pic link inside. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 23, 2015
      2. Sure can. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 23, 2015
    2. Photo link broken?. Salda007, Apr 23, 2015
      1. Whoops!. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 23, 2015
  7. 4/22 Comic: Never argue with a guy with a mallet. NT. Peter Sadlon, Apr 22, 2015
  8. The All New Olds, part 2:. Doc Nickel, Apr 22, 2015
    1. re: The All New Olds, part 2:. CF, Apr 22, 2015
      1. "Pfui"?. Doc Nickel, Apr 22, 2015
        1. Every gun is invaluable when you need it. Bruce Bergman, Apr 23, 2015
        2. *PFUI*!. CF, Apr 23, 2015
      2. Or to put it another way.... Dave H, Apr 23, 2015
  9. Okay time to start picking all of your brains for a while. FireFrenzy, Apr 21, 2015
    1. Have you checked Under Armor?. Unforgiven691, Apr 21, 2015
      1. Checking under armor where?. FireFrenzy, Apr 21, 2015
        1. Oh its a brand! Derp! n/t. FireFrenzy, Apr 21, 2015
    2. Spandex?. Salda007, Apr 22, 2015
  10. The All New Olds, part 1:. Doc Nickel, Apr 21, 2015
    1. Things like these are why I own a set of Gearwrenches.. Deus Machina, Apr 21, 2015
      1. Thoughts and extras.... Doc Nickel, Apr 21, 2015
        1. Rather than a tote for parts.... James, Apr 21, 2015
          1. Staples?. Doc Nickel, Apr 22, 2015
    2. That is the single most roadkill thing i have ever seen outside of an episode of roadkill. FireFrenzy, Apr 21, 2015
    3. Don't Watch Barrett-Jackson Auctions, Do You?. CF, Apr 21, 2015
      1. Problem there.... Doc Nickel, Apr 23, 2015
  11. Team Fortress just got real in paintball.... Machtyn, Apr 20, 2015
    1. Re: Team Fortress just got real in paintball.... Waub, Apr 20, 2015
      1. NERF disc firing quad.... eddi, Apr 20, 2015
        1. I want a drone interceptor.... Dave H, Apr 21, 2015
          1. You need something stronger. Especially for a heavy lifter.... eddi, Apr 22, 2015
  12. So what are you working on this week?. Doc Nickel, Apr 20, 2015
    1. Building a quadcopter.... eddi, Apr 20, 2015
      1. Flew 3 hours with my zmr250. Joni, Apr 20, 2015
        1. Have extra props, already bent a couple on my Omnius.... eddi, Apr 20, 2015
    2. Knives, some armor maybe. Ironbadger, Apr 20, 2015
      1. Two things:. Doc Nickel, Apr 20, 2015
        1. Only recently. Ironbadger, Apr 20, 2015
    3. This week's DIY. FlyingWrench, Apr 20, 2015
    4. Arduino Angel Boards. Jeffrey Pace, Apr 20, 2015
      1. I've got to send you some stuff!. sam, Apr 20, 2015
        1. Send me your email. Jeffrey Pace, Apr 20, 2015
    5. Pretty serious performance job on an Austrian moped. Tohri, Apr 20, 2015
    6. Troubleshooting a plasma cutter. Irregular Logic, Apr 20, 2015
      1. The proper term is sparky. At least accoeding to Lady Heterodyne. n/t. eddi, Apr 20, 2015
    7. Done something(s). Daniel Meyer, Apr 20, 2015
      1. Yanno, I'm surprised. Bruce Bergman, Apr 20, 2015
        1. Shhhhh!. Daniel Meyer, Apr 20, 2015
          1. Dude.... Bruce Bergman, Apr 22, 2015
    8. Assembling a grill.... Jeb Hoge, Apr 20, 2015
    9. Laying floor tile and cussing alot!. goldie, Apr 20, 2015
      1. Double ouch! n/t. eddi, Apr 20, 2015
    10. Got a new printer. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 20, 2015
      1. Pardon me whilst I drool.... J. Cook, Apr 21, 2015
    11. Taking the generator out from my Lada.. JozsefC, Apr 20, 2015
    12. Making me a desk. swiftblade13, Apr 20, 2015
    13. A litttle of this and that.... Peter Sadlon, Apr 20, 2015
      1. And so far.... Peter Sadlon , Apr 22, 2015
    14. Starting R&D on a cosplay project see thread above^^. FireFrenzy, Apr 21, 2015
    15. Assembling a Shapeoko 3 kit. Kymation, Apr 21, 2015
      1. And it's here.. Kymation, Apr 21, 2015
    16. Building a robot that climbs light poles to inspect welds -nt-. sniper1rfa, Apr 21, 2015
    17. Getting octipi assembled.... J. Cook, Apr 21, 2015
    18. Armor, hopefully.... Salda007, Apr 23, 2015
  13. Well, this is going to take some creativity to fix. Timberwolf, Apr 19, 2015
  14. TWB 2/14 and 4/10: Doc's IV. Framerguy, Apr 18, 2015
    1. Bringing him back from krund. Bruce, Apr 19, 2015
    2. Did you miss....?. Doc Nickel, Apr 19, 2015
      1. Trying to remember.... CF, Apr 19, 2015
        1. Don't know about healing potions, but.... Dave H, Apr 19, 2015
        2. Re: Trying to remember.... Irregular Logic, Apr 19, 2015
  15. Help ID this emblem/logo?. Timberwolf, Apr 17, 2015
    1. "Found it in a 40,000 pound pile of military scrap.". Timberwolf, Apr 17, 2015
      1. What kind of mililtary scrap and more details on the scrap N/T. Nighthawke, Apr 17, 2015
    2. nope. Machtyn, Apr 17, 2015
      1. Re: nope. Typeminer, Apr 17, 2015
    3. I tried image search too. Dave H, Apr 17, 2015
    4. people may be responding. Maker of Toys, Apr 17, 2015
    5. It has been solved!. Timberwolf, Apr 17, 2015
      1. Hah!. Dave H, Apr 18, 2015
        1. Re:Hah!. Nighthawke, Apr 18, 2015
  16. Doc here a funny welding blooper for you.. smorizio, Apr 17, 2015
    1. *double facepalm*. J. Cook, Apr 17, 2015
      1. That level of dumb just plain hurts my brain. NT. Peter Sadlon , Apr 17, 2015
      2. shortcut (n): the longest distance between two points. (n/t). Dave H, Apr 18, 2015
      3. He wasn't welding.... James, Apr 18, 2015
    2. Funny as that was.... Doc Nickel, Apr 19, 2015
      1. Try the brother. ArchaeoIT, Apr 20, 2015
  17. TWB 2015-04-17 I like her style n/t. eddi, Apr 17, 2015
    1. I like her style also. Timeheart, Apr 17, 2015
    2. No, but Doc might loan you his Mallet.. Bruce Bergman, Apr 18, 2015
      1. My bet is he is still on the field, lost.... eddi, Apr 18, 2015
  18. Grass cutting: old school versus new school.... J. Cook, Apr 16, 2015
    1. Of course the weedwhacker would lose!. Gaz Wilmbroke, Apr 16, 2015
      1. Addendum to the above text. Gaz Wilmbroke, Apr 16, 2015
    2. Not really surprised.. Snowtroll, Apr 17, 2015
      1. Re: Not really surprised.. J. Cook, Apr 17, 2015
    3. Proper tool for the job. Dave H, Apr 17, 2015
    4. You know.... Doc Nickel, Apr 19, 2015
  19. Anybody have a broken JT Goggle Fan?. Doc Nickel, Apr 16, 2015
    1. i have one. Jeff Pace, Apr 16, 2015
      1. Pics. Jeff Pace, Apr 16, 2015
        1. That looks like it.... Doc Nickel, Apr 19, 2015
  20. TWB 2015-04-15. CF, Apr 16, 2015
    1. Last person to see him. Dave H, Apr 16, 2015
    2. Last words heard from Bandit. Nighthawke, Apr 16, 2015
    3. did not know banit was perment press..... smorizio, Apr 17, 2015
      1. Sounds like he is now. Peter Sadlon , Apr 17, 2015
  21. Introducing the Powerfreak!. Doc Nickel, Apr 14, 2015
    1. Powerlyte Scepter!. weber, Apr 15, 2015
    2. Oh oh mine mine. Jeffrey Pace, Apr 15, 2015
  22. Re TWB 04/08/2015. CF, Apr 14, 2015
    1. Re: Re TWB 04/08/2015. Shadowydreamer, Apr 14, 2015
      1. Any port in a storm. Dave H, Apr 14, 2015
        1. A friend of mine got fired from a Wal-Mart he didn't work at.. Deus Machina, Apr 14, 2015
          1. I call that brilliant handling. n/t. eddi, Apr 14, 2015
          2. "Why's it always Wal-Mart when crazy s*** goes down?...". Bruce Bergman, Apr 15, 2015
          3. Not Always Right. Machtyn, Apr 15, 2015
    2. Yeah, but of the two you looked more likely.... Bruce Bergman, Apr 14, 2015
      1. Re: Yeah, but of the two you looked more likely.... Shadowydreamer, Apr 14, 2015
      2. Yeah, but of the two you looked more likely.... CF, Apr 15, 2015
    3. My Favorite. GladMech, Apr 15, 2015
  23. For you hobbyist 'smithy types.... Timberwolf, Apr 10, 2015
    1. Re: For you hobbyist 'smithy types.... Dave H, Apr 10, 2015
      1. Cool idea.... sniper1rfa, Apr 10, 2015
        1. Early Iron-age weapons/tools were mostly meteoric. hp_lovecraft, Apr 15, 2015
          1. Iron stuff goes way back.... Ironbadger, Apr 17, 2015
    2. Reminds me of a knife maker I used to know.. Fubarius, Apr 10, 2015
    3. Interesting, but.... Doc Nickel, Apr 11, 2015
    4. Meteoric iron. Pilgrim3, Apr 11, 2015
      1. Superstitious no, suspicious maybe.. Bruce, Apr 12, 2015
      2. Huh. And I thought it was likely to be radioactive.. Deus Machina, Apr 13, 2015
        1. Re: Huh. And I thought it was likely to be radioactive.. Dave H, Apr 13, 2015
          1. Banaknife.... Salda007, Apr 13, 2015
    5. Meteoric iron forging became popular in the late 70s... Ironbadger, Apr 14, 2015
      1. Well it isnt Damascus steel.... FireFrenzy, Apr 15, 2015
        1. The correct term is "Pattern welded steel". Ironbadger, Apr 15, 2015
        2. Well, there's wootz. Russ Kepler, Apr 15, 2015
  24. Doc, do you happen to be a fan of Nick Park's work?. JozsefC, Apr 10, 2015
    1. Cheeeeeessssseeee N/T. Jeffrey Pace, Apr 10, 2015
    2. Oh sure.... Doc Nickel, Apr 11, 2015
      1. Out of the mouths of babes. Dave H, Apr 11, 2015
        1. Another example. James, Apr 13, 2015
      2. Re: Oh sure.... JozsefC, Apr 12, 2015
        1. Seconded. Urban Werebear, Apr 14, 2015
        2. Re: Oh sure.... neocool00, Apr 14, 2015
  25. Has anyone ever converted a Hurricane to electro?. Thru-Hiker, Apr 8, 2015
    1. I've done several Typhoons.... Doc Nickel, Apr 11, 2015
  26. Whiteboard update. Doc Nickel, Apr 8, 2015
    1. Up for me, though.... Joseph Houk, Apr 8, 2015
    2. Back in the saddle. Dave H, Apr 8, 2015
    3. Working here, nt. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 9, 2015
  27. What's up wit' da Whiteboard!. Doc Nickel, Apr 7, 2015
    1. Oh, good!. Tenerec, Apr 8, 2015
      1. Also, where are the Dumptruck pictures? (n/c). Tenerec, Apr 8, 2015
    2. What do you mean 'don't really need it'?. Snowtroll, Apr 8, 2015
    3. Wanna trade?. Renegade_Azzy, Apr 8, 2015
    4. Not a server issue, methinks. Samwise, Apr 8, 2015
      1. This.. Dave H, Apr 8, 2015
        1. Only if.... Chloe, Apr 8, 2015
    5. Here's a temporary solution until the DNS is fixed. tkzv, Apr 8, 2015
      1. It still shows Mondays strip, though :) (NT). tkzv, Apr 8, 2015
        1. Re: It still shows Mondays strip, though :) (NT). LionkingCMSL, Apr 8, 2015
      2. Neat trick! Thanks for the post! NT. Mawson, Apr 8, 2015
    6. goodcto hear. jereth, Apr 8, 2015
  28. Simple Studebaker Shim. Doc Nickel, Apr 6, 2015
    1. Studebakers are hard parts to come by.... B, Apr 7, 2015
      1. They aren't as bad as other parts. Necrogami, Apr 9, 2015
    2. What a Studebaker looks like. James, Apr 7, 2015
    3. haha...sheet metal flat....yeah right.... weber, Apr 7, 2015
    4. Re: Simple Studebaker Shim. lensmaker, Apr 9, 2015
  29. Whiteboard page down, per time of this post.. tmk, Apr 6, 2015
    1. re: Whiteboard page down. Lysander, Apr 7, 2015
    2. "It's not just you! http://the-whiteboard.com looks down from here. " NT. Bruce Bergman, Apr 7, 2015
      1. It's been down all day for me too. FlyingWrench, Apr 7, 2015
    3. Site is still down (N/T). The J.A.M., Apr 7, 2015
  30. Machining advice. James, Apr 6, 2015
    1. Copper is gummy.... Doc Nickel, Apr 6, 2015
    2. Lots of rake. Maker of Toys, Apr 7, 2015
  31. Doc, email.. weber, Apr 5, 2015
    1. Oh, you guys..... Doc Nickel, Apr 6, 2015
      1. Yes, but I have a good reason! (well, I think it do!) NT. weber, Apr 7, 2015
  32. Flashback question. Golite, Apr 5, 2015
    1. Flashback answer. Doc Nickel, Apr 6, 2015
  33. Blank Barrel Adapter?. Walker, Apr 2, 2015
    1. What is the inside diameter?. Mark Trombley, Apr 2, 2015
      1. Diameters and hole.... Walker, Apr 2, 2015
        1. Then it must be unfinished as Doc says. Mark Trombley, Apr 2, 2015
    2. my god..... sniper1rfa, Apr 2, 2015
      1. Hit post too soon.... sniper1rfa, Apr 2, 2015
    3. Blank? No, Mag!. Doc Nickel, Apr 2, 2015
      1. it doesn't have the feed hole.... sniper1rfa, Apr 2, 2015
        1. Barrel detent, that is -nt-. sniper1rfa, Apr 2, 2015
          1. Huh.... Doc Nickel, Apr 2, 2015
            1. Thanks Doc...... Walker, Apr 2, 2015
      2. Idea pops in my head ..... B, Apr 3, 2015
  34. Today's artwork for sale. Doc Nickel, Apr 1, 2015
    1. How?. fred5037, Apr 1, 2015
      1. Opening bid. James, Apr 1, 2015
        1. TY. Jeffrey Pace, Apr 1, 2015
      2. Silent auction. Doc Nickel, Apr 1, 2015
    2. Questions. Mark Trombley, Apr 1, 2015
      1. Answers. Doc Nickel, Apr 1, 2015
        1. So what does Jinx's head look like on the orginal art?. SquirllyOH, Apr 2, 2015
          1. Scribbles.... Doc Nickel, Apr 2, 2015
            1. Jinx's head. Dave H, Apr 3, 2015
    3. And some nice oddities as well!. STrRedWolf, Apr 1, 2015
    4. I will bid. S7G, Apr 1, 2015
      1. I will bid higher. James, Apr 1, 2015
        1. I'd say you're the winner!. Doc Nickel, Apr 2, 2015
          1. Fantastic!. James, Apr 2, 2015
  35. Lathe Porn (56K alert!). Nighthawke, Apr 1, 2015
    1. Yeah, and...?. Doc Nickel, Apr 1, 2015
      1. Re: Yeah, and...?. Dave H, Apr 1, 2015
      2. Excuses... ChloeRed, Apr 1, 2015
      3. okokok, here are the details :P. Nighthawke, Apr 2, 2015
  36. Google Maps on April 1st. James, Apr 1, 2015
  37. Who's the taur lady to the very left?. Silver, Apr 1, 2015
    1. Re: Who's the taur lady to the very left?. Silver, Apr 1, 2015
      1. Re: Who's the taur lady to the very left?. JozsefC, Apr 1, 2015
  38. It's hard to say.... Dave H, Apr 1, 2015
    1. Re: It's hard to say.... James, Apr 1, 2015
    2. Re: It's hard to say.... JozsefC, Apr 1, 2015
    3. Who is holding the TV?. WatchDragon, Apr 1, 2015
      1. Re: Who is holding the TV?. Dave H, Apr 1, 2015
  39. Guest Appearence in FreeFall!. FleetCommander, Apr 1, 2015
  40. ...CHECK YER WALLET, DOC!!!!!. tmk, Mar 31, 2015
    1. Damn, you beat me to it (NT). James, Mar 31, 2015
    2. For those who don't get it.... Snowtroll, Apr 1, 2015
    3. I carry a decoy wallet.... Doc Nickel, Apr 1, 2015
      1. Decoy Wallet. ChloeRed, Apr 1, 2015
        1. Naw.... Irregular Logic, Apr 1, 2015
  41. To Doc, Hardened steel sear? + build updates. Ryker C. (Medtactics), Mar 31, 2015
    1. Certainly.... Doc Nickel, Apr 1, 2015
  42. Marker gloat!. Mawson, Mar 29, 2015
  43. Question: Pipe Tap - Threads don't match up?. IDN, Mar 28, 2015
    1. Dryseal American is only semi-compatible. Mark Trombley, Mar 29, 2015
    2. Pipe Tap. GladMech, Mar 29, 2015
    3. NPT is NPT.... Bruce Bergman, Mar 30, 2015
      1. I wanted to use the tap shown to tap a new hole in a material to thread the pipe into. IDN, Apr 2, 2015
        1. Read the side of the tap, it tells all. Bruce Bergman, Apr 7, 2015
  44. This weeks' "quick" project:. Doc Nickel, Mar 28, 2015
    1. Neat! -I've always been intrigued by how radius's were milled (it couldn't be by hand)[NT]. IDN, Mar 28, 2015
    2. And done!. Doc Nickel, Mar 28, 2015
      1. I believe i am legally required to insist you get back to work at this point. FireFrenzy, Mar 29, 2015
  45. 'Look out' -March 27th comic. RomulanSith, Mar 27, 2015
    1. It's rare, but it's happened.... Jeb Hoge, Mar 27, 2015
      1. Hope he got to stay in... RomulanSith, Mar 27, 2015
        1. Not only that, but.... Jeb Hoge, Mar 27, 2015
          1. I remember that....Indoor nationals in 2000 I believe... BigMatt-MadCustoms, Mar 27, 2015
            1. I can't remember which year either.. Jeb Hoge, Mar 30, 2015
              1. Next time you come thru let me know... BigMatt-MadCustoms, Mar 30, 2015
                1. Will try.... Jeb Hoge, Mar 31, 2015
      2. Rambo Preacher. S7G, Mar 28, 2015
    2. Yeah, I've done a similar move in the RW.... SquirllyOH, Mar 27, 2015
      1. face up. Machtyn, Mar 27, 2015
        1. And the wagging tail. Bruce, Mar 27, 2015
    3. "Blindman!!". FlyingWrench, Mar 27, 2015
    4. Nobody noticed it?. Doc Nickel, Mar 27, 2015
      1. Ah, here's the pic:. Doc Nickel, Mar 27, 2015
        1. Re: Ah, here's the pic:. Anonymous Coward, Mar 27, 2015
      2. Waittaminute.... The J.AM., Mar 27, 2015
        1. Re: Waittaminute.... Dave H, Mar 27, 2015
        2. ... and the complicated maneuver is pulled-off successfully... [nt]. IDN, Mar 28, 2015
      3. I noticed it. Dave H, Mar 27, 2015
      4. Showing up fashionablylate doesn't work here. n/t. eddi, Mar 27, 2015
      5. Give me a break.... Nohbody, Mar 27, 2015
      6. Well I remember now that you reminded me.. IDN, Mar 28, 2015
      7. Nobody noticed it?. Anonymous Coward, Mar 28, 2015
    5. yes. Pyrate Jim, Mar 27, 2015
    6. Done that tackle once myself. Hans , Mar 27, 2015
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