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  1. Barrels can be dangrous too!. MrSparky, Mar 5, 2015
    1. here photo and info of where the blood came from. smorizio, Mar 5, 2015
      1. "A&E". CF, Mar 5, 2015
        1. "accident and emergency" N/T. MrSparky, Mar 5, 2015
  2. Paintball Reference. GladMech, Mar 4, 2015
  3. Why are my external hard drives running?. Doc Nickel, Mar 4, 2015
    1. Auto Defrag or Drive Indexing are the most like culprits. Peter Sadlon, Mar 4, 2015
    2. Re: Why are my external hard drives running?. Waub, Mar 4, 2015
    3. warm drives and clicking. smorizio, Mar 5, 2015
    4. Indexing, most likely.... J. Cook, Mar 5, 2015
  4. Hiding in a barrel is a good way to avoid hits.... eddi, Mar 4, 2015
    1. Darn, and he probably left his Pocket Plasma Cutter at home. Bruce Bergman, Mar 4, 2015
  5. Shirt update and minor rant or two.... Doc Nickel, Mar 4, 2015
    1. What about Canadian companies? (n/t). Anonymous Coward, Mar 4, 2015
    2. if its airline friendly, let me know. pyfe, Mar 4, 2015
      1. Depends, mostly yes. Bruce Bergman, Mar 4, 2015
        1. im bringing back duracoat already. pyfe, Mar 4, 2015
    3. doc have you tried this internatinal biz to biz page.. smorizio, Mar 4, 2015
      1. There's an awful lot of fraud on Alibaba, Caveat Emptor. Bruce Bergman, Mar 4, 2015
  6. Limited Edition Razorac Synergy .... silver-grey spooler. Machtyn, Mar 2, 2015
    1. That and paintball companies have a name for making up almost as much BS terminology. FireFrenzy, Mar 2, 2015
      1. The other option... (Magic, OT). Solar, Mar 2, 2015
        1. Yeah i'm waaay to casual to worry about it. FireFrenzy, Mar 2, 2015
          1. OT: Magic CCG. Urban Werebear, Mar 2, 2015
            1. Wrong?. Snowtroll, Mar 3, 2015
              1. And this is why I quit playing tournaments.... CF, Mar 3, 2015
            2. That must have been a while ago. FireFrenzy, Mar 3, 2015
              1. Yeah, it was a while. Urban Werebear, Mar 5, 2015
    2. Re: Limited Edition Razorac Synergy .... silver-grey spooler. Timeheart, Mar 2, 2015
      1. Jinx is doomed. Dave H, Mar 2, 2015
        1. Heavens forbid.... Torinir, Mar 3, 2015
          1. Re: Heavens forbid.... Dave H, Mar 3, 2015
        2. Alternatively.... Mawson, Mar 3, 2015
          1. Re: Alternatively.... CF, Mar 3, 2015
        3. I think the fennec is older than Jinx.... eddi, Mar 3, 2015
          1. Real fennecs are tiny. Ironbadger, Mar 3, 2015
            1. she would be perfect for the team.... eddi, Mar 4, 2015
            2. RL fennecs are a bit smaller than a domestic cat. Anonymous Coward, Mar 4, 2015
  7. "Keeping it simple but effective" starts with SKS Simonovs :D. Jozsef C, Feb 28, 2015
  8. Thank you, GoFundMe Funders!. Doc Nickel, Feb 27, 2015
  9. how many times growing up mom always says were clean shorts.. smorizio, Feb 26, 2015
  10. Anybody want a VM-68 Freak back?. Doc Nickel, Feb 25, 2015
    1. If you're doing older stuff.... Spike, Feb 26, 2015
      1. The problem with that.... Doc Nickel, Feb 26, 2015
    2. What about Shoebox Shocker threads?. Jordan, Feb 26, 2015
      1. Certainly possible.... Doc Nickel, Feb 26, 2015
        1. Yes they are.... Jordan, Feb 26, 2015
    3. Vm-68 freak back? Yes please!. Atomicvole, Feb 27, 2015
  11. Candidate for 'Overkillest' project of the Year inside. Tohri, Feb 24, 2015
    1. Certifiable certified welder. n/t. eddi, Feb 24, 2015
  12. so I want this, but its one an ebay site thats in a diffrent language.. IDN, Feb 23, 2015
    1. ^^^^ never mind that post , I'm stupid.. IDN, Feb 23, 2015
  13. Just what I needed, *another* project! (And my first GoFundMe!). Doc Nickel, Feb 23, 2015
    1. The learning curve isn't all that bad.. Bruce Bergman, Feb 23, 2015
      1. Edjumacations.... Doc Nickel, Feb 24, 2015
        1. Oh, practice materials. Bruce Bergman, Feb 25, 2015
          1. Or Shirt's DOC Sized.... SquirllyOH, Feb 27, 2015
    2. You can get around the dryer.... Renegade_Azzy, Feb 24, 2015
      1. Not really feasible when doing multiple color shirts (N/T). SquirllyOH, Feb 25, 2015
    3. Tshirts... Chloe, Feb 24, 2015
    4. Aaaaaaaannnnd.... FUNDED!. Dave H, Feb 27, 2015
      1. ^^ Hey you WIN! (haha) [nt]. IDN, Feb 27, 2015
  14. In leiu of 3 phase power..... Renegade_Azzy, Feb 23, 2015
    1. Here is one option. Pitaman, Feb 23, 2015
    2. How big a motor is it?. Gracana, Feb 23, 2015
      1. Agreed. Dave H, Feb 23, 2015
        1. Thanks.... Renegade_Azzy, Feb 23, 2015
    3. Three ways to do 3 Phase.... Doc Nickel, Feb 23, 2015
      1. VFDs. Irregular Logic, Feb 23, 2015
        1. Not quite.... Doc Nickel, Feb 23, 2015
          1. Aaaand it's better if the motor is marked "Inverter Duty". Bruce Bergman, Feb 23, 2015
            1. And in addition to THAT. Maker of Toys, Feb 23, 2015
              1. Wait, what?. Doc Nickel, Feb 24, 2015
                1. arcing. Gracana, Feb 24, 2015
                2. Arcing and circuits.. Maker of Toys, Feb 26, 2015
              2. Re: And in addition to THAT. Moriniman, Feb 26, 2015
    4. Or you could change the motor. Ari, Feb 24, 2015
      1. That was my first suggestion. Renegade_Azzy, Feb 25, 2015
      2. Sometimes you can't. Bruce Bergman, Feb 25, 2015
  15. Moar updatez!. Doc Nickel, Feb 22, 2015
    1. fraps. smorizio, Feb 23, 2015
      1. VLC works as well, oddly enough.. J. Cook, Feb 23, 2015
        1. Not sure.... Doc Nickel, Feb 23, 2015
          1. I'm not sure if this helps you any, but.... Gaz Wilmbroke, Feb 24, 2015
          2. Again, VLC. tkzv, Feb 25, 2015
  16. An awesome piece of gear doing something cool. FireFrenzy, Feb 21, 2015
  17. Want to see me abuse a piece of stock metal?. Snowtroll, Feb 20, 2015
    1. sound abuse. Russ Kepler, Feb 22, 2015
      1. Yeah, the noise is annoying.... Snowtroll, Feb 22, 2015
        1. Thibk you has some tool chatter going on too.. Nighthawke, Feb 22, 2015
          1. Quite possibly.. Snowtroll, Feb 22, 2015
  18. TWB Feb 20, 2015: Now that's "hot". Nohbody, Feb 20, 2015
    1. RE: TWB Feb 20, 2015: Now that's "hot". lordlundar, Feb 20, 2015
    2. Shooting hot. neocool00, Feb 20, 2015
    3. Barrel blockage. Irregular Logic, Feb 20, 2015
      1. Barrel bananas. Russ Kepler, Feb 22, 2015
        1. Like this?. Shalom Septimus, Feb 22, 2015
    4. Awesome strip!. Daniel Meyer, Feb 20, 2015
    5. Kid's trying puppydog eyes on Jake. No luck. n/t. eddi, Feb 20, 2015
    6. The "Talk". Donkey, Feb 21, 2015
    7. Ouch. Nighthawke, Feb 22, 2015
      1. Tipp-Ex or Wite-out. Bruce, Feb 22, 2015
        1. Between this and the testing on the owner. Peter Sadlon, Feb 23, 2015
        2. Any unusual color of Nail Polish they can't easily duplicate.. Bruce Bergman, Feb 23, 2015
          1. Say what?. Dave H, Feb 24, 2015
            1. Some even better.... SquirllyOH, Feb 24, 2015
          2. Re: Any unusual color of Nail Polish they can't easily duplicate.. Nohbody, Feb 24, 2015
            1. managers **OF** said stores, rather [n/t]. Nohbody, Feb 24, 2015
          3. Meh go full geek with it. Peter Sadlon, Feb 24, 2015
    8. What is he, Doc v2.0? (n/t). Whiskeyfur, Feb 24, 2015
      1. Doc knows better. Peter Sadlon, Feb 24, 2015
        1. That's probably why.... Dave H, Feb 25, 2015
  19. Engraving, revisited:. Doc Nickel, Feb 19, 2015
    1. Anyone else catch themselves turning their head while watching this?. pitaman115, Feb 20, 2015
  20. A quick note on Guild logins.... Doc Nickel, Feb 19, 2015
    1. No worries man!. FireFrenzy, Feb 19, 2015
      1. I checked it can keep your relogging set to "quarterly". FireFrenzy, Feb 19, 2015
    2. Not a problem.. Dan Voils, Feb 19, 2015
    3. Easy for us and you to keep the log in n/t. eddi, Feb 19, 2015
    4. Re: A quick note on Guild logins.... Shadowydreamer, Feb 19, 2015
    5. No Problem.. Joseph Houk, Feb 19, 2015
    6. I don't mind. [nt]. IDN, Feb 19, 2015
  21. In doing a little oven cleaner engine degreasing research. Timberwolf, Feb 18, 2015
    1. Genius is where you find it. Dave H, Feb 18, 2015
      1. Take off the cosmoline and the bluing/finish I suspect strongly.... eddi, Feb 18, 2015
        1. You can use oven cleaner on wood. Someone, Feb 19, 2015
          1. Learned something new.... eddi, Feb 19, 2015
          2. Re: You can use oven cleaner on wood. Dave H, Feb 20, 2015
    2. And this surprises you?. Doc Nickel, Feb 18, 2015
      1. Not at all.... Timberwolf, Feb 19, 2015
    3. Not really surprising.... MildBill, Feb 18, 2015
  22. Today's strip brought back a memory. FlyingWrench, Feb 18, 2015
  23. Finally! A (hopefully) difinitive listing!. Doc Nickel, Feb 18, 2015
    1. Re: Finally! A (hopefully) difinitive listing!. Moriniman, Feb 18, 2015
    2. a somewhat famous example. swiftblade13, Feb 18, 2015
      1. Um... did you...?. Doc Nickel, Feb 18, 2015
        1. Oops sorry. swiftblade13, Feb 18, 2015
          1. No worries.. Doc Nickel, Feb 18, 2015
            1. I would like to recommend you find some time. FireFrenzy, Feb 18, 2015
              1. link. IDN, Feb 19, 2015
    3. Cool : ) [nt]. IDN, Feb 18, 2015
    4. This Means War. Mark Trombley, Feb 18, 2015
    5. School for Scoundrels. neocool00, Feb 19, 2015
    6. Re: Finally! A (hopefully) difinitive listing!. B, Feb 19, 2015
      1. Masterblaster. B, Feb 19, 2015
    7. Byker Grove. Rusty, Feb 19, 2015
    8. "Failure to Launch"?? I think. goldie, Feb 20, 2015
      1. Re: "Failure to Launch"?? I think. neocool00, Feb 23, 2015
  24. What are these called?!. goldie, Feb 14, 2015
    1. Apparently just tool balancers. Mark Trombley, Feb 14, 2015
      1. Yep, Tool balancers. James, Feb 14, 2015
      2. wow..... simple name. goldie, Feb 15, 2015
        1. Yeah, I was expecting something more complex. Mark Trombley, Feb 15, 2015
  25. Cool idea for night vision goggles.... Doc Nickel, Feb 14, 2015
    1. Dirt Cheap security cams?. Snowtroll, Feb 14, 2015
    2. Re: Cool idea for night vision goggles.... Dave H, Feb 14, 2015
    3. Why go infrared.... Robin Bobcat, Feb 14, 2015
    4. Re: Cool idea for night vision goggles.... Irregular Logic, Feb 15, 2015
      1. Re: Cool idea for night vision goggles.... Dave H, Feb 15, 2015
        1. High voltage, but low current. Irregular Logic, Feb 16, 2015
          1. Re: High voltage, but low current. Dave H, Feb 16, 2015
  26. From Facebook: Mountain Dew Cupcakes. Bruce Bergman, Feb 13, 2015
    1. Wow, that's a lot of butter. Dave H, Feb 14, 2015
  27. today whiteboard.. smorizio, Feb 13, 2015
    1. Doc is relaxing at the Dew Drip Inn. n/t. eddi, Feb 13, 2015
    2. Also according to the color of his tongue. Jozsef C, Feb 14, 2015
      1. No, that's accurate. Robin Bobcat, Feb 14, 2015
        1. My bad.... Jozsef C, Feb 14, 2015
          1. Ah this reminds me of an awesome letter they had on Thepiratebay.com/legal. FireFrenzy, Feb 14, 2015
  28. V-Day Excitement!. William Dulitz, Feb 13, 2015
    1. Re: V-Day Excitement!. Shadowydreamer, Feb 13, 2015
      1. EVE man... Nothing else quite like it for talking smack in pvp.... FireFrenzy, Feb 14, 2015
        1. Was that you.... Dave H, Feb 14, 2015
          1. Nah... I roll around highsec mainly, used to live in a c4 for a while though.... FireFrenzy, Feb 14, 2015
            1. Your secrets are safe with me. Dave H, Feb 14, 2015
        2. Re: EVE man... Nothing else quite like it for talking smack in pvp.... Shadowydreamer, Feb 14, 2015
          1. Well they are willing to PVP, they undocked.... FireFrenzy, Feb 15, 2015
            1. It's a unique game.... Dave H, Feb 15, 2015
              1. Or a big sack of isks:). FireFrenzy, Feb 15, 2015
                1. Somebody needs to.... Dave H, Feb 15, 2015
                  1. There are 3 Dimensions (at least). Robert L Martin, Feb 18, 2015
                    1. Most of those rules work very well as is.... FireFrenzy, Feb 18, 2015
              2. Re: It's a unique game.... Shadowydreamer, Feb 15, 2015
                1. So do what i do. FireFrenzy, Feb 15, 2015
                  1. Seconded. Bruce, Feb 16, 2015
                    1. An interesting question i'd never concidered. FireFrenzy, Feb 16, 2015
                    2. Re: Seconded. Shadowydreamer, Feb 16, 2015
                      1. Yeah its a different game. FireFrenzy, Feb 17, 2015
  29. "Bench Lathe" on craigs list for $20. . (its just a motor).. IDN, Feb 11, 2015
    1. Well, technically..... Doc Nickel, Feb 13, 2015
      1. One of the first power tools *I* had. Kymation, Feb 13, 2015
        1. Early tools.... Doc Nickel, Feb 14, 2015
          1. wow, still another tidbit I havent heard about it. I always liked that story. [nt]. IDN, Feb 18, 2015
      2. Motor Shaft Arbor Adapter. GladMech, Feb 22, 2015
  30. metal lawn hulk.... smorizio, Feb 11, 2015
    1. Wow!. Daniel Meyer, Feb 11, 2015
    2. ... Are those nuts?. Doc Nickel, Feb 13, 2015
      1. Oh, those kind of nuts. N?T. Jeffrey Pace, Feb 13, 2015
  31. Hey, Anchorage paintballers!. Doc Nickel, Feb 11, 2015
  32. The button maker machinist. WatchDragon, Feb 11, 2015
    1. Even more impressive when you realize he did it one-handed.(n/t). Dave H, Feb 11, 2015
      1. Wait? What? Oh. Of Course. n/t. eddi, Feb 12, 2015
  33. Completed Old Vic Roof.... Daniel Meyer, Feb 11, 2015
    1. Wow!. Salda007, Feb 11, 2015
      1. VERY glad! (n/t). Daniel Meyer, Feb 11, 2015
        1. The satisfaction of a job well-done.... eddi, Feb 11, 2015
    2. Looking mighty nice, Daniel.. Ironbadger, Feb 12, 2015
    3. better you than me. joecrouse, Feb 12, 2015
    4. Said you only had a few shingles (singular) left over.... Bruce Bergman, Feb 12, 2015
      1. Yep.... Daniel Meyer, Feb 13, 2015
    5. Thats one sexy roof (dragon) sir.... FireFrenzy, Feb 12, 2015
      1. Paintage will occur.... Daniel Meyer, Feb 13, 2015
        1. Seems like an oversight to not have him/her named... n/t. FireFrenzy, Feb 13, 2015
          1. Dragons are like cats.... eddi, Feb 14, 2015
    6. Re: Completed Old Vic Roof.... Shadowydreamer, Feb 13, 2015
  34. Is it bad... Chloe, Feb 11, 2015
    1. Landmines are much more practical and could have been installed by anybody n/t. Mark Trombley, Feb 11, 2015
      1. Landmines... Chloe, Feb 11, 2015
        1. Claymores..,. No holes required.... FireFrenzy, Feb 12, 2015
    2. Other options. Urban Werebear, Feb 11, 2015
      1. Plans... Chloe, Feb 11, 2015
        1. Re: Plans. Urban Werebear, Feb 11, 2015
    3. Motion detectors and sprinkler systems.... Daniel Meyer, Feb 11, 2015
      1. Safe, practical and very effective. Excellent realistic solution.... eddi, Feb 11, 2015
      2. Motion... Chloe, Feb 11, 2015
    4. something that might just be perfect. swiftblade13, Feb 11, 2015
    5. Cactus area denial shrubbery.... Ironbadger, Feb 12, 2015
    6. I think you are all missing the easiest answer. joecrouse, Feb 12, 2015
      1. Yeah.... FireFrenzy, Feb 13, 2015
      2. Don't look at me.... Chloe, Feb 13, 2015
  35. No, TWB hasn't gone back to B&W.... Doc Nickel, Feb 11, 2015
    1. one hard drive ?? (^&*%^*(-(^((. Jeff Pace, Feb 11, 2015
      1. Drives. Chloe, Feb 11, 2015
        1. he could use some old parts to build a nas. smorizio, Feb 11, 2015
        2. Bingo.... Doc Nickel, Feb 11, 2015
          1. Please NO!. Snowtroll, Feb 16, 2015
            1. Re: Please NO!. J. Cook, Feb 16, 2015
    2. Re: No, TWB hasn't gone back to B&W.... Shadowydreamer, Feb 11, 2015
  36. This is why I stick to software. Dave H, Feb 10, 2015
    1. Nice work.... Doc Nickel, Feb 11, 2015
    2. 95 or 98 octane?. Snowtroll, Feb 13, 2015
      1. Compressed air, actually.. Salda007, Feb 13, 2015
        1. That's what I was guessing, really.... Snowtroll, Feb 14, 2015
  37. Looking for inventor fusion standalone. Renegade_Azzy, Feb 9, 2015
  38. More fun updates at Doc's!. Doc Nickel, Feb 8, 2015
    1. YAY FOR MOAR TECHNICAL STUFFS!. FireFrenzy, Feb 9, 2015
      1. More on the way..... Doc Nickel, Feb 11, 2015
        1. Practice makes perfect Obsession makes better. FireFrenzy, Feb 11, 2015
    2. Updated again!. Doc Nickel, Feb 9, 2015
  39. TWB 2015-02-06. CF, Feb 7, 2015
  40. I'm certain this will make the tinkers here happy.... J. Cook, Feb 6, 2015
    1. WooHoo! (Maybe.). Doc Nickel, Feb 7, 2015
      1. Carmen. Pitaman, Feb 7, 2015
      2. Robogames can be the template. hp_lovecraft, Feb 7, 2015
      3. so Doc.... Timberwolf, Feb 9, 2015
        1. You couldn't pay me enough.... Doc Nickel, Feb 11, 2015
    2. Hindsight. lensmaker, Feb 8, 2015
    3. I dunno, something is just about watching "Wedges" fighting "Wedges" :). IDN, Feb 18, 2015
  41. Couple of Furniture making questions regarding a gaming table!. FireFrenzy, Feb 6, 2015
    1. EDIT: That first line is from when it was still called. FireFrenzy, Feb 6, 2015
    2. Hard drive magnets. cwegga, Feb 6, 2015
    3. Geek Chic. Salda007, Feb 6, 2015
      1. Thanks!. FireFrenzy, Feb 6, 2015
    4. Updated the sketchup file to include (GASP) Drawers! Also a picture is in here!. FireFrenzy, Feb 7, 2015
  42. arduino Paintball board. Jeffrey Pace , Feb 5, 2015
    1. Nice!. Doc Nickel, Feb 5, 2015
      1. My thoughts exactly. Jeffrey Pace, Feb 6, 2015
    2. a thought on firmware. Irregular Logic, Feb 6, 2015
      1. TY! n/t. Jeffrey Pace, Feb 6, 2015
      2. Another forum to look at. Irregular Logic, Feb 6, 2015
        1. Ben Heck from "The Ben Heck" show might be interested?. FireFrenzy, Feb 6, 2015
    3. Shoot me an email.. goldie, Feb 6, 2015
      1. need address. Jeff Pace, Feb 9, 2015
  43. TWB 2015-02-04: Some People.... CF, Feb 5, 2015
  44. Insane car restoration project. (Not mine.). Shalom Septimus, Feb 5, 2015
    1. VINs.... Doc Nickel, Feb 5, 2015
    2. Re: Insane car restoration project. (Not mine.). Dave H, Feb 5, 2015
  45. Aaand a couple quick pics!. Doc Nickel, Feb 4, 2015
    1. Oooh, exciting!. Mawson, Feb 7, 2015
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