Monday, October 8, 2012

homemade handle grip for my machete

I wanted to conduct metal tempering experiments on my machete ever since my friends inspired me to have a good strong blade for when we go hiking and camping in the wild. The standard plastic handle grip for my machete had to come off the blade before warming the metal obviously, which left me with a little problem once the experiments were done. This is a common obstacle for me and my friend who are constantly making new blade.

The best heavy duty handle grip that we came up with before was a thick straight piece of rubber hose that’s originally use with car radiators. But because my machete is a very thin piece of metal and we didn’t have a large enough piece left for my handle grip, I had to come up with something else.

My first thoughts were to use a piece of hard plastic water pipe as you can see from the first photo above, but later decided against it. After looking in the garage for other materials to use and taking some time to think it through I found another solution.

I got a relatively long piece of old electrical cord in the garage, took our glue gun, masking and isolation take and did the following steps.

  • Step 1: First thing to do is to untangle and then clean the electrical cord with a wet then dry cloth. Don’t strip or remove the wires inside the cord, just use as is. Plug in the glue gun and switch in on so long to get warm.

  • Step 2: Cut the electrical cord on one side to make it look neat and glue the pit about 1cm from the bottom part of the metal where the handle should be. After it’s glued on and you’re satisfied with the position of the cord, let it cool off then tightly wind the rest of the cord around the handle till you reached the desired length. Cut the cord on the other end and use the glue gun to stick it there.

For extra staying power, I suggest putting some more glue on the ends.

  • Step 3: Use masking tape to cover the electrical cord nice and tight, and then follow with isolation tape.

That’s it, all done.

The only thing that remained was to test it, and surly I did.
The handle is light in weight, water resistant, shock absorbent and provide good solid grip for my hands.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Homemade outdoor wooden dog house

My friend told me he wanted to build a wooden dog house for his miniature Doberman and showed me ply wood he purchased and wanted to use for it. A few weeks later he asked me to take over the project from him since he didn’t have time to do it himself anymore. At that time I was constructing a book self for a teachers class room and had time, so I agreed.

He gave me a roughly drawn sketch of how the wanted his dog house to look with his desired measurements, as well as the ply wood that he bought. The ply wood he gave where only enough to cover the walls of the dog house thou, but I told my friend to leave it up to me. 

Before I got started with the project, I drew a detailed sketch with measurements then checked in our garage to see if I can find some pieces of wood for the roof, floor area and framework that where still short. Luckily I got the pieces I needed to continue with the project without dely. (Holding on to off cuts from previous projects proved to be worthwhile yet again.)


I cleaned all the pieces of wood with a wet cloth and drying it with a dry one, then used a pencil with measuring tape then stated to measure and saw the wood according to the sketch I drew.

Then I constructed a solid frame that I wanted to use as the core structure of the dog house. I used glue and nails to hold the frame together. The floor area was assembled and attached to the frame, then came the walls which only left me with the roof.

At that point I painted the dog house as well as the unattached roof panels and left it outside to dry in the sun. Enamel paint where used to paint the dog house, because enamel paint seals the wood and makes it last much longer compared to oil or water base paint. The doghouse got painted with two coats of paint and the roof panels with three coats. After the paint dried completely, I nailed the roof panels to the framework and nailed a genuine horseshoe (that my friend gave) above the entrance to complete the project.

Easy homemade rock blinds

The picture of this outdoor homemade rock blinds was taken at my sister’s wedding venue. It was constructed by the venue owner’s son. After taking a closer look of how it was constructed and talking about it with the creator of this unique blinds, I felt compelled to document information for possible future use.

This process of making these types of blinds are very versatile. For instance, string can be used instead of wire permit it be strong enough and the rocks small enough. Bigger rocks worked well for this outdoor blinds, but smaller rock’s would work and display very well for example mini blinds. Just consider where you want to hang the blinds first and what materials you have available to use then work from there. 

Here is the process to make rock blinds using wire with the rocks.

  • Step 1:

It’s easier to start making rock blinds from the top then working downwards. To secure the first rock with wire, wrap wire tightly around the rock leaving about one and a half inch of wire sticking out. Mark the center at the bottom bend, and then use pliers to make a loop big enough so another piece of wire could fit through it later.

  • Step 2:

Look for the center at the other side of the rock and give it a ninety degree bend. Wrap the wire around the side of the rock from that bend.

  • Step 3:

Push the end of the wire underneath the bend, pull it tight and bend it again at ninety degrees to the opposite side.

  • Step 4:

Bend the excess short piece of wire that were used to begin with flat on the rock, and keep the wire that passes it straight.

  • Step 5:

Bend the short piece of wire that stuck out around the wire that passes it by, and wind it up tightly to it. The first rock is now secured in wire.

  • Step 6:

Decide the height from the anchor point to the first rock, and then twist the wire once around a piece of round bar. Cut the wire about 1.5 inches from the bend.

  • Step 7:

Tightly twist the short piece of wire around the wire that lead to the rock.

Now all that remains to do is to complete this process with one miner change. After the next rock is secured with wire, decide the desired height that it needs to be from the first rock. Cut the wire about 1.5 inches from that point and give it a ninety degree bend.

Insert the end of that wire into the twisted hole at the bottom of the wire frame of the first rock. Then simply continue bending the wire another hundred and eighty degrees.

Simply twist the bended piece of wire around the wire that leads to the rock to finish. The wire is a little too short in the picture example below, that’s why I recommend a length of 1.5 inches.


And that’s the basic procedure on how to make homemade rock blinds.

Monday, July 2, 2012

DIY cell phone GSM 3G signal booster antenna

Here is a very simple signal booster antenna that you can easily build yourself that improves the signal quality of cell phones, GSM and 3G networks. It only requires a few basic materials that are easy to come by (if it’s not already lying around your house) and could be assembled in less than one hour by the average person. Heck, I did it in less than one hour and also took pictures to share on my blog. The idea for this antenna was passed on to me by my uncle who is a very intelligent guy. He worked out the length for the antenna according to the frequency that most 3G, GSM and cell phone providers use.

01 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

Before I show you how to build the antenna, I must stress that I don’t know a lot about frequency's or signals. I only followed the instructions that I received from my uncle to build my antenna. But I am confident that this antenna will boost the signal quality for most devices as I’ve tested it on multiple 3G GSM devices and cell phones.

Materials that are required:

02 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

* 14,15 inch piece of iron wire. (Don’t use copper)
* A 2 piece connector block. (Used to extend electric cables)
* A small bolt and nut that fits through the whole of the “chocolate block.
* 32 feet of coax cable. (Don’t increasing the length of the cable, shortening it is okay thou)
* A piece of water pipe.
* A piece of plastic. (I used an ice-ream container)

Building the antenna GSM booster:
03 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

Straiten the wire with pliers and bend it exactly in the center at a 90 degree angle. Measure 3.54 inches from the bend on both sides and bend inwards at 90 degrees. Bend the edges of the wire inwards on both sides again at 90 degrees 3.14 inches away from the last bend.

04 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

Insert the connector block to the ends of the wire and tighten it with a screw driver.

05 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

Saw one side of the pipe in half and make a whole on the other side in the center. The whole should just be big enough for the bolt to go through. After placing the bolt inside the whole, insert the “chocolate block” on top and tighten with the nut.

 Connecting the coax cable:

06 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

Strip the one end of the coax cable and separate the inner and outer wires. Connect the inner wires to one side of the “chocolate block” and the outer wires to the other side.

07 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

Place the GSM antenna on your TV antenna pole facing the same direction and lead the cable into the house.

08 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

Strip the other end of the coax cable and separate the wires inside again. This time you need to cut away the outer wires since you won’t need them. Take the piece of plastic and cut it in the shape you desire. Make a small hole on one end and stick the inner wire of the coax cable through.

09 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

You can wrap the whole thing in tape like I did if you’d like.

10 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna

Simply place your modem on the piece of plastic or hold the plastic to the back of your phone to boost your signal strength.


My cell phone signal gets boosted to full bars and my GSM 3G modem gets at least one to two bars extra.

Before and after

11 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna
12 homemade phone 3g gsm booster antenna


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