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Antikythera Mechanism 07 / Clickspring

The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 7 – Making The Saros & Exeligmos Train

In this video Clickspring makes the gearing that drives the eclipse prediction function of the mechanism. Be sure to check out the reference links below for more info on the Saros cycle, and other eclipse related stuff.

[EDIT: At 2:57 there is a typo – the final number in the denominator of the upper expression should be a 30 as per the sketch rather than 90 – Cheers 🙂 ] — via Youtube

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Antikythera Fragment 06 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #6 – Making A Hand Powered Drill

The precision of the holes in the Antikythera mechanism is one of the most fascinating aspects of its construction. In this video Clickspring makes a tool that is capable of creating holes to the required standard, yet is consistent with the level of technology known to have existed in the period — via Youtube

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Antikythera Fragment 05 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #5 – The First Precision Drill Bit

There are a number of cutting tools implied in the wreckage of the Antikythera Mechanism, and one of the most interesting is the drill bit. In this video Clickspring explores a possible method of how an effective and precise drill bit could have been made in antiquity — via Youtube

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Antikythera Fragment 04 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #4 – Ancient Tool Technology – The First Hardened Steel

One of the key tool technologies that needs to be explored around the Antikythera mechanism is the simple hand held file. So this is the second of two Fragment videos relating to the making and hardening of a set of custom files, using materials and processes consistent with the period — via Youtube

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Crayon River Table / Chris Salomone

Chris Salomone made a video where he tried out a new technique of melting crayons into the river of a waterfall coffee table. It came out looking nice, but got several questions about the durability. In this video he fixes the durability issue by adding a layer of epoxy over it — via Youtube

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Antikythera Mechanism 06 / Clickspring

The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 6 – Making The Metonic Calendar Train

In this video, the gearing that drives the Metonic, Callippic and Olympiad pointers is made. Clickspring recommends an article on the Athenian calendars for further detail on the ancient Greek approach to calendars — via Youtube

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Antikythera Fragment 03 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #3 – Ancient Tool Technology – Hand Cut Precision Files

There are quite a few very interesting tools still to come in this Fragment series, but Clickspring has to admit he has been super excited about these: A set of hand cut files suitable for constructing the Antikythera Mechanism — via Youtube

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Antikythera Fragment 02 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #2 – Ancient Tool Technology – The Original Dividing Plate?

One thing about this machine that is truly surprising, is just how small the teeth are.

There’s a well established theory as to how the tooth divisions were marked out, but employing that process to mark out multiple wheels has forced Clickspring to question whether it can reasonably be applied to the Antikythera Mechanism.

So in this video Clickspring proposes an alternative process of wheel division, using only the non precision tools of the period — via Youtube

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Antikythera Mechanism 03 / Clickspring

The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 3 – The Plates And Main Bearing, by Clickspring.

In this episode the basic structure of the mechanism comes together, and Clickspring puts forward a theory on a simple method for achieving the extremely close clearances observed in the original device — via Youtube

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LED Paper On Air Light Box / Andrew Jones

Use a Cricut Maker Machine to make incredible, beautiful lighted (illuminated) signs, using strip lighting, LED kits. This is one video of three in making various styles of light up signs, using a Cricut. Andrew shows you how to make an On Air illuminated sign, using the Cricut Maker or another Cricut machine, using poster board or 140lb watercolour paper. The sign is power by 50 red LED Christmas lights that are 5mm in size and plug right into the wall socket with ease — via Youtube

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Antikythera Mechanism 01 / Clickspring

The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 1 – Greeks, Clocks and Rockets, by Clickspring.

In this first episode of the Antikythera Mechanism project, Clickspring lays out the plan for how he intend to proceed with the reproduction — via Youtube

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Armada Box / Seth Gould

A two year project by metalsmith Seth Gould, forged and filed from scratch, set to the percussive sounds of his workshop — via Vimeo

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Laser-Cut Box Loom / Matthijs Witsenburg

This box loom is designed for use with a rigid heddle or for card weaving. It can be used on a table or on your lap, and the work can be dropped at a moment’s notice when something else (kids, pets, etc.) requires attention right now.

The cloth and warp beams are held in slots rather than holes. This makes construction easier, and, as a bonus, you can remove and set aside an unfinished project if something more interesting comes along. Simply release the tension, carefully take out the beams, roll up your project, and secure it with rubber bands.

If you build more than one loom, the recesses on the lower edge allow for easy stacking.

Once you have the laser-cut parts, the rest of the loom can be made with the most basic of woodworking tools. All measurements are in millimetres, but none are so critical that they can’t just be eyeballed — via Make:

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How To Tie A Kings Crown Button Knot With Paracord / WhyKnot

Knot tying video tutorial. Directions for how to make a kings crown knot button with paracord. Easy step by step instructions in this guide.

This one is a fusion of the diamond knot or knife lanyard knot and a rose knot. Starting off with a carrick bend, this is a decorative knot that you can use as ornamentation on any of your craft projects. It is also an alternative knot to the diamond knot that you can use for your loop and knot closure paracord bracelets — via Youtube

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Near-Field Fingernails / Tanya Fish

On the security conference circuit, Baybe Doll (aka Emily Mitchell) had been getting her nail technician to embed small devices with readable data into her acrylic nails. However, the technology wasn’t available to the masses, and when it was, it was big and chunky. NFC (near-field communication) tags are the solution; they’re tiny and they’re powered by nearby magnetic fields so they don’t need batteries — via Make:

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UFO Chicken Coop / B&E

A couple in Idaho who go by B&E raise chickens, but they are also artists. When they expanded their flock, they decided to build a UFO chicken coop. Two satellite dishes and a trampoline frame later (plus a lot of work), it was ready for the chickens. The coop has windows, surveillance cameras, insulation, ventilation, heaters, and for the alien landing effect, plenty of lights — via Neatorama

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Dark Ages Crossbow / Tod Todeschini

In this video Tod talks about the Colletière Ă  Charavines light hunting bow, one of a very few surviving European crossbows from this period (around 1000AD). This is a very simple bow with only a few components. It could be constructed with European woods such as ash and yew and basic hand tools by any back woods bodger — via Youtube

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My Father’s Tools / Wapikoni Mobile

In honour of his father, Stephen continues the production of traditional baskets, finding peace in his studio through a deep connection with the man who taught him these traditional skills — via Vimeo

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Climate Change Data Visualisation Blanket / Lara Cooper

At first glance this crocheted blanket just looks like a pretty pattern. But it is actually so much more! The blanket maps out climate change over the course of the past 130 years. Each hexagon represents a single year and the colours represent the change from the mid century average.

This ingenious data visualization blanket is the brainchild of Lara Cooper. By day, Cooper is a wildlife conservation biologist. But when she isn’t in the lab she runs Level Up Nerd Apparel, an online store where she makes and sells nerdy apparel. This project was the perfect way for her to put both of those skills together — via Make: Zine

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Quick / Easy Knobs / Stuff I Made

A fast way to make great quality knobs for jigs and furniture. No need for any tools, just a mould and some epoxy, it’s super quick and the knobs look great. Faster than making wooden knobs, ideal for the jigs around the workshop — via Youtube