Jim's Inventions

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Master Recycling Projects

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(Last update October 10th, 2011)

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<- Resusci-Carcass ->, <- Embers Roast ->, <-Bi-Stixuals ->, <- My Li'l Hooker ->, <-3D Cast Collage Art->, <-Post-Ur-Note ->, <- Origami Lamps ->, <- Prosper-I-Tree ->, <- Workbench Tool Holder ->, <- My Electric Bike ->, <- I Modified My Bike Turn-Signals ->, <- Treasure Boxes ->, PVC Bike Basket Rack->, <- Dream-Catching Medicine-Wheels ->, <- Cat Food Tin Cutting ->, <- Outdoor Food Dehydrator Umbrella/Cover ->, <-Share The Road pamphlet->, <- Light for Dehydrator's Night Use ->, <- Cutting Board Covers for Seldom Used Stove -> & ....... <- Handy Bag Strap ->


<- Garage Door remote Indicator / Operator ->, <- I Re-USE Sissy Sleeves, Wimp Wraps & Mocha Mitts ->.

<- My Son Glen's Art Stamps->


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Sebastopol Business or Property Owner?

Do your customers need to park their bikes?

Questions about bike rack issues!

E-mail Danny Plutino

(City of Sebastopol - Engineering Dept.)

with your Bike Rack questions!




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A Really Great Bicycle Parking Rack!

Print this small, (pocket sized) PDF booklet of the Rules-of-the-Road

for bikes and motor vehicles!

Give to Biking friends

and

to Drivers who need to know!.

(pdf size= 1.31 MB)

A smaller,QR (Quick Read)coded .JPG version (201kb) available

Here!


Can't see PDF files .......?

Download the READER


Smaller JPG version available HERE! (size= 578 KB)

Click Here

for the original

West County Revolution edition!

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¡En español! (Size= 819 KB)

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Print a poster on triggering the green

at traffic signals (410 KB)

or see the link below for pocket cards

Print 8 pocket guides (1.3 MB)

to triggering the green

at traffic signals


Jim's Great Dragon........

&

An 18 page Dragon coloring book


<- Resusci-Carcass ->, <- Embers Roast ->, <-Bi-Stixuals ->, <- My Li'l Hooker ->, <-3D Cast Collage Art->, <-Post-Ur-Note ->, <- Origami Lamps ->, <- Prosper-I-Tree ->, <- Workbench Tool Holder ->, <- My Electric Bike ->, <- I Modified My Bike Turn-Signals ->, <- Treasure Boxes ->, PVC Bike Basket Rack->, <- Dream-Catching Medicine-Wheels ->, <- Cat Food Tin Cutting ->, <- Outdoor Food Dehydrator Umbrella/Cover ->, <-Share The Road pamphlet->, <- Light for Dehydrator's Night Use ->, <- Cutting Board Covers for Seldom Used Stove -> & ....... <- Handy Bag Strap ->


<- Garage Door remote Indicator / Operator ->, <- I Re-USE Sissy Sleeves, Wimp Wraps & Mocha Mitts ->.

<- My Son Glen's Art Stamps->



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Resusci-Carcass

A CPR manikin

Old tire chest with bread bag lungs & two paper towel roll core mouth/nose pieces covered with old pantyhose.

It has objective feedback lights (in a tobacco tin) too!

All the metal electrical contact points are from the metal

banding that straps lumber to shipping pallets.

Even the board it is fastened to is recycled material!

One of my "useful" inventions....FROM THE 70'S!...See caricature below ........

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from Embers magazine (Kern County Fire Dept.)

....... I'm the guy with the clipboard!

.....Caricature by Alex Candia.....


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A wine cork with embedded magnet and a push-pin to both

hold a picture on the fridge as well as post a note on the cork!

A Bi-Stixual appliance!!

Note pinned to cork with cork/magnet holding picture to fridge.


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AND........ INTRODUCING

THE LI'L HOOKER!

Made from wine corks, electrical wire scraps and magnets from Sonicare® electric toothbrush heads

My homemade display rack made from recycled materials.......natch!

Now offering branding with your logo!

( Ten at $1 ea. - Twenty at $0.75 ea. - Thirty or more at $0.65 ea. )

Display rack included!

E-mail me to order & for shipping costs.

clanmc@sonic.net

...... Or save even more! No shipping charges with a PayPal payment!


The Li'l Hooker in action!

The magnet is very strong

and

the back of the cork has silicon sealant applied

for non-skid & non marring attributes!

(See NOTE!)

My latest version has a slightly longer hook portion

that is bent back to act as a clamp to the mounting surface

and holds a note just like snapping a doctor's x-ray under a clip on a viewer.

A true "message à trois"(message to three)

Hear how it sounds on the translation page........:

GoTo:.....The Translation Page to Hear it Spoken

Message to three ="Message a Trois"


For those of you who need to mount picture or notes beneath the the Li'l Hooker and still be able to hang items

from the hook you must be sure that some part of the cork's non-skid backing contacts the underlying surface ....

otherwise the picture you have posted acts as a sled on ice and will creep down the surface as a weight is applied to the hook.

(See below)


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"Link to Blister-Packaging examples!

"Another link to Blister-Packaging examples!

"Yet another link to Blister-Packaging examples!


Great for your stainless steel fridge

......or the bathroom mirror

......or the computer monitor?!!



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Made using old neckties, wire coat hangers and PVC pipe rings.


Just use your old necktie or buy one for $1 at the Salvation Army


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Festive Origami Accent lamps!

made from aluminum cat food tin (plaster filled base), fiber trunk shell from wrecked car (feet for base), coat hanger (spiral support),

paper origami cubes from used gift wrapping paper & new electric lights & cord with switch.

Origami Lamp

NEW - Prosper-I-Tree - LAMP below!

Attract more PROSPERITY!

PROSPER-I-TREE lamp, with origami paper boxes & tulip bulb shades, Close-up below!

PROSPER-I-TREE

Close-up

made from cut off plastic protein powder cannister and lid (plaster filled base), fiber trunk shell from wrecked car (feet for base), coat hanger (spiral support),

paper origami cubes from used gift wrapping paper & new electric lights & cord with switch.

OR....... BUY DIRECT from me!

$45!


E-mail me to order & for shipping costs.

clanmc@sonic.net

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Print a small,(pocket sized) PDF of the Rules-of-the-Road

for bikes and motor vehicles!

Give to Biking friends

and

to Drivers who need to know!

(pdf size= 1.31 MB)

Smaller JPG version available HERE! (size= 578 KB)

Click Here

for the original

West County Revolution edition!

¡En español! (Size= 819 KB)


Print a poster on triggering the green

at traffic signals (410 KB)

or see the link below for pocket cards

Print 8 pocket guides (1.3 MB)

to triggering the green

at traffic signals



VIDEO (4.8 MB)

A Really Great Bicycle Parking Rack!



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Dream/Treasure Boxes

Aluminum cat food tins are an excellent resource for more than recycling!

True, they can be used as a vessel for paints, treasures, candles & backpacking stoves, but they may also be separated into their component parts and used for as many artistic expressions as your imagination allows. The tins come in anodized colors of silver, gold and sometimes you can find a bluish green. The more you work with this material the more interesting things you can make.

Dreamboxes using the whole can plus the bottom of a second can covered and lined with old neckties.

Other parts of the second can were used to make the top flower

and the shell-like embelishments around the sides.

I've developed an aluminum cat food tin cutting system, (See pics below)

for both standard sized and the smaller size can that uses my shop-built jig

and an Xacto brand fine toothed saw to cut both the rim and the bottom

leaving a circular band of aluminum to make other items

such as leaves, feathers, medalions and thin strips for weaving.


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Dream Catching Medicine Wheel

made from an aluminum can rim and strips & medalions cut from the side band of the can.

Center medalion enlarged

This has been reverse engraved and surrounding color removed with a fiberglass brush.


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The aluminum cat food tin cutting system & cutting jig I've developed uses a standard size steel pet food tin as the base for holding a standard size aluminum can in such a position that the steel can rim acts as a guide for the saw to follow as well as act as a handle to keep ay wobbling to a minimum. Also shown below is the wooden handled small can cutting jig.

The aluminum can is first prepared for cutting by marking the center of the bottom and using a brad point 9/64th bit, drilling a hole to allow the can to be mounted on the steel jig can.

The rim of the open end is cut off first and the cut is made right against the rim itself as a guide for the saw blade.

The actual sawing is done by counts of five to help you judge when you are close to parting the rim from the rest of the can.

Start off with smooth medium-heavy back & forth strokes 1,2,3,4,5 and then rotate the can so that the starting stroke of the next set of five begins within the last cut of the previous set of five. (when in doubt use lighter strokes for more control). As you progress in experience with this method you'll be smoother and begin rotating as you saw; so don't dispair.

When you have completely gone around the can in this manner (about 70 strokes -35 strokes each direction-) you may hear or feel a creaking as the can rim is about ready to part. Test by pulling gently to see if the rim can be removed. If you find resistance, lightly saw all around the rim a little more in a backstroke or pulling motion.and when the rim is ready it will snap off when pulled at the weakest point in the cut.

Set the parted rim aside (it will be useful later), and turn to cutting the bottom from the aluminum can.

Start off with smooth medium-heavy strokes 1,2,3,4,5 and then rotate the can so that the starting stroke of the next set of five begins within the last cut of the previous set of five.(when in doubt use lighter strokes for more control)

When you have completely gone around the can in this manner (about 50 strokes) you may hear or feel a creaking as the can bottom is about ready to part. Lightly saw all around the bottom a little more in a backstroke or pulling motion.

Do not try to pull the can sides to separate the bottom; instead just continue backstroking around the saw cut and it will seem as if you are tearing through the saw cut and the can's sides will soon part from the bottom.


The can cutting jigs (large + small set together) are available for puchase ($25 includes shipping).... Just e-mail me!

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A Bench-Top Tool Holder

I made mine from 3/4" plywood and screwed down protein shake canisters.

(I cut 1 1/2" off the top with the lid on and use the cut-off parts as a weighted base for an origami lamp)

The clear plastic containers from 100 pack blank CDs are great to use too.

My tool-holder all filled up!


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Umbrella for Outdoor Food Dehydrator

An Umbrella to protect our food dehydrator from the fog and rain is just a few minutes work and an older umbrella with the stem cut down, a hinge, two unequal lengths with equal widths of 3/4" plywood with two 2" x 2" 3/4" blocks screwed to the top piece and one 3/8" hole in the top block for the umbrella stem.

I positioned plywood so that the leading edge of the top piece of plwood acts as a lever/finger-hold for tilting the umbrella and when the umbrella is tilted to the side for access to the dehydrator the bottom plywood piece's edge acts as a stop.

(I added a small piece of non-skid tool shelf liner to help keep it centered.)


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Battery Operated Dehydrator Light in -ON- position

( uses Polaroid batteries from spent film packs )

See below for method of attachment pics


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Method Used for mounted automatic dehydrator light

Left pic shows umbrella in closed position with mounted magnet and reed switch.

Right pic shows lamp (old battery type closet lamp) mounted using scrap lumber pallet banding

Lamp turns on when hinged umbrella platform is tilted and reed switch comes close to magnet.

See above for light in -ON- position


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Stove Top Covers

Stove top cutting board/covers made from a pattern I developed to increase counter space for food prep.

(We don't use the stove all that much on our raw food regimen).

Making a pattern for Raw Food Stovetop covers:

1. Measure width & depth of stovetop plus an additional width for feet to rest on counter.

2. lay a board on burners to measure for feet (adding an extra 1/4" minimum to height measurements ).

NOTE: Feet will probably be from 3/4" wide wood with a 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" length

( height to be determined from your measurements)

Feet will be placed in from edges about 1/4" with ends to be determined so as to clear uneven areas of stovetop

(any slope or curve at front or back) and the usual hump at the typical counter edge if present.

A local woodworker has made these two boards for our stovetop covers.

For More Information:

email: clanmc@sonic.net


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Jim's new electric &/or pedal bicycle

( It folds up too! )

I purchased my bike from....


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Jim's Turn Signals for his Bike!

See how Jim modified his bicycle wireless turn signals with "EyeBrows"........

( allows signals to be seen better in bright sunlight!)


I Bought the turn-signals from Bicygnals, New Zealand

GoTo:


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My custom built PVC basket rack

made so I could use the zippered bag beneath.


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My Garage Door Indicator / Opener

We live over our garage and I got tired of going down the stairs to see if the garage door was open or shut

Sooooooo ........ I made a circuit of a battery, wires, a light, buttons & a reed switch to let me know if the garage door was open or shut and a button to push to change the status.

I ran the wires up through the garage ceiling and into an old cufflink box.

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I Re-Use my "Sissy Sleeves", "Wimp Wraps", "Latte Lassos" & "Mocha Mitts" and am proud of it!

Now you can too!

Be the first on your block to save part of a tree with my handy stickers.

5 stickers ..... Just a dollar!

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&

My son Glen is now making stamps of his art!



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Jim's Great Dragon........

Jim's Feng-Shui Bath aids

I make fun little tent style placecard sized

reminders for tops of toilets.

I can use your ideas too!




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