By Ken Denmead
The wildly renowned DIY dad follows up his fast New York Times bestseller with a clean batch of geeky weekend technology tasks for the total relations to get pleasure from.
Ken Denmead struck a chord with mom and dad and youngsters throughout the USA together with his GeekDad web publication on Wired.com, which gets multiple million web page perspectives per thirty days. His debut e-book, Geek Dad, used to be on bestseller lists and in its 7th printing simply months after hitting shop cabinets. With The Geek Dad's consultant to Weekend Fun, he retains the nerdtastic novelties coming, with tasks that educate readers how you can:
•Build home made robots from scratch
•Write and direct easy stop-motion videos
•Hack into mechanical toys so as to add cool digital twists, and extra
United through the idea that to actually comprehend technological know-how and the way whatever works you need to layout and construct it your self or remake it greater, Geek mom and dad in all places will have a good time this most recent installment of weekend workshop wonders.
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STEP 1: Gluing the Clamps What we’re doing first is affixing the clamps to the nuts that would ultimately mount onto the threaded rod. simply because you’re gluing them, they’re going to need to set for a while to permit the glue to dry. the way you positioned those jointly relies on the precise clamps you get, yet I’ll describe this venture in keeping with utilizing locking caliper-style clamps. during this state of affairs, simply because each one clamp has fingers, use nuts set parallel, one on every one arm. observe the glue to every floor consistent with the instructions at the packaging, and make a nut sandwich with the clamps because the bread. Then use extra clamps to carry the build jointly so it might dry. end result of the helpful drying time, let’s glue yet another factor. Take one nut, lay it on area in your paintings floor, and use your glue to join the ¼-inch washing machine flat to the head aspect. Then take one other one of many nuts and glue it flat onto the head of the washing machine (so the full is pointing up, became ninety levels from the nut under it). stick to the directions in your glue packaging and make allowance every thing to dry good. STEP 2: Assembling the Counterweight decide upon a “bottom” and “top” finish of the 16-inch threaded rod. Take one of many nuts and run it up the rod approximately four inches from the ground. Now take all 20 of the ½-inch washers and healthy them onto the ground of the rod as much as the nut. ultimately, take another nut and run it up tight opposed to the washers. There shouldn't be a lot of the threaded rod protruding less than the ground nut. you could placed a dab of glue the place the nuts and threaded rod meet so they’ll be completely caught, yet that’s no longer completely helpful, particularly when you use a pair wrenches to curl them tight as a substitute. What you’ve simply performed is to construct the counterweight on your Steadicam. The counterweight will be as heavy, or maybe heavier, than the digicam you’ll mount on most sensible, in view that it’s going to aid take up shakes and likewise allow you to list extra easily if you would like to maneuver the digicam. STEP three: Assembling the deal with whilst the nut-washer-nut sandwich in Step 1 is dry, you could run it down the threaded rod from the pinnacle, to approximately one-third of ways from the pinnacle. with a bit of luck, it’s seen which manner it is going on—only one of many nuts will let you move that some distance down the threaded rod. Now take the shorter threaded rod and insert it within the nut that’s dealing with out ninety levels from the sandwich you simply connected. this can be your deal with. you could take a few extra nuts and run them down the outer finish of the deal with so that you have a greater floor to carry than the threaded rod, yet this can be a own selection. once more, you could practice glue to every of the nuts which are loosely screwed onto threaded rods and allow them to take a seat so every little thing could be firmly connected. although, you could pass this for the sake of time, or so one can manage to holiday down the full meeting and hold it, in a extra moveable type. STEP four: completing Touches All that’s left is to take the clamp meeting and screw it onto the head of the threaded rod. It doesn’t really count which of the 2 nuts you utilize.