A humidor is used to keep cigars in a moist and warm environment that helps maintain their quality. The ideal conditions for storing cigars are about 70 percent relative humidity and near 65 degrees Fahrenheit. A wooden humidor is usually a small project that can be made from fine quality hard woods
A mathematical expression contains variable(s) and number(s) combined using the algebraic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Unlike an equation, an expression doesn't have an equal sign and thus can't be solved for the variable. Expressions are instead simplified or ev
A camera lens' aperture refers to the circular opening in the lens that lets in light. When cameras must reduce the amount of light coming in and hitting the film strip or digital sensor, the aperture is "stopped down" and closes slightly, similar to the way the pupils in your eyes work. Aperture is
You can make your own set of pan pipes using sprinkler PVC tubes and a few other common items. After you are done making the pipes, you then can turn your attention to mastering the wind instrument. See the difference in sound between the shortest pipe and the longest, as well as the three in betwee
The second largest wild cat in the New World goes by many names because of its wide distribution across two continents. Depending on the location, the cougar is also known as a panther, puma or mountain lion. The cougar is known for its skill at hunting but is facing serious threats to its habitat a
You can adjust the contrast on most microscopes just like you adjust the focus. Contrast refers to the darkness of the background relative to the specimen. Lighter specimens are easier to see on darker backgrounds. In order to see colorless or transparent specimens, you need a special type of micros
Geodesic domes are sturdy dome-shaped structures that derive their strength from the principle of spherical geometry, or the combination of arches and triangles in their construction. Geodesic domes can be constructed from a wide variety of materials, are easy to build, versatile and strong. They ca
There are at least 40 known species of endangered animals in North America. An animal is classified as endangered if it is likely to become extinct. Although each animal has become endangered for specific reasons applicable to its species, there are generally some common reasons why animals become
Stained glass windows have adorned homes and churches for centuries. While the results of stained glass are beautiful, the craft takes up a lot of space and requires proper ventilation for the soldering and grinding of glass. The solution to this is faux stained glass.
Dining room furniture really sets the tone in a home from a guest's perspective. Dark furniture gives a different feeling than light furniture, both in the amount of light and brightness in the room and in the level of elegance in the room. Staining your furniture a darker shade is a labor-intensive
The quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) and the bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata) are two native aspens of North America. Being of the same genus (Populus) they are similar in many ways, but the two common trees of the mountains do share a few basic differences, which distinguishes them as sep
Wax luminaries are small wax bowls that hold a tea light inside. The tea light shines through the wax and makes it glow. This is especially attractive with dried leaves and flowers pressed into the wax. Because these luminaries are made almost entirely of wax, once they burn down there i
Skutt KilnMaster 1627 kilns work well for firing glass, enameling metals and firing ceramics. This kiln comes with a digital controller that sets specific temperatures for the kiln. The kiln controller has a setting for holding the temperature at a specific heat for any amount of time punched into t
Routers are used to create letters and decorative patterns in wood. A router can be a hand-held tool, but for woodworkers who do a lot of router work it may be easier to have the router mounted in a router table. There are four basic types of router tables. Depending on the type of work...
Of all the choices you must make for silver soldering, the proper gas depends on the temperature needed. For stainless steel, MAPP gas may be the best option among all gasses.
The advent of digital technology and its application in photography has allowed individuals to create pictures that would have been difficult to create using film. If you have a number of digital photos from an event or vacation, you can create a big picture by placing a number of these photos onto
Gold is so soft that when jewelry is made from it, it is usually alloyed with one or a combination of copper, nickel, and silver. If gold jewelry is immersed in an individual acid, the gold itself will not dissolve, although the alloying metal does dissolve. If a chunk of metal is fake gold--if it c
If you have mastered the art of flying a beginner's RC (radio control) plane, you may wish to move up to a taildragger plane. These planes have two wheels at the front and one under the tail, are often patterned after World War I and II fighter planes and are very rewarding to fly. They definitely r
Even a brand new trash can isn’t aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Make a simple cabinet carcass on rollers that will slide over your can to hide it. This project can be made from weather impervious marine plywood in an afternoon and requires only basic carpentry skills.
The Bluebird Makes a ComebackFew things lift our spirits like the sight of a bluebird on the wing. But it wasn't always so. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Eastern Bluebird was in serious decline due to rampant pesticide use and habitat loss. Fortunately, thousands of dedicated...