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November 2, 2014 8:28 PM   Subscribe

 
This is what The Red Green Show was intended to satitirize.

My advice on the practical construction of an air raid siren? Build it out of metal. It lets one work to much narrower tolerances without saying things like "woah boy, I'm kind of afraid to plug it in"
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 8:50 PM on November 2, 2014 [2 favorites]


justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow: "Build it out of metal. "

I'm sorry, but speaking as a woodworker, you've just totally lost me.
posted by boo_radley at 8:53 PM on November 2, 2014 [4 favorites]


How does this guy still have all his fingers?
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:57 PM on November 2, 2014 [8 favorites]


When all you've got is a table saw motor, every problem looks like a trip to the emergency room.
posted by rustcrumb at 9:12 PM on November 2, 2014 [21 favorites]


"woah boy, I'm kind of afraid to plug it in"

Where were you hiding in my kitchen when I repaired the kitchenaid mixer?

posted by RolandOfEld at 9:26 PM on November 2, 2014


Dibs on this guy for my fantasy-zombie-apocalypse-compound team.
posted by T.D. Strange at 9:40 PM on November 2, 2014


Of interest: Chrysler Air Raid Siren

These used to go off every Wednesday at noon in Seattle in the '60's.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 10:14 PM on November 2, 2014


You're not going to want to look at the plans for a wood bandsaw, jointer, or pantarouter, then.

(I plan to build the pantarouter and bandsaw.)
posted by five fresh fish at 10:59 PM on November 2, 2014 [1 favorite]


Matthias's channel is consistently excellent, and his website is also superb.
posted by samworm at 11:29 PM on November 2, 2014 [3 favorites]


I'm reminded of that guy who's intentionally really bad with electronic equipment, who's youtube channel / name escapes me. Just watching that guy's DIY wood lathe gives me shivers.
posted by pwnguin at 12:44 AM on November 3, 2014


HIS TESTING THE AIR RAID SIREN VIDEO CONTAINS A SPECIALLY-RECORDED DEMONSTRATION OF THE SIREN WHICH YOU CAN CALIBRATE TO YOUR HEADPHONES. IT'S REALLY LOUD!
posted by polychora at 2:32 AM on November 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


fascinating...and answers a question I've had for about 40 years (but was, evidently, too lazy to do the research to answer).

When I was about 25 my brother-in-law asked me to help him clean out the attic of his parents house, his father had passed away and his mother was moving to a smaller place. While cleaning the attic I found an old General Electric hand cranked siren. It seems his father had been an local air raid warden during WW II.

I've hung on to this little monster, it sits on the bookshelf next to the computer desk. When cranked to full RPMs it is loud as hell. I've always wondered about the science as to what made the noise. Seems it's built much the same as the one in that video...

It seldom gets used, I mean, after all, we haven't been invaded by a foreign air force in a long time. Once in a while, however, the neighbors rudely keep me and the dog awake until 2 am throwing a particularly loud party. On those nights, when the dog wakes me up at 4:30 am to go out and pee, the dog suggests that it might be a good time to test out that old siren, and I might be known to take that little guy outside with me and crank it for a couple of minutes from behind the fence just outside their bedroom window.
posted by HuronBob at 2:54 AM on November 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


Air raid sirens? Why, yes, there's an enthusiast community!
posted by Thorzdad at 3:57 AM on November 3, 2014


I'm reminded of that guy who's intentionally really bad with electronic equipment, who's youtube channel / name escapes me. Just watching that guy's DIY wood lathe gives me shivers.
posted by pwnguin at 3:44 AM on November 3 [+] [!]


Ah, you're thinking of Medhi.
posted by mcrandello at 4:20 AM on November 3, 2014 [2 favorites]


How does this guy still have all his fingers?

His videos get linked all the time on the r/artisanvideos, and it is always this weird tension between him designing really amazing and smart wooden machinery, and his super sketchy and sloppy shop practices. He'd be a lot safer if he worked only in CAD and let someone else do the fabricating.
posted by Dip Flash at 5:24 AM on November 3, 2014 [3 favorites]


Dip Flash: "... this weird tension between him designing really amazing and smart wooden machinery, and his super sketchy and sloppy shop practices."
Did anybody say "self-propelled scaffold"?
posted by brokkr at 6:26 AM on November 3, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yeah, Dip Flash has it right. It was like watching a funny horror movie and I found myself laughing nervously the whole time.
posted by Drab_Parts at 6:34 AM on November 3, 2014


If I were a Canadian I'd be thrilled that my tax dollars were funding this guy's eventual re-attachment surgery at the trauma center. I can totally accept the genius/madness ratio on this one.
posted by mcrandello at 6:34 AM on November 3, 2014


You must check out this dude's "pantorouter." It is an amazing machine.
posted by that's candlepin at 9:01 AM on November 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


For the technologically illiterate: If you want to understand why XYZ app is not working at a given time, it's because this is how real software is actually made. Like this. Almost exactly.
posted by an animate objects at 4:16 PM on November 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


Software programming is like building a wooden air raid siren? Wut?
posted by five fresh fish at 7:02 PM on November 3, 2014


The whole thing is dodgy as shit but I had a big grin on my face for like half of it.

I've loved his site for probably a decade now, ever since the first gear cutting stuff he had.
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:21 PM on November 3, 2014


Oh and the huge page he had on making his own pipe organ with bits of fire wood and a vacuum cleaner
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:22 PM on November 3, 2014




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