Tips of the Week: Pipe Fitting, Casting with Jello Molds, Diffusing LEDs, and DIY Dust Containment

Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.

April Wilkerson is building a set of gates for her new property in Texas. In cutting the metal pipe supports for her gate posts, she needed to cut in the proper angles and curves where the angled support pipes meet the main upright posts. Her husband Cody found a free calculator app that made easy work of this and April had a perfectly-matched pipe fitting to weld.

I’m not sure if this is a real tip or not. Recently, working late in my shop/office, I have ordered delivery food right before the restaurants closed. Each time, I have noticed that the portions seem to be greater than normal. In one Chinese order, the deliver bag weighed a ton and the boxes where crammed with food. I assume that, within the hour of closing, the restaurants are trying to get rid of any remaining food that they’re likely going to throw out anyway. I haven’t done this enough to see if it’s a reliable pattern, and therefore a real tip. Feel free to experiment and report back.

Did you know that you can make a quick n’ dirty low-yield casting mold from a 50:50 mix of gelatin…

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