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I made my girlfriend (now fiancee!) her engagement ring

I made my girlfriend (now fiancee!) her engagement ring

That really is lovely.

As a former jeweler, I have just one warning for anyone who's looking at a delicate ring like this. Silver and high carat gold are relatively soft metals, and will wear away surprisingly quickly when used at this diameter. Also, those long, thin prongs look great but aren't very secure. They can catch on things easily, and bend enough for the stone to fall out.

If you want to go for a look like this, especially for something with a high sentimental value, you'd be better off going for platinum. It costs a lot more, but it won't show any wear for decades, even in very fine detail. The long thin prongs, unfortunately, would still be pretty risky.

EDIT: I just read all your captions and see you got a similar warning from your jeweler. If losing that stone would be painful, you might want to be proactive and beef up that setting before it breaks.

It's a beautiful ring. But after reading your description, you didn't cast it, finish the rough, set the stone, or polish? That's like 80% of making the ring that was sourced out to third parties. You "designed " it. And kudos for doing that.

You're absolutely right! We're both aware of the possibility of it breaking/losing the stone, and if that happens I'll probably beef it up a bit and recast in platinum. She actually preferred silver because of the wear that it eventually takes on, but platinum might give a bit of peace of mind thanks to the durability.

Now your relationship is set in stone.

Build myself a new desk by upcycling parts from my old glass/metal desk

Build myself a new desk by upcycling parts from my old glass/metal desk

Upcycling is just regular recycling but performed by a yuppie

What is the difference between upcycling and recycling. I’m envious of your desk

Strictly speaking, this is reuse, as the part was used again for its intended original purpose.

No pallets were harmed in the construction of this desk.

Not exciting, but proud of my first ever stud wall

Not exciting, but proud of my first ever stud wall

You made some bad mistakes

1- a door frame should be Jack/King with a header (Just search Jack stud King stud and youll get diagrams)

There is no need for all that blocking

There is no need for those brackets

Those look like 2x3s not 2x4s, standard prehung doors you can get at any store are set up for a 2x4 wall, meaning you have to special order a door, cut a frame down (extra work) or build your own (i dont think you have the necessary skills for that option looking at this frame job)

Im going to get downvotes for being honest but id rather tell you the truth than slap you on the back, lie, and tell you it looks great. Youll never improve if people just blow smoke up your ass

Electricians hate him

He doesn't need a header for this wall. The door kit will fit and be nailed to the studs. He should have used 2x4 jacks though. All doors need king studs and jack studs.

I commend him for not touching the ceiling either. By code, any wall touching the ceiling automatically becomes load bearing.

I have no idea why he wasted so much wood for fire blocks.

I would think that even a non-load bearing wall would have at least a 2x4 header for the door.

I’m not trying to pick at you but you may wanna look into that.

Kids Table Saw

Kids Table Saw

Holy crap. I bet that's nicer than most people's real table saws.

Combining this with a few Make-Do kits would make for tons of fun.

For fucks sake people, just appreciate the creation instead of trying to help him be a parent. Any father that takes the time to carefully craft such a cool toy/tool for their young kids is also going to be the one to teach them proper safety and tool etiquette.

Great project man, i'm truly jealous of your abilities. If you ever decide to make more let me know!

"I even tried with our then 11 month old's pinky. Its here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H8Q52RU/"

Dude sawed off it's 11 month'old's pinky and tries to sell severed body part on amazon !

People pretty consistently underestimate what kids can do in America. Kids can be trained very effectively to do/not do things, it's a fundamental part of their biology at that age. In Japan kids ride the train system on their own by age six, in Germany kids ride their bikes to school by 1st grade. It's rare in other countries to have parents watch over their children at the park, something that would get CPS called in America.

I have now lived in Mexico for 14 years, a society in which kids are ever-present. My last trip to New Jersey, I was riding a bike around my friend’s dense suburban neighborhood and kept wondering “Why does this feel so weird?”

Finally figured out it was about 4 p.m. in the summer and eerily silent. No kids. No basketball hoops. No fellow cyclists other than the occasional obvious commuter adult. No playing and screaming and laughing. It’s weird in the U.S.A. these days.

People need to fucking chill.

I remodeled my kitchen, nearly burnt down my house, and almost ruined my relationship with my wife! Enjoy!

I remodeled my kitchen, nearly burnt down my house, and almost ruined my relationship with my wif...

Some say it was a waste of time to paint walls no one is ever going to see, others say it was an incredible waste of time.

LOL!

Illinois. That’s why

Very nice. Why does your electrical have to be in conduit?

I'm sorry for your loss.

I made my dad’s dogs an oversized dog house that is fully insulated and has removable slides for summer/winter. This was my first attempt at building anything so take it easy!

I made my dad’s dogs an oversized dog house that is fully insulated and has removable slides for ...

Build house for dog and doesn't pay the dog tax.............

SHOW US THE DOG

Your ridge board (beam at the very top that the rafters connect to) should be resting on the stud, and should be secured vertically down through the ridge board into the stud. You ran it in between the studs, and secured it horizontally through the studs. It's a much stronger joint when the ridge board rests on the studs, here, your ridge board is supported only be the shear strength of the screws. Not too big a deal in this application, but a good tip to keep in mind for the future.

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My 6 year renovation project

My 6 year renovation project

You basically built an entire house with the added challenge of there being an old house in the way! Nice job.

Holy shit, that was like watching an entire season of This Old House in a single Imgur post. Nice work!

Naivety, sunk costs, and so I could post this on reddit

I bought it for $37,500, and have approximately another $225k in materials and contractor cost for the drywall ($24K), concrete ($10K), and hvac ($25K) which I hired out. If it sells for the asking price, that will put the effective hourly rate at about $15 for our labor.

This is a relatively small midwest town, so I'm definitely asking at the top of the market and not sure I'll actually get asking price.

I Made a Dog Bed from an Oak Whiskey Barrel

I Made a Dog Bed from an Oak Whiskey Barrel

I am a simple man, I see a Corgi I upvote.

Cheddar!

Haha I wish! Sanding the barrel was a treat because it smelled incredible. After sanding, staining and a final poly coat, you can't smell it anymore. If you could my corg would be licking it all day!

How long did it take to drink all that whiskey?

Honestly it looks great. Does it retain the smell of whiskey?

My dad and his friend also built a teardrop! Over 400 hours of work, and a publication in a camping magazine!

My dad and his friend also built a teardrop! Over 400 hours of work, and a publication in a camping magazine!

That aluminum siding makes it looks incredibly sleek and well done. How was the teardrop mounted to the trailer since it was built first?

Love it.

He is so proud! I'd love to show him what Reddit thinks of his teardrop!

On the first picture you see a platform with wheels on it. They built the teardrop on that platform and when the trailer arrived, he MacGyver a little ramp thingy (seen on a picture as well) and they slid it onto it and bolted it down after!

It was pretty funny to watch actually haha

Try one of these subthreads