1
Jul
2015

How to Frame a Cross Stitch in a Photo Frame

posted Wednesday, July 1st 2015 at 8:52 AM by

How to Frame a Cross Stitch in a Photo Frame

I did a write up a little bit ago about how to frame a cross stitch in the hoop, and I wanted to do another follow up tutorial on framing a cross stitch in a photo frame. Here it is!

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20
Apr
2015

How to Frame a Cross Stitch in the Hoop

posted Monday, April 20th 2015 at 10:21 AM by

How to Frame a Cross Stitch Hoop

I finished up a couple more stitches and was looking for a way to frame them in the hoop that actually looked, well, good.

I gathered a few ideas from the internet and some friends, and I've put them together here as part of a tutorial on how to frame a cross stitch in the hoop. Check it out!

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  • xime
    Xime
    Sunday, February 21st 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Thank you for that tutorial. I've just seen it and still have to try it but I'm sure it will work. Looks bomb proof to me. Thanks again.

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30
Mar
2015

How to Fix AK47 Trigger Slap

posted Monday, March 30th 2015 at 8:01 AM by

AK47 Trigger Slap Animation

Trigger slap is a minor, yet common problem shooters of the AKM pattern rifle may experience. This post will get into detail about what trigger slap is, and the specific point during cycling that it happens. I've also provided instructions on how to fix it, as well as discussing a few myths circulating online about trigger slap.

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  • chang liu
    Chang Liu
    Wednesday, November 18th 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Adam,
    Excellent write-up on this subject. I have observed another problem with the enlarged Bulgarian style trigger guard rivet and the new ALG AKT triggers. After about 1000 to 3000 rounds, a fellow rifle classmate had his ALG trigger disconnector split in half (bisecting the tail and the hook). The enlarged rivet was nearly beaten down half way with a outline of the tail. This happened once at 3000 rounds and then again at 1000 rounds. So, the englarged rivet puts a lot of additional stress on the disconnector. In addition, the shortened travel of the ALG trigger allows even less room for disconnector travel. I believe the solution to this would be simply to grind off the ALG disconnector tail. Or, harder disconnector spring? Thoughts? Obviously ALG/Geissle will have to rethink think their disconnector design as most Arsenal AK's have the enlarged rivet. This is evident as even my Egyptian Maadi build has a small dent in the standard sized rivet with the ALG disconnector.

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Wednesday, November 18th 2015 at 7:01 PM

      Good points Chang, thanks for the feedback. Very interesting to hear about the failures and at what round count they occurred. The solution you've suggested will work for semi-auto AKs, but the select fire version would still need the disconnector tail, so removing that wouldn't be the solution for AKs as a whole.

      The problem happens when the bottom of the disconnector impacts the trigger, and pushes the trigger forward. The solution would be to remove material from either of those surfaces until the disconnector stops pushing the trigger forward.

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13
Mar
2015

Is it Cheaper to Buy or Build an AK47

posted Friday, March 13th 2015 at 9:56 AM by

Cost of Building an AK47

The topic of home-building AK47 rifles comes up every now and then on various firearms boards, which usually leads to questions about the tools involved and the price to build.

The great question, however, is it cheaper to build an AK47 or just buy one off the shelf? I've been home-building firearms for a few years and the answer is simple, it depends...

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  • choices
    Choices
    Sunday, June 7th 2015 at 2:43 AM

    Great Job Adam!
    Thanks for a very detailed explanation of the
    comparative cost choices building an AK.

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  • jay
    Jay
    Monday, October 19th 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Thanks for doing this write-up. The parts kits are overpriced for what you're getting!

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  • dns
    DNS
    Monday, November 30th 2015 at 1:39 PM

    You didn't figure cost of your time. We build AK types to sell as a manufacturing FFL. We have all the tools for press builds you mentioned plus other specialty tools, jigs, kiln for heat treatment etc. And all the tools for custom finishing. To take the typical cut up AK parts kit in a bag to a fully finished ready to sell rifle has at least 30 man hours. I estimate that to be our average start to finish. There is no way we can sell rifles for the same or less than what it costs to buy. However there are people who want something different than what you can find in a store and will pay.

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Monday, November 30th 2015 at 6:30 PM

      Good point. The article was geared toward hobbyists. Typically they're more concerned with their own craftsmanship and personal satisfaction than they are with time.

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  • lance d.
    Lance D.
    Wednesday, March 9th 2016 at 9:52 AM

    First off, your costs to build your own ak are a joke! If a person has any mechanical ability he can figure out how to build the project without all of the way over priced tools on the market! Doesn't take a genius to build your own "toth" barrel install and removal tool with scrap metal readily available from scrap yards or job sights everywhere. Allthread you can buy or I can bring it home from work in construction. Rivets can be set by hand with a ball peen hammer and patience. You just have to be willing to cut and drill and file or whatever it takes to make your own tools. They don't have to be store bought and they don't have to be pretty, just have to work. When I looked up some of the build tools online I had to laugh at the prices, sorry but I'll make my own and save my money. Common sense and know-how can save you a ton of money if you're willing to get dirty, most people aren't.

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  • greg
    Greg
    Friday, May 6th 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Great article, thanks.

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23
Jan
2015

Who Gives A Cluck Cross Stitch Pattern

posted Friday, January 23rd 2015 at 8:49 AM by

Who Gives a Cluck Cross Stitch Pattern

Which came first, the chicken or the cross stitch pattern? Here is a quick pattern for your enjoyment. Make the jump for the downloadable PDF of the pattern.

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  • kate
    Kate
    Monday, January 26th 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Stephanie and I were thinking that the border could have drumsticks, eggs, or chicken feet (foot prints).

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Wednesday, January 28th 2015 at 5:26 AM

      Cool ideas, thanks!

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  • dadster
    Dadster
    Tuesday, January 27th 2015 at 11:37 PM

    This is Clucking awesome!!!

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8
Dec
2014

How to Fetch a Gravitar Image With PHP

posted Monday, December 8th 2014 at 8:45 AM by

Gravitar Icon

When I added Gravitar support for Homebräu I ran into a little hiccup for users that didn't have a Gravitar image. I needed to find a way to check to see if a Gravitar image exists in PHP, then stop Gravitar from returning the default image, which is just the boring Gravitar icon.

I managed to work it out by...

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6
Nov
2014

Homebräu - New Archive Support

posted Thursday, November 6th 2014 at 10:03 AM by

Here's a little something for Throwback Thursday. Its a short film I made for college nearly 10 years ago.

I'm still really digging it today, but what does it have to do with Homebräu?

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3
Nov
2014

GoPro Weapon Mount Review Part III: Video Range Report

posted Monday, November 3rd 2014 at 8:05 AM by

GoPro Weapon Mount Review Part III: Video Range Report

I did a couple posts for GoPro picatinny rail mounts as well as GoPro mounts for hunting rifles. In the final post of the series, I'll take them to the range and see how they hold up under recoil.

So, grab you eye and ear protection and and make the jump for the full report.

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    Son
    Saturday, November 29th 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Adam you did a awesome review! Could you please let me know if The Accessory Pro Gun mount will fit a GoPro Hero 4? You mention you use a GoPro although it was not specific on which camera.

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      AK
      Monday, December 1st 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Hey Son, glad you liked it. It'll work with any GoPro since they all use the same mounting system.

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27
Oct
2014

GoPro Weapon Mount Review Part II: Non-Railed Mounts

posted Monday, October 27th 2014 at 7:43 AM by

GoPro Weapon Mount Review Part II: Non-Railed Mounts

In trying to find reviews of GoPro mounts for rifles, I was disappointed that nothing I found online seemed to talk about how to mount them, or if it did, it didn't show any example photos of what the mount looked like, and what the images looked like when mounted.

Just like my earlier review for GoPro mounts for rifles with rails, this review will covers a couple different mounting options if you've got a rifle without rails. Oh yeah, and lots of pictures.

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20
Oct
2014

GoPro Weapon Mount Review Part I: Picatinny Rail Mounts

posted Monday, October 20th 2014 at 12:05 PM by

GoPro Weapon Mount Review Part I: Picatinny Rail Mounts

So I wanted to find a GoPro mount that would fit nicely on my rifles. When looking for examples or reviews online, I didn't find much that showed how they attached or what the images would look like. So I decided to try a couple and post the results. Enter the contenders:

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