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Fiberglass Star Roller

by Kyle Kepley
8/30/2015

This high capacity table-top star roller produces excellent star cascading motion for optimum rolling speed, and also has no issues with comp sticking to the drum walls or accumulating in corners due to being a perfect sphere. If you have ever wanted to learn how to work with fiberglass, this is a good starter project.

Freestanding Stainless Star Roller

by Kyle Kepley
8/10/2015

Build this industrial star roller with adjustable speed control, easily adjustable tilt angle, removable drum, high capacity no-stick stainless drum with optimal rolling shape, portability and stand-alone operation-- all for around $300 in materials.

3D Printed Star Sorting Screens

by Kyle Kepley
8/5/2015

Build this set of 12 star screens with your 3D printer.

Charcoal Grinder

by Kyle Kepley
7/27/2015

Build this simple charcoal grinder using a garbage disposal.

Girandola Rockets

by Kyle Kepley
7/23/2015

Learn the secrets to building authentic Mexican girandola rockets.


2.5" Ball Shells

by Kyle Kepley
7/17/2013

These small shells save on materials while still producing nice big, symmetrical breaks. Ideal for backyard shows, inserts and rocket headings.


Making Amaranth Burst Charge

by Kyle Kepley
7/9/2013

Make your own puffed amaranth to use as a high performance burst carrier for 2" to 3" size shells.


Onion Slicer Cut Stars

by Kyle Kepley
7/8/2013

Make precise 1/4" cut stars using common onion slicers found in many kitchen supply stores.


3/16" Aluminum Star Plate

by Kyle Kepley
2/19/2013

Build this professional quality 100 pin star plate using only a drill press and band saw. Ideal for making crackle and strobe cores.


Segmented Roman Candle Construction

by Gary Smith
2/18/2013

A new method of multi-shot Roman candle construction that eliminates the common problems of delay blow-through and lift granule compaction.


Build-n-Shoot 1.5" Shells

by Kyle Kepley
11/20/2012

This modified method of making traditional Italian insert shells has no drying time and can be fired as soon as they are completed. Ideal for testing stars or making cake shots.


Stainless Steel Rolling Drum

by Kyle Kepley
11/16/2012

This quick project will result in a professional looking stainless steel star rolling drum with the optimal curvature for rolling stars. The drum can be produced in only a few hours and is designed to operate on the Universal Roller.


TLUD Charcoal Cooking Method

by Pat Stuart
9/3/2012

This simple method of making charcoal does not require external wood to burn as fuel for heat, but rather involves burning the wood to be converted into charcoal directly.


Star Roller Drum Design

by Kyle Kepley
8/17/2012

This article analyses commercial star rollers, candy coater and tablet coater drum designs to determine the advantages and disadvantages of various drum shapes.
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