Do-It-Yourself, How-To

Fascinations Metal Earth Licensed Models

I will admit that as a young lad I liked building models. As I got older my interest changed and model building went to the back burner. I have toyed with the idea of picking up some models to keep myself occupied, but I just have not found any that seemed interesting. A company called [...]

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fluke linksprinter300-02

When it comes to home networks, I always prefer a wired internet connection over WiFi.  When you've got a bunch of unmarked cables hidden behind the walls, you need all the help you can get.  I'm not an IT professional, but I thought I'd add the Fluke Networks LinkSprinter to my "bag of tricks" when [...]

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joylabz-makeymakeygo-1

Have you ever wanted to use a doughnut as your spacebar? Have you been hankering to use jello as a game controller? Yeah me neither, but now you can thanks to the most unusual Kickstarter project ever, Makey Makey Go. Makey Makey Go is a device composed of a USB dongle and a wire with [...]

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brando-globe

This looks like a fun do-it-yourself project for you or your kids. It's the D.I.Y. Solar Wood Globe from Brando. The kit comes with everything you need to construct a globe of our planet that rotates when it's exposed to sunlight. The base is made of wood and the globe is made of plastic. A small [...]

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diy-nixie-tube-clock-kit

We've told you about these ultra-cool steampunk clocks with Nixie tubes displays.  Nixie tubes are "the LEDs of yesteryear" that used to be used for displays on scientific equipment, voltmeters, counters, and control panels.  They're no longer in production, but ThinkGeek found some limited-edition kits that let you build your own clock with an alarm function [...]

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elfa-sale

I've shown you pictures of my desk that I custom designed from Elfa components at the Container Store.  I designed a perfect desk for myself, and then I was able to easily turn that one person desk into a two-person desk when my husband wished he had a new desk, too.  That desk was built [...]

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Bondic

Last year Julie was nice enough to send me a packet of Sugru in a care package. While I love the stuff, it is not always suitable for every fix I need. Enter Bondic liquid plastic welder. Bondic is not a glue, instead it is a liquid plastic that you use to bond surfaces together. [...]

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wicked

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you have surely seen the movie trailer for Episode VII of the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The biggest buzz about this movie sneek peak is the awesome new lightsaber that has two mini lightsabers that project from the hilt after [...]

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veto-pro-pac-MC-01

I used to carry tools around for a living.  A good tool bag was critical.  I ended up with a variety of boxes with wheels on them just to lug them around town.  I don't do that anymore, but since I rent and don't live in a house, space is at a premium.  Maybe what [...]

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framewraps

Adding or changing the artwork on your walls can be an expensive project. Even if you use your own images, you still have to get the pictures matted and framed, which is not cheap. Then there's the problem with doing it all over again when you start growing tired of looking at the same images on [...]

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ikea-fixa-tool-kit

Julie's post about the clever but expensive Strelka tool kit yesterday reminded me of my favorite little tool kit.  Although my husband has a nice kit that has more expensive tools than this little kit from Ikea, the Fixa 17-piece tool kit has everything that we need to use for most of the things we do around [...]

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strelka-toolbook

I have a large Craftsman toolbox in my garage that contains all manner of screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and more. But not everyone has a garage or room for such a collection of tools. The Strelka ToolBook is a toolbox that stores in your home on the book shelf. You might be thinking that you don't [...]

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steamytech

If you are a geek, you most likely already know what steampunk is, but if not, it's a sub-genre of science fiction that features steam-powered machinery and gadgets that have been inspired by the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. The folks at Steamy Tech have created a wide variety of kits and [...]

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elfa-pantry-door-system

I've shown you the elfa desk system I built for my home office, but I haven't shown you all the other elfa systems in my house.  We have a huge bookshelf that stores books and serves as the support table for the giant, 88-key electronic keyboard, my daughter's desk system, and the closet drawer systems. [...]

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dropcam_diy_enclosure

It is not that the Logitech Alert video surveillance system we use has become all that long in the tooth. It still works well enough. The fact is I want/need to expand my coverage and their outdoor cameras are difficult to get ahold of and surprisingly costly when you do. Julie and I have been discussing surveillance [...]

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diy-halloween-costume-iphone-6-bendgate

With less than two weeks until Halloween, you're quickly running out of time to figure out what you're going to dress up as for the holiday parties you'll be attending. Dracula and Ironman are so 2013, so here's an idea that is not only funny, but also timely. It's a bent iPhone 6 costume that you can [...]

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MakerFaire2014-25

Every year since 2011, my boyfriend and I enjoy going to Maker Faire in Queens, NY.  Maker Faire is a large family friendly, creative, tech-influenced event that is held in multiple cities around the US and globally.  We love to see the inventions and projects from hobbyists, hackers, and students. This year, I thought I would post a [...]

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27 Finished Product

It came in an unassuming box, fitting neatly into my mailbox in a bubble mailer.  I took it out and opened it up and lo!  There was THE gadget I HAD to get my hands on.  Since Maker Faire three years ago I had fallen in love with the Useless Machine.  There are so many [...]

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blink1-2

The blink(1) is a small USB LED status light that plugs into your PC, Mac, Linux or even Raspberry Pi device and can be set up to flash a certain color and pattern when something happens that you need to know about. That "something" is entirely up to you. For example: Do you want to know [...]

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pencilman1

Do it yourselfers, handy men and women and just about anyone who needs to measure and mark something will want to check out the PencilMan tape measure from Smith Works Tools. The PencilMan is a 25 foot metal ruler that features an easy to use thumb activated tape brake lever, a belt clip and best [...]

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