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DIY Classic Desk Lamp

on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

It’s not often that you can build your own lamp, but Homeloo offers a series of assemble-it-yourself wooden lamps from Sukoo so you can build your own.  The lamps, like the Sukoo DIY Wooden Classic Lamp shown here, are made of pine wood MDF.  The folks at Homeloo assure us that the temperatures won’t getRead More…


Nathan’s Wooden Knife Kit Review

on Monday, November 28th, 2011

A while back, Julie posted a news item about a ‘wooden pocket knife.’  I was intrigued: normally, one cuts wood with a knife, right?  So when the opportunity to review Nathan’s Knife Kit from Klecker Knives came up, I had to check it out.  My 8-year-old son had been asking me when he could getRead More…


Ukulele taking up too much space? Fold it.

on Saturday, November 26th, 2011

If you’re looking for a cool gift for your favorite ukulele player, this is it. It’s a kit for a folding soprano ukulele. The parts are made of laser cut bamboo. All you need is some sandpaper, glue and a few other miscellaneous items and you’ll be able to build your own instrument that justRead More…

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SpikenzieLabs Solder:Time Watch Kit Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I enjoy making stuff, and I love electronics, so I generally really like electronics kit projects. The SpikenzieLabs Solder:Time Watch Kit seems like a great option for someone like me. This is actually a hackable watch- they provide the source code and other info, as well as convenient pads on the circuit board to tap into.


You aren’t a real geek unless you solder your own watch

on Sunday, July 24th, 2011

The Solder : Time from Spikenzielabs is an easy to solder wristwatch kit that has a laser cut acrylic casing that allows you to see the internal PCB, electronic components and battery (CR2032). There’s a velcro wrist band included, but you can also wear it as a badge with optional badge clip. This looks likeRead More…

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Show Off Your Crafty Side With the DIY iPhone Case

By: Andy Simmons
on Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod

One really nice thing about being an iPhone owner is that the third-party accessories market is so enormous that one is never at a loss for accessory options.  However, there is a trend in phone cases in general to lean towards the sleek and industrial or luxurious, often leaving those whose tastes tend toward theRead More…


Pally Pals: Trapezoidal, Foldable, Bobbly & Fun

on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Bobble heads.  Cool, right?  How about a trapezoidal-shaped bobble head that you construct yourself by downloading a template, printing on cardstock, cutting, folding and gluing it?  Too good to be true?  Check out Pally Pal Paper Toys.  They have a growing inventory of Pal designs in several categories or download a blank template and createRead More…


Do-it-yourself pocket knife building kit for kids

on Sunday, December 5th, 2010

JJ’s Knife Kit from Garrett Wade is a nifty build it yourself kit for little ones aged 4-7. Kids always want what their parents have, so this is a safe way to let them feel like they have a grown up tool. These kits come with pre-cut and pre-drilled pieces of Oak or Cherry dependingRead More…


Add a 2nd internal HD to your Mac mini or iMac

on Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I rarely use the CD drive in my iMac or Macbook Pro. 99.9% of the time, I download software instead of buying CDs. And I don’t watch DVDs on my devices either. OWC has a cool product that will let you ditch your optical drive forRead More…


DIY Watchmaking with the TOKYObay Limited Edition DIY Toolbox

on Friday, October 8th, 2010

TOKYObay will be offering a Limited Edition DIY Toolbox in time for the holiday gift buying season. This kit will give watch enthusiasts the ability to customize and assemble the main components of a classic style watch. The DIY watch kit includes two mid size classic watch faces. One with a cream dial and andRead More…


Another Way to Change the Look of Recessed Downlights

on Monday, September 6th, 2010

The Gadgeteer recently showed you how to easily change your downlights into pendant lights without hiring an electrician.  Today, we’ve found another way update the look of your recessed lights.  Sky Mall is offering Recessed Light Covers in a variety of styles from modern to traditional.  These Recessed Light Covers snap into place over yourRead More…


Geek Up Your Party With a Live-Updating Slideshow

By: Andy Simmons
on Monday, July 19th, 2010

If there’s anything that I love as much as getting my hands on a shiny new gadget, it’s taking old gadgets and repurposing them to accomplish something completely awesome.  I recently combined a low-end Eye-Fi card, a 2008 Mac Mini, and a little elbow grease to turn my home theater system into a slideshow displayingRead More…


Change the Look of Your Room With Instant Pendant Lights from Solutions

on Monday, July 12th, 2010

If you are tired of the way your recessed can lights look, you can convert them to pendant fixtures in minutes without paying for an electrician.  These Instant Pendant Lights from Solutions simply replace the bulb in your old fixture.  You can adjust the length of the fixture without having to cut the wiring, andRead More…


DIY Dice Handbag Kit

on Saturday, June 26th, 2010

If you are equally handy with “needle, thread, and battleaxe”, you can make yourself a D20-shaped handbag (called a dice bag, if you’re male).  The ThinkGeek kit contains all the components you need to make the bag;  you just need to supply the sewing machine, thread, iron, and the skills.  The DIY Dice Handbag kit isRead More…


DIY Moleskine Case for iPad

on Thursday, June 24th, 2010

I recently posted news items about an official Moleskine Kindle case with a reporter-style notebook and the DODOcase Moleskine-style case for iPad.  If you really want a Moleskine-style case for your iPad but don’t want to spend $50 and wait up to six weeks for it, you can try your hand at making your own. Read More…


Recycle Tip – Refill Pilot Varsity Fountain Pens

on Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Wee-Meng Lee sent in a nifty tip for those of you that own a Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pen and would like a relatively easy way to refill the ink instead of throwing away the pen. Wee-Meng has created a video that demonstrates his method. If you have other gadget tips like this one, please send themRead More…


Build Your Own 35mm Camera

on Friday, April 2nd, 2010

If you are a photography buff or just like to build things, check out the Plamodel build-your-own working 35mm camera with a 28mm lens.  You simply snap together the plastic parts in the DIY camera kit from Japanese design house SuperHeadz.  This could be a fun project for you to do with a younger child who’dRead More…


DIY holders for flashlights

on Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Benny Johansson sent in a link to his site where he demonstrates how to make your own holders for flashlights, bicycle pumps and other items. His photography and clear instructions are great. I’ve bookmarked the site for future reference. Go check it out.

Murphy Brown

A Real Murphy Bed Plan

By: cobinrox
on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen

Look on the Internet for plans to build a robot from an old computer mouse and you’ll find plenty.  Really useful, huh?  But, look for a set of plans for a Murphy bed and you’ll be disappointed.  Oddly there are plenty of people out there searching for do-it-yourself plans for Murphy beds, myself included (bothRead More…

DIY Droid Battery Cover Fix

on Monday, December 7th, 2009

I had no issues with my Droid battery cover for the two weeks I used it, but I have heard some complaints that the cover can fall off. I know another reviewer that had no problem with her review unit, but after purchasing she had issues with the new one. So it probably is dependentRead More…

Make your gloves iPhone friendly

on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

If you’ve read some of my iPhone related reviews, you’ll know that I have a love / hate relationship with the phone. It mainly has to do with the fact that there are no call end and answer buttons on the phone. You have to use your finger, which isn’t a big deal during theRead More…


Scorch something with the Weller Magna-Lite Butane Micro Torch

on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

If you have a thing for fire, check out the Magna-Lite keychain micro torch from Weller. It’s less than 3 inches long, but can create a flame up to 2400° F!


Shapeways 3D Metal Printing Napkin Ring

on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Posted in: Home, Kitchen

Shapeways is a website that allows people to create printed 3D models that you can keep. Their current deal is a $49 Ringpoem napkin ring made of stainless steel infused with Bronze or just plain stainless steel. The price is pretty steep for just one napkin ring, but the design looks pretty cool – andRead More…


My Lightsaber Saga….

on Monday, February 16th, 2009

I am definitely a child of the 70’s and 80’s. As such, I was (and remain) a pretty huge Star Wars fan. I remember my father taking the day off for the first Star Wars movie, not going to school, and standing in line to see the very first showing of Star Wars at theRead More…


VideoJug How-to Gadget Videos

on Saturday, January 24th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

I received an email the other day asking me to check out a video site called VideoJug. They claim to be the world’s most popular, free to use, video learning site, with over 43,000 bite-sized, professionally produced films on a wide range of topics – including gadgets. They have some fun do-it-yourself type videos thatRead More…