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Jason Poel Smith.

Today we’re launching DIY Hacks & How To’s, a weekly video series with maker Jason Poel Smith. His videos will appear on Mondays.

Jason Poel Smith says he started making at an early age with Legos and Erector sets and every other building toy he could find. By 12 he was a regular at his local Radio Shack so it was no surprise when in college he decided to pursue a degree in engineering. After graduating, he spent several years designing manned aerial lifts, aircraft tooling fixtures, and board games. Jason and his wife Samantha live in central Indiana where they spend much of their time trying to keep up with their new son, Ian.

In DIY Hacks and How To’s, Jason shares  his latest project and shows you how to make them. The series will cover a broad range of topics that aims to teach you how to make one-of-a-kind toys, tools, hacks, and mods, and everything in between.

In his first episode, Jason hacks a solar-powered LED walkway light with a motion sensor to create a cool light fixture that comes to life in the evening. Here’s a link to the full project.

See the full series here.

Stett Holbrook

Stett is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

Contact Stett with tips and story ideas on:

*Sustainable/green design
*Young Makers
*Action sports



  1. Goli Mohammadi says:

    Awesome! I really enjoy the accessibility of Jason’s projects on Make: Projects. These garden lights are great. Looking forward to seeing more. Welcome, Jason!

  2. Kenn Oldfield says:

    Looking forward to the next one. Where is it?

In the Maker Shed