7 Great Outdoor Projects from Make

Nathan Hurst

Nathan Hurst is an editor at Make. He loves anything having to do with science or bicycling. He tweets as @nathanbhurst.

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By Nathan Hurst

Nathan Hurst is an editor at Make. He loves anything having to do with science or bicycling. He tweets as @nathanbhurst.

122 Articles

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We’re hosting an outdoor summer sports theme week at Make:, but we’ve been having fun and making things outdoors for a long time. Here are some of our all-time favorite summer sports projects.

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Simple Longboard

This easy-to-build board has been one of our most popular projects. It’s a good project to experiment with size and shape, and it’s also got a ton of real estate for creative artwork.

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Pedal Power Phone Charger

You charge your phone in your car all the time — so why not your bike? Especially on long rides, and especially if you’re using battery-intensive apps like Strava, your phone can die in a hurry. Sometimes that’s no big deal, and sometimes you get a puncture and need to call a roommate to pick you up.

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Hippie Bike Panniers

There’s a good chance you’ve seen some variation of these buckets around. Some bike shops sell them, but they’re easy to make. The directions here are just a starting point; you can customize them by adding a bungee to keep them stable, a light to keep you safe, and there are many other options too.

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Soda Bottle Bike Exhaust

Harley Davidson no longer has a monopoly on loud pipes. This aluminum bottle setup uses the same mechanism as the old playing-card-in-the-spokes rig, but amplified. Make: is not responsible for noise violation fines.

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Quad Roller Skates

If you look closely, you’ll see that these use skateboard trucks and wheels as well — so hold on to those old components, and those old shoes.

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Greener Surfboard

What does it mean for a surfboard to be green? It’s not the color; it’s the epoxy and the EPS. You can build your own through a kit, with our helpful instructions.

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Wood Gas Camp Stove

This stove actually recirculates smoke as fuel in the gasification process, making it great not only for camping but for efficiency and the environment.

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It is high summer, and this week we are celebrating with five days of outdoor sports-themed articles, pictures, videos, reviews and projects. We’ll be here all week, so check back often and get out there.

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