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Larry Cotton

Larry Cotton is a semi-retired power-tool designer and part-time community college math instructor. He loves music and musical instruments, computers, birds, electronics, furniture design, and his wife — not necessarily in that order.

Latest from Larry Cotton


Body filler is a thick, two-part polyester resin, commonly called Bondo. Cursory Googling reveals a universe of mostly automotive applications, primarily for repairing body damage, but we’ll leave that to the experts and show you a few creative uses for this versatile stuff. Read more »


First-time Bondo'er? Start with these tips for mixing, preparing surfaces, and finishing. Read more »


Switch on the nostalgic glow with this dimmable, modern table lamp. Read more »


A few clever cuts and you’ll be serving in style! Here’s an hors d’oeuvre tray you can make with only bamboo and a little glue. Somewhere between grass and wood on God’s celestial materials list, bamboo is exceptional stuff. Lightweight, strong, elastic, and durable, it’s one of mankind’s earliest building... Read more »


Build a snack-dispensing scratching post that will make Kitty forget the couch and curtains. Read more »

laminar flow fountain

Make a cheap, high-tech nozzle to eliminate turbulence and create incredible water effects. Read more »

PVC Two-Faced Clock from MAKE Volume 30

If you and a friend or relative live in different time zones, keep track with this two-faced clock. Read more »


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