Larry Cotton

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


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 »

PVC Lamp from MAKE Volume 30

This lamp adds a romantic glow to any room. Designed to provide good airflow around the bulb, it seems to float magically on a soft ring of light around its base. Read more »