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Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I'm a DIY editor at Instructables and I used to be an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and etymology.

Latest from Laura Cochrane

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Oobleck is a delightful non-Newtonian fluid that exists as a liquid under low-stress situations, but becomes more viscous when agitated or vibrated. Named after a fictional green precipitation in a Dr. Seuss book, the substance is fun on its own, but you can add more awesome by making it glow... Read more »

complete-projector

Make this fun mini projector just in time for Halloween. It throws a shadow image of a black cat — which then disappears, leaving only his spooky grin! Read more »

treehouse

Perched high in a coniferous tree in Sandpoint, Idaho sits a hexagonal treehouse, handmade by 23-year-old Ethan Schlussler. During the build process, he grew tired of climbing up and down the ladder over and over. So he created a treehouse elevator, using his mom’s old bicycle. The elevator is a... Read more »

cardboard wheelbarrow3

Rather than buying a cheaply made toy wheelbarrow for his toddler son, Alfonso made his own out of cardboard, in 5 minutes. Read more »

M40_Art-Bot_MOE

Picture it: A giant supermarket claw machine, but instead of a metal hand with a frustratingly weak grip, it’s a real-life chainsaw. In place of stuffed animals, there are stumps of wood on the cutting floor, ready for ripping. Read more »

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Most little boys play war, but you can’t get your hands on the really cool toys until you’re an adult. So I wanted to bridge that gap a little by making a toy cannon using party poppers. Read more »

Building an 8'-long robotic arm with a chainsaw on the end is no small feat. Here's how it was done. Read more »