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Steve Lodefink

Steve Lodefink

An inveterate tinkerer and "broad-spectrum hobbyist," Steve just can't say no to a cool project. At 3, he was already reverse-engineering the peanut butter and jelly sandwich: "I figured out where all of the parts were, found a good tool, and built one. I've been doing it ever since." He lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons, two cats, five tarantulas, and 24 African cichlids, and thinks that one of life's great pleasures is a really sharp aged cheddar cheese. "I'm a simple man," he says. He looks at life's debris at

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Georgi Tushev's head-mounted FPV ground station sports a large flat high-gain “patch” antenna.

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One of the best ways to learn about electric guitars is to build one of the many DIY guitar kits available. When it’s done, you’ll have not only a working instrument, but an understanding of how your instrument works. You’ll know how to string it, adjust it, and set the... Read more »

If you have kids, chances are at some point you’ve cut a couple of holes in an upside-down cardboard box and called it a “tunnel” for the train set, or a “house” for a doll family. Although kids seem to love them, these impromptu structures tend to be pretty forgettable.... Read more »

The George Nelson ball clock is a neat little slice of mid-century art and architecture, but with the current licensed reproduction selling for around $265, I decided that if I were going to have one, it would have to be an unofficial version. I made my first ball clock as... Read more »

I’ve been a big fan of model rocketry since I built my first Estes Alpha back in third grade. Nothing is more exciting to a 9 year-old proto-geek than launching a homemade rocket. But flying those one-shot solid-fuel rockets can burn a hole through a young hobbyist’s wallet faster than... Read more »

Aspiring luthiers will find this a satisfying first project, with its pre-assembled mahogany body and ready-to-attach neck; you’re left with the satisfying jobs of final assembly and finishing. The woods are nice despite the low price — the plywood fretboard being the only weak piece — and if you build... Read more »