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Alpha maker Craig Smith discovers the hard way that it's a good idea to label paint and stain cans with the projects they were used on. Read more »


Maker extraordinaire Craig Smith shared another quick work tip with us: Sometimes I grab the cordless drill/driver, some screws, and perhaps a small pilot drill bit on a quick construction/repair project. The screws would be better if they were 100% flush and I didn’t grab a countersink bit, or perhaps... Read more »

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If you ever had a project with a lot of measuring in one area, with a lot of cutting in another, you’ll do this to your measuring tape. (Ever put up drywall?) By simply sanding the shine off of the plastic casing on a measuring tape, you have a writeable... Read more »

Firefly Workshop’s Craig Smith described how he seals small wounds with the help of superglue: I read that the American Medical Association now recognizes superglue as a medical aid. For cuts that are deep, but not requiring stitches, or in an area where stitches are tricky, superglue is used. Funny... Read more »

MAKE regular Craig Smith wanted a wagon to match his (super cute) son’s, so he built it! My son loves his big red wooden wagon. It made me remember when I had one, and wished I still had it. But a kid’s wagon is too small for yard work, landscaping... Read more »

About 1983, when I was fifteen, I dropped my dad's red Bakelite soldering gun and broke the casing. Of course he was upset, so I did my best to "fix it." So I took my original Star Wars Han Solo pistol and gutted it to hold the soldering gun components. Read more »

Craig Smith of South Milwaukee, WI, built this Yoda with moving eyes and ears. We all love Yoda. Some have the life size statue in their home. But this thing tops them all. Built from a Halloween mask, the Yoda stands about life size. The eyes were cut out of... Read more »


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