This collaboration between Hexbug and Vex robotics sits squarely at the intersection between toys and robots. These are surprisingly large radio controlled beasts that, at the flip of a switch, become autonomous. With a price tag ranging from $50 to $90 depending on which model you get, they are certainly cheaper... Read more »

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For the past 142 years, blue jeans have been a favorite of men and women with dirty and tough jobs due to their durability and comfort. Created on May 20th, 1873 by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss, they would go on to become a staple in homes and workshops worldwide. The... Read more »

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Anyone who has built their own shop has sunk time into making drawers for a worktable. Andrew Klein has invented a sawblade profile that turns making drawers into simple origami. There are many traditional ways to build a drawer, but they all at minimum involve cutting four sides and a bottom... Read more »

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A few times a year I volunteer to an arts organization and serve as their “house sound and light guy.” I usually run sound and do the lights for the traveling acts if they don’t have a tech with them. The auditorium is in a rural Minnesota area, but even... Read more »

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Cartesian diver toy "Diving Tony" was a cereal box favorite. You can make one quickly from just a few parts. Use clear PETG tubing and a piece of solid styrene to make the diver follow your commands. Read more »

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Amid the flaming robots and art cars of the 2015 Maker Faire I found an unexpected oasis of beautiful wood furniture and sculptures held together using thin steel cables. Robby Cuthbert’s wood and steel designs take conventional furnishings (tables, lamps, bookshelves) and infuse them with a subtle magic that takes... Read more »

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No, what you see in the picture above is not a gigantic homemade mortar, it is in fact, a DIY cement mixer made with mostly recycled parts. These include the mixer body, which is an old pickle barrel, and a wheel bearing from a minivan that wasn’t nearly as worn... Read more »