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Friend of MAKE Mikey Sklar writes in: Everyone has pallets. Wendy Tremayne explains just how easy it is to convert your standard pallet into a beautiful adirondack chair. The only costs involved is a few dollars in nuts, bolts, washers and screws. Read more »

Over at the Steampunk Workshop, Jake von Slatt posted this brief item: Here’s a dead simple cell phone charging station I installed next to our main entrance. It’s just a pair of hangers of the sort you’d use in the garage to store a shovel or a rake. If your... Read more »

Marina from Austria is a mouse agility trainer – check out this video of a mouse completing an entire course, it’s really amazing! Via CuteOverload MORE: Monty on the Run Read more »

Here’s an interesting contest: recycle discarded mattresses into useful products! Deadline has been extended to December 19: The competition aims to encourage entrants to form groups capable of creating a consumer product, instructions detailing how to make the product, and a plan for production on a larger scale. Entrants must... Read more »

Wow, here’s some home decor for the synth music maker: the Roland 808 synthesizer pillow and the Big Muff Pi pillow. Read more »

Check out this neat wearable toy piano made by instructables user mikamike, it’s hacked from a toy and uses conductive thread and fabric buttons. Via Fashioning Technology. Read more »

We just finished a holiday “text to sing” program for Yahoo! Messenger where I work, Colle+McVoy, in Minneapolis. Here’s an open source themed maker’s carol for you all. If you want to create text-to-speech music yourself, check out the Festival project. It includes a singing mode which uses XML to... Read more »

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