DIY bandsaw

Check out Matthias Wandel’s excellent homemade wooden bandsaw. His build log provides detailed notes and plentiful photos. [Thanks, Don!] More: Bandsaw beautification Pedal-powered hacksaw Read more »

Pen-shaking centrifuge

Matthias Wandel made this rather tongue-in-cheek invention to help him shake pens. Using my gear template generator program, I was able to establish that a three-tooth lantern against a mating cycloid shaped gear should just barely work smoothly. I wanted a high gear ratio for my pen centrifuge, so this... Read more »

Wooden combination lock

Master crafter Matthias Wandel (famous for his homebrew pipe organ) made this clever wooden combination lock to demonstrate how combination locks actually work. Read more »

Lego domino row-bot makes setup a snap

Matthias’ Lego domino row building machine takes the tedium out of laying out lengthy domino runs – and looks pretty smooth doing it. A motor from an old tape deck keeps the little guy moving forward and equally spacing each handmade wooden piece – The key idea that makes the... Read more »

Wooden RC tank

Daniel Carnes writes in to tell us about this cool wooden RC tank built by Matthias Wandel. The site has lots of pictures of the build. Matthias also makes other super elaborate wood works. Read more »

Gear template generator

Woodworker Matt Wandel has a tool on his site for designing your own “low precision” gears (i.e. wood, phenolic plastic, etc) and printing them out onto paper templates for cutting. You can define two gears (with tooth size, count, angle) and watch them interact. The site also includes a brief... Read more »