Homebrewed Gear Puller

Make: Online regular Craig Smith wrote in with a clever fix for his durable no-name electric drill: Six years ago I bought a cheap off brand cordless drill for work. My namebrand loving co-workers give me grief for it, but it does the job year after year at a fraction... Read more »

Lovely junk-built crystal radio

Craig Smith (South Milwaukee, WI) writes: With all of the junk I accumulated, I thought it would be neat to make a crystal radio as a low impact project in the evenings. I unwound the coated wire from a small useless 115V brushless motor that I almost tossed out several... Read more »

Reusing scrap at the Firefly Workshop

Make: Online staple Craig Smith of the Firefly Workshop in South Milwaukee, WI, wrote in with some great sentiments about living the maker lifestyle. To me, MAKE: has not been a neat project here or there in my spare hobby time. It has been a way to solve everyday needs.... Read more »

Firefly Workshop’s pedal-powered snow plow

We featured the meticulously-organized workshop that Milwaukeean Cindy Smith shares with her husband, Craig, back in March. Craig saw our recent human-powered lifting devices post and wrote in to share with us the custom snow-plow-tricycle he built for removing light snowfall from his driveway: Read more »

Custom camera mount & telescope tracking motor

Craig Smith of South Milwaukee, WI, wrote in to share the progress he’s made on his homebrew astronomy rig: Since my moon photo was featured almost a year ago, I have a better telescope, a homemade tracking motor and some ok planetary photos. Saturn is currently on the other side... Read more »

Borged-out car

Craig Smith, whose work has appeared in this blog numerous times (see links below) is at it again: My wife went to visit family this weekend. So left by myself, something geek-like is bound to happen. I started cutting and forming plastic sheets, assembling doo-dads and modifying my car. The... Read more »