Sport’s Bowl


This project is extremely easy and simple for all. While children will need adult supervision, almost any age can create this. With a small amount of tools and virtually no money, you can have a new bowl for the house in no time. Read more »

Solar Spinners for Your Windowsill!


This is an easy-to-build simple solar engine, also known as a Trimmet. We will construct a direct-drive type (as opposed to a voltage-triggered) spinner that will really go nowhere fast in direct sunlight. Perfect for windowsills and desktops that get a lot of old Sol’s rays. Many different styles are... Read more »

Wooden Salt Cellar


A couple of years ago I whittled a wooden spoon as a thank-you gift for our family friend Valerie, who was my daughter’s elementary school art teacher. Valerie appreciated it so much that my wife asked me to make another wooden gift for Valerie’s upcoming birthday. I thought about it... Read more »

Steampunk CO2 Gatling Gun & Costume


This project requires knowledge of woodworking, metal working, simple electronics, and access to a lot of parts. It runs off a battery and CO2. The CO2 tank is carried in a rolling backpack. A quick-release hose connector permits the gun to be carried without a tether, and allows quick CO2... Read more »

‘They Live’ Alien Masks


If you’re like me and my friends, Halloween is all about trying to out-do the previous year’s costume. This year, we decided to try to recreate the aliens from John Carpenter’s ’80s cult classic, They Live. And we did it all for under $15! Although this project is fairly simple,... Read more »

Beating Heart Pendant


While reading through Charles Platt’s excellent book Make: Electronics, I came across this nice little circuit for making a gentle pulsing LED. I was struck by the “humanness” of the pulse, but couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Later I found a heart-shaped tag on some pants I... Read more »