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Stationary Drumcycle


A recent toe injury kept me from running for a few weeks, and I bought a stationary bike to keep in shape while recovering. The exercise bike has a lot to recommend it: it’s low-impact, safe, easy to scale up for harder workouts, and indoors out of the weather. It’s... Read more »

Inkle Loom


Weaving is one of my favorite crafts because it’s meditative and challenging, practical and artistic. It combines plain-woven cloth’s simple elegance with the astounding complexity of a kilim split-stitch tapestry. I love the way woven straps look, but the idea of warping my floor loom just to make something as... Read more »

Custom Roller Skates


So why would you want to make your own roller skates? Because you can! Imagine rolling into a rink and turning heads as skaters check out your original, cool-looking skates. Not only will your custom skates set you apart in terms of style, fit, and comfort, they’re also a great... Read more »

Corrugated Glow


A friend of mine recently finished a deck remodel, whose highlight (literally) is a transparent corrugated roof that diffuses sunlight in a delightful way. This inspired me to find some way to continue that glow after sunset, in the form of a lantern illuminated by tea light candles. There are... Read more »

Whack-a-Mole Game

Whack-a-mole opener

Jim Chen designed an excellent electronic "Whack-a-Mole" game using 555 timers, LEDs, and bent-diode touch sensors, that you can build on a solderless breadboard Read more »

Knitted Boots


The first time I saw a knitted boot in a magazine, I was inspired to try my hand at replicating it. The plan was to transform a pair of existing high-heel pumps (that I bought and rarely wore) into a pair of knitted, knee-high mukluks that I would always wear.... Read more »

Eyeglass Frame Repair


You’ve got some eyeglasses, plastic frames, broken. On the internet you found a repair place. In two weeks you can get them fixed. But what if you can’t wait? Follow along and fix your glasses at home — the only special tool you need is a commonly available small-gauge drill... Read more »