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 »

Swing Shift Ruffles


This project is like learning to make a whole closet full of skirts and dresses. Follow the steps and you’ll have a simple dress or skirt that is endlessly alterable. For the dress, you can make it as a halter, with shoulder ties, with straps, or strapless. The skirt is... Read more »

Faux Stained Glass


I certainly appreciate the craftsmanship of stained glass, but I’ve come up with something that gives a similar effect without the prerequisite labor. Though it may not look exactly like stained glass, it’s a quick and easy rendition that easily jazzes up my windows. Read more »

The “Discreet Companion” Ladies’ Raygun

Lady's Ray-Gun

Torch lighters are handy, cheap, and easy to find. They come in a wide variety of shapes and styles, so there’s room for customizing to your personal taste. I normally modify mine with antique parts, but here I chose parts that you can get in most hardware and home stores.... Read more »

Teacup Stirling Engine


There’s energy all around us, just waiting to be tapped. Whether it’s a hot cup of coffee on a cold day, light from the sun, scented candles, or waste heat wafting from electronics, it’s all potential power waiting to be harnessed! This is the world of the Stirling engine. Have... Read more »

The Drill Rod


I have a 25′ cruising tugboat in Florida, and I wanted a small, lightweight ride that I could keep onboard for making beer and ice runs when I pull into a marina. After seeing a short segment on TV about a cordless-drill-powered bike at a hardware convention, I decided to... Read more »