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Soldering Fume Extractor

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I do a lot of electronics projects and have recently taken an interest in stained glass. I love to solder, but the fumes from flux and rosin aren’t very good for you. I decided to build my own fume extractor to solve this problem. Read more »

Wind Your Own Guitar Pickups

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When I first started building homemade instruments, I used a piezoelectric buzzer from RadioShack as a pickup (see http://onestringwillie.com for details). But while it’s cheap and simple, the piezo transducer has downsides: it has a low signal output, it picks up a lot of handling noise and can go into... Read more »

You Have Just Been Poisoned

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Fans of Patrick McGoohan’s classic BBC spy series The Prisoner will recognize this gimmick from Episode 15, “The Girl Who Was Death.” This is a pint glass with words etched on the bottom (in authentic “Village” font) that appear line by line as the liquid is imbibed. Update: Got lots... Read more »