Connect 4 Binary Clock

Remember that old Connect 4 game sitting in your basement/closet/chest/Batcave? You’ve always wanted to upcycle that into a functioning binary clock utilizing the awesome powers of an Arduino, haven’t you? Of course you have! Well, you’re in the right place! This is a great weekend project that will provide you... Read more »

Mini Folk Charm Necklace

I have several necklaces with my children’s and husband’s names incorporated into the pendants, but I didn’t have one with their likenesses. So I spent an afternoon in the craft cave and created my own tiny family charms. Here’s how I did it. Notes: I used tiny corked watch part... Read more »

$5 HeliRocket

The HeliRocket is propelled by a standard model-rocket engine, but instead of the engine’s ejection charge deploying a parachute, it releases the rocket’s 3 tail fins. The fins then swing up into a helicopter blade configuration, which slows the rocket’s descent by converting much of its kinetic energy into drag... Read more »

Sous Vide Immersion Cooker

  I’m fascinated by sous vide cooking, in which foods vacuum-sealed in plastic are immersed in a precisely temperature controlled hot water bath to achieve optimal doneness. But most sous vide (soo-veed) cooking machines are commercial models that cost north of $2,000, and the first “home” version, the countertop SousVide... Read more »

Magnetic Knife Rack

A while ago I wanted to get a magnetic knife rack for a set of fancy chef’s knives I had received as a gift. This would keep them out of a counter-hogging knife block or, even worse, the kitchen drawer, and in a convenient, easy-to-reach place. Dismayed with the price... Read more »