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Convert a Used Dishwasher into a Spray Paint Booth

Convert a Used Dishwasher into a Spray Paint Booth

Many years ago I replaced my dead dishwasher with a new one. Before hauling the old one to the dump I figured I would try to convert it into a spray paint booth. My at-the-time booth was a cardboard box, with an old cookie sheet, sitting over a large trash can and it did not […]

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The BeatBearing Tangible Rhythm Sequencer

The BeatBearing Tangible Rhythm Sequencer

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wreP8FMupyM?wmode=opaque] The BeatBearing is an exciting and intuitive way to make music. Move the balls on a grid, and you change the beat. Music sequencing couldn’t be simpler. Like countless other musicians, I use a computer to create beats and sequence them into mixes. Pointing and clicking with a mouse is fine for a […]

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Egg Heads Puzzle

Egg Heads Puzzle

As a retirement present for Joe Malkevitch, a geometer friend who likes puzzles, I designed and built this 1′-diameter Egg Heads puzzle from ¼” walnut. Many of my sculpture and puzzle designs require laser-cutting or other computer-guided fabrication technology to accurately produce intricate parts. But this design is simple enough that you can make the […]

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Marble Adding Machine

Marble Adding Machine

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcDshWmhF4A?wmode=opaque&w=560&h=315] Computers add binary numbers constantly, but we never see how. This elegant machine does the math using glass marbles. I started building marble track machines years ago using Lego. I experimented with all sorts of crazy ways for the marbles to descend. One was a rocker that shunted a stream of dropping marbles […]

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The UnaBox

The UnaBox

My architect friends Lorenzo Bini and Roberta Pezzulla made this little project for a very young and dynamic client: Lorenzo’s 6-month-old goddaughter. They wanted to make a box that the child could use her whole life to store small, personal, precious things. So they created the UnaBox, taking inspiration from an Indian box (by an […]

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