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Do it yourself, dude!

diy December 17, 2011 posted by

DIY Magnetic Levitating Sculpture Kit

A wise man once asked, “magnets, how do they work?” Come to think of it, wise might not be the right word. Anyway, that’s irrelevant. Regardless of the science behind magnets, they’re still quite fascinating, depending on how they’re used. My favorite is to see something suspended in midair using them. If you find this to be equally interesting, then you might want to check out this DIY Magnetic Levitating Sculpture Kit. The kit includes everything you need to suspend…


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DIY Magnetic Levitating Sculpture Kit
diy December 15, 2011 posted by

Rig your Christmas gifts to make sounds when shaken

With Christmas coming up, people will soon be putting gifts under the tree, to be opened on the 25th. Of course, curious minds will go to work, trying to figure just what is in those packages. You can only tell so much by simply looking at a box, but feeling its weight and shaking it can provide additional clues. If you want to really surprise those box-shakers, here’s a fun way to do so.


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Rig your Christmas gifts to make sounds when shaken
diy December 9, 2011 posted by

Use the Make Kit Guide to plan your next DIY project

When you go to the store and buy something shiny and new, you’ll bring it home and enjoy it. But after a while, it will just be another thing in your home that doesn’t really stand out as being special. However, when you create something with your own hands and use it for years to come, it will always be special, because you made it. Plus, when you’re building something, you can make it to be exactly what you need,…


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Use the Make Kit Guide to plan your next DIY project
diy December 6, 2011 posted by

Turn an old hard drive into a working speaker

There are certain basic components that one needs for their computer, other than the internal components. A display, keyboard, mouse and speakers are generally all necessary. Well let’s say that for whatever reason, you have no speakers, but need to find a way to output audio. Let’s also assume that you have a spare hard drive that you’re willing to dissect, and a few other key components. If you’re in this situation, you may yet be able to get those…


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Turn an old hard drive into a working speaker
diy December 2, 2011 posted by

Hack Siri to control your thermostat via voice

If you upgraded to an iPhone 4S from a 4, it’s very likely that you did so for one reason: Siri. That was the main reason I did it (that, and my old phone was worth more than the cost of a new one) and I love using it. Now that the novelty has worn off, I’ve been longing to use Siri to control more things than my texts, emails, and Google Maps. Well, it seems that I soon will…


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Hack Siri to control your thermostat via voice
diy December 1, 2011 posted by

Hack your monitor to only be visible with special glasses

If you’ve ever been in a government office or bank and looked at the computer screens, you might find that you can’t see anything. This is because such places use privacy filters to ensure that only people looking from a certain angle can see what’s on the screen. But what if you wanted to take this a step further, and make sure that only you could see it. Believe it or not, this is possible, with a bit of ingenuity.


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Hack your monitor to only be visible with special glasses
diy November 30, 2011 posted by

Build your own custom doorbell

The doorbell in my house is one of the more effective ones that I’ve had over the years. I have an odd sleeping schedule, so if someone stops by in the morning, there’s a good chance I’m going to be asleep. Thus, a loud doorbell is a good doorbell. If you’re more interested in the actual sounds it makes, you might want to take a look at this Campanello project.


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Build your own custom doorbell
diy November 28, 2011 posted by

Keep your cats off the counter by building a Blender Defender

I love my cat to death, but in the six years I’ve had her, there is one habit I can’t seem to break her of. When I’m around, she knows better than to climb up on tables, desks or counters. However, if I’m out of the room, she sees those areas as fair game. There’s never food out on those surfaces for her to eat, so there really isn’t any reason for her to go up there, other than curiosity….


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Keep your cats off the counter by building a Blender Defender
diy November 23, 2011 posted by

Hack a pair of IKEA lamps to hold your speakers

If you’ve got a pair of speakers for your computer, but don’t want them just sitting on your desk, you have some options. You could make a couple of shelves to put them on, but that could be a hassle, and take up valuable space. On the other hand, you could spend $20 and make a couple of swinging arm mounts for them, ensuring that they end up exactly where you need them.


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Hack a pair of IKEA lamps to hold your speakers
diy November 17, 2011 posted by

Build your own handheld flamethrower

Since the time of cavemen, it seems that we humans have a natural fascination for fire. There’s just something about the way it glows and crackles that just catches the eye. And possibly the fact that we can destroy so many things with it. Matches, lighters, and even butane torches are fun to use and all, but flamethrowers are where it’s really at. Most of them are too big and bulky to have fun with, but here’s one that is…


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Build your own handheld flamethrower
diy November 16, 2011 posted by

Make your own screen for t-shirt printing

If you’ve ever had a cool t-shirt design, there’s a good chance that you never bothered to actually get a shirt made with it. Usually the biggest hurdle is the cost involved with getting shirts printed. Most shirt printing shops charge a good bit for a small run, as it takes time and money for them to make a screen for a single shirt. Well if you have a design already made, and want a cheap way to transfer it…


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Make your own screen for t-shirt printing
diy November 15, 2011 posted by

Use a hot water bottle to heat your bed for a little bit of nothing

I’ve been happy to enjoy 70-degree weather for the past couple of days here in the Midwest. However, the forecast says that the cold temperatures will be coming back today. This means I’ll be looking for ways to keep warm without kicking on the furnace. If you’re worried about heating costs, here’s a great little tip that could help make your bed nice and toasty for the night, without running any extra heaters. First, invest in a nice hot water…


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Use a hot water bottle to heat your bed for a little bit of nothing
but is it art? November 14, 2011 posted by

Tweephone lets you tweet from a rotary phone

DIY projects can be a good way to make a device that simplifies your life, and saves you money. However, not all projects are like this. Some things we make because it seems like fun, or just to say that we’ve made it. I’d say that this Tweephone would fall into the the later categories. The Tweephone is an old rotary phone that allows you to compose and send tweets, simply by  picking up the phone and dialing. I say…


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Tweephone lets you tweet from a rotary phone
diy November 3, 2011 posted by

Learn to make sound absorption panels for better audio

If you’re serious about having high-quality audio in your living room, you may find yourself spending a lot of money on a good sound system. However, having some of the best speakers around isn’t the only way to make everything sound better. Much of what you hear has to do with the room you’re in, and how the sound waves bounce off of walls and other surfaces. One cheap and very effective way to get a better sound is by…


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Learn to make sound absorption panels for better audio