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Fabric/Leather. Book Making. I Want to Make Something on My Day Off. Suitcase Picnic Table. First, you need a vintage hard side suitcase. The best suitcases are constructed of wood - beware of stiff cardboard cases, as they will prove harder to use as a table, and generally indicate cheaper construction. I found mine after looking for a few months at a few local thrift shops. There were other suitcases in the stores during that period, but I was picky so it took me a little longer to find the right one.

My case appears larger than Careyy's and it is much more suited to car picnics (i.e., drive to a pretty spot and lug the case over to it) rather than strolling with it across the city to your favorite park. I personally envisioned this case as the perfect accompaniment to a Shakespeare in the Park performance with a few friends. To prep your suitcase, assess it's current damage. In my case, the lining was stained and torn, so I removed it entirely. Next, my suitcase had some rubber trim to protect the corners. Finally, I had to repair a few splits in the wood sides. DIY Mini Photo Studio | Nick Drinks.

Our household is spawning blogs like bunnies. Since I need all the help I could get, I thought it would be good to up my photo game. We’ve been using a bay window to take some of our pictures. So I started researching a mini photo studio solution. The goal was to combine a light tent and an infinity wall all in a desktop model. I started by mocking it up in Sketch-up. All the wood was cut at i3 Detroit, my local hackerspace and brought home for assembly. The hardest part was figuring out the curve. A few coats of flat white paint and some lights from the hardware store and this is starting to look like a little studio. Cover the walls in ripstop nylon from the fabric store and you are all set. Check out some more pictures here as well as the sketch-up files (right click save as). Author Description Nick Nick is a cocktail enthusiast from Royal Oak, Michigan.

Glovebox Essential/Everything Pouch : Fill your Stuffs. DIY Sweat-sacoche diy-laptop-sweat – the Trendy Girl. Altered thrift store art: Some personal faves. Unknown, via Reddit. Banksy, via Flickr user goldenticket. It’s a simple idea: Find some bad art, whether original or a print, for a song at a thrift store, then modify it to make, if not “better art,” then at least something that’s more entertaining to look at. (Is it the same thing? Yeah, that sounds like a productive argument.) Anyway. Etsy seller loudxmouse. Banksy, via Flickr user Darrell Godliman. Reportedly Banksy, via Reddit. Banksy, via Flickr user poly_mnia.

Banksy, via Flickr user SteeveeGee. Woodgill at Monocol’s Etsy shop. Did I miss a good one? Related. The Brain Machine. Best known for inventing TV-B-Gone, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places, Mitch Altman is interested in any technology that gives people more choices for improving their lives. You don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to meditate, or a Sleeping Beauty to sleep well. Achieve these altered states of consciousness, and others, with this simple microcontroller device.What would happen if you could play a recording of brain waves into someone’s brain?

That question popped into my mind one day while I was meditating, and it turns out that there are devices that can do this. Sound and Light Machines (SLMs) produce sound and light pulses at brain wave frequencies, which help people sleep, wake up, meditate, or experience whatever state of consciousness the machine is programmed for. This article shows you how to build an SLM for much cheaper than you can buy one. HOW SOUND AND LIGHT HACK THE BRAIN</h4 Illustrations by Timmy Kucynda [A] Safety glasses from your favorite hardware store 1a.

Amazing Pendulum Effect! - How To Make a Secret Hollow Book: The first step into making the hollow book is to select a book. Make sure this is a book your own, and not one belonging to the library, or your family. I suggest rummaging through books at yard/garage sales. Make sure it is a hardback; otherwise you will cut all the way through the other side when you are cutting out the insides.You'll also need: Elmer's white gluea container to hold glue solution (I've chosen a film canister)X-acto knife, and/or box cutter. Mix a solution of white glue and water. Holding the remaining pages together, brush the edges with the glue solution - enough to soak in pretty well, but not too drippy. Allow this to dry, but use a spacer so the first couple pages, and the front cover don't get stuck.

When dry, open the book to the first glued page. Draw out a half-inch boarder around the edge on all four sides. Using a strait edge and knife, cut out along the inside of the line. Continue cutting down through the layers. Remember that first page we saved? DIY Star Lantern. Also: ...and 69 more. Create a Spy Kit This Weekend. Build Your Own Grid-It Tech Organizer in a Vintage Book. No! NOOO! As cool as this may look, I just cannot do this! I love my books too much. I would kill me to do this to a book, even if I owned several redundant copies of a book that I absolutely despised. Wouldn't someone enjoy reading them? Say I actually went through with this, probably under deep sedation, then what would I have?

The only way I can see myself going through with this would be to find a book that I so thoroughly DESPISE that I would want to carry around with me for the rest of my life a perpetual reminder of the eternal spite and loathing that I have for that author and his or her lump of inestimable drivel. Then, in the tears of the vanquished, I would see my own reflection and despair for the irreperable harm that I've caused to not only another book - but to a fellow book lover. No, Melanie Pinola, I cannot do this. Origami. 31 Insanely Easy And Clever DIY Projects. Wheelchairs From Old Bike Parts. By Gregory Hayes Photo by Bob Geile In developing countries — where roads look like off-road, sidewalks are as rare as wheelchairs, and nothing’s as rare as cash — a mobility issue can create a major drain on a family’s already sparse resources. That’s why Randy Geile designs inexpensive wheelchairs using readily available parts.

The price of a stock off-road wheelchair starts at a couple grand and skyrockets quickly. Geile’s contraptions, mainly made of scrap wood and used bicycle parts, might cost $25 (and a little sweat). Early designs had some simple metalwork, but working in Rwanda steered Geile toward wood. “Whatever they’re making there, they’re making of wood,” he explains. Each chair design is inspired by a different purpose. The designs themselves leave a lot to the imagination. Above is an excerpt from MAKE Volume 30. MAKE Volume 30: Until recently, home automation was gimmicky, finicky, and user-hostile. Adding a '3D print' button to animation software. Public release date: 31-Jul-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Caroline 617-496-1351Harvard University Cambridge, Mass. - July 31, 2012 - Watch out, Barbie: omnivorous beasts are assembling in a 3D printer near you.

A group of graphics experts led by computer scientists at Harvard have created an add-on software tool that translates video game characters -- or any other three-dimensional animations -- into fully articulated action figures, with the help of a 3D printer. The project is described in detail in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Transactions on Graphics and will be presented at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference on August 7. Besides its obvious consumer appeal, the tool constitutes a remarkable piece of code and an unusual conceptual exploration of the virtual and physical worlds.

Bächer and his coauthors demonstrated their new method using characters from Spore, an evolution-simulation video game. . [ Print | E-mail.

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Secret Doors, Drawers & Compartments. To make all of these Instructables, download this collection of How To’s as an ebook. Download » Bruce Wayne hid the entrance to the Batcave behind a bookcase, operated by a button hidden in a bust of Shakespeare. Ever wanted to make your own? Here at, we got you covered with secret doors, drawers & compartments!

This guide features 16 projects built by our users made to keep your stuff safe and hidden from view. From hidden rooms behind bookshelves to secret compartments in furniture, hiding your stuff has never been more fun! Instructables is the most popular project-sharing community on the Internet. How to Create a Secret Bookcase Box. EZ Toy Gun Modification - Silly Fluff to Bad & Tuff! Hack Your Brain! Grappling Hook Launcher. Upcycled NOW Watch--Picture Frame on Your Wrist! A friend of mine saw this "always exactly accurate" watch online for $50 and asked me "do you think we could make this out of an old watch? " This classy upcycled watch will inspire you to seize the day and fight any procrastinating spirit. "When should I ask that cute girl out on a date? " NOW. "I really should study for my test, but... " Stop procrastinating; NOW is the time! Even if you are not interested in making your wrist say "NOW," this instructable will show you how to turn your old, broken watches into wearable wrist picture frames.

Antique Light Bulb Organ - MIDI/OSC Controlled. Create your own antique light bulb organ to add nostalgic ambiance to any midi instrument! 12 light bulbs correspond to the 12 notes in an octave (minus the octave note). The rectangular box unfolds to position the light bulbs vertically for display, while at the same time providing a platform for the keyboard in use. Playing a note on the keyboard directly via midi, or through the usb port illuminates the light bulb for a particular key. Releasing the note, releases the key. Pedal presses are also recognized and keep the bulb maintained. The light organ was built for and is currently in use by the band Future Dancing , see the video below to see it in action! Future Dancing - Telling Stories from Future Dancing on Vimeo. Electric Violin. Portable Mini-Lyre. MAKEDO - Home. 100 Things You Can Make Yourself.

Add a Secret Compartment to any Book. Maker Faire Madness | Spark. DIY Gear: Create Your Own Awesome. Believe it or not, Do-It-Yourself isn’t just the realm of Bob Vila and that dude Ty on all those Discovery shows. You can, in fact, do it yourself. With a helpful bit of inspiration and an almost complete lack of instruction (exactly how we like it), you can combine found items and a bit of know-how into some seriously awesome stuff for your home – without the obscene price tag that high designers and big box stores would charge you for similar items. Like any good vacation, the planning of any project starts with the destination. So here you go, here are your destinations. Disclaimer: Real life DIY doesn’t have a standby emergency team. This Hyundai sponsored post is about snapping out of the norm and creating your own awesome. Wall Lamp Like the functional Erector set cranes you used to build as a kid, this lamp combines a few pieces of wood, some nuts and bolts and electrical hardware to create one of the cleanest wall or desk lamps that you can save roughly $250 building yourself.

Top 10 DIY Tech Gifts. @keyboard-vomit: Yeah, but wouldn't it be awesome if some of our not so tech friends actually attempted (and accomplished) one or more of these feats? I mean, when "it's the thought that counts," shouldn't it be a thought about something we'd actually appreciate. Then again, maybe socks are your thing. ;) @HunterShoptaw: That they are, I'm wanting some socks with an integrated HDD, and some USB connectivity.

@HunterShoptaw: The thought does count, but it sure would be nice if they enjoyed the gift too. So for this year, I created wishgenies dot com for people who WANT to give good gifts, but don't know what they'll want. @keyboard-vomit: I swear that some day, some how...Google will be able to find my lost socks. Build Your Own Grid-It Tech Organizer in a Vintage Book. The Monthly Challenge: Audio Hacks. Follow me to hear about all of the Monthly Challenges. This Month's Challenge:Share a hack that somehow involves sound. I know that a week is a short time to do a great project and I wanted to start giving people more time to get their projects together, so I have decided to turn the weekly challenge into a monthly challenge. What this means for you is that you will now have more time, more chances to win, and better prizes. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's awesome entries.

The winners are now in. With so many awesome entries, it was hard narrowing it down. That said... narrow it down I did. To Enter: Complete the challenge as specified above and share a link for a Photo or Step-By-Step Instructable in the comments below. Rules: 1) You MUST post either a Step-By-Step or Photo Instructable (no Videos) 2) All Step-By-Step Instructables MUST have at least 3 steps and full photo documentation.

In this instructable i'll show you how i will upgrade my Behringer Eurorack MX802A. Restore a Discarded Bicycle. Weekly Make It Challenge: Box. Weekly Make It Challenge: Chemical Reactions. My Cigar Box Guitar (with cigar box amp) Hack a Cheap Telescope into a Pricier Model and Improve Your Stargazing Experience. Mini Shoji Screen Place Cards. How To Make A Wallet Out of Playing Cards: Sub Irrigated Planter. Laptop Sleeve made out of some used military fabrics. You Have Just Been Poisoned. 22 Ways to Make Old CDs Awesome Again « Interbent. Overhead Camera Tripod.

Make an Ambient Lamp Out of a Milk Jug. Makedo Desk Tray. Make a Free, Customized Desk-top Organizer during your lunch break!! Leather Journal. Make a DIY Snowmaker. Father's Day Crafts Countdown: Comic Wallet. DIY Chess Set for about $16 | Something Impressive. Fancy Shmancy In-box. Book.jpg (JPEG Image, 896x3147 pixels)