The Counting Box, Version Two

The Counting Box, Version Two

January 11, 2013

My Counting Box article in MAKE magazine was meant as a short “How I Made This” story, not a detailed “How You Can Make This Yourself” guide. Because people might want some instructions to follow in order to make their own counting box, I built a new version and documented it. 

View full article →

Pumpktris

Pumpktris

October 28, 2012

What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin, and with the stem serving as a controller. 

View full article →

The Abacus Bracelet

The Abacus Bracelet

October 20, 2012

Hey, hipsters! So that 1980s calculator wristwatch you’re wearing isn’t retro enough for you anymore? Time to go waaaaay back in time with your wrist-worn calculating devices, all the way to the abacus.

 

View full article →


Bamboo Prototyping Board

Bamboo Prototyping Board

September 29, 2012

I like to do a lot of my electronics & Arduino work on a laptop, either on the dining room table or spread out on the living room floor. Between the Arduino, the breadboard, and who-knows-how-many components, it’s a hassle to get all the pieces moved when project time is over.

I’ve seen acrylic plates for mounting a half-sized breadboard and an Arduino (here’s one at Adafruit & here’s one at Sparkfun), but they don’t appeal to me. Time to make my own.

View full article →

The Big Chair – Building Your Own

The Big Chair – Building Your Own

July 23, 2012 2 Comments

I’ve gotten a few emails and comments asking for plans for the giant adirondack chair I built. The trouble is that I prefer building things to documenting them. But because I love you all, I buckled down and made some plans.

View full article →

iPhone-Charging USGI Flashlight

iPhone-Charging USGI Flashlight

July 07, 2012

I wanted to build my own USB charger with the MintyBoost charging kit from AdaFruit. It gets its name because it’s commonly built into an Altoids mint tin, but I wanted something a little heavier duty than candy and tiny batteries—a USGI flashlight.

View full article →


USB Mix Tape

USB Mix Tape

January 26, 2012

I was reminiscing with friends about the days of mix tapes when it struck me that the ubiquitous USB flash drive would fit almost perfectly into a cassette tape. You could have all of the artwork and label design potential of the tape (to say nothing of the nostalgia), but with the space for more than just a dozen songs.

View full article →

The Counting Box

The Counting Box

August 23, 2011

My son loves numbers and counting. More than a few times I’ve peeked in at night to find him asleep with a calculator in one hand and a flashlight in the other. And one of his favorite things to do with the calculator is incrementing “1 + = = = = = = = = = =” until he can’t keep his eyes open any more. I decided to build him a dedicated machine that would do nothing but count up and count down.

View full article →

Snap Circuits Repair

Snap Circuits Repair

August 21, 2011

As resilient as they are, sometimes the components in a Snap Circuits kit can break. Here's how I repaired mine.

View full article →


Screen Printing Press

Screen Printing Press

July 14, 2011

After doing some freezer paper printing on a shirt for my son, I wanted to do some more intricate designs and maybe even sell some of them, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money buying a press. So what do I do instead? Spend a lot of money building a press!  

View full article →

Backlit Skeeball Marquee

Backlit Skeeball Marquee

March 24, 2010

Some of my earliest dates with my wife were playing Skeeball at the Seaside arcade. I wanted to commemorate those good times, but our house doesn’t have room for a full Skeeball game, so I thought I’d give her the next best thing — a backlit scoreboard.

View full article →

The Coloring Kit

The Coloring Kit

January 17, 2010

This was one of the first sewing projects I did, based on the Gratitude Wrap from soulemama.com (1.6MB PDF). One friend calls it the Art Pack (which has an undeniable grandeur), but I tend toward Coloring Kit.  What can I say, I’m a fan of alliteration.

 

 

View full article →