Ian Thacker of the DIY Family blog teaches English at a girl’s high school in Taiwan. MAKE reports on Ian's recent project: a popsicle stick amplifier case.
One of the school projects that caught my eye was a popsicle stick-encased stereo amplifier with speakers built from used CD cases. Ian has to pay for supplies–popsicle sticks and the CD cases make for low-cost building materials.
One of his students wanted a cheap stereo to take to college, so he designed one for easy construction, affordability, and cool design. It’s all of that. The project is built around a $33 8-watt amp. Blue LEDs give it a cool glow at night. Ian had four students without prior electronics experience build their own and he said they did so with ease.
Schematic at MAKE online
My friend John Edgar Park made this cool MIDI controller in a pizza box with a conductive ink surface.
Chemist George Zaidan makes homemade toothpaste using the same ingredients in commercial toothpaste. It includes abrasives, humectants, sweeteners, flavors, foaming agents, thickeners and binders, sodium fluoride, and a few other things. He uses chalk, xylitol, peppermint oil, and glycerine.
The October issue of Make is focused on making props and costume armor (natch!) and on the website, master propmaker Shawn Thorsson shares an elaborate and fearsome set of instructions for making your own gigantic, embossed battle-axe.
Vaping is getting more mainstream by the day, which means there’s been an influx of quality yet affordable vaporizers on the market. We’re particularly excited about the APX Wax Vaporizer Kit, which is an easy-to-use, high-quality vape that works with both dry herbs and waxy concentrates.If you’re a beginner trying to get into vaping, the APX […]
When you’ve had a long day and it’s time to unwind, there’s a lot you can do to relax: drink some tea, take a shower or even read a book. But there’s one thing that’s essential to a comfortable night’s rest—and that’s investing in some really good sheets. Enter Bamboo Bed Sheets. These quality sheets retail for $120, but […]
The Avantree Powerhouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station brings high quality, high power, and still keeps your work space or home looking neat and organized. The best part about this charger is its capacity. It comes packing 4 USB charging sockets and a powerful 4.5A/22.5W output.. Its smartport technology means you don’t have to worry about frying your battery, either—it […]