A classic instructional cartooning book

It’s easy to like cartoons. It’s hard to draw them (at least something better than stick figures). Sometimes the best cartoons are drawn out of basic shapes and lines that look easy to draw by anyone, and yet it takes genius to draw like that. And genius is the word I use to describe the author’s drawings and teachings in this classic book.

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My Maker Dad book is $2 on Kindle

My book, Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects is just $2 as a Kindle right now.

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Easy to Make Solenoid Engine

I want to make one of these.

Space Buckets: DIY indoor gardening units

A "space bucket" enthusiast named Agustin let me know about a DIY community that grows chives, basil, dill, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cannabis in stacked 5 gallon plastic buckets equipped with lighting and ventilation systems. The photo gallery of builds is impressive.

Inexpensive, No-Blind-Spot Rearview Mirror

NASCAR drivers and law enforcers use custom wide-angle rearview mirrors to avoid head-swiveling. You can buy a wide-angle mirror that attaches over an existing rearview for $60, but you can make one for about $12 and a few shop scraps. By Phil Bowie and Larry Cotton.

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The life-changing magic of Tidying Up

If something doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it. Marie Kondo on the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

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WATCH: How to remove a ring stuck on a finger with dental floss

Everyone should know how to do this.

How to make vibrating alarm clock underwear

randofo says: "The Goodmorning Underwear are a pair of panties that vibrate to wake you up in the morning. This project is a continuation of my ongoing efforts to further the field of electronic underwear... This particular project came about because I finally wanted to make a garment that my girlfriend would actually want to wear. While it may be hard to believe, when I made the Clap Off Bra it was not really for her."

How to charge your phone with a 9-volt battery

The Crazy Russian Hacker makes a cell phone charger with a 9 volt battery. [via]

Best way to cut open a pomegranate

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Cigar Box Guitars: the ultimate DIY guide for makers and players

As one of the founders of MAKE magazine, I’ve made quite a few physical objects. Nothing has been more fun than making guitars out of cigar boxes. The amazing thing about them is that they aren’t difficult to build, are fairly fault-tolerant, and yet sound good! David Sutton’s book is a perfect introduction to the world of cigar box guitars. He gives a history of them, profiles makers and museum curators, and provides step-by-step instructions on making three different types of cigar box guitars (including how to make your own pickups to electrify your homemade instruments). There are color photos on every page. Cigar Box Guitars: The Ultimate DIY Guide for the Makers and Players of the Handmade Music Revolution by David Sutton

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Make this nifty indoor boomerang

From Futility Closet: a cool little paper boomerang.

Mathematician Yutaka Nishiyama of the Osaka University of Economics has designed a nifty paper boomerang that you can use indoors. A free PDF template (with instructions in 70 languages!) is here.

Hold it vertically, like a paper airplane, and throw it straight ahead at eye level, snapping your wrist as you release it. The greater the spin, the better the performance. It should travel 3-4 meters in a circle and return in 1-2 seconds. Catch it between your palms.

Intro to measuring tools

As Steve Hoefer’s uncle would say, “I cut it twice and it’s still too short.”

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Free video class: 12 cool parent-child projects with Jane and Mark

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My 11-year-old daughter Jane and I recorded a 2-day video workshop produced by CreativeLive. You can watch it today for free. We'll show you how to make 12 cool projects, ranging from electronic musical instruments to balloon videocameras.

Mid Century rocking chair project

Mid-Century Rocking ChairOliver Frantelle, from Paris, built this Mid Century rocking chair from the instructions in my book, Maker Dad. He says: "We had so much fun that I wanted to report. First, it looks real cool. Second, it’s comfortable and cozy. Third, it makes my neighbors jealous!" Im jealous, too, Oliver -- yours looks a lot better than the ones I built!