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A Radical Wooden Roadster Built from Plans (in 1959)

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you were “the least bit handy with ordinary tools and not afraid to get your hands dirty” you could build the car in these pictures, read an article in the September 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. We’re pretty sure you’d need to be more than “the least bit” skilled to build this from the minimal plans, but we won’t fault the author on his choice of interesting cars. The extremely low-slung roadster was built like a boat, out of materials people would be familiar with: plywood panels covered with mahogany. Now that’s different. [Read more…]

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Walk and Work in this Human-Sized Hamster Wheel

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Study after study has shown that sitting down is killing us… but we still do it all the time at sedentary jobs with uncomfortable chairs. You’ve probably run across ‘treadmill desks’ at some point (no pun intended), but have you ever seen a human-sized hamster wheel? Instructables builders Robb Godshaw and wrdwise recently built a gigantic wooden one, and it’s large enough for a human AND their desk to fit inside. They launched their project with this spirited call to action (and production):

“Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.”

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FrankenCamera: 18-Year-Old Converts Vintage Rangefinder into a Digital Camera

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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For years I’ve been looking at vintage cameras, and seeing a world of possibility. What if you could transform those cool relics of the film age into something conveniently digital? It could combine the joy of a manually focusing digital rangefinder (something rare in the modern camera world) and the feel of something truly vintage. 18-year-old Ollie Baker wanted a “vintage digital” camera too, so with a lot of expert planning he built one – and it works! [Read more…]

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Fantastic Stop-Motion Videos of Furniture that Builds Itself

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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Woodworker and designer Frank Howarth has a workshop with a life of its own – at least that’s how it appears in his addictive stop-motion construction videos. His YouTube channel features a collection of meticulously created videos that detail each step in the construction of bookshelves, chairs, and toys – only Howarth is completely missing from the workshop. Here, pieces of raw wood seem to cut and assemble themselves. How convenient! [Read more…]

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A Secret Sculpture Garden on Isreal’s Sea of Galilee

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Sea of Galilee in Israel is world famous for stories about Jesus and his disciples from 2000 years ago. Also known as Lake Kineret, it is a beautiful part of Isreal and provides 35% of the countries potable water. On the Eastern shore of the lake, there is a large Kibbutz community that was established in 1937. It is called Ein Gev and out of the 273 existing Kibbutz communities in Israel, it is one of the most famous. [Read more…]

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Need More Personal Space? Urban Armour Has You Covered

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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This dress designed by artist Kathleen McDermott very kindly tells others to “back off.” Fashioned from umbrella parts and electronic sensors, the Hong Kong artist’s Personal Space dress automatically spreads in diameter when it detects an individual has come too close for comfort. [Read more…]

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A Study in Bird in Motion, And Other Surprising Sculptures Made from Popsicle Sticks

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Joyce Lin, a student from the Rhode Island School of Design, has just created a lively sculpture of a bird flapping its wings – and it’s made out of the most unusual material: popsicle sticks. With just a crank of the propeller-like wheels below, her decidedly quirky sculpture comes to life with surprisingly realistic motion. Lin has made a habit of employing the small, wooden sticks in many of her school and personal projects, pushing the limits of what can be expected from her under utilized material… well, unless you’re in kindergarten. [Read more…]

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These Friends Built a Floating Mobile Sauna

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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When life finds you in the grips of the far north, the best way to put a smile on your face is with a warm sauna. The next step is to take a plunge into a cold body of water… but you don’t want to run too far. This group of friends from Joensuu, Finland has the right idea: they built an altogether awesome mobile sauna in the form of a boat – complete with hammocks for summer use, a top deck to jump off and style galore. If this is sailing, sign me up! [Read more…]

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4 Year Old Fashion Designer (& Her Mommy) Create Dress Fashions Out of Paper, Tape & Glue

Tuesday 02.25.2014 , Posted by
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Mommy blogger Angie, who gives her 4 year old daughter the nickname Mayhem to preserve some anonymity, noticed early on that her daughter was into fashion far more than a typical toddler. Mayhem withdrew interest from her pre-made princess dresses and started using Angie’s scarves and sheets to create her own dresses. In attempt to restore order in her closets, Angie suggested that they make dresses together out of paper. Mayhem was hooked and still is 9 months later, which is an eternity in toddler time, leading us to believe this is more than just a phase. Angie started the hashtag #fashionbymayhem and has begun gathering a following of people who can’t wait to see what the two will come up with next. [Read more…]

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A Magical Hand-Built Cabin of Re-Purposed Windows for $500

Monday 10.28.2013 , Posted by

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For some creative people, there’s no better way for finding inspiration than getting away from it all and taking in a good view. This small cabin is the perfect location… and inspiration in and of itself. Hand-built by photographer Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz, the charming little structure was built with a front wall of old, repurposed windows in varying sizes and when completed cost an amazingly low $500 (plus a LOT of scrounging). [Read more…]

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