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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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Harvard Students Create a Printable Self-Assembling Lamp

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a child of the ‘80s, you might remember the Spielberg produced movie *Batteries Not Included. The imaginative film featured tiny, spaceship-like mechanical life-forms that could reproduce (and help rebuild decrepit apartment buildings). Now, it finally seems the age of self-assembling machines is upon us… or at least self-assembling lamps. [Read more…]

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Minuscule Matchbook Art by Joseph Martinez

Thursday 02.28.2013 , Posted by

Minuscule Matchbook Art by Joseph Martinez

Next time you pick up some matches to light your cigarettes, candles or cannabis, think about doing a little art on them. That’s what Joseph Martinez of Denver, Colorado decided to do one day. Taking some oil paint, he carefully created images of celebrity like figures. Whether it was Boba Fett, Willy Wonka or Rick James, Martinez brought them to life on the inside cover of the matchbook. His ability to create such small figures in a clear way is remarkable. [Read more…]

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