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Makers

Wood, metal, fabric, stone - whatever your medium - a place for crafts, woodworking, furniture, builders, tinkerers, and jobbers.

Members: 120
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An general discussion group for tinkering/building/tweaking/jury-rigging/discussions, tips and projects - beyond just woodworking.

No matter if you are welding steel, or engraving copper plates, building a boat, rebuilding old clocks, or cobbling your own shoes - there is room for you here.

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Boat Building

Started by Vendetta. Last reply by Sean Apr 29, 2015. 4 Replies

Hey All!So for years I have been entertaining the idea of building a boat, researching what would be the best and most suitable boat for my needs, honing my basic woodworking skills, creating small…Continue

Tags: wharry, skiff, rowing, building, boat

Make it!

Started by Liam Strain. Last reply by Rick Shelton Jan 22, 2015. 25 Replies

What have you made recently? Anything useful? Fun? Necessary?I love the feel of creating something with my own hands. Bonus if it's functional and beautiful, but that's hardly the point if I get down…Continue

Feast your eyes on this Manly Project

Started by Glendale Eugene Aug 2, 2013. 0 Replies

  Keep one eye on the progress and the other on the Man-o-Meter   http://www.youtube.com/user/stevinmarin?feature=watch Continue

Fridge chalkboard and magnets

Started by Matthew Spencer-Kociol May 24, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi there folks! I'm trying to attach a chalkboard to the fridge in my house. It's galvanized steel sheet metal painted with chalkboard paint. The thing is, it's either too heavy or "slippery." I…Continue

Tags: fridge, chalkboard, Magnets

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Comment by Pake McNally on January 6, 2015 at 9:22pm

Hope everyone is busy putting some man hours in the shop! I'm a found object metal artist and blacksmith. Hoping to take my business full time soon. Keep on making stuff men. This is set of horseshoe steak forks and turners I just made. Hand forged, hammered and then seasoned like cast iron.

Comment by Liam Strain on February 23, 2013 at 12:18pm
Comment by Liam Strain on April 21, 2011 at 9:13am

Interesting TED talk from the founder of Open Source Ecology. They are developing a "civilization starter kit." DIY hardware (tractors, brick press, plows). Great mission. 

 

Comment by Mike on April 17, 2010 at 7:56am
My son loves the snap circuits. The other day he made a radio. Loves it.
Comment by Liam Strain on April 16, 2010 at 10:19pm
Levi, mix those parts with a basic erector set, and just about anything is possible.
Comment by Levi Cragun on April 16, 2010 at 9:14pm
My nephew is a little tinkerer and loves to build anything but doesnt know anything to build. he thinks he's outgrown his legos but he's only 5 (turning 6 in Aug.) He wants to build stuff with me but i don't know how i could entertain him without breaking my project. I gave him a little electrical set. with some wires and a little motor and switches but he doesn't know what to build with it. Any ideas?
Comment by Jared J. King on March 13, 2010 at 12:53am
I'd recommend the plastic molding they sell in the can to cover tool handles. It's the stuff you dip the tool handle in and then allow to set. If they aren't going to be chewing and swallowing it, it should be more than sufficient. If you need a wider way to apply it, I'd put it into a paint tray. Good luck.
Comment by Levi Cragun on March 13, 2010 at 12:45am
I'm building a table for my nephews. I'm going to cover the top with flat lego pieces so they can build on it. I wanted to make some scenery out of chicken wire but I dont know what to use to cover the chicken wire. Any suggestions?
Comment by Jacob M Lee on December 17, 2009 at 10:10am
I just moved to a new Apartment at the beginning of November. There was a huge dining room table that was covered with the repairman's paint drips , and just dirty overall. My landlord assured me it would be out before we moved in, but I asked him to leave it.

As I sanded it down, I discovered it was someone old 'DIY' project table. It's made out of pine 2x4 and 2x6. I got it sanded down, and only have 1 more coat of nice green enamel to get on it before it's done.

It started as me just being cheap and reusing something that was still technically good, but it's ended as me bringing someone else's personal handiwork back to life, and I love it all the more for that.

Now I have to decide: Do i carry it with me when I move, or leave it for the next person? I know I could keep using it for many years, and I'm worried that the next people would just throw it out, but at the same time, it'd be a cool little legacy to leave there.
 

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