Alan Roberts

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A Dovetailing Trick for Beginners

I don’t think I’ve cut a single dovetail for eight months – my work has been mostly chairs and casework that relied on other joints. So I’m a bit out …

Woodworking

13 grammar myths you should stop believing

Myth 1 — Never start a sentence with 'and,' 'but' or 'so'<p>According to the grammar experts at the 'Chicago Manual of Style,' you don't have to do mental gymnastics to avoid starting a sentence with a conjunction. "There is a widespread belief — one with no historical or grammatical foundation — that …

Language

How to Build Your Own App If You Don't Know How to Code

<i>In our series</i> Getting It<i>, we’ll give you all you need to know to get started with and excel at a wide range of technology, both on and offline. Here,</i> …

Apps

Create a fast and anatomically correct sketch

The way you approach sketching a character is very important. You shouldn’t be afraid of constant refinement. Here, I will lead you through my …

10 Laws Of UX, Illustrated

A handy guide for remembering Fitts’s Law, Jakob’s Law, and more.<p>Good design tends to follow general principles that give designers overarching guidelines to work within. But for user experience and interface designers, there are also laws that govern the nitty-gritty. For instance, it’s helpful to …

How I made a font from scratch and submitted it to Google in 24 hours

From here I created the letters <i>O</i> and <i>B</i> first. I made a decision that any letters that would usually have curves, would have a rounded corner instead. Most letters would be a tall block shape, but with letters like <i>O</i>, <i>B</i> and <i>D</i>, the edges with curves would have rounded corners.<p>The outside corner would …

Typography

2017 Best of Workshop Furniture and Hacks

Workbenches, workstations, carts, lifts, drafting tables and more<p>To be honest, our favorite category of furniture isn't the nice stuff made for …

How to Make a Leather Handle Wrap--Without Stitching

This craftsman's experimental technique looks pretty cool<p>Artist Cam Bergerman counts archery and leatherworking among his hobbies. Having learned how …

Build an LED Broom to Light Up Life’s Dark Corners

Last week I spent a lot of time cleaning on, around, and under my desk in preparation for my post about reusing old ring binders to route cables. In the process, I had to sweep out some neglected corners of my office which, while looking clean enough under ordinary lighting, showed up under photo …

Making Stiff But Safe Foam Swords

LinkSteel weapons are badass, but they’re not safe or kid-friendly, and they could get you in trouble at conventions or other public places. Foam …

9 Ideas Designers Can Steal From Great Children’s Books (Part 1)

Kid-less designers: You are beating me hands-down on sleep, gym, social, reading <i>and</i> movie time. Your minds are likely wonderfully clear of logistical …

Books

Learning To Love Caulk: 5 Eco-Friendly Options

<i>Caulk.</i> If you're 13 years old (or me), you giggle when you say it unless you emphasize the "L." For the rest of the world, caulk is one of those …

Home Improvement

How to Make Your Photos Look Like 1-Bit B&W Images from the Original Macintosh

- Jul 10, 2017<p>OK, to be honest, this really isn’t a traditional “how to” article, but this is so cool, that we had to share it with you. Old school …

Cardboard Furniture – Surprisingly Strong And Unexpectedly Stylish

Did you even know there’s such a thing as cardboard furniture? Not boxes repurposed into storage modules but actual furniture pieces made of …

Furniture

12 Filters You Should Be Changing at Home

Dryers that don’t dry, vacuum cleaners that don’t clean, and air conditioners that don’t cool may be plagued by the same problem: a clogged or dirty …

Simple DIY Patterned Coasters Using Resin

These patterned coasters add a fun touch to your kitchen table or nightstand. I don’t know about you but I always leaves glasses around my house, and …

A Brief History of the Pencil

Caroline Weaver, the owner of CW Pencil Enterprise, a specialty pencil shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has managed to make the dream of …

Manhattan

Best Dehumidifiers for Basements, Crawl Spaces, and Other Damp Areas

When temperatures and humidity rise in hot weather, a dehumidifier is a good defense to keep mold and mildew at bay. But to be most effective, you …

Google voice control comes to the Raspberry Pi via new DIY kit

Google has teamed up with the Raspberry Pi team to deliver voice control to the credit card-sized computer. Thanks to a new accessory called the Voice HAT (Hardware Accessory on Top), Raspberry Pi owners can now integrate Google Assistant into their projects.<p>Delivered in the latest issue of the …

Raspberry Pi

VR Mech’s Missing Link: The Phone in Your Pocket

In the process of making a homemade Mech Combat game that features robot-like piloted tanks capable of turning the cockpit independent of the …

Virtual Reality

Saving Money With Photo Essentials From The Hardware Store

Working on a project and realizing there's a tool or small part needed to get the job done can be a common occurrence. That's as true with fixing a …

Soda Bottles Used as Heat-Shrink for Wood Joinery

Nobody is likely to confuse it with the beautiful joinery that makes fine furniture so desirable. But as a practical technique, using plastic bottles …

Cut Custom Foam Inserts to Store Fragile Equipment

Transporting delicate electronic or photographic equipment is easy to do. Just embed it in squishy polyurethane foam inside a rigid case.<p>The problem is achieving this without spending too much money.<p>The first step is to figure out how big a case you need. Lay out your equipment as suggested in …

Build Your Own Vacuum Chamber for Under $30

In this video, the always resourceful Chris Notap shows you how he created a small, tabletop vacuum chamber on the cheap using an old scroll compressor he got from a discarded dehumidifier, some common household items, and a vacuum gauge.<p>He explains the project:<p>A vacuum chamber cost $400-$500 on …

How to Clean a Dishwasher: A Fast and Effective Monthly Practice

Some of us may not think too much about the importance of cleaning a dishwasher (after all, shouldn’t it be clean because it cleans all our dishes …

Check Yourself: 8 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in March

If the sight of the mercury creeping upward fills you with spring fever, we're with you. We, too, are restless for the toastier and longer days that …

Home Improvement

How to Build a Coffee Table with Just Two Tools, Make a Secret Compartment Shelf, Create Motion-Activated Bike Lighting & More

Part 2 of this week's Makers Roundup<p><b>Motion Activated Bike Lighting Prototype</b><p>Bob Clagett uses an Arduino 101 board to create a unique bike light. …

5 Easy DIY Tutorials for That Viral Chunky Knit Blanket

It's time to cuddle up with some Netflix and knits!<p>It's that time of year when staying indoors while snuggled up in a blanket all day sounds better than having to go to work or do errands, especially if it was this chunky knit blanket that people on Instagram are obsessing over.<p>This new knit …

How to Make PVC Furniture

Making furniture with PVC is a relatively inexpensive alternative to purchasing outdoor patio furniture. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a strong, …

DIY