Derek Lacourciere

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Elon Musk is Selling $500 Flamethrowers Now

Over the course of his career, Elon Musk has helped revolutionize online currency with Paypal, freaked out half the greater Los Angeles area with …

Tesla

You can assemble this foldable M.A.DI flatpack A-frame home in just six hours

Tiny homes and modular construction are all the rage these days, but one brilliant Italian architect may have created the most versatile combination …

Italy

Making a Single-Plywood-Sheet Table, a Turntable Cabinet from an Old Suitcase, a Shop in a Trailer & More

Part 2 of this week's Makers Roundup<p><b>Turntable Cabinet from Old Suitcase</b><p>After Laura Kampf's old-school suitcase broke, she turns lemons into lemonade …

Russia

Just Look at How Quickly This Crew Paves a Road

The definition of satisfying.<p>Far, far away in a remote stretch of nowhere in particular, a big ol' truck paints a black stripe. More trucks follow behind laying down fine pieces of rock over the asphalt. And that's it.<p>This video contains little more than a drone's-eye view of a road-building crew …

Western Australia

Lego-style prefab buildings quickly add 4,000 square feet to these schools

The structures were erected in just two weeks<p>It’s no secret that architecture nerds tend to love both Lego blocks and modular buildings. In Indre-et-Loire, France, a pair of private high schools have combined those obsessions to cleverly expand their education space. The schools teamed up with …

How to Build a Tiny, Off-Grid House for $2500 (Video)

From life inside a tiny, 7'x12' portable house to touring an infamous roundhouse, we've been pretty fascinated by the DIY tiny house movement. Here's …

Off-grid

Building Better Cornhole Boards!

Want to build the best cornhole boards on your block? Here's everything you need to do just that!Before we begin, don't forget to follow @MossBoards …

Woodworking

Stone and Log Home Construction: Building a Passive Solar Home on a Shoestring Budget with Slipform Stone Masonry and Skip Ellsworth's Butt-and-Pass Log Home Building Method

<i>We moved into a tent on the property and started building our house.</i><p><i>A previous owner excavated a site for a house and poured a concrete slab. We</i> …

Woodworking

The wooden dream house within reach

This could just be the most charming house of all time. Of course, the beauty of the finished house is characterised by simplicity of its …

Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts

Click here to watch a short video on the Heartwood experience produced by the Becket Athenaeum Media project.<p><b>Our Experience</b><p>We have also learned that …

DIY Off the Grid: Open Building Institute to Change Face of Home Construction & Home Ownership

Dr. Marcin Jakubowski is a TED Fellow and an inspirational speaker, and what he is currently doing is nothing less than stunning in terms of teaching …

TED Talks

Turn Sweeping the Garage from a Chore to a Joy with a DIY Air Broom

Get that garage<p>It's important to keep your workshop floor clean so you don't track sawdust and debris back into the house. There's nothing <i>wrong</i> with a broom and a dustpan, but this DIY air broom quickly pushes dust and debris of all sizes into manageable piles. Plus it's much more fun to use than …

Will DIY Air Conditioners Really Keep You Cool This Summer?

Don’t feel like plunking down upwards of a few hundred bucks for a window unit air conditioner? No, of course you don’t; that was a silly question. …

Build This Stylish DIY Bluetooth Speaker That Delivers Great Sound

This Bluetooth speaker can be built in a day and is distinguished enough to complement your home's hi-fi system.<p>Bluetooth speakers have exploded in popularity, and are the easiest way to play music off your smartphone. The problem is the speakers are usually a bit small and the sound doesn't quite …

Tech Trends

How to Make a Wooden Speaker For Your Phone

This DIY speaker makes an attractive and rugged dance party companion.<p>Your iPhone's dinky speaker will suffice for speakerphone calls and listening to podcasts while you cook, but it's hardly adequate for properly enjoying music. Bluetooth portable speakers are a great solution, sure. But for …

Woodworking

Vetsport Extreme SIPS Microcamper

Introduction: Vetsport Extreme SIPS Microcamper<p><b>The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 57,849 veterans are homeless</b> …

How to Create a Safe Room in Your House or Apartment

The homes of many rich, famous people have a secret hidden within them. Somewhere, in the depths of the home, is a secure room to which the residents …

Plans

Get Ready to Fall in Love With This Incredible Barn Renovation

After moving from New York to Connecticut, a run-down 1860s barn was given new life.<p>Barn mansions, barn renovations, and even barndominiums—we just can't get enough of these country gems. But this latest barn makeover has stolen our hearts.<p>Douglas Vanderhorn Architects found this 1860s barn in …

Apple case: judge rejects FBI request for access to drug dealer's iPhone

Judge James Orenstein says government’s position has implications that are ‘so far reaching as to produce impermissibly absurd results’<p>A federal judge on Monday rejected an FBI request to order Apple to open the iPhone of a drug dealer in a major setback to the US government’s increasingly heated …

Convert a VW Jetta into Small Modern Pickup

Can you imagine driving a stylish small modern pickup capable of 40 miles per gallon? That doesn’t exist on any dealer lot, but with a used VW Jetta or Golf, a $3,500 kit available on eBay, and a few weekends, you can build it yourself.<p>The affordable Smyth Performance Volkswagen Jetta/Golf Truck …

Volkswagen

This Guy Made $30,000 Last Year Selling Stuff From Flea Markets

Rob Stephenson calls himself the Flea Market Flipper.While it might not be the most glamourous side business, <b>he earned $30,000 last year working</b> …

Frugal Living

Use the Mortise and Tenon Woodworking Joint for Building Rock Solid Furniture

There's a reason the mortise and tenon joint has been used for thousands of years—it can be carved using basic woodworking tools and it'll last for ages.<p>The mortise and tenon woodworking joint has been used around the world for thousands of years—for good reason. It's considered one of the …

Woodworking

Space Saving Tips for Your Container House Furniture Layout

There are many things you need to consider when you start building your own container home. Of course, you will search online for guides on how to …

Furniture

Magic Mirror for the Masses

I made one of those smart mirror dealies. If you can hang a picture configure an app, you can make one too. The app I made is free and it has a UI so …