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Getting Started with Your Multimeter

Of all electronics tools, I consider the multimeter to be the most essential. It will tell you how much voltage exists between any two points in a circuit, or how much current is passing through the circuit. It will help you to find a wiring error, and can also evaluate a component to determine its …

Arduino

Google's programmable Lego-like blocks teach kids to code

With an increasingly digital future ahead of us, kids are being taught programming skills at younger and younger ages. Play is often the best way to …

Maker Shop Tours with Great Shop Tip Takeaways

Lots of makers who have YouTube channels do shop tour videos. They can be a mixed bag. As Izzy Swan points out in his video below, they can feel a little bit like bragging or at least an endless list of tools you don’t own, tools you may not need, and tools you can’t afford. On the plus side, shop …

Woodworking

This Handmade Modern Bean-Bag Toss Set Is Perfect For Summer — Apartment Therapy Reader Submission Tutorials

Pin itSummer is quickly approaching (thank goodness) and with it lots of outdoor time. If you're looking for a fun summer activity that doesn't …

Tutorials

5 Workshop Tours to Inspire Your Next Build

These workshops may be dreamy, but they're still within reach of most DIYers.<p>We're always looking for innovative ways to organize our workshops, as well as to gain a peek at what tools our favorite makers use. Check out the the following workshop tours from a few popular DIYers and woodworkers, and …

Woodworking

Build A Portable Workshop That Can Handle All Kinds Of Projects And Then Shrink Down In Size

<b>Video:</b> Having a big, nice woodcutting station is great, but not everyone has the space required for that. DIYer Paoson Woodworking solves this with a …

Woodworking

10 Tips From Shop Class You Should Never, Ever Forget

A wood shop teacher shares the skills and advice that transcend the classroom.<p>According to Shakopee West Junior High School, Chris Lyons is a "technology education teacher." I prefer the old nomenclature. Lyons is a shop teacher, one who's taught students (including my younger son) and adults about …

How Woodworker Greta de Parry Changed the Design Game

The sculptor behind the iconic Coleman Stool shares insight into her creative process. (Who can't relate to #4?)<p>Chicago-based sculptor and woodworker Greta de Parry has earned a spot on the new guard of contemporary furniture designers—possibly thanks to a love affair with concrete. By fashioning a …

Watch a Master Carpenter Build the Workbench of Your Dreams

Any shop doing good work demands an equally good workbench. And if this build is any indication, Jesse de Geest AKA The Samurai Carpenter will be …

The DIY CNC Machine You Must Know How To Build!

If you’re the type of person who likes to build things on your own, you know that the equipment needed to complete larger projects is dauntingly …

Woodworking

Shop Organization Projects with April Wilkerson

One of my recent favorite <i>YouTube</i> maker channels is April Wilkerson’s woodworking channel. April is a young Texas woman who, just a few years ago, basically knew nothing about woodworking. But she and her husband had a long list of improvements they wanted to make in their home and not a lot of …

An Arduino-Powered Laser Engraver That You Can Build

MichielD99 is a 16 year old Belgian teenage maker. It is amazing that, with the tools and materials available today, a young person, really any person, can create something as sophisticated and professional-looking as this laser engraver.<p>It took Michiel about three months to plan and construct the …

Build a Crosscut Sled And Up Your Table Saw Game

Crosscut sleds are must-have jig for anyone with a table saw. Here's how to build them.<p>Building a few custom jigs to guide your cuts will unlock the potential of your table saw, and the most important may be the crosscut sled. A crosscut sled provides a stable platform for you to make straight, …

Woodworking

Woodworking Not-So-Common Sense

As you can imagine in my line of work, I spend a lot of time helping new woodworkers solve problems. This gives me a unique perspective on the …

Woodworking

12 Lighting DIYs that Look Like a Million Bucks

(Image credit: The Brick House)<p>I'm continually impressed by the quality of things that clever DIYers come up with, like these DIY lighting projects …

IKEA

Lightweight DIY Easy Hanging Rope Shelf

Do you have a bunch of prints you want to hang but don’t want to commit to framing them or want to make a bunch of holes in your wall? Then let’s …

Triptych Art Ideas

A triptych photograph or painting is typically a series of three separate panels or frames that are traditionally hung side by side and together …

Roads

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Vancouver

This week's <i>Moment of Travel Zen</i> comes to us from Kelly Chiello. Of her photo she says:<p>"There is nothing more beautiful than visiting Vancouver's rain forest and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Between the fog, the trees, and the slight mist in the air, there is nothing more magical and terrifying …

Stock Photos, Royalty-Free Images and Vectors

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In-wall wiring guide for home A/V

Crutchfield advisor Norm has worked on hundreds of whole-house wiring jobs.<p>This guide will help you save money by doing your own small-scale in-wall …

4 Types of Outdoor Adventures Everyone Should Experience

A man exploring the outdoors | Philipp Guelland/Getty Images<p>The call of adventure. Of nature. Of the void.<p>We all feel it, as we sit shackled to our …

Trails

One Beautifully Basic Bike Rack

A part of Artifox’s beautifully simplistic series of minimalist office objects, the Rack is bike storage you’ll be as happy to have on display as the …

Furniture

Make this 3D Printed Laser Engraver for Just $20

The 3D printed photon printer, a micro laser engraver by Stephen Brockett, is the result of a weekend project that just kept on going, with both the …

Arduino