Website of the Week

“Recyclart”

Recyclart is pretty neat website that has a nice mixture of reuse projects, DIY approaches, and visual art. All of the work contributed comes from material that has been recycled, and now has found a new inspiration. Be sure to use the “tag cloud” found at the bottom of the website, and if you’re feeling particularly motivated go ahead an contribute one of your own reuse ideas. Enjoy.

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Projects for the Week

“Cement Block Planter”

Simple and modern. This project requires very little assembly and relies basically on gravity in order to stay together. With Spring approaching fast this would make a great planter for herbs and tomatoes in your backyard or patio. You can pick up some concrete blocks at the local hardware store or try a building reuse store.

“Mail Tube Wine Rack”

This projects comes from the site Design Sponge which is has a lot of useful and creative ideas, utilizing your fabric skills. The wine tube project only requires a few materials, and I guarantee you already have a mailing tube laying around your place. If you can’t find the felt that is used in the instructions try re-purposing an old flannel shirt or sweater. And don’t feel inclined to just put wine in this thing, whiskey likes a comfortable place to rest too.

“Mint Container Grill”

What is better than camping with great breath? Not much, and thanks to this Instructable you can make it happen. The designer of this DIY project uses an empty Altoid container and fan guards to construct a mini-grill for on the go cookouts. Now you’ll be able to make sliders one at a time for all of your friends.

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Airstream Inspired Living Space

Patrick Kennedy is working a great project that was inspired from his time spent in his Airstream. What he is developing is the smallest living space allowable in the San Francisco area. Interestingly enough, Patrick mentions that nearly 42% of San Francisco’s population lives alone. Even more reason to downsize.

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Website of the Week

“Bike Mod”

From the really awesome to the completely ridiculous, Instructables Bike Mod page has it all. You can build yourself a new set of bike lights from scratch, construct a frame from bamboo, or attach a side car to your ride. The contributors at Instructables do a really great job of walking you through the project and help you gauge your skill level. My recommendation is to read the comments because they usually have clarifications or updates that weren’t included in the original project posting. Enjoy.

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Technique: Engineering Development

I thought I would just provide a video to explain what the individuals at Open Source Ecology are working on, and I’m sure they’ll do a better job than I would. But seriously you should check out the amazing work that these bright minds are producing. More specifically they have been developing the Global Village Construction Set which as their Wiki page explains is: “a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that enables fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts”. This type of ingenuity needs more press, be sure to check them out.

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Projects for the Week

“Pannier Bag”

This is the perfect project for the cyclist who needs a little extra space to pick-up some beer, groceries, or wants to take their cat for ride on a nice day…ummmm…that’s normal right? Anyways this is DIY project courtesy of Instructables and requires very little assembly and absolutely comes in handy on your ride. My recommendation would be to use a fabric that can withstand exterior use.

“Coffee Table”

I’m not sure about you, but I happen to really like simplistic “kit of parts” projects. This plywood table project has 4 parts and they all rely on each other, without glue or fasteners. For this project you definitely want to think about using a circular saw with a long guide. You can get by without both, but you’re just going to have to be little more careful when making the big cuts. Also if you’re particularly worried about the top not being stable you could opt to put dowels in the top support and rest them into pre-drilled holes in the underside of the top. Try to avoid gluing it on.

“DIY Pencils”

Unfortunately pencils are under-used these days, but they’re still great for crossword puzzles, sketching, and writing lists (provided you still know how to use a pencil). The directions for this one are pretty darn simple and the hardest part is going to be finding graphite. I would suggest checking out Utrecht or Michael’s art store. This would be a good project for someone who has a business and wants to advertise or just want to put their number on pencils and pass them out to meet people.

Good luck.

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DIY’er: Markus Kayser

Markus Kayser has made a series of videos where he has harnessed the power of sun to operate a laser cutter and 3-D printer, in the desert! To see more detail of his work check out “creative applications network”. Pure genius.

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