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One of the world’s luckiest 6-year-olds, at least this week, lives in Minnesota. This jaw-dropping custom bedroom renovation from Twin Cities builder Steve Kuhl is featured over at My Modern Metropolis:
The main feature of the room is the incredible floating pirate ship. Kuhl used 2×12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. A bomb-proof blend of plaster and epoxy with integrated coloring was used simulate an old ship’s hull.
But that’s not all. The room is also decked out with a rope bridge that connects the pirate ship to the top of a jail cell, and a rope suspended from the ship’s hull provides drop-in access to the closet. There’s also a completely hidden spiral slide, that lets you travel downstairs in a more adventurous way.
They’ve also got a follow-on interview with Steve himself. I know I’m not the only thirty-something out there who’s at least a bit jealous.
I held off on “giant,” because, well, there’s really big, and then there’s giant. And, as cool as your Arduino-brained bubble blowing robot is, Instructables user zvizvi, the bubbles it blows are not truly giant IMNSHO. Check out zvizvi’s and the other winning entries in Instructables’ recent Microcontroller Contest.More:
This month’s Open MAKE/Young Makers program is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 19, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The theme is cardboard. Featured makers will be interviewed by MAKE’s Dale Dougherty in the McBean Theater between 1 and 2pm.
Makers this month:
- The Cardboard Institute of Technology has been building a large installation in the Tinkering Studio since the beginning of the month. They will share their progress and host a “building with cardboard” workshop.
- Surfer and laser-cutting artist Mike Sheldrake will bring some of his amazing surfboards made with a cardboard core.
- Los Angeles artist Ana Serrano will talk about the incredibly detailed cityscapes she builds out of cardboard, inspired by real neighborhoods.
- Puppeteer Dan Tran-Caffee makes giant articulated puppets out of cardboard (some require as many as 6 people to operate!): he will bring some and have them roam around the museum all day long.
- And also keep an eye out for the giant cardboard robot costumes by Jason Lentz!
See the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio website for more info.
I’ve built a lot of stuff with wood in my life, but I do not consider myself a “woodworker” by any stretch of the imagination. When I evaluate a project that uses wood, personally, what I look for is the maximum cool result for the least amount of technical skill and work. Here, then, are ten of my personal favorite bangiest-for-the-buck wooden projects from the vault. Enjoy!
#10Beginner Woodworking Project for Illusionists?
#9Nice DIY Bedframe Design
#8DIY Wood toys for kids
#7Weekend Project: Rok-Bak Chair
#6Upcycling Wood Pallets
#5How-To: Build Nob Yishigahara’s “Dualock” Cross Puzzle
#4How-To: Trammel of Archimedes
#3How-To: Build Large Couches on the Cheap
#2Wooden Buttons From Fallen Branches
#1Plywood Coffee Table
Did I miss a good one? Let me know, below!
The 6-in-1 Educational Solar Robotic Kit is an excellent beginner building kit designed to teach how solar power is used to drive a small motor. Kids use the 21 snap-together parts (no tools required) to build 6 different working models including an airboat, car, windmill, puppy, and 2 different airplanes. Solar building kits teach children the benefits of solar energy, while they create a toy that’s fun to play with and requires no batteries. Educators, science museums, and hobbyists will surely appreciate the durability, educational value, and endless hours of amusement for children and adults too! Ages 10 and up.