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Archive for the ‘Remake’ Category

postheadericon Interlocking Floorboards Scanned, CNC-Milled On Natural Grain Lines

This is a really cool idea:

Bolefloor technology combines wood scanning systems, tailor-made CAD/CAM developments and innovative optimization algorithms for placement software developed by a Finnish engineering automation company and three software companies in cooperation with the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology. Bolefloor scanners’ natural-edge visual identification technology evaluates “imperfections” such as knots and sapwood near the edges or ends so that floors are both beautiful and durable. Our process manages and tracks each board from its raw-lumber stage through final installation.

Caveats include A) Bolefloor does not seem to actually be for sale yet, B) no information seems to be available about how much it will cost, and C) the high design/luxury marketing elements suggest any functional claims to improved economy will be negated by elitist pricing.

Even given all that, the floors are lovely, and the concept—we’re going to use computers to cut trees more efficiently and beautifully—deserves a nod. Here’s looking forward to the hobby CNC community’s homebrew version. [via Boing Boing]

postheadericon Oil Drum Cabinet

Way too pricey for me at €399, plus shipping from Germany, but there’s plenty of detail in the pics to inform a re-make: Cut out the door, reinforce it from inside with two guy-wires strung to four bolts in the corners, line the cut edges with rubber edge trim, and attach a hardware-store handle and latch. Oh yeah, and fit some plywood circles into the drum’s grooves for shelves. Might add a drum dolly, to mine, to make a cool rolling toolbox. [via Dude Craft]

Oil Drum Rocker

postheadericon Solar concentrator from old satellite dish

Solar concentrator made by tiling an old satellite dish with mirror mosaic tiles.

I have actually been looking for a cool way to re-use an old satellite dish I have on hand, and it’s hard to argue with the coolness of YouTuber Eric Jacqmain’s results, or with the simplicity of his method:

Made from an ordinary fiberglass satellite dish, it is covered in about 5800 3/8″ (~1cm) mirror tiles. When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light is more than enough to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. It stands at 5’9″ and is 42″ across.

The decorative square mirror tiles he used are commonly available from hobby shops and tile outlets. [via Neatorama]

postheadericon Repair an old pocketknife


Make: Projects community member Josh Burroughs restored his grandfather’s old pen knife, and shared his step-by-step photos and instructions with us. For a point of reference, below is what the old knife looked like before he got to work on it. Nice job, Josh!

pocket-knife-repair-old.jpg pocket-knife-repair-old2.jpg

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postheadericon Modernist fish-condo

Fish Condo.jpg

I agree with longtime MAKE pal Alan Dove that this modernist fish tank is just “crying out for a re-make.”

Also, anyone curious about building their own fish tanks should check out this tutorial over at [Thanks, Alan!]


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