Man Made DIY


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Jan 26, 2015

How to: Make a Simple Wooden Puzzle Storage Box

This is a fun, basic storage box DIY project to stash some secret goodies, or to set on the coffee table for a solid conversation starter. The construction is surprisingly simple, with no fancy cuts involved, just accurate cuts and square corners.   … read more

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May 02, 2012

How to: Make a Puzzle from an Apple

created at: 05/02/2012

When you work from home, you look forward to little things that help break the day up: the mailman coming, the tornado siren test on Wednesdays at noon, the kids skipping along the sidewalk walking home when school lets out, and, most importantly, snack time. Often, it's just a handful of nuts, a bit of leftovers, but usually, a simple piece of fruit.

Which, after I saw this video last week, I've been turning into puzzles. Every day.   … read more

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Nov 05, 2010

Construction Puzzle Cookie Cutters

We love these new cookie cutters by Mizuguchi Nami. Sold as a construction/puzzle/science-y toy thing, though would make equally good throwing stars.

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Aug 20, 2010

How To: Make a Frabjous, a 3D Sculpture Puzzle

created at: 08/20/2010

There's no magic behind the frabjous, just math. But oh, what beautiful math it is!   … read more

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May 14, 2010

Smartphone-Powered Lego Robot Can Solve Rubik's Cube Faster than Anyone*

*Well, almost anyone, as the current record holder can solve one in under 20 seconds.

Motorola Droid Lego Robot Solves A Rubik's Cube Faster Than You CanBUT, this Motorola Droid-power Lego robot can solve on in 25 seconds, which is less time than it takes me to remember how to SPELL Rubik's Cube (Hint: there's no C...)

"he Mindstorms robot was programmed using a Motorola Droid, which runs on an Arm A8 processor clocked at 550MHz, to show the speed of their chips. A specially-built app takes a photo of the cube's side facing the camera, with the commands being sent to the Mindstorms robot over Bluetooth."… read more

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