Okay, begin witty caption contest for this rugged DIY speaker system...now! "You can play your explosively good music?" "For use only when you really need to blast your tunes?" "Only plays songs that charted number one with a bullet?" "Solder up this stereo, soldier?"
Most homes theses days have a fair bit of copper piping in them, and knowing how to make simple repairs (or installs) is worthwhile. Plus, soldering (aka 'sweating') pipe is one of those skills that's actually really easy to learn, and pretty hard to mess up (badly).
Here's the thing, though: soldering pipe can be dangerous, because it involves using a blow torch at high temperatures to heat the copper. Plus, you'll almost always be doing it it indoors, which is not my favorite place to use an open flame. So do it safely:
Old tape players are abundant, and cheap. Many have solid speaker sets, perfect period styling and design, and handle-equipped portability. So, what to do with 'em? Play music through them! Oh, tossed your mixtape collection in the late 00s? Then, I guess you gotta make that music yourself.
There's no better way to say: I freaking love projects like this. Reddit user mxmln23 used the case from a stylish vintage radio, and did some clever hacking that allows it to become a wireless speaker that can stream from Spotify, Google Music, SoundCloud music player, Apple Airtunes, web radio stations, and Last.FM.
No, it's not the weekend yet, but this one upcoming is holiday one, so it's time to get a little head start so you can be ready to go all three-day break long. July 4th is all about getting outside, whether grilling or dining outside, camping, hosting a barbecue or picnic, even when doing yardwork or outdoor maintenance projects. And all those things, we say, deserve music. A standard Bluetooth speaker is a great way to get it from your phone, but because they're small and often made of fragile parts and cases, they can't always stand up to the rougher conditions and surfaces of outdoor use.
In a world where more and more things exist in the digital realm, it's always fun to take a stroll back through the analog world. The music world has already gone through a bunch of iterations from walkmans to discmans to iPods to Spotify, so I think it's safe to take apart that old walkman now and turn it into something rather fun...
When most people think of joining metal parts, a big bulky welder comes to mind. But what about the jobs where something more precise is needed? You need a soldering kit. Here's a look at what kind is right for your project.
If you've ever found yourself looking for a good project to MacGyver, building a transistor radio seems like a good place to start. This vintage design comes from 1956, and as advertised can easily be built within an hour.
In honor of Groundhog Day, the holiday (?) occurring every February 2nd (that's today), and the 1993 cult film Groundhog Day, Randy of the Instructables Design Studio managed to created his own take on Groundhog Day alarm clock. The hack results in a DIY'd version of the one of the film's most iconic images, the clock radio on Phil's nightstand that awakes him each morning at 6:00a, playing Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe."
If you're ready for a new kind of DIY challenge, consider building your own copper still, which will allow you to distill your own spirits for DIY whiskey, vodka, gin, or brandy. (Or tequila, I guess...if you can get your hands on a giant agave piña.)
Apparently, you can get tiny little MP3 players for less than $5 now. So, there's no reason not to grab one and start hacking it up, taking out the essential parts, and putting it into a much cooler case - like this cassette tape.
For me and my generation, music was cassette tapes. We never found the radio stations that played anything but Top 40, albums and LPs too public and, uh, not portable , and CDs too fragile. I still have a box, though my last means of playing them went when I sold my first car...
Vancouver, WA-based designer and programmer Nathan Pryor asks, "What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin."
Oh, and get this: the pumpkin's stem acts as the joystick.
The Boomcase is an inspired solution for taking your tunes on the go: high-fidelity audio components are mounted inside a stylish vintage suitcase, so you can charge it up, grab the built-in handle, and rock out wherever life takes you.
I'ma go out on a limb here, and say that knowing how to solder is an essential skill for any creative person. Make no mistake: I know nothing about capacitors and breadboards, nor programming or arduinos. In fact, part of the reason I founded ManMade was to complement that version of the maker/hacker website by bringing in less tech-heavy approaches to creativity.
But, regardless of whether or not I'm ever gonna build a robot (I'm not), I think knowing how to solder is super important for DIY projects. Making a lamp from plumbing pipes really benefits from knowing your wires are gonna stay together inside the thing; just this weekend, I retrieved my first "grownup" instrument - a Peavey Fury bass guitar in all its 1994 red/white glory - from a family member who'd borrowed it years ago, thinking it broken, and I fixed it just by soldering some ground wires that had come loose.
It is, as this free downloable comic book from Andie's Log states, easy.
For many creative men, "making things" often includes circuit boards, LEDs, microcontrollers, and the like. And while ManMade always argues that men should be encouraged to use their yarn skeins just as often as their soldering iron, it's still important to know how to actually use that soldering iron safely and effectively.
Enter the Ten Commandments of Soldering, a collection of Thous and Shalls for the wire connecting crowd. Even if you don't know how to solder, or what it actually does, it's a worthwhile read.
Greetings, ManMakers! June 2010 is Bicycle Month on ManMadeDIY.com. We're passionate about two-wheeled transportation - both for its impact on the environment and your health, as well as the infinite number of bike crafts and hacks that one can do to totally take a DIY approach to cycling.
One of the key aspects of cycing is safety, especially when sharing roads with other vehicles. So, to kick things off, here's a great mini bike light how-to that makes everything completely from scratch. This version is housed in a hose-to-faucet adapter, and uses three LEDS powered by triple-a batteries. A rocker switch is added to the back to control on/off functions.