Any suggestions for projects for beginners - particularly electronics?
I know this question is kind of vague, but I thought I'd go for it anyway. I'd like to start working on some fun projects to get me accustomed to working with my hands. I'm relatively handy, but don't have any hard core technical knowledge. I can "build" computers and such, but I'm no programmer or electrician. I found my way here because I love looking at Make magazine, but I never buy it because it seems like all the projects require knowledge I don't have. I want to learn that knowledge.
Can anyone suggest any instructables that are good, cheap and fun for beginners? I'm particularly interested in the electronics and tech stuff to get some experience working with circuits and soldering and such. Eventually I'd like to build a basic robot.
There's just so much out there, I don't really know where to start. I just want to have some fun and have detailed enough instructions that I have some hand-holding along the way. If anyone out there has suggestions of good instructables to start with, I'd really appreciate it!
Thanks in advance for any and all help! Just in case it helps narrow down choices, I'll list some areas of interest:
Gaming (RPG, Video & Board)
Robotics (though I know nothing about it)
Animatronics (though I know nothing about it)
Home Repair (basic plumbing and building skills)
Networking / Computer repair (I was an IT manager until just recently)
BASIC Auto repair