Growing bamboo in northern climes

I live in the Panhandle area of Idaho. I'm very interested in growing bamboo for various projects. Has anyone had any luck with this plant in a northern climate? I have seen it grown in Portland, Ore., but its weather is milder than here. This area gets quite a bit of moisture and winters are not normally extremely cold -- compared to areas further east. Can anyone suggest a good book or website for getting started with bamboo?

Posted by IdahoDavid 10 years ago


Bamboo contest

How about a bamboo contest?  I would love to see what we come up with!

Posted by Forn Man 8 years ago


Bamboo flattening?

Complete noob here, but is there a way to flatten bamboo (easily)? To make panels, I mean. Do you just slit the tube open and heat bend it, or what? I'm asking, b/c I was thinking of making either a carrying case, or an actual cover (replace the glossy plastic) for my Wacom Bamboo tablet out of bamboo. Just wondering if that seems feasible or not...?

Posted by mindsystem 10 years ago


Bamboo Rain Stick

Hey, I am thinking about making a natural rain stick out of bamboo, but I don't know exactly where I should go to pick up a hollow bamboo pole to make the body of. I found a lot of sites online that I can buy bales of 10+ poles, but honestly I only need 10 feet or so to tinker around with. I am thinking a diameter of 2 or 3 inches would be good. Also, any ideas on what to use for the nails/screws inside the pole? I was thinking of finding some cactus needles or wooden pegs/screws, but I don't know where I could find enough. Any brainstorming ideas? The most important thing for me is how to find these bamboo poles. Any help or ideas would be awesome, thanks!

Posted by JadedEmperor 10 years ago


bamboo furniture making

Am wanting to build an "Island themed bed" for my 9 yr.old daughter.Am thinking of a bamboo loft bed,since bamboo is so strong.Is there anyone that might have some input?Thanks!

Posted by nakota 10 years ago


Bamboo

Hi, Does anyone know anything about bamboo? I'd like to grow some, but don't know anything about it. Any info will be helpful. Thanks

Posted by wheelbme 8 years ago


woven bamboo subsititute for fiberglass cloth

I spent a lot of time in the Philippines and saw that they use woven bamboo mats to make the walls of houses. While at the hardware store I saw fiberglass resin and remembered the wired.com article about the guy and the bambo bike. This got me to thinking if there was a way to use woven bamboo mats as a subsitute for fiberglass cloth. Mainly because I am cheap and not for environmental concerns. maybe hand woven bamboo mats laminated together for plywood, or use as a boat hull? maybe housing material?

Posted by KungFuChicken 9 years ago


Secure Bamboo Poles (150mm diameter) to top of wall (replace coving)

Hi there I have 2 x 3m Bamboo split poles to secure to the top of wall as a border/replacement for coving.What would be the best way to secure to the wall? I cannot hammer into the wall due to a pipe running behind where the bamboo will go.Velcro? Silicone? Double-sided adhesive pads/strips?Don' want it falling down during a meeting LOL

Posted by GregoryD45 7 months ago


Bamboo bikes Instructables in NYT!

Hey! Bamboo bikes Instructables were mentioned in NYT! Check out their article!   New York Times bamboo bicycle article Via Google alerts. Photo by Christian Hansen of NYT.

Posted by Culturespy 8 years ago


Bamboo 'stanchions' base...?

I'm working on a set of stanchions for a 'Green' event, as we are expecting quite a few people lining up out front of our booth. I'm thinking about bamboo canes for the poles, with holes drilled near the top to allow 1" manila rope (or similar) through, but I'm not sure how to make them stand up, what to use for a base. Ideally it should be enviro-friendly, cheap, light and durable. That's not too much to ask, is it.....?

Posted by RustyCrow 8 years ago


hwo do you make a bamboo raft

Does anyone know??

Posted by dwill23 11 years ago


N55 space frame vehicle made from lashed/epoxed bamboo?

What do you think of building one of the N55 recumbent trikes or other space frame projects with bamboo lashed together similar to the way bamboo scaffolds are built but using epoxy to make it permanent?

Posted by MeanUncleBob 3 years ago


Wierd ( And gross) thing happened while making a hunting spear.

            I was making a bamboo hunting spear (Which I will make an instructable on soon), and when I found the heart of the stick, it was gross!  The inside was covered in this snot-like substance that smelled horrendous, and the sponge type thing that is usually inside bamboo was practically gone!  Does anyone know what could have caused this?

Posted by eulaliaaaa! 8 years ago


Banana Split on a Stick, Bamboo Bicycle, Cardboard Coffee Table

  Banana Split on a Stick Bamboo Bicycle Cardboard Coffee Table String Art Necklace Oatmeal Pancake Perforated Pizza Peel Stargate Gong Build a One Sheet Boat Machine Your Own Guitar Lacy Un-Mentionables EL Levitation Wand Exploded Photo Collage Install a Bamboo Floor Easy Bike Trailer Hitch Survive Zombies with Tea

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Bamboo wind chimes/ flutes

In the older Robin Hood movie with Kevin Costner, when Robin, Azeem, and Duncan were running from the Sheriff's men, they ran into Sherwood forest.  The forest was reported to be 'Haunted'.  Partway in they heard strange sounds which were discovered to be what I believe bamboo wind chimes that were also flutes or whistles that were activated by the wind.   Anyone know how these could be made?   The main problem I see is that the flute/whistle needs to sound at low wind speed. I have never figures this part out.    Thanks.

Posted by lonepiper 8 years ago


Brano - How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too) - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.Brano was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too)Should this project win the grand prize VersaLaser laser cutter package from Universal Laser worth over $15,000? Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Audience votes will count for 20% of the total. Check out all the finalists, and vote for your favorites!This is a forum post created by the Instructables staff on behalf of the finalist. Finalists, please edit this area below the bar to add your own statement.

Posted by Brano 10 years ago


(newsletter) Bamboo Bike, Pacman Furniture, Beef Jerky...

Sign-up for this newsletter: September 24, 2009 Welcome back! Digital Days Photo Contest - Show us your best photo trick, tip, or homemade gadget to win a new Sony digital camera! VOTE NOW: Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Vote for your favorites! Coming soon: Arduino Contest and our most awesome Halloween Contest ever! Any Instructable published since the last Halloween contest is eligible! Want a more convenient version of Instructables with fewer ads? Get a Pro Membership! Print on Fabric with Citra-Solv Build a Greenhouse with Scrap Materials Make a Great Book Safe Bamboo Bike Frame Cup & Pot from Aluminum Bottles Brownie Recipe Bike Tire and Gear Belt Steampunk Mechanical Monocle Pickled Eggs Solar iPhone Charger for <$50 Beef Jerky Carry any Bottle with a Jug Knot Handle Vote for your favorites! Win a digital camera! Wooden Engagement Ring Mini Joystick with Fire Button Smell Graffiti Pacman Cushion Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Sign-up for this newsletter:

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Firing Mechanism help

I need help making a firing mechanism. I made one of the bamboo stick shooter with a pen and a rubber, but then I taped the whole thing on a tube of paper for stability and aim. Any ideas? Please, if you can, try to make one with mainly paper and no Knex pieces? Thanks in advance if you can.

Posted by cesarpi 11 years ago


Sedge Hat

I would love to see some instructables on making traditional Asian headwear such as sugegasa (sedge hats) and booshi from properly gathering and preparing the materials to actually constructing the hat.  I am particularly interested in seeing how a sugegasa is constructed with an appropriate interior (the straw/bamboo is not supposed to rest directly on the head). 

Posted by Anianna 7 years ago


Solar reflector mounted on part of an office chair, might give people some ideas.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhpwOD2gZLA is a video that shows a solar reflector that I made from mylar and an 8 by 4 sheet of corrugated plastic. I approximated a parabolic dish by cutting it to  make cones. I used bamboo to make it more sturdy. (Still needs more bamboo). It is on a stand made from an old office chair.  I intend to line up the mount properly and put it on equatorial mount but that will take a while. It might be weeks before I have time to test the thing so here it is for now.   I am slow at the experiment stuff. The dish started last september! And it took me that long to figure out how to keep the shape resonably tight. So here it is at this moment. It will change a lot before it is finished but no reason not to show the current state of the project. Brian

Posted by gaiatechnician 7 years ago


ETSY Shop - Crochet Washcloths and Baskets

Http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandmadeByAnnabelle Organic, cotton, and bamboo. My washcloths and baskets are all handmade by me, Annabelle. "Not Your Grandma's Washcloths" - That's right!  My washcloths are full of color and texture. :) Annabelle

Posted by HandmadeByAnnabelle 5 years ago


Nordic Walking Poles

Commercial versions of these poles are quite hi-tech and expensive. They are usually made of aluminum or carbon fiber, but could cheaper versions for occasional use be made from bamboo or rattan perhaps? The shapes of the handles look quite complicated on some models. Anyone like to have a go at designing and making some? Paul W.

Posted by Paul Wotherwell 8 years ago


Turn Signal Jacket, Soul Cycle Chopper, Ride in Style

  Turn Signal Jacket Soul Cycle Chopper Ride in Style Scraper Bike Wheels Reflector Bag Badge Bike Gear Belt Wobble Bike Bike Guide Granny Chopper Bicycle Car Horn DIY Bamboo Frame Change a Bike Tube Twisted Flower Spoke Bright Bike Mountain Bike Scooter  

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Laser etching photos on wood

I am using an epilog 40 watt laser to etch photos of animals on 4 x 6 pieces of wood such as cherry, maple, and bamboo. In the final product the image lacks luster and the "wow" look I am wanting.  If anyone had advice as to improving the processing and post processing, please let me know.  If I need to apply a coating in post processing, please recommend one.  I tried Olde English but wicking became an issue and the image became too dark.   Any advice will be appreciated!

Posted by mjones0731 10 months ago


My New Bow

Just wanted to post a pic of my spring break project, it's a 50 lb red oak bow with bamboo arrows. At the edge of the pic you can see Tracey, excited to help daddy go hunt up some supper ;0-).  This is my second homemade bow, but the first that doesn't suck ;-). It's nice to know after way too many years away from archery I can still put three arrows in a four inch circle (some of the time).

Posted by Tool Using Animal 8 years ago


Led Mini Beamer Overhead Projection As Cheap Wacom Cintiq Alternative?

Hello there! My last english lesson is over ten years ago, so exuse me for my mistakes.  I come from germany and i love to make comics. I juse a wacom bamboo fun for this. But my dream is ( and surely not me alone) to have a wacom cinitq. But its very expensive. To much for me.  I watched the interesting video from roryok,  who find a way with a screen panel via Wii Remote, but it seems very complicated. So i asked me: Is there an easer way for this. So i had an idea about a pen tablet overhead projection with via mini beamer. Take a look to this quickly made scribble : grafiktablett-overhead-projektion/ The most Mini Beamer have an projection space between 15 cm to 1,5 cm . (5.91 to 59.06 inch) . The smallest unit is exatly the widh of an bamboo fun, but is the resolution enough to paint of it in a dark room?  Do you mean that could work and maybe have anybody a minbeamer and an pen tablet for a test? I hope you can help me. For me there is no way to test it. By the way...I have also created a comic painter optimized analog panel ruler. Perhaps that is something for another theme. You can find it on my satire blog under: panel-ruler Best regards sgtroxx

Posted by sgtrox 6 years ago


My Didgeridoo

As some of you may know, my first attempt at getting a didgeridoo failed...but not my second! Here are some pictures of my brand new didge...just got it in the mail yesterday!It's an Indonesian imitation...$33 + shipping off amazon, but I figure it's great for my first one. Supposedly made out of bamboo...but i'm not so sure, especially because there are no nodes, and there's a bell at the bottom. It makes a great sound, and I love the (hand)painting, even if it's not done by an aborigine. I'm using a guitar stand to hold it, and plan on making a PVC case for it soon. (there will be an instructable)

Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago


Retro Radio Cabinet

I want to re-fit this radio cabinet with some type of sound system.  I want to preserve, or transform the display glass, and I want the knobs on the front to activate some functions (volume, tuning perhaps) I want to put some very understated LED light behind the front pillars and redo the bamboo screen.  I am just not sure which way to go with it.  I could use a car system and 12 volt adapter system of some kind, but I would really like it all to plug in with just one plug.  I need ideas.

Posted by geckodfw 5 years ago


Firefox Pranks, Bamboo Bicycle, Bratz Knife Block...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Apr. 3, 2008 Welcome back! April is Photojojo Photo Month. Enter a sweet photo-themed Instructable and win an Eye-Fi card that lets you transfer photos from your camera wirelessly! We will be hosting a Show & Tell at the SF Bay Area Yuri's Night 2008! If you want to show something off, let us know! Check out these cool instructables! Firefox Pranks These Firefox add-ons were made for April Fools' Day, but they're good for any time you want to mess with a friend's browser. posted by fungus amungus on Mar 28, 2008 How to Build a Bamboo Bicycle Get some bamboo and build your own smooth custom ride. posted by ayasbek on Mar 30, 2008 Learn How To Shave With A Straight Razor Who says you need five blade disposable razors to get a smooth shave? Get a straight razor and relearn the lost art of shaving. posted by adamjgonzales on Mar 16, 2008 How to Sew Everyone should know the basics of the needle and thread. Read this Instructable and get started. posted by jessyratfink on Apr 3, 2008 How to Fill an Office with Packing Peanuts Ever wanted to fill your co-worker's office with shipping peanuts? Of course you have. Here's how to get the same effect without filling the whole room. posted by jetgrrl on Mar 28, 2008 Maille and Plates Armour Life can be tough out there. With a custom set of armour you'll be ready for whatever comes at you. posted by armourkris on Mar 21, 2008 1UP Cakes Make cakes that look like Super Mario Bros. 1UPs for an awesome 8-bit party! posted by Nachimir on Mar 27, 2008 Win cool prizes from ThinkGeek! April is Photo Month! Re-fashion your wardrobe! Cat-Powered Automatic Cat Feeder Make your cat do some work to get his food! posted by labelreader on Apr 1, 2008 Refrigerator Handle Switch Prank - Make Fools Out of Your Coworkers! Swap fridge hinges for an easy and effective prank. posted by numberandom on Apr 2, 2007 DIY Flash Diffuser with Swappable Colors Want to diffuse the flash and add some color to your photos at the same time? This quick and dirt-cheap trick will get you there. posted by deth2all on Mar 30, 2008 Magnetic Sonic Cube Landmine Want them to remember you when you're gone? Leave an alarm that won't go off after they move it from its spot! posted by photozz on Mar 15, 2007 Ye Olde Aprile Fools Prankes! Come hither and chooseth the best pranke for thine means. posted by Jieze on Mar 27, 2008 Bratz Knife Block Reuse an old doll and make a place for your knives at the same time with this twisted knife block. WARNING: Graphic doll cutting. posted by Tetranitrate on Apr 2, 2008   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


How do I make a touchscreen that requires a stylus?

I want to either make a touchscreen or install one (though I don't know where I would source the parts for that).  Basically I don't want the touchscreen to pick up on my hand.  I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet which requires a stylus and that's essentially what I want here.  That would most likely be an inductive touchscreen, so I'd be interested in making something like that.  Preferably mostly see-through if possible. Basically: How would I make that (or where would I buy a raw element for something like that), and how difficult would it be to interface with that (i.e. via microcontroller). Thanks.

Posted by thatgamesguy 1 year ago


Fix Rattan/Bamboo furniture - NOT WICKER!!!

I recently bought a mid-century rattan dining table with four chairs.  I want to replace the cushions on the chairs - two piece, but they have snaps to keep the cushions in place.  I do not plan on having snaps on the new cushions, but that leaves me with the male part of the snaps.  If I pull them out, which I want to do, I will be left with a bunch of holes and no clue how to fix them, and since I haven't removed them yet, I have no idea how deep the holes will be.  I am open to any and all suggestions.   Thank you!   PS, I've tried to upload photos, but it's not working.  

Posted by Luny 1 year ago


Sky Lantern

Has anyone built anything like this, or know of an instructable that could help to design something like these floating, hot air balloons that are popular in Thailand?I am looking for, in particular, the method of obtaining or creating the fire-proof paper or fabric that is used for the balloon itself. Also of interest is the object at the opening of the balloon that is lit and provides the heat. It doesn't look like a small candle, like I thought it might be. But rather, it's a small pad, about the size of a note card (3x5") that is flammable and completely burns. I think I could figure out the metal loop and bamboo skewer cross-bracing that holds the base of the balloon open and that holds the lit pad in place.You may send responses to my email, as well...uncleplayground (at) yahoo (dot) comThanks!Sky Lantern

Posted by uncleplayground 11 years ago


Visit the Instructables Restaurant in Amsterdam September 22, 23, 24

Join me in Amsterdam for the opening of the Instructables Restaurant! I will be at the Picnic 2010 Festival in Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands September 22-24 where I will help Arne Hendriks and Bas van Abel, Fablab Amsterdam, Waag Society open the restaurant.  They did all the hard work, I think I'm just going to cut a ribbon with a giant pair of novelty scissors!  Watch this forum topic for the latest information on when to come, and where and when we'll be having an Instructables meet-up.  In fact, you may be needed to help build furniture for the restaurant -- instructions on Instructables!  Instructables meet-up outside of PICNIC:  Thursday 2010-09-23 5:30 PM at the big field in Westerpark.  You'll know you're in the right spot if you see bamboo sculptures and a bike racing track.

Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago


hobby rocket using rocket candy

Today I tested a homemade rocket engine made with r-candy and clay catlitter (for the nozzle and plug). The nozzle was made from clay catlitter with a tapered hole I used about twenty grams of r-candy then l put a thin plug of catlitter. I had placed the rocket upside down on a bamboo rod clamped to a table with a scale under the engine but when I ignited it the sound was so great that I had to step back and could not get a reading but from the looks and sound of it the small 500 gram scale would be maxed out then at the end of the 3-5 second burn the thin plug at the end popped off shooting the engine up in the air this was becouse the core was not drilled all the way to the end so when the burn was near an end it found it easier to escape threw  the thin plug then the narrow nozzle.

Posted by qwerty2008 7 years ago


Reusable Invitations.(Especially for Indians)

At least in India, people generally print around 100 to 2000 invitations for marriages or such ceremonies. This is usually a simple sheet or a single fold sheet like that of greeting card. Guadier ones can have more folds. The front of the folded sheet usually has a Image of a God and OR or a simple painting of a marriage parade. On the Inside are a tonne of details. (The bride, the groom, the Venue, the date, Timings, a small list of well wishers, etc.And after all this, the only use of this beautiful piece of art made of cards made out of wood /bamboo are wasted the day the ceremony commences and ends. My idea is that making them into usable items during production itself would be a great idea . Think of it . Invitations that expand to become a tabletop foldable calendar, with the back of the invitation having (Even the ceremony could be marked nicely).. An empty slot which can be used to turn it into a photo decorator/fantasyfier..Those are the two ideas I can come up right now. If you can come up with more, please do post.

Posted by kamathln 9 years ago


Need Recommendations for cheap frame materials

I have a scheme to build a kid carrier that is sort of a combination of a rickshaw, a stroller and a bike trailer. I'm thinking about using PVC for the frame, but wanted other ideas from you clever, creative people. Here are the requirements: - cost effective: titanium molded rebar may be nice, but I don't have that kind of money. - fairly strong: I'm hoping to fit 4 kids in this thing, and as such I need something that will be strong enough to hold them. - light weight: I'll be pulling this by hand, possibly over uneven terrain, so it can't weigh a ton. - easy: I have no skills or equipment for welding, so I need something that will be fairly easy to cut and assemble. - available: It needs to be something that can be procured fairly easily from a hardware store, online store, junkyard, etc.So far, the best ideas I've come up with are: - pvc - fits all the above criteria, with the possible exception of structural integrity. Anyone ever used this for framing stuff? - angle iron - could get a little heavy if I'm not careful, and I'd have to cover it to prevent injuries. - bamboo - strong and light-weight, and reasonably easy to work with, but not very readily available.Any other recommendations?

Posted by Llama Nerds 9 years ago


Copper flute?

I live in estonia. No bamboos here. So I was thinking to use copper tube. I find this http://www.aflauta.com.br/hist/bamboo.pdf Problem is inside diameter and wall thickness. If i'm getting it right for every key is right inside diameter and lenght  I can buy straight copper tubes/pipes: 15mm(outside diameter) x 1,05mm(Wall thickness)  1,05x2=2.1mm 15-2.1=12.9mm(inside diameter) 18 x 1,0 1,0x2=2 18-2=16  12 x 1,0  1,0x2=2 12-2=10   10 x 0,8 2x0,8=1,6 10-1,6=8,4 Whats the best? I was thinking to use 15mm and 18mm tube 18mm for key a 15mm for key d I ended up with 15x1,05 copper tube. Thinking how to use this: http://11wall-west.com/~ph_kosel/flutomat.html If I use this measures http://www.phy.mtu.edu/~suits/pvcflute.html I get 7.2mm for blow hole and 6mm for finger hole. My tube I.D is 12.9 Is there any flute calculator that calculates hole sizes for right key? I am also thankful for any flute related help what helps me to make copper flute.

Posted by DeathSuperMario 3 years ago


Gone! Free Copy of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011 Gone!

It's gone! I decided to give it to CaptainMunz. Sketchbook Pro is designed to be used with a graphics tablet, like a Wacom Bamboo, so I think he'll get the best use out of it. Congrats! Original post: I received a free copy of Sketchbook Pro from the Instructables HQ for being the top author, but I don't really have a good use for it. So rather than resell it over craigslist, I'd like to pay it forward by giving it away to a deserving member of the Instructables community. So please write a brief but thoughtful reply or PM about what you would do with a copy of Sketchbook and how it would be a boon to your pursuits. I've never conducted a giveaway before, so I'm going to just take replies for a few days and then take it from there. Once I've decided who to give it to I'll let you know by editing this thread. A DVD case is lightweight, so I think I can ship it pretty far. Does anyone have an idea of how much it would cost to ship from California to say, India? I look forward to hearing from you - cheers!

Posted by LanceMakes 6 years ago


Are you to blame?

OK, I know it's a deliberately attention-grabbing topic name. Sorry about that.There was a post on the Bamboo bike frame, essentially saying "a disclaimer that this could be dangerous isn't enough; people aren't qualified to judge the strength of their homebuilt bike frames so might still get hurt even if they are careful", which attracted a lot of ire, but also a response from whiteoakart reframing the question, thus:As a maker and writer of an Instructable, what is your responsibility to keep your readers safe? How far does your culpability extend?This is obviously a knotty issue, and one that seems to have a range of attitudes across the board- some people say "pointy things are pointy, hot things are burny, don't hurt yourself" and leave it at that, some people list all the grievous injuries possible from their Instructable.In my opinion, there are two major things to consider:Is a person likely to do themselves harm even taking reasonable precautions?An Instructable on how to weld, with clear advice on breathing protection, eye protection and not electrocuting yourself should be "safe"An Instructable on free rock climbing, even with all the advice in the world about how to climb well, could easily get someone killed because free climbing is inherently dangerousIs the intended audience capable of accurately assessing the risks? The risks of a table saw are obvious- put your hands in the wrong bit and it will cut them off- but the risks of high-voltage electrics are harder to judge with simple "common sense" because a seemingly minor fault could be lethal.Both of these have an element of "reasonable" to them- if you make your instructions foolproof nature will give you a bigger fool, but there is a point at which it is reasonable to assume that a sensible person following your instructions with care and attention will not injure themselves.More thoughts?

Posted by PKM 9 years ago


Super iPod, USB Fridge, Wood-Fired Hot Tub...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Nov. 29, 2007 Welcome back. Don't forget to enter our Thanksgiving ReuseChallenge. Win an engraved bamboo cutting board! Check out all these cool Instructables! $5 Mini USB Fridge! Keep your drinks coldnext to your computer with the power coming out of your USBport.postedby babblin5 on Nov 28, 2007 High-powered LED Mag-lite Conversion Make you Mag-Liteshine brighter and longer with the addition of a dozen LEDs. posted by MustangChris429 on Nov 27, 2007 How to Make Delicious, Healthy Homemade Potato Chips With aMicrowave! Make your chips withwhatever seasonings you like!postedby thatkidwithayoyo on Nov 22,2007 How to build a wood-fired hot tub It's getting colderout there so build a hot tub for less than $75 and stay warm thiswinter.postedby veloboy on Nov 26, 2007 How To Turn an ice cream Stick Into aKey Make a copy of a keywith a popsicle stick and some simple tools.postedby tycoyoken on Nov 26,2007 Replicating body parts in plaster Preserve a part ofyourself forever with a plaster replica.postedby donnauwanna on Nov 25,2007 Super iPod Mega is the new mini soit's time to make an iPod pillowcase that plays music and has fabricbuttons to control it.postedby sun on Nov 24, 2007 Win a laser cutter worth over$15,000! Cook a Chicken in 15 minutes with an old can, a beerbottle, and some hay. Warm yourself up witha quick fire that delivers a roasted chicken. posted by dandym on Nov 22, 2007 The Poor Mans Paint Job: How to paint your car for$75 Try on a different carcolor with this new trick for painting with Rustoleum.postedby Styluss on Nov 27, 2007 Ultra-cheap router lift Make the router lift onyour own and save over $100. postedby Vestus on Nov 25, 2007   Now gomake something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 10 years ago


2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Finalists

The winner has been announced here!Instructables and [www.ulsinc.com Universal Laser] are happy to announce the 14 finalists in the Laser Cutter Contest. Ten of the finalists were selected by judges at Instructables.com. The other four finalists were the Instructables that had the two highest pageviews or ratings as of Monday morning, Jan. 7.The authors of these Instructables are all in the running to win a VersaLaser worth over $15,000. Now we turn the voting over to you. Click on the "Vote!" buttons below the Instructables to submit your vote and help decide who wins the grand prize. You can vote for more than one Instructable and voting closes Jan. 31. Judge-selected Finalists(in alphabetical order) Autonomous Foosball Table Build a Greenland Kayak Build a Wind Harp! Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt Extreme Business Cards Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too) How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars Laser Image Projector Ratings and Pageviews Finalists How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to build a sit down driving arcade cabinet The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Second Place The authors of these Instructables win a robot t-shirt and a laser-etched plaque. Listed in alphabetical order. 30 minute USB microscope The Ambience Enhancer Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Conductive Glue And Conductive Thread: Make an LED Display and Fabric Circuit That Rolls Up. Cool Wave Ring Dollar Store Parabolic Mic Handcut inlay A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf How to make a pair of Angel Wings How to Make an OAWR (Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot) Make DIY Vanilla Extract "Quicksilver" Retro-Future Scooter from appliances and scrap metal Solid Wood Digital Clock The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! Squishy Breast Stress Relief Toy TiggerBot II Robot Tube Amp Rebuild (and Mod) U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source)Wooden Gear ClockThank you to all the judges: ewilhelm, jesse.hensel, PT, randofo, intoon, canida, noahw, stasterisk, fungus amungus, lebowski, T3h_Muffinator, and bofthem.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Use it Again! Contest Winners

Wow, there were some fantastic entries in the Use it Again! contest! Congratulations to everyone who entered- the quality and range of projects was quite astonishing.Have a pile of spring cleaning junk to repurpose? For inspiration just check out the winners below, then wander over to the PopSci group to see the other fantastic entries. We're planning to use some scrap bamboo to build trebuchet03's Pot Lid Organizer for the Instructables kitchen next week- what do you plan to make?Grand PrizeWinner will receive a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT 8.0-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera, a brief profile in the How 2.0 section of Popular Science magazine, and a 1 year subscription to Popular Science magazine.Wireless home router with analogue utilisation meter by radiorentalFirst PrizeFive winners will each receive a laser-etched Leatherman Juice S2 multi-tool and a 1 year subscription to Popular Science magazine.Bookshelf of Encyclopedias by jessyratfinkHow to Make Your Own Prototypes : How to make your own Plastic Vacuum Former by sheekgeekRepurposed - Clock into Kinetic Wall Art by Tool Using AnimalTake Infrared Pictures With Your Digital Camera by sam noyounWallet made from a computer keyboard by zieakHonorable MentionTen winners will each receive Instructables stickers and a patch. UPDATE: Honorable Mention winners will also receive a year's subscription to PopSci!Build a Nintendo NES PC by hatsuliGreen Garbage Grabber, Trash Tongs, pick up tool by ToxictomLaterally driven speakers by J_HodgieMacpack by imanalchemistNaff Movie into DVD Spectra by DoWattReuse old printer ribbons by lennybScanner Parts Desk Lamp by jpitz31The Flying Scrooge: Ornithopter of Household Items by royalestelThumb Piano by BobsDogHouseVan de Graaff Generator made from junk by Sedgewick17Please give a big hand to our judges, who carefully read through over 80 projects before casting their votes. Thanks to randofo, jeffreyf, evy-wevy, trebuchet03, daenris, Maddhatter3, kiteman, technick29, Herrozerro, T3h_Muffinator, sam, ewilhelm, noahw, and John and Mike from PopSci.Winners, keep an eye on your inboxes- we'll contact you by personal message with instructions for claiming your prize.Original contest instructions are here.

Posted by canida 11 years ago


Float Your Boat Challenge

&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; [BCITSA YouTube Chanel] Recently, the BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) hosted a 2-day 'Float Your Boat' competition for the Marine Engineering Students at the Marine Campus in North Vancouver. Contestants were supplied with ‘surprise’ materials to construct their vessels with; materials included plastic garbage bags, popsicle sticks, bamboo skewers, aluminum foil, string, plastic party cups and tape. Teams of 2-3 were given an hour to become acquainted with the surprise materials, then design and construct a sea-worthy vessel. Boats were then raced in heats on the indoor pool, using human-powered fans for wind, to determine who had the fastest time. Prizes were awarded for: Fastest Boat, Most Creative Team and Best Overall Design, all donated by local businesses. I attended just to check out the scene, but the event was also covered by local news media and has since been broadcast on stations in Metro Vancouver, as well as printed publications. Pretty awesome for a low-budget student association! And there's more, the BCITSA has a history of hosting awesome events for students, such as: 3rd Annual Flying Extravaganza, where students at the Aerospace Campus in Richmond, BC "construct planes from everyday office supplies, with the winners chosen based on the distance they can safely land their lego pilots. Additional prizes go to those with best design and best crash." CTV News coverage (youtube video) Engineering Week, hosted at the BCIT Main Campus in Burnaby, BC, where electronic, mechanical and civil engineers compete in tower building, catapult destruction and racing CO2 powered cars, all made from everyday office supplies. As well as the competition Engineering Students brought along projects they have been working on to share with their fellow students, there was even a real live Angry Birds game being played. CityTV News coverage (youtube video) Facebook photos Aside from a much needed break from studies, challenges like these put on by the BCITSA pushes students use creative solutions learned in class with hands-on problem solving, turning academics into tangible results.

Posted by mikeasaurus 7 years ago


Hologram Skull, How to Date Out of Your League, Farting Boss Detector...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Oct. 18, 2007 Welcome back! The big news this week is that our Laser Cutter Contest is back! We will be giving away a 40-watt VersaLaser worth over $15,000! This is one of our favorite tools and we want to give it to the best Instructable that gets entered in the next couple months. So check out this batch of cool projects and get started on your project! Steampunk Airship Goggles Often times after piloting my steam dirigible, I arrive at my destination only to find my eyebrows have collected a mass of gnats, fleas, and small birds. What to do?posted by aintMichael on Oct 16, 2007 Free iPod Touch Dock All the parts you need come with the iPod and it is very easy to construct. posted by ari6126 on Oct 14, 2007 How to date a girl who is way out of your league. Learn how to date girls even if you're not the life of the party.posted by Gamer6460 on Oct 15, 2007 The Laser Cutter Contest is Back! Improve your digital camera extremely With this simple modification you will be able to take extreme macro images with your simple amateur digital camera! posted by isr_Raviv on Oct 13, 2007 Make a cool hologram illusion! How to easily make a convincing floating head hologram. It's a great addition to your Halloween decorations! posted by NK5 on Oct 11, 2007 Look Like Your Enemy: Create signs that confuse, astound and parody! Using these methods to temporarily borrow the legitimacy of a company or organization tin order to deliver a different message.posted by slambert on Oct 16, 2007 Super Cheap and Easy Fog Chiller A fog chiller cools down fog from a fog machine so that it stays low to the ground. This one costs around $5-$10.posted by admanrocks on Oct 12, 2007 Win a free trip to Maker Faire 2008! Flatulant Boss Detector Use the power of embarassment to keep your boss from walking in on your cubicle undetectedposted by el_roboto_loco on Oct 16, 2007 Solar powered fountain/herb garden Here is a simple garden fountain utilizing a $20 solar panel/pump combo, some sewer pipe, bamboo, and a strawberry pot. posted by sleighbedguy on Oct 15, 2007 Lost Your Charger? How to Charge any Battery Survival-Style Charge any battery enough to keep doing the important stuff. posted by TimAnderson on Oct 17, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by lebowski 11 years ago


Instructables in the News

Instructables seems to be finding its way around the news media. Here are links to the mentions I know of. If you see any others, leave a note in the comments, or post a forum topics and I'll add a link to it here. If you're from the press and would like to arrange an interview, please contact me here. See the most current news about Instructables with a Google News search for Instructables. The Top 100 Websites of 2011 - PCMag Share What You Make with Instructables - Forbes Autodesk 2011: On Autodesk Acquiring Instructables - Core77 Eric Wilhelm featured on NPR discussing DIY "Sous Vide" cooking techniques Maker Faire and the Growth of Do-It-Yourself - Entrepreneur Autodesk Buys Instructables; Design Software Giant in Consumer Marketing Push - Xconomy Instructables, A Mecca for Makers, Reflects Eric Wilhelm’s Passion for Building Stuff and Telling the Story - Xconomy Autodesk Acquires Instructables and What it Means for Makers - MAKE eBook Evolutions: Instructables - Forbes Blog Eric Wilhelm discusses high-tech Halloween projects on NPR's Science Friday 2010-10-22 New York Times - Bamboo Bicycles New York Times - Growing Vegetables Upside Down DIY Green Projects - ABC News Instructables in the Daily Green Taking an Open-Source Approach to Hardware - Instructables in the WSJ FYIs for the DIYers - Instructables in the Sacramento Bee Do-It-Yourself Guru Makes Treasures From Trash - Tim Anderson Profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition Instructables on WGHP Fox 8 - Paper Wallets and Marshmallow Shooters "It's not like everyone who does DIY is a communist!" - Instructables in the Financial Times Instructables in Inventors Digest - Five Questions with Eric Wilhelm Instructables on KSL5's Studio 5 How to make your own high-tech Christmas gifts - Instructables in New Scientist Build It Yourself at Instructables.com - Instructables on ABC's Ahead of the Curve DIY Holiday Gift Ideas - The Best of Instructables on NHPR's Word of Mouth Instructables on NPR's Here & Now 11/24/2008 Instructables on NYC's WCBS-AM 880 Monday Eco-nomical: Homemade Gifts -- Instructables Mentioned on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday 2008-11-23 Instructables on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday - 2008-11-22 Homeowners go greener with do-it-yourself jobs Faberge Egg Contest Round-up by Forbes Dry-Ice Martini and Electric Cake - Hungry Scientist and Instructables in the NYT Leah Buechley and Instructables Written Up by Forbes: "A Blinking Fashion Statement" Instructables Part of PC World's 100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites Customers increasingly drive firms' innovations Netting circle - The crafting and DIY crazes are catching on with websites such as Etsy and Instructables Eric Wilhelm wins Technology Review's Top Innovators under 35 Award Tiny Talents - Learning Bar Tricks in the New York Times Magazine How To Fix The World & Grassroots Innovation Takes Root - Instructables in Forbes My Belt Sander Can Beat Your Circular Saw - Instructables in the New York Times 3 How-To Projects In 60 Seconds - Eric Wilhelm of Instructables on the Forbes Video Network Eric profiled by Technology Review in "Instructables pioneer loves to kite-surf" This, From That - Maker Faire and Instructables in the New York Times Instructables on NPR's Talk of the Nation April Fools' Day 2008 - The Top Five Office April Fools Pranks Instructables on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday March 9th, 2008 Innovation: 'How-To' Web Sites Let You Learn Just About Anything - Instructables in Fox Business News Arts and Crafts Find New Life Online - Instructables in BusinessWeek Instructables in SmartComputing Instructables on LA's KROQ Instructables in the Telegraph -- Weird and wonderful inventions The How-Tos That You Do: Instructables Keep People In Step After Step After Step. - Instructables in Helio Mag Instructables in the New York Times -- Romancing the Flat Pack: Ikea, Repurposed Instructables in the New York Times - In a Highly Complex World, Innovation From the Top Down Mouse Mouse in FHM-Germany Instructables and Squid Labs featured in Tech Closeup's April 2007 Show Instructables in the New York Times - How to Improve it? Ask Those Who Use It Instructables wins the 2006 WIRED Rave award for Industrial Design Instructables in World Changing Instructables mentioned in Jane Mag Instructables in the Sydney Morning Herald PodTech Network Instructables team interview: Eric and Leah Instructables in FHM-Netherlands Laser Cutter Origami - Squid Labs in the New Yorker Instructables in Trendwatching Instructables in Edutopia Instructables in The Village Voice Instructables in Network World, January 2006 The Dream Factory - Instructables debuts in WIRED, September 2005 Squid Labs profiled in WIRED news, September 2005 More cool stuff about Instructables here at the guided tour.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Graffiti artists replicate The Matrix on Instructables.com--and win $15,000 Universal Laser Cutter!

Instructables and Universal Laser are happy to announce that the incredibly creative Instructable, How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) has won the Grand Prize in the 2008 Instructables.com and Universal Laser Cutter Contest: a 40-watt VersaLaser laser cutter valued at over $15,000!Grand Prize Winner How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) provides an extremely detailed Instructables tutorial on how to build a cheap, portable special-effects rig to create "bullet-time" animations--a technique, popularized in The Matrix movies, where the audience's point-of-view moves around the scene at normal speed while the action on screen is slowed down."We want to inspire great ideas and provide skills, tools, and shared know-how," Instructables CEO Eric Wilhelm explained. "This project represents exactly what we're trying to achieve with Instructables."The DIY Bullet Time Instructable was created and documented by the Graffiti Research Lab, an open-source urban art and communication collective supported by the Free Art & Technology Lab, a Brooklyn-based non-profit research lab creating work at the intersection of popular culture and the public domain."This will be the cornerstone of our new lab space," said GRL member fi5e. "A whole crew of creative people are really excited to put this thing to use! Thanks for helping us bring the VersaLaser to Brooklyn."The winner was chosen by votes from Instructables users and our panel of expert judges, who reviewed the 14 finalists drawn from a pool of over 600 entries. Congratulations to fi5e and everyone at the GRL - we know you'll really put the VersaLaser to work, and can't wait to see what great things you make! First Prize(in alphabetical order) Autonomous Foosball Table Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Build a Greenland Kayak Build a Wind Harp! Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt Extreme Business Cards Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too) How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to build a sit down driving arcade cabinet Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars Laser Image Projector The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case Second Prize The authors of these Instructables win a robot t-shirt and a laser-etched plaque. Listed in alphabetical order. 30 minute USB microscope The Ambience Enhancer Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Conductive Glue And Conductive Thread: Make an LED Display and Fabric Circuit That Rolls Up. Cool Wave Ring Dollar Store Parabolic Mic Handcut inlay A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf How to make a pair of Angel Wings How to Make an OAWR (Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot) Make DIY Vanilla Extract "Quicksilver" Retro-Future Scooter from appliances and scrap metal Solid Wood Digital Clock The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! Squishy Breast Stress Relief Toy TiggerBot II Robot Tube Amp Rebuild (and Mod) U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source)Wooden Gear Clock Expert JudgesTo help us judge, we assembled an amazing team of expert designers, engineers, hackers, journalists, scientists, technologists, and other really smart people. They spent hours examining each of the finalists Instructables and helping us make a decision. We'd like to send a huge "Thank You" to each of our incredible judges. We couldn't have done it without you.Violet Blue (author, blogger, podcaster, columnist, and SRL vet)Gareth Branwyn (Contributing Editor, MAKE Magazine)Zoz Brooks (Host, of the upcoming TV Show Prototype This)Joe Brown (Editor, Wired Magazine)Colin Bulthaup (CTO of Potenco, co-founder Squid Labs) David Calkins (Co-founder of RoboGames) Julia Cosgrove (Deputy Editor, ReadyMade Magazine)Chris Csikszentmihalyi (Professor at the MIT Media Lab, Computing Culture Group)Simone Davalos (Co-founder of RoboGames) Lenore Edman (Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)Dan Goldwater (Founder of monkeylectric, co-founder Squid Labs)Saul Griffith (President of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs, MacArthur Fellow)Duncan Haberly (Instructables)Matthew Hancher (NASA Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Division)Brian Lam (Editor, Gizmodo)Ed Lewis (Instructables)Jeffrey McGrew (Designer, Because We Can)Chuck Messer (Tackle Design, The Open Prosthetics Project, host of Discovery's Smash Lab)Megan Miller (Editor, PopSci)Jim Newton (Founder of TechShop)Quinn Norton (Journalist)Windell Oskay (Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)David Pescovitz (BoingBoing, Institute for the Future, MAKE Magazine)Cloude Porteus (Instructables)Randy Sarafan (Instructables, Eyebeam Resident)Peter Semmelhack (Founder of Buglabs)Tyghe Trimble (News Editor, Discover Magazine)Noah Weinstein (Instructables)Eric Wilhelm (CEO of Instructables, co-founder Squid Labs)Dan Woods (Associate Publisher, MAKE Magazine) For the full information on how the winners were chosen, click here.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Something from Nothing: Films on Design & Architecture

If you're interested in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' TechnoCRAFT exhibition, you might also want to know about the design film series we're hosting this summer.  See below for more information. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: FILMS ON DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE Sundays, Jul 11 thru Sep 5, 2 pm In conjunction with our TechnoCRAFT gallery exhibition, we present these eight matinee screenings, covering not only design, but architecture, motion graphics and craft. Sun, Jul 11, 2 pm Refrigerator Fetish: Vintage Industrial Design Films We kick off the series with a selection of funny, bizarre, and maybe even educational vintage product design films, from the 1920s forward. Examining the sensuality of the fridge, the rhapsody of the pencil and the mysterious polishing of unknowable objects, this promises to be a one-of-a-kind day at the movies. Presented live by film archivist Dennis Nyback. Sun, Jul 18, 2 pm Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio By Sam Wainwright Douglas Citizen Architect chronicles the work of the late activist architect Samuel Mockbee, and his radical educational program known as the Rural Studio. The program teaches students about the social responsibilities of architecture and charges them to provide original and inspirational homes and buildings (mostly from salvaged materials) in rural west Alabama, one of the poorest communities in the country (2010, 60 min, digital video). Preceded by the short Robin Hood Gardens (Or Every Brutalist Structure For Itself) by Martin Ginestie (2010, 17 min, digital video) Sun, Jul 25, 2 pm wow+flutter Assembled by onedotzero, the London-based cutting-edge new media group, this compilation program showcases the most progressive and unpredictable work in motion graphics and short-form media. Fresh talent and celebrated masters alike strive to expand, blur and explode traditional notions of what future moving images could be as a playground for creative expression. (2009, 70 min, digital video) Sun, Aug 1, 2 pm The Greening of Southie By Ian Cheney This incisive new documentary is set in the traditionally Irish-American working-class neighborhood of South Boston, where a new kind of building is taking shape. From wheatboard cabinetry to recycled steel, bamboo flooring to dual-flush toilets, the Macallen building is a leader in the emerging field of environmentally friendly design. But Boston's steel-toed union workers aren't sure they like it. And when things start to go wrong, the young development team gets a little more than they bargained for. A film about building the city of tomorrow…today. (2008, 72 min, digital video) Sun, Aug 15, 2 pm Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner By Murray Grigor John Lautner was the Southern California architect. Even if his name isn’t familiar, you have likely seen pictures of some of his most famous works, such as the space-age “Chemosphere,” the octagonal house on a hill, which has become a Los Angeles landmark. Lautner believed that the purpose of architecture is to create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities in life. Infinite Space traces the lifelong quest of a man to create “architecture that has no beginning and no end.” (2009, 90 min, digital video) Sun, Aug 22, 2 pm Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect By Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library, and the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto are working examples of his visionary theories about architecture and urban society. An engaging portrait of the man and his work, the film takes us to the heart of his ideas. Koolhaas has stated "it's the only film about me that I have liked." (2008, 97 min, digital video) Sun, Aug 29, 2 pm The Visual Language of Herbert Matter By Reto Caduff SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW! A revealing look at the life story of a highly influential mid-century modern design master. Known as a quintessential designer's designer, Swiss-born Herbert Matter is largely credited with expanding the use of photography as a design tool and bringing the semantics of fine art into the realm of applied arts. Through never-before-seen footage, personal photography and stunning graphic design, the film explores the social and cultural impact of his personal visual language that influenced a generation of designers and artists. (2010, digital video) Sun, Sep 5, 2 pm Handmade Nation By Faythe Levine This charmingly low-fi film documents the contemporary crafting community. These artists, crafters and designers marry historical techniques, punk and D.I.Y ethos while being influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, and politics. (2009, 65 min, digital video) Where: Something from Nothing: Films on Design & Architecture – 701 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103 – YBCA Screening Room Public Info: 415-978-2787 or ybca.org $8 regular; $6 students, seniors, teachers & YBCA members Enjoy same-day gallery admission for all YBCA presented films!

Posted by YBCA 8 years ago