Faux Window

I'm looking for ideas to make a fake window for my cubicle at work. Ideally, it would be lightweight and provide something other than the flourescent lights above. I really like the look of Bright Blinds (see attached photo). I'm thinking a DIY version of that with maybe a poster with a view behind the blinds? I'd love some input on how to go about this project! Thanks!

Posted by gharper1 5 years ago


Cubicle Voice Silencer/Muffler

Hi I work in a cubicle environment with no white noise so a mouse fart can be heard across 8 cubicles in either direction. I've already been pulled in by my manager because of complaints about my voice when I'm on the phone. Can anyone come up with some device that can be placed over mouth and phone to muffle the voice? I thought of a sponge foam half sphere but I haven't tried or tested it. I'd need to find one as well! Thanks... and my co-workers will thank you as well!

Posted by cheg 9 years ago


Office Warfare Book on Sale Now

Spending all day in a cubicle is a lot like a war of attrition between you and the clock, with skirmishes against neighbouring tribes to establish dominance. While we haven't yet figured out a way to speed up time to get your out of your white-collar jail, we do have a handy book that could make your hours under fluorescent light s little more enjoyable. Presenting, Office Weapons: Projects to Fortify Your Cubicle A collection of over 40 projects made by YOU, members of Instructables, that you can create in your cubicle from easily sourced office supplies. There's grappling hooks, trebuchets, darts and more - all made out of office supplies! We've even included some fun non-warfare projects at the end to keep you entertained in times of peace. Check out the projects that are in the book, then head over to ThinkGeek or Amazon to grab a copy for yourself. If all else fails, you can always use the book as a shield from your cubicle neighbour (who has already purchased this book and is arming himself as you read this).

Posted by mikeasaurus 5 years ago


Office Supplies Challenge Winners!

The audience has voted, and the results are in! Thanks to all who entered- with these Instructables, there's no excuse for being bored in a cubicle again! Check here for the full list of Office Supplies Challenge projects next time you need inspiration.Have a suggestion for the next speed contest? Tell me all about it here.First Prize: Page ViewsWinner receives a robot t-shirt and engraved red Swingline stapler.DIY Fix Broken iPod! by bryceronieFirst Prize: RatingsWinner receives a robot t-shirt and engraved red Swingline stapler.Office Booby Trap by PocketSizedRunners Up: RatingsWinners receive a robot t-shirt.Retro CD Wallet by zieakLiquid Fuel Rocket by Tool Using AnimalCubicle Planters, A Garden in Your Cube by nugget659Pimped-Out Pencil and Photo Holder by sonja with a jWinners, check your Instructables inboxes this weekend- I'll send prize claim information via private message!

Posted by canida 11 years ago


Share Office Space with Instructables at Squid Labs in San Francisco

2010-04-05 Update: We've moved, and all our shared space is occupied!  Do you have a cool small company and are looking for some shared office and/or lab space in a really great environment? Share space at Squid Labs! Squid Labs recently opened a new office in San Francisco and we're looking to fill spaces in our shared work environment. The current tenants are Instructables (community project sharing) and HumCycles (electric motorcycles). Features of the space: - Tons of natural light. Windows on all 4 sides and skylights. - Landlord is awesome and tech/green savvy. - Space is clean/professional yet also stylish/zany. - Cool intra-space neighbors working on hot technologies. Lots of idea/resource sharing. - Close to BART, MUNI, and freeways for your commuting needs. - Parking lot with space for 9 cars. Shared resources: - Large conference room with table/chairs/projector. - Smaller meeting room for phone calls. - Two kitchens with fridges, microwaves, plates, etc. - 75 watt laser cutter - Lounge space for eating, hanging out, brainstorming. - Shop space in the garage with a mill, lathe, welding, and other power tools. - 4 unisex bathrooms. - Internet, wireless, firewall. Static IPs available. - Pizza parties, build nights, and meet-ups. What's available: - A mix of cubicles and large and small private offices. - Month-to-month cubicles, or longer-term larger-area leases are possible. - In the layout below, the blue and pink areas are available, and the green areas will be available in the future. White is open common space, and dark gray is bathrooms, closets, and the elevator. This represents single cubicles to 5000 sqft of the 7500 sqft total. Location: 489 Clementina St. San Francisco, CA (Right next to 6th and Folsom) Contact me if interested! Click on my username in the right-side column for contact info.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Five days left to get a Magnetapult!

This post is for the Magnetapult, described in this instructable. If you don't have a laser cutter, or the patience to tweak the pattern for yours, you have a few days left to back the Kickstarter project and get a Magnetapult of your own!  The kickstarter project page is at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jfehr/magnetapult-the-magnetic-catapult-0 There's three models, a regular one (extremely tweaked from the design posted in the instructable, with harder to find parts), an aluminum version, and a mini version.  Current pictures/rendering below. (Not the final design, but close.) Thanks for your time!

Posted by jfehr67 6 years ago


Office Instructables

I am looking for the best and the brightest to help me find the top instructables for making my office life easier. I work in cubicles on the ground floor with no windows, institution gray walls, and fluorescent lights. The building contains no plants and nothing else of interest. I'm looking for anything that keeps us from going crazy.  So far, I've decided to make these: www.instructables.com/id/Self-Watering-Plant-Container-out-of-a-2-liter-bot/ and these: www.instructables.com/id/Recycle-lamp-shade/   Hope to get some awesome responses from you all!  Thanks,  McAfee15

Posted by mcafee15 8 years ago


Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

So my office goes –ALL OUT- for Halloween. Everyone dresses up, each team chooses a theme, and decorates as if they’re filming a blockbuster movie. There are prizes, sure, but everyone just wants bragging rights for a year. In the 3 years I’ve worked here, my team has won 2 out of 3, and I’ve won best costume at least once (had to throw that out there; bragging rights, ya know). Anyway, this year my team and I really want to do Honey, I Shrunk The Kids theme with a huge ant, huge grass, etc. But I am unable to find any instructions or similar projects online to help with ANY of these things. I am needing: instructions and/or ideas. Get creative for a moment and give me some ideas that we can use to turn our gray, cubicled area into a HISTK set. Thanks in advance!

Posted by mmryan720 5 years ago


The Case for Working With Your Hands

There's an interesting article at nytimes.com called The Case for Working With Your Hands that covers the appeal of getting down and dirty and fixing things with your hands. Instead of getting lost in cubicle land, the author encourages people to get away from alternate universe corporate realities and dive into a world where you can easily see the results of your actions.The trades suffer from low prestige, and I believe this is based on a simple mistake. Because the work is dirty, many people assume it is also stupid. This is not my experience. I have a small business as a motorcycle mechanic in Richmond, Va., which I started in 2002. I work on Japanese and European motorcycles, mostly older bikes with some "vintage" cachet that makes people willing to spend money on them. I have found the satisfactions of the work to be very much bound up with the intellectual challenges it presents. And yet my decision to go into this line of work is a choice that seems to perplex many people. The Case for Working With Your Hands

Posted by fungus amungus 9 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 10 years ago


Avoiding Unnecessary Conflict in the Workplace

I was sent this advice by a professional body that aims to provide "work life support" - basically trying to cut the amount of stress suffered by UK teachers (in any one year, around a third of serving teachers will have time off sick with work-related stress).  It's good advice for people in a lot of jobs (such as the infamous cubicles of American office life), so I thought I'd share it: Most of us spend the majority of our time at work, so when we experience conflict in the workplace it can have a huge impact on our lives. Disagreements are commonplace in a working environment, and can be helpful in challenging preconceptions and developing ideas, but this can descend into conflict when agreement cannot be reached, and neither party is prepared to compromise. This can be particularly difficult if one party feels victimised, ignored, belittled or intimidated. Often conflict is the result of miscommunication, and the best communication occurs when all parties are listening well. If we feel heard, we are more likely to want to listen in return, and to reach a better understanding of where the other person is coming from. Active listening will help you to hear and understand exactly what the other person is saying, and will encourage them to share more information. To be a good active listener:   •              Stop talking! You might be tempted to interrupt, but try to wait until the other person has finished saying what they want to say. •              Make sure you are giving good non-verbal signs that you are listening. These include maintaining eye-contact, having a good open posture (not crossing your legs or arms), looking interested and nodding. •              Use silence. If you pause for a few seconds before speaking, you may find that the other person has something more to say. •              Try to catch yourself if you're losing concentration. You might be drifting off, thinking about what you're going to say next, feeling sleepy, planning your dinner... •              Check your understanding frequently. You can do this by asking clarifying questions, repeating back in your own words what has just been said, or summarising what they've said so far. Get the other persons agreement that you've understood them correctly - if you haven't, then ask them to repeat what they've said and try again. •              Use open questions (what, where, who, why, when) if you want to get more information and encourage the other person to speak freely. Use closed questions (those resulting in a yes/no answer) to get specific information or to clarify your understanding. •              Be on the look-out for non-verbal signals - do they look tense? Are they speaking more quietly than usual?   ...we now return you to your usual programming...

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Viking Catapult, Engagement Ring, Collapsible Utensils...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 20, 2008 Welcome back! Enter the new T-shirt Hacks speed contest! Show us an awesome way to reuse a t-shirt, and win some sweet prizes. The winners for theToss It! paper airplane speed contest are up. See which planes won the Air Instructables Pilot's License. Check out these cool instructables! How to Make a Desktop Viking Catapult Get ready for some serious cubicle warfare with this small-scale adaptation of the classic Viking Catapult. Wargame included. posted by Kiteman on Mar 19, 2008 Create embroidered patches from digital images Follow these simple steps and reproduce digital art in embroidery. posted by bekathwia on Mar 16, 2007 Make a Platinum Diamond engagement ring A professional jeweler provides tips on making your own custom engagement ring using the lost wax technique. posted by chrisparry on Mar 18, 2008 DIY Vintage Jeans... Coffee Style Add a nice light brown vintage look to your jeans with some coffee grounds and just a little bit of time. posted by threadbanger on May 7, 2007 Get Over a Barbed Wire Fence If you ever need to get over a barbed wire fence, these tips will help you from shredding yourself in the process. posted by Tetranitrate on Mar 14, 2008 Twin jet paper airplane Stuck with just a couple pieces of paper and want something to do? This stylish plane is easy to put together and flies fast. posted by neelandan on Mar 9, 2008 Give your old shirt a new life! Pocket-Sized Speed Contest What do you do for your pet? Simple Metallic Laptop Stand The laptop stands keep on coming! This one keeps your laptop cool for under $10 and even matches the look of a MacBook Pro. posted by chris99 on Mar 17, 2008 Pocket sized collapsible eating utensils. Put these mini-utensils in your pocket and simply pull them out to regular size (or super size!) when you need them. posted by Gunk on Floor on Mar 19, 2008 8x4=2 (2 Tables from 1 sheet of plywood) With a simple template you can get two tables from a single sheet of plywood. Use a jigsaw or a waterjet if you have access to one. posted by barnabygunning on Mar 18, 2008 Self watering recycled plant pot for growing herbs and flowers Reuse plastic bottles and enjoy a laid-back way of growing your plants. posted by iPodGuy on Mar 18, 2008 Steampunk Finger Stylus Make a funky stylus for your finger and navigate those touchpads like a pro. posted by robbtoberfest on Mar 16, 2008 Digital 3D Picture Viewer - "The DigiStereopticon" Update an old-timey gimmick with a new one to make photos fun again. posted by JayDub on Mar 17, 2008 Get Your Eggs Ready! Easter is just a few days away so check out these colorful egg Instructables! Hard Boiled Dragon Eggs Dyed Inside! Rattlesnake Onion Skinned   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


my summer as AIR at instructables

My time as an Artist in Residence at Instructables went something like this:  I arrived in San Francisco and arrived at the Instructables office. I was (to be honest, though now I'm so embarrassed by this assumption) expecting cubicles. Instead, there was energy, vibrancy, and TONS OF COOL PROJECTS!!I There were electronics scattered about (which is, like, enough to lure me in for life :).  I  met Noah and a few others. After discussing some contract stuff, he told me to come by for some pizza and ice cream in the afternoon. Sounds pretty cool... So, I went to Tech shop, I was blown away by the amound ot 3d printers, laser cutters and other amazing fabrication tools all under one roof, all waiting for me to use :)  Then ... free pizza and ice cream, and a bunch of new people... sounds fun. I arrived at 4:30 and it wasn't  quite a party, just yet. it was a talk. And an extremely interesting one, with a big portion of the Autodesk community present. So I really started to get a sense of who was in the community, and where does Instructables fit in. Then, I got to see .. DRY ICE ICE CREAM!!! So cool. Actually  enough to entice me to order dry ice for a near future party! Anyway, I somewhat rapidly began to feel right at home. I ordered some parts for some projects and I began working straightaway. I started working on small electronics projects and other experiments related to water and boat robots.  The next day (Thursday) I got a call at 10 PM in the evening… It was Noah. I was working at Tech shop at the time (I tried to work at Instructables office in the morning then head to T.S. in the afternoon to do some bigger scale construction work in the woodshop.  Well, the Redbull challenge had been announced ("games") and they had begun brainstorming how to make… yes, remote control electric wheelchairs, that were controlled by a user who had a blindfold on, and would be listening through a wireless radio to commands from the person in the wheelchair with no control over themselves. Anyway, I headed straight over to Instructables, and the 72 hours began… The next morning, I head over with Randy to pick up our will-call items from Jameco, including arduinos, wireless arduino shields, xbees etc etc. Then we headed to Noah's shop in Emeryville… and the hacking began. An unfortunate thing was that I had to go to teach Arduino at Tech Shop Sunday evening, which is when the actual fun of riding the wheelchair occurred. Anyway, it was a super cool weekend of collaboration and intense work. Oh, and by the way, see here how to make your own: PSYCHO SCOOTER scramble, here.  The rest of the summer continued on, the biggest accomplishment for me was getting Sneel_003 built and tested in the water. A really cool next step would be to get some 123d catch of underwater objects, trying it out at the aquarium, then do some 3d printing of cool underwater stuff. I did various other projects involving wireless communication, using Arduino for various electronics projects, programming joysticks and remote controllers, etc. A really neat thing is that every day at 2 pm there is "show and tell" which is just a quick "go around the table and say briefly what you've done in the past day". So I really got to get a feel for the way that things were working, who was operating on what, what was happening in the office and out of the office. So I felt immediately a part of the family, in a sense. Instructables is a super cool place: the facilities were amazing, the people were vibrant and knowledgable and motivated and fun, and the experience was super. The facilities I used most were: laser cutter, vacuum forming machine, woodshop, tons of electronics, 3d printer… Everyone I met from Instructables and AutuDesk as a whole was super helpful and great to talk to. It is really a great community. Before I left, I gave a presentation of my work during my time at Instructables. Here are the slides:

Posted by gabriellalevine 5 years ago