A few years ago, someone I know decided to rebuild a bike from an old run-down parts. Watching him construct the bike made me realize that I actually enjoyed cycling, and wanted to make it a larger part of my […]
As many readers out there may know, I am a strong proponent of cycling and energy conservation initiatives.  Although I usually ride a traditional or “regular” bicycle, I have also recently constructed an electric bicycle.  My intention was to consider […]
If you have a fish tank, you know how important it is to remember to feed your fish.  Often in our busy, hectic lifestyles, we can forget to do simple tasks, such as dropping in a few flakes or pellets […]
After finding out that mowing a lawn in a rectangular pattern is quite difficult, I decided to spend some time perfecting our use of rotary encoders and the Piksi GPS by building a small robot that could plow the snow for […]
Our local high school has a drum line that provides the community with an outstanding indoor performance each year.  Yes, you read that correctly.  An indoor performance.  As in, one million decibels of drumming in a closed auditorium.  Well, it […]
This project was one of the more enjoyable projects that I’ve worked on in a long time.  Instead of taking the easy way out and displaying the current weather conditions on a web site or cell phone, this project focused […]
Our first generation robotic lawn mower wasn’t the complete success that we hoped it would be.  It started off simple enough, as a remote controlled lawn mower, using a hobby RC controller and some used wheelchair motors.  With some simple […]
After setting up the Probotix Fireball V90 CNC machine, and using it to cut out a number of pieces for various projects, I decided I wanted a better way to control the router’s spindle speed.  Although the Bosch Colt router […]
We were only about one month into the 2013 lawn mowing season when we decided that we had had enough.  Mowing the lawn wasn’t fun.  It’s hot, dirty, smelly work that is better left to someone, or something else.  We […]
Now that we have our first nixie tube clock built, it was time to step it up a little and make something a little more challenging.  Nixie tubes, using a glow discharge instead of LCD or LED displays, have an […]