New Kickstarter Is Planning What's Basically The Ikea Go-Kart

There's a reason Ikea does so well: the flat-packed, plywood items they sell are efficient to ship, well-designed, and pretty cheap. So why not use these same basic methods for a go-kart? That's what the people at Ply-Fly must have thought, because they have a Kickstarter for a plywood, flat-pack, owner-assembled… » 2/26/15 10:00pm Thursday 10:00pm

Help! There's Smoke Coming From My Tailpipe! What Does It Mean?

Your car is like your body: deserving of the best while producing nothing but perfection. But just as you can catch a stomach bug from that cute cashier at Taco Bell who thinks washing hands is optional and find yourself spending three sleepless nights on the throne, your car can develop issues that are only… » 1/22/15 3:48pm 1/22/15 3:48pm

​This Is Microsoft's Vision For The Future Of DIY Repairs

Microsoft showed off a new faceputer today, and while I could quibble about the real-world usability of strapping a honking piece of plastic to your head or the misuse of the word "hologram", I'm way more intrigued with the possibility of someone telling me how I'm screwing up my suspension rebuild in real-time. » 1/21/15 10:35pm 1/21/15 10:35pm

These Awesome Jack Stands Will Transform The Way You Work On Your Car

If you're not a professional mechanic, odds are you don't have a four-post lift in your garage. In fact, you probably don't have a garage at all and need to work on things in the driveway or supermarket parking lot. Fortunately, these jack stands convert any space into a makeshift workshop in about five minutes. » 1/20/15 10:05pm 1/20/15 10:05pm

The Kurdish Homemade Tanks May Look Funny But They're No Joke

There's been a lot of attention on the internet recently to the funny-looking home-made tanks Kurdish forces have been building to help with their fight against ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever we call that pack of assholes. Most of that attention has been, frankly, ridicule. I'm not so sure that ridicule is warranted here. » 9/29/14 5:07pm 9/29/14 5:07pm

Hero Dad Builds An Amazing Interactive Spaceship For His Son's Bedroom

MAKE Magazine's Jeff Highsmith wanted to build his 4-year-old son an interactive model of an Apollo spacecraft. The result was the surprisingly complex play area seen here – but to really appreciate the thought and effort that went into this project, you really must watch the making-of video. Seriously, this'll blow… » 8/01/14 2:26pm 8/01/14 2:26pm

Not all tools are meant to be heirlooms

We all love finely made tools. Dad's old socket set. A nice crescent wrench pilfered from the tool kit of a long-forgotten motorcycle. These are not those tools. These are the knock-around and throwaway kinda tools you need to have close at hand when you just want a project finished, and you might not have known… » 7/22/14 2:06pm 7/22/14 2:06pm

How to Change a Flat Tire in Canada in Three Easy Steps

Yeah, this is pretty long. I'm pretty sure that I overdid it. Maybe you'll enjoy it, maybe you won't. Whatever. I'm not going to edit it now, but I hope you like it. It's a mostly-true recent experience of mine, and I just had to share it. Most of the blue links are Canuck references for y'all, eh.

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How to Build a Heads-Up Display for Your Car

Heads-up displays (transparent displays that let drivers see data without looking down) are built-in on some modern luxury cars, but if you're not lucky enough to have one, here's how to make your own. It's a relatively cheap and easy project, but you'll need some soldering experience and familiarity with Arduino. » 8/14/13 11:24am 8/14/13 11:24am

Monitor Your CPU With A Real Tachometer

Whether you're a tinkerer with a custom rig, or you just aren't sure why your computer's fans are running, checking your CPU usage is a pretty common task. Instead of using a boring on-screen activity monitor though, you can hook up your machine to a car tachometer for constant feedback. » 7/27/13 3:51pm 7/27/13 3:51pm

Replace Your Car's Gear Shift with a Gaming Joystick

If you want to add a little geeky flair to your car (and elicit laughter from anyone who rides shotgun) this quick project is a good use for an old or broken flight stick: Pop off the shift cover in your car's center console and replace it with a joystick. It may not add functionality, but it'll make driving more fun. » 7/12/13 8:50am 7/12/13 8:50am