Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Introduction to Chainmail

For centuries chainmail protected soldiers on the battlefield from stabbing and slashing injuries. The basic design is so effective that it is still used today by some butchers, wood carvers and shark divers.

But chainmail can do more than just protect you from sharp objects. It can also protect you from high voltage electricity. Many people who work with Tesla coils use chainmail as a kind of wearable faraday cage. A great example of this is the band ArcAttack. They use solid state Tesla coils to play music. The performers on stage are able to safely get struck by lightning from the Tesla coils because the metal suits redirect the electricity around their bodies (But don’t try that at home!).

Chainmail is also commonly used as a decorative element. The simple elegance of interwoven rings makes it ideal for jewelry making.

In this project, I give you a basic introduction to the art of making chainmail.

For detailed instructions check out the Instructable:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Articulated Camera Stand

A tripod is the most common way to stabilize a camera. But there are a few situations where a regular tripod is very impractical. Most cameras can’t get very close to the surface that they stand on. It is also difficult to get pictures straight down without getting the tripod’s legs in the shot. There are also a lot of areas where you just can’t set up a regular tripod such as under the hood of a car. So to solve these problems, you can use an articulated camera stand.

In this project, I show you how to make a small table top articulated camera stand from a desk lamp and a few piece of scrap wood. This lets you get pictures from any height and just about any angle. Its a great tool for documenting your DIY projects.

Instructions for this project can be found at:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Laser Tripwire Alarm

No security system is complete without lasers. We have all seen movies where the main character has to get past a high tech security system and there is always a room full of lasers somewhere.

So in this project, I show you how to build a laser tripwire alarm.  All you need is a cheap laser point, a couple of mirrors, and a few dollars of electrical parts. With this you can cover an entire house with an array of light beams. If any one of them is crossed it sets off your alarm. And unlike in the movies, these lasers are practically invisible.

This system is fast and easy to set up and it is battery powered. So you can set it up anywhere. You can make this a standalone alarm or it can be integrated into a larger DIY security system.

Instructions at:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Magnetic Tool Hanger

In most workshops space is limited. So you need to find a way to utilize every bit of space that you can. One area that is often overlooked is the space underneath shelves and cabinets. But this can actually be a great place to store small tools. All you need is a few magnets and some sheet metal.

In this project, I show you how to make simple magnetic mounting brackets that you can use to hang small metal hand tools such as screw drivers and pliers. You can small brackets with a single magnet or you can make long mounting strips with multiple magnets. Hanging your tool keeps them easily accessible and frees up some of your valuable horizontal space