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(Make)   The ten coolest "make it yourself over the weekend" projects you'll see until the weekend   (makezine.com ) divider line 20
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2013-08-21 04:35:20 PM  
I saw the "Make your own cat wheel" then I thought of my cats and they'd just use it to sleep in.  I guess I'll have to find something else to do this weekend.
 
2013-08-21 07:28:09 PM  
Not on the list, but I made their "Poor Man's Steadicam" about 4 years ago for my nephew, who's into video.  $20 in parts, 3 hours of labor, very cool results.
 
2013-08-21 07:42:30 PM  
I built the optical tremolo. It's pretty awesome.
 
2013-08-21 07:48:10 PM  

redsquid: I built the optical tremolo. It's pretty awesome.


That one interests me greatly. I have an optical theremin someone gave me that I might tear apart for parts. It's next to useless.
 
2013-08-21 08:28:02 PM  

crotchgrabber: redsquid: I built the optical tremolo. It's pretty awesome.

That one interests me greatly. I have an optical theremin someone gave me that I might tear apart for parts. It's next to useless.


If you build one use a snap-in spindle from a broken discman and the clear dummy discs from a spindle of blank cdrs. You can use paint or electrical tape to make different tremolo patterns and switch them out quickly.
 
2013-08-21 08:40:05 PM  
If I wasn't prepping for Burning Man next week, I would totally get rolling on the potato gatling gun...

/ Next time, baby...
 
2013-08-21 09:04:56 PM  
Um.  Spiders.  They aren't bugs, they aren't insects.  Also, if you're scared enough of spiders to build a rifle to get rid of them, you're probably not going to like having to get into close proximity with one to release it after capture.
 
2013-08-21 10:05:13 PM  

redsquid: crotchgrabber: redsquid: I built the optical tremolo. It's pretty awesome.

That one interests me greatly. I have an optical theremin someone gave me that I might tear apart for parts. It's next to useless.

If you build one use a snap-in spindle from a broken discman and the clear dummy discs from a spindle of blank cdrs. You can use paint or electrical tape to make different tremolo patterns and switch them out quickly.


How do the different wheel designs sound?  They show a bunch in the video for that make, but they only use one.  Youtube search-fu only shows rehashing of the same videos.  The disc with the single curve looks like it might produce interesting output.  I can figure out what they want it to do, but I can't 'hear' it.  Still, an interesting project.
 
2013-08-21 10:13:16 PM  
Only two things I saw of any value were; the cat wheel, which turned out to only be a video.. so scratch that (no pun intended), and the  optical tremolo, only to make for a buddy who is unreal on a guitar if he doesn't already have something better.
Potato gun was mildly interesting, but honestly haven't seen anyone make one of the normal ones in about 10 years.... so no use trying to show anyone up LMAO

/Seriously, who needs an amp for your headphones?!? If the MP3 player is shot, spend all of $5 to $10 max and get a new one! I have a junk one I use when mowing: 512MB internal plus have a 2GB xSD card from an old cell phone in it. If gets hit by a rock or soaked with sweat - will just pull the card, trash it, and head back to the Dollar Store... junk, but it cranks, reads out trax on a small LED screen and sounds as good as my 64G iPod... even has preset EQ variations and changes to like 8 different colors for some reason LOL. Now, if that was something that could make a real speaker, instead of the store-bought junk things that USB-charge, sound like high-end tweeter and go dead in 12 minutes flat - would have been a great idea. Could even use 2 tins; one for workings/batteries and other for 2 speakers.
 
2013-08-21 10:29:35 PM  

somemoron: redsquid: crotchgrabber: redsquid: I built the optical tremolo. It's pretty awesome.

That one interests me greatly. I have an optical theremin someone gave me that I might tear apart for parts. It's next to useless.

If you build one use a snap-in spindle from a broken discman and the clear dummy discs from a spindle of blank cdrs. You can use paint or electrical tape to make different tremolo patterns and switch them out quickly.

How do the different wheel designs sound?  They show a bunch in the video for that make, but they only use one.  Youtube search-fu only shows rehashing of the same videos.  The disc with the single curve looks like it might produce interesting output.  I can figure out what they want it to do, but I can't 'hear' it.  Still, an interesting project.


optical sound is what is (or was) used on film. It looks likes squiggles and lines of varying densities.
 
2013-08-21 10:31:24 PM  

MrHappyRotter: Um.  Spiders.  They aren't bugs, they aren't insects.  Also, if you're scared enough of spiders to build a rifle to get rid of them, you're probably not going to like having to get into close proximity with one to release it after capture.


that's what I thought about that, too.
Spiders are on the catch and release plan at my house, but I just use a cup.
 
2013-08-21 11:04:55 PM  
"Spider Rifle" does NOT live up to its name... Severely disappointing.
 
2013-08-21 11:09:48 PM  
All of those were lame, lame, lame.

Make your own kegged beer dispenser out of a chest freezer in a weekend. Now THAT is something USEFUL.

i75.photobucket.com

I bought a chest freezer off of some guy for really cheap off of Craigslist. I told him that I'd be converting it into a beer dispenser. He just stood there with his mouth agape, and couldn't manage to utter the words, "Aw, I wish I had thought of that!"
 
2013-08-22 12:00:39 AM  

somemoron: redsquid: crotchgrabber: redsquid: I built the optical tremolo. It's pretty awesome.

That one interests me greatly. I have an optical theremin someone gave me that I might tear apart for parts. It's next to useless.

If you build one use a snap-in spindle from a broken discman and the clear dummy discs from a spindle of blank cdrs. You can use paint or electrical tape to make different tremolo patterns and switch them out quickly.

How do the different wheel designs sound?  They show a bunch in the video for that make, but they only use one.  Youtube search-fu only shows rehashing of the same videos.  The disc with the single curve looks like it might produce interesting output.  I can figure out what they want it to do, but I can't 'hear' it.  Still, an interesting project.


Basically the optical tremolo works like a switch As the disc turns, some areas allow light to pass through and some areas block the light. The photo resistor allows the signal (the 'sound' of the guitar) to pass when light hits it but blocks it when it's dark. By changing the width of the dark areas or changing their arrangement you get different effects. Think of the effect used in the song Crimson and Clover.
Here's a video of my build with a demo of several different disc patterns-
http://vimeo.com/48420557
 
2013-08-22 01:51:32 AM  
Damn....was gonna do some roach necklaces out of magazines
 
2013-08-22 02:09:07 AM  
As someone who was a professional screen-printer in a past life, the one on screen printing brought equal parts nostalgia and cringing.  When he said that it didn't matter about coating the emulsion on both sides I wanted to slap him.
 
2013-08-22 07:09:59 AM  
those were all pretty lame. I suppose if you're bored though..
 
2013-08-22 12:01:25 PM  
This weekend I'm building a shower, a shade structure, and a geodesic dome.
 
2013-08-22 01:37:47 PM  
I dont think that spider was happy.

I think we need an Australian size spider rifle.

Something like this maybe...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-08-22 01:38:17 PM  

FrancoFile: Not on the list, but I made their "Poor Man's Steadicam" about 4 years ago for my nephew, who's into video.  $20 in parts, 3 hours of labor, very cool results.


Is this similar to the modified tri-pod steadicam?
 
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