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Handibot – Portable CNC Power Tool

Handibot – Portable CNC Power Tool

If you haven’t seen this cool tool yet, you’re probably gonna see it hit the DIY market soon. The Handibot is a portable, digitally-controlled tool that can cut, carve or drill programmed shapes anywhere you want – floor wall, ceiling – you name it. This is a close cousin to the personal 3-D printers that […]

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YouBuild – Mass Customized Furniture

YouBuild - Mass Customized Furniture

Imagine being able to go online and order high-quality, ready-to-assemble wood furniture, customized the way you want it. A local woodworking shop downloads your order, cuts the pieces, packages it with all the hardware and delivers it to your door. That’s now a reality with YouBuild. Thanks to innovative ideas like combining online shopping, distributed […]

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Replace Two-Prong Receptacles with GFCIs

Replace Two-Prong Receptacles with GFCIs

For those of us living in old houses, dealing with up to a hundred years of electrical wiring upgrades can be a real headache. You may find anything from ancient knob and tube to modern grounded wiring. In a perfect world, the solution is to replace any old wiring, ungrounded receptacles and fixtures with safer, […]

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Photographing your DIY Project: What to Shoot

Photographing your DIY Project: What to Shoot

To wrap up this series on photographing your DIY projects, I’m just going to offer a few simple tips to think about on what to shoot when you’re taking on a new DIY project. The main thing to remember is that you might not think you’ll need some of these pictures NOW, but if you […]

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Lighting Tips for Photographing your DIY Projects

Lighting Tips for Photographing your DIY Projects

In my previous article a little while back – 5 Reasons to Photograph Your DIY Projects – I suggested several good reasons why you should take progress photos at various stages of your home reno or woodworking projects. Now I’ll share a few simple photography lighting tips that will help you end up with better […]

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5 Reasons to Photograph Your DIY Project

5 Reasons to Photograph Your DIY Project

Odds are most of you reading this article either have a digital camera or a cell phone that can take pictures – maybe both. This is the new reality that allows us to document our lives in ways we never would have 10 or 20 years ago. We get instant results on colour displays that […]

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3D Printers – DIY Custom Manufacturing

3D Printers – DIY Custom Manufacturing

Last week in Part 1, I explored the development of high quality 3D printers, already in widespread use by industrial designers. As with most technologies, the costs are starting to come down to the point where 3D printers are now entering the home user market, allowing you and me to create objects we never could […]

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3-D Printers – The Ultimate DIY Tool

3-D Printers – The Ultimate DIY Tool

Just imagine, being able to scan an object, load it into your computer, and have a full-colour 3 dimensional copy of that object in your hand a few minutes later. If you’re thinking Star Trek "replicator", you’re pretty much on the money. When Gene Roddenberry opened our minds to these futuristic possibilities back in the […]

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