How to make things

Project walkthroughs and instructions for things I’ve made. You can also find me on Instructables, and I post photo walkthroughs on Flickr and video walkthroughs on Vimeo. I always like to hear feedback on how these guides could be improved – please tweet or email me, or leave a comment on one of the guides.

A simple tarp design that uses just one width of fabric.

My adventures playing around with this simple audio amplifier chip.


A diffusing lamp that uses cheap energy saving bulbs for continuous studio lighting.

My take on the MYOG backpack. Mods agogo.

An experiment in open hardware design: a laser-cut laptop stand.

An easy sewing project for pen geeks.


Ultra-long exposures revealing the orbit of the Earth round the Sun.

Sound files from my circuit-bent instruments. Sliced and diced for your sampler.


I’m experimenting with documenting projects in video format. Starting with some hacks for recording video.


HowDo is a simple app for recording micro guides. I’m experimenting with it to get small projects out of my head and onto the web.