Here is a collection of his projects which include electronic mods, furniture, and outdoor toys.
Featured at the 2013 Dover, NH Mini Maker Faire:
RailbikeClick HERE for more infoA bicycle you can ride on railroad tracks. My design is based on Richard Bentley's design. Plans for his design available here: http://rrbike.freeservers.com/
A boat folded from Coroplast sign material, built from Paul Elkins' plans: http://www.elkinsdiy.com/plans-2/
An easy to make dazzling LED display on a hat Uses color changing LEDs (fast) wired in parallel (with resistors) to a 6 volt battery pack.
I wear this hat at our Wednesday night summer band concerts in Wolfeboro while I lead a parade of kids around the bandstand playing the tuba.
Bucket Baby Swing
A baby swing made from a 5 gallon bucket The little ones love it!
Start by marking leg holes and upper front as seen in the photo with a Sharpie, then carefully cut out with a utility knife or saber saw.
I used a small nail plate form Home Depot folded in half and pop riveted to the bucket as a rope attachment point. Holes drilled through the plates mate with hooks on the ropes, so I can switch over to a Big Boy swing for big brother.
A chair made from a single 8 foot 2x4. Featured in Make magazine, volume 27.
Click for build instructions: stud chair illustrated.pdf
A super cheap color changing solar light
I have a bunch of color changing solar lights in my garden and I like the look of it, but I want MORE! They're fairly expensive so i looked for a cheaper alternative. I found small white solar lights at Walmart for less than a dollar, so I figured that I could swap the white LED for a color changing one. I got slow color change LEDs from eBay, and tried the substitution. It lit up OK, but was stuck on red; no color change. I realized that most solar light have a boost circuit (Joule Thief) to power LEDs that need about 3 volts from a 1.2 volt nicad cell. These circuits pulse the LED very fast, which is resetting the driver chip in the LED. So i added a capacitor to smooth out the pulses. That didn't work either, because the diode effect of the LED is required for the converter to work. So I added a small diode, and finally success!
A toaster modified to play "Pop Goes the Weasel". Programmed with a Picaxe 08M.
Remember those sitcoms from the 60's where Mom was rushing to get everyone fed and off to school / work? There was always a scene where someone raced by the toaster as it popped, snagging the toast mid-air.
I want that toaster
A tick tock game timer which uses a Picaxe 08 microcontroller. Built using the Cyberpet board, an inexpensive pc board kit from Picaxe.
You can set it from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in 30 second increments. It has a tick tock sound when running, a suspense theme (think Jeopardy!) in the last 15 seconds, and a buzzer when time is up. Replaces those sand timers that come with games.