Sites for DIY and INFO


This is a list of websites compiled by, and for, our great /diy/ community.

For contact, suggestions, grammar nazi corrections, advice, and others.

elmo.roy.d@gmail.com




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-ETIQUETTE ON THE FORUM

-For asking questions about home repair, and how to do stuff, and what to do with "junk"

FIRST ASK GOOGLE, THEN ASK /diy/
Be as specific as you can.
Try to use pictures
Tools you have
Time
Money willing to spend on the project
Goal of the project 
If you are trying to make something with junk, remember that is junk, 

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- GENERAL


  • DIYDSP - Electronic Music Instruments

http://diydsp.com

  • All you need to know about mini-lathe, reviews, mods, capabilites, accesories etc.

http://www.mini-lathe.com

  • Informational pictures pictures by sentenal01 - Photobucket (Better known as INFOGRAPHICS)

http://s966.photobucket.com/albums/ae143/sentenal01/Informational%20pictures/

  • Like the one before, infopictures. (Better known as INFOGRAPHICS)

http://infothread.org/info

  • HowStuffWorks "Learn how Everything Works!"

http://www.howstuffworks.com/

  • Instructables - Make, How To, and DIY (one of my favorites, great community, lots of instructions of how to make a lot of stuff)

http://www.instructables.com

  • The Gizmologist's Lair (lost of info, lots of stuff)

http://www.gizmology.net/

  • Hack N Mod - Amazingly Cool Hacks, Mods, and DIY Projects

http://hacknmod.com/

  • IKEA Hackers (lots of furniture mod and DIY)

http://www.ikeahackers.net/

  • Kipkay Videos (some guy do a lots of stuff)

http://kipkay.com/

  • Vintage Projects and Building Plans (vintage diy)

http://www.vintageprojects.com/

  • DIY (The DIY of reddit not sure whats on it)

http://www.reddit.com/r/diy

  • Hack a Day (lots of hacks about everything)

http://hackaday.com/

  • Four-Three-Oh! | MSP430 News, Projects and Forums

http://43oh.com

  • Welcome to Dangerous Laboratories! (some stuff is really dangerous)

http://www.dangerouslaboratories.org

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-CRAFTS LIVING

  • Craft DIY Projects, Patterns, How-tos, Fashion, Recipes @ Craftzine.com - Felting, Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, Home & More

http://craftzine.com/

  • Young House Love - One young family + one old house = love.

http://www.younghouselove.com/

  • Copycat Crafts | DIY Designer Knock-Off Things to Make

http://www.copycatcrafts.com/

  • Design*Sponge | Your home for all things Design. Home Tours, DIY Project, City Guides, Shopping Guides, Before & Afters and much more

http://www.designsponge.com/

  • Canal de ThreadBanger - YouTube

http://threadbanger.com

  • Dollar Store Crafts Cool Craft Ideas from Dollar Store Finds

http://dollarstorecrafts.com

  • SoapCalc Home (The purpose of this site is to introduce you to the hobby of making your own bath soap)

http://www.soapcalc.net/default.asp

  • Cut Out + Keep | Make and share step-by-step craft tutorials

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/

  • Geek Crafts | Where geek and crafts collide

http://geekcrafts.com/

  • Craftster.org - A Community for Crafts and DIY Projects with Free Craft Ideas, Inspiration, Advice and More

http://www.craftster.org/

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-A/V AUDIO/VIDEO


  • AVS Forum (audio and video forum)

http://www.avsforum.com/

  • THE in-place to be for everyone interested in DVD conversion.

http://forum.doom9.org/

diyAudio (projects for fanatic, by fanatics)

http://diyaudio.com



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-RANDOM


  • _____ -micro research [London/Berlin]

http://www.1010.co.uk/org/ (Is like /diy/ with /x/)

  • A steampunk cookbook (WTF?)

http://www.lulu.com/items/volume_63/2512000/2512986/4/print/2512986.pdf


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-KNIT

  • knitting blog

http://www.hipknitized.com/

  • Bernat® is committed to providing knitters and crocheters with high quality yarns and creative patterns. 

http://www.bernat.com/

  • Knitting Crochet Sewing Crafts Patterns and Ideas! - the purl bee

http://www.purlbee.com/

  • little purls of wisdom

http://knitty.com

  • Ravelry - a knit and crochet community

http://Ravelry.com (Im not sure)

  • YOUTUBE CHANNEL

www.youtube.com/user/knittingtipsbyjudy (is God-tier for learning to knit – some anon said that)

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-INFO STUFF

  • InfoDocs - Library

http://www.infodocs.org/library/


https://sites.google.com/site/scienceandmathguide/ (/sci/ sticky)

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-FARMING AND LIVESTOCK


  • Let's Grow Mushrooms! by Marc R Keith - Let's Grow Mushrooms

http://www.mushroomvideos.com/

  • The Spore Works :: Spores for Microscopy :: Psilocybin Genera (Major and Minor) Spore Syringes :: Psilocybe cubensis Spore Syringes

http://sporeworks.com/Psilocybe-cubensis-Spore-Syringes/?mega=y

  • Grow Shiitake Mushrooms at Home: A Walkthrough

http://www.squidoo.com/grow-shiitake-mushrooms

  • BackYardChickens Forum

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/index.php

  • cd3wd - now available FREE on an offline 4xDVD set to Third World/Developing Countries - 4000 Electronic Books online and offline with Practical Technical Development Information for the Third World. Agriculture, Health, Education, Small Industries etc etc

http://www.cd3wd.com/cd3wd_40/cd3wd/index.htm (WOW, a lot of info, I dont know if useful or not but is a lot)


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-CHAINMAILLE

  • M.A.I.L. (Maille Artisans International League) is an international community of artisans and volunteers dedicated to the advancement of the chainmaille artform

http://www.mailleartisans.org/

  • Maille tutorials

http://cgmaille.com/tutorials.shtml

  • *Garment Tutorials/PattErns/etc:

The Bladeturner Armoury

http://www.bladeturner.com/pattern/hauberk/hauberk.html

  • Scaletutorial

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx0aGVoYXBweWJhcmJhcmlhbmhvcmRlbGFuZHN8Z3g6MjA5MTE5NzA0OGI0OWNkMA&pli=1

  • ChainMaille Fashions and Jane's Carved Coin Jewelry

http://www.chainmail.com/ (it looks like shit, but click around it may be useful)

  • This goes through the making of rings to in-depth pictures of weaving 4in1:

http://www.noiregarde.org/chainmaille.pdf

  • Chainmailbasket.com - Tutorials - How To Make Chainmail

http://www.chainmailbasket.com/making_maille.php

  • Butted Mail: A Mailmaker's Guide

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.barker/farisles/guilds/armour/mail.htm

  • Thomas Riley - Chainmail Projects (for inspiration)

http://www.thomasriley.info/chainmail/

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-FUNNY

  •  (redneck fixes from memebase)

http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/ 

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-CHEMISTRY


  • YouTube channels:

  • Websites:
http://www.grassrootsdiy.com/ - A multi-purpose D-I-Y site.
http://www.cavemanchemistry.com/ - If you take any links from this e-mail, this should be one.  It has all the practical chemistry applications in a simple text.
http://web.mit.edu/semenko/Public/Military%20Manuals/RogueSci-Mirror/index.html - Old, unfinished, and controversial, but it is notorious and valuable.

I don't know if you want to include them (since it isn't very D-I-Y) but I have supply websites.  Although, I guess it's still D-I-Y since you make your own fireworks and things...

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-ARCADE AND VIDEOGAMES


  • Build Your Own Arcade Controls FAQ - Step up to real gaming excitement!

http://arcadecontrols.com/

  • MAMEWorld - The Largest MAME Resource on the Net

http://mameworld.info/

  • How to build your own Arcade System

http://www.tmsoft.com/article-arcade.htm

  • slagcoin (a tutorial for a joystick)

http://slagcoin.com


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-COOKING

  • Glorious Vertical Recipes for Handicap Home Cooks

http://ck.booru.org/index.php


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-ELECTRIC

  • All About Circuits : Free Electric Circuits Textbooks

http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/


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-ELECTRONICS

  • Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog

http://hackedgadgets.com/


  • Dangerous Prototypes | A new open source hardware project every month

http://dangerousprototypes.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/jeriellsworth

  • The Free Information Society - Media in eBooks/Electronics

http://freeinfosociety.com/media_index.php?cat=6&subcat=54&start=0

  • Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

http://arduino.cc

http://arduino.cc/playground/

http://arduino.cc/forum/

  • Arduino stuff and I dont know what else

http://bildr.org/

  • Innovation Generation LED tutorials, whitepapers, and book suggestions for teachers and students

http://igen.eetimes.com/

  • Afrotech - Ghetto Hardware Fun

http://afrotechmods.com/

  • GBPPR Homebrew Military & Espionage Electronics (/diy/ with /k/, also put your tinfoil hat, you are going to need it)

http://72.52.208.92/~gbpprorg/mil/index.html

  • Green Bay Professional Packet Radio

http://qsl.net/n9zia/


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-ROBOTICS

  • Pololu Robotics and Electronics

http://www.pololu.com/

  • Let's Make Robots! | Let's Make Robots!

http://letsmakerobots.com/


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-BLACKSMITH

  • DIY coal forge plan (this is the basic, every coal forge is made up from this basic schem):

http://www.artistblacksmith.com/articles/coal_forge_plans.htm

  • Gas forge (easier and cleaner, but doesn't top the 1000°C necessary to forge welding unless you DIY or buy the right burner, anyway you can forge and heat treath):

http://zoellerforge.com/miniforge.html

http://zoellerforge.com/simplegasforge.html


  • Do It Yourself Mini Forge

http://www.woodsmonkey.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=233:mini-forge&catid=41:how-to-articles&Itemid=63

http://www.arscives.com/bladesign/forge.tutorial.htm

video to get an idea:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt4OfHUi5V4

  • Burners for gas forge (for advanced stuff)

http://ronreil.abana.org/design1.shtml

http://zoellerforge.com/flare.html

  • Accessories for anvil (hardy tools, you insert 'em in the square):

http://www.anviltools.com/

https://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/page.php?theLocation=/Resources/Product/Anvil_Tools_and_Swages (not working right now)

obviously you can DIY them

  • More advancer RailRoad anvils:

http://www.anvilfire.com/21centbs/anvils/making/RR-rail_anvils.php


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-WOODWORKING

  • Woodworking for engineers

http://woodgears.ca/index.html


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-PAPERCRAFT, ORIGAMI, STENCILS

  • Stencils

http://stencil.booru.org/index.php

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-BREWING

  • How to Brew - By John Palmer

www.howtobrew.com

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-SPECIFICS PROJECTS

  • making your own deodorant

http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant.html

  • Guy built a complex/home in the middle of the woods. Lives in a Geodesic dome and builds giant robots. Very interesting stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/user/JMEMantzel

  • Make a turntable

http://www.altmann.haan.de/turntable/

  • Polymer clay

http://www.youtube.com/user/GentlemanBunny

  • Guitar builders

www.tdpri.com

  • Maternity

www.diymaternity.com

  • relaxhacks.com (Tiny architecture)

http://www.relaxshacks.blogspot.com/

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-DESIGN

  • 2Modern Blog | Modern Furniture and Design Blog

http://blog.2modern.com/

  • Design Milk: Modern Design

http://design-milk.com/

  • Trendir - Home Decorating Trends magazine

http://www.trendir.com


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-LEATHER CRAFT

  • Free Tutorials | leathercraftcentral.com

http://leathercraftcentral.com/free-tutorials

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-BIOLOGY

DIY Biology


  • Is an organization dedicated to making biology an accessible pursuit for citizen scientists, amateur biologists and biological engineers who value openness and safety. This will require mechanisms for amateurs to increase their knowledge and skills, access to a community of experts, the development of a code of ethics, responsible oversight, and leadership on issues that are unique to doing biology outside of traditional professional settings.

Www.DIYbio.org

  • POSaM: a fast, flexible, open-source, inkjet oligonucleotide synthesizer and microarrayer

http://genomebiology.com/2004/5/8/R58

  • OpenWetWare is an effort to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and wisdom among researchers and groups who are working in biology & biologicalengineering.

http://openwetware.org/wiki/Main_Page

  • The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition.

Student teams are given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts.

http://igem.org/Main_Page

  • BioSLAX is a new live CD/DVD suite of bioinformatics tools that has been released by the resource team of the BioInformatics Center (BIC), National University of Singapore (NUS). Bootable from any PC, this CD/DVD runs the compressed SLACKWARE flavour of the LINUX operating system also known as SLAX.

http://www.bioslax.com/about.shtml

  • Basic Bio Lab Techniques Videos

http://diybio4beginners.blogspot.com/2009/02/bio-lab-techniques-videos-centrifuges.html

  • BioTorrents allows scientists to rapidly share their results, datasets, and software using the popular BitTorrent file sharing technology.

http://www.biotorrents.net/about.php

  • Experimental biochemistry and biology, biosynthesis, and natural products.

http://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/forumdisplay.php?fid=15

  • Welcome to the Registry of Standard Biological Parts.

The Registry is a continuously growing collection of genetic parts that can be mixed and matched to build synthetic biology devices and systems.

Founded in 2003 at MIT, the Registry is part of the Synthetic Biology community's efforts to make biology easier to engineer.

It provides a resource of available genetic parts to iGEM teams and academic labs.

http://partsregistry.org/Main_Page

  • BioCurious – your Bay Area hackerspace for biotech. 2400sqft of biology / co-working / networking / meeting space / hardware hacking / community

http://biocurious.org/

  • GENSPACE - New York City's Community Biolab

Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education in molecular biology for both children and adults. We work inside and outside of traditional settings, providing a safe, supportive environment for training and mentoring in biotechnology.

http://genspace.org/

  • DIYgenomics ... crowd-sourced clinical trials and personal genome apps

Personal genomics is an exciting new field. There is an urgent opportunity to provide personal health management tools for preventive medicine. DIYgenomics links genomic data streams to phenotypic (biophysical) measurements and interventions in a wide range of areas so that individuals may manage health conditions before the clinical onset of symptoms. DIYgenomics is a non-profit research organization founded in March 2010.

http://www.diygenomics.org/


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-RANDOM THINGS AND NOT CLASSIFIED YET

  • Nerd Approved – Gadgets and Gizmos

http://nerdapproved.com/

  • Living Off the Grid: Free Yourself

www.off-grid.net

  • ¡The AntiCraft!

www.theanticraft.com

  • Mother Earth News Magazine Site Error

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself.aspx

  • How Products Are Made

http://www.madehow.com/

  • wiseGEEK: clear answers for common questions (great for info)

http://www.wisegeek.com/

  • About.com: Need. Know. Accomplish. (Info, not sure about what)

http://www.about.com/

  • A lot of tutorials

http://www.wannalearn.com/

  • SoYouWanna.com | Learn What You Wanna Do

http://www.soyouwanna.com/

  • A crazy guy who does a lot of stuff

http://www.youtube.com/user/engineer775

  • - How to prepair for SHTF

http://www.youtube.com/user/NeverEnuffAmmo

  • - Good DIY ideas

http://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/

  • - DIY stuff

http://how2dostuff.blogspot.com/

  • This to That (Glue Advice) A calculator that shows you how to attach stuff to other stuff

http://www.thistothat.com/

  • Movie Props, Costumes and Scale Models | the RPF

http://www.therpf.com/

  • Smooth-On, Inc. - Mold Making & Casting Materials Rubber, Plastic, Lifecasting, and More

http://www.smooth-on.com/


Prop maker blogs:

http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/

http://blindsquirrelprops.blogspot.com/

http://www.kamuicosplay.com/

http://propsbyfev.blogspot.com/

http://tombanwell.blogspot.com/

http://bioweapons.wordpress.com/

http://proplady.livejournal.com/

http://www.props.eric-hart.com/




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-OPEN SOURCE

  • Sites dedicated to free and open resources for learning, some of which come from lectures of participating universities like MIT, Princeton, and Stanford.

http://www.ocwconsortium.org/

http://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/index.php

http://www.academicearth.org/

  • ONLY USE WHEN NEEDED - The man who owns this site is a very generous person, do not take up the bandwidth.

http://stevespages.com/page7b.htm

  • DIY Cartography site. Not really instructions so much as free resources; great site nonetheless for anybody making a personal map for hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.
  • Www.makingmaps.net

  • Not so much a DIY site as much as much as well, the art of manliness. This particular section though is interesting.
Www.artofmanliness.com/category/manly-skills/
  • Great program for memorizing anything really, especially languages.

www.ankisrs.net



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-COMPUTER/PROGRAMMING


  • Choosing components