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Bondic Liquid Plastic Welder

More a sort of welder than a glue, Bondic is the quickest and simplest way to fix or fill nearly anything made of plastic, wood, metal, or fabric. Bondic is much easier to use than glue since it can be positioned — think welding — without drying too quickly, nor will the liquid in the tube dry if you forget to recap it. Then, expose Bondic to UV rays using the included light for four seconds to harden it into solid plastic, at which point it can be painted, sanded, or polished to your desired finish.

Pick up a starter kit on Amazon – $22

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Carvey 3D Carving Machine

3D printing has opened up a world of possibilities by letting you create objects while sitting at your desk, but what about making stuff out of materials other than plastic? That’s where Carvey steps in. This tabletop device takes input from your computer using Easel (included) or most any CAD software, milling a variety of materials up to 2.75″ in height — including hardwoods, cork, plywood, soft metals (aluminum, copper, brass), plastics, linoleum, and many more — into just about anything you can come up with. It also runs quiet thanks to an acoustically sealed case, contains all dust for quick cleaning, and employs a color-coded bit system to simplify multi-cut jobs.

Read more at Kickstarter – $2,000

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Circuit Scribe

Handy with paper, scissors, and love tinkering with electronics? Then you’re bound to appreciate Circuit Scribe. The water-based, non-toxic ink within each Circuit Scribe ballpoint pen contains silver, drawing smooth lines that conduct electricity and effectively transform sheets of paper into custom working circuit boards. It writes as naturally as any gel pen, dries instantly, and even includes optional custom components, like LED boards, a slide switch, pins for adding resistors or capacitors, motors, for a bit extra.

Grab one of various kits at Amazon – $20+ [via]

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Handibot Portable CNC Machine

Classically, CNC (computer numerically controlled) equipment for milling wood or metal are large, intimidating machines not fit for hobbyists and the untrained. This couldn’t be less true than with Handibot, a crowdsourced, easily portable alternative that won’t break the bank […quite as hard]. Controlled by your smartphone or Windows computer/tablet (because why make a portable CNC machine if its brain isn’t?), Handibot has a 3-axis mill that cuts and sculpts wood, plastics, aluminum, foam, composites, and more to create perfect and precise shapes, arcs, patterns or holes, and can even be registered across surfaces and materials much larger than its de facto cutting area.

Hit up Kickstarter for full details – $2,400

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Ply90 Brackets

As kids, we learned tons about building stuff with Lego and K’NEX, and it’s high time we put that knowledge to use in the real world. The Ply90 bracket is a super simple way to solidly (and reversibly) connect two pieces of plywood at a 90 degree angle, letting you build just about anything with just an allen wrench, some planks, and, if necessary, a saw. The only limit is your imagination. Oh, and the size of your wallet.

Go to Kickstarter to pledge – $45+ (4 brackets)

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Garage Ceiling Storage System

Storage space is one thing you can never have enough of. Move into a bigger place and without fail the hoarder in you manages to fill it up. Fortunately, this DIY trick can salvage some of that otherwise wasted space in your high-ceiling garage: just supply a few two-by-fours, some reinforced crates, and a bit of elbow grease, and in return you’ll be able to store all your infrequently used seasonal junk.
Learn how to make it at Family Handyman.
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Free Universal Construction Kit

Fate would have it that two of our posts today would focus on Legos, but we’re definitely not going to pass up on this one. While our childhood was spent playing with construction kits like Lego & K’nex, connecting together pieces from different kits was near impossible. Ten of these kits are now cross-compatible thanks to the Free Universal Construction kit, a highly-precise (and free) downloadable file containing everything needed to start printing your own pieces using a 3D printer. OK, so we don’t have a 3D printer [yet] either, but we’ll grab the file for when that day comes.

Find out more here – Free.

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Roland iModela 3D Milling Machine

3D printers are an emerging niche which have made great strides towards widespread adoption in the past few months, though Roland’s got their money in milling machines instead. The iModela is one of the first desktop milling machines to hit homes, an “affordable” option for carving objects out of plastic, wood, foam, or wax. The small milling area limits your creations’ options, though we still expect to see some pretty sweet stuff coming out of these tiny machines.

Hit up Roland’s website to check it out – 900$.

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Doortop Stash

We’ve gotta admit to having never thought of the possibility of stashing stuff on the top of a door. In fact this might be the most clever place to stash stuff since it’s unlikely to be seen by anyone (short of them taking the door off its hinges). Just drill a hole and jam a 6′ cigar tube in it, and you’re golden (though it’s obviously a bit more complex).

Head over to Makeprojects to check out how its done (can’t buy your way into this one) – DIY.