Category: DIY Projects

DIY Side Table

February 11, 2023

This looks like your garden variety thrift-store tiered coffee table, but with a unique feature: efficient and elegant use of space.

Cheap, Easy Wall-Mounted Monitors

May 27, 2017

For my home recording rig, I use a 7×3′ desk (made out of an old door) to hold my audio interface and any instruments or effects I’m using – keyboards, pedals, mics, preamps, etc. I don’t like that real estate to be cluttered up with stuff that could live somewhere else. The computer, the speakers, […]

INA217 Microphone Preamp

July 17, 2016

This project incorporated a lot of firsts: my first working circuit powered by mains electricity, my first preamp and the first time I actually took some design initiative — I designed the (very simple) power supply and incorporated a clip detector into the circuit.  I opted for a “wall wart” input to supply phantom power […]

The 1-watt power amp

March 1, 2012

For a long time now, I’ve wanted to hack into a boombox, find the audio input on the circuit board and solder an input jack to it.  There are so many totally functional boomboxes out there that are useless for those who keep music on an MP3 player.  I tried this experiment a few years […]

A cheap solution for a shitty couch

August 16, 2011

When I moved into my friend’s house in April there were three couches, a console TV and a dining room table in my new room. I decided to keep one of the couches in there, and we moved the rest of that stuff downstairs. My initial plan was just to sleep on the couch, but […]

Frying Pan Ashtray

May 12, 2011

What do you do when your new roommates are using an old frying pan as an ashtray on the porch? You reclaim the Ikea Bargain Bin speaker stand you dumped there a long time ago, and make a standing ashtray out of it. Figure 1. A dirty old frying pan from some long-gone renter’s trash. […]

DIY Headphone Splitter Project

March 24, 2008

I completed a simple project today. I needed a headphone splitter, mainly because I use a set of headphones that are attached to a long home-made cable, so that I can record in the kitchen, or the other side of the room etc. It gets a little messy dragging that long cord with you when […]