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As far as robots go, Claptrap isn’t exactly the smartest or most awesome. The character from Borderlands does manage to be pretty cute though – I mean, he has beatboxing skills for goodness’ sake. The folks over at Our Nerd Home are such fans of the little guy that they made a Claptrap trash can. Functional geeky projects for the home are the best.

They created a tutorial for you to follow along and build a Claptrap disposal unit of your very own. You’ll have to round up quite a few supplies like a step-on trash can, cables, and cardboard, but the end result looks like it’s well worth the trouble.

See the trash can in action after the break.

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Calling all Harry Potter and Doctor Who fans! This post is for you because it features a sonic screwdriver wand in a TARDIS-inspired wand box. I think both Harry and the Doctor would consider this creation a magical mash-up.

Both designs are by Instructables user CabbitCastle. He was asked to make a wand fashioned after the Tenth Doctor’s sonic. He created plans in Photoshop and used a lathe to fabricate the wand while the wand box was made from poster board and foam pads. He wrote thorough tutorials for each project so you can create a sonic wand and case of your very own. This craft is definitely going onto my to-do list!

See more pics of the box and sonic wand after the break.

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If you have multiple sonic screwdrivers, you have to consider how to best display and store them. RPF user 00failure has set the bar high with this fancy Time Lord box. He used MDF, a black walnut veneer, a few fixtures, and laser cut Gallifreyan symbols into the wood. The sonics are held in place with flight coast foam. It looks gorgeous whether it’s left open or closed. BBC should come up with something like this and make it available for purchase everywhere; Doctor Who fans would eat it up.

See the exterior of the box after the break.

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If you’re a fellow geek, you’re probably regularly looking for ways to incorporate your favorite fandoms into your home decor. Our Nerd Home has a fantastic and simple suggestion for you: add some nerd to your welcome mats! All you need is a plain welcome mat from places like Ikea or Target, a stencil, pins, and spray paint. They opted to go with the Star Trek symbol and a Triforce pattern for their first two mats. I can’t wait to try this out.

See more photos of the cool mats after the break.

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Jeff Highsmith gets the cool dad award of the month for building an awesome Mission Control desk for his oldest son. Highsmith knew his kid needed a separate surface on which to do his homework, so he used MDF (medium-density fibreboard) to construct a basic desk. Then, he designed a control console roughly based on NASA examples and used Arduino and Raspberry Pi to program all the lights and switches. It doesn’t seem like the most simple project, but you can follow along and create something similar!

The desk is absolutely awesome. I especially like that when it’s time to get back to homework, the top of the desk folds down and covers the controls. It’s official. I need to make a cooler desk.

Check out the how-to video after the break.

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DIY Wall-Mounted Wampa Head

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You know what you need hanging over your fireplace? A Star Wars-themed trophy head. Clearly.

Some Photoshopped images of Star Wars taxidermy made the rounds earlier this year, and the folks over at Our Nerd Home saw them and decided to make one of the creature heads a reality. They chose to build the wampa. The fierce creature of Hoth is a terrific choice, and as it turns out, cost effective. They spent under $20 to create the beast from cardboard, newspaper, paint, white faux fur, and a few other materials.

They go through the basics on their blog and provide several photos so you can follow along at home. I love the details like the eyes and gross yellow teeth. Is it weird that I sort of want to hug it?

Check out some in progress pics after the break.

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I’ve seen skull doorknockers but I’ve never seen skull doorknobs until now. These beauties are prototypes by Forever Fineness. They say they’re looking to have them available for purchase sometime in May.

The knobs are stainless steel and the key goes in the nose slot. I want to get one and name it Yorick.

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Prop maker Eric Hart doesn’t have much time to work on projects for fun, but he couldn’t turn down the challenge of trying to replicate a beautiful chest from Game of Thrones. The ornate box is the one that Daenerys Targaryen receives her dragon eggs in, and it’s seen repeatedly throughout the first season. Hart started by building a plain wood box from ash and cut 22 gauge steel for the metal embellishments.

The end result is gorgeous and looks really close to the one seen on screen. Hart wrote a detailed step-by-step, and if you have all the tools and feel ambitious, you could definitely use his instructions to create a dragon egg box of your own.

See in-progress pics and a video after the break.

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This lamp would be just perfect for lighting King Arthur’s Round Table or for shedding a little light during your next game night. You can make one for yourself with some fairly inexpensive parts. It’s made from a knight’s helm picked up at a flea market, a few wires and metal tubing, and a scrap crankshaft from a car.

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No, you won’t really be able to travel to different worlds, but just think how cool this Stargate would look in your backyard! Podpadstudios was inspired to create the gate by friends involved in a local sci-fi charity group who cosplay as characters from the show. It’s made from wood complete with chevrons and individually cut symbols. Their goal is to finish it all (including paint and several hundred LEDs) in time for a huge sci-fi event happening in April.

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