DIY

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Thwomps might have villainous intent, but the spiked cinder blocks still manage to be a little cute. Instructables user mactothefuture made a replica of the Thwomp from Super Mario Bros. using a mold box and casting the block from concrete. I wouldn’t call it a simple process, but all the details are there if you’d like to try to make your own!

Check out more photos of the Thwomp after the break.

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Robocop

When you make props for a living, you can dream big. Builder Shawn Thorsson has had making a life-size ED-209 from RoboCop on his bucket list, and he recently checked it off and revealed his creation at the Bay Area Maker Faire. He spent about three months on the Enforcement Droid, and it’s insanely detailed. It moves, has audio (it warned passersby they had 30 seconds to comply), and every piece is painted and weathered perfectly. Wow.

See the robot in action in the video after the break.

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inflatable death star

Love May the 4th? So does Caleb Kraft. To celebrate the holiday, he made a giant inflatable Death Star. He started with a 12-foot beach ball and used it to make a pattern from fabric. Basically, he made a giant pillowcase for the ball and painted it with Death Star shapes. Though it definitely looks time consuming and you’ll need space, it’s a straightforward project. You can make your own and start taking over the galaxy soon!

Watch and learn in the video after the break.

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Itching to take a trip across the galaxy? One of the fastest ways to travel would be by transporting through a stargate. The device seen in the film of the same name and SG-1 can connect to other gates across the galaxy; all you have to do is dial a working phone number and jump into a wormhole. Bam. Though this miniature stargate by YouTuber TheEnchantedBeer won’t provide instant transport, it does light up and move.

The creator built it for a Hack a Day project from polypropylene sheets, a cutting board, an Arduino Uno, and a few more odds and ends. All the details had to take a while to get just right, but the light and motion tests already look good. I can’t wait to see the completely finished project.

See some close-up photos and watch a video after the break.

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Want to bring a little taste of King’s Landing into your home? Nerd by Night has come up with a way to turn the Iron Throne into the most epic bean bag chair ever. You’ll have to put in time and effort to create this throne and steps include painting the fabric, sewing it into place, and stuffing it with foam and bean bag beans. But at the end of the day, all the sweat and tears are going to be completely worth it.

See the chair in use after the break.

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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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mission control desk

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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