Look through some of the things I've made, remade or I'm still making.

Arduino battery box

Arduino microcontroller battery box

My Arduino microcontroller needed something more than velcro to keep a battery close by. Looking around for something to use I found an old mains adapter which seemed to be just what I needed.

I wrote an in depth guide to making it and posted it here at

Mains adapter taken apart Plastic case cut to size Fit battery clip, switch and socket Side view with Aduino attached

Log House

Log House

This is my ongoing big project. All the logs are from the surrounding trees. The sawn timber is mainly reclaimed pallets and cladding panels scrounged from neighbours and friends. It's all sawn by hand too - no power tools. A lot of the nails used came from the pallets, the rest were bought locally - no trips to DIY superstores. Nails are the only thing I've spent money on.

I photographed the build at various stages which can be seen as a set on my Flickr photostream

Log House
Log House Log House

Lego USB memory stick

Lego USB stick

The case on my memory stick had come apart (OK, I had took it off to look inside) so, looking around for something to put it in, the first thing I found to put it in was a Lego brick. It looked just big enough to fit in, with a bit of persuasion.

Here's how to make one.


  • 1 Old USB memory stick
  • 1 6x2 brick
  • 1 2x2 brick
  • 1 6x2 flat
  • 2 2x2 flat
  • Glue - Hot glue or CA


Cut away the innards and one end of both bricks. I used a Dremmel with a combination of a saw and router tools.
Check the memory stick fits flush inside the case brick and glue in place. Check the cap brick fits over the connector and lines up square with the case brick.

Cut away the studs on the flat bricks. I only cut away the studs along the sides that met the memory stick, figuring that the remaining studs would help with alignment (also less work and mess!) Glue the flat bricks onto the case and lid.

Use the remaining flat brick to lock the lid onto the case. When in use, the lid can click onto the case for safe keeping.

Lego bricks Cut away the inside and one end Memory stick in place Finished item

Guitar Stand

Guitar stand

After knocking over my guitar for the thousandth time I decided to make a stand. I scribbled down a few ideas down and then got to work with the few bits of wood I could find.

It's not fancy but it works.

Guitar stand plan