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We’ve changed the name of our blog! We are now Cunning Turtle and our brand new webpage is at!

All future updates about our projects will be posted there. Go check it out!

Time-lapse Using a Webcam

Check out JaGe090879’s amazing time-lapse video of a Gecko being eaten by ants. A lot of times when I build something or do a tear down I want to record the entire process the same way. That way when I need to put it back together I can remember the steps. Using my PC and a simple script I automated my setup to record a snapshot every few seconds. It’s a bare bones setup and I’ve tested it to work on most windows Xp and 7PCs. Feel free to use it for your projects. [download after the break]

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Lego Styrofoam Cutter

Lego bricks are great for making models, but sometimes you can make real tools with them. If you want to work with foam you should definitely consider building this hot wire cutter. It’s a great tool because it doesn’t leave any dust and it cuts through foam like butter. A few years back I didn’t have any scrap wood but I had plenty of Lego pieces.

Apple infused Pumpkin

Delicious Apple Infused Pumpkin using an Common Household Air Cannon

Lego Self Resetting Target Range

One of my hobbies is taking out the Airsoft gun and picking off innocent Lego bricks from a shelf. Eventually I got tired of picking up my fallen victims and decided to turn the Lego’s into a self resetting target range. Continue reading ‘Lego Self Resetting Target Range’

Homemade BB Gun using a One Way Valve

I got bored and decided to make a BB gun using my air compressor. The secret sauce is a one way valve that blocks air from the firing chamber but allows air in the other direction to rapidly propel ammo into the gun. This allows me to tube fed BB’s, even when the gun is inverted. It’s also much faster than gravity feed versions. Watch the video for some action shots and how to make the valve.

Homemade ACME Tap

So I’ve been working on a new CNC mill and I’m using ACME rods to drive the x and y axis. An ACME rod has fewer turns per inch and allows the machine to move twice as fast. The only downsides are ACME couplers and nuts are expensive and difficult to make without $40 ACME taps. Continue reading ‘Homemade ACME Tap’

The Mega Claw – Summary (9 of 9)

We took the Mega Claw to Maker Faire on Friday and it was amazing. We had a great time in the pre-events, plenty of free food, free beer and samples, yum! We also got to play in the hall of science’s playground without those pesky kids in the way. The machine took us hours to setup, but it was all in good shape. Things didn’t break until Saturday.
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Wii prize claimed just in time

The Wii prize was claimed yesterday afternoon, just one day before the deadline. The lucky winner was Lana from Connecticut who claimed to have the winning ticket and provided the correct confirmation number. Congratulations again!

Wii prize still unclaimed, 48 hours later.

Forty eight hours have passed since the winning raffle ticket was drawn and the ticket holder has still not come forward to claim their prize. Where are you ticket holder number 2138? Your Wii is waiting. You have until Monday to contact us at, or another winner will be picked that day.