DIY for Old Folks
For some years, long-time friend Larry Cotton and I have been inventing things and writing articles about how to build them for the DIY magazine Make. We invented a laminar flow yard water fountain, for example. We did a color-coded plywood kit that young kids can assemble without tools to create a chair, a rocker, a chalk board, or a make-believe boat depending on how the parts are assembled. We made a cat scratching post that deposits a treat when used, thus training pets away from clawing the furniture. And we created a tamper-resistant lifesaving box that houses three inflatable throw sticks for immediate public use at swimming areas to prevent drownings. We’ve published two dozen such articles.
But the magazine is devoted mostly to young and middle-aged makers, and Larry and I are getting on in years. So, I’m thinking of proposing a dozen DIY projects for older generation makers:
How to make a mirror with adaptive wrinkle cancellation.
A 3-D printer for making replacement body parts cheap.
A selfie stick that doubles as a cane.
A clock that not only tells you the time, date, day of the week, and year but also your name.
A blood pressure warning beeper for safely viewing political debates.
A trebuchet that can launch your neighbor’s Pekinese into low orbit.
A halo kit for grandchildren.
How to repair dental plates with automotive body putty.
A pocket periscope that lets you see over the steering wheel.
Adding a nose-hair trimmer to your multi-tool.
Build a quadcopter drone that can fetch up to 20 prescriptions from the nearest Walmart.
A portable harp that you can take with you. (Assuming a celestial destination.)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take a nap.
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