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Digital DIY: Web Helps Do-It-Yourselfers Share Ethic

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Digital DIY: Web Helps Do-It-Yourselfers Share Ethic

Digital DIY: Web Helps Do-It-Yourselfers Share Ethic

Digital DIY: Web Helps Do-It-Yourselfers Share Ethic

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Instructables CEO Eric Wilhelm: The DIY aesthetic, at least sometimes, is about the subversive joy of making a prefab product "do something that it wasn't intended to." Julie Caine hide caption

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Julie Caine

Beer Bot? Jet-Powered VW?

If you can imagine it, someone's probably hacked it.

Tape-delay diet: A VCR-driven cat feeder remains a favorite project for Make magazine's Phillip Torrone. Courtesy 'Make' hide caption

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Joel Sprayberry's Dachshund Wheelchair project — its off-the-shelf parts include tent poles, wagon wheels and an ordinary dog harness — generates "a continuous stream of comments" at Instructables.com. Courtesy Joel Sprayberry hide caption

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Joel Sprayberry's Dachshund Wheelchair project — its off-the-shelf parts include tent poles, wagon wheels and an ordinary dog harness — generates "a continuous stream of comments" at Instructables.com.

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Former Whole Earth Catalog editor Jay Baldwin: "When you make things by hand, it's yours; there's no mystery how it got made." Julie Caine hide caption

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Julie Caine