6 maker DIY projects to gain liberating skills to use for a lifetime 6 maker DIY projects to gain liberating skills to use for a lifetime

Anyone can learn to use tools, create beautiful designs and sell. Photo by @drscythe.

With these projects, you can build a new beautiful feature to your home, a decorative outdoor conversation piece and so much more!

What project ideas do you have?  We want to hear!  Do you have any DIY projects you're currently working on? Tag us on Instagram @HackerLab or email [email protected].

If you're interested in exploring your own possibilities, try our One-on-One Classes as a member.

With that said, here are some project ideas you can have for a fun experience making.


Wind Chimes



Imagine making your own, or giving some to friends. Watch this awesome tutorial above to learn how.

After you sign up for our Metalshop 1-on-1 class, you’ll have the skills required to cut, bend, drill, grind, polish metal. With plenty of resources online, you can incorporate materials like wood, leather, twine, screws and pipe to make a new design or use someone else's shared, free.


Refrigerator magnet



Lasercutters are great for making keychains, wood carvings and even refrigerator magnets! Check out the video to see how easy it can be.


Live-Edge Coffee Table



Bring nature to your living room every day with a custom piece that mixes wood and metal.  

After you take our Woodshop 1-on-1 classes, you’ll have access to the tools needed to efficiently mill beautiful pieces of furniture. Did you know that all Hacker Lab members get 40% savings on Urban Wood Rescue live-edge wood?  Imagine a coffee table, end table, desk, shelving, or more!

Here's a tutorial on how to make a live-edge coffee table from start to finish.


Hanging Planter



The CNC machine is a powerful tool that can transform how you think about tackling DIY projects.  This hanging planter is a perfect example of innovative ways you can use the ShopBot to make a piece that you’ll be proud of forever

Follow the easy tutorial here.


Cutting boards


Cutting boards, cheese, charcuterie and serving trays — anyone can make them! Oscar Briones did. Pictured, he went from taking a Makers Gonna Make meetup to selling at our first holiday bazaar.

If you're interested, take a 1-on-1 Woodshop class or watch this video to make a woven cutting board.


Laser-cut standing desk


Find a design. Put it in Illustrator. Cut it on the laser. Boom! Done.

Anyone can follow along with this simple tutorial to improve your posture at home. Here's a quick post to learn how.

If you're interested in learning a new skill to last a lifetime, try our One Month + One Class special until Feb. 6th.

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