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Primitive Rope with a Twist

American Indians made rope and twine (cordage) using natural fibers from trees, plants and animals. You can make cordage using common materials found around the house or at the hobby store. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Build a Custom Desk

Build your own desk with a tray for your computer keyboard, shelves and even a secret drawer.

Build your own skate longboard

Todd Davis, author of "Handy Dad," offers step-by-step instructions for creating your own skate longboard. With a little work, you can be carving back and forth across the blacktop in no time.

Make the ultimate raingutter regatta racer

regatta-200x148.jpgA winning raingutter racer stays on an even keel, moves in a straight line, keeps the bow above water and does not drag. If your boat does all this, it finishes ahead of any boat that can't. Here's how to build your winner.

How to build a bug board

They might annoy us or amaze us, but there's no question about it: Bugs are an essential part of the natural order of things. Here's how to make your own nature museum to display them.

Twist wire to make a great present

letter-basket.jpgWith a few tools, you can twist and turn metal into something that is functional and easy on the eyes. Here's how to wire up some new things around the house.

Make your own mailbox stove

Looking for a unique and fun way to cook for your troop? Do what this North Carolina troop does: Cook in a mailbox.

Build a working robot

Build GISMO 4, a quick, remote-controlled robot that can do battle with other robots or roll around the house.

Make a toy acrobat

acrobat-200×148.jpgYou can turn an old action figure toy into a neat new acrobat that can do flips and somersaults.

Grow plants indoors

You don’t have to wait for the right season to plant your flower and vegetable seeds. Grow plants indoors any time of year with this easy project.

Build a camp table

Keep your stuff out of the dirt by building a table for your camp. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.

Build a flagpole

Show your colors by building a flagpole for your camp. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.