Maker Project Lab is out to find, build, and review great projects for makers young and old. Whether it’s an original project, a kit, or contributed from the vast online Maker community, our only criteria is that the result is worth the time, money and energy you put into it. 

When a project goes through our lab, our goal is to help explain not just how to build it or who builds it best, but why a project is worth doing and how it fits into the greater landscape of DIY projects. We want to elevate, polish, and explain the best projects from the Maker movement that are realistically worth your time to pursue.

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About Donald

Donald Bell is the creator of Maker Project Lab. As a former Projects Editor from Make: Magazine, he knows how to spot great projects and how to make them shine.

Prior to his tenure at Make, he spent 8 years as a Senior Editor at CNET, reviewing tech products, producing podcasts, and starring in a DIY online video series called The Fix. Today he spends much of his time working on Maker Project Lab but also works as a freelance writer and constructs commissioned projects. You can also find him playing guitar for the band Aloha Screwdriver.

Legal Stuff

All of these projects are performed at your own risk.

All of our content and posts should be considered as theoretical advice and inspiration. As with any do-it-yourself/DIY project, lack of familiarity with the tools and process can be dangerous. Improper assembly could result in damage to your property or serious bodily injuries. Maker Project Lab, LLC is not liable for any damage or injury resulting from the assembly or use of these DIY projects.

Maker Project Lab, LLC disclaims any and all liability for injuries or damage resulting from the assembly or use of DIY projects featured or published on their website, including any consequential damages. Anyone assembling or using these DIY projects does so at their own risk.

Maker Project Lab, LLC makes no warranty of any kind with respect to the assembly or use of these DIY projects, and explicitly disclaims any Implied Warranty of Merchantability and/or Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose.

By viewing, downloading, and/or following any included plans, the user acknowledges that he/she has read and followed all associated manufacturer’s instructions and safety precautions of any tools and materials used.

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your individual situation. All Maker Project Lab, LLC designs are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this plan you agree to hold Maker Project Lab, LLC harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

Safety Tips

  • Read all of the instructions before cutting or assembling any DIY project.
  • Make sure you are using the right tools and accessories and using them appropriately.
  • Follow all safety instructions provided by the tool’s manufacturers.
  • Ensure that all hardware you have selected is appropriate for the weight and dimensions of each particular DIY project and its intended use.
  • If you are unsure about whether specific hardware or tools are appropriate for a project, consult a professional.