With fall quickly approaching, it's time to break out the rakes or the leaf blowers, depending on how you roll. If you happen to have a leaf blower, here's a project you can make with your kids that will blow their minds. In fact, this project is so cool that those of us who are morally opposed to leaf blowers may find ourselves asking to borrow the neighbor's.
The crew at The Makeshop Show has done it again. Tapping into every adolescent sci-fi fan's dream, their latest video details how to make a hovercraft out of a shower curtain, a piece of plywood and a leaf blower. By following these free plans, a young maker and his adult assistant manage to build a fully functional hovercraft in no time at all. The video is a little long, but if anything skip to the end to watch them scooting around the shop.
It is surprising how simple this project is, and even more surprising how well it works, even with the two of them aboard. They use a corded leaf blower in the video, but if you could get your hands on a cordless one, just imagine the possibilities.