Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this week’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

The Weekend Reader features a handful of the most interesting articles featured on the ‘Smack over the past week ranging from tips and tricks to inspirational designs, processes, and more. So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top ten stories on SolidSmack this past week.

Oh and uh…don’t forget to shed some much-needed sunlight on your face, too.

This Headphone Tube Amp Brings That “Sweet Tube Sound” to the $25 Raspberry Pi

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“From arcade tables and streaming weather stations to a DIY Amazon Echo and even cat exercise wheels, the amount of possibilities one can cook up with the Raspberry Pi is near-limitless. For audiophiles looking to jam out to their Pink Floyd discography on the $25 computer, there’s now a solution for that, too.”

This Expandable Furniture Collection is Inspired by the Pantograph

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“First invented by German physicist and astronomer Christoph Scheiner in 1603, the pantograph was used for centuries to copy and scale diagrams and text leading up to the introduction of more modern solutions used today.”

The Lap Skate Guitar Hybrid Product Concept Combines Blues Slide with Rail Slides

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“With a deep fascination of what they call the “common territories between architecture and music”, designers Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente of NYC design studio Stereotank operate somewhere at the intersection of architecture, art and sound.”

Will Small Scale Desktop Production Tools Hurt or Further Enable Design Professionals?

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“Going back to the introduction of desktop publishing tools that allowed everyday Joes and Josephines to “design” and print documents with relative ease, the perceived value of professional design services has continued to decline as skills and processes that previously required years of training continue to be simplified and automated for nonprofessional users.”

Behind the Design: Making Skillets From Scratch with FINEX Cast Iron Cookware Co.

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“Whether you prefer to cook your steaks over an outdoor fire or in the kitchen, few materials offer excellent heat retention properties and a better experience than cast iron cookware. With its near-perfect design, the age-old cast iron skillet has changed very little over the past two-thousand years and continues to be handed down through families as an heirloom ripe for storytelling.”

Surfboard Shaper Josh Oldenburg on What It Means to Find Your Own Design Style

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“According to San Diego surfboard shaper Josh Oldenburg, the most critical challenge of being a local shaper in an international surfboard manufacturing mecca is the level of competition and design standards that go into each and every board. Needless to say, just to be considered a shaper alongside names like Rusty, Chris Christenson, and Jeff Mccallum is both humbling and rewarding.”

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