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In each volume of MAKE we have “major projects” these project pages are meaty step-by-step articles with start-to-finish photos, precise instructions and how-to learning that can range from making a VCR cat feeder to ariel kite photography. In MAKE volume 8 the projects are:

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Project: Building an Ornithopter by William Gurstelle. Can humans fly by flapping? Build a small, rubber band-powered ornithopter whose motion is similar to a bird in flight. Page 90

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Project: Gun-Operated Alarm Clock by Roger Ibars. Hack a retro gaming light gun with tilt switches to control a vintage digital clock radio. When the alarm wakes you up, grab the gun and kill it off! Page 100

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Project: Coffee Roaster by Larry Cotton. To experience coffee nirvana, roast your own beans with this cheap, portable coffee roaster.Page 110

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Moldmaking by Adam Savage. How the pros replicate objects. Page 160

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