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 03 the projects are:

Mod Your Rod by Tor Amundson, Rob Elam, Dave Mathews, Damien Stolarz, and Phillip Torrone. James Bond depended on Q to trick out his cars. But with Make’s guide to car hacking, you’ll learn how to turn your ride into a fully loaded, grease-eating, MP3-blasting, Wi-Fi-transmitting monster machine. Page 49

Halloween Haunted House Controller by Eric J. Wilhelm

Build a relay board that sychronized lights, motors, and other electrical devices to a scary soundtrack playing on a computer, and create spooky haunted house special effects! Page 86

VCR Cat Feederby James Larsson. Liberate a motor from an old VHS deck, attach it to a food chopper, and program the deck’s recording timer to fill Fluffy’s bowl on schedule. Voila! Your own programmable pet food dispenser. Page 98

The Night Lighter 36 by William Gurstelle. Launch potato projectiles 200+ yards with this stun-gun triggered, high-powered potato cannon with see-thru action. (Good thing potatoes are biodegradable.) Page 108

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