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Makers are getting involved, taking to heart our call to help build this new Make: Projects wiki, and the results are great. We’re building up a nice library of projects, technique, and primer articles; they come from projects we do ourselves, from the magazine, and from the greater maker community. Thanks to everyone who’s checked us out and chipped in.

And if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. It’s a wiki, so it’s thirsty for content. If you’re an expert in something, share it with us by fleshing out a topic area. If you have a project, please share that. After you build one of the projects, hit the “I did it! Success!” button, and let us know what you learned via the Notes feature. And remember, you can amend projects, so if you’ve figured out a better way to do a step, have better pictures, have variations on the project, submit them.To whet your appetite, here are a few of the projects we’re excited about this week.

From the Magazine

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Gyrocar

Outfit a toy gyroscope with an electric motor to make it run continuously, and add an adjustable drive wheel that lets it chug along a monorail, balance on a string, circle the rim of a pot, and perform other tricks. Featured in the current issue of MAKE, this exceptionally fun electric gyrocar runs for as long as its AAA batteries hold out, and it’s easy to make. So get out there and buy a gyroscope at the toy store and get hacking!

User-Contributed Projects

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Periodic Elements Cabinet
It’s an ongoing problem for any element collector, how to properly store and display your collection of elements. Sean Michael Ragan set about building his own snazzy display case for smaller element samples (which are cheaper, easier to get, and less radioactive in some cases). He shows you how to make your own case, which is something like a spice rack, but in the shape of the periodic table. Enjoy!

Techniques

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Food: Bourbon Chicken Wings Recipe
With just a few more weeks of summer vacation for my kids (and a rumbling tummy as I write this), my thoughts have turned to food. Particularly grilled and barbecued food. Luck for me, Andrew Lewis has posted this amazing Bourbon Chicken Wings recipe. To tempt you, he writes:

The slightly smoky taste of the bourbon works well in this recipe, blending the sweetness of the Demerera sugar and the salt of the soy sauce. The mustard and garlic work together to give the wings a fuller flavor, meaning that they can compete on equal terms with the spicy red meat dishes that are so often served at barbecues.

Don’t hesitate! There are lots more projects and recipes to be had. Sign up and get started at Make: Projects today.

shawnconna

Sometimes helpful editor and digital media director at MAKE and CRAFT.


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