Made on Earth
Chris Burden's kinetic sculpture Metropolis II is a mesmerizing cityscape where 1,100 toy cars blaze down 18 lanes of freeways in endless loops.
Built by U.K. photography duo Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas, the BeetleCam is a modded 4WD robotic buggy manufactured by Lynxmotion and mounted with a DSLR camera.
Matt Brown's idea is to affix an RFID chip inside a laser-cut, flat-pack paper radio, and then pair the radio with a speaker base with an RFID reader.
Andy Paiko has painstakingly re-created intricate antique machines almost exclusively out of glass, including a seismograph, a spinning wheel, weight scales, and even a large-scale Ben Franklin-esque glass armonica - and yes, they all work.
Rather than sink money into filling in or restoring their run-down swimming pool, Dennis and Danielle McClung transformed it into a desert greenhouse.
Fairgoers at the 2010 Bay Area Maker Faire were mesmerized by a massive, steel-and-glass orrery gently rotating in the main hall.
Tim Linhart and his wife, Birgitta, construct working orchestras and concert halls out of ice.
» Paper Clip Paper Holder
by Gus Dassios
What's better at holdeing paper than a paper clip? A bigger paper clip!
With this project, you can create an effect that makes the out-of-focus lights in your pictures appear any shape you want.
Instead of cutting the wire first and then trimming the insulation, I trim the insulation and then cut the wire.
» Manufacture Your Project
by Mitch Altman
(and make a living doing what you love.)
SPECIAL SECTION: Special Section
Got an itchy trigger finger? How about two? You'll love driving the Drill Kart, an easy-to-build go-kart powered by twin cordless drills that make it steer like a tank.
After giving my daughter my old skateboard, I started to miss having one. So I made my own.
Add a retro-style, one-cylinder gasoline engine to your bike.
Building the unsimulation of a driving video game.
» Kult of the Kart
by Nik Schulz
Cyclekarts are pint-sized (yet adult-piloted), prewar-style racers that are equal parts art object and four-wheeled mayhem generator.
Mind-bending propeller cart outruns the wind that powers it.
I decided I needed a new hobby, and soapbox racing sounded interesting - very fun, not too expensive, and it would get me into metalworking, which I had no experience with as an electrical engineer.
» Wild Wheeled World
A roundup of DIY karts, scooters, and other rolling wonders.
Make: Projects Karts & Wheels Runners-Up
Madagascar Institute Chariot Races
Unauthorized Fun on Wheels
The Brilliant Moonbeam
Redefining Street Legal
Tony Hawk's 630-Horsepower Skateboard
Home-Brewed Segway Scooter
Go, Toy Racer, Go!
Digital-to-Analog Car Mod
Biofuel Electric Snow Hummer
Visualize waveforms with fire.
Simple, addictive sound effects looper.
I hope the projects in these pages will help you rekindle some of your own childhood memories, as well as provide your kids with opportunities for fun, adventure, and learning.
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Arduinophytes and Maker Services
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» Projects in Your Mailbox
by Dan Woods
We're proud to announce that Make: Projects readers can now conveniently purchase just about everything they need for their next project directly from the Make: Projects website.
Tales from the Web
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When you build it together, your learning is amplified - multiplied by the number of hands.
Sunshine is essential for plant growth, which is one reason scientists have developed so many methods to measure it.
A wake-up call for anyone who's blithely relying on the cloud.
Track your body's signals and brain waves and use them to control things.
A fun reflex game for all ages.
Tap into your electronic devices and take control.
Drying with the sun is one of the easiest, most energy-efficient ways to preserve your harvest.
Create cheap and easy reinforced concrete columns in organic, sculptural forms.
Build a fake Colonial Period stool good enough to fool almost anybody.
Make this smart chair from a 2'x3' sheet of plywood.
Craft a cool way to keep your cutlery.
Make an easy easel for your artwork.
Electronics: Fun and Fundamentals
Hack an alarm siren to make a DIY dog repeller.
Sometimes it costs more to buy it than to make it from the money itself.
Toys, Tricks, and Teasers
Deceive the eye with impossible falling motion.
Hot stuff, from thermometers to a pocket hotspot; and rugged gear, from backpacks to drills to tweezers.
Use your maker skills to protect the cookie jar against potential cookie monsters.
Toy Inventor's Notebook
Here's a fun and fast way to create a homemade version of the classic cereal premium toy, the baking powder-powered diving submarine.
What I Made
Made from soda cans & chopsticks.
Can ancient Aztec agriculture save the sinking Sacramento Delta islands?
Use linen, wood, and the wisdom of ancient Egyptians to make a juicer.
» My Home-Built Power Wheelchair
by Marcus Brooks
About three years ago I accepted arthritic degeneration of my hucklebone (hips) as an excuse to build a power wheelchair.