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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

Latest from Sean Michael Ragan

Garrett Wade Gunsmithing Screwdrivers - Title

This is a set of three finely made flat-head screwdrivers with fancy hardwood handles and nice brass ferrules. Apart from their fine finish, the hollow-ground tips are the screwdrivers' major selling point. Supposedly, unlike a double-wedge shaped screwdriver blade, a hollow-ground blade applies more torque to the bottom of the... Read more »

X-Wing Coffee Table, by Barry Shields

Tennessee woodworker Barry Shields' Star Trek Enterprise NCC 1701-C Coffee Table was one of the most-trafficked posts on this site in 2012, and was published as Made in Sector Zero-Zero-One in MAKE Vol 31. Now he's followed on (and outdone himself, I think) with this X-Wing version. Shields, father of... Read more »

Rio Grande Electroplating Chemicals

This weekend, my buddy Jon came over, and we used my garage chem-lab to silver-plate some brass hinge leaves for some fancy jewelry boxes he's making. I had never electroplated anything before, and have been curious about the process since my undergraduate days. My impression, based on my survey courses,... Read more »

Maker Faire Security - The Other Martin Taylor

Today's post marks the 170th MAKE Flickr pool weekly roundup. They've been running each weekend under that title, with very few interruptions, since February 2008, and have settled into a more-or-less regular format. Each Sunday we present seven pictures, in reverse-Letterman order, starting with the image that, for whatever reasons,... Read more »