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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

Xavier of My Heap put together this delightful homebrew engraver’s vise by attaching a PanaVise to a bowling ball that pivots in a PVC pipe coupling. No word on how well it works, but ya gotta give it up for that kind of ingenuity. More: PanaVise crank mod Lie-Nielsen chain-drive... Read more »

In any case, if ever a thing were rightly called bitchin', it would be this 20" custom powder-coated steel hood ornament by metal artist and perennial Make: Online favorite Jud Turner, who made it on commission for a very lucky friend. Read more »

Mike Pantrey, aka Flickr user Mrsuperpants, saw Phil's post on Friday about Dave's homemade laminar water jet and "in two evenings of tinkering in the garage, and some time reading up the background over a couple of lunchtimes" produced his own version, shown here. Construction details are available on Mike's... Read more »

Interesting article over at AAAS's ScienceNOW about MagneLink, a short-range wireless communications system being developed by Lockheed-Martin that uses magnetic fields, rather than radio waves, to transmit information. Supposedly Tesla first experimented with such a system, hoping to compete with radio, in the 1890s. For most wireless applications, radio is... Read more »

One of our most-trafficked original tutorials over the past couple of years has been this simple trick for etching designs on glass bottles by using the label itself as a stencil. It's a quick, satisfying, inexpensive project that yields long-lasting results with common equipment. In the process of porting the... Read more »

Awesome video from YouTuber leehound: Cutting a face using my 15 year old Milltronics CNC Milling machine. Was a great machine that I sold recently. The programming for the face was done with Mastercam V9. [Thanks, Dustin!] Read more »

We first discovered Emil Dudek's online index of vintage pocket calculators back in 2006, but it's grown dramatically since then. [via adafruit] Read more »