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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

With the exception of my couch, every piece of furniture in my home is something I built, or heavily modified, myself. This is both a source of personal pride and a bit of a pain, because if I want more furniture for whatever purpose, I'm sort of obliged, at this... Read more »

Adam Richard Cooper built this hand-cranked model of a classic mechanical governor--which, as MachinistBlog succinctly put it "regulates the speed of steam engines by acting as a negative feedback system"--and made the dimensional drawings and build notes freely available for download at his site. I like the idea of a... Read more »

Well, OK, it's actually a prosthesis. And I stole the Terminator joke from Minnesotastan over at Neatorama. This object is one of literally thousands of remarkable items in the online Brought to Life exhibit at the UK's Science Museum, where it is labeled, apparently incorrectly, as a "right" arm. What... Read more »

A trowel is such an inexpensive tool, it's hard for me to imagine making my own for anything besides the experience of making and having made it myself. Still, I can see why someone might want to make this one described by Instructables "PVC whisperer" Thinkenstein: It starts from ubiquitous... Read more »

Spotted at Marcello Pizzaria & Ristorante in Vancouver by Adam Lindsley of This is Pizza. [via Neatorama] Read more »

Bob Davis, whom some of you may remember for his high-voltage can crusher, is back at it with this 2KV, 1600A, 1500 μF 10-capacitor discharge bank that can be used to crush cans and, most amusingly IMHO, launch washers high into the air with a sound that really has to... Read more »

For a limited time, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre is offering a free download of an eighteen page booklet by famed automata-maker Paul Spooner. This is a great resource for the mechanically-curious and must have for automata-makers. Read more »

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