Steve Hoefer

Steve Hoefer

Steve Hoefer is a creative swashbuckler, freelance writer and inventor. He regularly contributes projects to the pages of MAKE and his inventions have appeared internationally on TV, radio, and print. He lives on his family farm in Iowa.

Latest from Steve Hoefer

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This project will make sure you brush long enough and have fun while you're at it. Read more »

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In this episode, we look at the pin tumbler lock, the most popular, enduring lock design of the last 150 years Read more »

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Sometimes the sun is my friend, warming the house on cool days. Other times it’s my enemy, warming the house on hot days. Blinds are one solution to this problem, but it seems that no matter how I set my blinds before I leave for the day, the weather changes... Read more »

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Hide an amplifier and speaker in plain sight with a project that gives a new meaning to bookshelf speakers. Read more »

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In this Make: Inventions, Steve builds an elevator and reenacts the death-defying stunt that Elisha Otis performed at the 1854 World's Fair. Read more »

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In this episode of Make: Inventions, Steve builds Morse's original automated transmitter as well as a gravity-driven receiver that records Morse coded message to paper Read more »

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On this Make: Inventions, we construct three different can opener designs, and put them to the test Read more »