a177 hunkin Victorian Microtech
I didn’t know much about watches until my aunt died and I inherited an astonishingly beautiful pocketwatch from her. Looking online, I found it was made in Switzerland around 1800. It didn’t run, and when I opened the case I thought a small worm had gotten trapped inside. On closer inspection it wasn’t a worm but the tiniest chain I had ever seen, a perfect microscopic bicycle chain with links smaller than half a millimeter.

Tim Hunkin

Tim Hunkin trained as an engineer but became a cartoonist for a U.K.
Sunday newspaper. He next made The Secret Life of Machines TV series and now runs an arcade of homemade coin-operated machines in Southwold, England. He wrote “Building with PLCs” in MAKE Volume 23.


MAKE V33 high Victorian Microtech

MAKE Volume 33 features our special Software for Makers section covering apps for circuit board design, 3D design and printing, microcontrollers, and programming for kids. Also, meet our new Arduino-powered Rovera robot and get started with Raspberry Pi. As usual, you’ll also find fascinating makers inside, like the maniacs on our cover, the hackers behind the popular Power Racing Series events at Maker Faire.

Try your hand at 22 great DIY projects, like the Optical Tremolo guitar effects box, "Panjolele" cake-pan ukelele, Wii Nunchuk Mouse, CNC joinery tricks, treat-dispensing cat scratching post, laser-cut flexing wooden books, sake brewing, growing incredibly hot “ghost chili” peppers, and much more.

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