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Make: Maker Projects Guide Special Issue

MAKE Magazine’s annual Maker Faires have become the engine that drives the diverse and ever-expanding maker movement. At the heart of these events are the projects that their clever creators bring to show off and to inspire others to create. This special edition of MAKE celebrates the best of these projects, as seen at the Faires and in the pages of the magazine, as well as profiles of the makers who create them and the Faires that bring them together.

Electronics

Kitty Twitty Cat Toy

Kitty Twitty Cat Toy

About 2 months ago, after years of begging and pleading from my family, I reluctantly agreed to get another cat from the local shelter. We already have a menagerie of...

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Categories: Arduino Home

One-Hour CoasterBot

One-Hour CoasterBot

Last year we ran a cool CoasterBot build project and contest on MAKE. We had dozens of awesome entries, from the most basic to the quite elaborate. This Make: Project...

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Categories: Robotics

The Brain Machine

The Brain Machine

You don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to meditate, or a Sleeping Beauty to sleep well. Achieve these altered states of consciousness, and others, with this simple microcontroller device.

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Categories: Electronics

Home

20-Watt Solar Panel

20-Watt Solar Panel

Using a few solar cells and a plastic case, you can utilize the sun’s energy to power anything from a light bulb to your entire house.

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Categories: Home

Fetch-O-Matic

Fetch-O-Matic

Several years ago I watched a viral YouTube video that starred Jerry the Dachshund, whose engineer owner had built him his very own automated ball launcher. I had two dogs...

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Categories: Woodworking Fun & Games

Workshop

Car-Battery Welding

Car-Battery Welding

Welding! Welding is a glorious, mystery-infused, thoroughly bad-ass way to stick things together. Welders move in their own cloud of mythos and danger – they are dirtier, tougher, and sexier...

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Categories: Machining Workshop

Hovercraft Shop Vac

Hovercraft Shop Vac

I have owned several shop vacuum cleaners, but regardless of the make, I never liked the way the casters worked. They never rolled where I wanted them to. When I...

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Categories: Tools

Workhorses

Workhorses

Based on the trestles of a Japanese woodworking bench, these sawhorses are a good beginning joinery project. They’re constructed using the mortise and tenon, the fundamental joint in woodworking. The...

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Categories: Tools Woodworking Workshop

Science

Backyard Biodiesel

Backyard Biodiesel

Biodiesel is vegetable oil (often used) that’s been chemically converted into a fuel thin enough to spray through a diesel fuel-injection system. No special equipment is needed to “cook” a...

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Categories: Home Energy Science

Geiger Counter

Geiger Counter

This DIY Geiger counter clicks and flashes an LED each time it detects a radioactive particle. It works with most common Geiger–Müller tubes, and easily connects to radiation rate meters,...

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Categories: Science

Home Molecular Genetics

Home Molecular Genetics

Working directly with DNA isn't only for the labs of CSI, agribusiness, and headline-grabbing research institutions. It's basic chemistry, but it uses the molecules of life. You can even do...

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Categories: Health Science

Jellyfish Tank

Jellyfish Tank

A tank of healthy jellyfish is hypnotically beautiful. Unfortunately, jellies can’t live in a regular aquarium because they get sucked into the filtration pumps or trapped in “dead spots” at...

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Categories: Science Workshop

Craft

Felted Fruit

Felted Fruit

An unusual act of crafty repurposing, needle felting is the art of sculpting wool with a barbed needle. The specialty needle was adapted for art from its original use in...

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Categories: Craft

Inkle Loom

Inkle Loom

Weaving is one of my favorite crafts because it’s meditative and challenging, practical and artistic. It combines plain-woven cloth’s simple elegance with the astounding complexity of a kilim split-stitch tapestry....

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Categories: Craft Woodworking

Art & Design

Laser Harp

Laser Harp

One of my most vivid concert memories is seeing Jean Michel Jarre perform in 1986 at the city of Houston’s 150th birthday celebration. He played music by breaking laser beams...

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Categories: Music Arduino

The Flame Tube

The Flame Tube

Fiery devices have always fascinated me. From Jam Jar Jets (MAKE Volume 05) to Fire Pistons (Volume 19) to Faux Flames (Volume 25), I’ve built all sorts of fire-related projects....

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Categories: Music Science

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