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...
Categories: Arduino Home
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...
Step-by-step instructions for making your own PCBs at home.
Step-by-step instructions for making (and unmaking) the perfect solder joint.
Do you ever wish you could go back in time and see what life was like before smartphones, tablets, computers and even television? These days we are bombarded with noise...
Categories: Electronics Raspberry Pi
Build a classic spark-gap coil that can draw 15" arcs without pricey commercial caps.
Small, dedicated boards drive servomotors without (or with) programming.
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.
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.
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...
Categories: Fun & Games Home Woodworking
Create an automated watering, light, and temp control system.
Categories: Gardening Arduino
Give this 100% fruit snack a try next time your kids have a sweet craving. You can control the amount of sugar or use none at all.
Categories: Food & Beverage Home
How to use solar panels to supplement your home or workshop electricity needs.
This small table fits young kids perfectly — and they can scribble to their hearts’ content on the dry-erase tabletop.
Categories: Furniture Home Kids & Family
I’ve been a big fan of model rocketry since I built my first Estes Alpha back in third grade. Nothing is more exciting to a 9 year-old proto-geek than launching...
Categories: Kids & Family Fun & Games
I’m fascinated by sous vide cooking, in which foods vacuum-sealed in plastic are immersed in a precisely temperature controlled hot water bath to achieve optimal doneness. But most sous vide...
Categories: Food & Beverage Computers & Mobile
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...
Categories: Machining Workshop
Use digital photos and a 3D printer to make a mini plastic replica of your noggin.
Categories: 3D Printing Workshop
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...
Categories: Home Energy Science
Build a pulse-sensing headband that flashes an LED array in time to the beating of your heart. You’ll scratch-build your own perfboard Arduino, assemble the Open Heart LED display, and...
Categories: Electronics Health Science
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,...
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...
Categories: Science Health
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...
Categories: Science Workshop
Inside your webcam is an imager chip with thousands of sensors, each much smaller than a hair. Replace the lens with an LED, place a sample directly on the the...
Categories: Computers & Mobile Photography & Video Science
Create a fun demonstration of the ecological cycles that keep us alive.
When it comes to shoe projects, Converse All Stars is a brand we love to mod. Originally created in 1917 as basketball shoes, “Chucks” (nicknamed after basketball player Chuck Taylor)...
Categories: Craft Electronics Sewing
You want a design on a T-shirt and you want it now!
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...
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....
Categories: Craft Woodworking
Pick any jar you like, then bend a snug-fitting cage of wire on a custom-made jig.
Categories: Gardening Craft Home
Make the mysterious artifact that’s got Japanese schoolkids crazy for dirt.
Turn war into peace by converting a children’s action figure into a peace-loving bookend. Or if you don’t have a soldier, try using an old space ranger (you know the...
Categories: Craft Furniture Kids & Family
“Bokeh” comes from the Japanese word “boke” (暈け or ボケ) which means blur or haze. The English word “bokeh” has to do with the aesthetics of out-of-focus points of light....
Categories: Art & Design Photography & Video
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...
Categories: Arduino Music
Linoleum printing is a form of relief printing, one of the easiest and most direct of all the printmaking methods. Linocuts can be simplistic and graphic, or as intricately detailed...
Categories: Art & Design Craft Paper Crafts
The BeatBearing is an exciting and intuitive way to make music. Move the balls on a grid, and you change the beat. Music sequencing couldn’t be simpler. Like countless other...
Build this slide guitar with just a board, a wire, and a jar.
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....
Categories: Music Science