Pristine 1838 “Rose Engine” Lathe

Rose Engine Detail

A rose engine is a type of geometric lathe used to produce complex radial engravings called Guilloché, which are used both for decorative and security (i.e. anticounterfeiting) purposes. Those of you with more than $238,000 of disposable cash lying around may be irked to discover that the auction for this... Read more »

The ITP Laser Cutter

Laser cut tag

Yesterday this year's ITP Summer Camp kicked off with a series of how to introductions, basic "Hello World" courses, giving introductions to soldering, Arduino, Processing, and how to use their laser cutter. An Epilog Mini 24 — a 50 Watt desktop laser cutter. Read more »

Your Favorite Tools, Part 2

Thanks to everyone who sent in e-mails and pictures of their old warhorses and shiny new friends following our last crowdsourced tools collection. Here are a few more of our favorites from among your submissions, as well as some supplemental staff choices, including one of my own, thrown in at... Read more »

FirstLight: The Story of a Telescope

Douglas Smith's "First Light" Dobsonian Telescope

Oakland resident Douglas Smith is an architect by training, working as a BIM / CAD manager at the San Francisco offices of internationally-renowned skyscraper architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill. In 2006, co-worker and amateur astronomer David Frey persuaded him to take an amateur telescope-making class at The Randall Museum, taught... Read more »

Kickstarting the HexBright: Adventures in Flashlight Hacking


Christian Carlberg is a Cornell-educated mechanical engineer. After his undergraduate degree, he spent three years doing classical aerospace work and getting an MS, part time, at night school. At 25 he moved to LA to work in movie FX, specifically “practical effects”—physical, animatronic robot-based puppets now in decline thanks to... Read more »

Your Favorite Tools, Part 1

"I stand here next to the Aciera F3 - a wonder of Swiss engineering designed with a small working envelope ideal for the typical range of work I do. It has a different operator layout from the typical Bridgeport style milling machines."

The most recent special edition of the Make: Newsletter asked readers: What is your favorite tool? We got some fantastic responses, many with photographs, from makers all over the world. These are just a few of them. Thanks to all our newsletter subscribers, to everyone who responded, and especially to... Read more »