ISO: Dangerous Kits

Bill Gurstelle, our resident pyro, flaming on. Photo by Chris Buck for Popular Mechanics.

We’re in the process of working on another special publication for 2011 holiday release, like our popular Ultimate Workshop and Tool Guide from last year. This one is going to be the Ultimate Guide to Kits! It will feature over 150 kit reviews plus new kit-related articles and other delectable MAKE goodness.

We’re really excited about this project. And we’d like you to maybe be a part of it. We thought it would be fun to community-source a “Dangerous Kits” article for the issue. So we’re looking for what Bill Gurstelle once called “interestingly dangerous” (as opposed to dumb dangerous) kits, ones that push the envelope of safety and propriety. Here are some categories we thought of:

  • Guns
  • Knives and other edged weapons
  • Distillation equipment
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Extreme sports equipment
  • Experimental aircraft/submarines

Remember, the theme is kits, so these have to be things that you put together yourself from parts, not finished products. Leave your mini-reviews, just a few sentences, in the comments bwlow. Be sure to include prices, URLs, etc. If we use your review, we’ll send you a free copy of the issue when it’s released. (Note: Like the Ultimate Workshop and Tool Guide, this is a special, stand-alone publication that is not part of a regular MAKE subscription).


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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