Contest: Instructable build tips, tricks and stories


As mentioned before, we’re doing a Best of Instructables book. Instructables ran a contest on the site to find the 50 best Instructables, as voted on by the users. The results are now on the site. Congrats to the winners. Their projects will be listed in the book (some of them will be featured as full projects) and they’ll each get a copy of the book when it’s published.

We want to add value to the book by having some material that’s not on the Instructables site (or anywhere else). We plan on running sidebars on some of the projects with tips from folks who’ve built them and can offer interesting tips, alternative build techniques, or just cool, amusing, or cautionary tales about the project. So, to collect some of these, Maker Media is running a contest.

Write up your tips/stories and send then to me at The submission can be about any Instructable, not just the ones we’re running in the book. The Make: Books team will look over all of the submissions and award three winners. All three winners will get copies of The Maker’s Notebook, MAKE rubber bands, and Maker’s Notebook sticker sheets. The winning submissions (and other entries) will be considered for inclusion in The Best of Instructables. If we use your submission, you’ll get a comp copy of the book it when it comes out.

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Pick up The Maker’s Notebook ($19.99) for all your ideas, diagrams, patterns, and great references in the back.


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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