Make: television Episode 1

Make: television Season One has come and gone. But in case you missed it, we’ll be rolling out the ten episodes of our premiere season again, starting of course with Episode 1 which features the amazing bicycle wizardry of Cyclecide, and the VCR Cat Feeder in the Maker Workshop:

Meet Cyclecide, an inventive band of performance artists who build outrageous bicycle contraptions straight out of the dump. In the Maker Workshop segment John Park turns an old VCR into automated cat feeder, and William Gurstelle demonstrates the “Nibbler” – an unusual tool for shaping metal. Maker Channel contributors showcase their talents through scream machines, laser harps, cupcake cars and a sly gadget that turns off those annoying TV screens in public places.

Get the m4v of Episode One, or subscribe in iTunes. Watch the individual segments of Episode One and find instructions for the VCR Cat Feeder after the jump.

All episodes, individual segments, and PDF instructions of our Maker Workshop projects from Make: television Season One can always be found at our Episode Guide. You can also watch Make: television videos on YouTube, Blip, Vimeo, or download our torrents at LegalTorrents.

Introducing Cyclecide, an inventive band of Bay Area performance artists who make creations out of materials from the junkyard. These Makers create everything from amusement park rides to outrageous bicycle contraptions to found-object sculpture. Plus, we take a historical spin through the origins of the modern bicycle. Check out Cyclecide’s website at

John Park poses a kitty conundrum: Who’s going to feed the cat while you’re on vacation? Using a motor from an old VCR, he creates an automated feline feeder. While building this Make: magazine project, John learned that newer VCRs have safeguard technology, limiting access to the motor. Watch John as he demonstrates his solutions to this challenge. Check out the PDF instruction sheet for more details.

This ‘Toolbox’ segment finds William Gurstelle showcasing “The Nibbler,” a handy, compact, toothy device perfect for cutting and shaping sheet metal. Do you have any cool tools that do the same job, or can you suggest other uses for The Nibbler? Makers want to know; post your thoughts.

Maker Channel Episode One:

  • ScreamBody – Kelly Dobson’s wearable voice-activated scream machine.
  • Laser Harp – Stephen Hobley’s amazing musical instrument that produces different tones by interrupting various laser beams.
  • Cupcake Cars – Paul Ozello’s small go-cart type cars shaped and decorated to resemble cupcakes.
  • [Trouble Maker] TV Be Gone – Mitch Altman’s secret remote control hat that can turn off any TV anywhere.
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