The Best of Make: Volume 2

65 Projects and Skill Builders from the Pages of Make:

By the Editors of Make:


The Best of Make: Volume 2 looks back across the past eight years of Make: magazine to collect some of the best and most popular projects we have published. Reflecting the great diversity of maker topics covered by the magazine, the collection is divided into nine parts. Readers will find DIY ideas and how-to instructions for subjects ranging from workshop tool lists to wearable electronics, and from servomotors to sous-vide cooking.

Each project is illustrated in full color with high-quality graphics and photographs. Step-by-step instructions provide readers with the information they need make their own versions. Online resources provide support materials, including patterns, schematics, and programming code.

What You’ll Find

The Best of Make: Volume 2 is filled with projects and skill builders for all interests. The projects and articles you’ll find inside include the following:

Workshops and Tools

  • The Ultimate Tool Buying Guide
  • Building the Barrage Garage
  • Meet the Tool-Zine
  • Stock Your Shop
  • The Safe Workshop: Rules to Make By
  • Vacuum Screw Finder
  • Mini Fume Extractor
  • Skill Builder: Understanding Basic Woodworking Tools
  • Japanese Toolbox
  • Workshop Wilderness Workshop


  • Your Electronics Workbench
  • Servomotors
  • Listening to Satellites
  • The Electret Microphone
  • The Bobbinator
  • Keybanging
  • Desktop Geiger Counter
  • Surface Mount Soldering

Microcontrollers and Microcomputers

  • Million-Color HSL Flashlight
  • X10 Arduino Macro Module
  • Hack Electronic Pushbuttons
  • Advanced Arduino Sound Synthesis
  • Raspberry Pirate Radio
  • Onion Pi Project

3D Printing and CNC Fabrication

  • CNC Maker Bench
  • CNC End Mills
  • CNC Air Raid Siren
  • 3D-Printed Cyber Spikes
  • 3D-Printed Pinhole Camera

Robots and Drones

  • Beetlebot
  • My Robot, Makey
  • CoffeeBots
  • Anatomy of a Drone
  • The Handycopter UAV
  • Finding Your Way with GPS
  • Build Your First Tricopter

Music and Audio

  • Traditional Cigar Box Guitar
  • Electronic Drum Kit
  • Squelette Bare Bones Amp
  • Solar Xylophone
  • Laser Harp
  • MonoBox Powered Speaker

Photography and Video

  • Rotating Bird Feeder
  • Helium Balloon “Satellite”
  • Looking at the Low End: Infrared Photography
  • Brownie Pan LED Light Panel
  • Homebrew Digital 3D Movies
  • Glass Bead Projection Screen
  • Go Green: Greenscreen How-To

Fun and Games

  • Atlatl Dart Thrower
  • Model Rocket G-meter and Altimeter
  • Retro R/C Racer
  • Wooden Mini Yacht
  • Boom Stick
  • Living Room Baja Buggies
  • The Most Useless Machine

Crafts and Wearables

  • Making Bar Soap
  • DIY Conductive Ink
  • Pipe Dreams
  • 1+2+3: Stain PVC Any Color
  • Sous Vide Immersion Cooker
  • Three-Day Kimchee
  • Luminous Lowtops
  • The Chameleon Bag
  • Flora NeoGeo Watch



  • Desktop Geiger Counter
    • Measuring Radioactivity with Your Geiger Counter (PDF download)
  • Most Useless Machine (From Best of Make Vol. 1)


Where to Buy

The Best of Make: Volume 2 is available at bookstores and online book retailers everywhere. You can also purchase it from us at

Available: September 25, 2015
Suggested retail price: $29.99
ISBN-13: 978-1-680-45032-3

Trim size: 6.69″ x 9.61″
Page count: 384

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