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The Best of MAKE

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After two years, MAKE has become one of most celebrated new magazines to hit the newsstands, and certainly one of the hottest reads. If you're just catching on to the MAKE phenomenon and wonder what you've missed, this book contains the best DIY projects from the magazine's first ten volumes -- a surefire collection of fun and challenging activities going back to MAKE's launch in early 2005.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Re: MAKE
  6. Introduction: OWN YOUR OWN
  7. THE BEST OF TOOLS PROJECTS
    1. Your Electronics Workbench
      1. THE BASICS
      2. A FEW COMPONENTS AND TOOLS
      3. LEARN THE RULES
    2. THE MAKER’S ULTIMATE TOOLS
    3. THE ULTIMATE TOOL BUYING GUIDE
    4. TIGHT-FIT WORKBENCH
      1. Lighting
      2. The Workbench
      3. Tool Storage
      4. Parts Storage
      5. Bulk Storage
      6. Options and Accessories
    5. SKETCHUP WORKBENCH
    6. Build a Workbench in SketchUp
    7. Phase I. Conceptual Design
    8. 1. Get SketchUp running
    9. 2. Prepare your project
    10. 3. Rough out the form
    11. 4. Add details
    12. Phase II. Design Engineering
    13. 5. Choose components
    14. 6. Cut lumber
    15. 7. Make copies
    16. 8. Support frame
    17. 9. Top it off
    18. 10. Note dimensions
      1. RESOURCES:
    19. FREEDOM TO UNSCREW
      1. Grinding Away
    20. KEYCHAIN SURVIVAL TOOLS
      1. Lighting
      2. Signaling
      3. Tools
      4. Compass
      5. Test Gear
  8. THE BEST OF ELECTRONICS PROJECTS
    1. THE 5-IN-1 NETWORK CABLE
    2. WHY I MADE A 5-IN-1 CABLE
    3. BUILD YOUR 5-IN-1 CABLE
      1. 1. MAKE “THE WORLD’S SHORTEST CROSSOVER CABLE”
      2. 2. MAKE THE CISCO CONSOLE ADAPTER
      3. 3. MAKE TWO DB9/RJ45 ADAPTERS
    4. PUTTING YOUR 5-IN-1 CABLE TO WORK
      1. NEED A DIFFERENT PINOUT?
      2. FAKING FLOW CONTROL
      3. EXTRA ADAPTERS
      4. CHECK YOUR CONDUCTORS
    5. VCR CAT FEEDER
    6. A VCR TO FEED YOUR PET
    7. PROGRAMMABOWL VCR: HOW IT WORKS
      1. COMPONENTS
      2. TOOLS
    8. BUILD YOUR VCR CAT FEEDER
    9. FEED ME
      1. TROUBLESHOOTING
      2. FEEDER OPERATION
    10. GUN-OPERATED ALARM CLOCK
    11. KILLING TIME
    12. IMPLEMENTING GUN CONTROL
      1. MATERIALS
      2. TOOLS
    13. BUILD YOUR GUN ALARM CLOCK
    14. DO YOU FEEL LUCKY? WELL, DO YA CLOCK?
      1. OPERATION
    15. RUMBLE MOUSE
      1. Find and Adjust the Power
      2. Intercept the Left-Click
      3. Put It Together
    16. MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH LEDS
    17. LED Throwies
      1. By Graffiti Research Lab
    18. Magnetic Switches from Everyday Things
      1. By Cy Tymony
  9. THE BEST OF MICROCONTROLLERS PROJECTS
    1. Microcontroller Programming
    2. Low-Level Microcontrollers vs. BASIC Modules
    3. Microcontroller Programming Hardware and Software
    4. Designing a Circuit
    5. Make an LED Blinky
    6. START »
    7. Maker
    8. Arduino Fever
    9. The MAKE Controller
    10. Open Source Hardware
      1. Basic Principles
      2. Choosing the Microcontroller
      3. Selecting the Development Environment
      4. Designing the Hardware
      5. Conclusion and Future
    11. PROPELLER CHIP
    12. IT’S EMAIL TIME
      1. Building It
    13. FIREFLY METER
      1. Let’s Build It
  10. THE BEST OF TOYS & GAMES PROJECTS
    1. CIRCUIT BENDING
    2. SOUNDS OF CIRCUITS
    3. ALIEN LIFE FORMS
    4. The father of circuit bending confronts the normals
      1. MATERIALS
      2. TOOLS
    5. BEND YOUR CASIO SK KEYBOARD
      1. 1. CONNECT THE PATCH WIRES
      2. 2. BUILD AND CONNECT THE PATCH BAY
      3. 3. REMOVE THE TUNING POT
      4. 4. BUILD THE CONTROL PANEL
      5. 5. CONNECT THE CONTROL PANEL
      6. 6. CONNECT THE RESET, AND CLOSE IT UP
    6. JOIN THE CIRCUITS
      1. MAKING TOYS PERFORMANCE-READY
      2. WELCOME TO THE WARPED WORLD OF CIRCUIT BENDING
      3. RESOURCES
    7. Homebrew Game Design
    8. Pinball, Resurrected
    9. GAME BOY HACKS
      1. Getting Started
      2. Free Game Boy Games
      3. Game Emulators
      4. . . . And Other Delights
    10. HACKING THE C64 DTV
      1. Hacking the Hardware
      2. Now What?
      3. C64 DTV Links
    11. CIRCUIT QUIZ GAME
      1. Make the Board
      2. Install the Light
      3. Install the Battery
      4. Wire the Answers
      5. Label the Quiz
    12. STICKY FINGERS
      1. Toddler Kiosk
      2. Mobile Entertainment
      3. Toddler Shuffle
    13. Custom Travel-Game Mod
      1. By Harry Miller
      2. 1. Make a magnetic board
      3. 2. Shrink game pieces and playing field
      4. 3. Make the game pieces magnetic
      5. For extra credit
  11. THE BEST OF ROBOTS PROJECTS
    1. TWO BEAMbots: TRIMET AND SOLARROLLER
    2. GO SOLARENGINE!
      1. FAST REACTOR DESIGN
      2. MATERIALS
      3. TOOLS
    3. BUILD YOUR BEAMBOTS
      1. 1. BUILD THE SOLARENGINE CONTROL CIRCUITS
      2. 2. MAKE A TRIMET
      3. 3. MAKE A SOLARROLLER
    4. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY
      1. TROUBLESHOOTING
      2. FURTHER HACKING IDEAS
      3. RESOURCES
    5. MOUSEY THE JUNKBOT
    6. THE FINE ART OF MAKING “FRANKENMICE”
      1. INSIDE MOUSEY
    7. BUILD YOUR ROBOT MOUSE
      1. 1. MOUSEY’S CIRCUITRY IS FREEFORMED
      2. Use this diagram as a reference as you build your mousebot
    8. ENJOY YOUR ROBOT MOUSE
      1. RESOURCES
    9. Pummer, Dude!
    10. ROOMBA HACKS
    11. HACK A ROBOSAPIEN
      1. What’s the Frequency, Robosapien?
      2. Open, Sesame
      3. Gain Some Capacitance
      4. Plug-n-Go
      5. The Soccersapien
      6. Greasy Bot Stuff
      7. Now Fire’em Up
    12. Vibrobot
      1. By Mark Frauenfelder
  12. THE BEST OF MUSIC PROJECTS
    1. CIGAR BOX GUITAR
    2. ROCK ’N’ ROLL-YOUR-OWN
      1. MATERIALS
    3. BUILD YOUR CIGAR BOX GUITAR
      1. 1. ASSEMBLE THE NECK AND BODY
      2. 2. STRING THE GUITAR
      3. 3. ADD THE FRETS
      4. 4. ELECTRIFY! (OPTIONAL)
    4. TUNE, AND PLAY A TUNE
      1. TUNING
      2. PLAY A TUNE
      3. TAKE IT ON THE ROAD
      4. RESOURCES
    5. THE $5 CRACKER BOX AMPLIFIER
    6. BIG SOUNDS FROM A SMALL PACKAGE
    7. THIS BOX ROCKS
      1. MATERIALS
    8. BUILDING THE CRACKER BOX AMP
      1. 1. MAKE THE CIRCUIT
      2. 2. BUILD THE ENCLOSURE
    9. THE ORIGINS OF THE CRACKER BOX AMP
      1. A FEW WORDS FROM BLIND LIGHTNIN’ PETE
      2. OTHER OP-AMP 386 PROJECTS
    10. HOMECASTING DIGITAL MUSIC
    11. Good old FM beats wi-fi for sending streamed music around your house
      1. Legal FM Transmitters
      2. Some Assembly Required
    12. SURROUND SOUND, QUICK N’ DIRTY
    13. A simple wiring trick derives center channels. By Michael McDonald
    14. MINT-TIN AMP
    15. Pocket amplifier punches up headphones
    16. Prepare the Protoboard
      1. Build the Power Supply
      2. Add the Amplifier
      3. Test the Amp
      4. MINI-CMOY POCKET AMP WIRING DIAGRAM
      5. Set Up the Enclosure
      6. Add the Panel Components
    17. WORLD’S LOUDEST IPOD
    18. iBump crossover lets you crank it up without distortion. By Tom Anderson and Wendell Anderson
      1. Build It
      2. How It Works
      3. High Volume Fun
    19. MIDI CONTROLLER MONKEY
    20. A/V monkeyshines with flex sensors and a MIDIsense board. By Peter Kirn
      1. Circuit Bending
      2. Monkey See, Monkey Do MIDI
      3. Make the Monkey
      4. Configure the Board
      5. Sample Application
  13. THE BEST OF FLIGHT & PROJECTILES PROJECTS
    1. THE JAM JAR JET
    2. JOIN THE JET SET
      1. HOW IT WORKS
    3. CONSTRUCT YOUR JAM JAR JET
      1. 1. DRILL THE PORT
      2. 2. DRILL THE DIFFUSER HOLES
      3. 3. ASSEMBLE THE DIFFUSER
      4. 4. CUT THE DIFFUSER WIRES
      5. 5. ATTACH THE WIRES
      6. 6. SUSPEND THE DIFFUSER
      7. 7. ADD THE FUEL
      8. 8. CLOSE THE JAR
      9. 9. VAPORIZE SOME OF THE FUEL
      10. 10. FIRE IT UP
      11. Pint-Sized Fireworks
    4. TIPS AND TRICKS FOR YOUR JAM JAR JET
      1. FLAMBÉ RECIPES
      2. TROUBLESHOOTING
    5. SODA BOTTLE ROCKET
    6. LIQUID FUEL ALTERNATIVE
      1. LAUNCHER PARTS
    7. BUILD YOUR SODA-BOTTLE ROCKET
      1. 1. BUILD THE LAUNCH TUBE
      2. 2. BUILD THE RELEASE MECHANISM
      3. 3. MAKE THE AIR HOSE
      4. 4. SET UP AND TEST THE LAUNCHER
      5. 5. ASSEMBLE THE ROCKET
    8. THREE, TWO, ONE, LIFTOFF!
      1. SAFETY
      2. SELECTING A SITE
      3. OPERATION
      4. ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT
    9. ROCKET-LAUNCHED CAMCORDER
    10. EYES ON THE RISE
      1. ROCKETCAM SCIENCE
      2. MATERIALS
    11. BUILD YOUR CAMCORDER ROCKET
      1. 1. BUILD THE ROCKET BODY
      2. 2. DISASSEMBLE AND STRIP DOWN THE CAMCORDER
      3. 3. RIG THE CAMERA INTERFACE
      4. 4. MOUNT THE CAMERA IN THE NOSECONE
      5. 5. INSTALL THE BATTERY
      6. 6. FINISH THE NOSECONE
    12. NOW GIVE IT A SHOT
      1. LAUNCH SEQUENCE
      2. WATCH IT
      3. UPGRADES
      4. RESOURCES
    13. BUILDING AN ORNITHOPTER
    14. FLIP, FLAP, FLY
      1. HOW DO ORNITHOPTERS FLY?
    15. FROM ICARUS TO ORLY: A SHORT HISTORY OF ORNITHOPTERS
      1. TOOLS
    16. BUILDING ORLY THE ORNITHOPTER
      1. 1. MAKE THE FUSELAGE
      2. 2. MAKE THE WING SPARS
      3. 3. MAKE THE TAIL
      4. 4. MAKE THE CONNECTING RODS (CONRODS)
      5. 5. FINAL ASSEMBLY
      6. 6. SENDING ORLY AIRBORNE
    17. FLY, BE FREE!
      1. TROUBLESHOOTING
      2. EXPERIMENT!
      3. RESOURCES
    18. THE NIGHT LIGHTER 36
    19. POTATOES, BEWARE
    20. CONSTRUCTING THE MIGHTY POTATO CANNON
      1. 1. PREPARE THE PVC
      2. 2. ATTACH THE ELECTRODES
      3. 3. SOLVENT-WELD THE PVC
      4. 4. WIRE THE IGNITION
      5. 5. ATTACH THE IGNITER
      6. 6. FINAL INSULATION
    21. HOW TO USE YOUR SPUD GUN RESPONSIBLY
      1. Blimp
    22. Paper Water Bomber
      1. 1. Make the body
      2. 2. Fold the cargo bay
      3. 3. Bombs away!
  14. THE BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO PROJECTS
    1. PINHOLE PANORAMIC CAMERA
    2. PIN-O-RAMA
      1. MATERIALS
    3. BUILD YOUR PINHOLE PANORAMA CAMERA
      1. 1. MAKE THE BODY AND WINDER
      2. 2. MAKE THE FILM GATE
      3. 3. MAKE THE PINHOLE
      4. 4. MAKE THE FRONT AND SHUTTER
      5. 5. MAKE THE BACK
    4. JOIN THE PINHOLE PAPARAZZI
      1. 120 FORMAT FILM
      2. LOADING THE CAMERA
      3. TAKING PHOTOS
      4. FINISHING A ROLL
    5. PIN-O-RAMA PHOTO GALLERY
      1. PINHOLE PORTFOLIOS
    6. Digital Kirlian Photography
      1. FILM AND DIGITAL TECHNIQUES
      2. MATERIALS
      3. READY, STEADY, SHOOT
      4. SHOOTING PEOPLE
      5. DIGITAL MANIPULATION
      6. GOING FURTHER
    7. SINGLE-USE DIGICAM FOR KITE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
      1. Designing the Circuit
      2. Fabrication
    8. STOP MOTION ANIMATION, THE EASY WAY
    9. The Fauxlance Photographer
      1. Overall Dress
      2. Camera (general)
      3. Camera Lens
      4. Camera Flash
      5. Bag and Waistpack
      6. Necktie (in bag)
      7. Microphone (in bag)
      8. Old Press Pass (in bag)
      9. Breast Pocket
      10. Notepad
      11. Plastic Bag
    10. 3D Photography
      1. The Stereo Shuffle: Taking Basic 3D Photos
      2. Near or Far Subjects: Adjust the Interaxial Distance
      3. More Accurate Alignment: Make a Candy-Tin Slide Bar
      4. Live Subjects: Link Two Cameras
      5. “Found” 3D
      6. Loreo Cameras
      7. Other Display Options
    11. HOW TO DRINK BEER ON C-SPAN
      1. Now Comes the Fun Part: Making Your Fake Video
    12. TILT-SHIFT PHOTOGRAPHY
      1. Assembly
      2. Shooting
    13. OUTDOOR WEBCAM ENCLOSURE
  15. THE BEST OF CARS & ENGINES PROJECTS
    1. TWO-CAN STIRLING ENGINE
    2. REDLINING AT 20 RPM
    3. THE STIRLING CYCLE
    4. THE STORY OF THE STIRLING ENGINE
    5. BUILD YOUR OWN STIRLING ENGINE
      1. 1. MAKE THE PISTON SUBASSEMBLIES
      2. 2. FABRICATE THE CRANKSHAFT
      3. 3. ASSEMBLE THE AIR CYLINDER
      4. 4. ASSEMBLE THE WATER RESERVOIRS
      5. 5. MAKE THE FRAME
      6. 6. ASSEMBLE THE STIRLING ENGINE
    6. MAKER, START YOUR ENGINE
      1. TROUBLESHOOTING
    7. WIND POWERED GENERATOR
    8. CURRENT FROM CURRENTS
    9. WIND GENERATOR BLOW-BY-BLOW
      1. MATERIALS
      2. TOOLS
    10. BUILD YOUR WIND-POWERED GENERATOR
      1. 1. CUT THE BLADES
      2. 2. MAKE THE TAIL
      3. 3. ATTACH THE BLADES
      4. 4. ASSEMBLE THE GENERATOR
      5. MAKE THE TOWER
      6. 5. PLANT THE TOWER BASE
      7. 6. ERECT AND STAY THE TOWER
      8. 7. WIRE AND MOUNT THE GENERATOR
    11. FREE WIND POWER IS YOURS
      1. SAFETY
      2. SYSTEM CARE
      3. SPECIFIC USES
      4. RESOURCES
    12. MOD YOUR ROD
    13. 1 MODYOURROD
    14. HACKABLE PLATFORM ON WHEELS
      1. RELAYS AND HOW TO USE THEM
      2. DIODES: A ONE-WAY STREET FOR ELECTRONS
      3. IN CONTROL: PARALLEL PORTS
      4. PAGER POWER
      5. POWER WINDOWS HACK
      6. DOOR LOCKS HACK
    15. MAKING A MACSWAGEN
      1. MINI POWER
      2. IT’S IN THE BOX
      3. DASH FABRICATION
      4. CONTROL: RUB, ROLL, AND PUSH
    16. 2 ÜBER TESTER
    17. SET UP
      1. 1. DRILL HOLES AND INSERT LAMP
    18. 3 MODYOURROD
    19. STOMPBOX MOBILE HOTSPOT
      1. OVERVIEW
    20. SET UP
      1. HARDWARE
      2. SOFTWARE
      3. TOOLS
    21. MAKE IT
      1. 1. CONFIGURE THE CF CARD
      2. 2. ASSEMBLE THE HARDWARE
      3. 3. CONFIGURE THE PLATFORM
      4. 4. CONFIGURE THE ROUTER
      5. 5. GET ONLINE
      6. 6. INSTALL IT IN YOUR VEHICLE
    22. GOING FURTHER
      1. EXPANSION: ADDING GPS
      2. EXPANSION PART II: ADDING A WEBCAM SCRIPT
    23. 4 MODYOURROD
    24. SET UP
      1. MATERIALS
      2. TOOLS
    25. MODYOURROD
      1. 1. FILTER AND DE-WATER YOUR OIL
      2. 2. TEST YOUR OIL
      3. 3. PROCESS THE OIL
      4. 4. SEPARATE, WASH, AND DRY THE BIODIESEL
    26. USE IT
    27. GOING FURTHER
    28. RESOURCES
    29. BIOFUELS TODAY
    30. MODYOURROD
    31. Grassroots Network Offers Alternative to Big Oil
    32. Deep-Fried Ride: Veggie Oil Inside
    33. 5 MODYOURROD
    34. MODYOURROD
    35. GOAL: PLAY YOUR IPOD THROUGH YOUR CAR SPEAKERS
    36. MOUNTING, CONTROL, AND CHARGING SOLUTIONS
    37. MODYOURROD
      1. MOUNTING IT
      2. CONTROL IT
      3. POWER AND CHARGE IT
    38. URBAN CAMOUFLAGE
    39. The Urban Camouflage Vehicle Makeover
    40. WINDUP CAR
    41. Curie Engine
      1. Changing the temperature of nickel wire turns heat into motion
      2. 1. Put it together
      3. 2. Test the wire and magnet
      4. 3. Light the candle
  16. Index
  17. Photography & Illustration Contributors