TALES FROM MAKE: ONLINE
BY GARETH BRANWYN
Garden of DIY Delights
Make: Projects (
makeprojects.com) is our newest online service, a living library of how-to
tutorials being built by the entire maker community. Sure it’s got great projects from our magazine and
websites, but more importantly it’s got great projects contributed by makers like you, plus wiki-based
primers ranging from cooking and brewing to gear-cutting and servomotor basics.
Because all of Make: Projects is built on a custom wiki (thanks to our friends at iFixit), every article is a
“living document” that can be edited by anybody. Have some expertise? Share it by writing a how-to. Find
a mistake? You can fix it. Did you do a project and take better photographs? Add them. Have questions or
feedback about a build? Add those too, and see the project improve.
We’re excited to see how this service grows and changes over time. To make it truly great, we need your
help. You can get started at
makeprojects.com/Info/start. Here’s a sampling — what will you contribute?
PROJECTS FROM MAKE
Step-by-step projects from MAKE magazine
and Make: Online.
; Geared Candleholder
Kinetic sculptor Ben Cowden
shows how to make a burly,
elegant candleholder with
two gear-driven arms that
raise and lower the candle
platforms. You’ll learn to
fabricate your own gears,
using sheet aluminum and a drill to cut the teeth.
From MAKE Volume 21.
; Medicine Man Glider Build from scratch an
old-school, balsa-wood-and-tissue-paper glider
with an awesome 5-foot wingspan. Much larger
photos than appeared in the magazine (Volume 17)
make the details of this involved build easier to see
Makers are rolling up their sleeves and sharing their
how-tos and DIY wisdom with us — keep ’em coming!
; Install a Penny Countertop Replace a boring
counter surface with a lustrous, durable, and cheap
new top using two-part clear epoxy, marine-grade
polyurethane, and a sack of pennies.
; Mylar Light Box Ryan
Jenkins of the Exploratorium
shows how rolls of mylar film
in a box, covered with tissue
paper, can produce all sorts
of beautiful patterns when
held over a light source.
And check out his fantastic
TECHNIQUES AND PRIMERS
Over time, we expect the collected expertise of the
maker community to become a significant draw.
; Technique: Label-Etch
a Glass Bottle Sean Ragan
shares a simple trick he
discovered for etching
designs onto glass bottles
using the bottle’s original
label as a built-in “resist” to
; Primer: EL Wire Louis M. Brill and Steve Boverie
explain electroluminescent (EL) wire, aka “lightwire”
— how it’s built, how it works, and how it can be
used in creative electronics projects to light up the
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