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ISBN-13: 978-0596514280 ISBN-10: 059651428X Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Make 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (November 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059651428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Frauenfelder is a writer and illustrator living in Los Angeles, and the editor of MAKE. He is the cofounder of the popular Boing Boing weblog and was an editor at Wired from 1993-1998.


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Gareth Branwyn (born January 21, 1958) is a writer, editor, and media critic.

He has covered technology, media, DIY and cyberculture for Wired, Esquire, the Baltimore Sun, Details, and numerous other publications. He has also been an editor at Mondo 2000 and Boing Boing (when it was a print zine), founded the personal tech site, StreetTech.com, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Make: Online and an editor at Make: Books.

Gareth co-edited The Happy Mutant Handbook and is the author of Jargon Watch: A Pocket Dictionary for the Jitterati, Jamming the Media, The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots, and Mosaic Quick Tour: Accessing and Navigating the World Wide Web (the first book written about the Web).

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It is good, clean, geeky fun!
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MAKE is a magazine for tinkerers and hobbyists that like to build fun projects with their spare time.
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My son loved this book...he has read and re-read it many times and he has only had it for a month!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have enjoyed O'Reilly's MAKE magazine a lot, so when you get a full-length book of 75 of the "best" projects, it's worth reading. In The Best of MAKE by Mark Frauenfelder and Gareth Branwyn, you'll find a wide swath of projects and tips that are not only fun to work on, but that have practical purposes. And not all of them involve soldering irons and electronics...

Contents:
Tools; Electronics; Microcontrollers; Toys & Games; Robots; Music; Flight & Projectiles; Photography & Video; Cars & Engines; Index

Chapter 1 - Tools - preps you for what you'll need to get started on DIY projects, such as breadboards, needlenose pliers, lots and lots of wire, etc. Even in this chapter, there are projects you can do, such as planning your own toolbench using Google's SketchUp software, making driver bits to unscrew "tamper-proof" fasteners, and what emergency items you might want to have on a keychain. I really liked the list of items you should include on a USB thumbdrive that you carry around with you. I have a "must do" project right there. The following chapters divide up the projects based on general topic. For instance, Electronics has you making LED "throwies", low-powered LED lamps, adding a rumble-pack to your mouse, and interfacing your digital clock radio to a gaming system gun. Imagine shooting your alarm clock each morning to turn it off... :)

One of my favorite projects did not even require any real tools. The author of this particular project showed how you can use "urban camouflage" to make your car or truck appear to be a corporate fleet vehicle.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on February 15, 2008
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MAKE is a magazine for tinkerers and hobbyists that like to build fun projects with their spare time. If you are one of these people you will find 'The Best of MAKE' to be well worth your reading curriculum. With 75 projects that deal with technology, electronics, music, etc there is something in here for everyone!!

This review is going to be short and simple. If you like to play with a variety of things and enjoy playing in your basement or garage building and experimenting, you WILL like this book. If this isn't your cup of tea, well stop reading and go do something else :^)

Seriously, if you are interested in this type of stuff there is no way you won't find this book well worth your time for reading, enjoy!!

***** RECOMMENDED
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Lomen on February 20, 2009
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My husband saw this in a bookstore and later said he wished he'd bought it, so I found it on Amazon - and it was a bargain. My husband and 16 year old son have found a couple of neat projects to replicate. Now all the neighborhood boys are making ping pong ball shooters using cardboard tubes, plastic water bottles and hairspray. Next up is a potato launcher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Komgrit Sungkhaphong on October 18, 2008
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Inpire a lot of stuff I could make for fun.

One is "Impulse Jam Jar Jet" I was thinking about making that a car to race each other.

Very cool book,
Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Tairov on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Best of MAKE: Technology on Your Time is a must have for any weekend DIY-project enthusiast. I've only had the book for three hours, but I already have at least two projects in plans for the upcoming two weeks. [...] It unites, inspires and informs a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. So, if you missed it at the newsstand, here's your chance to look at the best 75 projects discussed in the magazine in the past 2 years.
There are 9 chapters in the book, covering electronics, microcontrollers, toys and games, robots, music, flight projects, photography and video, and engines. Don't get alarmed, the majority of projects are not as complex as you think, and the instructions are very clear. The projects are also very well illustrated, and you'll find them easy to follow. The book will guide you from start to finish, and in case if you're lost, each project has a list of reference URLs for more information, instructions, supplies sources, etc.
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Kudos to O'Reilly for another great product!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Gzybowski on January 1, 2008
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I bought this for my husband as a Christmas gift. It's the perfect guide to fun things to do on weekends when we are bored and want to do something to stimulate our brains. There is a good mix of projects and I think we are going to have a lot of fun with this book. I recommend this as a gift for anyone who takes stuff apart and tries to put it back together the second you give it to them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Von Haden on February 1, 2008
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A friend told me about Make a few years ago and this book really delivers on what he described. Fun projects across the spectrum from home made robotics to a cat feeder constructed from a VCR (assuming you can set the clock).

The step by step instructions are great with pictures to highlight the important details.

And even better, these are not just instructions that tell you how to build the project, but what the design issues are so that you understand why it works that can help you build other similar projects.

If you like to tinker and want to know what you can do with that old VCR you have sitting in the basement, then you will definitely get a kick out of this book.
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