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The Best of MAKE (Make 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE) [Paperback]

by Mark Frauenfelder, Gareth Branwyn
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Book Description

November 3, 2007 059651428X 978-0596514280 1

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.

Find out why MAKE has attracted a passionate following of tech and DIY enthusiasts worldwide with one million web site visitors and a quarter of a million magazine readers. And why our podcasts consistently rank in the top-25 for computers and technology. With the Best of MAKE, you'll share the curiosity, zeal, and energy of Makers -- the citizen scientists, circuit benders, homemakers, students, automotive enthusiasts, roboticists, software developers, musicians, hackers, hobbyists, and crafters -- through this unique and inspiring assortment of DIY projects chosen by the magazine's editors.

Learn to:

  • Hack your gadgets and toys
  • Program micontrollers to sense and react to things
  • Take flight with rockets, planes, and other projectiles
  • Make music from the most surprising of things
  • Find new ways to take photos and make video
  • Outfit yourself with the coolest tools
Put together by popular demand, the Best of MAKE is the perfect gift for any maker, including current subscribers who missed early volumes of the magazine. Do you or someone you know have a passion for the magic of tinkering, hacking, and creation? Do you enjoy finding imaginative and unexpected uses for the technology and materials in your life? Then get on board with the Best of MAKE!

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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.

Product Details

  • 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: #25,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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,, 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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...

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Tinkerers Outlet!!! February 15, 2008
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!!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars projects 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Born to be Engineer should have it! October 18, 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars 75 fun projects! February 6, 2008
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.
Kudos to O'Reilly for another great product!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' fashion fun for the whole techie family! January 1, 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious tinkerers rejoice February 1, 2008
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
Ordered for my 13 year old grandson. His eyes lit up when he saw it. I guess that says it all.
Published 3 months ago by James A Keys
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly the 'Best' of Make
Selections are always arbitrary, but I've seen more interesting projects in Make magazine than some which are presented in this collection. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for some fun weekend projects
I have already read through the book a few times and I have worked on a couple of the projects. The projects listed are very fun and range from beginner to expert, however, no... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Albo5000
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventors beware!
Great book with lots of fun projects. It is a must have for any aspiring inventor! You may have so much fun that the weekends melt away.
Published 23 months ago by mxcrazydude
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loved it!
My son loved this book...he has read and re-read it many times and he has only had it for a month! I got big smiles when he opened this Christmas morning!
Published on January 23, 2011 by Barbara J. Borrelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Make - leading the DIY revolution!
Stop buying stuff made in China destine for the landfill! Make cool stuff yourself and enjoy the process! Mind openning revevolution of do it yourself electronics and projects!
Published on November 13, 2009 by Hesright
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of Make magazine
Some of the best projects from Make Magazine. If you like creating new things, reading about awesome ideas you can do yourself, and learning about new products--Make is the place... Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by DJ
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