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The Best of Make: (Make 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE) 1st Edition

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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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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: 6.6 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
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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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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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Selections are always arbitrary, but I've seen more interesting projects in Make magazine than some which are presented in this collection. A few suffer from a common problem; the author writes about a project made from the junk he had on hand which may be very difficult to copy. For example a hack of a C64 DTV joystick sounded interesting until I went looking for the thing. Unless you luck out at a yard sale, they are not easy to find.

It does give someone an overview of what the maker movement is all about and there are some projects that can be done inexpensively with common materials.
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Read the other reviews carefully to understand the level of this book. I did not and was looking for a basic, teach-me-how type project book for a semi-savvy beginner (I can solder). This book is above that level and was not particularly useful to me for most of the projects. I gave it to the local public library for people with a more developed geek quotient than I have at the moment. I'll check it out later. I found other MAKE books (e.g., Make: Electronics) are more at my level.
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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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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 matter the lever of skill required, I recommend doing more research online about the project as a few of the ones in the book are slightly vague. I found that some of the projects had more detail then ever while others had about 1/3 the necessary steps listed. Additionally, there is very little explanation of what certain parts of the project do so there isn't a lot of learning as much as just following step by step instructions and assuming the author knows what they are talking about. Overall, it is a great book for reading on the toilet or in bed before you want to call it a night and many of the project are fun and simple enough to tackle over a weekend.

A slight recommendation to anyone wanting to attempt any of these projects is to buy your parts online and only go to RadioShack when absolutely necessary. I spent about 80% more on one project at radio shack than I would have online.
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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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