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Eccentric Cubicle (Make: Projects) Paperback – November 8, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0596510541 ISBN-10: 0596510543 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Make: Projects
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596510543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596510541
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kaden Harris (a.k.a. the Eccentric Genius: http://www.eccentricgenius.ca) makes antiques from a parallel universe: museum-quality miniature catapults and machina arcana, handcrafted corporate gifts, and executive rewards. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his wife, "The Sourceress," and six shopcats: Tolka, Miqo, Aggie, Jasper, Pugsley, and The Giant Cat-Bear.


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The writing is very clever and funny.
Robert E. Johnson
'Eccentric Cubicle' is a book for hobbyists who have the time to make things and want to develop fun things for/at work.
Dan McKinnon
Let me start of by saying his book is great and even though I was offered a free copy I went out and bought one anyway.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susan Prosser on November 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I definitely don't have the chops, supplies or tools to make the projects in "Eccentric Cubicle," but I still love this book. It's a blast to read through the instructions for gems like this one:

"Fugly? Uh huh. Useful? Yeah, that, too. Recognizing the potential alternative uses for garden-variety stuff is an essential part of improvisational fabrication."

See, I'm pretty sure I'll never need a drill pattern for a rachet, but dang, it's cool to see how it *could* be done if I ever wanted to. I pick up this book the same way I flip through my baking, knitting, quilting books. To see what I'm in the mood for. To fill up the idea coffers. Or maybe to get some creative sparks going. If you know what I mean when I say that I don't have to start a new quilt project to need dozens of quilting books, then you'll know that you don't need a metal shop to enjoy reading "Eccentric Cubicle."

Plus, Kaden Harris' prose is clean, spare and danged funny (witness such section headings as "A Warning to Woodworking Purists" and "The Rites of Springs: Roll Your Own Boinginess"). It just does my heart good to know he's out there, thinking of ways to keep stuff out of the waste stream, and better yet, returning it to use. I almost wrote "good use," but didn't -- only because not everybody needs a mini guillotine on her desk. Seriously though, it warms my heart to think that somebody somewhere spent the time to make a desktop chopper and document the process so other out-of-the-box thinkers could follow along. That Harris was the one to do it is outright providential.

If you like the guerilla DIY style of Make and Create magazines, you'll like this book. 'nuf said.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
Following up on my review of The Best of MAKE, I also got a chance to read Eccentric Cubicle by Kaden Harris. You can think of this as MAKE magazine in overdrive. From a pure reading perspective, it's outrageously funny and very well documented. In terms of actually *building* the items here, you had better have some level of background when it comes to hacking and building things on the fly, making the rules up as you go along. And in some offices I know of, you'd probably get put on probation for having these items on your desk...

Contents:
Introduction; Active Deskchop; BallistaMail; Maple Mike; DeskBeam Bass; The Gysin Device; iBlow; Liquid Lens Meets DiscoHead; The Haze-o-Matic 3000 Fog Machine; Hammerhead Live; Homebrew Wood Finishes

There's a picture of Harris in the introduction, and he looks like someone you'd see on a show like Mythbusters or Junkyard Wars. He specializes in making incredible devices using discarded or trashed items he's found and/or scavenged over the years. I can only imagine what his house and work area must look like. All these projects, such as the guillotine and crossbow, are intricate and fascinating, and show a very high level of creativity and ingenuity to build without resorting to buying brand-new or made-to-order parts. The level of workmanship and detail that Harris puts into each one make them unique and special, especially considering that the parts are often from items that are rather mundane, like vacuum cleaners and record players. It just goes to show that looking at "junk" in different terms can open up a world of possibilities. Each project also has a little "nano-project" associated with it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Atkinson on December 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book contains a series of interesting projects to read, however, unless you have some fairly serious Maker background, I don't imagine they would be easy to pull off (both skill and tool wise).

However, some of the included "nano projects" have applicability to making in general, not just the projects they are lumped in with in the book. Two that specifically come to mind are the foot speed control for a dremel and the pegboard clamping system.

Regardless of project difficulty, the book is an interesting read, due to the interesting subject matter and the writing style of the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bean Slap on March 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Amazing creations and stories. Apparently he built a four poster bed with only a rock and swiss army knife and with his skills I completely believe it. Anyone else and I'd be skeptical. He gives more than just plans; he gives a creative philosophy. Great book and great diverse projects!Def recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By uniq on November 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
A well-illustrated book of small modeling projects, illustrated by blueprints, pictures, and step-by-step instructions on how to make a few unusual models using simple components that one can find in a junk yard or garage sale. It seems like the author had a novice in mind (the book has a chapter describing and depicting some simple tools), but, in my opinion, will require a bit more skilled and persistent do-it-yourselfer interested in working with metal and wood. Fortunately, there is no necessity of a large workshop with power tools.

In my opinion, the items are neither eccentric, nor will fit well in a cubicle of the most employers I have worked for, but this should not matter to those of us who enjoy the very process of bulding things and making them work.
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