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Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker's Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts

by Thomas Willeford

Unleash Your Inner Mechanical Mastermind

Welcome to the wondrous world of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald "Feathers" Featherstone, in which he shares his closely guarded secrets of Steampunkery. Filled...


Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself

by Mark Frauenfelder

From his unique vantage point as editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, the hub of the newly invigorated do-it-yourself movement, Mark Frauenfelder takes readers on an inspiring and surprising tour of the vibrant...


Backyard Projects for Today's Homestead

by Chris Gleason

Maximize your outdoor living spaces through creative woodworking!

Today's challenging economic climate has motivated many homeowners to stay in their current homes rather than upgrade, and this has sparked a...


Clean It! Fix It! Eat It!

by Joey Green

Hundreds of humorous yet helpful tips on using brand-name household products are presented by the author from his wackyuses database. He explains what chore or problem the product can be used for, such as using...


15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius

by Simon Monk

UNLEASH YOUR INNER MAD SCIENTIST!

"Wonderful. I learned a lot reading the detailed but easy to understand instructions."--BoingBoing

This wickedly inventive guide explains how to design and build 15 fiendishly...


I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects

by David Thiel

You can do that, quickly, easily and save money!

Beginning woodworkers (or experienced woodworkers that are in a hurry) can build these top-quality projects quickly and efficiently.

  • Each project requires a...


Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists

by Dustyn Roberts

Get Your Move On!

In Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists, you'll learn how to successfully build moving mechanisms through non-technical explanations, examples, and do-it-yourself...


Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling

by Sherri Vinton

With simple step-by-step instructions and 175 delicious recipes, this book will have even the timidest beginners filling pantries and freezers in no time! Put ’em Up! includes complete how-to information for...


Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In

by Gale Zucker, Joan Tapper & Faythe Levine

Join the Handmade Movement!

We make to give. We make to share. We make to connect with others. Crafters all over the world are using their hands and hearts to make a statement, change the world, and build community....


101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius 2/E

by Brad Graham & Kathy McGowan

CREATE FIENDISHLY FUN SPY TOOLS AND COUNTERMEASURES

Fully updated throughout, this wickedly inventive guide is packed with a wide variety of stealthy sleuthing contraptions you can build yourself. 101 Spy Gadgets...


50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius

by Jamil Shariff

50 Ways to Be a Green Evil Genius!

Who knew being environmentally conscious would ever be considered evil? With 50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius, you'll have wicked fun while reducing your impact on the...


Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs

by Lexie Barnes

From daypacks for hiking to everyday grocery totes, bags are an essential accessory for life on the go. In this inspiring guide, Lexie Barnes shows you how to create handmade bags that provide customized functionality...


One Magic Square: The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square

by Lolo Houbein

A Hands-On Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs-Starting with Just One Square Yard!

Lolo Houbein has been growing food for more than 30 years-and now, drawing on her wide learning and hard-earned...


Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels: A Do-It-Yourself Manual: A Do-It-Yourself Manual

by Jon Starbuck & Gavin D J Harper

CONVERT TO BIODIESEL FOR A MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY RIDE Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels has everything you need to make the switch from expensive, environment-damaging carbon fuel to cheap (and, in...


Sweater Surgery

by Stefanie Girard

Contemporary crafters are thriving on personalizing, modifying, and altering fashion as not only hobbies but as a lifestyle

Why repurpose your sweaters? Because you can't buy sweater fabric by the yard. Sweaters...


The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home: Easy Techniques for the Freshest Flavors in Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relishes, Salsas, Sauces, and Fro

by Janet Chadwick

Freeze, dry, can, root cellar, and brine your favorite produce right at home. Janet Chadwick’s introduction to the world of preserving provides step-by-step instructions and inspiring easy-to-follow recipes....


Complete Custom Closet

by Chris Gleason

No More Cluttered Closets! How would you like to create a storage or work area that isn't just a black hole behind some doors? Using basic to intermediate carpentry and cabinetmaking skills, you can make your...


Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle

by Carl Vogel

A step-by-step guide to building an electric motorcycle from the ground up

Written by alternative fuel expert Carl Vogel, this hands-on guide gives you the latest technical information and easy-to-follow instructions...


Composting Inside and Out: The comprehensive guide to reusing trash, saving money and enjoying the benefits of organic gardening

by Stephanie Davies

Rethink Your Refuse

Hundreds of millions of tons of solid waste are produced in the U.S. annually, and the landfills simply store it, not eliminate it. Recycling diverts significant amounts of waste, but the...


Designing Audio Power Amplifiers

by Bob Cordell

Master the art of audio power amplifier design

This comprehensive book on audio power amplifier design will appeal to members of the professional audio engineering community as well as the hobbyist. Designing...


Mind Performance Projects for the Evil Genius : 19 Brain-Bending Bio Hacks

by Brad Graham & Kathy McGowan

Have some evil fun inside your head!This wickedly inventive guide offers 19 build-it-yourself projects featuring high-tech devices that can map, manipulate, and even improve the greatest computer on earth-the...


Green Lighting

by Brian Clark Howard, Seth Leitman & William Brinsky

Flip the switch to energy-efficient lighting

This do-it-yourself guide makes it easy to upgrade residential and commercial lighting to reduce costs and environmental impact while maintaining or even improving...


30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius

by Simon Monk

30 Ways to Have Some Computer-Controlled Evil Fun!

This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to program and build a variety of projects with the Arduino microcontroller development system. Covering Windows,...


1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew

by Garth Johnson

Artists and crafters have always been recyclers, but for many, it has not only become a thrifty choice, it has become a moral imperative. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse contains a cutting edge collection of the...


Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

by Seth Leitman

A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle from the Ground Up

Written by clean energy guru and electric vehicle expert Seth Leitman, this hands-on guide gives you the latest technical...


Build Your Own Printed Circuit Board

by Al Williams

FREE PCB SOFTWARE!

The EagleCAD light software inside does all the tasks described in this book -- schematic capture, layout, and autorouting. Run it on Windows or Linux.

DESIGN TO PRODUCTION -- EVERYTHING...


tinyAVR Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius

by Dhananjay Gadre & Nehul Malhotra

CREATE FIENDISHLY FUN tinyAVR MICROCONTROLLER PROJECTS

This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to conceptualize, build, and program 34 tinyAVR microcontroller devices that you can use for either entertainment...


The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden

by RhondaMassingham Hart

Discover how frugal gardening can lead to fantastic results! Rhonda Massingham Hart provides practical, time-tested tips that stretch your dollar even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants. From starting...


Do It Yourself Guide to Biodiesel: Your Alternative Fuel Solution for Saving Money, Reducing Oil Dependency, and Helping the Planet

by Guy Purcella

THE TRUTH ABOUT BIODIESEL

•Easy to make at home

•Cheaper than buying diesel

•Works in unmodified diesel engines

•Reduces the need for imported oil

•Decreases greenhouse gas emissions

If you are ready to start...


PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius

by Ron Hackett

WHIP UP SOME FIENDISHLY FUN PICAXE MICROCONTROLLER DEVICES

"Ron has worked hard to explain how the PICAXE system operates through simple examples, and I'm sure his easy-to-read style will help many people progress...


Troubleshooting & Repairing Consumer Electronics Without a Schematic

by Homer Davidson

In this updated edition of his best-selling guide, Homer Davidson, master of consumer electronics, provides wizardly hands-on advice on troubleshooting and repairing a wide range of electronic devices -- without...


The Audiophile's Project Sourcebook: 120 High-Performance Audio Electronics Projects

by G. Randy Slone

THE AUDIOPHILE'S PROJECT SOURCEBOOK

Build audio projects that produce great sound for far less than they cost in the store, with audio hobbyists' favorite writer Randy Slone. In The Audiophile's Project Sourcebook,...


The Tab Battery Book: An In-Depth Guide to Construction, Design, and Use

by Michael Root

Supercharge your understanding of battery technologyIdeal for hobbyists and engineers alike, The TAB Battery Book: An In-Depth Guide to Construction Design and Use offers comprehensive coverage of these portable...


The Tab Guide to Vacuum Tube Audio: Understanding and Building Tube Amps

by Jerry Whitaker

Incorporate the "tube sound" into your home audio system

Learn how to work with vacuum tubes and construct high-quality audio amplifiers on your workbench with help from this hands-on resource. The TAB Guide...


Quick & Easy Jigs and Fixtures

by Kerry Pierce

Simple, Astonishingly Effective Jigs You've Never Seen Anywhere Else

Add speed, accuracy and ease to almost every operation in your shop with this book of 16 ingenious jigs, clever workshop aids and amazing...


Build Your Own Small Wind Power System

by Kevin Shea & Brian Clark Howard

A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO BUILDING A SMALL WIND POWER SYSTEM FROM THE GROUND UP

Written by renewable energy experts, this hands-on resource provides the technical information and easy-to-follow instructions you...


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