Jake’s RepRap Build – Electronics

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A couple weeks ago I began work on a RepRap machine.  A RepRap is a desktop fabricator or 3D printer that is capable of making all of the parts of itself that are not stock off-the-self items. It’s a 2 1/2 axis CNC plastic extruder that fabricates parts by

Bridgeport Series II CNC Gecko/Mach3 Conversion

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    Last summer I bought a Bridgeport Series II milling machine. It was being sold by a local machine shop for a song because it had problems with the BOSS 6 controller. I found it on Craigslist and after confirming that the seller could load it on to

A Visit to a Steampunked Home

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If you dropped by my house you’d probably be disappointed. Because (with the exception of my office, which is more post-apocalytic than anything else) it’s simply not very steampunk. I do have plans, but none have come to fruition. However, a couple of weeks ago I was invited by

Jake’s Wimshurst Machine and How to Build It! (Part 1)

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Last year I wrote an article for Make Magazine volume #17 that described the construction of an electrostatic generator of electricity, a Wimshurst Influence machine, using parts and materials commonly available at your local home center and hardware store. I was a little surprised and quite pleased when I

Etching Tins with Salt Water and Electricity – Compliment to The Steampunk Bible Article

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The Steampunk Bible contains an article I wrote on etching small candy tins with salt water and electricity. There was limited space in the book so we've provided this expanded compliment article to help you should you be interested in trying this project, enjoy! In the past, merchants used

Mystic Radio – Hendrick’s Gin Curate a Box Give Away

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Nearly a year ago the nice folks at Hendrick's Gin contacted me to see if I'd like to do a box for their "Curate a Box" contest give away. Well, I had never tasted their product so I demurred until I had a chance to sample it at last

StarBoards now live in the SparkFun shop!

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Remember more than a year ago when I posted this? Well, since then I've partnered up with SparkFun (purveyers of enchanting electronics) and now they're finally available for sale! I still have my solderably conductive thread and will have special kits made up with StarBoards soon.   

Jigsaw and the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge

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Gentlemen, ladies, and partially-sentient automata—start your irons!   Guest post by Jigsaw member James Gray   Right now, teams from thirty hackerspaces, makerspaces, and diffuse conglomerates of autodidactically-inclined individuals around the world are putting their heads together in preparation for what promises to be a creative contest of quasi-mythological, yea, of

Jigsaw and Science

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This St Patrick's Day, Jigsaw held a fundraiser for the space called St Maker‘s Day. We planned on maklng potato clocks. Because, you know, lt‘s an Irlsh holiday, and we all know the Irish looove thelr potatoes (I'm Irlsh, so I guess that means I can say these things). It was my

Tom Sepe’s Steampunk Motorbike

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An Interview By Meredith Scheff Wandering through the industrial neighborhood of West Oakland, You'll find more than a few warehouse art studios, each one filled to the brim with all manner of projects; from giant robots to huge metal art – and of course steam machines. A few days