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 realized that the contract from O'Reilly Media (the publishers of Make:) had me retaining copyright for the material I submitted. What I sold to O'Reilly was basically a right to use and to publish first.
So here it is for your enjoyment! This is the first of a five part series detailing the construction of a Wimshurst Influence machine! (UPDATE: added large dimensioned drawing.)