How to Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine – Part 3

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   This is part three in a series of articles describing how to build a Wimshurst Influence Machine with parts and materials available at your local home center and hardware store.  In this part I detail the construction of the base, supports, charge collectors, and neutralizing bars. If you missed

How to Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine – Part 4

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   This is part four in a series of articles describing how to build a Wimshurst Influence Machine with parts and materials available at your local home center and hardware store.  In this part I detail the construction Leyden jars and the final assembly. If you missed the beginning

How to Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine – Operating the Machine

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   This is the final part in a series of articles describing how to build a Wimshurst Influence Machine with parts and materials available at your local home center and hardware store.  In this part I detail setting the machine up and making some sparks! If you missed the

Steampunk MAME!

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Doug writes: I thought I'd pass on a project I've been working on for a couple weeks. I am a Steampunk fan, to be sure…but also a fan of old horror films.  I thought it would be fun to take both and combine them for a "MAME" arcade cabinet. You probably know

Boston Fashion Week Features a Steampunk Designer!

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  Photo: Essdras M Suarez – Boston Globe Staff There’s a nice piece in the Boston Globe today about Boston’s Fashion Week, but what particularly caught my eye was the mention of local designer Elena Sanders who was also mentioned back in May and is participating in a show entitled "The Launch."

Shout-out from Attack of the Show

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Oh hai! we got a nice little shout-out from G4’s Attack of the Show! (This is from 2007 but it apparently aired again last night – can anyone tell me what episode?)

Retro Cellphone Handset How-to

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More retro-cellphone handset goodness! This time from my friend and fellow Maker, Captain Mouse! Her blog is here: http://buttonsformouse.blogspot.com/ And when you visit, do not miss Mandelbrot the Fractal Teddie Bear!

Datamancer Steampunk Keyboard Kits For Sale!

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Rich "Datamancer" Nagy writes: Hello everyone, I thought I'd let you all know that I have added a page to the site for the keyboard frames that contains pics and more info. http://www.datamancer.net/keyboards/keyboardkits.htm I have also decided to offer the frames in raw, unfinished metal for those of you

Cheap Yaris Cabin Air Filter

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Every time I've brought my Toyota Yaris in for it's regular service I was surprised to find a $50 charge for replacing the "cabin air" filter. It always annoyed me, but they assured me it was a pain to change the "special" filter.  Turns out that's bullshit. It's a

Dave Geertsen’s Steampunk Motorcycle

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  Quote from L.A. Bike Show Website "What is it? Some bike contest entries defied classification and description…" We know what it is, don't we folks?  It's Steampunk!   This is the home of Dave Geertsen's home made metal sculpture on wheels,the wheels are straight but his custom motorcycles are anything