General Hacks

Absolutely Ingenious Wooden Rube Goldberg Machine

Absolutely Ingenious Wooden Rube Goldberg Machine

The Marble Lifting Machine would probably impress even Leonardo da Vinci. Mere words cannot describe the play of physics and craft that goes into this machine which has a single task – take a steel marble and transport it to the top of the...
Super Secret Safe inside a Full Pop bottle

Super Secret Safe inside a Full Pop bottle

Using simple techniques, you can create a hidden safe inside what appears to be a full bottle of soda. Using two bottles, glue, and a bit of styrofoam, you too can easily recreate this simple project. An outstanding way to keep your goods safe....
Human Spider Climbs up Walls Using a Vacuum Cleaner

Human Spider Climbs up Walls Using a Vacuum Cleaner

A BBC scientist created an impressive homebrew wall climbing system from a simple vacuum cleaner.  The creator demonstrated his Spiderman prowess by climbing up the 120 feet facade of BBC Television center in the video below.  He documented his...
How to: Build a Hydrogen Generator

How to: Build a Hydrogen Generator

Check out this how-to video and learn how to build a SAFE hydrogen generator. Be sure that you test volts vs. amps for safety reasons! Follow along with this instructional video, and start making some sweet, sweet...
How to: Build an HD DVR

How to: Build an HD DVR

Tired of shelling out hard earned cash to download the program listings of your DVR? Want to backup your videos but don't want to deal with the hassle of DRMed files? Kevin Rose & Dan Huard show you everything you need to know about the free...
James Bond Style Wireless Door Lock

James Bond Style Wireless Door Lock

Remote locking is quite common for automobiles, not so common for doors.  This James Bond-ish home security system uses a coded signal from the wristwatch to the electronic box on the door to lock and unlock the door.  Far more stylish than a...
How to: Multitouch Table Computer Pad

How to: Multitouch Table Computer Pad

Multi-touch input has been spreading throughout a huge variety of devices, from phones to all-in-one PCs. However, most multitouch (table) displays that can function with your computer tend to be fairly expensive, so with this project we're...
How to: Attach a Webcam to a Telescope

How to: Attach a Webcam to a Telescope

This shows you how to modify a webcam so that you can attach it to a telescope. Just think, you'll never have to look in that eyepiece again. Just stuff this thing down...
How to: Build a Leyden Jar Capacitor

How to: Build a Leyden Jar Capacitor

Simple yet effective, capacitors come in a dizzying array of forms and materials, vital to so many circuits for storage, timing, and filtration - the mighty capacitor!  In this installment of the MAKE presents series, Collin Cunningham explains...
Epic Rocket Powered Christmas Tree

Epic Rocket Powered Christmas Tree

What a brilliant idea!  Instead of just throwing out your tree, why not strap rockets to it and launch it into the sky?  It’s far more exciting, afterall.  Check out the rather cheesy video below for a full run down of the 32 rocket...