Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to make a working brass key to fit an old lock from scratch

Check out this video in which Jimmy DiResta creates a brass key sekeleton key to fit an old lock. So many great techniques are shown without a word being spoken!

See the full post: http://makezine.com/video/diresta-brass-key/

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book: The Art of Tinkering from the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio

The folks from the wonderful Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium in San Fransisco have come out with this book. It looks great!

From the book description:

The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work—and use the special conductive ink on the cover to do some tinkering yourself!

In the book, they have profiles of important makers (any of my heroes, in fact) as well as inspirational information on how to start tinkering yourself.

Here here you can get The Art of Tinkering.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hand-cranked musical automaton featuring spinning ballerinas

Check out the latest hand-cranked musical automaton designed by John Hutchinson! This is the third of his musical designs and features ballerinas twirling and jumping to the tune. Plans and instructions for this automaton will be featured in woodworking magazine in the not-too-distant future. I really like the mechanism for turning the crank of music box itself.

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