Homemade Devices is written particularly for the adolescent or young adult who enjoys making interesting mechanical devices and gadgets. Over 40 projects are described using clear wording. Diagrams are included to assist in ease of understanding. Most of the projects take between 15 minutes and 2 hours to complete. A high priority is given to being able to complete each project without special tools and materials. Most casual do-it-yourselfers will have the needed items around the house and/or garage. The cost of each project is low. There are no kits to buy. Only low cost and no cost materials are needed. Most items are made from small pieces of wooden boards, coat hanger wire, paper, used containers, and discarded household items. A few projects require low cost items found in hardware stores. Most projects require one or two common tools such as a scissors, hacksaw, screwdriver, pliers, knife, file or drill.
Homemade Devices deals mostly with items that are mechanically interesting, clever or useful. Some are best described as toys or playthings. Others are simple mechanical curiosities. Some are appealing because of their shape, form or structure.
Homemade Devices is for the tinkerer who enjoys improvised devices. It is for anyone who wants to develop ingenuity to use the tools and materials that happen to be available. Homemade Devices is a way to enjoy building structural and mechanical devices.
Table of Contents
Prolog --build some wonders.
Large paper clips --hold many sheets of paper.
Cd holder--storage for cds in jewel cases.
Macrame hanger--for hanging a flower pot.
Crayon batik--draw on cloth with a crayon.
Bootjack--used to help remove your boots.
Duct tape wallet--a wallet made from duct tape.
Whirlygig--easy, well working whirlygig.
Paper bowl--decorative bowl from paper strips.
Boot puzzle--a puzzle made from paper.
Snap trick--a puzzle made from wood.
Fractal folds--from cut & folded paper, cool.
String climber--a simple mechanical wonder.
Book safe--a hiding place in a book.
Door sign--a message on your room door.
Collage--make a display of many pictures.
Smoke rings--a few ways to make smoke rings.
Paper ball--3 paper disks cleverly put together.
Water viewer--aids seeing what's under water.
Bookcover--from a paper grocery bag.
Theme box--decorative/functional paper box.
Paper cube--cleverly made paper cube.
Juggling sticks--sticks made for juggling.
Tube dulcimer--music from metal tubes.
Geodesic structure--from rolls of newspaper.
String sphere--string made rigid with glue.
Cable ride--a pulley that rolls on a cable.
Dollar ring--paper money folded into a ring.
Cubby box--multisection display box.
Catamaran--model boat from soda bottles.
Pinwheel--for low speed air currents.
Cook something--enjoy making and eating it.
Stilts--walking tall is fun.
Scrapbook--reminders of interesting events.
Rope machine--make your own rope.
Model burrow--use it as a pencil holder.
Drawing board--swings and draws patterns.
Juggling pins--you can make them from junk.
Jacob's ladder--it's peculiar somehow.
Disk box--a box made from computer disks.
Bottle rocket--pump it up and up it goes.
Potato gun--shoots plugs of raw potatoes.
Simplest motor--battery, wire and a magnet.
Epilog--what's good about making stuff.