Homemade Devices For Inventive Teens: Make Stuff For Fun
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.
- Alan Detwiler, February 2012
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