The Big Book of Maker Skills by Chris Hackett had me hooked from the introduction! Hackett's writing is funny and it tells it like it is; "The first things you make will look like crap, will probably not work, and will become cherished, deeply confusing family heirlooms. That's OK. In fact, that's all part of it." As you can tell, this book is for a middle school or older crowd that wants to move from simple projects into some serious making!
The first section runs through all the Basics of setting up your shop, designing a plan from start to finish, being safe and the contingent plans in case safety fails. It then moves into every type of hand tool, power tool and robotic project you can imagine!
Each diagram and photograph is a practical guide into knowing the different wrenches, tapes, stitches, fasteners, and beyond that are available to you. Want to make your own screen print? The steps are easily laid out for you with a
It is foreseeable that not all the tools and projects described will be obtainable to the average student, after all, how many of us really have the space to build a welding station? It definitely something to set future sights on, though! Plus, scientific knowledge behind the machinery and processes is priceless.