Who says office cubicles need to be dreary? In this book, author Kaden Harris (creator of www.eccentricgenius.ca Eccentric Genius) introduces aspiring and die-hard Makers to a highly entertaining parallel universe of surreal office-based projects that are sure to pique the curiosity of even the most jaded office mates.
From desktop guillotines and crossbows to mood-enhancing effects and music makers, each project presents a different set of challenges and opens new avenues of Maker lore. There's a strong emphasis on the basic mechanical theories and principles of the devices presented in the book, as well as the fabrication techniques you need to use. But this is far more than a book of project "how-tos". Eccentric Cubicle offers oblique industrial design and fabrication philosophies, countless cultural reference points, and innumerable bad puns.
This book is a dream come true for you office-bound souls who are tech DIY enthusiasts, hobbyist engineers/designers, and Makers at heart. Imagine having your cubicle sport projects such as:
A mechanical golfer
Lucid dreaming induction device
USB-powered bubble blower
A desktop guillotine
And a whole lot more
In the Eccentric Cubicle, Harris starts with classic, time-honored principals, then modernizes and augments his designs with performance enhancements and updated feature sets -- all while precariously balancing form, function, and oddness. Scavenging and repurposing materials and components at every opportunity, he challenges and inspires you to modify and adapt the projects and designs to meet your own scale, performance, and aesthetic requirements.
Bring character and life to your office desktop with Eccentric Cubicle!
Kaden Harris (a.k.a. the Eccentric Genius: http://www.eccentricgenius.ca) makes antiques from a parallel universe: museum-quality miniature catapults and machina arcana, handcrafted corporate gifts, and executive rewards. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his wife, "The Sourceress," and six shopcats: Tolka, Miqo, Aggie, Jasper, Pugsley, and The Giant Cat-Bear.
Brilliant. Utterly bonkers, but brilliant. Instructions on how to build a selection of fun and funky things to enhance your office life. Though I'm not sure how your boss will react to a personal guillotine, or a steampunk 'ballistamail' (for those oh-so-important intercubicle memos).
Full of amazing things to make, with detailed instructions along the way. A must for any MAKE enthusiast, though some of the projects look to require more than a passing knowledge of the toolshop! Someone referred to it as 'guerilla DIY', a tag which fits perfectly.
If you work in a cubicle, you need this book. If you don't work in a cubicle, you need this book. After all, who doesn't want a desktop bubble machine (built from an old CD spindle case and computer power fan?)
A well-illustrated book of small modeling projects, illustrated by blueprints, pictures, and step-by-step instructions on how to make a few unusual models using simple components that one can find in a junk yard or garage sale. It seems like the author had a novice in mind (the book has a chapter describing and depicting some simple tools), but, in my opinion, will require a bit more skilled and persistent do-it-yourselfer interested in working with metal and wood. Fortunately, there is no necessity of a large workshop with power tools.
In my opinion, the items are neither eccentric, nor will fit well in a cubicle of the most employers I have worked for, but this should not matter to those of us who enjoy the very process of bulding things and making them work.