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DIY Instructables Handbook

I just had a great idea, different instructables people should make different handbooks for different subjects that they are good in. Those types of books at stores are usually really overpice and have a ton of information that you'll never use and just makes the book fatter. I'm personally making an electronic on, fitting 4 pages on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, making each sheet of the book ~3.25" X ~4.5. If you make one please upload a pdf file so that others can download it, cut it, and assemble it to have a crafty pocket refrence!

This is the table of contents of electronic book (so far):
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Formulas....................................

Definitions and
Schematic Symbols....................

Conversions................................

Prefixes.......................................

Resistor Code.............................

Capacitor Code...........................

Inductor Code..............................

AWG Specifications.....................

General Electronic Tips...............

First page:
General outline:E=Volts
I=Current
R=Resistance
P=Watts (Power)
L=Inductance
C=Capatance
G=Conductance

Ohms Law: E=IR

Power Formula: P=IE

Resistors in series: Rtotal=R1+R2+R3...

Resistors in Parallel:
Rtotal=(R1-1+R2-1+R3-1+.....)-1
or

still working on it (and the subscribts and superscripts didn't translate too well, but you get the idea.

If you have any formulas that you want me to put in the electronics reference then post a comment!

Some topics for references could be:
Woodworking
Construction
Cooking
Radio
etc.

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Kiteman9 years ago
That's rather an ambitious scheme you have there. Of course, if you're after low cost, why not kick off a collaborative 'ible on each general topic? Organise each collaborator to have a page or chapter each, and it's up to them how many steps they use to cover their part.
Or some form of open source book... Or a wikipedia style system... For 'ibles members only...
guyfrom7up (author)  killerjackalope9 years ago
I've thought about that, but I don't know how people could format it correctly, like Getting each page size the correct size, I'll look into it. For example, you want the book to be able to fit in you pocket, not be the size of a normal sheet of paper.
I think killerjackalope meant follow your idea as a website instead of a printed book. I know I did.

I didn't realise you meant a pocket-reference - I thought you meant a grand catch-all of all data on the subject.

Make already produce a pocket-sized ready-reference - has anybody seen a copy? Is it as good as they claim?
I have a Pocket PCRef, but it is still a bit big for some of my pockets.
Patrik Goodhart9 years ago
Does anyone actually put these things in their pockets?? It's far more important to me that it be able to lie open flat on the table - which would mean a spiral or ring binding, which would interfere with pocketability...
guyfrom7up (author)  Patrik9 years ago
most of them are too big and stiff to fit in a pocket, I'm striving for something about the size of a deck of cards (but thinner) and is printed on normal paper just stapeled together.
Why not a pack of cards?!

Robot on the back, suit and number small in the corner, main part of the card covered in data.

Hearts could be woodworking data, spades could be tool-related, clubs could be taken to could be PC-related, diamonds could be electronics and ICs.

Or it could be the Instructables CCG - a card for each member, collect the set...

(I'll swap you my Noahw for your Fungus Amungus... - LOL)
=SMART= Kiteman9 years ago
The cards idea is great, im thinking about making some robot playing cards
Patrik =SMART=9 years ago
Ooh... actual Instructables playing cards would be a *much* better idea than an Instructables handbook! :-)

You could have the robot on the back, and use 'ibles crew avatars or pictures as face cards. Let's see... you need 4 kings (Eric, Ed, Noah, ...), 4 queens (Christy, Rachel, ...), 4 jacks (interns?), and maybe a joker or two (Tim Anderson?) :-D

There's a bunch of companies that will make custom playing cards as promotional materials - usually just a custom image on the back, but I'm sure we can find a few that do face cards as well.
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