In the year 2009 we've seen over 12,000 new Instructables get published. It's an amazing number with tons and tons of cool projects, recipes, ideas, and so much more. This place is growing and getting ever more diverse and awesome.

To celebrate the year, we're posting a series of guides showing off the Best of 2009. We know, we know, the year isn't over yet, but we just couldn't wait. The first list here shows the Instructables that have been published this year that have received the most comments.

The number of comments alone does not necessarily indicate a great Instructable, but you have to admit that these did cause a lot of discussion.

Best of 2009: Top-Rated Instructables
Best of 2009: Top Viewed Instructables
Best of 2009: Best of Each Category

Z35 K'nex Assault Rifle style
Features -Detachable, Storable, Pin-Pull, High Capacity Magazines (Optional) -Detachable, Locking, One Shot, Breach Load Magazine (Optional) -Textured Butt -Sliding Chamber Door (Optional) -Carry...
Gummi Bear Surgery style
Gummi Bears live short lives, but that doesn't mean that they don't have health problems and will occasionally need some care. There are times when these delicate bears will even need to go under the ...
Genuine chainmaille from pop tabs style
Constructing a genuine European 4 in 1 chainmaille weave using only pop tabs.Turns out this is very easy and makes a really great looking piece of maille, and as an added bonus you don't have to worry...
Mosin Nagant - M1891/1930, Knex style
This is the Mosin Nagant, a russian rifle used mainly during WW1 and WW2. The Model 1891/1930 Rifle. Normal 0 Stats:   Model: Mosin Nagant Mechanism: FPM Range: 30-50 feet depending on...
How to make a solar iPod/iPhone charger -aka MightyMintyBoost style
I wanted a charger for my iPodTouch and the MintyBoost was definitely my first choice. I wanted to take it a bit further and make it not only rechargeable but also solar powered. The other issue is th...
K'nex AST Rifle style
CR-WR77RA Special Rifle Design Featuring Rapid-fire Capability Type: Rifle(AST) Weight: ~500 grams Ammo Type: 13 centimeter Red Rod Range: 10 meters Firing Interval: 1 second Mag Capacity: 17 Mag R...
VSS Vintorez style
Hey everyone this is my first instructable! (Confetti falls) This is my Knex version of the VSS Vintorez sniper rifle. After a long time trying to make my own guns, I decided to make models instead. ...
Wireless Power style
The power cord, I know you hate it. Sometimes, you just want to cut it apart! Well say goodbye to your power cords, because with the power of inductive coupling your device will not need to be connect...
AR-4 v3 style
Warning: This is not a toy. AR-4 v3 mods How to make the best gun in the universe even better.  (More mods FYI)