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Micro-machining a Mountain

Micro-machining a Mountain

As impressive as large-scale milling machines can be, compact machines that can create intricate parts are equally fascinating to us. In this clip, Bantam Tools shows off their Desktop PCB Milling Machine as it carves a miniature topographic map of Washington’s Mount Rainier out of a cube of aluminum.

Metal Wall Scrabble Board

Metal Wall Scrabble Board
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Metal Wall Games sells a variety of popular board games you can mount on your wall. This 32″ x 23″ metal Scrabble board lets you and your friends play the classic crossword game vertically. The set includes 100 magnetic game tiles, a chalkboard for tracking scores, and a burlap tile pouch.

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Diving to the Mariana Trench

Diving to the Mariana Trench

With a depth of 36,070 feet, the Mariana Trench is the deepest known point in the Earth’s oceans. Bright Side explains what you might experience if you descended all the way to the bottom and what equipment upgrades you’d need as you went lower and lower.

YEMA Retro LED Watches

YEMA Retro LED Watches
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French watchmaker YEMA takes us on a trip back to the 1970s with its retro-futuristic LED watches. They feature a boxy steel case with a segmented red display which tells the time only with the push of a button. Available in brushed stainless steel or goldplate finishes.

The One Titanium Slider Box

The One Titanium Slider Box
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This palm-size titanium box looks like some kind of storage device from a science fiction movie. We suppose you could store data inside of it on an SD card, though it’s well-suited to holding pills, candy, coins, or rings, too. Its sliding lid keeps contents safe and secure inside with a reassuring magnetic lock.

Origami R5 Storage Rack

Origami R5 Storage Rack
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This four-shelf steel rack can hold up to 1000 pounds without wheels, and up to 300 pounds with wheels. It folds up small enough to stash in a closet when not in use, and unfolds and latches together in under 5 seconds with no tools. Available in black, pewter, platinum, red, and white.

Smartfood Cinnamon Sugar Cupcake Popcorn

Smartfood Cinnamon Sugar Cupcake Popcorn
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This limited-edition popcorn adds a delicious touch of cinnamon and sugar to Smartfood’s calorie-conscious crunchy snack. The reviews say it tastes more like those cinnamon twists from Taco Bell than a cupcake, but we’re good with that too.

Carving a Wooden Hand Grenade

Carving a Wooden Hand Grenade

MR Custom Crafts shows how they made a keychain-sized hand grenade pendant by spinning a piece of wood on a lathe made from a power drill and shaping it with an angle grinder and a file. To complete the design, they machined a cap from a threaded brass pipe fitting and a lever from some scrap metal.

Ice Crystals on a Bubble Wand

Ice Crystals on a Bubble Wand

We’re fascinated by this short video of a star-shaped bubble wand as the frigid air hits it and causes ice crystals to form. We love how the crystals swirl to life across the filmy surface and the shapes they create in the warm orange glow of sunset.

Benchmade 430 Redoubt Knife

Benchmade 430 Redoubt Knife

This stealthy black, grey, and green folding knife from Benchmade is equally at home as an everyday utility knife and self-defense tool. It has a 3.55″ drop-point blade set into a Grivory handle with a nubby texture for grip. Benchmade’s proprietary AXIS lock is designed for ambidextrous use.

Doctor Mix’s Top 10 Synthesizers

Doctor Mix’s Top 10 Synthesizers

Since the late 1960s, synthesizers have become a critical component of music production – especially in genres like alternative, pop, and dance. Musician and synth enthusiast Doctor Mix walks us through the ten most famous and essential electronic music makers of all time, along with examples of the sounds they each produce.

Memento Vivere Skull Stein

Memento Vivere Skull Stein
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Remember to live every time you take a sip from this ceramic stein in the shape of a human skull sitting on a tree stump. Each mug is hand-sculpted by Trevor Foster Studio and glazed with shades of brown to bring out its rich details. It holds up to 16 oz and is heat and dishwasher safe with the artist’s mark embossed on the bottom.

5-Axis Moving Rack Sculpture

5-Axis Moving Rack Sculpture

Inspired by the geometric star art of John and Jane Kostick, mathematical artist Henry Segerman shows off a neat bit of mechanical engineering which uses a set of five geared racks that can smoothly slide through each other. The model is available as a 3D print from Shapeways, but it’s not cheap.

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Nite-Ize Runoff Waterproof Wallet

Nite-Ize Runoff Waterproof Wallet
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This outdoor-friendly wallet from Nite-Ize is perfect for protecting credit cards, cash, licenses, car keys, and other small items from getting wet. Its smooth-gliding zipper locks out water, and is also dustproof, making it great for off-road adventures too. Interior dimensions: 4.7″ x 3.7″.

LEGO Minifig Spin Test

LEGO Minifig Spin Test

LEGO machine builder Dr. Engine wanted to see how fast he could spin a Minifigure, so he rigged up multiple Technic motors and gears with a goal of spinning the little guy at up to 10,000 RPM. If Minifigs could lose their LEGO lunch, this here would do it.

Working Halo Rail Gun

Working Halo Rail Gun

Inspired by Halo Infinite, Charles from Hacksmith Industries was enlisted to build a weapon that looks like the game’s MA5 assault rifle. Their real-world version uses electromagnetic coils to accelerate and launch projectiles, much like the U.S. Navy’s railgun system. It’s worth watching just for the coil-winding montage.

Giant Cruise Ship vs. Homes

Giant Cruise Ship vs. Homes

The biggest cruise ships out there can be taller than a 10-story building. So imagine what it must be like living in a cozy Norwegian cottage when one of these floating behemoths pulls up outside your window to dock. Odveig Klyve’s wordless short film View puts things in perspective.

Gerber Curve Multitool

Gerber Curve Multitool
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This basic multitool is the perfect addition to your keychain. It features a main knife blade, a file, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, and a bottle opener. Each tool locks securely in place, and the whole thing attaches with an integrated carabiner clip. It’s available with a grey or blue handle.

Phantom Deck Table + Benches

Phantom Deck Table + Benches

We love having a deck to hang out on when the weather is nice. If you don’t have a lot of space to work with on your deck, check out this motorized dining table and benches. Dr. Decks created this unique furniture that remains hidden as part of the deck boards until needed. They also built a hidden BBQ grill and lounge chair.

Murderville (Trailer)

Murderville (Trailer)

(PG-13) Will Arnett stars in this comedy series that pokes fun at cop dramas. Each episode features a celebrity sidekick who must help detective Terry Seattle solve crimes – without a script. Guests include Conan O’Brien, Ken Jeong, Annie Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Sharon Stone, and Marshawn Lynch. Drops 2.3.22 on Netflix.

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Making a Triple-Arrow Mini Crossbow

Making a Triple-Arrow Mini Crossbow

MR Custom Crafts created this miniature working crossbow with a design inspired by Batman. Powered by a rubber band, it can fire three tiny arrows at the same time, though we’re not sure of practical use for such a weapon unless you have three foes standing side-by-side, or you’re trying to hedge your bets on your aim.

How to Hide Things

How to Hide Things

Comedian Alex Falcone says he has nothing to hide, but that doesn’t stop him from coming up with hiding places for things that don’t really need to be hidden, like his Flonase, Benadryl, and other stuff that nobody would want to steal.

UCO Camp Mess Kit

UCO Camp Mess Kit
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UCO’s mess kit is lightweight, food-safe, and easy to clean. It comes with a lidded bowl with a silicone gasket, along with a 3-in-1 utensil that combines a fork, spoon, and knife. The included tether holds the spork in place when not in use. There’s also a 6-piece version with a camp cup.

Playing Pictures on a Keyboard

Playing Pictures on a Keyboard

We’ve seen how you can make music by drawing images in a MIDI sequencer program, but musician GLASYS has got that beat, performing his songs live on a keyboard to produce drawings in the sequencer. Watch him play some musical Pac-Man, take a bite out of the Apple logo, and quack like a duck.

Cloudnola Flipping Out Clock

Cloudnola Flipping Out Clock
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A more compact version of Cloudnola’s flip clock. Like the TextTime, it tells time using words instead of numbers. The battery-operated clock can sit on a tabletop or be wall-mounted. It’s available in white-on-black or black-on-white with a red base. Made from metal with PVC flip panels.

Needle-Felting a Giant Bullfrog

Needle-Felting a Giant Bullfrog

Artist and filmmaker Andrea Love created this gigantic bullfrog sculpture using a wire armature, foam, and needle-felted wool. She captured the two-day process as a stop-motion video, and the frog would go on to appear in the award-winning short film Tulip, a collaboration with children’s book author Phoebe Wahl.

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