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Concrete Lettering

Concrete Lettering

Express your thoughts or personalize a space with this handmade concrete text from Betonic Home. The 2″ tall letters are deep enough to stand on their own and can be ordered with magnets if you want to place them on your fridge. Sold in sets of four or more letters.

DIY Wood Folding Chair

DIY Wood Folding Chair

While you could buy some cheap folding chairs, we prefer the modern design of Get Hands Dirty’s design, which has a clean, angular look, and is something that you can build for yourself if you’ve got the right tools and lumber. The wood shaving interlude was a nice touch.

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Making a Nail Violin

Making a Nail Violin

Maker of strange musical instruments Nicolas Bras shows off another unusual build – a violin of sorts that uses nails of different sizes and lengths to produce notes when bowed. An accompanying set of guitar strings creates sympathetic sounds from the nails’ resonance or can be played separately.

Morris Models Engine Kits

Morris Models Engine Kits

Morris Models makes mechanical wooden models inspired by engines. They show how crankshafts, pistons, and other parts work in sequence to generate propulsion. They come in 7-cylinder, V-Twin, lawnmower, opposed aircraft, and Wankel rotary variants. They also make a model of a repeating weapon known as a Chu-Ko-Nu.

Cubestone Puzzle

Cubestone Puzzle

These from Peru’s D.A.R. Proyectos are made from a unique combination of gemstones, cut to form interlocking shapes. Stones include rhodonite, celestine, serpentine, and jasper, which come together to form a colorful 1.75″ cube. Since each stone is real, every puzzle is one-of-a-kind.

Making a Hand Axe

Making a Hand Axe

Most axe heads look pretty similar – a thick, wedge-shaped piece of metal with a sharpened edge. But The Metalist wanted to build something a little different and set to creating a functional axe that looks like a human hand. This thing can dish out a serious knifehand strike. Karate chop!

Little Big Romania

Little Big Romania

Photographer Joerg Daiber of Spoonfilm takes us on another eye-opening virtual vacation, this time through the hills and mountains of Romania. Along the way, you’ll visit Maramures, Bucharest, and the surprisingly idyllic region of Transylvania, along with both the fake tourist trap “Dracula’s Castle” and the real one.

KoolForm Wall Textures

KoolForm Wall Textures

Slovakian company KoolForm shows off its texturing system, which can emboss realistic textures on walls. The process starts out with a layer of concrete, rolling or stamping a pattern, then painting to bring out details. The embossing tools come in wood, brick, and stone textures.

Over-engineered Candy Dispenser

Over-engineered Candy Dispenser

You could just put M&Ms in a candy dish, or you could overengineer a solution like JBV Creative did. The machine is basically a tiny candy factory that dishes out individual candies from a storage tank onto a conveyor belt and then into a tray. Money shot at 7:56. Want your own? Grab the STL files for 3D printing here.

Pop Culture Sausages

Pop Culture Sausages

Erik Vernieuwe and Kris De Smedt of BURP love to play with their food. They especially enjoy a good wiener. Their Instagram feed is loaded with hilarious scenes featuring hot dogs, sausages, and pickles posed as characters and scenes from pop culture. Our favorite photo is of the Grady twins from Kubrick’s The Shining.

Protest Stencil Toolkit

Protest Stencil Toolkit

Support your passionate causes with a spray paint can and the Protest Stencil Toolkit, a DIY book updated with stencil designs for the modern activist. Create your own protest slogans and graphics with the paperback’s 42 reusable stencils, including symbols representing important protest movements.

Adam Savage Builds a Poker Table

Adam Savage Builds a Poker Table

Inspired by this video, prop builder and experimenter extraordinaire Adam Savage decided to see if he could put together a poker table from scratch in less than a day. It’s a great video to watch if you want to learn some tricks for cutting and bending wood curves, along with some good shop safety tips.

Moon Coasters

Moon Coasters

Enjoy a journey to the moon every time you take a sip with these cool ceramic coasters. They’re ceramic, so they’re absorbent and feature durable, UV-printed images of the lunar surface. Sold in a set of four. Check out CatchtheBug’s Etsy shop for many more artful coaster designs.

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Making a Magnet Cuboctahedron

Making a Magnet Cuboctahedron

Magnetic Games presents yet another wonderfully satisfying video, in which he uses hundreds of magnetic rods and spheres to create an complicated geometric sculpture. He placed a light at the center of his masterpiece, so it casts interesting shadows as well. After it’s all done, he knocks it down with a catapult.

Tiny House Humidifiers

Tiny House Humidifiers

These miniature houses can be used as either cool mist humidifiers or diffusers for aromatherapy oils. Their design makes it look like the vapors are rising from their chimneys, and LED lighting inside gives them a colorful glow in one of seven colors. They measure appx. 3.3″ x 3.3″ x 3.7″, and come with a white, black, or pink roof.

MPC Fluorescent Playing Cards

MPC Fluorescent Playing Cards

Make Playing Cards is showing off a sweet new deck printed with neon inks that intensify under ultraviolet light. Their matching tuck case also glows brightly under black light. Limited to 5000 decks, along with special multi-deck “brick” packaging and an uncut sheet that would look awesome framed and illuminated.

Stop-Motion Woodworking

Stop-Motion Woodworking

Paul Katz not only knows how to build things from wood, but he likes to document his progress on video. But he doesn’t just shoot ordinary footage. Instead, he records his work a tiny bit at a time, capturing a frame each time he makes a small change, resulting in cool stop-motion animations of his process.

Popsicle Stick Kunai

Popsicle Stick Kunai

Typically associated with ninjas, the Kunai could be quite the deadly weapon in the right hands. While the original Japanese tools were made from iron, Unexpected shows us how to make a compelling replica using popsicle sticks, Elmer’s glue, masking tape, and spray paint.

Personalized Wooden Journals

Personalized Wooden Journals

These wooden notebooks from Etsy seller Eugenie2 make a great gift. They’re made from 1/8″ baltic birch wood, which has been stained and sealed, then laser engraved to reveal the natural color. They can be personalized with the recipient’s name and interests, and come with 60 sheets of blank or ruled ivory linen paper.

Making Glass Guitar Picks

Making Glass Guitar Picks

We’ve seen how Morningstar makes guitars out of glass, but it turns out they also make glass picks to go with them. The time-consuming process involves cutting strips of glass into triangles, then sanding the pieces down to smooth out their edges. The picks are available for sale on their website for $30 for a set of three.

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Making a Shredded CD Bracelet

Making a Shredded CD Bracelet

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from makers is that you can create all kinds of things from items bathed in resin and cut into shape. In this video, Peter Brown takes a bunch of shredded CDs and turns the shards into a large iridescent bracelet.

The Kitchen Cube

The Kitchen Cube

This space-saving kitchen gadget combines 19 different measuring spoons and cups into one 3.5″ cube. It’s got measuring cutouts for quantities as small as 1/4-teaspoon all the way up to 1 cup. It’s made from food-grade plastic and is both dishwasher and microwave safe.

Making a Chocolate Motorcycle

Making a Chocolate Motorcycle

Expert pastry chef Amaury Guichon shows off the creation of an absolutely amazing work of candy art. We watched in awe as he sculpted and airbrushed chocolate to build his edible motorcycle sculpture, complete with a detailed engine, a curly coil spring, intricate wheel spokes, and an amazing sugar glass headlight.

Forging a Human Head

Forging a Human Head

Inspired by the incredible work of artist Peter Walker, fellow blacksmith Alec Steele wanted to try his hand at sculpting a miniature head out of metal. The process involves squaring off a bar of steel, then hammering and chiseling to make indentations while it’s still molten hot.

Milky Way Jigsaw Puzzle

Milky Way Jigsaw Puzzle

BetterCo. specializes in colorful and challenging jigsaw puzzles. This astronomical puzzle features a dramatic image of the stars, dust, and gas clouds of the Milky Way captured by NASA’s Hubble Telescope. The completed 1000-piece puzzle measures appx. 27.5″ x 19.7″.

Pallet Wood Wardrobe

Pallet Wood Wardrobe

Inspired by the eponymous piece of furniture in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Epic UpCycling set about the task of building his own wardrobe, only this one is made entirely out of recycled timber gathered from old shipping pallets. He even managed to reuse the rusty old nails. Now how to get to Narnia?

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