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DropTop Folding Wall Desk

DropTop Folding Wall Desk

UK furniture company Pith & Stem designed this smart and practical home workstation that hides behind a piece of wall art when not in use. When opened, it reveals a pair of 24″ monitors, a 48″ x 24″ work surface, and storage cubbies for a keyboard and other accessories.

Wooden Car with Working Odometer

Wooden Car with Working Odometer

Generic Woodworking has built some pretty amazing mechanical wooden models, including a drill-powered wooden car, complete with a working engine, transmission, and steering. He recently upgraded the car with a functional odometer, which can track the distance that its wheels have traveled. See it in action at 10:55.

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Pinball Warehouse Fly-through

Pinball Warehouse Fly-through

The Pacific Pinball Museum is home to thousands of vintage pinball machines. Video producer Eddie Codel toured their warehouse and shot some awesome aerial stills and videos of the collection. Some machines are kept for archival purposes, while others will be repaired and placed in the museum for the public to enjoy.

Melting a Drone in a Volcano

Melting a Drone in a Volcano

We recently witnessed some amazing drone footage of an Icelandic volcano in action. Photographer Garðar Ólafs went one better by flying his drone directly over the volcano’s vent, sacrificing his equipment to bring us this spectacular footage. We only wish we had an exterior shot of the drone melting.

Inside-out Lincoln Woodturning

Inside-out Lincoln Woodturning

Artist Woodboy shows off a clever technique in which he makes a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by creating a pair of turned walnut blocks which come together to form an inverted portrait of the 19th-century President. The method allows him to create four portrait halves from each turned block.

Building a Brass PS5

Building a Brass PS5

The curvy tower design of the PlayStation 5 has been polarizing, to say the least. Whatever you may think of its looks, there’s no arguing that the brass case Matt from DIY Perks built is amazing. Cutting and bending the brass into the proper shapes took a tremendous amount of work, but the end result was worth the effort.

Brass GameBoy Color

Brass GameBoy Color

Inspired by the Nintendo GameBoy Color he had when he was a kid, artist and electronics wiz Jiri Praus made a custom version of the handheld, featuring a shiny brass front and a see-through back which exposes its meticulously bent brass wiring. He had to use an emulator instead of original hardware, but it’s still beautiful.

Cloudnola Texttime Flip Clock

Cloudnola Texttime Flip Clock

The Texttime is one of Cloudnola’s beautiful and minimalist clocks. It’s a flip clock, but instead of using numbers it tells the time using words. The clock has a silent mechanism and runs on two C batteries. It’s available in a black or bamboo case.

Ahead

Ahead

This animation follows the story of two people living under the same roof, but one of them is missing their head. When their partner leaves the house to go exploring, the headless one struggles with anxiety about the world they cannot see. We love the minimal line-art style of Ala Nunu Leszynska’s award-winning short film.

Finger Flick Machine

Finger Flick Machine

Is your finger flick underpowered? Worry no longer! Thanks to The Q, there’s now a solution for weak finger flickers. The maker designed and fabricated a metal cover that gives his middle finger an extra boost of power thanks to a spring-loaded mechanism. This must be killer for paper football games.

Balloon Dog Shirts

Balloon Dog Shirts

We’ve long been fans of artist Glenn Jones’ cheeky illustrations. Here, he envisions a world in which Snoopy and Woodstock are balloon animals. Even their doghouse is inflatable. The playful image is available on various shirts, including tees, tanks, sweatshirts, and hoodies. Now we want to see the rest of the balloon Peanuts.

Sébastien Guérive: OMEGA II

Sébastien Guérive: OMEGA II

Artist Thomas Blanchard has wowed us with his captivating and unsusual visuals. In the music video for Sébastien Guérive’s ambient track Omega II, Blanchard swaps his typically vibrant colors for the light, shadow, and detail of monochrome imagery, while telling an abstract story about the circle of life.

Arizona Copper Patina Clocks

Arizona Copper Patina Clocks

The Arizona Copper Company makes these unique wall and tabletop clocks with dramatic patina finishes. The nature of the process means each clock is one-of-a-kind. They come in a variety of sizes in both square and round designs. Our favorite style is the high-contrast look of the dark turquoise pattern.

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Building Styrofoam Sculptures

Building Styrofoam Sculptures

Working with styrofoam can be pretty tricky, especially the way that it tends to break. But that doesn’t stop artist Vinayak R, who makes detailed architectural structures out of the material. He uses hot-wire cutting, hand carving, and sanding to create the pieces for his models. He then spray paints them to bring out the details.

Hexahog Metal Puzzle

Hexahog Metal Puzzle

Rademic Puzzles creates awesome-looking metal puzzles, including the stainless steel Hexahog. This 3-dimensional puzzle is made of 14 unique pieces which interlock to form an outer cage and an inner cage, which contains a sculptural brass nugget. PuzzleMaster explains the puzzle’s design without giving away any tricks.

Lunar Lander Tiny House

Lunar Lander Tiny House

How’d you like to spend your weekends in a lunar lander? Catamaran designer Kurt Hughes turned his skills towards building an earthbound structure inspired by the iconic space vehicle. His 250 sq.ft. “fishing shack” sits along the banks of the Columbia River, and is made from carbon fiber panels, plywood, and epoxy.

Outriders Grim Marrow Replica

Outriders Grim Marrow Replica

(Gore) The weapons in the RPG shooter Outriders have some of the most insane designs ever. Among them is the Grim Marrow, a deadly light machine gun made from bones wrapped around a sparkly crystal structure. Kamui Cosplay built an amazing replica from PVC and foam, loaded with colorful light-up crystals.

Shop Indie Artist Designs on Pixels

Pixels sources designs from independent artists and applies them to tons of products, anything from t-shirts to iPhone cases, to help artists reach a larger audience and get paid. Customers can shop thousands of options, all while feeling good that their dollars are going to the right place.

Pixel Art Plexiglass Sprites

Pixel Art Plexiglass Sprites

Idaho artist Thunktronix makes playful pixel-art sculptures of characters from video games and pop culture. Each of the sprites is made from 1/4″-thick plexiglass which has been decorated with translucent colors on back. Robotron, Donkey Kong, and the Mooninites from Aqua Teen Hunger Force are among our favorites.

Wind-up Marble Machine

Wind-up Marble Machine

Most of the marble machines we’ve seen are either powered by gravity or motors. But builder Daniel de Bruin shows us how he made a mechanism that stores up energy using a spring, carrying marbles to the top of a tiny bent-wire maze using a Ferris wheel of sorts.

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Boba Playing Cards

Boba Playing Cards

Following up on his Instant Noodle cards, magician Bao Hoang turns to another tasty treat as a source of inspiration: brown sugar bubble tea. The cards are decorated in soothing shades of brown and beige, decked out with tapioca pearls and playful court card illustrations incorporating the refreshing Taiwanese beverage.

ROKR Wooden Gramophone Kit

ROKR Wooden Gramophone Kit

Vinyl records are all the rage thanks to their warm, analog sounds. But if you’re going to go retro, why not go vintage? ROKR’s 424-piece kit gives you everything you need to build your own hand-cranked gramophone. A centrifugal governor helps maintain the record’s speed, and it can play 33s, 45s, and 78s.

Making a Japanese Tanto Sword

Making a Japanese Tanto Sword

Ilya from That Works turns to traditional Japanese blacksmithing methods to create a short sword known as a tantō. To accompany the crafting footage, he offers an in-depth lesson on the history of these weapons and their swordsmiths. The finished sword is a true work of art – and deadly sharp.

Sack (Guime) Messenger Bag

Sack (Guime) Messenger Bag

This unique laptop/messenger bag is handmade by Canadian woodworker Bom Design. It’s made from Mozambique wood veneer, which has been molded into a sleek and modern shape and attached to a sturdy leather carrying strap. Its removable felt interior pouch offers protection and holds up to a 15″ laptop.

Giant Wood Hammer

Giant Wood Hammer

After building a larger-than-life utility knife and a huge screwdriver, Jackman Works is adding another tool to his giant-sized collection. This time he made an Estwing hammer fit for Paul Bunyan, carving the 8-foot-long, 90 pound monster out of reclaimed southern yellow pine. We’re gonna need a bigger workbench.

Holographic Legal Tender V.2 Playing Cards

Holographic Legal Tender V.2 Playing Cards

Kings Wild Project’s money-inspired playing cards features intricate drawings that look like banknote engravings. Artist Jackson Robinson’s imagery is embellished with a foil printing technique that gives this deck and its box a shimmery holographic effect that mimics the anti-counterfeiting tech used in modern paper currency.

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