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Munich in Miniature

Munich in Miniature

Photographer Joerg Daiber takes us on a trip to Munich for an aerial, tilt-shifted view of the third-largest city in Germany. Along the way, you’ll see some of the city’s parks, beaches, waterways, cafés, and industry, along with a look at a miniaturized Oktoberfest celebration.

1949 Protractor Desk

1949 Protractor Desk
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Kardiel’s desk will make you feel like a boss with its mid-century modern flying wing design. It’s built from walnut or oak veneer with a tempered glass top. Its tower has five smooth-glide drawers, while a cantilevered module has a drawer with a glass top. It measures a room-dominating 98.4″ w x 35.4″ d x 28.7″ h.

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Making a Cardboard Parts Organizer

Making a Cardboard Parts Organizer

Carpenter John Heisz of I Build It typically makes things out of wood. But given the ridiculously high price of lumber these days, he decided to use cardboard boxes for his latest build. We appreciate the attention to detail he put into crafting this multi-drawer parts storage unit.

Painting “Transparent” Graffitti

Painting “Transparent” Graffitti

Inspired by the work of VILE/a>, Slovakian street artist DOKE took on a fun and difficult spray paint challenge. The goal? Create a photorealistic scene that makes it look like holes are cut through a wall so you can see the building, grass, and trees behind it. Of course, the illusion requires the light and viewing angle to be just right.

Ultimate Halloween Light Show 2022

Ultimate Halloween Light Show 2022

We’ve been following Tom BetGeorge’s Halloween light shows for more than a decade. Now that he’s moved to a new neighborhood, he’s got room for an even bigger spectacle. His 2022 show tops them all with new lighting effects and an army of illuminated drones displaying colorful images over his house.

Build Dice

Build Dice
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Makers Simone Giertz and Laura Kampf were looking for inspiration for projects and came up with Build Dice. This set of aluminum dice helps set parameters for creative projects. The first cube has objects, the second has materials, and the third one has properties. They come in a handsome walnut display box.

Thriller with AI-Generated Images

Thriller with AI-Generated Images

JGVision Media used AI image-generation technology to create the haunting scenes in this video, set to the music and lyrics of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. To add to the mood, they incorporated stretching and warping effects. If you’d like to hang any of these creepy images on your wall, you can order prints from RedBubble.

Making a Ring from Twisted Sawblades

Making a Ring from Twisted Sawblades

Black Beard Projects shows off an interesting way to create a steel ring. The blacksmith started with a rusty bandsaw blade and chopped it up into flat pieces. He then welded, forged, and hammered them multiple times to create a Damascus pattern before twisting the metal into a cylinder and refining it into its final form.

LEGO Ideas Table Football (Foosball)

LEGO Ideas Table Football (Foosball)
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LEGO has revealed a brick-built tabletop foosball table. Inspired by a fan-submitted design, the 2339-piece set is fully-playable. It comes with 22 Minifigures – 10 on the field and 12 cheering them on from the grandstand. 44 unique heads and wigs let you create players from many races and ethnicities. One figure even has vitiligo.

Cutting Stone with a Waterjet

Cutting Stone with a Waterjet

It’s amazing how water can be pressurized so much that it can cut through things. In this clip we spotted on the Tool Gifs subreddit, we get an up-close look at how a tightly-focused stream of water can cut incredibly precise shapes in stone. The footage does appear to have been sped up, though.

Building a Recycled Satellite Dish Chair

Building a Recycled Satellite Dish Chair

Makers Simone Giertz and Laura Kampf teamed up to release Build Dice – a fun gift item to inspire creativity through randomization. After giving the dice a few rolls, they decided to build a chair by recycling an old satellite dish. They cut and folded the metal to form a seat, then gave it hardwood arms and legs.

Liquid-Filled Guitar

Liquid-Filled Guitar

Inspired by Kirk Hammett’s Wavecaster and John 5’s lava lamp guitar, Astaremi built this custom electric guitar that’s filled with a mix of liquids with different viscosities that produce a colorful wave effect when shaken. He says it’s “heavy as hell,” and we sure hope it never springs a leak.

Giant Macro Keypad

Giant Macro Keypad

Adafruit Industries shows off a fun DIY project using oversize Kailh key switches to build three ginormous macro keys. The keys work just like the keys on a regular keyboard, only 64 times larger in volume. We want to see someone build an entire QWERTY keyboard with these things.

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If Pikachu Was a Real Animal

If Pikachu Was a Real Animal

Adam from North of the Border answers another question that nobody was asking: What would a Pikachu look like if it was a real animal. So he got to work sculpting a snarling gerbil-bunny-rat hybrid with yellow flocking in place of fur. He used funky lights that bend like spaghetti for the lightning effect.

Making a Giant Cardboard Scopedog Mech

Making a Giant Cardboard Scopedog Mech

We never watched the anime Armored Trooper Votoms, but it looks pretty awesome. The main mech in the series was the ATM-09-ST Scopedog. Feeling inspired, maker DanCreator got to work building a cardboard replica of the mech’s cockpit that’s big enough for him to sit inside of. Now he needs to build a torso and legs.

Sugar Lab 3D Printed Halloween Treats

Sugar Lab 3D Printed Halloween Treats

Sugar Lab’s mad scientists went batty for Halloween, using 3D printers to make edible sweets in seasonal shapes like Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Apple Covered Caramels turn the classic inside out with a caramel and apple butter filling, while Day of the Dead Glitter Skulls dissolve into edible glitter when plopped into cocktails.

LEGO Ideas Sewer Heroes: Fighting the Fatberg

LEGO Ideas Sewer Heroes: Fighting the Fatberg

LEGO builder MOCingbird celebrates unsung heroes with this diorama that features a city scene and a team of workers fighting off a “fatberg.” As part of their unpleasant but necessary jobs, sewer professionals must clean up these blobs of fat, oil, grease, and waste that accumulate and clog or damage sewage systems.

Making a Fake Action Sequence

Making a Fake Action Sequence

There are many ways you can shoot an action sequence, from doing stunts on location to working in front of a green screen in a studio. SoKrispyMedia shows us how they shot a convincing action sequence using CGI backgrounds and the same kind of virtual production technology they use to make The Mandalorian.

A Gucci Tribute to Stanley Kubrick

A Gucci Tribute to Stanley Kubrick

To promote his Exquisite Gucci collection, Creative Director Alessandro Michele paid tribute to the style of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The campaign recreates scenes from A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut, and The Shining, in photos and a short film by Mert & Marcus. More on If It’s Hip, It’s Here.

Stilform AEON Pencil

Stilform AEON Pencil
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We love the minimal form of these writing instruments from Stilform. They feature a smooth, anti-roll design and accept two kinds of magnetic tips – an “eternal” metal tip or a graphite tip. They come in four different materials: anodized aluminum, brass, titanium, and 24k gold. Pre-orders start shipping 11.2022.

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Shipping Container Forest Cabin

Shipping Container Forest Cabin

Located in Quebec, Canada, the Shiship is a tiny home built into a high-cube shipping container. The 31-foot-long cabin has a massive picture window in the bedroom, custom wood cabinetry, a full kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower. Best of all, you can rent the house from Repère Boréal with access to their baths and sauna.

Bliss on Mushrooms: AI Music Video

Bliss on Mushrooms: AI Music Video

(Photosensitivity Warning) DoodleChaos loves to make videos that sync up with music. He created this incredibly psychedelic video for the appropriately named Bliss on Mushrooms using AI image-generating tools like Dall-E 2 and Stable Diffusion. Our favorite part was the cars and engines starting around 6:43.

Horizon Helvetica Drawing Tool

Horizon Helvetica Drawing Tool

This stainless steel card incorporates a variety of drawing and measuring guides. It has a protractor for marking angles, and inch, centimeter, pica, and pixel rulers. It’s also got compass points, isometric grids and cubes, circles, and edge stencils. An upgraded package includes a leather card holder and a matching memo book.

JAWNY: Adios

JAWNY: Adios

Director Spencer Ford’s music video for the JAWNY track Adios is a masterpiece of drone photography. Its main subject is a muscle car being hooned about a neighborhood while its passenger sings the track in perfect time. Kudos to Jay Christensen and Grant Ridpath for the astounding aerial shots.

The Ancients Pens + Pencils

The Ancients Pens + Pencils

Allegory Goods designed this series of handcrafted pens and pencils which incorporate reclaimed woods that date back thousands of years. They come with raw aluminum, gunmetal, burnt bronze, raw brass, or black hardware. The pen takes Parker/Pilot G2 refills, while the pencil accepts standard 0.7mm leads.

Raven CNC Carving Machine

Raven CNC Carving Machine

CarveWright’s tabletop CNC machine lets makers cut large-scale pieces with precision. It can work with wood, foam, or plastic up to 15.5 in. wide x 12 ft. long x 5.5 in. thick, with a cutting depth up to 2.125 in. A belt-drive moves materials through its cutting area. It comes with easy-to-use Designer software for creating projects.

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