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NUÜR C LED Table Lamp

NUÜR C LED Table Lamp
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NUÜR’s “C”-shaped aluminum lamp makes a great accent light for your desk, bookshelf, or bedside table. Beyond its modern, sculptural design, it offers stepless dimming, and three color temperatures to choose from, so you can pick warm, cool, or neutral light output. Measures appx. 12.6″ tall.

Christmas Dominoes

Christmas Dominoes

Domino master Lily Hevesh rings in the holidays with a series of Christmas-themed domino displays, including a giant pixel grid of Santa Claus, presents, ornaments, sleighs, and stockings. We’re guessing she had to stock up on extra red and green dominoes for this video.

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LG Curved OLED Concepts

LG Curved OLED Concepts

LG Display is heading to CES 2022 with a set of concepts that take advantage of the flexibility of OLED displays. Among them is a personal media chair with an immersive 55″ screen and “Virtual Ride” which pairs a workout bike with displays that wrap vertically above the rider.

3Dice Series 4

3Dice Series 4

3Dice makes unique see-through dice with tiny objects inside of them. The latest collection includes mini game consoles, dragons, retro tech, survival, and endangered species. Despite the shapes inside, they are perfectly balanced thanks to state-of-the-art 3D-printing tech.

Cutting Up a LEGO Fish

Cutting Up a LEGO Fish

LEGO fanatic I like home presents an incredible stop-motion video that shows how to break down a brick-built king salmon into a delicious sashimi dinner. The sequence is made up of more than 3000 individual photos. If you thought that looked tasty, be sure to check out his LEGO steak and cheese.

See-Through Video Game Consoles

See-Through Video Game Consoles

Video game consoles come from the factory in opaque plastic cases. BitHead1000 gives consoles ultimate upgrade by creating custom see-through enclosures. In addition to the PS1 here, he’s built a see-through PS2, a PS4, NES, and a Sega Genesis. The videos call them glass, but we’re pretty sure they’re acrylic.

Mechanical Man Kinetic Wall Art

Mechanical Man Kinetic Wall Art

Mechanical engineer Kiyoshi Adachi created this wonderful work of kinetic wall art which features a tiny metal man who turns a crank, setting into motion a ballet of spinning gears and dancing rods. Those elliptical gears are especially cool.

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.

Making a Floating Workbench

Making a Floating Workbench

John Heisz wanted a place to store some of the tools and other items that didn’t have a home in his shop. So he created a wall-mounted cabinet that provides cubbies, drawers, and a work surface on top. He built it from scrap plywood and wood from previous projects. That gizmo in the upper left is a twin-screw vise John also made.

John Roseboro: It’s You I Like

John Roseboro: It’s You I Like

Unlimted Time Only created this wonderful music video for John Roseboro’s warm and heartfelt cover of It’s You I Like by beloved children’s show host Fred Rogers. Roseboro said: “There’s a generation of people in the middle of figuring out who they are… and I think it’s a message that we all really need to hear right now.”

Bent Wire Trophy Heads

Bent Wire Trophy Heads
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No animals were harmed in the making of these wire trophy heads from L.A.’s Bend Goods. Choose from 48″ wide longhorn or a 40″ high gazelle designs. They’re made from galvanized steel and powder coated in orange, black, white, blue, or gold, so they’re safe to hang indoors or outdoors.

Green Goblin Kid Cosplay

Green Goblin Kid Cosplay

To celebrate the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Logan Winter Dominic’s dad built him the ultimate Green Goblin costume. The creepy helmet and body armor are spot-on, but it’s the hoverboard modded to look like the Goblin Glider that takes it to the next level.

LEGO Puzzle Boxes

LEGO Puzzle Boxes
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Denver-based cheat3puzzles makes wonderfully-unique puzzle boxes from LEGO bricks. Among their fun and tricky collection are a miniature Macintosh computer, a vending machine, and various abstract and artful box designs. They come in easy, medium, and hard difficulty levels.

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Official Red Ring of Death Poster

Official Red Ring of Death Poster
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They say tragedy + time = comedy, so perhaps those of us who experienced the Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death are ready to laugh it off. At least that’s what Microsoft hopes with their print of the light pattern no gamer ever wanted to see. It’s one of seven prints celebrating the docu-series Power On: The Story of Xbox.

Making Damascus from Fishing Hooks

Making Damascus from Fishing Hooks

As we’ve seen several times in the past, metalsmith Shurap likes to make Damascus from various metal hardware. This time out, he used hundreds of skinny fishing hooks to make a knife. The fine lines of the hooks resulted in an interesting sort of crackle pattern on the finished blade.

Nocturn Catch Tray

Nocturn Catch Tray
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Keep your wallet, keys, and other small EDC neat and tidy with this elegant catch-all tray from Craighill. Each one is crafted in Michigan from premium American hardwood, and measures 7.5″ x 11″. Choose from black walnut, natural maple, or ink-stained maple.

Making a Plywood Hexagon Wall

Making a Plywood Hexagon Wall

You could cover your walls with paint or wallpaper, or you could do something a bit more special like woodworker Paul Jackman did. He used an X-CARVE Pro CNC machine to make 800 plywood hexagons, cut them to varying heights, colored them with Minwax stains, then glued them to his wall in an abstract pattern.

Casting a Porcelain Tire

Casting a Porcelain Tire

Artist Micah Sweezie of Ceramic Noodles shows off a full-size car tire they made from clay. It took them weeks to create the 13-part mold from the original tire, and three days to cast the porcelain version. The finished piece is a statement on the dark history of French rubber plantations in Vietnam.

The Battle of San Romano

The Battle of San Romano

Inspired by the 15th-century painting The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello, animator Georges Schwizgebel imagined the movement that played out on the battlefield in the moments leading up to the scene in the original painting. Each frame was hand-painted with acrylics.

Fake Books

Fake Books

Puebco’s library of weathered and tattered books look completely realistic, but they’re actually secret storage boxes. To make their contents even less appealing to would-be thieves, they come in such fascinating titles as “3208 Industrial Engine Parts Book” and “Rapid Identification (Spot Testing) of Some Metals and Alloys.”

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Retro ’80s TV Clock

Retro ’80s TV Clock

1980s technology had a certain futuristic vibe to it. Maker MarcioT shows off a sweet ’80s-inspired clock he made using an old CRT television and a digital clock he programmed onto an ESP32 microcontroller. The build instructions are available on Instructables with the source code for the Dali Clock on Github.

Star Wars Spacecraft Workshop Manuals

Star Wars Spacecraft Workshop Manuals
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Star Wars fans can dive deep into three iconic spacecraft with these Haynes Owners Workshop Manuals. The books delve into the design, engineering, and inner workings of the Millennium Falcon, X-Wing Fighter, and TIE Fighter. There’s also a Death Star manual.

Drawing CMY Halftones

Drawing CMY Halftones

Printing and silkscreening produce full-color images by separating colors into cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, then printing them a layer in a dot pattern. This artist does the same, only using markers on transparencies. They didn’t bother with black because CMY is enough to create most colors, just without much contrast.

More Mechanical Spiral Drawings

More Mechanical Spiral Drawings

A while back, we shared some works by artist James Nolan Gandy, who uses custom-built machines to create oscillating line drawings on a rotating canvas. He continues to hone his technique, and his more recent drawings are even more impressive. We especially love this rainbow-colored piece.

Sky Watcher Tourbillon Clock

Sky Watcher Tourbillon Clock

This unique mechanical clock model features a spherical tourbillon at its top that rotates on three axes. A spring-wound mechanism provides up to 3 hours of power for the tourbillon and the hour and minute reels at the bottom of its tower. The 338-piece model is for advanced builders and takes about 15 hours to assemble.

Mishi Faceted Table Lamp

Mishi Faceted Table Lamp
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Portland-based Honey & Ivy Studio makes these casual but modern accent lights that have a faceted shape reminiscent of a gemstone. They’re 3D printed from high-quality PLA and come in four colors. Also shown is the matching Mishi faceted vase.

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