THE BEST Aluminum

Skull Door Knocker

Skull Door Knocker

Sure, you could go with one of those newfangled Ring video doorbells, or you could go old school and put a knocker on your door. Etsy shop Skulls4All sells these cast aluminum skull door knockers that are sure to scare off any unwanted solicitors who show up at your door.

Aluminum Space Bar

Aluminum Space Bar

Upgrade your keyboard with this custom-made space bar from Holyoops. It’s made from CNC-machined aluminum with backlight cutouts. Comes in black/orange, white/orange, and purple/green color combos. The 6.25U keycap is compatible with standard Cherry MX switches. They also make a matching Escape key.

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Grovemade Desk Tray

Grovemade Desk Tray

Grovemade presents a new version of their handy Desk Tray. The latest version offers 45% more storage space, with four compartments for storing small office supplies. It features an aluminum base and a machined cork interior, in natural or dark, dyed with Japanese calligraphy ink. A great companion for their Wood Desk Shelf.

Machined Metal Soap Dishes

Machined Metal Soap Dishes

Most soap dishes are made from plastic, ceramic, or wood. But we dig the more substantial look of Lukas Alberts’ soap dishes, which are machined from metal with strategically-placed ridges to keep soap bars from getting soggy. They come in solid aluminum or copper, both of which will oxidize and patina over time.

Dango Side Tray

Dango Side Tray

If Dango’s EDC Tray is too big for your bedside table, or you need to expand its storage space, the Side Tray is a great spot to dump the gear that’s in your pockets. The cast aluminum tray measures 8.39″ l x 7.24″ w and has anti-slip rubber feet. Available with or without the protective DTEX pads.

Pouring Molten Aluminum from 50 Feet Up

Pouring Molten Aluminum from 50 Feet Up

The Backyard Scientist conducts another ill-advised and dangerous experiment by loading himself and a bucket of molten aluminum into a cherry picker, then ascending to 50 feet before pouring the metal into an aquarium on the ground. We’d like to say this was for science, but it’s clearly just for the spectacle.

Canniloq Stash Jar

Canniloq Stash Jar

Designed for keeping coffee, spices, tea, and uh… herbs dry, this durable container is made from 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, and keeps dry goods dry and safe, while being smell-proof as well. The interior is 1.67″ dia x 3.3″ long. Available in black or silver finishes.

How Aluminum Cans Are Made

How Aluminum Cans Are Made

Aluminum is one of the world’s most recyclable materials. It can be melted down over and over again without degrading. So it’s no wonder soda, and beer cans are made from the metal. In this older clip from How Its Made, they visited a factory that stamps and shapes aluminum into cans millions of times a day.

WYN Pen 1.0

WYN Pen 1.0

Created by WynLABS, this minimal metal pen features a design that lets you see into its middle. Its split body is machined from a single block of aluminum, with a springy sidebar that uses gravity to drop its refill into place. It comes with a Fisher Space Pen refill for writing in any conditions.

Milling a Metal Gear

Milling a Metal Gear

Machine shop DataPro shares hypnotic footage of a Datron CNC milling machine, as it takes a disc of aluminum and transforms it into a precise and smoothly formed gear. It was shot as a time-lapse, but won’t it be awesome when machines can do this in real time?

AKO DICE III: Dragon Stone

AKO DICE III: Dragon Stone

These unique metal dice from AKO have a modern look while incorporating a texture inspired by a dragon’s scales. Instead of round dice pips, numbers are represented with lines that mimic a dragon’s claw marks. They’re machined from aluminum and come in five colors. A 10-dice set includes a case/dice tower combo.

How The Emeco Navy Chair Is Made

How The Emeco Navy Chair Is Made

Commissioned by the U.S. Navy in the 1940’s, the Emeco 1006 Navy Chair is immediately recognizable. Designed for light weight and resistance to fire, the aluminum chairs are nearly indestructible. BRANDMADE.TV takes us inside the Hanover, Pennsylvania factory where these iconic chairs are still manufactured by hand.

Elephant N3D Wallet

Elephant N3D Wallet

Elephant Wallet’s sleek and modern cardholder is milled from a block of aluminum. Its front is solid and blocks RFID scanning, while its rear provides easy access to up to nine cards, which stow under a colorful fabric strap. Available with your choice of 14 different strap colors.

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Welltop Workshop Ruler

Welltop Workshop Ruler

This versatile measuring gadget is great for anyone who needs to cut wood or other stock. It combines a square and protractor and has templates for dovetail joints, circular holes, parallel lines, drill positioning, and a variety of common miter angle markings. It’s made from aluminum alloy and has easy-to-read markings.

Craighill Press Vessel

Craighill Press Vessel

Accessory maker Craighill presents an elegant home for jewelry, coins, pills, or other small items you want to keep from getting lost. The Press Vessel is made from anodized aluminum, and its lid has a silicone o-ring for an airtight fit. Available in silver or black finishes. Measures appx. 2.5″ in diameter and 2″ tall.

GPCA 1945 Bolt Action Plus Pen

GPCA 1945 Bolt Action Plus Pen

By moving their bolt-action mechanism to the middle of the case, GPCA was able to outfit their pens with a 100 dB survival whistle. They also feature a tungsten glass breaker, and their grips are marked for impromptu measurements. They come in four finishes: aluminum Space Silver or Jet Black, and titanium High Polish or Dark.

Machined NASA Worm Logo

Machined NASA Worm Logo

The classic NASA “worm” logo is back, and now you can own a memento of this iconic work of graphic design thanks to Register Seven. The company will produce a sweet CNC-machined version of the logo milled from 6061-T6 aluminum, then anodized in NASA red, black, or grey. Measures 7.5″ w x 2″ h x 1″ d.

Casting an Aluminum Book

Casting an Aluminum Book

Most books have covers made from thick paper, though you might find some vintage ones made from wood. What you won’t find are any books with covers made from cast aluminum. Black Beard Projects teamed up with Nerdforge to create just that, and the result is a impressive work of readable art. Watch part two here.

Making a High-power Flashlight from Scratch

Making a High-power Flashlight from Scratch

You know we love a good flashlight around here. While we’ve seen lots of really slick production models, we have to hand it to M.N. Projects who built their own custom flashlight by machining billet aluminum, then outfitted it with a super-bright 30W LED and three lithium-ion batteries. They even etched their own circuit board.

GrabOpener Bottle Opener

GrabOpener Bottle Opener

The GrabOpener pops open bottles with one hand… and a flourish. The easy-to-use anodized aluminum tool removes caps without bending them. Its built-in magnet holds onto caps, and can stick the tool on your fridge. Comes in purple, green, gold, and orange.

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Dango Capsule Wide

Dango Capsule Wide

Accessory maker Dango’s portable storage canister looks like something on Batman’s utility belt. It’s machined from 6061 aluminum, and provides a waterproof, food-safe space to carry pills, money, keys, coins, matches or other small supplies. It’s available in satin silver or jet black, and with an optional paracord tether.

LED Triangle Lamp

LED Triangle Lamp

This modern desk lamp offers two modes of operation – an indirect light shaped like a triangle or an adjustable task light in its open position. It has a built-in USB and Qi-compatible wireless charger in its base as well. It provides both warm and cool light settings in five brightness levels. Bostitch sells a cheaper version made from plastic.

Soda Can Batmobile

Soda Can Batmobile

Minimaus Crafts is an expert at making sculptures from soda cans. Watch as he takes 15 cans, some popsicle sticks, straws, and a few other household items to make a miniature replica of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. His soda can Back to the Future DeLorean is pretty impressive too.

Drop+OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX V3

Drop+OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX V3

Hop on the ultra-compact bandwagon with this minimal mechanical keyboard. The kit comes with an anodized aluminum case, brushed stainless steel top plate, a programmable PCB that fits Cherry MX or Matias/ALPS switches, and looks fantastic with the optional Acute keycap set ($30). Note: switches and keycaps not included.

Arc, Spiral, and Curve Bookshelves

Arc, Spiral, and Curve Bookshelves

California artist Brianna Kufa creates these unique, wall-mountable bookshelves in a variety of curved profiles. They start off with a simple and affordable arc design, and get as complicated a wall-filling combo of undulating waves and a spiral that holds up to 325 books. Each one comes with anchors for hanging on drywall.

Viper Bottle Opener

Viper Bottle Opener

Farmer Customs‘ machined metal bottle opener is the perfect keychain companion. It’s got a sleek, yet pragmatic design that allows it to hang a keys from either end, and clips easily onto your belt or pants pocket. Available in aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, or titanium for the ultimate in strength.

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