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Making a Really Tiny House

Making a Really Tiny House

Building an actual house requires lots of different skills. OUROBOROS ARQ shows how you can apply the same experience and materials to the creation of a miniature dwelling, as they lay down a concrete and rebar foundation, erect beams and walls, lay bricks and install a tile roof for their literally tiny house.

PasTEX Spaghetti Connectorz

PasTEX Spaghetti Connectorz

Mom and dad always told you not to play with your food. But we think they’d make an exception for these connectors that let you build structures using dry spaghetti. They come in 3-sided and 4-sided versions, in packages of 100 connectors each. Just don’t boil your noodles if you care about structural integrity.

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No-Nails Survival Shelter

No-Nails Survival Shelter

We may take the roof over our head for granted these days, but in the 18th century, families venturing into the interior of North America had to build their own shelters to survive the elements as they headed westward. Frontier lifestyle expert Jon Townsend shows us how they might have constructed a shelter without any nails.

Building a Giant Pin Tumbler Lock

Building a Giant Pin Tumbler Lock

A pin tumbler is one of the simpler lock designs out there. But it definitely takes some skill to build one from scratch. Watch as FarmCraft101 puts his carpentry and engineering skills to the test with a working 10x scale lock made from wood, complete with a giant key to lock and unlock it. It’s way too easy to pick though.

LEGO Concrete Casting

LEGO Concrete Casting

LEGO bricks are great for building all kinds of things, but did you know you could use them as a mold for casting concrete? Neither did we. HomeMadeModern shows us a couple of techniques – one in which the blocks are used as a direct mold, and the other where the bricks are covered in silicone, which becomes the mold.

Satisfying Plank Collapse

Satisfying Plank Collapse

Hobbyist Crouzier Benjamin loves to build complex structures using thousands of Kapla wooden planks. For this build, he took about 2 weeks assembling 20,000 of the beams, then watched it all fall in about 30 seconds. Check out his YouTube playlist for lots of other fun architectural collapses.

Building a Cruise Ship

Building a Cruise Ship

4K time-lapse footage of the construction of AIDA Cruises new flagship AIDAprima as it was built at the Koyagi Plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Japan. It’s mindblowing to see such an awesome and massive vessel emerge from the bare drydock.

Kapla Tower Build & Destroy

Kapla Tower Build & Destroy

We weren’t familiar with Kapla blocks before seeing this video, but basically, they’re like longer, flatter Jenga planks for building complex constructions. This large tower and coliseum build took 3 people more than 2 days to build, using over 22000 planks – and it all comes down in seconds.

Geodesic Dome Kit

Geodesic Dome Kit

Build your own dome-shaped structure with this unique set of connectors. Simply add wooden sticks, and attach Hubs‘ sturdy, adjustable joints to build a geodesic dome in under an hour. The kit supports structures up to about 66 lb, and as big as 16 feet in diameter.

Building a Wigwam

Building a Wigwam

Wigwams are a kind of shelter historically built and lived in by Native Americans and other indigenous people. Watch as members of the Historic Huguenot Street recreate one of the structures by bending tree saplings, and covering them with dried grasses, tree bark, and other natural materials in this enthralling time-lapse.

Building an Underground House

Building an Underground House

Watch YouTuber Mr. Heang as he uses hand tools and his hands to dig a giant hole in the ground, then proceeds to build out a hidden living space beneath the surface, complete with a small swimming pool and a hidden access door. Be sure to watch both part 1 and part 2 of the video.

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

Currently available in the UK, U-Build is a DIY modular and flat-pack wood and hardware system for building structures, furniture, and storage. You design your layout and dimensions on its website, then the parts are sent to you. You need only basic tools to put the frame together.

LEGO Supercar Bridge

LEGO Supercar Bridge

After assembling the epic LEGO Bugatti Chiron model, The Brick Wall decided his supercar needed a superbridge to go with. He built this impressive roadway from over 32,000 pieces, over the course of 96 hours. He even included LED streetlights for night viewing.

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Mini Materials Ultimate Sample Kit

Mini Materials Ultimate Sample Kit

Get a taste of Mini Materials‘ awesomely realistic construction miniatures with their latest product bundle. It comes with mini cinder blocks, different kinds of breeze blocks, and red bricks, all with matching pallets. That’s a total $140 in value.

Building a Primitive Hobbit Hut

Building a Primitive Hobbit Hut

At first glance, we thought we were watching another video by Primitive Technology, but this hobbit-style hut was constructed by competing YouTube channel Primitive Survival Tool, using found wood, straw, mud, and grass on its triple-arched roof. Bonus points for the ASMR.

Deal: Mini Cinder Blocks & Mortar

Deal: Mini Cinder Blocks & Mortar

This fun 1:12 scale construction kit includes 24 miniature cinder blocks, mortar to hold them together, and a tiny wooden pallet. Just think, a few thousand of these, and you can build your next home. Save 19% in The Awesomer Shop.

Brikawood Building Blocks

Brikawood Building Blocks

Brikawood building blocks allow for the construction of wood homes without the use of power tools, screws, or nails. Other than the base structure and roof, the walls of a Brikawood house simply slide together using notched wooden blocks and a mallet.

Making a Mega Blender

Making a Mega Blender

Maker and demolition man Giaco Whatever no longer has a lawn, so he decided to turn his mower’s motor and blade into a massive blender. Along the way, he chops up some ping pong balls and some cans of Coke with spectacular results. The carnage starts at 5:49.

Subterranean Beach Hut

Subterranean Beach Hut

Colin Furze wanted to see how deep he could dig on a beach, and figured he could go 10 feet without hitting water. So what’s an enterprising mad inventor to do? You build a beach hut with a basement. Keep an eye on Colin’s channel on 6/15 to see the finished build.

TRIDO Magnetic Building Blocks

TRIDO Magnetic Building Blocks

If cube-shaped magnetic building blocks aren’t your thing – perhaps some other Platonic solids will be. TRIDO’s self-aligning construction toys let you build all kinds of interesting structures and creatures using octahedrons, tetrahedrons, and half-tetrahedrons.

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3D Printed House

3D Printed House

Apis Cor has developed a giant 3D printer which can be brought to a construction site, and can output the structural components of a 100 square meter (~1076 sq. ft.) dwelling in about 24 hours, and for only about $10,000. Learn more about the process here.

Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide

Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide

We’ve featured a number of Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec’s incredible LEGO Technic builds. Now learn from the best with this 424-page guide which takes you from basic building principles up through sturdy and complex mechanisms so you can make your own wonderful machines.

Building Javits Center in LEGO

Building Javits Center in LEGO

LEGO artist Sean Kenney spent over 440 hours designing and building this detailed architectural model of New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, using 114,470 individual bricks. Watch the impressive build come together in this time-lapse video.

Wood Shop Metal Ceiling

Wood Shop Metal Ceiling

Hampton Rutland picks up where he left off with his time-lapse wood shop build, this time laying in insulation and corrugated metal sheets against his roof, and joined by some special guests along the way. The fun starts around 2:11.

The Tunnel Zipper Truck

The Tunnel Zipper Truck

Lock Block Ltd. built this custom truck which allows them to build free-standing tunnels by using the roller-covered, arched rear of the truck as a temporary support as their brick structures are set into place. We recommend changing your playback speed to 2x.

How to Make & Use a Sling

How to Make & Use a Sling

Primitive Technology makes a sling from bark fiber and then learns how to shoot with it. It’s one of the simplest ranged weapons you can make, but it’s very hard to master and is noisy too. For April Fools’ he should show us how he shoots and edits videos.

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