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VOXART Voxel Art Construction Toys

VOXART Voxel Art Construction Toys

The creators of PIXIO magnetic building blocks have invented another fun toy for building 3D art. VOXART uses lightweight panels which click together to create life-size voxel art. They fold flat, so you can store thousands without taking up much space. Sign up for a pre-launch discount, or get notified on Kickstarter.

Building a Tiny House from Pallet Wood

Building a Tiny House from Pallet Wood

We’ve seen shipping pallets recycled into coasters, pencils, a guitar, and skateboards. Bushcraft builder Lesnoy went above and beyond by making an entire tiny house primarily from reclaimed pallet wood. Watch and enjoy this soothing video as he builds a dwelling from scratch in the woods.

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Building a Luxury Dog House

Building a Luxury Dog House

Drew Builds Stuff lives in Canada, so he’s used to harsh winter conditions. After an “unforeseen fireworks accident” destroyed his dog’s old outdoor shelter, Drew built his pooch a brand new dog house. The luxury dog dwelling looks like a mini-mansion, with electricity, LED lighting, a heated floor, and wi-fi connectivity.

Vaughan RAGE Demolition Multitool

Vaughan RAGE Demolition Multitool
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This versatile hand tool facilitates several demolition tasks in one. Its uniquely-shaped head and handle can grab and yank out 2x4s, extract nails, chisel and punch holes in building materials, and more. It’s also got a built-in magnetic nail holder and a soft, injection-molded handle that provides a firm grip and absorbs shock.

Inside a Brick Factory

Inside a Brick Factory

There are still places on earth where they make bricks by hand. Conversely, this factory in Korea cranks them out by the thousands. In fact, they make more than 100,000 bricks a day using machines that sift crushed stone, turn it into a slurry, extrude brick logs, slice them into individual blocks, then fire them in kilns.

Installing an Olympic-Size Swimming Pool in a Stadium

Installing an Olympic-Size Swimming Pool in a Stadium

An olympic-sized pool doesn’t seem like the sort of thing you can just add to a stadium. But in 2012, Omaha’s CenturyLink Center (now the CHI Health Center Arena) enlisted Myrtha Pools to install a massive pool to support the U.S. Olympic Trials. This time-lapse video compresses the entire process down to less than 45 seconds.

How to Move Massive Structures

How to Move Massive Structures

If you need to move a building or another large structure, you need specialized industrial equipment. Mammoet’s Self-Propelled Modular Transporters can be used individually or in combination to transport enormous and heavy structures. Recently, they combined 604 SPMT axle lines to move a 16,258-ton support frame.

Building and Knocking Down a Wood Plank Bridge

Building and Knocking Down a Wood Plank Bridge

Domino queen Lily Hevesh spent the better part of a week setting up this enormous multi-tier bridge using 8,000 individual wood planks. She started with a small prototype of construction techniques, then carefully assembled the 8-foot-tall version. When it was all done, she knocked it all down for our enjoyment.

360º Dump Truck

360º Dump Truck

The Prinoth Panther T14R is a unique dump truck that rides on tank treads and can spin its bed around 360º. Its design allows it to load and unload its contents in opposite directions without having to make a U-turn.

Filling a House with Water

Filling a House with Water

Finding water inside your house is one of the last things you want to experience as a homeowner. YouTuber President Chay has the opposite mindset – at least if he can live in this watertight house that he and his buddies built. It took some serious trial and error, but he was ultimately able to go for an indoor dive.

Bricklaying Robot

Bricklaying Robot

Laying bricks by hand is a laborious process. Aussi company FBR’s Hadrian X robot automates the process. The robot is loaded with a CAD layout, dispenses blocks, applies adhesive, and precisely places each one until the structure is complete. A single human monitors the robot from inside of its control vehicle.

RC Cardboard Forklift

RC Cardboard Forklift

DanCreator continues to wow us with his awe-inspiring cardboard creations. This time out, he built a fully-functional miniature forklift out of the stuff, then used it to lift a bunch of tiny Amazon boxes on cardboard shipping pallets.

Wall Anchor Comparison

Wall Anchor Comparison

If you’re going to hang stuff on a wall that weighs more than a picture frame, you’re going to want to use wall anchors. This video from Tool Tips shows off how different kinds of anchors work their magic to grip behind the wall. Can’t get enough? Enjoy more anchor goodness here.

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Building with Hemp Bricks

Building with Hemp Bricks

Just BioFiber makes sustainable building materials from hemp plants, lime, and a biocomposite frame. The bricks stack like giant LEGO blocks up to 30 feet high, are as strong as concrete, and are self-insulating. Exploring Alternatives met with BioFiber President Terry Radford for a look at this innovative construction material.

How to Lay Pipe Quickly

How to Lay Pipe Quickly

So you’ve spent the morning digging a trench to lay some PVC pipe in it. You could spend the rest of the day gradually lowering the pipe section-by-section, or you could do what this industrious construction crew does and lay the whole thing in seconds. Apparently, this isn’t the first time this trick has worked.

DEWALT Construction Math Quick Check

DEWALT Construction Math Quick Check
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Whether you’re a DIYer or a construction pro, understanding math and geometry is critical. DEWALT’s reference guide includes 42 pages of useful equations and rules which will help you measure twice and cut once. Made from durable, toolbox-friendly materials with a spiral-bound edge. Also available for plumbing and wiring.

Dismantling Your Own Scaffolding

Dismantling Your Own Scaffolding

Working high up at a construction site seems scary enough on its own, but the idea of disassembling the scaffolding you’re hanging from seems even sketchier. At least the two daring workers in this video had safety lines connecting them to the metal ladder they were hanging from, but it’s still a nope from us.

Building a Mini Suspension Bridge

Building a Mini Suspension Bridge

Ouroboros ARQ loves to build miniature structures using full-size construction techniques. For this project, they built a scale version of a suspension bridge, complete with steel-reinforced concrete pillars, and dozens of meticulously-threaded wires to support its paved roadway and guard rails.

How Cranes Build Themselves

How Cranes Build Themselves

Art of Engineering explains how the tall construction cranes used to build skyscrapers are able to increase their own height. The process known as “climbing” a tower crane requires precision and patience and can be incredibly dangerous if not done properly.

Colin Furze’s Secret Tunnel

Colin Furze’s Secret Tunnel

Several years back, inventor Colin Furze built an awesome underground bunker. He’s always wanted a way to get from his workshop into the bunker, so he decided to build a steel-walled underground tunnel to connect the two spaces. He’s been working on the project for a long time, and it’s finally complete. Watch the full build here.

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Building a Mini KFC

Building a Mini KFC

After making a tiny McDonald’s using real-world construction materials, Ouroboros ARQ has moved on to another fast-food chain. This time, they created a mini KFC, using real bricks, concrete, wood, and even an astroturf lawn. Their construction skills are spot-on, but their paint-masking game could use a bit of work.

Flexible Excavator

Flexible Excavator

European construction equipment manufacturer Menzi Muck shows off its M545x excavator. This flexible machine has articulated hydraulic legs which can adapt and adjust to varying terrain and that can bend and flex in such a way that it can balance tripod style on three of its wheels or on its bucket and earth grippers.

What’s Inside of the Statue of Liberty

What’s Inside of the Statue of Liberty

We’re all pretty familiar with what the Statue of Liberty looks like from outside, but unless you’ve taken a tour, its insides are a mystery. 3D artist Jared Owen dissects NYC’s iconic landmark, ripping the skin off of Lady Liberty to expose her inner structure. If you liked this one, check out Jared’s video on the Eiffel Tower.

Lion City Rising

Lion City Rising

Between 2012 and 2020, photographer Keith Loutit captured thousands of frames of footage at locations around Singapore. By revisiting the same places and matching up shots, he chronicled the dramatic changes in the cityscape. The score by composer Michael Adler Miltersen perfectly reinforces the passage of time.

Ironworker High-Rise POV

Ironworker High-Rise POV

We’re not brave enough to spend even a minute walking along the beams of an unfinished high-rise building, but there are thousands of construction workers who do it every day. Goatmanthefourth shared this first-person footage of what it’s like for ironworkers during the construction of the Deloitte Tower in Vancouver, BC.

Hidden Access Panel

Hidden Access Panel

Russian home renovator and tile installer Masterplitka shows off a really impressive bit of construction from one of their bathroom projects. At first glance, this looks like an ordinary tile-covered wall, but it’s quickly revealed that a section is concealing hidden pipes and valves, presumably for a steam shower.

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