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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giant wind turbines are a common sight in the countryside, and we’ve occasionally seen them being transported on long flatbeds. But getting their enormous fan blades up a mountain along curvy switchbacks poses a unique set of challenges. This video from China’s CGTN shows just how they do it.
Tents are usually made from nylon. For a longer-lasting shelter, there’s a material that combines fabric and concrete and allows for semi-permanent structures to be erected in minutes. Wonder World shows us how pre-sewn Concrete Canvas can be inflated then sprayed with water to harden into shape.
A bucket chain excavator is an enormous piece of equipment that’s used in strip-mining operations. It’s a pretty imposing machine sitting still. This time-lapse that shows one gradually moving across the ground makes it look like some kind of giant machine-mollusk crawling along on its belly. Video by Ibra Ibrahimovič.
These days, you can play Pac-Man on your phone. But it’s way more fun to play the classic arcade game using heavy-duty construction equipment. Fortunately, the guys at CAT are here to scratch that itch, as they not only dug out a maze but used a group of remote-controlled track loaders to play a live-action game.
Most modern homes are built by an entire crew, using tens of thousands of dollars in hardware and building supplies. But this resourceful young woman shows how with enough strength, energy, and vision, you can build a home using only the things that nature gave us. Her arms must be made out of pure muscle after all of that digging.
In the real world, we use dams to control water flow, as well as to store it, and to generate electricity. Creative Construction Channel’s miniature dam model isn’t designed to serve such world-serving purposes, but it’s a really impressive build and doubles as the coolest tabletop fountain we’ve ever seen.
LEGO Technics expert The Brick Wall is back with another impressive build. This time he arranged a series of multiple machines, which work in sequence to pave a brick road for other LEGO vehicles to drive on. It even lays a gravel foundation and smooths it before neatly placing the bricks.
A concrete flume is a type of spillway which is used to help channel water and to help prevent erosion. In this video, Curb Roller Manufacturing shows off a spinning 1000 lb. drum they built that helped to quickly spread and shape concrete into a 24 foot wide ditch for the Missouri Dept. of Transportation.
If you’re going to construct a building, you want to use a tough adhesive to hold things together. In this clip from Russian building materials company Kuvalda, they show off just how impressive Makroflex foam adhesive is at holding bricks together. Though we’re not sure you’d want to stand on that 50 feet up in the air.
The Creative Construction Channel walks us through a truly impressive build – a pint-sized version of a concrete bridge that was built using similar construction techniques to the real deal, with steel bars serving as the support structure for the cement, as well as a paved surface for tiny cars and trucks to ride on.
The LEGO Technic Control+ app lets you remotely control motors and other components using your phone. To prove its muscle, LEGO and Sariel’s Workshop teamed up to see if they could use it to control a real Liebherr 9800 excavator using only the parts from the Technic version. Behind-the-scenes video here.