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DIY Ducky Bagpipe

DIY Ducky Bagpipe

As we’ve seen before, inventor Nicolas Bras loves to make unique musical instruments. His latest instrument is one of the sillier ones we’ve seen. He created an improvised bagpipe by attaching his PVC pipe clarinets and a kid-sized duck pool float. It doesn’t sound much like the traditional Scottish instrument, nor does it quack like a duck.

DIY Sofa Desk

DIY Sofa Desk

We have a thing for multi-purpose furniture. HomeMadeModern shows off a design for a contemporary piece of furniture that functions as a small couch and a desk. It has a smaller footprint than two standalone pieces, and it just looks cool. It also has built-in side tables. Best of all, it can be built with basic power tools.

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Making a Multipurpose Coffee Table

Making a Multipurpose Coffee Table

If there’s one thing city dwellers can relate to, it’s that living space is at a premium. So if it’s possible to replace multiple pieces of furniture with a single item, it’s worth doing. Get Hands Dirty shows off a versatile coffee table that they built that also serves as a platform for a murphy bed and a pop-up desk.

DIY R/C Gyrocopter

DIY R/C Gyrocopter

Maker Peter Sripol has an obsession with flying machines. He recently put together a working replica of one of the more unusual aircraft – a gyrocopter. Combining elements of a helicopter and an airplane, it has both horizontal and vertical rotors. It took Peter a lot of trial and error (and crashes) to make one that flies reliably.

DIY Instrument Band

DIY Instrument Band

Musician and inventor Nicolas Bras is known for his weird homebrew musical instruments. He recently put a band together to perform live on these unusual music makers. For his “Trash Orchestra,” Nicolas was joined by fellow musicians Vinz Vonlanthen, Nicolas Strazzini, Andrei Pervikov, and Máté Drippey.

Making a Kumiko Lattice Guitar

Making a Kumiko Lattice Guitar

We’ve always been wowed by the craft of Kumiko. Inspired by the elegant Japanese latticework, Make With Miles created a unique electric guitar with a body that incorporates the technique. After cutting and assembling the wood, he filled the openings with tinted epoxy for contrast. He also made a matching amp.

Recycling Cardboard Into 3D Objects

Recycling Cardboard Into 3D Objects

There are lots of tutorials how to recycle paper to create handmade paper. XYZAidan shows how the pulp extracted from cardboard can also be molded into sturdy 3D objects. The resulting pieces are reminiscent of egg crates or Starbucks drink trays. You can download his 3D printable mold designs on Thingiverse.

Giant Tippi Tree

Giant Tippi Tree

Make Anything’s Tippi Tree is a party game that challenges players to stack and interlock blocks but in a more organic way than Jenga. Maker Devin Montes has now built a giant version of the game out of wood. If you want to play some Tippi Tree for yourself, you can purchase the design for 3D printing from MyMiniFactory.

DIY Plywood Workspace

DIY Plywood Workspace

In today’s work-from-home world, having a good desk is a must. You could buy one, or you could do what HomeMadeModern did and build one to your own exacting specifications. We love how Jessie incorporated walls, and sound-deadening felt to make it her own. We’d probably do corkboard for tacking up notes.

How to Make a Metal Mask

How to Make a Metal Mask

Costume armorer David Guyton shows us how it’s possible to sculpt a sheet of aluminum into the shape of a human face. It’s a time-consuming process to stretch and bend the metal, but with enough practice and the right tools, you could make one too. He also posted a tutorial on how to make a matching Roman helmet.

DIY Wood Hot Tub

DIY Wood Hot Tub

Hot tubs can be pretty expensive. But not so if you’re a DIYer like HomeMadeModern. In this video, he shows us how he built a rectangular outdoor hot tub from cedar 2x6s and waterproof Flex Seal. A portable water heater and recirculating pump keeps the water nice and toasty.

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Pask Makes shows us how wood skewers are good for more than serving kebabs. By stacking, cutting, clamping, and gluing hundreds of sticks, then planing and sanding the result, he created a beautiful cutting board we’d love to have on our kitchen counter.

Mega Briefcase PC

Mega Briefcase PC

The first portable computers weren’t exactly compact or lightweight. DIY Perks’ briefcase PC follows in these footsteps, but the payoff for the heft is a high-end gaming PC with a wrap-around 144Hz triple display, a 16-core AMD Ryzen 5950X CPU, an NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU, 64GB of RAM, and a premium audio system with a subwoofer.

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Cardboard G-Wagon

Cardboard G-Wagon

Normally, if you want a Mercedes-AMG G63, you’re looking at a six-figure price tag. Not so if you’re King of Crafts, who fabricated a drivable replica of the rugged G-Wagon out of cardboard. It rides on a homemade steel tube frame and can hit speeds up to 25 mph. It’s even amphibious… sorta.

DIY Air Horn Gun

DIY Air Horn Gun

If you want a loud noisemaker, you could always buy one of those compressed air horns, but if you prefer something that you can reuse over and over, check out HABU’s build – which uses a modded cordless power drill and a small compressor pump to blow air through a pair of horns.

Candy Dispenser iPhone Case

Candy Dispenser iPhone Case

To celebrate the purchase of his new iPhone 13 Pro Max, Matty Benedetto of Unnecessary Inventions wanted a case that nobody else has. So he got to work designing, fabricating, and assembling a case that not only protects his phone but can launch pieces of candy into his mouth. He’s gonna need a bigger pocket.

Making a Driveable 3D Printed Tank

Making a Driveable 3D Printed Tank

Ivan Miranda built himself a massive 3D printer, so what better to use it for but to make a 3D-printed tank that’s big enough to sit inside of and drive? He’s been working on the tank for some time but only recently added the seat and control pedals. He plans on adding a turret and a cannon soon.

3D-Printed Glowing Zipper Pulls

3D-Printed Glowing Zipper Pulls

Adafruit Industries shows us some nifty DIY zipper pulls they made using a 3D printer and glow-in-the-dark powder. Each pull holds a tiny glass bottle charm in the center that contains the pigment and has holes to help light to shine through. Read the full build guide on the Adafruit blog.

Making an Electric Jet Engine

Making an Electric Jet Engine

A normal turbo-jet engine runs entirely on ignited fuel. Integza built something a little different – a jet engine that uses an electric motor to spin its compressor. He made its main chambers out of empty butane cans, while its fuel source is a mix of butane and propane. Along the way, he built a low-budget spot welder.

Making a Sword Inside a Pencil

Making a Sword Inside a Pencil

John Wick and Heath Ledger’s Joker have both proven that a pencil can be a highly effective weapon all on its own. But it’s makeITcool’s job to make things cooler, so they got to work turning a saw blade into a tiny sword that stows inside of the body of a No. 2 pencil.

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Making a Hidden Arcade Machine

Making a Hidden Arcade Machine

We love playing classic arcade games. But an arcade cabinet isn’t exactly the kind of thing you’d put right in the middle of most living rooms. Maker Alexandre Chappel shows us how he designed and built a 2-player arcade machine that hides inside of a sleek wood cabinet that hangs neatly on a wall.

One-Day Piano Build

One-Day Piano Build

Musician Rob Scallon has been working on a series of DIY instruments that can be assembled quickly and inexpensively. For this build, he and his buddy Simon created a makeshift piano in less than a day, using a bunch of spare guitar strings, tuning pegs, door stoppers, and other bits and pieces from the Home Depot.

Velvet Keyboard

Velvet Keyboard

We’re not too sure how we feel about a fuzzy keyboard, but this is the Internet, so somebody out there needs to try every idea at least once. Makers Evan and Katelyn took an ordinary computer keyboard and gave it a tactile feel with the same kind of velvet flocking they put in jewelry boxes. Last-minute Valentine’s gift, anyone?

DIY Syringe Revolver

DIY Syringe Revolver

Blackfish previously showed up how to make an Airsoft rifle out of plastic syringes. He also made a smaller weapon using the same technique. This plastic revolver fires pellets from its rotating cylinder and six chambers. A 9-volt battery drives its motor, and its projectiles are launched by springs.

LathePro Modular Machining System

LathePro Modular Machining System

This modular tabletop machine gives makers the tools they need to drill, grind, saw, turn, mill, and lathe objects. Its tools work with wood, metal, and engineering plastics and is ideal for DIYers. The base kit includes sawing, grinding, and drilling modules, while milling, lathing, and wood-turning are add-ons.

Recycled Ocean Plastic Guitar

Recycled Ocean Plastic Guitar

It’s a sad story we’ve heard before – our oceans are filled with discarded plastic that is destroying fragile ecosystems. To do his small part to help, Burls Art teamed up with 4Ocean who recovers and cleans plastic from the water. He then melted down the plastic chips and formed it into the body of a colorful electric guitar.

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