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Building a Giant Battery Pack

Building a Giant Battery Pack

The Q was looking for a way to power his plug-in gadgets while away from home. While he could have just bought a ready-made power pack, he decided to build his own, wiring together dozens of 18650 batteries, then connecting an inverter to convert the DC power into AC.

Building a Rope and Wood PC

Building a Rope and Wood PC

Despite its popularity as a building material, wood is rarely used in the construction of PC cases. Bucking that trend, DIY Perks built a truly unique computer system from wood, with rope trim. We love how he incorporated the air cooling system as a sculptural design element.

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Building a Wooden Vise

Building a Wooden Vise

Bench vises are typically made from metal. But John Heisz of I Build It decided to see if he could make a fully-functional version of the ubiquitous shop tool from the material it’s typically used to hold in place. Build guide here.

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

Maker of cool stuff Ollari’s shows us how to turn plywood into a sweet modern ceiling lamp which has a shade made from bent slats placed around its circumference. It actually doesn’t look that hard to do yourself with a little time, effort, and the proper tools.

DIY Pin Art Board

DIY Pin Art Board

Those pin art boards that you can press your face or other body parts into are cheap and easy to come by. But The Q decided he wanted a much bigger one, so he set about the arduous task of drilling 4,758 tiny holes into plywood, then poking a skewer through each one.

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

Builder Navin Khambhala aka “Mr. NK” shows us how to create a nifty, low-budget RC car that can climb stairs thanks to its Mars Rover inspired wheel mechanisms. It’s made from easy to find parts like PVC, hose clamps, and off-the-shelf motors and wheels.

DIY Hardwood Flooring Katana

DIY Hardwood Flooring Katana

Bob Clagett of I Like to Make Stuff admittedly isn’t a weapon-making expert, but he sure knows his way around a bandsaw. In this clip, he shows us how he used some scraps of hardwood flooring to create a wooden practice katana with some very impressive results.

Making a Mini Pizza Oven

Making a Mini Pizza Oven

Hungry for just a little pizza? Tysy Tube Constructions might be able to help. Watch as they build a teeny tiny oven using miniature real bricks, and is capable of cooking actual pizzas. This is so much cooler than an Easy-Bake Oven.

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

Maker pocket83 walks us through the painstaking process of building a geodesic sphere which not only looks super cool, but offers up a good challenge for those fascinated with puzzles. See how to assemble the wood pieces and rubber bands here.

How to Make a Moon

How to Make a Moon

Want a cool replica of the moon for your desk? Check out this clip from How to, who shows us how you can use a plastic sphere, candle wax, sandpaper, and paint to cast and sculpt a nifty, textured lunar model. We suppose if you stuck a wick in it, you could make a moon candle.

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Maker King Minhvuong shows off a really sweet design for a tabletop Bluetooth speaker. He built it using hundreds of stacked colored pencils set into epoxy resin, then cut, shaped, sanded, and varnished the resulting block to form an eye-catching enclosure.

DIY Bent Wood Sneaker Shelf

DIY Bent Wood Sneaker Shelf

Carpenter Chris Salomone finds working with laminated bent wood to be one of his more intimidating pursuits, but from the looks of these shelves for his kicks, we think he’s mastered the technique. He first routed and assembled a bending template, then layered, glued, and clamped in sheets of wood veneer until they set into shape.

Wu-Tang Pizza Blade

Wu-Tang Pizza Blade

Graz Makes realized he didn’t have a good pizza cutter, so he created one inspired by one of his favorite groups, The Wu-Tang Clan. He stole an old table saw blade from Jimmy DiResta, and fashioned it it to look like the rap group’s iconic “W” logo. The finished tool ain’t nuthing ta f’ wit. Full build instructions on Instructables.

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Rubber Band Engineer

Rubber Band Engineer

Author Lance Akiyama’s DIY book teaches you how to use popsicle sticks, paint stirrers, PVC pipe, clothespins, and other household objects to create 19 different rubber band and hydraulic-powered weapons and siege engines.

DIY Felt Robots

DIY Felt Robots

Artist Hah Jeong-hee started making felt toys for her kids. She’s made dozens of small toys, but recently she became interested in making robots. Her creations are so detailed that people sometimes mistake them for model kits. Turn captions on.

Boombox Tricycle

Boombox Tricycle

Maker Laura Kampf teamed up with her friend Patrick, whose audio expertise helped her build an earthshaking sound system for the back of her 3-wheeler. The battery-powered audio system has six full-range speakers and a giant subwoofer. She should have named it “Boomtrike” though.

Gym Roller Coaster

Gym Roller Coaster

We’ve seen some pretty great backyard roller coasters over the years, but this is the first time we’ve seen one built in a school gymnasium. We can’t believe that the school would have signed off on this rickety looking construction made from plywood, 2x4s, desks, and chairs though.

Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1

Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1

Korg’s recently launched Nu:Tekt line will create DIY instruments, effects, and utilities for electronic musicians. First up is the NTS-1 a tiny, build-it-yourself polyphonic synthesizer with a digital oscillator inspired by the prologue and minilogue xd. Sound demo here.

DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

Matthew Davis’ Arcus is a 3D-printable rubber band gatling gun. Its unorthodox appearance is more than just for show. Unlike most rubber band guns, the Arcus uses the energy from the rubber bands being shot out to rotate the barrels and continue the barrage. Grab the 3D models and directions on Instructables.

Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube Floats

Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube Floats

After wowing us with his self-solving Rubik’s Cube, maker Human Controller takes things to another level by making his miniature puzzle machine magnetically levitate while solving itself. We’ve been assured there are no visual tricks here.

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Amazon Box Weapons

Amazon Box Weapons

Crafty Transformer takes the cardboard boxes he receives Amazon orders in and converts them into awesome weapons and machines inspired by video games. Among our favorites are the Gundam wrench mace, the Yu-Gi-Oh! duel disk, and the Monster Hunter bowgun.

Making a Slingshot Trebuchet

Making a Slingshot Trebuchet

A while back, Tom Stanton built a cool working trebuchet, but even though it was much smaller than the ones used in battle, it still wasn’t exactly portable. So, Tom set about building a pint-size version that can be used like a slingshot. We’re thinking it would be perfect for flinging wadded up paper at officemates.

Ugears Monowheel Model

Ugears Monowheel Model

Flat-pack model makers Ugears offers this very cool kit that lets you build a mechanical monowheel that actually drives. It has retractable training wheels, but can roll without them on smooth surfaces. With 300 parts, it looks like a challenging 3-hour build. No glue required.

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

A fun DIY kit for musicians, electronics hobbyists, and just about anyone who likes cool gadgets. The Rhythmo Beatbox lets you build a MIDI controller and drum machine in a cardboard box. It’s got arcade-style buttons, built-in sounds, a battery, and speakers. Its companion mobile app enables sound customization.

Haynes Build Your Own Kits

Haynes Build Your Own Kits

Known for their in-depth automotive repair manuals, Haynes is now making a series of kits which let you build your own rudimentary gadgets, including a retro LED handheld game, an analog synthesizer, a working amplifier, a film camera, an FM radio, and a Simon-esque memory game.

Making a Micro Chess Set

Making a Micro Chess Set

Maker of cool things W&M walks us through the painstaking process of milling a set of teensy brass chess pieces, and crafting an elegant wooden board on which to play the game. The pieces are so small, the game needs to be played with tweezers.

Backyard 4.2G Roller Coaster

Backyard 4.2G Roller Coaster

Will from London is like the calm version of Colin Furze, creating his own dangerous and over-the-top contraptions in his UK backyard, but minus the shouting. In this clip, he shows off a wood and PVC roller coaster that uses compressed air to produce 1200 lb. of thrust, and accelerating its sled at up to 4.2G. Build video here.

Making a Giant Matchbox

Making a Giant Matchbox

The Q decided that ordinary matches weren’t big enough for him, so he went ahead and made five giant-sized matches out of wood, rope, and a homemade mix of incendiary chemicals like the ones on a real match head. To complete the set, he built a wooden matchbox with a sandpaper striker on its side.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Bench

DIY Reclaimed Wood Bench

Ollari’s shows us how to take slats of wood from a rickety old door and pallets to create a nifty new piece of outdoor furniture. If you put your mind to it, it’s amazing what you can achieve with a saw, some screws, and glue. We dig the burnt look of the finished piece.

Making Tiny Eyeglasses

Making Tiny Eyeglasses

The Hamster Miniature Studio 2 aka “HMS2” specializes in making really tiny objects. Recently they decided to try their hand at crafting a pair of eyeglasses. They have see-through lenses, and are hinged so they can fold. If our action figures ever have a vision problem, we know where to turn.

Making a Cereal Bowl from Cereal

Making a Cereal Bowl from Cereal

After making bowls out of a variety of materials, Peter Brown’s viewers have been asking him to make a cereal bowl made of cereal. He finally gave in to their requests. The process is simple, but it takes a lot of time and skill. The end result is beautiful, but it’s barely food safe.

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