It’s the rainy season in Primitive Technology’s area, which means it’s time to build shelter from the storm. He chose to build a low-roofed hut with a grass thatch and mud walls and floors. It took him about 36 hours over the course of a week just gathering the grass.
While they’re pretty cheap and easy to come by these days, maker of stuff The Q decided to see if he could build himself a stabilizing rig for a camera for the heck of it. His oversized gimbal uses PVC pipe for its structure, and the platter from a hard drive as its gyro wheel.
How to Make Everything gathered or made various cleaners from scratch – pumicite, borax, baking soda, vinegar, oxalic acid, bleach, lye, acetone, and ethanol. But before that, he had an interesting conversation with someone who cleans crime scenes for a living.
It might look a bit like the Starship Enterprise, but what you’re actually looking at here is a rubber band machine gun that uses a pan-type magazine. While builder parabellum1262 hasn’t provided plans for building one, he does have tutorials for many other cool rubber band guns.
Make It shows off a very impressive DIY build project – a substantial desk made from reclaimed pallet wood. It features a hidden compartment in its top for storing his laptop, keeping it out of sight when not in use. There’s also a space for hiding a power strip.
Using cardboard for its shell, and popsicle sticks and R/C car parts for its drivetrain, V. Idea created a miniature utility truck with spinning brushes that sweep up lightweight objects from the sidewalk in front of it. Hot glue is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
Latheman’s crazy machines made what he calls the “impossible screw.” If you hold it sideways, it will turn only clockwise. It doesn’t matter if you flip it. The only way to get it to turn both ways is to hold it upright. It’s a fun trinket that you can replicate with a hacksaw and a file.
Relics? No, they’re newly made cups. How to Make Everything tried to make biologically-sourced plastic using milk, potatoes and sugar. He actually succeeded in making plastic out of all three ingredients. But molding them was another matter. At least they’re biodegradable.
The Hexbot is a modular, quiet and accurate robot arm that can perform a variety of tasks. By default, it comes with a pen holder that lets it write and draw. But you can also get modules that turn it into a laser engraver, 3D printer and even a pick-and-place machine.
Pimoroni’s Picade Console Kit is the screen-less version of its Picade Desktop Arcade Kit. It comes with the same joysticks, buttons and Picade X HAT as the desktop arcade kit. All you need to add is a Raspberry Pi, a power supply, a microSD card and an HDMI cable.
Instructables contributor Mikeasaurus shows off his ridiculously dangerous looking creation, a skateboard which leaves a fiery trail in its wake. It drips out a small amount of fuel triggered by a foot-controlled switch, and ignites it with an electric sparker. Full build log here.