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Driving the Hot Tub Car

Driving the Hot Tub Car

Inventor and builder Colin Furze recently showed us how to build a hot tub on wheels. In part two of the video, he took his water-logged BMW E30 for a spin, and came to realize some of the quirks of driving in a car filled with hundreds of gallons of H2O.

DIY Semi-Automatic Paper Gun

DIY Semi-Automatic Paper Gun

Blackfish shows us how to create a really cool toy weapon which fires rolled up paper projectiles. Its rubber band powered revolver mechanism lets it fire up to eight darts without reloading. We assume you could expand on the idea and make one that fires more ammo.

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How to Make a Hot Tub Car

How to Make a Hot Tub Car

We’ve seen hot tub boats, but a hot tub car? Only Colin Furze would be brave enough to take this on. As if the plan wasn’t crazy enough, he chose to sacrifice a BMW E30 convertible. Watch him try his best to seal and reinforce the car for its new occupant – a ton of hot water.

DIY Dragon’s Beard Cotton Candy

DIY Dragon’s Beard Cotton Candy

Today’s cotton candy is made by heating and spinning sugar using a motor. Eater host Clifford Endo is here to show you how to make it the old fashioned way, using a technique similar to noodles, hand-pulling inverted sugar to make thousands of hair-thin sugar strands.

Making a Dragon Ball Z Scouter

Making a Dragon Ball Z Scouter

Toy replicas of Dragon Ball Z‘s iconic Saiyan Scouter are a dime a dozen, but most of them use a headband to stay on your head. Foam lover Odin Abbott used craft materials to make a Scouter that hangs on his ear. The key is to add a piece that’s similar to earphone grips.

Custom Game of Thrones Catan Board

Custom Game of Thrones Catan Board

All men must trade. Redditor carlotta4th spent hundreds of hours learning the ins and outs of laser cutting to make a beautiful Settlers of Catan board game set with cities and settlements based on the major houses in Game of Thrones.

Making a Fancy Wood Beer Koozie

Making a Fancy Wood Beer Koozie

Most beer koozies are made from foam or fabric. But Ollari’s shows us how to make a super slick koozie from carefully segmented blocks of walnut, maple, and padouk, glued together, then turned on a lathe. A layer of clear lacquer protects it from condensation.

How to Make a Can Stove in 5 Mins.

How to Make a Can Stove in 5 Mins.

NightHawkInLight shows us how we can make a stove out of a soup can. All you need is a can tapper or can punch to create air vents and feet out of the can’s walls and base. Although in our opinion you should also have a pair of protective gloves.

Making a Jumanji Board

Making a Jumanji Board

“Do not begin unless you intend to finish.” Prop maker and restorer Steven Richter made a screen-accurate replica of the Jumanji board game. Skip to 14:38 for the finished build. You can buy the game pieces and cover casting on his Etsy shop.

Stepper Motor Organ

Stepper Motor Organ

It may not be the most sonically pleasing instrument, but the engineering behind Josh Sheldon’s build makes up for it. The organ uses 49 stepper motors which spin backwards against variably-sized disks, producing waves of electrical current which can be amplified.

Fake DIY Projects Exposed

Fake DIY Projects Exposed

ElectroBOOM’s Mehdi Sadaghdar is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. After seeing way too many videos of fake science and “lifehacks,” he decided to do something about it, and debunked a few of the more heinous ones.

Making a Simple Blower for a Furnace

Making a Simple Blower for a Furnace

Primitive Technology shows us how to make a very simple blower that can easily keep a small furnace going. The blower is made of a stick, a rectangular piece of bark that acts as a rotor, and a length of twine that can be pulled to spin its blade.

How to Make a Wooden Knife

How to Make a Wooden Knife

Builder John Heisz shows us the steps required to transform a couple of simple blocks of wood into a wonderful decorative knife. It might not be a practical tool, but it sure looks pretty. Want to give it a try yourself? Grab the template here. A parts kit is also available.

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How to Make a Print of Mars with Rust

How to Make a Print of Mars with Rust

Redditor barryabrams figured out a way to accurately replicate Mars’ rusted red color: with actual rust. He sprayed sheet metal with hydrogen peroxide to instantly induce oxidation. Then he screen printed Mars’ topography in black over the rust.

DIY Candy Vending Machine

DIY Candy Vending Machine

It’s not exactly the most mechanically complex build, but we still love the idea of YouTuber Goober’s (we made a rhyme!) spring-loaded cardboard and hot glue vending machine which can dispense up to five of your favorite candies with the push of a button.

Retrobrighting Yellowed Plastic

Retrobrighting Yellowed Plastic

Retrobright is a homebrew solution for restoring yellowed ABS plastic, which is usually what the cases of old computers and other gadgets were made of. The 8-Bit Guy tried out variants of the solution for science. TL;DW? Go with salon developer cream, water, and sunlight.

Hydraulic Cardboard Claw Machine

Hydraulic Cardboard Claw Machine

We’ve seen how to make a claw machine from cardboard, but Seanscrafts’ version wasn’t exactly easy to operate with its string-based mechanism. Leave it to The Q to come up with a way to build a more refined machine that uses syringes, tubing, liquid, and popsicle sticks.

DIY Embroidered Caps

DIY Embroidered Caps

Dad hats never really went away, but now everyone’s wearing them. Shmoxd has a handy guide on how you can take an existing cap, remove the existing embroidery if needed, and add your own design. It takes a bit of time, but it’s cheap and you get a unique cap out of it.

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.

Making a Dead Blow Mallet

Making a Dead Blow Mallet

Ollari’s walks us through the process of transforming rough reclaimed wood into a gorgeous hand tool we’d be thrilled to have on our workbench. There are few things more satisfying on Earth than turning things on a lathe. Full build details on Instructables.

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DIY Pocket Oscilloscope

DIY Pocket Oscilloscope

Keystone Science shows us how to build a nifty bit of old school tech – an analog oscilloscope, made using the tiny CRT viewfinder from an old camcorder. If you’d rather build something bigger, he’s got you covered too.

DIY Cardboard Claw Machine

DIY Cardboard Claw Machine

After showing us how to make a sweet cardboard Skee-Ball machine, Seanscrafts is back to build another fun machine to add to your low-budget home arcade. As an added bonus, you can just reach in and grab the prizes if you get frustrated with the claw.

Making Stiff But Safe Foam Swords

Making Stiff But Safe Foam Swords

Steel weapons are badass, but they’re not safe or kid-friendly, and they could get you in trouble at conventions or other public places. Foam swords are cheaper to make and easier to shape, but how do you make them rigid? Odin Makes has one answer: graphite golf clubs.

Making a Wooden Mouse

Making a Wooden Mouse

While you can buy an off-the-shelf wooden mouse these days, we much prefer handcrafted items, like the one that ThisWoodwork made from scratch, using an existing plastic mouse as a rough form for creating a sweet pointing device, complete with a wooden scroll wheel.

DIY Cardboard Skee-Ball Machine

DIY Cardboard Skee-Ball Machine

Do you love playing those Skee-Ball machines at Chuck E. Cheese’s? YouTuber Seanscrafts shows us how to build a scaled-down homebrew version of the game using sheets of cardboard and marbles. It looks like a simple enough weekend build, so get to it!

DIY Cork Hook

DIY Cork Hook

La Fabrique DIY made a simple tool to fish out the cork – or other small objects – from a wine bottle in case it falls in. It’s for a niche use case, but at least it’s easy to make. It’s basically three-armed tongs made from thin wire.

Making Cane Sandals

Making Cane Sandals

While we’re out here waiting for Flyknits and Primeknits, Primitive Technology took matters into his own hands and came up with the Protoweave. He made a pair of simple sandals out of loya cane so he can stunt in the jungle. And also protect his wrecked feet.

DIY Punch-activated Flamethrowers

DIY Punch-activated Flamethrowers

To celebrate the launch of Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Allen Pan of Sufficiently Advanced made one of the coolest – and hottest – gizmos we’ve ever seen: a flamethrower that spits fire when you throw a punch. Insure your fists, then find out how to make them here.

DIY Rocketeer Jetpack

DIY Rocketeer Jetpack

Prop maker David Guyton shares his favorite build yet: a steel replica of the Cirrus X-3 jetpack from The Rocketeer. It’s definitely not for beginners and takes a lot of time to build, but if you’re up to it keep an eye on his store for the free template.

DIY Mjolnir Headphone & USB Dock

DIY Mjolnir Headphone & USB Dock

A few years ago, Patrick Soriano made a replica of Thor’s hammer Mjölnir for a costume party, but he ended up using it as a headphone stand. He recently made a newer version that has an integrated USB hub, a headphone jack, a bottle opener and small shelves.

How to Make Acrylic Cell Paintings

How to Make Acrylic Cell Paintings

Miabella Mojica and Dream Spirit Studios provide a fast and easy tutorial on how to make abstract and colorful paintings by swirling together acrylic paints, pouring medium, and silicon oil, then finishing them with a blow torch to create an organic, cellular effect.

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