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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make It Extreme doesn’t like drones spying on them, so they decided to do something about it, and fabricated an anti-aircraft weapon that uses compressed air to launch a net, ensnaring any pesky drones in its webbing. It seems a bit complicated, but it does the job quite nicely.
When The Q isn’t building weapons from PVC and cardboard, or playing a the world’s loneliest ping pong game, he’s stacking coins. Here, he shows us how to neatly arrange 200 coins to create a cantilevered bridge that hangs off the edge of a table without using glue.
ChrisFix shows us how to clean the engine bay of a variety of vehicles, turning them from being covered with dirt, oil and rust to good as new. Watch it all the way through instead of going along with it step by step, because he’s got lots of precautions and tips.
I Like to Make Stuff has another project that’s incredibly useful yet fairly easy to build. His take on the mechanic’s creeper is mainly made of plywood, casters and foam, though he did add a tray for tools on the side as well as small flashlights on flexible mounts.
While 3D printers typically use filaments made purely from plastic, Make Anything shows off how a special composite filament called Timberfill can be used to create sandable, stainable wooden objects, like the cool acorn-shaped storage containers shown in the video.
To show off his trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Piet Rullens Jr. fit a Raspberry Pi 3 and a screen behind a poster inspired by the series’ animated newspaper Daily Prophet, then programmed it so that the video plays when someone approaches the poster.
As long as you don’t get it wet or put it near fire, cardboard is a strong and versatile building material. The guys at Mini Gear show us how to make a number of nifty desktop vending machines using cardboard, rubber bands, and hot glue as their primary materials.
Get Hands Dirty made a beautiful two-player pinball machine mainly by carving wood and acrylic parts using the X-Carve CNC machine. It doesn’t have electronic parts, but the execution is still top-notch. Complete design files and parts list available on Inventables.
Has your car’s air conditioning lost its cool? You could go to a repair shop, wasting time and money, or buy the A/C Pro Recharge kit, which lets you fix your A/C yourself in less than 10 minutes with no tools. After a few quick steps, your car will have the #1 coldest air.
Builder and destroyer of things Giaco Whatever shows off his custom-made Airsoft weapon, which is designed to launch ammo at a ridiculous rate of fire. Here, he amps up the pressure, and launches a barrage of metal BBs at various objects, pretty much vaporizing them.