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Diy

Beyond Infinity Table

Beyond Infinity Table

Instructables member bongoboy23 won the DIY site’s Lights Contest 2017 with his programmable infinity mirror coffee table. It has forty individual infinity mirrors and over 960 LEDs. It also has four USB ports, two AC outlets and an inductive pad for charging.

DIY Smartphone Projector

DIY Smartphone Projector

There are many easy ways to magnify your phone’s display. But DIY Perks shows us how to make a phone projector that produces a large and relatively clear image, while still being made of off-the-shelf materials. You can get the templates he used here.

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Making Liquid Paper Art

Making Liquid Paper Art

Given the dearth of typewriters in the modern workplace, we’re surprised that Liquid Paper is even still a thing. Draw with Jazza shows how the opaque white correction fluid can be used to draw intricate works of art – assuming you have his mad drawing skills, that is.

DIY Cardboard Glock

DIY Cardboard Glock

Cardboard and rubber band weapon maker Blackfish shows off an amazing build which looks just like a Glock 19 handgun, with working slide and firing mechanism, and an ammo clip filled with bullets made from crayons. After the action, he shows off how to build your own.

DIY 4-Barrel Rocket Launcher

DIY 4-Barrel Rocket Launcher

Ever resourceful maker The Q shows us how to build a shoulder-mounted quad launcher like the one Arnie had in Commando. Only this one is made from cardboard, PVC, and a cigarette lighter, and fires plastic soda bottles as its rockets. It still looks like it would hurt like hell.

Off-the-grid School Bus Home

Off-the-grid School Bus Home

Believe it or not, that’s the inside of a converted school bus. Living Big In A Tiny House spoke with “schoolie” owners Luke and Rachel about their solar-powered mobile home. The couple spent about $30,000 and a year-and-a-half to complete the conversion.

Making a Balisong Bottle Opener

Making a Balisong Bottle Opener

Since butterfly knives are illegal in many places, Miller Knives decided to make something that borrows heavily from the balisong’s design, but is far less dangerous – unless you’re a bottle cap. If you’re a bottle cap, you’re done for.

Making a Reusable Charcoal Mound

Making a Reusable Charcoal Mound

Primitive Technology made a reusable facility for producing charcoal. He builta conical wood frame, walled with mud, then burned the wood to harden the mud and make his first batch of charcoal. If only he had someone with whom to trade the charcoal. For like three sheep.

DIY Laser Lightshow Machine

DIY Laser Lightshow Machine

We’ve all seen laser beams which project images using a persistence of vision effect. While the professional gear does it with moving mirrors, Yertle Vert shows off a neat build using 3D-printed cams and a laser pointer to achieve a similar effect. Instructions on Thingiverse.

DIY 3D Printed Letter Board

DIY 3D Printed Letter Board

Agustin Flowalistik made a fully 3D-printed letter board that looks nearly as clean and solid as one made from off-the-shelf materials. He’s sharing his 3D models for free. The set includes four different board sizes; subscribe to his Patreon and you’ll get access to the source files.

Jay Pocket Folios

Jay Pocket Folios

Small DIY and craft kits in a gift-ready tin case that looks like a 1950’s book. Each case measures about 4″x 4″x 1″. There’s a multi-tool, a first aid kit, bike repair kit, a grooming kit, a sewing kit and a writing kit.

DIY Custom Car Horn Sounds 2

DIY Custom Car Horn Sounds 2

Engineer Mark Rober stole a page from I Like To Make Stuff’s book (and enlisted the man himself) and added additional horn sounds to his car. But he opted for a more permanent and practical setup that has three sounds: nice, nicer, and not nice.

Shotgun Chameleon House

Shotgun Chameleon House

“Everything here has at least two purposes.” Architect Zui Ng designed and partially built his own home, intending to make a modern version of the shotgun house. He ended up saving a lot of money while maximizing his environment by carefully considering practically every part.

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DIY Crystal Tower Light

DIY Crystal Tower Light

DIY Perks made an accent light using RGB LEDs and a Selenite crystal. It sounds like a straightforward build, but he custom made most of the electronics. It does involve a few tricks that will come in handy for other projects, and the result is, in his words, “not bad.”

DIY Stone Bench

DIY Stone Bench

HomeMadeModern made a simple but stylish stone bench. In particular, he used four slabs of bluestone, which is readily available as it’s often used in patios and walkways. He used a circular saw with a diamond blade for cutting and synthetic rubber to hold the slabs together.

Building a Cedar Strip Canoe

Building a Cedar Strip Canoe

A Guy Doing Stuff walks us through the process of building an absolutely stunning handmade canoe in his garage. The body of the boat was made using dozens of thin strips of cedar, bent, glued, and cut along plywood forms. All told, it took eight months to complete the canoe.

End of Line Pip-Boy PS4 Controller

End of Line Pip-Boy PS4 Controller

Devin L. Smith aka End of Line Designs makes beautiful video game controller case mods. His latest work is a DualShock 4 based on Fallout’s Pip-Boy. The hinged screen over the touch pad and the tiny gauge beside it both light up.

Meccano Slot Machine

Meccano Slot Machine

Brian Leach shows off one of the coolest Meccano builds we’ve ever seen, a fully-functional slot machine built almost entirely from the 1970s metal building toys. More recently, he used the parts to build a Meccano pinball machine.

Makerball DIY Pinball Machine

Makerball DIY Pinball Machine

This kit lets you build a crude pinball machine using just about anything as obstacles. It includes mechanical flippers, as well as copper contacts which can be used to register scoring when connected to an off-the-shelf microcontroller, using a free smartphone app.

Can You Pickle Anything?

Can You Pickle Anything?

(Gross) “So everything’s aged now for a few months…” How To Make Everything recently learned how to pickle, so he decided to make use of his newfound knowledge for science. Watch him find out if one can pickle chicken feet, a sandwich, and more.

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DIY Gumball Vending Machine

DIY Gumball Vending Machine

The Q’s latest build is a desktop gumball machine, made primarily from cardboard, hot glue, and a pencil. Despite its rudimentary build materials, it’s capable of requiring payment by coin before it will release its chewy reward.

DIY 3D Printed Tank

DIY 3D Printed Tank

Maker Roberto Correia shows off a neat build – a remote-controlled model tank which was built primarily from 3D-printed parts. He later added a moving gripper arm to its top. It’s based on a design by TimmiClark over on Thingiverse if you want to make your own.

GoPro Session Hot Wheels Car

GoPro Session Hot Wheels Car

If you ever wanted to know how folks shoot those awesome POV videos of Hot Wheels cars, Adafruit Industries is here to help. In this clip, they show how to 3D print a vehicle that doubles as a case for a GoPro Session camera. Download the STL files here.

Supersonic LEGO Darts

Supersonic LEGO Darts

Joerg Sprave first shows off how LEGO bricks can become far more nasty by turning them into mouth-blown air darts, then builds a “scientific test device” so he can then fire the projectiles at supersonic speeds with a powerful air compressor.

TinyCircuits Tiny Arcade

TinyCircuits Tiny Arcade

It’s not quite for ants, but you can fit a couple of TinyCircuits’ DIY arcade machine kit in your hand. It’s easy to assemble – no soldering or special tools needed – and its games are free. You can also watch mp4 video files on it.

DIY Mini Nova

DIY Mini Nova

We’ve had some experience around here driving around in microcars, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this custom-built remake of a 1970 Chevy Nova, powered by a Kawasaki motorcycle engine. It looks like a pain to get in and out of, but a blast to drive.

Meta Fidget Spinner

Meta Fidget Spinner

We’re not sure if Louis Weisz’s creation is making fun of or simply perpetuating the whole fidget spinner epidemic, but what we do know is that if his goal was to make the most obnoxious fidget spinner that he could, he succeeded.

DIY Budget Fidget Spinners

DIY Budget Fidget Spinners

We’ve seen several impressive DIY fidget spinners, but if you just want a simple and cheap version check out this 1-minute guide by 5-Minute Crafts. They require only common materials like ball bearings, hot glue and modeling clay.

DIY Self-Balancing Robot

DIY Self-Balancing Robot

If you’ve ever found how Segways and so-called “hoverboards” stay upright, check out Joop Brokking’s video tutorial, which shows you how to build your own R/C 2-wheeled robot, controlled via Arduino for about $80 total. Full schematics, build details, and code here.

DIY Batman Fidget Spinner

DIY Batman Fidget Spinner

If you ask us, there are already way too many fidget spinners. But if were going to play with one, it would have to be PressTube’s awesome custom build – an oversize brass triple spinner made by melting and molding bullet casings, then quenching them with liquid nitrogen.

Making 3D-Printed Springos

Making 3D-Printed Springos

Devon of the Make Anything channel shows us a neat trick you can do with a 3D printer. By slicing your model just right, you can make just about any object into a springy, bendy, Slinky-like plaything. Separating the layers looks like a pain, but the finished models are super cool.

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