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.
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.
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.
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.
Prop maker David Guyton made chest armor with a computer fan in front and a LED-lit jet pack at the back. He made it mostly out of steel and MDF, but he says you can use EVA foam instead. You can purchase the template for $5 on his website or his Android app.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.