Awesome Diy

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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DIY Drone Catcher

DIY Drone Catcher

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.

Building a Cantilever Coin Bridge

Building a Cantilever Coin Bridge

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.

Cleaning a Car’s Engine Bay

Cleaning a Car’s Engine Bay

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.

DIY Spider-Man Web Shooters

DIY Spider-Man Web Shooters

Odin Makes shows us how to make cheap but great-looking replicas of the web shooters that Spidey uses in Spider-Man: Homecoming. They’re made mainly out of foam floor mats and craft foam. If you want to make your own, you can get Odin’s patterns here.

$17K Tiny House

$17K Tiny House

Tired of paying rent and saddled with tuition fees, David and Catherine decided to build their own house. They built it around two amenities – a large comfy couch and a full bathtub – and used reclaimed materials and their own hands to cut costs. More here.

DIY Laptop and Phone Skins

DIY Laptop and Phone Skins

TheSorryGirls show us how to make affordable and easily removable skins for your laptop, smartphone and more. The project involves printing a high resolution image on printable vinyl and sealing it with protective film.

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