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Restoring Old Tools

Restoring Old Tools

YouTuber Jimmy DiResta bought four neglected tools at a flea market for $1 each, then reminds us that sometimes old objects simply need a little cleaning and polishing. He spent an inordinate amount of time with the chisel handles, but we can’t argue with the results.

Soda Bottle Airsoft Gun 2

Soda Bottle Airsoft Gun 2

YouTuber NightHawkInLight revisits his brilliantly simple DIY airsoft gun, adding a decorative PVC housing and a longer brake line barrel. If you don’t have an air compressor, you can skip the blowgun and just squeeze the bottle to fire the pellets.

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DIY RC Beer Crate

DIY RC Beer Crate

Niklas Roy made getting beer a lot more fun. He cobbled together a remote-controlled platform that can carry a standard-sized beer crate (or any similarly sized item) out of plywood, electronics from an RC car, windshield wiper motors and casters.

DIY 3D Pen Lamp Shade

DIY 3D Pen Lamp Shade

Inspire to Make shows off a neat project you can do with one of those 3Doodler pens. By using a glass lampshade as a form, then doodling shapes over the shade, you can create a one-of-a-kind original shade.

Drill-powered Skateboard

Drill-powered Skateboard

While you could go spend over $1000 on an electric skateboard, you could also do what Inspire to Make did, and build one using a power drill, an extension bit holder, and a couple of other off-the-shelf items. Total cost: less than $500. Perfect for a literal cheapskate.

Mechanical PONG

Mechanical PONG

It took quite a bit of planning and engineering prowess, but the end result of Daniel Perdomo’s recreation of Atari’s arcade classic PONG as a game played with mechanical paddles and ball cube is quite impressive. (Thanks Philip!)

Making a Sweet Potato Patch

Making a Sweet Potato Patch

Primitive Technology made a yam and sweet potato garden. He said he got the sweet potatoes from “civilization”, but we’re okay with that. If you left us with nothing but sweet potatoes and cargo shorts we’d be dead by sunset.

FORMcard

FORMcard

FORMcard is a pocket-sized thermoplastic sheet. It becomes pliable when dipped in hot water, allowing you to repair or augment objects or even make impromptu tools. It’s made from a starch-based bioplastic so it’s completely biodegradable.

FormBox Desktop Vacuum Former

FormBox Desktop Vacuum Former

A compact vacuum former that gets its suction from a vacuum cleaner. Use the FormBox and thermoplastic sheets to make small molds, prototypes and more. It has a 7.9 cu.in. build area and comes with 30 thermoplastic sheets.

DIY Foam Cutter

DIY Foam Cutter

MrGear shows us how to create a rudimentary, yet completely usable hot-wire foam cutter using nothing more than a couple of popsicle sticks, a 9V battery, hot glue, a switch, and some wire. The only downside is you have to make it again every time the battery runs out.

Making Woven Bark Fiber

Making Woven Bark Fiber

It’s the rainy season in Savage Land Queensland, so Primitive Technology thought that it’s time for his alter ego to make some clothes. He spent a few days making yarn out of fiber and about a day to weave it into a rough fabric using his handmade loom.

DIY Airsoft Pistol

DIY Airsoft Pistol

YouTuber Rulof Maker made a simple compressed air pistol primarily out of discarded objects. The main components are the valve from an empty fire extinguisher and some dry ice. He made the pistol’s body out of wood to give it a steampunk vibe.

How to Make a Tiny Tree

How to Make a Tiny Tree

Modelmaker Luke Towan walks us through the painstaking process of building a tiny tree for a model railroad. It requires time and patience, but the end result is quite realistic, and the video is as soothing as watching Bob Ross paint. His teensy hay bales are nuts too.

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How to Wax a Canvas Bag

How to Wax a Canvas Bag

So you bought yourself an awesome waxed canvas bag, but over time, its starting to show its age. Give your bag new life with this great DIY guide from our new friends at The Gear Hound. You just need a heat gun or hair dryer, some Otter Wax, and a little elbow grease.

Off-road Smart Fortwo

Off-road Smart Fortwo

Smart made fun of its compact car’s lack of off-road capabilities. YouTuber Mr George said, “Challenge accepted.” He replaced his Fortwo’s wheels, suspension, radiator and stripped the car bare to make a cute mud buggy. Sadly, it still has the same 41hp engine.

Cook Taco Bell’s Menu at Home

Cook Taco Bell’s Menu at Home

(PG-13: Language) Logan and Spider-Man Brothers Green Eats shows us how to prepare and assemble the components of Taco Bell’s classic menu, such as the crunch wrap supreme and the Mexican pizza. Part two here. Conan’s IT guy should see this.

Making a Vase from Crayons

Making a Vase from Crayons

Builder Peter Brown melted together 256 Crayola crayons in a cake pan, then transformed the resulting block into a colorful flower vase using a drill press and a lathe. There’s something immensely satisfying about watching the waxy shavings go flying.

Make Your Own Magnetic Putty

Make Your Own Magnetic Putty

YouTuber DaveHax shows us how to make our own magnetic slime or putty. It’s actually very simple; all you need is some PVA glue, powdered borax and iron filings. This homemade version won’t last long though.

DIY Hot Glue Gun

DIY Hot Glue Gun

Hot glue gun are cheap and easy to find. Still, it’s cool to know that you can make your own in a pinch using a soda can, a lighter, and some electrical tape. MrGear’s DIY version works surprisingly well, and is a great hack if you’ve got wrong-sized glue sticks lying around.

Making a Bow & Arrows

Making a Bow & Arrows

Primitive Technology uses his stone tools to craft a 55″ bow and a set of 2′ arrows. He also made a quiver out of bark. He says the bow was durable, lasting for about 200 to 300 shots. The string lasted about 100 shots but was easily repaired. And don’t worry, the turkey’s okay.

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Wood Shop Metal Ceiling

Wood Shop Metal Ceiling

Hampton Rutland picks up where he left off with his time-lapse wood shop build, this time laying in insulation and corrugated metal sheets against his roof, and joined by some special guests along the way. The fun starts around 2:11.

UX4 Furniture System

UX4 Furniture System

Pronounced “U-by-four,” this simple, versatile bracket system allows you to take pieces of 2×4 and attach them as legs to create your own custom furniture. From nightstands to dining tables, their angled design gives every object you make a cool and modern look.

DIY Mini Wooden Crossbow

DIY Mini Wooden Crossbow

Remember that rudimentary mini crossbow made from popsicle sticks? YouTuber Mist8k has greatly improved upon the idea, with the result being a tiny, functional crossbow that actually looks cool too. Still, it’s not quite as awesome as this design.

Adam Savage Makes Hellboy’s Sword

Adam Savage Makes Hellboy’s Sword

Adam Savage made a life-size replica of one of the swords that Hellboy used in the comics. The 48″ sword is made of plywood, Bondo, carbon fiber tubes, aluminum tape, some spray paint and a plushie. You can skip to 26:37 for the finished sword and the post-credits time lapse.

DIY Firework Rocket Launcher

DIY Firework Rocket Launcher

Colin Furze made an RPG-style launcher for rocket fireworks. It can literally knock your socks off (if you cut the socks and tie them to the rocket). We love how he made a barrier to protect his face but he’s okay with the gas tank being inches away from his head.

The Toilet Paper and Ice Sword

The Toilet Paper and Ice Sword

We’ve seen lots of fancy “making of” videos from blacksmiths making awesome metal weapons. But it turns out that with a mix of frozen water and layered toilet paper, you can make a sword that can also smash helpless fruits – at least until the sun melts it.

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