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DIY 2×4 Settlers of Catan

DIY 2×4 Settlers of Catan

YouTuber Make Crazydays made all of the components of the board game Settlers of Catan out of a single 96″x 2″x 4″ piece of wood. He got wood shavings from the block then ironed those flat to make the cards. Check out his guide on Instructables.

Unpoppable Bubble Wrap Coasters

Unpoppable Bubble Wrap Coasters

It’s human nature to want to pop the little bubbles in bubble wrap. So there’s nothing quite as sadistic as what maker Peter Brown did – by submerging bubble wrap in crystal clear resin and making frustrating coasters that can never be popped. Oh the humanity!

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The Applause Machine

The Applause Machine

“Finding a better way is all I do. You’re welcome, world.” For once comedic inventor Simone Giertz made a machine that doesn’t threaten to maim her. It’s still a piece of crap, but hey, baby steps. Check out her Pop Sci article for more.

Shovel Metal

Shovel Metal

Watch musician Rob Scallon shred some tunes on an ordinary garden shovel that’s been converted into a one-string guitar. Given its rudimentary design, it plays surprisingly well. Keep an eye out on How to Make Stuff on 3/3/16 for DIY instructions.

The Reclaimed Wood Shop

The Reclaimed Wood Shop

Hampton Rutland made this lighthearted time-lapse video about how he built the walls of his new workshop using reclaimed wood. The build starts at 2:10, then something even better starts to happen at 3:30.

Making Charcoal

Making Charcoal

Primitive Technology made lots of charcoal by breaking down pieces of dried eucalyptus wood then slowly burning them in a kiln made of dried leaves and mud. The entire process took about a day. Bronze Age, here we come!

Ed Zarick’s BB-8

Ed Zarick’s BB-8

We’ve seen what a young maker’s BB-8 is like; now let’s see how the pros do it. Ed Zarick – the man behind the Xbox One & PS4 laptop – made his own life-size BB-8 droid with the help of BB-8 Builders Club and Astromech.net.

Building a Tank from Scratch

Building a Tank from Scratch

A team of guys in Russia show off the build process behind their own homebrew tank. We’re assuming the plywood bits at the start were an earlier prototype, as the finished MS-1 tank appears to be made from sturdier materials like metal and rubber.

Snowball Machine Gun

Snowball Machine Gun

YouTuber Mark Rober and his brother created a rapid-fire snowball gun using a landscaping leaf blower and a few ABS pipes. Its magazines can hold up to 15 snowballs, all of which the gun can unload within a second. Instructions here.

Building a Life-Size BB-8

Building a Life-Size BB-8

Angelo Casimiro wanted a replica of The Force Awakens’ rotund droid, but Sphero’s version wasnt’t big enough. Instead, he spent his Xmas break building his own full-size droid for just $120, with a paper-mâché beach ball body and an Arduino brain. More on Instructables.

Making a Cord Drill & Pump Drill

Making a Cord Drill & Pump Drill

The modern Stone Age man of Primitive Technology has acquired lots of blisters just from trying to start a fire. So he homo sapiened his way out of his predicament and built a drill. Then he used the basic tool to create upgrades for itself.

22x22x22 Rubik’s Cube

22x22x22 Rubik’s Cube

YouTuber corenpuzzle made what he believes is the world’s largest order Rubik’s Cube. He designed and then 3D printed its 2,691 parts over 8 months. After a couple of failed attempts, he finally put the whole thing together in working order. Get the 3D files here.

The Rockhouse Retreat

The Rockhouse Retreat

Businessman Angelo Mastropietro was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, and it led to him being paralyzed for a brief time. His condition led him to do a bit of soul-searching. He ended up almost single-handedly turning a 700-year-old cave into a home.

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Heater Jet RC Plane

Heater Jet RC Plane

YouTuber Samm Sheperd loves to make cheap model airplanes. One of his latest creations is a foamboard plane that flies using jet propulsion, thanks to an impeller that he took from a broken heater’s motor.

Making a Knife from a Saw Blade

Making a Knife from a Saw Blade

YouTuber John Heisz made a folding knife out of a worn out circular saw blade. Our takeaway here is that it’s incredibly hard to do it by hand. Also, we have to redefine our notion of “basic tools.” John also made a wooden knife with the same template. More on his site.

Making Baskets & Hatchets

Making Baskets & Hatchets

After building a house from scratch, Primitive Technology made coil and woven baskets out of palm leaves and lawyer cane, and two hatchets using branches and sharpened rocks. We hope we achieve immortality so we can watch the rise of his civilization.

Burning Lightsaber

Burning Lightsaber

After creating a magnetic version of Thor’s hammer, YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced made his own energy weapon. His take on the lightsaber uses a steady stream of methanol and acetone to create a fiery blade. In other words, it’s a blowtorch with a lightsaber hilt.

Build a PVC Organizer Cubby

Build a PVC Organizer Cubby

There are lots of projects you could do around your house to make everyday things a little better. Sometimes you just need to man up and DIY. We dusted off our amateur carpentry skills to build this versatile PVC storage rack, with a little help from our friends at Lowe’s.

The Original Lightsaber Effect

The Original Lightsaber Effect

Practical effects wizard Joey Shanks shows us how to replicate the lightsaber effect seen in the first Star Wars movie not using digital trickery, but the same 3M Scotchlite reflection effect that Lucas and his team used back in 1977. The spinning blade trick was brilliant.

Obi-Shawn’s Nissan Z-Wing

Obi-Shawn’s Nissan Z-Wing

Shawn “Obi-Shawn” Crosby visits children’s hospitals with fellow Star Wars cosplayers to cheer up patients. He bought a used Nissan 350Z and modified it using found items to give it a Star Wars theme. The flight sim joystick shifter is wicked. More on Hack A Day.

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Colin Furze’s Drift Trike

Colin Furze’s Drift Trike

Colin Furze’s latest toy is pretty standard… by his standards. The mad inventor made an awesome motorized drift trike using BMX bike and buggy parts, with a 125cc pit bike engine at its heart. Check out his build video here, and his parts list here.

Living in an Airplane

Living in an Airplane

Since 1999, engineer Bruce Campbell has been converting a Boeing 727 into his home. He believes that instead of scrapping retired planes or leaving them in boneyards to rot, we’d be better off turning them into houses or even lifeboats for tsunami risk zones.

Build Your Own X-Wing Helmet

Build Your Own X-Wing Helmet

Dustin McLean of DIY Prop Shop shows us how we can make our own Star Wars’ Rebel pilot’s helmet without having to spend an arm and a leg. Sure, you could buy one that’s already made up, but where’s the fun in that?

Building a Better Mouse Trap

Building a Better Mouse Trap

Matthias Wandel tried making a couple of mouse traps and set up a camera to compare the results. Don’t worry, no mice were harmed in the video. TL, DW: smear some soda cans with peanut butter and hang them over a bucket of water.

Modern Movies on VHS

Modern Movies on VHS

Redditor Martyhew transferred recent movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Her and Ex Machina to VHS and then designed cover art and blurbs for each tape. He says it took him way longer to design each art than to copy the films.

Build a Better Bottle Opener

Build a Better Bottle Opener

There are lots of projects you could do around your house to make everyday things a little better. Sometimes you just need to man up and DIY. We dusted off our amateur carpentry skills to build a great wall-mounted bottle opener, with a little help from our friends at Lowe’s.

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