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Diy

DIY Paper Shredder

DIY Paper Shredder

You can pick up a cheap paper shredder for about 20 bucks, but what fun is that when you can build your own? The Q shows off a homebrew shredder that does the trick using sharpened metal discs. It’s missing the safety mechanisms that production shredders offer, so DIY at your own risk.

Upgrading Cheap Speakers

Upgrading Cheap Speakers

There are lots of really cheap speakers out there, and most of them sound like garbage. YouTuber Jisaku kōbō shows us how a pair of $3 speakers can sound much, much better when placed into a pair of proper wooden enclosures. Of course, skilled labor is the real cost here.

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Luxurious Backyard Tiny Home

Luxurious Backyard Tiny Home

Living Big in a Tiny House often features homes that were made with mobility and affordability in mind. But Marnie and Dan’s home came out of a desire to have a minimalist lifestyle. They made their new home in the backyard of their regular house, which they now rent out.

Pipe Wrench Throwing Knife

Pipe Wrench Throwing Knife

Bladesmith Jake’s Custom Knives takes an old pipe wrench and works his magic, transforming the rusty plumber’s tool into a beautiful and unique new knife, perfect for throwing at a bullseye. While this one isn’t for sale can buy other knives over at Jake’s Etsy shop.

DIY Micro Tank

DIY Micro Tank

Want to build a cool little toy for your desktop? Watch this clip by Amr MCI in which he shows us how to construct a tiny battery-powered tank that is powerful enough to climb over obstacles. Making the drive wheels from rolled up tape is a neat hack.

Literal Hot Glue Gun

Literal Hot Glue Gun

(PG-13: Language) Joel Creates read a comment on fellow maker Michael Reeves’ video that inspired him to create a weapon that fires projectiles with a hardened hot glue exterior, each filled with a nasty and dangerous payload of molten adhesive.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Ice cream sammies are pretty yummy all on their own, but Epicurious shows us how to make them just that much better by stacking them together into a decadent mint chocolate layer cake with them. We suppose you could substitute cherry, orange, or almond extract.

DIY Cardboard Slot Machine

DIY Cardboard Slot Machine

The Q takes a gamble with this build – a fully-functional slot machine built from cardboard, popsicle sticks, and hot glue. We love the detail he included on the reels to make it look like the real deal. Stick around for a few other fun DIY builds in this compilation video.

DIY Dado Bit Organizer

DIY Dado Bit Organizer

Keith’s Test Garage has been making organizer trays for his collection of router and Dremel bits. He started out by drilling holes that fit the bits, then he thought of a much simpler method: intersecting dadoes. The grooves take only five minutes to make with a table saw.

Making Gourmet Cheez-Its

Making Gourmet Cheez-Its

“How hard can it be to make a cracker?” It turns out it’s pretty hard. But is it impossible? Watch Bon Appetit’s resident pastry chef Claire Saffitz try to recreate the color, texture and of course the flavor of original Cheez-Its snack crackers.

DIY Iron-on Transfers

DIY Iron-on Transfers

There are ready made kits for iron-on or heat transfer printing. Shmoxd tried out two of them, then at 5:24 shows us how you can make ones just as good using screen printing and heat transfer powder. This method is cheap and good for low volume production.

Rocket-Powered Golf Club

Rocket-Powered Golf Club

Mark Rober and his friends worked with Destin of Smarter Every Day to add rockets to a golf club. The resulting contraption can consistently propel a golf ball to 150mph. It’s so powerful, they couldn’t find the balls it hit. They also made a weaker handheld version.

Colin Furze’s Fold-out Shield

Colin Furze’s Fold-out Shield

After making a replica of the wrist-mounted axe from Sekiro Shadows Die Twice, Colin Furze made a replica of the fold-out umbrella shield from the game. It may not look like much, but it was one of his most difficult projects yet. Build video here.

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Building a Glass Deck

Building a Glass Deck

HomeMadeModern wanted to find a cool use for glass blocks, so he thought about making an outdoor LED-lit glass deck. It’s definitely not for everyone – it takes a lot of expertise and work, and not everyone has a freakin’ mountain – but the setup is pretty sweet.

Cooking the Swanson

Cooking the Swanson

Binging with Babish shows us how to cook the Swanson, a turkey leg wrapped in bacon that Ron Swanson casually showed off in Parks & Recreation. As expected, it takes a lot to make just a couple of these bad boys, especially when turkey’s not in season.

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Kris Temmerman wanted to learn how to TIG weld. He ended up doing way more than that. Watch him create a small motorized six-wheeled vehicle that resembles the Mars rover (with a seat). It has an aluminum body, six-wheel drive, and four-wheel steering.

Making a Grass and Mud Hut

Making a Grass and Mud Hut

It’s the rainy season in Primitive Technology’s area, which means it’s time to build shelter from the storm. He chose to build a low-roofed hut with a grass thatch and mud walls and floors. It took him about 36 hours over the course of a week just gathering the grass.

DIY Gyroscopic Gimbal

DIY Gyroscopic Gimbal

While they’re pretty cheap and easy to come by these days, maker of stuff The Q decided to see if he could build himself a stabilizing rig for a camera for the heck of it. His oversized gimbal uses PVC pipe for its structure, and the platter from a hard drive as its gyro wheel.

Making Cleaners from Scratch

Making Cleaners from Scratch

How to Make Everything gathered or made various cleaners from scratch – pumicite, borax, baking soda, vinegar, oxalic acid, bleach, lye, acetone, and ethanol. But before that, he had an interesting conversation with someone who cleans crime scenes for a living.

DIY Felt Robots

DIY Felt Robots

Artist Hah Jeong-hee started making felt toys for her kids. She’s made dozens of small toys, but recently she became interested in making robots. Her creations are so detailed that people sometimes mistake them for model kits. Turn captions on.

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Colin Furze’s Wrist-Mounted Axe

Colin Furze’s Wrist-Mounted Axe

Colin Furze promotes the upcoming action RPG Sekiro Shadows Die Twice by making a working replica of the game’s wrist-mounted axe. The axe is secured to the mount on his arm by magnets and a rubber hose, allowing him to swap axes easily.

Making a Giant Screwdriver

Making a Giant Screwdriver

Jackman Works and his friend Zack went to great lengths to create a 4:1 scale screwdriver based on the classic Craftsman design. He made the entire handle out of epoxy resin for that translucent look, while Zack forged the jumbo bit out of steel. More here.

Wooden Pixel Lounger

Wooden Pixel Lounger

Woodworker Lignum shows off another fantastic build – a sculptural lounge chair crafted from bits and pieces of wood cut into small slats, glued together, then sanded smooth to reveal an eye-catching pixelated pattern.

Toy Car Door Indicator

Toy Car Door Indicator

DIYer mathisox made door ajar indicators for his old van that keep the vehicle’s retro charm. He attached switches to the van’s doors that activate motors attached to a toy car. If a door on the van is open, the corresponding door would also be open on the toy.

Making Capt. Marvel’s Helmet

Making Capt. Marvel’s Helmet

Odin Makes created a wearable replica of the badass mask and helmet from the fantastic Captain Marvel movie. As usual, he made most of it with craft foam. He put LEDs inside thin polyethylene sheets to make the glowing mohawk.

Building an All-wood Bike

Building an All-wood Bike

For their latest project, William Osman and his friends decided to see if they could build a bicycle entirely from wood, including the gears and the wheels. Then, they tried to take the impractical bike for a ride to see how long it would survive.

Hydraulic Scissor Lift Shoes

Hydraulic Scissor Lift Shoes

Go go gadget feet! Mad inventor Colin Furze went to great lengths to make himself taller. He made a pair of scissor lifts, welded them to a pair of shoes then powered them with a hydraulic pump. Skip to 7:18 for the surprisingly effective result.

DIY Electric Rotary Gun

DIY Electric Rotary Gun

Make It Extreme shows off a really cool and potentially dangerous build – a rapid-fire pellet launcher that uses a motor drive and a spiral rotary wheel to load and launch up to 50 projectiles per second. Their Patreon subscribers get access to the build plans.

Cola Can Gatling Gun

Cola Can Gatling Gun

We’ve seen toy weapons made from Coca-Cola cans, but this build from The S (not to be confused with The Q) is designed to launch the aluminum soda cans. The spinning cardboard and PVC gatling gun rapidly fires off eight Coke cans in just a couple of seconds.

RevArm2 Rubber Band Machine Gun

RevArm2 Rubber Band Machine Gun

It might look a bit like the Starship Enterprise, but what you’re actually looking at here is a rubber band machine gun that uses a pan-type magazine. While builder parabellum1262 hasn’t provided plans for building one, he does have tutorials for many other cool rubber band guns.

Desk with Hidden Laptop Storage

Desk with Hidden Laptop Storage

Make It shows off a very impressive DIY build project – a substantial desk made from reclaimed pallet wood. It features a hidden compartment in its top for storing his laptop, keeping it out of sight when not in use. There’s also a space for hiding a power strip.

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