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Diy

Salvaging a Decaying Knife

Salvaging a Decaying Knife

We’ve seen rusty metal tools restored completely. But in this case, the rust has gotten the better of the tool. DIY Random found this knife that’s been rotting away for years in his friend’s backyard and tried his best to get something usable out of its remains.

DIY Potato Can Gun

DIY Potato Can Gun

Given the fact that this weapon uses an electric spark and exploding butane gas to fire a large spherical projectile, American Hacker is very quick to point out that you should NOT try this at home. We agree, but it sure is fun to hear the sound of this thing in action.

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Making a Chair with Zip Ties

Making a Chair with Zip Ties

Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern shows us how to build a modern, geometric chair using nothing more than plywood, a drill, and zipties. Check out the full build guide and templates here. He recommends using 1/2″ ply instead of 1/4″ ply for maximum durability.

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

HomeMadeModern shows us how to use 3D modeling software and a 3D printer to create a set of silicone molds for casting a concrete firepit. Despite the complex look, the entire design you see was created from just three different mold shapes.

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

Maker of cool stuff Ollari’s shows us how to turn plywood into a sweet modern ceiling lamp which has a shade made from bent slats placed around its circumference. It actually doesn’t look that hard to do yourself with a little time, effort, and the proper tools.

Geodesic Dome Kit

Geodesic Dome Kit
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Build your own dome-shaped structure with this unique set of connectors. Simply add wooden sticks, and attach Hubs‘ sturdy, adjustable joints to build a geodesic dome in under an hour. The kit supports structures up to about 66 lb, and as big as 16 feet in diameter.

Making Sweet Potato Dishes

Making Sweet Potato Dishes

Li Zikai’s latest captivating DIY video sees her harvesting sweet potatoes and making a variety of meals out of them. She baked them, turned them into omelettes, and painstakingly made noodles out of them. That last one must have taken a long time.

Building a Drum from Scratch

Building a Drum from Scratch

(Gross) How to Make Everything wants to make a collection of musical instruments from scratch. First up is a drum. He made it out of maple wood, pigskin and twine. He had a lot of help from a woodworker, but he did all the gross stuff for the leather.

Making a Plywood Sphere

Making a Plywood Sphere

Keith Williams of Oddball Gallery shows off a sculpture he created from birch plywood. He first cut and assembled 180 triangular pieces into a geodesic orb, then sanded it to smooth the edges and reveal its grain. The sander time-lapse is so awesome. Here’s its little brother.

DIY Cardboard Hot Wheels Loop

DIY Cardboard Hot Wheels Loop

While you can certainly just go buy a Hot Wheels set, Mini Gear thinks its more fun to build your own track from scratch. He proves yet again that with cardboard, popsicle sticks, hot glue, and rubber bands, you can make just about anything with enough time and effort.

How to Make a Moon

How to Make a Moon

Want a cool replica of the moon for your desk? Check out this clip from How to, who shows us how you can use a plastic sphere, candle wax, sandpaper, and paint to cast and sculpt a nifty, textured lunar model. We suppose if you stuck a wick in it, you could make a moon candle.

Spaghetti in a Meatball

Spaghetti in a Meatball

We love us a good plate of pasta with with meat sauce and homemade meatballs. The guys at HellthyJunkFood decided to create a unique variation on this classic dish by wrapping the spaghetti inside a giant ball of meat. We kept wanting it to read us an inspirational speech.

Craft Beer Homebrewing Kit

Craft Beer Homebrewing Kit
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Oktoberfest may be over but you can still create your own Oktoberfest beer from scratch with this homebrewing kit. It comes with all the ingredients and supplies you need to start brewing and experimenting. Grab it today in The Awesomer Shop.

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Making Cane Sugar from Scratch

Making Cane Sugar from Scratch

DIY superstar Li Zikai shows us how she makes cane sugar from scratch in another one of her beautiful and relaxing videos. She starts by gathering sugar cane, then extracting the juice out of the grass. She then boils the juice and pours the thick syrup into molds.

Force Flyers DIY Drone

Force Flyers DIY Drone
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The DIY drone kit gives you everything you need to build a quadrotor with building blocks (or add on to it with LEGO). It’s also great for teaching kids about aerodynamics and weight distribution. Grab it at an early Black Friday price in The Awesomer Shop.

Making a Cardboard Machine Gun

Making a Cardboard Machine Gun

Do-it-all craftstman The Q shows us how he made a huge machine gun using mainly cardboard, wood, and lots of glue. It has an electronic mechanism that lets it fire long paper bullets, as well as a swappable cartridge.

Cardboard Bass Guitar

Cardboard Bass Guitar

While we’re not convinced that Davie504’s handmade cardboard bass guitar will hold up to extended playing, we’re still impressed that it sounds as good as it does. It’s good to know there’s another use for all of those Amazon boxes we get every week.

DIY LED Timber Floor Lamp

DIY LED Timber Floor Lamp

Modustrial Maker teamed up with fellow builder Jonny Builds to transform a huge honkin’ wooden timber beam and sheets of steel into a sculptural ambient floor lamp, loaded up with LED strips that display patterns in reaction to music. We want one of these in our office.

Mr. Bean’s RC Armchair

Mr. Bean’s RC Armchair

Colin Furze helped fellow child at heart Mr. Bean celebrate the latter’s 10 million subscriber milestone on YouTube. The inventor made a working replica of the remote-controlled armchair from the Mr. Bean cartoon using the guts of an electric wheelchair.

Card Machine Gun vs. Card Thrower

Card Machine Gun vs. Card Thrower

Mark Rober built a gun that can fire playing cards at a rapid rate. He then challenged Rick Smith Jr., the world’s best card thrower, to determine which one can fire cards faster and more accurately. Who wins? Man or machine?

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60-Year-Old Life Hacks

60-Year-Old Life Hacks

YouTube channel HouseholdHacker dusted off an old 1957 Science and Mechanics book filled with tips and tricks for around the house and decided to put some to the test to see if they were still relevant and useful today. We’re so trading in our oven mitts for a metal dustpan.

Making Spherical Glass Speakers

Making Spherical Glass Speakers

YouTuber Jisaku kōbō recently showed us how to upgrade cheap speakers with custom wood enclosures. He’s back to show how a pair of glass fish bowls can work with off-the-shelf speaker drivers. Every time he drilled into the glass, we cringed a little.

Making a Giant Starburst

Making a Giant Starburst

We love us some cherry and orange Starbursts. We even know where to buy them in bulk. But the guys at Hellthy Junk Food decided to bulk up the fruity candies even more by making a package fit for a giant, and filling it with the delicious, chewy treats.

DIY Chainmaille Time-lapse

DIY Chainmaille Time-lapse

Evan Snider walks us through the process of crafting a completely handmade chainmaille shirt, painstakingly assembled from thousands of copper rings, individually opened, then linked over the course of 66 hours. The finished shirt weighs in at about 25 pounds.

The Pumpkin Hovercraft

The Pumpkin Hovercraft

To celebrate the Halloween season, maker and tinkerer William Osman and his pals decided to see if they could transform a pumpkin into a working hovercraft. They used a vacuum cleaner as its primary source of flotation, and a couple of small drone motors to steer it.

3D Printing a Faux Neon Sign

3D Printing a Faux Neon Sign

Taking a decidedly different approach from Shmoxd, I Like to Make Stuff made a fake neon sign by making silicone mold from a 3D print, then casting the shape from epoxy, and running electroluminescent wiring through it.

Turning a Bowl on a Table Saw

Turning a Bowl on a Table Saw

We recently saw how a table saw could be pushed outside of its comfort zone by using one to create wood spindles. Now, woodworker French River Springs shows us how he was able to make a turned wood bowl using a table saw, a drill, and a custom jig. The fun starts at 8:21.

Colin Furze’s Gas Heated Umbrella

Colin Furze’s Gas Heated Umbrella

“Mary Poppins eat your heart out!” The mad inventor Colin Furze is preparing for the cold weather by making his own take on the umbrella. He created one with a stainless steel canopy and a patio heater underneath. It also serves as a stove and armor.

MAKERphone DIY Mobile Phone

MAKERphone DIY Mobile Phone
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The MAKERphone is a DIY kit that comes with everything you need to build a rudimentary mobile phone – it can make calls, send texts, play music and games, and more. The instructions to build the phone will be posted online, as well as tutorials for coding apps.

Extracting Copper from Stone

Extracting Copper from Stone

Andy of How to Make Everything has long had an interest in extracting metals from rocks. In his latest video, he dug up some copper ore from an abandoned mine, and attempted to pull out a usable amount of copper via a technique called electrowinning.

DIY Electric Skates

DIY Electric Skates

Most skates and skateboards require a certain amount of balance for their wearer to use them. But The Q’s crazy homebrew electric skates are more like wheeled R/C tanks with a platform for each of your feet, making for an easy – if not very speedy ride.

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