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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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LEGO Halloween Candy Launcher

LEGO Halloween Candy Launcher

LEGO machine maker JK Brickworks follows up last year’s Halloween candy dispenser with an even better one. His latest machine spins round and round, and flings candy bars at the kids. Want one? Buy the LEGO 17101 BOOST Creative Toolbox, and follow the directions here.

Carving Wooden Wings

Carving Wooden Wings

Maker of woo-den things Bobby Duke Arts shows us how to make a real work of art using something as mundane as the pine 2x4s that are used as wall studs in construction. The result of his creative efforts is a pair of wings that make a sweet wall hanging.

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

Nexi Tech shows us how to make some truly unique speakers using value-priced parts. The electronics are set into organic looking enclosures designed by Ondra Chotovinsky. The 3D printer he used is the $500 Creality3D CR 10S, which makes great big prints cheap.

Making an All-wood Bike

Making an All-wood Bike

After building himself an F1 car out of soda cans, builder The Q decided to make himself another cool, but highly-impractical vehicle. This time, he spent over 200 hours building a bicycle entirely out of wood and glue – including the frame, wheels, chain, seat and pedals.

How to Dye Your Sneakers

How to Dye Your Sneakers

Dyeing your sneakers is a great way to bring new life to an old pair, or simply make your grails that stand out from the crowd. High Snobiety goes over the process in this easy-to-follow DIY guide. Just be sure your kicks are clean before you try this.

DIY Curved Concrete Bench

DIY Curved Concrete Bench

Modustrial Maker teamed up with Chris Salomone (of LEGO river table fame) to create an impossibly thin modern bench from glass fiber reinforced concrete. It looks like it was a ton of work, and you’ll have to watch the video to see if the finished bench holds weight.

LEGO Laser Projector

LEGO Laser Projector

Yoshihito Isogawa shows off another impressive build. He used LEGO Technic and Mindstorms parts, along with mirrors and a laser pointer to create a mechanism that can project laser patterns on the wall by rapidly modulating its reflector. Here’s another variant he also made.

Overengineered Egg Breaker

Overengineered Egg Breaker

Getting an egg to crack perfectly without breaking the yolk or getting eggshell takes some practice. But engineers look for ways to eliminate human error from such problems, and that’s exactly what The Q did with his mechanical egg cracking gadget.

Making a Working Arc Reactor

Making a Working Arc Reactor

The Hacksmith takes on Tony Stark’s lifesaving device with his latest build. This impressive arc reactor replica uses ionized plasma to achieve its electrified effect. It looks spectacular, but it’s terribly loud, and there’s no way we’d strap this thing to our chest.

How to Make a Sandpaper Holder

How to Make a Sandpaper Holder

If you often use sandpaper, check out Izzy Swan’s guide to making a simple but clever sandpaper holder. On each shelf there’s a second plywood sheet that can be moved up and down, serving as a weight to hold the sandpaper. Get the plan for free here.

DIY LED Trampoline

DIY LED Trampoline

The guys from electronics site Adafruit Industries show off a fun project you can make for yourself – a trampoline with a cool LED light ring. The lights aren’t just colorful, they can be triggered based on when you jump up and down. Full build guide and parts list here.

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Dollar Bell, Y’all

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Change You Can Wear takes a momentary break from from crafting cool rings out of coins to transform a pair of U.S. half dollar coins into a tiny bell. It’s not exactly a useful thing, but it is a pretty nifty conversation piece.

DIY Plywood Stack Coffee Table

DIY Plywood Stack Coffee Table

On first glance, this table just looks like a stack of plywood sitting on some cubbies. But Chris Salomone’s clever build conceals a big secret – it’s hollow and has lots of storage space inside. It was built using just two sheets of ply.

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Pask Makes shows us how wood skewers are good for more than serving kebabs. By stacking, cutting, clamping, and gluing hundreds of sticks, then planing and sanding the result, he was able to create a beautiful cutting board we’d love to have on our counter.

Force Flyers DIY Drone

Force Flyers DIY Drone
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These DIY drone kits come with everything you need to assemble a 6-axis gyro, flip-capable, beginner-friendly drone, all while learning STEM concepts. They’re compatible with LEGO and other building blocks for customization. Grab one in The Awesomer Shop.

DIY Mini Computer

DIY Mini Computer

Smartphones and tablets pack computing power in a small form factor. But if you prefer the look of a desktop computer, watch this brief clip from Creativity Buzz, showing how to build a tiny PC with just a few inexpensive parts. Full build details here.

How to Make Wooden Threads

How to Make Wooden Threads

Wooden threaded rods are typically used for things like broom handles or decorative items. Toolify shows us how to make a neat variant of a pantograph machine which can be used for routing threaded wood rods at different thread densities. If you need a nut to go with

Making a Soundwave Boombox

Making a Soundwave Boombox

Soundwave toy inferior, DIY Soundwave boombox superior. I Like to Make Stuff made a boombox-sized Bluetooth speaker that looks like his favorite Transformer, the Decepticon’s Soundwave. As he said, you can choose to tackle the project in a simpler way than he did.

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Robot Dog Obstacle Course

Robot Dog Obstacle Course

We know it’s not a living, breathing creature, but we found the wobbly antics of Delta Hack’s low-tech robotic “dog” stumbling across various obstacles to be adorable. We couldn’t stop rooting for the little guy as it flopped and fumbled its way through the course.

NERF Blaster Modification Guide

NERF Blaster Modification Guide
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Written by YouTuber Luke Goodman aka Out of Darts, The NERF Blaster Modification Guide is an unofficial handbook that has everything you need to know about modding NERF weapons, from the basics to more advanced processes such as 3D printing.

How to Make Gourmet Twizzlers

How to Make Gourmet Twizzlers

Bon Appétit pastry chef Claire Saffitz’s latest gourmet snack project was an attempt to replicate Twizzlers. She tried her best to avoid using processed ingredients, but it seems corn syrup is key in making the chewy candy. Here’s how real Twizzlers get made.

Skateboard for Cats

Skateboard for Cats

Engineer Kim Pimmel decided that his cat MIDI needed a new mode of transportation, so he built him an electric skateboard. What makes this board unique is the throttle control that holds a treat, incenting kitty to bat at it and make the board move.

DIY Wooden LEGO Bricks

DIY Wooden LEGO Bricks

Pask Makes likes to build objects out of scrap wood. He recently attempted to make his own LEGO-style building blocks, and came to find it’s much more difficult than you might think due to the precision required to make them stack. Watch his earlier attempt here.

Restoring a WWII Helmet

Restoring a WWII Helmet

DiesInEveryFilm Customs found a beat-up, rusty old helmet from the World War II era, and decided to restore it to its former glory. It took crazy amounts of sanding to get it smooth and clean, but the end result is quite impressive. Sandpaper ASMR ahead.

An Unnecessarily Complicated Pencil

An Unnecessarily Complicated Pencil

In its most basic form, a pencil requires nothing more than graphite to function. But maker Uri Tuchman decided to go to the opposite extreme, and created an overly complex version of the writing instrument, complete with hand-cut gears and intricately engraved details.

DIY NERF Bow

DIY NERF Bow

Looking for a fun NERF toy that nobody else on the block has? The Q has you set, with this sweet bow setup that automatically loads the next foam projectile from its magazine. The DIY build requires PVC pipe, rubber bands, plywood, and some miscellaneous other hardware.

Kano Computer Kit Touch

Kano Computer Kit Touch
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Kano’s Computing Kit Touch teaches kids and electronics beginners about the parts of a computer and the basics of programming by building a touchscreen PC from scratch. It’s based on the Raspberry Pi 3 and comes with over 100 challenges and stories.

How to Make Adventure Time Dishes

How to Make Adventure Time Dishes

Binging with Babish bids goodbye to Adventure Time by showing us how to make gourmet versions of Prismo’s pickles – i.e. preserved pickles – BMO’s special sentient sandwich – i.e. an omelette sandwich – and of course the world famous bacon pancaaaake.

3D Printing Time-Lapse Hack

3D Printing Time-Lapse Hack

Because of their relatively slow speed, time-lapse videos are the best way to showcase 3D printer builds. Make Anything shows off a neat technique that perfectly synchronizes each layer printed with a still camera’s shutter, resulting in a really slick and smooth visual effect.

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