Maker Chris Salomone loved the idea of river and ocean tables. But he was sick of seeing the same materials – glass and wood – used over and over again. So he made a river table that uses concrete as the land and LEGO pieces as the river.
Make It Extreme lives up to their name with this impressive build – a hula hoop inspired hubless vehicle much like the ones that famously appeared in the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics – though in this case, the bike is motorized instead of pedal-driven.
Tested’s Adam Savage has built some incredibly complex projects, but here he returns to his model-making roots, and shows us how to make a completely unique robot sculpture using parts cobbled together parts from Weta Workshop’s Giant Killer Robots board game.
HomeMadeModern shows fitness buffs how they can save a lot of money and a few trips to the gym. He made a weight bench almost entirely out of 2×4 wood. He used kaizen foam to cushion the bench and marine fabric to cover it. You can get the build plans on his website.
The King of Random shows off a build that should be standard-issue for every household with kids. Its a customized vacuum cleaner accessory designed for sucking up and storing the countless LEGO bricks all over your floor. Somebody needs to put these into production.
Primitive Technology could soon be living in a building. He discovered a way to make a cement-like material by burning bark and leaves at a high temperature until he got white ashes. He then turned the ash into paste and fired it into a kiln, then mixed it with clay.
Just when we thought Kiwami Japan had run out of unusual materials to make knives from, he’s come up with another. He ironed then shaped several pairs of boxers into a sharp, functional blade. It helps that they contain synthetics. This wouldn’t work with 100% cotton.
Binging with Babish teaches us three ways to make our favorite frozen treat. The first two are easy and require only a handful of ingredients. One uses bananas as the base, while the other uses condensed milk and whipped cream. The third one is the traditional way.
I Like to Make Stuff got envious of a friend who had a large slip n’ slide, so he decided to build one out of off the shelf parts. The build’s main parts are PVC pipes, pool noodles and plastic sheets. The spray bar was made such that it can be disassembled for storage.
Lamello’s Invis Mx2 is a system of connectors and a magnetic drill drive that lets you create invisible joints without using glues, screws or clamps. The system also makes it easy to disassemble the joints. The Mx2 has a 60% higher clamping force than its predecessor.
How to Make Everything shares a brief history of fireworks, and how they work. Then he gathers the ingredients he needs to make them from scratch, including bat droppings. The resulting fireworks made for a pretty quiet Fourth of July, but technically they still worked.
Ryan & David modified the barrel of a rifle so they could load it with NERF darts, which they propelled with blank cartridges. It turns out the result is still lethal. We’d like to see this done in slow motion though, because it looks like the rifle turned into a shotgun.
Syracuse University Libraries’ Preservation department shows us how to save a water-logged book and restore it back to its original condition. All you need is some paper towels, a fan and some weights. You should also store it in the freezer if you can’t work on it right away.
After doing her best to make her own Skittles, Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz once again is determined to make a gourmet version of a popular food – and nobody better mess with her Lucky Charms! Of course our method for getting those marshmallows is a bit simpler.
Instructables member oliverb made an Arduino-powered digital clock that has a fun mode. It can tell the time by playing Pong with itself, updating the score to accurately reflect the time. It can also show the time in large digits or with words. Learn how to make one here.