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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.

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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?

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

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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