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DIY Micro Pinball Machine

DIY Micro Pinball Machine

We’ve seen a number of tiny arcade machines, but what we really want someone to produce is a teensy digital pinball machine like this one from maker Matt “Circuitbeard” Brailsford. It uses a tiny Windows 10 computer called the LattePanda and runs Visual Pinball on its dual LCD screens. Build details here.

DIY Folding Desk PC

DIY Folding Desk PC

PCs housed inside desks are nothing new, but they are interesting at best, and tacky at worst. But DIY Perks shows us that it’s possible to make one that’s tasteful and space-saving, while still showing off the computer’s components.

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Restoring a Game Boy

Restoring a Game Boy

Gadgets from the 1980s were lots of fun, but the plastics they used back then had a tendency to yellow, and look awful over time. Watch in awe as Odd Tinkering takes a grubby old Nintendo Game Boy and makes it like new. That soldering iron trick to fix the lines on the screen is nifty.

Building a Scissor-lift BBQ Grill

Building a Scissor-lift BBQ Grill

Builder Jimmy Diresta wanted a new barbecue grill, but instead of running out to the nearest Costco to buy one, he decided to build his own. And Jimmy’s homebrew version has a really neat trick – scissor-style lifts, a crank, and a gear drive for adjusting its height from the flame.

Making Scissors from Knives

Making Scissors from Knives

Kiwami Japan takes a momentary break from crafting knives from unusual materials to make a pair of jumbo-size scissors. He started off with a couple of cheap $1 kitchen knives, but ended up with the sharpest kitchen shears we’ve ever seen.

Colored Pencil Knife

Colored Pencil Knife

Making things out of colored pencils seems to be a bit of a trend. There’s something about the colors and texture that make such things immensely appealing. Angqvist recently made himself a knife handle by laminating together a bunch of sliced up pencils, and it looks fantastic.

Recreating Willy Wonka’s Wallpaper

Recreating Willy Wonka’s Wallpaper

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory includes a classic scene where his guests try out fruit-flavored lickable wallpaper. The guys at Hellthy Junk Food replicated the idea, but went one better by printing theirs on edible paper. Also, we’re never tasting snozzberries.

Making a Spoon with a Spoon

Making a Spoon with a Spoon

“I’m not a very good woodworker… so that’s why I have to introduce a stupid gimmick that makes people want to watch my video.” Yep, so that’s why I did a thing decided to carve himself a wooden spoon using a metal spoon as his only tool. And some sandpaper… and a furnace… and…

Building a Giant Nintendo Switch

Building a Giant Nintendo Switch

Clearly taking inspiration from this build, maker Chris Salomone created a set of custom JoyCon cabinets to surround his big screen TV, transforming it into a gigantic replica of the Nintendo Switch and providing a place to store games and accessories.

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

Currently available in the UK, U-Build is a DIY modular and flat-pack wood and hardware system for building structures, furniture, and storage. You design your layout and dimensions on its website, then the parts are sent to you. You need only basic tools to put the frame together.

DIY Iron Man Nano Gauntlet

DIY Iron Man Nano Gauntlet

Prop maker David Guyton made a replica of Iron Man’s Nano Gauntlet from Avengers: Endgame. Rather than cheap materials, he built it out of steel, brass, and glass. But he will upload a template on his website so you can make it out of different materials if you want.

Bowling Ball into Bowling Bowl

Bowling Ball into Bowling Bowl

Woodworker Carl Jacobsen made quite the mess in his shop for this experiment, in which he decided to turn a bowling ball on his lathe, chiseling away the ball’s outer surface and inner core to produce a surprisingly pleasing bowl. Carl says the biggest issue was the smell its core made.

Tabletop Spectrum Analyzer

Tabletop Spectrum Analyzer

Spectrum analyzers are a nifty way to visualize music. But maker Platinum Kit decided the displays that come with graphic equalizers were too small, so he built a jumbo version with colorful LEDs placed behind acrylic blocks. He reversed the lows and highs, but it’s still super cool.

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Making a Giant Cardboard Gun

Making a Giant Cardboard Gun

YouTuber GaffeGuy built himself a massive revolver out of cardboard. The finished papercraft weapon measures in at about 10 feet in length. He claims it can actually fire, but he saved showing that off for the last couple of seconds of the video.

Cardboard Iron Man Helmet

Cardboard Iron Man Helmet

Like many other makers, SKM loves to build things from cardboard. This time, he used what appears to be an off-the-shelf template to create a model of Iron Man’s iconic helmet, though this one is guaranteed to offer absolutely no level of protection to its wearer.

Super Soaker Restoration

Super Soaker Restoration

Restoration already takes a lot of care, time and effort. Hand Tool Rescue did that with a Super Soaker from the 90’s and chronicled the whole thing as a stop-motion film, taking over 4000 photos in the process. We love the bit about the last screw.

Making a Mini Mutt Cutts Van

Making a Mini Mutt Cutts Van

One of the most iconic vehicles in the history of cinema has to be the hairy “Mutt Cutts” van from Dumb and Dumber. Hot Wheels enthusiast baremetalHW decided to replicate the hirsute Ford Econoline van in miniature by modding an off-the-shelf toy.

The Screaming Roomba

The Screaming Roomba

(PG-13: Language) Michael Reeves gave in to his fans’ request to mod a Roomba so that it screams in pain or swears when it bumps into stuff. He enlisted the help of YouTubers to provide the voices, then he tested it in public.

DIY Magnetic Web Shooters

DIY Magnetic Web Shooters

HeroTech’s DIY take on Spider-Man’s web shooters. Instead of being sticky, the thread from each shooter has a magnet attached at the end. They’re great for taking down evil sheet music holders. Seriously though we love how clean they look. Build video here.

Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

For no reason other than to see if he could do it, artist Nick Zammeti made a gigantic coloring pencil out of thousands of individual coloring pencils. He adhered the pencils together with resin, turned them on a lathe, then carved it into shape. Its giant lead means it can actually draw.

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Airsoft Machine Gun Briefcase

Airsoft Machine Gun Briefcase

Colin Furze made an airsoft replica of the briefcase machine gun in Kingsman 2. It’s also remote-controlled, but the real trick was figuring out how to cock and trigger the gun with one switch. Believe it or not, there’s actually a lethal version of this setup from decades ago.

DIY Wire Bending Machine

DIY Wire Bending Machine

We’ve seen industrial machines that can bend wires into shapes, but thanks to 3D printing and low-cost controllers like Arduino, you can make your own desktop machine now. How to Mechatronics shows us exactly how. Grab the full instructions, models, code, and schematics here.

How to Install a Car Kill Switch

How to Install a Car Kill Switch

YouTube’s premiere mechanic ChrisFix shows us how to make a hidden kill switch for your vehicle. When switched on, it interrupts the flow of electricity to the vehicle’s fuel pump relay, preventing it from starting, even with a key. It takes a bit of fiddling, but it costs only $10 in parts.

Real Life Fortnite Boom Bow

Real Life Fortnite Boom Bow

Fortnite‘s Boom Bow shoots shotgun shell-tipped arrows. It sounds ridiculous, but The Backyard Scientist shows how relatively easy it is to actually make the arrows. The resulting projectile doesn’t quite explode theatrically, but it’s loud and lethal.

Cardboard Robot Arm

Cardboard Robot Arm

The Q show off another one of their awesome low-budget builds, a robot arm that’s made primarily from cardboard and popsicle sticks, and controlled by plastic syringes filled with colored liquid. If there’s anyone we’d want to be stranded on a desert island with, it’s these guys.

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.

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