ElectroBOOM needed a vacuum chamber to see if his Tesla coil will still make sparks in a vacuum. But instead of buying one or looking up guides, he decided to wing it. “Sometimes spending money saves you more money and time.” We coulda told you that, Mehdi.
Applied Science shows off a thermodynamic property of rubber bands – that they change in temperature as they stretch and contract, then takes advantage of this to create a refrigerator. It’s not very effective, but still a cool idea. That Shaper CNC router is awesome too.
Rulof Maker often stays in hotel rooms where there’s no outlet near the bed. He hacked a USB charger to a light bulb’s base so he can charge through the bedside lamp instead. “It looks like it comes from shop.” No it doesn’t Rulof, you big, sexy liar. Also, you could just buy these.
Adam Savage joined Imgur’s 2016 Secret Santa and made a custom NERF sniper rifle as his gift. He went for a weathered sci-fi look and beefed up its firing mechanism. He kinda borked the magazine with paint, but overall he did a great job. Finished build at 29:08.
Since his paper books have been replaced by digital ones, 17-year-old Blake Hawkins didn’t have much use for his school locker. So he built a soda vending machine that fit the cabinet perfectly. It has two dispensers that can hold up to six cans each. Instructions here.
Primitive Technology’s new year’s resolution – whatever year it is in his dimension – must have been to sleep better. He built a shed that has enough space for a cot. It took him two weeks to make the shed and the bed frame, but he says he spent most of that time gathering grass.
MudbrainsTvDIY gives us a brief glimpse at an amazing build – he replicated the T-800 arm that Miles Dyson had in Terminator 2. It’s made entirely from cardboard, glue, and varnish. If you’ve got about 7 hours to spare, you can watch how he built it, step by laborious step.
Vladimir Zhilenko’s video is in Russian, but you don’t need to speak the language to admire his craft as he builds a wooden soccer ball replica. It required lots of geometry and patience, but the result is impressive. Sanding the edges into a sphere had to be so satisfying. Skip to 2:02.
Instead of hiring a welder to fix his car, Instructables member Mr-Mash thought he’d do the welding himself. The problem is, he didn’t know how to weld. To teach himself, he picked up a book and made a bicycle with car wheels. He says the end result is not that hard to ride.
Eric Harrell used his 3D printer to render an accurate, fully-functional scale model of the LS3 V8 engine from a Chevrolet Camaro. It took him over 200 hours to print the finished model. If you’ve got the time, the printer, and the filament, grab the plans from Thingiverse.
Lauri and Anni from the Hydraulic Press Channel took a break from their typical destruction to create something with their tools. By crushing rolls of toilet paper within an inch of their life, they were able to eventually come up with a semi-workable skateboard deck.
While the holidays usually conjure images of Santa and reindeer, makeup artist Mykie aka Glam & Gore has her sights set on something a little more disturbing. In this tutorial, she show us how to turn yourself into a demonic snow creature way creepier than any old Wampa.