Practical effects wizard Joey Shanks shows us how to replicate the lightsaber effect seen in the first Star Wars movie not using digital trickery, but the same 3M Scotchlite reflection effect that Lucas and his team used back in 1977. The spinning blade trick was brilliant.
Shawn “Obi-Shawn” Crosby visits children’s hospitals with fellow Star Wars cosplayers to cheer up patients. He bought a used Nissan 350Z and modified it using found items to give it a Star Wars theme. The flight sim joystick shifter is wicked. More on Hack A Day.
There are lots of projects you could do around your house to make everyday things a little better. Sometimes you just need to man up and DIY. We dusted off our amateur carpentry skills to build a great wall-mounted bottle opener, with a little help from our friends at Lowe’s.
For their series Cardboard Chaos, the guys from Signal Snowboards teamed up with Ernest Packaging and the Fender Custom Shop to create a Stratocaster with a body made from layered cardboard. The end result is completely playable, and more durable than you’d think.
Asked what he would do if he had only a month before the apocalypse, Colin Furze decided he’d want to live a bit longer, so he built a bunker under his garden. He then filled it with his previous inventions, including a couple of weapons that we haven’t seen before.
We can’t fathom the amount of work it took Frank Howarth to shoot this stop-motion video of a lawn chair crafting itself without a single carpenter. If it looks familiar, that’s because Frank’s bookcase and table saw posses the same magical properties. (Thanks Victor!)
While taking up Environmental Studies, Lauren Singer realized she was being a hypocrite by producing lots of trash in her daily life. Through judicious reusing, composting, purchasing bulk products, and DIY, she’s accumulated only one jarful of trash in the past two years.
After making a sandwich and a suit from scratch, How to Make Everything host Andy George shows us how to create a soda fountain favorite from raw ingredients. It only cost him $900 and took days of work, but at least he can call it “handcrafted.” Watch every step here.
After designing his own expanding table, Scott Rumschlag came up with a mechanical wooden standing desk that’s much faster to operate than motorized desks and withstands over 250lb. loads. It uses two wooden boxes filled with nails and sand as counterweights.
Jockeying for the title of “Coolest Dad of the Year,” builder Izzy Swan took his drill-powered walking machine and turned it into a 10 foot-tall T.Rex for his son. Its legs, mouth, and tail move. We think it should be named “Mechasaurus Rex,” but it’s simply known as “Bob.”
Primitive Technology shows us how he created a complete, heated shelter using nothing more than rudimentary handmade tools, trees, strips of cane and mud. He even made his own roof tiles from clay, using a kiln he made with similar techniques. The total build took him 102 days.