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Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Miniature model maker HMS2 shows us how to make some ridiculously tiny and accurate replicas of fast food and their packaging from McDonald’s. We love the individual french fries, and how the Coke even has microscopic ice cubes.

DIY In-Wall Hardware Storage

DIY In-Wall Hardware Storage

Builder April Wilkerson was looking for a way to get all of the small hardware items out of the way and organized in her shop, so she opened up a section of wall, and built in a series of slotted wooden beams which hold dozens of plastic storage bins. It’s a great idea for an unused interior wall.

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Jawbreaker Guitar

Jawbreaker Guitar

Jawbreaker candies are known for their toughness, so Burls Art decided to work with them much like any other building material, sawing and sanding them, then coating them in resin to create a truly sweet “flying V” guitar like no other.

Leaf Blower RC Airplane Mk2

Leaf Blower RC Airplane Mk2

After a earlier and not very successful attempt, maker Peter Sripol and his friends managed to build a lightweight, remote-controlled airplane that gets its propulsion entirely from an off-the-shelf leaf blower. By improving upon the materials and aerodynamics, this version fared better in the air… eventually.

DIY Mini Nova

DIY Mini Nova

We’ve had some experience around here driving around in microcars, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this custom-built remake of a 1970 Chevy Nova, powered by a Kawasaki motorcycle engine. It looks like a pain to get in and out of, but a blast to drive.

DIY Paper Shredder

DIY Paper Shredder

You can pick up a cheap paper shredder for about 20 bucks, but what fun is that when you can build your own? The Q shows off a homebrew shredder that does the trick using sharpened metal discs. It’s missing the safety mechanisms that production shredders offer, so DIY at your own risk.

DIY LED Video Wall

DIY LED Video Wall

It’s pretty clear from bitluni’s use of a chainsaw to cut his wood that he’s no carpentry expert, but he does know a thing or two about electronics. Check out the slick Arduino-controlled LED video wall he built in less than 24 hours. The parts list is in the video description on YouTube.

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

HomeMadeModern shows us how to use 3D modeling software and a 3D printer to create a set of silicone molds for casting a concrete firepit. Despite the complex look, the entire design you see was created from just three different mold shapes.

How to Build a Backyard Roller Coaster

How to Build a Backyard Roller Coaster

We’ve seen some pretty awesome backyard rollercoaster builds over the years. Now learn about the physics and complexities of building one, courtesy of NightHawkInLight and engineer Paul Gregg, who shows how to create a gravity-powered thrill ride for less than $500. We also recommend checking out Gregg’s books on the subject.

Rubik’s Cube for the Blind

Rubik’s Cube for the Blind

People with visual impairments could soon join in the fun and frustration of solving a Rubik’s Cube. Puzzle fanatic Bondarenkoyt peeled off the stickers of a standard cube, then created textured squares that could be felt with fingertips. To prove that it’s usable, he solved it blindfolded. Now someone should put this into production.

Making a Guitar from Paper

Making a Guitar from Paper

With enough resin to bind it together, you can make a guitar out of just about anything. With a few glitches along the way, Burls Art managed to cut out a sweet looking electric guitar body using 800 sheets of paper, saturated with resin.

Restoring a Rusty Hammer

Restoring a Rusty Hammer

Builder Ollari’s takes a rusty old hammer head he found at a flea market and makes it look good as new after polishing away the rust and creating a new wooden handle from a hunk of ash. We’d be proud to hang the resulting sledgehammer over our workbench.

Building a Rope and Wood PC

Building a Rope and Wood PC

Despite its popularity as a building material, wood is rarely used in the construction of PC cases. Bucking that trend, DIY Perks built a truly unique computer system from wood, with rope trim. We love how he incorporated the air cooling system as a sculptural design element.

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Building a Wooden Vise

Building a Wooden Vise

Bench vises are typically made from metal. But John Heisz of I Build It decided to see if he could make a fully-functional version of the ubiquitous shop tool from the material it’s typically used to hold in place. Build guide here.

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

Maker of cool stuff Ollari’s shows us how to turn plywood into a sweet modern ceiling lamp which has a shade made from bent slats placed around its circumference. It actually doesn’t look that hard to do yourself with a little time, effort, and the proper tools.

DIY Pin Art Board

DIY Pin Art Board

Those pin art boards that you can press your face or other body parts into are cheap and easy to come by. But The Q decided he wanted a much bigger one, so he set about the arduous task of drilling 4,758 tiny holes into plywood, then poking a skewer through each one.

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

Builder Navin Khambhala aka “Mr. NK” shows us how to create a nifty, low-budget RC car that can climb stairs thanks to its Mars Rover inspired wheel mechanisms. It’s made from easy to find parts like PVC, hose clamps, and off-the-shelf motors and wheels.

DIY Hardwood Flooring Katana

DIY Hardwood Flooring Katana

Bob Clagett of I Like to Make Stuff admittedly isn’t a weapon-making expert, but he sure knows his way around a bandsaw. In this clip, he shows us how he used some scraps of hardwood flooring to create a wooden practice katana with some very impressive results.

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

Maker pocket83 walks us through the painstaking process of building a geodesic sphere which not only looks super cool, but offers up a good challenge for those fascinated with puzzles. See how to assemble the wood pieces and rubber bands here.

Wu-Tang Pizza Blade

Wu-Tang Pizza Blade

Graz Makes realized he didn’t have a good pizza cutter, so he created one inspired by one of his favorite groups, The Wu-Tang Clan. He stole an old table saw blade from Jimmy DiResta, and fashioned it it to look like the rap group’s iconic “W” logo. The finished tool ain’t nuthing ta f’ wit. Full build instructions on Instructables.

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Rubber Band Engineer

Rubber Band Engineer
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Author Lance Akiyama’s DIY book teaches you how to use popsicle sticks, paint stirrers, PVC pipe, clothespins, and other household objects to create 19 different rubber band and hydraulic-powered weapons and siege engines.

DIY Felt Robots

DIY Felt Robots

Artist Hah Jeong-hee started making felt toys for her kids. She’s made dozens of small toys, but recently she became interested in making robots. Her creations are so detailed that people sometimes mistake them for model kits. Turn captions on.

Boombox Tricycle

Boombox Tricycle

Maker Laura Kampf teamed up with her friend Patrick, whose audio expertise helped her build an earthshaking sound system for the back of her 3-wheeler. The battery-powered audio system has six full-range speakers and a giant subwoofer. She should have named it “Boomtrike” though.

Gym Roller Coaster

Gym Roller Coaster

We’ve seen some pretty great backyard roller coasters over the years, but this is the first time we’ve seen one built in a school gymnasium. We can’t believe that the school would have signed off on this rickety looking construction made from plywood, 2x4s, desks, and chairs though.

Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1

Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1

Korg’s recently launched Nu:Tekt line will create DIY instruments, effects, and utilities for electronic musicians. First up is the NTS-1 a tiny, build-it-yourself polyphonic synthesizer with a digital oscillator inspired by the prologue and minilogue xd. Sound demo here.

DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

Matthew Davis’ Arcus is a 3D-printable rubber band gatling gun. Its unorthodox appearance is more than just for show. Unlike most rubber band guns, the Arcus uses the energy from the rubber bands being shot out to rotate the barrels and continue the barrage. Grab the 3D models and directions on Instructables.

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