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Diy

Making a Wooden Pizza

Making a Wooden Pizza

While we prefer pizzas that we can actually eat, we still enjoyed watching woodworker Kyle Toth as he created a pizza that only a termite or carpenter ant could enjoy. The pepperoni is made from bloodwood, the cheese is yellowheart, and the crust is hickory.

LEGO RC Santa’s Amphibious Sleigh

LEGO RC Santa’s Amphibious Sleigh

LEGO master Sariel believes Santa Claus knows about climate change. So he made St. Nick an amphibious sleigh with the help of a thematic part – LEGO Christmas baubles. They’re not completely airtight, but they work well enough as wheels both on ground and in water.

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Grinding a Knife from Stone

Grinding a Knife from Stone

Knives are typically made from tool steel. But the guys at Ollari’s show us how with the proper cutting blades and an angle grinder, a block of granite can be transformed into a sharp-edged cutting tool as well. We’re betting Primitive Technology would do the same with only a rock.

Build Your Own Droid

Build Your Own Droid
$100  Buy Link Comment

While so much of the focus has been on BB-8 in recent years, R2-D2 is still our favorite droid. Now you can build your own 12″ tall R2 unit using this DIY kit which includes all the parts you need, and stickers for customizing your bot. Great for kids or kids at heart.

Digital Snowfall

Digital Snowfall

Make: author Caleb Kraft came across this nifty plaything by Mike’s Electric Stuff, which uses sensors and a cylindrical grid of LEDs that simulate falling snow or sand as it’s flipped end-over-end. Mike needs to turn this thing into a toy you can buy. He’d sell thousands.

Colin Furze’s Star Wars TIE Silencer

Colin Furze’s Star Wars TIE Silencer

Colin Furze continues what he started. After last year’s life-size AT-ACT, the mad inventor once again scoured eBay for parts to build a life-size model of a Star Wars vehicle. This time it’s Kylo Ren’s ride, the TIE Silencer. The model is on display at Burghley House until 12/10/17.

DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

Adafruit Industries shares a relatively simple, yet very cool project – a wand which displays a persistence of vision illusion when waved in the air. Naturally, the build uses parts from Adafruit, including DotStar LEDs, and a Feather controller board. Tutorial, files, and code here.

DIY Washing Machine Bass

DIY Washing Machine Bass

Got a broken washing machine and some woodworking skills? Then check out Scrap Wood City’s clip in which he shows how to convert the metal tub from a washing machine into the body for a fretless acoustic contrabass. It’s only got two strings, but it still sounds cool.

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.

How to Make a Portable Speaker

How to Make a Portable Speaker

VanTourist shows us an easy way of making a portable Bluetooth speaker – no soldering or woodworking required. It even has two USB charging ports and an LED flashlight. All in all it cost him about $100. Photo guide here.

Primitive Technology: Starting Over

Primitive Technology: Starting Over

Primitive Technology hit the proverbial reset button on his live-action Stone Age role-playing game. He’s starting on a new and different map – a tropical rainforest with a permanent creek. We like to think he bartered for it with cargo shorts and cameras.

Making a Cardboard Drone

Making a Cardboard Drone

SKM has shown us some pretty awesome things you can make from cardboard. His latest build is a model of a quadcopter made entirely from cardboard and hot glue. Sadly, it doesn’t actually fly, but perfectly balancing it would probably be quite challenging.

Making a Tofurkey from Scratch

Making a Tofurkey from Scratch

(PG-13: Language) How to Make Everything gets a lot of rude and hateful comments from vegans whenever he kills an animal for his projects. So for this year’s Thanksgiving, he decided to make a tofu dish instead of shooting and cooking a turkey.

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DIY Super Powers

DIY Super Powers

Buttered Side Down has been really wishing he had super powers, so he decided to try and give himself some abilities using ordinary kitchen appliances, a fax machine, and stuff he had lying around the house. It’s clear that his VFX skills far exceed his superhero skills.

Lowe’s DIY Escape Room

Lowe’s DIY Escape Room

Lowe’s challenged four trade professionals and makers – an electrician, a home remodeler and YouTubers Grant Thompson and Bob Clagett – to get through an escape room that challenged their DIY skills. Is it one long Lowe’s ad? Yep. But it’s legitimately entertaining too.

Homebrew Electric Plane Pt. 2

Homebrew Electric Plane Pt. 2

A few days ago, Peter Sripol shared a video of him doing short hops on his homemade electric airplane. It was a sight to behold but technically… that wasn’t flying. This is. Peter got better batteries and finally gave the people what they want. Amazing stuff.

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Matt Giles shows off a really nifty way to dress up a room – instead of going with traditional floor tiles, he laid down 27,000 individual pennies (just $270 plus labor) for an amazingly cool look. Check out his DIY Penny Floor website for instructions to install your own.

DIY “Time Control” Glove

DIY “Time Control” Glove

MadGyver shows off a fun little project – an Arduino-based glove which can detect gestures, and uses the inputs to control the speed of a strobe light, which when aimed a moving object makes it look like it controls the speed and direction of time. Build details on Instructables.

Homebrew Electric Plane

Homebrew Electric Plane

Flight fanatic Peter Sripol has built his share of small, unmanned flying machines, but he’s now turned his attention to something a bit bigger, building himself a single-seat aircraft powered by electric motors, and airworthy enough that he was willing to be its test pilot.

How to Remove Car Rust Cheaply

How to Remove Car Rust Cheaply

ChrisFix shows you how you can remove surface rust on your vehicle’s body, then patch it up with body filler and paint. It’s a time-consuming task, but it’s worth looking into if you have more elbow grease than money.

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Making a Natural Draft Furnace

Making a Natural Draft Furnace

Continuing his attempts to reach the Iron Age, Primitive Technology is experimenting with furnaces that can reach high temperatures without using bellows or charcoal. This tall furnace sucks cold air through the bottom and reached around 1200ºC.

DIY Airsoft Machine Gun

DIY Airsoft Machine Gun

The Q shows us how to use plastic soda bottles, tire valves, tubing, and a few other bits to build a homebrew compressed air weapon which can fire a seemingly endless stream of pellets. We’re thinking you could ramp this thing up to include as many soda bottles as you can carry.

Making an iPhone 8 Ring

Making an iPhone 8 Ring

Patrick Adair loves to make rings out of uncommon or unusual materials. For his latest project, he waited hours to be one of the first to get an iPhone 8. Then he promptly destroyed it to make an accessory that would be at right at home in The Ninth World.

How to Make a Concrete & Walnut Table

How to Make a Concrete & Walnut Table

HomeMadeModern combined an expensive material – walnut – with an affordable base material – concrete – to make a beautiful and relatively easy to create table. He cast the space on the concrete where the walnut panels would be using acrylic sheets.

DIY Electric Paint Lamp Kit

DIY Electric Paint Lamp Kit
$42+  Pledge Comment

Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint Kit comes with an LED light, conductive paint and paper templates. It lets you make a touch-sensitive lamp, a motion-sensitive lamp and a dimmable lamp, no tools or computer needed. You can also use the LEDs in more complex projects.

DIY Transparent Nintendo Switch

DIY Transparent Nintendo Switch

There are lots of cool third-party housings for the Nintendo Switch, including ones that are transparent. But transferring the console’s guts can be disastrous if you’re not careful. Good thing JerryRigEverything made a comprehensive how-to video.

DIY Wood Drink Dispenser

DIY Wood Drink Dispenser

Natural Nerd shows how to build a countertop machine which can dispense multiple beverages. It uses aquarium pumps to move liquids into your cup. It’s best for tea, juice, and other non-carbonated drinks. Full materials list and build details available on Instructables.

Thrust Vectoring R/C Sled

Thrust Vectoring R/C Sled

Builder Ivan Miranda shows off a unique remote-controlled vehicle he 3D printed that steers entirely by adjusting the direction of its thrust. The field test video demonstrates it’s lack of controllability, but we’re betting it would be fun on a frozen lake or skating rink.

How to Make a Bluetooth Speaker

How to Make a Bluetooth Speaker

DIY Perks shares his favorite project yet: a handmade Bluetooth speaker. He says its shell is made of concrete, but the only aggregate he used is sand. Nevertheless, his video, templates and list of materials will save makers a lot of time and headaches.

Making Mud Bricks

Making Mud Bricks

Primitive Technology made bricks and roof tiles out of plain old mud. He made molds out of wood, then dried the bricks in the sun and in a kiln. He realized that he should filter the mud next time, because the sand and gravel resulted in brittle bricks and tiles.

Grid Beam Construction System

Grid Beam Construction System
$3-$5/ft.  Buy Link Comment

Grid Beams look and work a lot like Meccano girders, except they’re large and sturdy enough to make furniture, structures and other usable objects. They come in either recycled Douglas fir (with 5/16″ holes) or aluminum (with 7/16″ holes). Learn more in the Grid Beam book.

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