Primitive Technology inches towards the metal age by making an alternative to bellows: a rotary fan driven by a bow. It allows his furnace to get hot enough to extract iron from iron ore, though he’ll need a bigger setup if he wants to get usable amounts of the metal.
AmazingDIYProjects built himself a drone. But this isn’t just any old quadcopter, no. This multi-bladed flying machine can actually lift a human. His nonchalant description about engine failures isn’t particularly reassuring, but he still manages to get off the ground. Liftoff at 4:15.
Ever wonder why if you’re gonna drop a couple of Benjamins for your fancy kicks that they’d come in a cheap cardboard box? Woodworker Kyle Toth shows us how to make a proper box for your spendy, trendy sneakers. Ironically, Kyle uses the box to hold his camera gear.
The always resourceful MrGear shows us how to transform a pencil, a matchstick, a 9-volt battery, and a few other bits and bobs into a tiny weapon, capable of firing a nasty little dart. It’s probably not deadly, but it sure could cause injury, so be careful if you try this at home.
“…it’s 400 times over the most dangerous rating imposed by the FDA. So without further ado let’s play with this thing.” A statement that no one should ever say, but YouTuber styropyro utters it as if he was talking about a NERF dart. This thing would be right at home in Fallout 4.
A DIY Bluetooth speaker kit for newbies of all ages. The kit and its iOS app teaches how magnets can turn electricity into sound and the basics of frequency and waveforms. There are far cheaper ways to learn all that, but to also get a BOSE speaker for $149 is a great deal.
DIY Prop Shop shows us how to make an electronic replica of Rick’s portal gun. The replica’s body is made from cheap and readily available materials or objects – styrene, shot glasses, a bubble wand, a whisk handle – but the electronics and tools do complicate things.
YouTuber Jimmy DiResta bought four neglected tools at a flea market for $1 each, then reminds us that sometimes old objects simply need a little cleaning and polishing. He spent an inordinate amount of time with the chisel handles, but we can’t argue with the results.
While you could go spend over $1000 on an electric skateboard, you could also do what Inspire to Make did, and build one using a power drill, an extension bit holder, and a couple of other off-the-shelf items. Total cost: less than $500. Perfect for a literal cheapskate.