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Akinak Titanium Pen

Akinak Titanium Pen
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This substantial handmade pen comes from Belgorod, Russia’s WarmKnives. It’s been machined entirely from titanium and has a bold, linear texture along its entire length providing grip and style. It takes a Parker refill and its threaded cap can be stored on its rear for safekeeping. Find more unique pens in their Etsy shop.

Leather Chess Set

Leather Chess Set
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Muntok’s elegant roll-up chess set is handmade from vegetable-tanned leather. Its spaces are stitched in place, while its chess pieces are each made from a leather disc with a hand-embossed rank icon. It comes with a storage tube for pieces and holds closed with a leather strap.

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The Woodsman Display Rack

The Woodsman Display Rack
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UK woodworker Silas & Such make a variety of racks for display and organization. This rustic reclaimed wood shelving can showcase a mix of knives, watches, and other small collectible items. It measures 35.4″ w x 16.9″ h x 4.3″ d and can be wall-mounted into studs or used freestanding.

BoltEDC Titanium Pry Bar Multitool

BoltEDC Titanium Pry Bar Multitool
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This pocket tool is CNC machined and hand-assembled by BoltEDC. It has a sturdy pry tip storage for three 1/8″ screwdriver bits, and a magnetic bit holder. The pocket clip is integrated into the titanium body for durability, and it comes decorated with either brass or copper covers. There’s also a special Mandalorian version.

Bottle Cap Plinko Machine (w/Candy)

Bottle Cap Plinko Machine (w/Candy)

Over on Etsy, you can find a variety of bottle openers that have a Plinko-style drop mechanism. But Thompson Woodworks built the best version we’ve seen, combining the bottle opener with a Skittles dispenser that triggers only if you land your bottle cap in the proper tray at the bottom.

Record Cutting Boards

Record Cutting Boards
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These round cutting boards make a great gift for home chefs who enjoy music while cooking. Cutting Boredom’s walnut wood “vinyl” boards feature punny artwork like “Vanilla Slice”, “Feastie Boys Grill Communication”, and “N.W.A. Straight Outta Chompton.” They come in 10″ or 14″ sizes and can be custom engraved too.

Aluminum Cubits

Aluminum Cubits
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Chicago-based EVE Company makes these metal curiosities inspired by classic machinist’s tests like the Swiss cube and Turner’s cube. The Cubit collection includes three variants: the Ripple Cubit, Matrix Cubit, Infinity Cubit. Each one is CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, and measures appx. 2″ x 2″ x 2″.

State Bottle Openers

State Bottle Openers
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Celebrate your home state every time you pop open a cold one. Brandon and Erin Spangler’s handmade bottle openers are shaped like each of the United States. They’re plasma-cut from steel and finished with black oxide. Sizes vary based on the shape of your state of choice.

Wooden Laser Synthesizer

Wooden Laser Synthesizer

Rather than go with an off-the-shelf synthesizer, Edward Black Rose built his own from scrap wood. Its wooden keys make strings vibrate between a laser and a photocell, then send that signal to a software synthesizer. It’s not ideal for creating polyphonic sounds, but it’s a clever design nonetheless.

Making a Stitch-Free Leather Bag

Making a Stitch-Free Leather Bag

Most of the time when you see a leather bag, it’s stitched and maybe glued together. But builder Jimmy Diresta is used to working with more substantial hardware than that, so he set about handcrafting a rugged, squared-off bag using metal rivets to hold it together.

Giant Tippi Tree

Giant Tippi Tree

Make Anything’s Tippi Tree is a party game that challenges players to stack and interlock blocks but in a more organic way than Jenga. Maker Devin Montes has now built a giant version of the game out of wood. If you want to play some Tippi Tree for yourself, you can purchase the design for 3D printing from MyMiniFactory.

Coffeify Wood-Handle Mugs

Coffeify Wood-Handle Mugs
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There’s something about sipping coffee or tea from a quality mug that makes the ritual even more enjoyable. Coffeify makes these beautiful ceramic mugs with intriguing designs inspired by nature. Each has a wooden handle for a cool grip, a matching lid, and an insert for straining loose tea. They also make a glass version.

Carving a Wood + Resin Bear Sculpture

Carving a Wood + Resin Bear Sculpture

Toronto Blue Jays player turned artist Blake McFarland of BM Sculptures shows how he made an awesome sculpture of a bear by assembling various hardwood sticks and coated them clear epoxy resin. He used a chainsaw to cut the rough shapes and then smoothed out the design using a variety of handheld grinders and sanding tools.

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Concrete Portal Table Lamp

Concrete Portal Table Lamp
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MMEP Studio’s unique accent light brings a modern look into any space. Each handmade lamp is constructed from cast concrete and features a stepped and angled interior that makes it appear its LED light source is at the end of a corridor. It measures 9″H x 3″W x 3″D and is powered by a USB cable.

Stained Glass Moon Suncatcher

Stained Glass Moon Suncatcher
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Hailing from Vladivostok, Russia, Art Brothers Glass makes some incredible stained glass pieces. One of their more modest works is this colorful suncatcher of the moon with a trio of astronauts (or cosmonauts) and a satellite dangling below. Each 8.9″ x 7″ piece is handmade, so expect subtle differences.

Making Wood Vertical Blinds

Making Wood Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are usually made from plastic or fabric, but carpenter John Heisz has an affinity for wood, so he made his own from scratch, using of ash wood he cut down to 3/8″ thick strips. He then built an exposed mechanism for opening and closing the blinds, giving them a more artful look than the ’90s decorating staple.

Handmaking Cement Tiles

Handmaking Cement Tiles

The art of making tiles from cement dates back to the 19th century. Unlike other tiles, they require no firing, but they are quite labor-intensive to make. Business Insider visited Egyptian tile artist Saied Hussain to see how he crafts each of his colorful cement tiles by hand.

Tiny Owl Vinyl Storage Rack

Tiny Owl Vinyl Storage Rack
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Proud Owl’s distressed wood rack provides easy access to your vinyl collection. Its asymmetrical design faces half your records forward and the other half sideways. Its right side has just enough room for a turntable or for displaying trinkets. It comes in various colors, with or without legs in 6″, 12″, or 20″ lengths.

Honeycomb Laptop Lap Desk

Honeycomb Laptop Lap Desk
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Keep your laptop stable and cool with this unique lap desk from Bond Art Studio. The beechwood surface has been cut with an abstract honeycomb pattern for cooling. It’s got enough room for a mouse, a slot for your phone, and its bottom-left corner can be personalized. It comes in 15″ and 17″ laptop sizes.

Excalibur Sword Necklace

Excalibur Sword Necklace

Secil Eldek of Beaus Jewelry makes this wearable version of King Arthur’s legendary sword. The two-piece pendant lets you remove the tiny sword to admire its design, while a catch on its metal scabbard locks it firmly in place. Available in .925 sterling silver as well as silver/gold and silver/rose finishes.

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Blade Runner Neon Signs

Blade Runner Neon Signs
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The neon glow of Blade Runner’s Los Angeles is one of the most iconic looks in all of science fiction. Yesteryear Prop Store sells real neon signs based on ones seen in the movie. Our favorite is the noodle bar dragon, but if you’ve got the bucks and the space, go for the giant TDK sign and reenact Roy Batty’s Tears in the Rain speech.

Sculpting Loki

Sculpting Loki

Steven Richter continues to wow us with his sculptures of pop culture characters. In this video, he created a 1/2-size bust of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, sculpting the head in clay, making a silicone mold, then casting it in resin. After painting details and adding hair, he topped Marvel’s mischievous god with a 3D-printed crown.

Threaded Rod Audio Rack

Threaded Rod Audio Rack
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Audiophiles and tech junkies generally prefer component systems. We love the look of this equipment rack from Silver Beard Lamp Co. It’s handmade from thick threaded rods, bolts, and blackboard – birch laminated plywood with a layered pine core. It comes in 4- and 5-tier heights, and sizes from 22″ x 12″ to 30″ x 22″.

Wood Spiral Clock

Wood Spiral Clock
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Budapest-based clock maker Ardeola created this clever wall clock that tells the time using a spiral. Each of its birch plywood sections covers a 210º arc with a red hour marker evenly spaced along the spiral. Check out the Ardeola Amazon store for more unique clock designs. Measures 11.5″ in diameter.

Bourbon Barrel Coasters

Bourbon Barrel Coasters
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If you’re going to sip whiskey at home, you should have coasters to keep your tabletops in tip-top shape. We can think of none more perfect than Urban Industrial’s coasters, made in Kentucky from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves. Also available in a dark, charred finish. Sold in sets of two or four.

Making a Luban Stool

Making a Luban Stool

Invented in China more than 2500 years ago, a Luban stool is a kind of folding stool crafted from a single piece of wood without nails, screws, or glue. In this video from Grandpa Amu, he shows the process of cutting, drilling, sanding, and carving that goes into making this brilliantly engineered piece of furniture.

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