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Carving a Land Cruiser

Carving a Land Cruiser

Vietnam-based Woodworking Art walks us through the process of building an accurate wooden model of a 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser. We particularly love the details in the grille and the tires, though he should have left the windshield and lights exposed as wood.

16-Pocket Tool Rolls

16-Pocket Tool Rolls
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Montana artist Hbar N Craftworks makes these sturdy and substantial tool rolls from Martexin “Gridwax” Army Duck waxed canvas. They come in 8″, 10″, 12″, 15″, 18″ and 24″ wide versions, each with 16 tool pockets and two spacers. They’re also available in a heavy-duty olive drab canvas.

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Bottle Opener Rod

Bottle Opener Rod
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We love the simplicity of FutureRelic’s rod-shaped bottle opener. Its shape reminds us of keychain flashlights, but this tool is perfect for opening a cold brew. Available in copper-finish bronze or brass, with a knurled grip. Measured 2.25″ long.

TTi-068 Titanium Chopsticks

TTi-068 Titanium Chopsticks
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These beautifully-crafted metal chopsticks offer substance and permanence, while nodding to tradition with their bamboo-inspired form. Each one is molded from pure titanium, which won’t rust, and is resistant to germs. Available in black, silver, grey, or gold.

Pingree Detroit Slim 3 Wallet

Pingree Detroit Slim 3 Wallet
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Each of Pingree Detroit’s products is a celebration of America. The leather they use comes from reclaimed material from US automakers, and their items are designed and made by US Veterans. The Slim 3 wallet holds three cards each in its two exterior pockets, while its center is good for cash, cards, or other small items.

Making Senko Hanabi Fireworks

Making Senko Hanabi Fireworks

Senko Hanabi fireworks are a traditional Japanese form of pyrotechnics that uses only a tiny bit of combustible powder to get started, then transforms through various stages to produce a sparkler effect. NightHawkInLight scored a rare lesson on how to make them at the Tsutsui Tokimasa fireworks company. Money shot at 14:18.

Beveled Edge Headphone Stands

Beveled Edge Headphone Stands
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Give your over-the-ear headphones an appropriately elegant place to rest when not in use. These handmade wood stands from Beveled Edge offer refined looks, and come in versions that hold one or two pairs, compact DACs, cables, and other accessories.

California Handcrafted Candles

California Handcrafted Candles
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Handmade in Santa Clarita, these natural soy candles from California Handcrafted offer scents inspired by some of the state’s greatest locales. For instance, Big Sur is a delicious mix of lemon, wood sage, sea salt, and beach juniper. Packed in 8oz or 16oz travel tins. Buy two and get one free with code THEAWESOMER (expires 1/31/20).

Larch Wood Cutting Boards

Larch Wood Cutting Boards
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Larch Wood Canada creates beautiful cutting boards using meticulously-selected sticks of Canadian larch. The end-grain pieces are lined up by pattern, revealing repetitive shapes that occur in nature. They also make custom countertops. See how they’re made here.

Making a Wood Brick Floor

Making a Wood Brick Floor

There was a time when floors made out of wooden bricks were commonplace. In this serene DIY clip from Mr. Chickadee, he takes us through the process of building such a floor for a blacksmith shop by pouring and smoothing dirt, cutting wood logs into bricks, hammering them each into place, then finishing them with fire.

Sandcrawler Gaming PC

Sandcrawler Gaming PC

To celebrate his love for Star Wars and The Mandalorian (and his need to edit lots of video), builder WorksByaHurst decided to make himself an awesome gaming PC that looks like the Jawas’ sandcrawler. After cutting out a cardboard mockup, he used the pieces to cut out sheets of steel, which he welded together to form the PC case.

Extra-long Foosball Table

Extra-long Foosball Table
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Foosball is usually played by 2 to 4 players. But with this ginormous custom table, up to 10 people can play at once. This truly unique game table is built by Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s Howards Woodshop. It has a metal base, a wood playing field, and comes with a pair of scoreboards. The centerfield logo can be customized.

Embossed Leather Cufflinks

Embossed Leather Cufflinks
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UK accessory maker Kingsley Leather’s personalized cufflinks are the perfect gift for any gentleman. They’re handcrafted from full-grain leather, and set into a cast pewter setting. They come in antique tan, classic black, or dark brown leather.

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Modular Synth Days Calendar

Modular Synth Days Calendar
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Musicians, here’s a great way to keep track of the passing days. Ingrana’s perpetual calendar is inspired by the design of a classic modular Moog synth. Use the included patch cables to mark the day of week, month, day, and year. While it won’t make any sounds, you can press its keys.

Yohann MacBook/MacBook Pro Stand

Yohann MacBook/MacBook Pro Stand
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Yohann’s elegant wood laptop stand puts your Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro at a more ergonomically-correct height and angle, while adding a beautifully-sculpted work of art to your desktop. Made in Italy from either walnut or oak wood. Save 20% on Black Friday with code FRIDAY20.

Danner Leather Tool Belt

Danner Leather Tool Belt
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Built in the USA by the great bootmakers at Danner, this leather tool belt is a good looker and a good worker. It’s made to last, constructed from thick suede and natural leather. Features two large and three small pockets, a full-grain leather hammer loop and tape holder, and an adjustable web belt for waists 29”-46.”

Making a Glass Dragon

Making a Glass Dragon

Glass artist James Mongrain and a team of assistants demonstrate the painstaking process of turning a molten blob of glass into an intricately scaled dragon in this 1-hour video from the Corning Museum of Glass. It’s also the most soothing thing you’ll watch today.

Making a Damascus Chisel

Making a Damascus Chisel

For this project, metalsmith Shurap created a gigantic chisel using numerous layers of steel. The oversized tool is designed for woodworking, but is so beautiful that it could just be a work of art on a stand. Watch how the intricately-carved handle was made here.

Wood Rocket Nightlights

Wood Rocket Nightlights
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While these wooden nightlights are designed for a space-themed kid’s room or nursery, we think they’d look great on any desk, dresser, or bedside table. Artist Sara Collet Watson sells these and many other cool nightlights in her Etsy shop. Sold with a curved outer skin, or with an open skeletal structure.

Movie Reel Side Table

Movie Reel Side Table
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The perfect side table for any home theater is made using vintage Goldberg Brothers 35mm film reels. Its center pedestal is made from poly plastic, painted to match the reels in silver, gold, or bronze, and the 20″ glass top provides a smooth surface. Stands 24″ tall, and requires some basic assembly.

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Light-up Donut Sign

Light-up Donut Sign
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Celebrate your love for deep-fried, sugar-glazed dough with this colorful and festive light-up wall art from Elmarto. It’s handmade from flexible LED tubes that look just like neon, but without the high voltage or fragility. Ships from Russia, so allow plenty of time for delivery. Measures 500mm across (~19.7″).

Sharp Axe Damascus Rings

Sharp Axe Damascus Rings
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Etsy shop SharpAXECrafts creates these handsome and substantial rings from layered damascus steel. Each one has a one-of-a-kind pattern on its sides, and may be embellished with wood, rose gold, or stone for contrast. Our favorite design has a deeply-textured, hammered surface.

Making Kumiko Lattice

Making Kumiko Lattice

The Japanese craft of Kumiko requires the cutting and assembly of thousands of tiny, carefully cut sticks of wood, each individually placed to form intricate lattice panels. This video from Japan’s Shiroishi Woodworks gives us an idea of the level of effort that goes into each piece, as woodworker Tatsuo Kurozu plies his craft.

Wooden Tool and Pen Rack

Wooden Tool and Pen Rack
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DreamFactoryKR’s handmade birch plywood rack is great for keeping pens, pencils, and small tools in order on your desk. It also has a built in dock for phones which has an acoustic amplifier integrated into the wood. Measures 15.35″ x 5.31″ x 2.99″ and is perfect for leatherworking or clay tools.

Spherical Fire Pits

Spherical Fire Pits
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Ohio artist Melissa Crisp creates these incredibly cool steel fire pits which feature intricately cut scenes of nature. Each one creates a dramatic silhouette when a fire is lit. They’re built for wood, but can be converted to burn gas. We especially love the Phoenix Rising design.

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles
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Coin Cut Art makes these amazing and intricate jigsaw puzzles by painstakingly hand-sawing currency into dozens of puzzle pieces. The pieces are so tiny, you’ll need tweezers (and endless patience) to assemble them for sure.

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