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Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Miniature artist 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.

Making a Resin Chess Set

Making a Resin Chess Set

Epoxy resin lets you cast just about any shape into a durable and rigid form. In this DIY clip from Dread CraftStation, he shows us how clear resin can be tinted, molded, and sanded to form a complete set of see-through chess pieces. The resulting set looks super slick when placed on a board with lighting underneath.

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Making Mercury Thermometers

Making Mercury Thermometers

Film archivists British Pathé dug up this long-lost bit of footage showing factory workers cranking out what was a mundane item that turned out to be dangerous to work with – mercury thermometers. They would hand-blow the glass, then fill it with the extremely toxic liquid metal.

Wooden Mac Pro Grille

Wooden Mac Pro Grille

The resurrected Mac Pro isn’t even out yet, but carpenter John Heisz was so excited to see the return of the cheese grater style grille, that he decided to make a recreation of its repeating circular pattern out of solid cherry wood. Detailed instructions here.

DIY Folding Desk PC

DIY Folding Desk PC

PCs housed inside desks are nothing new, but they are interesting at best, and tacky at worst. But DIY Perks shows us that it’s possible to make one that’s tasteful and space-saving, while still showing off the computer’s components.

Children of Invention

Children of Invention

Little Inventors is a UK-based non-profit organization that encourages creativity and innovation by asking children to come up with their own inventions, then collaborate with makers to build prototypes of them. SciFri dropped by to see what sort of wonderful madness they’re up to. You simply must browse the kids’ ideas.

Restoring a Toy Piano

Restoring a Toy Piano

Rescue & Restore found an old metal toy piano rusting away in a barn, then carefully disassembled it, satisfyingly sandblasted off the rust, powder-coated it, and cleaned and restored its mechanism – which was basically a xylophone with keys. The resulting restoration is quite impressive.

Making Carbon Fiber Poké Balls

Making Carbon Fiber Poké Balls

Carbon fiber is a very versatile, strong, and lightweight material. But it’s not the easiest stuff to work with. Matthieu Libeert shows us just how much work went into making this slick looking version of Pokémon’s carrying container, using carbon fiber, resin, and fiberglass.

Building a Scissor-lift BBQ Grill

Building a Scissor-lift BBQ Grill

Builder Jimmy Diresta wanted a new barbecue grill, but instead of running out to the nearest Costco to buy one, he decided to build his own. And Jimmy’s homebrew version has a really neat trick – scissor-style lifts, a crank, and a gear drive for adjusting its height from the flame.

Making Scissors from Knives

Making Scissors from Knives

Kiwami Japan takes a momentary break from crafting knives from unusual materials to make a pair of jumbo-size scissors. He started off with a couple of cheap $1 kitchen knives, but ended up with the sharpest kitchen shears we’ve ever seen.

Colored Pencil Knife

Colored Pencil Knife

Making things out of colored pencils seems to be a bit of a trend. There’s something about the colors and texture that make such things immensely appealing. Angqvist recently made himself a knife handle by laminating together a bunch of sliced up pencils, and it looks fantastic.

Mini Reverse-draw Crossbow

Mini Reverse-draw Crossbow

Crossbow maker Raduka shows off a truly impressive build – a miniature version of a reverse-draw compound crossbow, capable of firing dangerous little projectiles with tremendous power. All of the parts appear to have been shrunk down from a full-size weapon, and it works just like the real deal.

Making a Micro Chess Set

Making a Micro Chess Set

Maker of cool things W&M walks us through the painstaking process of milling a set of teensy brass chess pieces, and crafting an elegant wooden board on which to play the game. The pieces are so small, the game needs to be played with tweezers.

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Inside a Suitcase Factory

Inside a Suitcase Factory

Music and sound design studio Golden Hum shares a brief look inside the Rimowa factory, where sheets of polycarbonate are vacuum-formed into shape, then cut with waterjets, and assembled to form their premium hard-sided luggage. Watch a metal suitcase come together here.

How Bowling Balls Are Made

How Bowling Balls Are Made

We recently saw what the insides of a bowling ball looked like. Now see those balls get that way in this clip from How It’s Made, starting out with a soupy goo for its core, wrapped in polymer and polyurethane layers, and then sanded. We were most surprised by the odd shape of the core.

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.

Making a Spoon with a Spoon

Making a Spoon with a Spoon

“I’m not a very good woodworker… so that’s why I have to introduce a stupid gimmick that makes people want to watch my video.” Yep, so that’s why I did a thing decided to carve himself a wooden spoon using a metal spoon as his only tool. And some sandpaper… and a furnace… and…

Building a Giant Nintendo Switch

Building a Giant Nintendo Switch

Clearly taking inspiration from this build, maker Chris Salomone created a set of custom JoyCon cabinets to surround his big screen TV, transforming it into a gigantic replica of the Nintendo Switch and providing a place to store games and accessories.

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

Currently available in the UK, U-Build is a DIY modular and flat-pack wood and hardware system for building structures, furniture, and storage. You design your layout and dimensions on its website, then the parts are sent to you. You need only basic tools to put the frame together.

How Bowling Pins are Made

How Bowling Pins are Made

Bowling pins look so smooth and perfect that you’d think they were made by casting them. But this clip from the UK edition of How It’s Made shows how each one is made by gluing together wood boards and turning them on a lathe before coating them in a plastic shell.

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DIY Iron Man Nano Gauntlet

DIY Iron Man Nano Gauntlet

Prop maker David Guyton made a replica of Iron Man’s Nano Gauntlet from Avengers: Endgame. Rather than cheap materials, he built it out of steel, brass, and glass. But he will upload a template on his website so you can make it out of different materials if you want.

Bowling Ball into Bowling Bowl

Bowling Ball into Bowling Bowl

Woodworker Carl Jacobsen made quite the mess in his shop for this experiment, in which he decided to turn a bowling ball on his lathe, chiseling away the ball’s outer surface and inner core to produce a surprisingly pleasing bowl. Carl says the biggest issue was the smell its core made.

How to Make a Mirror

How to Make a Mirror

While most mirrors today are made in big factories, UK ornamental glass artist David Smith shows us how to do it the old school way. It’s done by taking a clean sheet of glass, pouring silver nitrite on one side, then carefully moving it to evenly coat its surface.

Tabletop Spectrum Analyzer

Tabletop Spectrum Analyzer

Spectrum analyzers are a nifty way to visualize music. But maker Platinum Kit decided the displays that come with graphic equalizers were too small, so he built a jumbo version with colorful LEDs placed behind acrylic blocks. He reversed the lows and highs, but it’s still super cool.

Cardboard Iron Man Helmet

Cardboard Iron Man Helmet

Like many other makers, SKM loves to build things from cardboard. This time, he used what appears to be an off-the-shelf template to create a model of Iron Man’s iconic helmet, though this one is guaranteed to offer absolutely no level of protection to its wearer.

Colored Pencil Ukulele

Colored Pencil Ukulele

After watching Nick Zammeti make a gigantic pencil out of colored pencils, we figured he was out of pencils. But Nick is back to wow us with another build – a working ukulele made from the same stuff. We were wondering how he was gonna hollow out the body. Now we get it.

Making Carl Fredrickson

Making Carl Fredrickson

SugarCharm Shop creates intricate figurines from polymer clay. In this time-lapse clip, she shows off her picture perfect sculpt of the curmudgeonly Mr. Carl Fredricksen from Pixar’s classic Up. Every detail is there, down to his tufty eyebrows and tennis balls on his walker.

Making a Secret Room

Making a Secret Room

I Like to Make Stuff shares this home renovation project that he worked on with a friend. They turned one long room into two rooms, with the second one hidden behind a wardrobe. It even has a secret switch and a smart lock.

DIY Magnetic Web Shooters

DIY Magnetic Web Shooters

HeroTech’s DIY take on Spider-Man’s web shooters. Instead of being sticky, the thread from each shooter has a magnet attached at the end. They’re great for taking down evil sheet music holders. Seriously though we love how clean they look. Build video here.

Great Balls of Steel

Great Balls of Steel

Footage from Shandong Iraeta’s factory where they manufacture steel grinding balls. Watch as tubes of metal are heated, then forged into molten orbs which roll down an assembly line before landing in a cooling vat. The music makes it just that much more dramatic.

Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

For no reason other than to see if he could do it, artist Nick Zammeti made a gigantic coloring pencil out of thousands of individual coloring pencils. He adhered the pencils together with resin, turned them on a lathe, then carved it into shape. Its giant lead means it can actually draw.

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