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Making Plywood Patterns

Making Plywood Patterns

With enough shop skills and patience, you can turn ordinary sheets of plywood into beautiful patterned works of art. Woodworker Michael Alm takes us through his process as he transforms thin strips of ply into chevron, diamond, basketweave, and other patterns by cutting them at different angles and intervals.

How Colored Pencils are Made

How Colored Pencils are Made

We’ve seen footage of pencils being made before, but the guys at Faber-Castell want us to know that their process is the best. Watch as they make black leads from graphite and clay, and colorful ones from powders and wax, then sandwich them into wooden shells, and paint them to match.

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How Matches Are Made

How Matches Are Made

How It’s Made presents a brief look at the process of making safety matches. The chemical process isn’t all that interesting, but it’s the machine that magically grabs and stands up over 2 million loose matchsticks per hour that’s truly amazing.

Building a Monotrack Bike

Building a Monotrack Bike

Make It Extreme is always building crazy stuff, and this build certainly fits that spec. This crazy wheelie vehicle features a tank tread, driven by a 2-stroke, 100cc scooter engine. Its driver sits atop a seat that floats above its moving tread, which tears along just inches below the rider’s junk, upping the danger factor.

Amazon Box Weapons

Amazon Box Weapons

Crafty Transformer takes the cardboard boxes he receives Amazon orders in and converts them into awesome weapons and machines inspired by video games. Among our favorites are the Gundam wrench mace, the Yu-Gi-Oh! duel disk, and the Monster Hunter bowgun.

Inside the BMW Motorbike Factory

Inside the BMW Motorbike Factory

Exceptional Engineering takes us on an in-depth tour of the massive BMW motorcycle factory in Spandau, Germany, where it takes humans and robots working in concert just two hours to crank out one of their S1000RR superbikes from start to finish. Each motorcycle’s 4-cylinder engine is also hand-built in the same facility.

How Dr. Martens Are Made

How Dr. Martens Are Made

Insider visited Dr. Martens’ only shoe factory in the UK to give us a peek at how the company makes its famously tough-as-nails shoes and boots. The factory employs 50 people, who make about 100,000 pairs every year.

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.

Making a Slingshot Trebuchet

Making a Slingshot Trebuchet

A while back, Tom Stanton built a cool working trebuchet, but even though it was much smaller than the ones used in battle, it still wasn’t exactly portable. So, Tom set about building a pint-size version that can be used like a slingshot. We’re thinking it would be perfect for flinging wadded up paper at officemates.

Making Batman Wings

Making Batman Wings

Like James Bond’s Q, YouTube’s The Q has an obsession with building amazing things. Though in the case of the latter, his builds have serious budget constraints. Watch as he turns some PVC pipe and fabric into a set of articulated wings that Bruce Wayne might have stored in the Batcave.

Definitely Knot Art

Definitely Knot Art

Forgive the punny title, but artist Keith Williams‘ description of his wooden geodesic sphere is factually accurate. Watch as he takes a bunch of pieces of knotty wood into an impressive sculpture. They also briefly doubled as dominoes.

Metal Spinning

Metal Spinning

An amazingly satisfying demonstration of a skilled metalworker converting a flat disc of metal into a smoothly curved one, by spinning it at a high speed around a form, then pressing against it with shaping tools. The technique is used to make conical or domed shapes.

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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Forging a Tiny Axe

Forging a Tiny Axe

Not only is this teensy axe that blacksmith Paul Pinto made adorable, he upped the challenge of creating it by using a miniature anvil and hammer he previously made. The only problem with the video is the sped up drilling sound reminds us of the dentist too much.

How to Make a Helmet

How to Make a Helmet

While the metal helmets worn by soldiers in ancient times weren’t exactly cushioned like today’s foam-filled models, they did save lots of heads. In this clip from metalsmith Andrey Yumanov, he takes us through the process of heating, forming, and finishing sheet metal to form one of those old-style military helmets.

Forging Damascus Pliers

Forging Damascus Pliers

The beautiful patterns of damascus steel make for some of our favorite tools and knives, and the thicker the tool, the more dramatic the look. In this clip from metalsmith Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero, watch as he welds together, forges, and twists multiple layers of steel to create a truly special pair of pliers.

Hot Riveting an Anvil Stand

Hot Riveting an Anvil Stand

Industrial Studio’s build video features the construction of a stand for his workshop’s anvil, and shows off one of the more satisfying methods of joining together steel – using molten hot rivets and an industrial press to smush them into place.

How Drumsticks Are Made

How Drumsticks Are Made

We’ve seen how cymbals are made, now find out how the drumsticks that are used to play them are born. Vic Firth shares footage from inside their factory, where they transform sticks of freshly-cut wood into their premium 5A American Classic sticks, then precision matches them for weight and pitch to ensure perfect pairs.

Making a Giant Matchbox

Making a Giant Matchbox

The Q decided that ordinary matches weren’t big enough for him, so he went ahead and made five giant-sized matches out of wood, rope, and a homemade mix of incendiary chemicals like the ones on a real match head. To complete the set, he built a wooden matchbox with a sandpaper striker on its side.

How Zildjian Cymbals Are Made

How Zildjian Cymbals Are Made

Go on a fascinating journey through Zildjian’s Norwell, MA factory, home of the world’s most sought after cymbals. Watch as metal castings are flattened, trimmed, hammered, milled, and gradually worked into the ideal shape for producing the perfect sound. We love that they didn’t cover up the factory sounds with music.

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Sculpting Godzilla

Sculpting Godzilla

What starts out as a few styrofoam spheres, aluminum foil, and some hunks of clay serves as the casting form for an incredibly detailed monster sculpture, courtesy of artist Nick Brown of LoreCraft. The finished piece has even got spikes and teeth that glow under black light.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Bench

DIY Reclaimed Wood Bench

Ollari’s shows us how to take slats of wood from a rickety old door and pallets to create a nifty new piece of outdoor furniture. If you put your mind to it, it’s amazing what you can achieve with a saw, some screws, and glue. We dig the burnt look of the finished piece.

Forging Scissors from a Spring

Forging Scissors from a Spring

Blacksmith Torbjörn Åhman walks us through the painstaking process of creating a pair of handcrafted scissors, using an old coil spring as the starting point for his work. We never get tired of looking at red hot steel as its shaped into useful things.

Making Tiny Eyeglasses

Making Tiny Eyeglasses

The Hamster Miniature Studio 2 aka “HMS2” specializes in making really tiny objects. Recently they decided to try their hand at crafting a pair of eyeglasses. They have see-through lenses, and are hinged so they can fold. If our action figures ever have a vision problem, we know where to turn.

CNC Engraving a Coin

CNC Engraving a Coin

YouTuber Phuc Nguyen shared this hypnotic video of an intricate image being engraved out of a thick disc of brass. He used a Woodpecker DP1212 CNC router, and a variety of different tooling bits to gradually increase the detail of the design.

How Ratchet Tools Are Made

How Ratchet Tools Are Made

Take a tour of the Matco Tools factory for a look at how they make their incredibly durable ratcheting wrenches. As part of the assembly process, they incorporate high-tech processes like friction spin welding and induction heating to increase the durability of their hand tools.

Making Skateboards from Pallets

Making Skateboards from Pallets

Jackman Works loves to make things by recycling old wooden shipping pallets. In this video, he takes a bunch of the beat up old wood, slices it into sheets, laminates them, and trims them into some sweet looking, street-style skateboards. It’s interesting to see how he shapes the wood with the vacuum bag.

Making a Mini Pizza Oven

Making a Mini Pizza Oven

Hungry for just a little pizza? Tysy Tube Constructions might be able to help. Watch as they build a teeny tiny oven using miniature real bricks, and is capable of cooking actual pizzas. This is so much cooler than an Easy-Bake Oven.

How Mountain Bike Tires Are Made

How Mountain Bike Tires Are Made

Science Channel’s How It’s Made takes us inside of the Kenda tire factory for a look at the fascinating and complex process of transforming various rubber compounds into knobby, rugged mountain bike tires. The machine that applies the texture really is like a giant waffle iron.

Book into Hammer

Book into Hammer

After reading Adam Savage’s book Every Tool’s a Hammer, maker Peter Brown was inspired to try and use the book itself as a hammer. To turn it into a useful tool, he had to coat each and every page of the book with resin to harden it into a sturdy laminate known as Micarta – often used for knife scales.

How Shuttlecocks Are Made

How Shuttlecocks Are Made

If you’ve played badminton, you’re familiar with these feathered playing pieces, also known as “birdies.” In this clip from Science Channel’s How It’s Made, you’ll go inside a factory where they still make them with actual duck feathers. The process is surprisingly hands-on, given the volume of birdies they churn out.

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