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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Driving on the Ceiling

Driving on the Ceiling

Maker Ivan Miranda’s decided to see if he could modify a remote-controlled car so it can drive upside-down on the ceiling. He added a pair of powerful fans to create downforce (or is it upforce?) It took some trial and error, but he ultimately got it to work. Of course, he could have just bought one of these.

Geodesic Dome Kit

Geodesic Dome Kit

Build your own dome-shaped structure with this unique set of connectors. Simply add wooden sticks, and attach Hubs‘ sturdy, adjustable joints to build a geodesic dome in under an hour. The kit supports structures up to about 66 lb, and as big as 16 feet in diameter.

How Micro Drill Bits Are Made

How Micro Drill Bits Are Made

In this clip from Science Channel’s How It’s Made, they take us inside a factory that makes ridiculously small and precise drill bits – the kind that might be used by a dentist to put holes in your teeth. The flutes on the bits are so small that a microscope must be used to view them.

It Was Supposed to Be a Vase

It Was Supposed to Be a Vase

Woodworker Matt Jordan shares an immensely satisfying woodturning video, in which he transforms a lumpy hunk of apple tree trunk into a beautiful work of functional art – though the final piece wasn’t exactly what he planned to make. The fillers are a mix of blue mica dust and ground coffee.

Making a Real Metal Infinity Gauntlet

Making a Real Metal Infinity Gauntlet

While you can readily purchase a plastic cosplay replica of the Infinity Gauntlet, the real deal would certainly have been made out of metal. Prop and armor maker David Guyton decided to see if he could recreate Thanos’ killer glove out of 18-gauge brass, and the resulting piece is a true work of art.

DIY Plywood Stack Coffee Table

DIY Plywood Stack Coffee Table

On first glance, this table just looks like a stack of plywood sitting on some cubbies. But Chris Salomone’s clever build conceals a big secret – it’s hollow and has lots of storage space inside. It was built using just two sheets of ply.

Making Damascus from Bike Tires

Making Damascus from Bike Tires

Did you know that many bike tires contain a metal wire to form their bead? Metalsmith shurap decided to see if he could extract the steel from eight old tires and melt it down to form it into a damascus steel blade. We don’t quite understand the use of the pepper in the process though.

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Carving a Billiard Ball Skull

Carving a Billiard Ball Skull

Bobby Duke takes a moment away from playing with his wewd, and turns his attention to his balls. It took some work, but with the help of his rotary carving tool, he managed to carve a skull from a billiard ball, made from sturdy phenolic resin.

Cardboard 7-Segment Display

Cardboard 7-Segment Display

The Q has built some pretty nifty mechanical contraptions from cardboard, and here’s another. Watch as he turns a mix of cardbaord, paper, rubber bands, springs, and popsicle sticks into a working model of a 7-segment numeric display, like you might find on alarm clock.

How Trumpets Are Made

How Trumpets Are Made

Take an inside look at the Vincent Bach factory, where they handcraft premium brass instruments. In this clip, watch as craftspeople transform stamped sheets of brass into a variety of precision trumpets for professional musicians. Along the way, you’ll learn about how a trumpet works too.

Making a Bullet Table

Making a Bullet Table

Builder John Malecki teamed up with the Black Rifle Coffee Company to create a new conference table for their office. What they came up with is a truly awesome design that combines the company’s crosshair logo with about 5,000 bullet shell casings set into see-through epoxy resin.

Coffee Cup Record Player

Coffee Cup Record Player

If you’re not too much a stickler for preserving your vinyl, there are lots of cheap turntable options. But if you REALLY don’t want to spend the money, and REALLY don’t care about your records, you could build one like the one Turnah81 made, using a cordless drill, a coffee cup, and a pushpin as a stylus.

Making a Mini Bear Trap

Making a Mini Bear Trap

If there’s one place you never want to get caught, it’s in a bear trap. But there is one exception to that rule, and that’s this teensy keychain trap built by BrainfooTV. It works just like the real deal, only this one has unsharpened teeth and it’s spring is calibrated to not do harm to any digits that might wander into it.

Car Part Flamethrower Guitar

Car Part Flamethrower Guitar

How to Make Everything is usually busy making ordinary items in overly complex ways by creating them from scratch. But this time, what he made was anything but ordinary – an electric guitar fabricated from junked car parts, complete with a Mad Max-style flamethrower.

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Udon Noodles Telecaster

Udon Noodles Telecaster

We’ve seen guitars made from pencils, skateboards, cardboard, and titanium, but this is definitely the first one we’ve seen made of noodles. Daniel Seidel of forward >> audio crafted this wild instrument by casting a resin body filled with Japanese udon noodles. As an added bonus, he made it glow in the dark with UV powder.

Inside a Spring Factory

Inside a Spring Factory

Music label INDUSTRIAL JP presents a hypnotic, close-up look at the metal bending machines at Goko Spring Co. which take spools or stiff wire and convert them into tiny springs. We could seriously put this on repeat and watch it all day long. The track is Goko Bane by Sountrive.

Making a Wood and Rope Chair

Making a Wood and Rope Chair

Woodworker lignum shows off another cool carpentry project. This time, he created the frame for a chair by bending layers of laminated wood slats using a custom-built form. After cutting, sanding, and assembling the pieces, he wrapped the finished frame with hemp rope to create a pliable seat and back.

Overengineered Egg Breaker

Overengineered Egg Breaker

Getting an egg to crack perfectly without breaking the yolk or getting eggshell takes some practice. But engineers look for ways to eliminate human error from such problems, and that’s exactly what The Q did with his mechanical egg cracking gadget.

How Whoopie Pies Are Made

How Whoopie Pies Are Made

A look inside the factory where The Piping Gourmets make their gluten-free whoopie pies. While mixing up the ingredients is a pretty mundane task, we loved watching the machines that precisely squirt out the cake batter and frosting. We also love the way the narrator says “whoo-pee.”

Making a Scrap Wood Table

Making a Scrap Wood Table

Got a bunch of old scraps of wood lying around from other projects? Why not turn that excess lumber into a new table? TG Woodworking shows us how to transform miscellaneous cuts of wood into a beautiful butcher block work table with a few standard shop tools.

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