Awesome Making

DIY Chroma Cube

DIY Chroma Cube

If you want an impressive work of glass art, you turn to Jack Storms, but his works take months to complete and cost thousands. After seeing one of Jack’s amazing Spectrum Cubes in Guardians of the Galaxy, ResinAce tried to approximate the effect using resin and dichroic film. It’s not as intricate as the real deal, but still very cool.

How Stop Signs are Made

How Stop Signs are Made

New York City sees many of its stop signs and other street signs vandalized or stolen each year. Between replacements and other projects, the Department of Transportation’s Queens sign shop makes over 100,000 new signs each year. Insider takes us inside the facility for a look at the work that goes into this laborious process.

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Making an LED Sphere Ornament

Making an LED Sphere Ornament

Last Christmas, maker Jiří Praus decided he wanted a unique ornament. So he set about building a light-up sphere that can display colorful patterns. He built the orb using meticulously-soldered brass wires, 194 individual RGB LEDs, and an ESP32 microcontroller. Check out the full build details on Instructables.

Making the World’s Brightest Flashlight

Making the World’s Brightest Flashlight

After playing around with the insane 100,000 lumen Imalent MS-18 flashlight, the guys at The Hacksmith wanted to see if they could make something even brighter. Using 300 ultra-bright LEDs, they created a giant, blinding light that kicks out more than 1.4 million lumens. It isn’t particularly portable though.

Hot Glue Web Shooter

Hot Glue Web Shooter

The stuff in Spider-Man’s web-shooters is strong enough to hold his body weight as he swings from building to building. While we wouldn’t trust hot glue to do the same, we still wouldn’t want to be a criminal on the business end of Joel Creates‘ web-slinger, which can even be worn while pulling off Spidey’s acrobatics.

DIY Heated Concrete Bench

DIY Heated Concrete Bench

If you’re going to park your butt on an outdoor bench in the winter, it can be a jarring experience. HomeMadeModern wanted to improve upon the basic design, so he embedded a heated rubber mat in a DIY concrete bench. Heated seats are great in cars, so we imagine they’d be just as pleasant outdoors.

Making an All-Terrain Skateboard

Making an All-Terrain Skateboard

Maker Ivan Miranda’s electric off-road vehicle is built more like a tank than a skateboard, riding on motorized, 3D-printed tracks instead of wheels. The drivetrain engineering is impressive, but is it powerful enough to climb a hill while he’s riding on it?

Making a Truncated Icosidodecahedron

Making a Truncated Icosidodecahedron

A truncated icosidodecahedron is a polyhedral shape made up of hexagonal, decagonal, and square faces. Maker Michael Mikkelson shows how he made one of the polygonal globes from laser-cut birch plywood, 3D-printed connectors, and 360 screws. Up for the challenge? Head to Instructables for the full build instructions.

Casting an Aluminum Book

Casting an Aluminum Book

Most books have covers made from thick paper, though you might find some vintage ones made from wood. What you won’t find are any books with covers made from cast aluminum. Black Beard Projects teamed up with Nerdforge to create just that, and the result is a impressive work of readable art. Watch part two here.

Making Aston Martin Badges

Making Aston Martin Badges

You’d think that creating a badge for a car would be no big deal, but in the case of UK luxury automaker Aston Martin, every little detail matters. Car fanatic Mr JWW visited Vaughton’s, the factory where they meticulously create each badge, and got to help make a custom badge for his special-edition DBX Q SUV.

Making a High-power Flashlight from Scratch

Making a High-power Flashlight from Scratch

You know we love a good flashlight around here. While we’ve seen lots of really slick production models, we have to hand it to M.N. Projects who built their own custom flashlight by machining billet aluminum, then outfitted it with a super-bright 30W LED and three lithium-ion batteries. They even etched their own circuit board.

Making Giant Articulated Hands

Making Giant Articulated Hands

Among his many creations, Paul from Jackman Works has made some ridiculously large hand tools. Now, to show off his new X-Carve Pro CNC machine, he built a pair of giant hands. We were hoping he might try and use them to pick up his oversize tools, but they seem pretty awkward to wield given their weight.

Making a Pair of Self-lacing Shoes

Making a Pair of Self-lacing Shoes

A few years back, Nike made a working version of its MAG sneakers from Back to the Future II. After a couple of guys from Hacksmith Industries figured out that their leader might not know how to tie his own laces, they engineered a pair of self-lacing Vessi sneakers which are a bit more subtle in style than the ones from the movie.

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Woodturning Nails

Woodturning Nails

You’d think that slicing up resin blocks filled with nails on your table saw and then grinding them down on a lathe might be a bad idea for the well-being of your tools (and your body), but that didn’t stop maker R Humphrey from testing out the idea. The resulting bowl he created has some really cool textures and patterns.

Turning a Bolt into a Golden Phoenix

Turning a Bolt into a Golden Phoenix

Maker Ross The Random loves to turn ordinary items into works of art. In this video, he shows us how he transformed a simple brass bolt into a shiny metal phoenix through a series of heating, bending, hammering, filing, and cutting with basic hand tools.

Creating the Razor Crest

Creating the Razor Crest

Season two of The Mandalorian has been quite a thrill so far, though the Razor Crest has seen more than its share of abuse along the way. ILM looks back at the creation of Mando’s ship, from its earliest conceptual designs through its production as both a digital object and an intricate real-world model for in-camera shots.

How Condoms are Made

How Condoms are Made

A classic segment from How It’s Made which shows the process of transforming latex rubber into condoms. Obviously, it’s important that they don’t break, but we’re not sure what real world scenario they’re trying to simulate with that inflation test. We’re thinking they just do that one for fun.

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.

DIY Giant NERF Bazooka

DIY Giant NERF Bazooka

After getting his hands on a foam cylinder that looks like a gigantic NERF dart, Ivan Miranda did what any enterprising geek would do, and built himself a weapon to launch his oversize ammo. He built his bazooka from PVC drain pipe, 3D-printed parts, rubber surgical tubing, and paracord to reset its plunger.

Forging a Real War Hammer

Forging a Real War Hammer

While the war hammers you see in video games are enormous, the real ones were actually about the size of an ordinary axe, with a deadly point on the back end. This made them way more agile and deadly than the fantasy version. That Works walks us through the process of building a historically-accurate replica.

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Making a Custom Catan Set

Making a Custom Catan Set

The standard version of Catan comes with a thick paper playing surface and tiles. Kevlar DIY shows off a much more impressive Catan set that he built using black walnut wood, resin, and a variety of objects to create the game’s iconic hexagonal playing pieces.

Building a Floating Cave Table

Building a Floating Cave Table

Inspired by a table design he saw from Slovenian Woodworker, builder John Malecki decided he wanted to build an even cooler looking version that uses a combination of laminated wood boards and crystal-clear acrylic to make it look like its top is floating in the air.

Making a Plywood Bowling Ball

Making a Plywood Bowling Ball

Normally, bowling balls are made from a mix of chemicals. But The Q shows us how it’s possible to make one by cutting out 60 identical plywood triangles, gluing them into a sphere, filling it with foam and a weight, then sanding the structure smoothly. We’d like to play with that low-poly bowling ball before he sanded it.

How Foosball Tables Are Made

How Foosball Tables Are Made

How It’s Made takes us inside of the Baby-Foot Sulpie factory, where they make premium foosball tables. Watch as the players are cast from molten metal, then painted before being assembled onto stainless steel rods and placed into their permanent places on a handcrafted wooden foosball field.

The Ultimate Zelda Playhouse

The Ultimate Zelda Playhouse

Once Upon a Workbench worked with his friends to build his kids one of the coolest playhouses we’ve ever seen. The build was inspired by Link’s house in the Nintendo Switch game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you have similar ambitions, you can purchase the plans for $60.

How Bowling Balls Are Made

How Bowling Balls Are Made

We’ve seen what the insides of a bowling ball look 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.

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