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Making

Steel Wool Fire Olympic Rings

Steel Wool Fire Olympic Rings

Maker Gustav Evertsson paid tribute to the 2018 Winter Olympics with a neat build. He created a series of motorized blades which he loaded up with steel wool and set ablaze. The resulting persistence of vision illusion reveals a fiery version of the iconic 5-ring Olympic logo.

How Paper Clips Are Made

How Paper Clips Are Made

A look at the Rudolf Grauer BK-1500 – a machine designed to crank out up to 1500 paper clips per minute in a variety of shapes by bending stiff strands of wire. The voiceover is in German, but that just makes the engineering seem even more serious and impressive.

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Making End Grain Coasters

Making End Grain Coasters

Jackman Works shows us how he transforms old cargo pallets into sweet drink coasters by sanding, stacking, cutting, and laminating strips of their varied wooden slats into grid patterns. Show your appreciation for his craftsmanship, and buy a set of the coasters here.

Making a Fallout Red Rocket

Making a Fallout Red Rocket

Engineer BrunS takes his metalworking skills to the world of Fallout, meticuously crafting this bronze, duralumin, brass, ebonite, and luminofor model of the Red Rocket from the wasteland’s #1 diesel fusion filling stations. Available from his Etsy shop for about $500.

Handheld Laser Engraver Pen

Handheld Laser Engraver Pen

Laser engravers use powerful laser beams to burn designs into wood and other materials. But when Make Anything’s flatbed engraver broke, he decided to take its laser head and turn it into a handheld writing instrument. It’s not the safest thing on Earth, but it is cool.

DIY Propeller Sled

DIY Propeller Sled

After building himself an airplane, Peter Sripol decided to make himself something a little less ambitious, but just as fun – a tricked-out sled that can glide across the snow thanks to an airplane propeller on the back. It’s not exactly fast, but it lets him go sledding without a hill.

DIY Rubber Band Machine Gun

DIY Rubber Band Machine Gun

This wouldn’t be the first time we saw a machine gun that fires rubber bands, but this time out, we’ve got The Q showing us step-by-step how he built his from cardboard, wood, string, hot glue, and popsicle sticks. If you’d rather not DIY, you can buy a wood one here.

Making a Paracord Bull Whip

Making a Paracord Bull Whip

Adam Fieldson of WhipWorks makes beautiful bull whips by weaving nylon paracord. Here, he walks us through the painstaking process of making one of his whips – a gift he presented to Tested and Mythbusters star Adam Savage. You can purchase his work in his Etsy shop.

DIY Flaming Vortex Fountain

DIY Flaming Vortex Fountain

Grant “The King of Random” Thompson shows us how to build a cool looking light-up fountain that not only spins water around in an endless whirlpool, it has a bubbler that he rigged up with propane gas so the surface of the water lights on fire.

Making a Forbidden Dagger

Making a Forbidden Dagger

Not every knife has to have a single continuous edge, does it? Watch as blademaker Miller Knives cuts out and sculpts a truly unusual knife with a crazy staggered edge. It looks like something out of a video game or a comic book, and also like it would be really deadly.

Ball-making Machine

Ball-making Machine

Footage of a machine that quickly makes wooden beads, using a lathe, hole saw and a drill. A square stick of wood is spun on one axis, and is gradually moved into the saw which spits out a finished ball. Here’s a similar machine that’s equally satisfying.

Making a Goodall Guitar

Making a Goodall Guitar

A video chronicle of the extensive build process that goes into hand-making a custom Goodall Guitar. You’ll need to invest nearly 50 minutes of your time to watch the entire video, but for anyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, it’ll be worth the effort.

Ice Rubik’s Cube

Ice Rubik’s Cube

Tony Fisher knows a thing or two about making Rubik’s Cubes. After all, he’s the guy behind the world’s largest working cube, and has also built all kinds of complex variants. Here, he shows off a fully-functional puzzle that he made using ice. Hopefully, he’ll work out a color version.

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Making Candy Canes from Scratch

Making Candy Canes from Scratch

To celebrate the holidays, true DIYer How To Make Everything decided to take a stab at making some candy canes, starting out by extracting sugar straight from cane, and using natural flavorings and colors. Will they turn out better than his candy corns?

Carving a Wood Mug Sculpture

Carving a Wood Mug Sculpture

Artist and goofball Bobby Duke laminates together a few hunk of bass wood and carves them into the shape of a mug. But his craft project doesn’t end there, as he eventually transforms his creation into an awesome sculpture with the help of some colored pencils.

Mini Concrete Mixer Coffee Stirrer

Mini Concrete Mixer Coffee Stirrer

Maker W&M walks us through the process of turning a couple of muffin tins into a miniature concrete mixer, complete with a motorized stirrer. Though in this case, its purpose is to smoothly blend instant coffee with water. Probably would make a good hot cocoa too.

Making a Real Lightsaber

Making a Real Lightsaber

There are lots of cool lightsaber replicas you can buy right now, but those ones just light up. The Hacksmith set about making a brightly glowing blade that can actually cut and burn things. Watch it heat up and start a fire at 12:38.

High-tech Knifemaking

High-tech Knifemaking

We’ve seen knives being made using classic blacksmithing techniques, but Gough Custom, shows off how they make their Resolute MkIII knives using modern materials and CNC technology. Machines or not, there’s still a ton of labor and craftsmanship in each knife.

Grinding a Knife from Stone

Grinding a Knife from Stone

Knives are typically made from tool steel. But the guys at Ollari’s show us how with the proper cutting blades and an angle grinder, a block of granite can be transformed into a sharp-edged cutting tool as well. We’re betting Primitive Technology would do the same with only a rock.

Making a Chewbacca Sculpture

Making a Chewbacca Sculpture

What starts out as a nondescript blob of clay provides the foundation for an impressively detailed recreation of Chewbacca’s head as artist Steven Richter creates a mold, then painstakingly places and trims hair to replicate the wookiee’s distinctive good looks.

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Making a Superconductor Ring

Making a Superconductor Ring

Jewelry artist Patrick Adair wows us with another incredible ring design – this time using a slice from a superconductor rod, then sanding facets onto it and acid etching the surface to create an incredibly cool texture. Check out one of his other superconductor designs here.

A Christmas Story Manly Lamp

A Christmas Story Manly Lamp

Jackman Works‘ manly new take on the iconic leg lamp from A Christmas Story. Gone is the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window, replaced by a masculine carved wood limb, its foot wrapped with a rugged Carolina Boot. Complete build log on Instructables.

DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

Adafruit Industries shares a relatively simple, yet very cool project – a wand which displays a persistence of vision illusion when waved in the air. Naturally, the build uses parts from Adafruit, including DotStar LEDs, and a Feather controller board. Tutorial, files, and code here.

DIY Washing Machine Bass

DIY Washing Machine Bass

Got a broken washing machine and some woodworking skills? Then check out Scrap Wood City’s clip in which he shows how to convert the metal tub from a washing machine into the body for a fretless acoustic contrabass. It’s only got two strings, but it still sounds cool.

Making Akita Dog Candies

Making Akita Dog Candies

Montreal’s CandyLabs shows us how they make hard candy treats featuring the face of an adorable akita dog. There’s something so satisfying about watching all that gooey hot sugar as it’s worked into shapes, then rolled smaller and smaller before being sliced.

Primitive Technology: Starting Over

Primitive Technology: Starting Over

Primitive Technology hit the proverbial reset button on his live-action Stone Age role-playing game. He’s starting on a new and different map – a tropical rainforest with a permanent creek. We like to think he bartered for it with cargo shorts and cameras.

Making a Cardboard Drone

Making a Cardboard Drone

SKM has shown us some pretty awesome things you can make from cardboard. His latest build is a model of a quadcopter made entirely from cardboard and hot glue. Sadly, it doesn’t actually fly, but perfectly balancing it would probably be quite challenging.

Making a Tofurkey from Scratch

Making a Tofurkey from Scratch

(PG-13: Language) How to Make Everything gets a lot of rude and hateful comments from vegans whenever he kills an animal for his projects. So for this year’s Thanksgiving, he decided to make a tofu dish instead of shooting and cooking a turkey.

Making Warframe’s Hate Scythe

Making Warframe’s Hate Scythe

Making weapons in Warframe is time-consuming. But that’s nothing compared to what Man at Arms: Reforged had to go through to make a replica of Hate, one of the scythes in the game. But they still managed to copy the weapon’s unconventional shape and details.

Homebrew Electric Plane Pt. 2

Homebrew Electric Plane Pt. 2

A few days ago, Peter Sripol shared a video of him doing short hops on his homemade electric airplane. It was a sight to behold but technically… that wasn’t flying. This is. Peter got better batteries and finally gave the people what they want. Amazing stuff.

Making a Curved Bench

Making a Curved Bench

Furniture maker Lignum walks us through the painstaking process of transforming dozens of straight slats of wood into a beautiful handbuilt bench with smoothly undulating curves. It amazes us that most of the work is done using only clamps, patience, and lots of glue.

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