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Making a Sword with Thermite

Making a Sword with Thermite

While most of the videos on the Internet that involve thermite end up destroying stuff, The Backyard Scientist decided to use the extremely hot concoction to fire a crucible for casting a sword. The result isn’t the most attractive looking thing, but still an effective weapon.

DIY Cardboard Minifig Costume

DIY Cardboard Minifig Costume

Maker The Q’s latest (and possibly greatest) build is a larger than life, fully-articulated LEGO minifig costume you can build yourself using cardboard and hot glue. With more than two weeks left until Halloween, you should have plenty of time to make yours.

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DIY Electric Paint Lamp Kit

DIY Electric Paint Lamp Kit

Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint Kit comes with an LED light, conductive paint and paper templates. It lets you make a touch-sensitive lamp, a motion-sensitive lamp and a dimmable lamp, no tools or computer needed. You can also use the LEDs in more complex projects.

Sculpting Freddie Mercury

Sculpting Freddie Mercury

Watch as artist Juliana LePine painstakingly sculpts an incredibly detailed clay sculpture of musician Freddie Mercury in one of his most iconic and victorious poses. We had no idea that sculptors started by building a skeleton before applying the skin and other details.

Thrust Vectoring R/C Sled

Thrust Vectoring R/C Sled

Builder Ivan Miranda shows off a unique remote-controlled vehicle he 3D printed that steers entirely by adjusting the direction of its thrust. The field test video demonstrates it’s lack of controllability, but we’re betting it would be fun on a frozen lake or skating rink.

Making a Carbon Fiber Chess Piece

Making a Carbon Fiber Chess Piece

Jewelry designer Patrick Adair wanted to see if he could make a chess piece from a block of carbon fiber, so he set about carefully carving one on his lathe. Now we want a full set of pieces made from the stuff.

Making a Mega Blender

Making a Mega Blender

Maker and demolition man Giaco Whatever no longer has a lawn, so he decided to turn his mower’s motor and blade into a massive blender. Along the way, he chops up some ping pong balls and some cans of Coke with spectacular results. The carnage starts at 5:49.

Making Wooden Watches

Making Wooden Watches

A look inside the studio at OVi Watch, where they use a combination of CNC carving and hand finishing to create sculpted timepieces from blocks of elm, cherry-tree, walnut, or teak wood. With a sapphire glass crystal and Swiss movement, they’re a steal, at under $200 each.

Grid Beam Construction System

Grid Beam Construction System

Grid Beams look and work a lot like Meccano girders, except they’re large and sturdy enough to make furniture, structures and other usable objects. They come in either recycled Douglas fir (with 5/16″ holes) or aluminum (with 7/16″ holes). Learn more in the Grid Beam book.

I Just Do Eyes

I Just Do Eyes

Super Deluxe introduces us to Eric Lindsey of Prosthetic Artists, Inc. to go inside the artistry of creating prosthetic eyes for people who have lost theirs. Each eye must not only be perfectly fitted, but must be precisely painted to match the patient’s natural eye characteristics.

DIY Semi-Automatic Paper Gun

DIY Semi-Automatic Paper Gun

Blackfish shows us how to create a really cool toy weapon which fires rolled up paper projectiles. Its rubber band powered revolver mechanism lets it fire up to eight darts without reloading. We assume you could expand on the idea and make one that fires more ammo.

Building the Leica M10

Building the Leica M10

Leica Camera shares footage from their spotless factory in Wetzlar, Germany, as technicians assemble their minimal new M10 digital rangefinder cameras. They may not have the mechanical complexity of film cameras, but the craftsmanship is still impeccable.

DIY Dragon’s Beard Cotton Candy

DIY Dragon’s Beard Cotton Candy

Today’s cotton candy is made by heating and spinning sugar using a motor. Eater host Clifford Endo is here to show you how to make it the old fashioned way, using a technique similar to noodles, hand-pulling inverted sugar to make thousands of hair-thin sugar strands.

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Building a Metal Darth Vader Helmet

Building a Metal Darth Vader Helmet

GoldPointProps walks us through the process of creating an incredible replica of the Dark Lord’s infamous head gear using sheet metal, bending tools, tin snips, an arc welder, a Dremel, and a heaping helping of elbow grease.

Making a Dragon Ball Z Scouter

Making a Dragon Ball Z Scouter

Toy replicas of Dragon Ball Z‘s iconic Saiyan Scouter are a dime a dozen, but most of them use a headband to stay on your head. Foam lover Odin Abbott used craft materials to make a Scouter that hangs on his ear. The key is to add a piece that’s similar to earphone grips.

Making Thor’s Ragnarok Swords

Making Thor’s Ragnarok Swords

In the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, the villain Hela destroys the god of thunder’s hammer, Mjölnir. Good thing Thor gets his hands on a pair of these thick alien swords. Man at Arms: Reforged replicated the blades via a CNC machine and good old forging.

Pioneer: The Art of the Speaker

Pioneer: The Art of the Speaker

We recently were given the unique opportunity to fly to Japan to visit Tohoku Pioneer Corporation’s factory. We learned how they design, engineer, and build some of the world’s best sounding speakers, from affordable car speakers to high-end audiophile equipment.

Making a Simple Blower for a Furnace

Making a Simple Blower for a Furnace

Primitive Technology shows us how to make a very simple blower that can easily keep a small furnace going. The blower is made of a stick, a rectangular piece of bark that acts as a rotor, and a length of twine that can be pulled to spin its blade.

How to Make a Wooden Knife

How to Make a Wooden Knife

Builder John Heisz shows us the steps required to transform a couple of simple blocks of wood into a wonderful decorative knife. It might not be a practical tool, but it sure looks pretty. Want to give it a try yourself? Grab the template here. A parts kit is also available.

Dragon Egg and Direwolf

Dragon Egg and Direwolf

Given where the Starks and Targaryens are headed on Game of Thrones, we thought it would be appropriate to share this duo of “making of” videos from Rextorn Metalwork, as they show how they handcrafted one of Dany’s dragon eggs, and the Stark’s direwolf sigil.

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DIY Candy Vending Machine

DIY Candy Vending Machine

It’s not exactly the most mechanically complex build, but we still love the idea of YouTuber Goober’s (we made a rhyme!) spring-loaded cardboard and hot glue vending machine which can dispense up to five of your favorite candies with the push of a button.

Hydraulic Cardboard Claw Machine

Hydraulic Cardboard Claw Machine

We’ve seen how to make a claw machine from cardboard, but Seanscrafts’ version wasn’t exactly easy to operate with its string-based mechanism. Leave it to The Q to come up with a way to build a more refined machine that uses syringes, tubing, liquid, and popsicle sticks.

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

Builder Navin Khambhala aka “Mr. NK” shows us how to create a nifty, low-budget RC car that can climb stairs thanks to its Mars Rover inspired wheel mechanisms. It’s made from easy to find parts like PVC, hose clamps, and off-the-shelf motors and wheels.

How to Make Senko Hanabi Sparklers

How to Make Senko Hanabi Sparklers

Senko Hanabi is a Japanese firework that is lit upside down and emits wonderful tiny sparks. Even though it’s made of commonly found materials, NighthawkInLight says he’s been working on it for 10 years and still hasn’t perfected the sparkler.

Making a Dead Blow Mallet

Making a Dead Blow Mallet

Ollari’s walks us through the process of transforming rough reclaimed wood into a gorgeous hand tool we’d be thrilled to have on our workbench. There are few things more satisfying on Earth than turning things on a lathe. Full build details on Instructables.

DIY Cardboard Claw Machine

DIY Cardboard Claw Machine

After showing us how to make a sweet cardboard Skee-Ball machine, Seanscrafts is back to build another fun machine to add to your low-budget home arcade. As an added bonus, you can just reach in and grab the prizes if you get frustrated with the claw.

Making Stiff But Safe Foam Swords

Making Stiff But Safe Foam Swords

Steel weapons are badass, but they’re not safe or kid-friendly, and they could get you in trouble at conventions or other public places. Foam swords are cheaper to make and easier to shape, but how do you make them rigid? Odin Makes has one answer: graphite golf clubs.

Making a Wooden Mouse

Making a Wooden Mouse

While you can buy an off-the-shelf wooden mouse these days, we much prefer handcrafted items, like the one that ThisWoodwork made from scratch, using an existing plastic mouse as a rough form for creating a sweet pointing device, complete with a wooden scroll wheel.

DIY Cardboard Skee-Ball Machine

DIY Cardboard Skee-Ball Machine

Do you love playing those Skee-Ball machines at Chuck E. Cheese’s? YouTuber Seanscrafts shows us how to build a scaled-down homebrew version of the game using sheets of cardboard and marbles. It looks like a simple enough weekend build, so get to it!

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.

DIY Cork Hook

DIY Cork Hook

La Fabrique DIY made a simple tool to fish out the cork – or other small objects – from a wine bottle in case it falls in. It’s for a niche use case, but at least it’s easy to make. It’s basically three-armed tongs made from thin wire.

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