For no reason other than to see if he could do it, artist Nick Zammeti made a gigantic coloring pencil out of thousands of individual coloring pencils. He adhered the pencils together with resin, turned them on a lathe, then carved it into shape. Its giant lead means it can actually draw.
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Bladesmith Green Beetle has been collecting spiral shavings left over from the production of damascus steel blades, and decided to see if he could create a knife by melting down the excess bits with some powdered steel. We always enjoy the warm glow of molten metal.
Colin Furze made an airsoft replica of the briefcase machine gun in Kingsman 2. It’s also remote-controlled, but the real trick was figuring out how to cock and trigger the gun with one switch. Believe it or not, there’s actually a lethal version of this setup from decades ago.
YouTube’s premiere mechanic ChrisFix shows us how to make a hidden kill switch for your vehicle. When switched on, it interrupts the flow of electricity to the vehicle’s fuel pump relay, preventing it from starting, even with a key. It takes a bit of fiddling, but it costs only $10 in parts.
The Q show off another one of their awesome low-budget builds, a robot arm that’s made primarily from cardboard and popsicle sticks, and controlled by plastic syringes filled with colored liquid. If there’s anyone we’d want to be stranded on a desert island with, it’s these guys.
A look inside the Illinois factory where Weber makes their iconic kettle grills. They take sheets of steel, and press them into the familiar spherical shape that barbeque fanatics know and love. Then see how another factory makes the charcoal briquettes that go inside of them.
Using not much more than cardboard, ball bearings, popsicle sticks, and glue, V. Idea created a working model of a manual transmission. While its not likely to drive a Corvette, its offers seven forward gears, and one reverse gear, just like the current generation of Chevy’s sports car.
Hypnotic video footage of a rocket propellant tank being made by wrapping and weaving layers of carbon composite filament around an aluminum form. The custom-built machine and software were engineered by the literal rocket scientists at Interorbital Systems.
“A frothing, bubbling, cooking mess.” Townsends reads passages from an 18th century British sailor’s memoir that lists some of the things that they ate, and cooks one simple item from the list. It’s burgoo – boiled ground oatmeal served with molasses. Or pork and beef fat.
Love you some Pringles? Just remember that next time you chow down on one of those neatly-stacked, perfect potato chips, you’re actually eating a delicious pressed, formed, and precision-cut mush of potato flakes. They’re like the Chicken McNuggets of chips.
There are lots of really cheap speakers out there, and most of them sound like garbage. YouTuber Jisaku kōbō shows us how a pair of $3 speakers can sound much, much better when placed into a pair of proper wooden enclosures. Of course, skilled labor is the real cost here.
Bladesmith Jake’s Custom Knives takes an old pipe wrench and works his magic, transforming the rusty plumber’s tool into a beautiful and unique new knife, perfect for throwing at a bullseye. While this one isn’t for sale can buy other knives over at Jake’s Etsy shop.
Before LEDs and LCDs, the best way to display digits or text was using vacuum tubes that contain layers of bent filament, each of which can display shapes when current is applied. After Nixies went out of production, glass artist Dalibor Farný started making his own.
Styrofoam is great for packing stuff, but it’s horrible to try and get rid of the stuff. Unconventional blademaker kiwami japan put the material to good use, melting it down and shaping it into a razor sharp kitchen knife. But first, he has to peel some oranges.
Keith’s Test Garage has been making organizer trays for his collection of router and Dremel bits. He started out by drilling holes that fit the bits, then he thought of a much simpler method: intersecting dadoes. The grooves take only five minutes to make with a table saw.
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