Maker of woo-den things Bobby Duke Arts shows us how to make a real work of art using something as mundane as the pine 2x4s that are used as wall studs in construction. The result of his creative efforts is a pair of wings that make a sweet wall hanging.
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Nexi Tech shows us how to make some truly unique speakers using value-priced parts. The electronics are set into organic looking enclosures designed by Ondra Chotovinsky. The 3D printer he used is the $500 Creality3D CR 10S, which makes great big prints cheap.
Table saws were designed for ripping straight through pieces of wood or other building materials. But maker Izzy Swan decided to see if he could do something unconventional with his saw. With the help of a custom jig, he managed to create turned wood spindles on his.
Modustrial Maker teamed up with Chris Salomone (of LEGO river table fame) to create an impossibly thin modern bench from glass fiber reinforced concrete. It looks like it was a ton of work, and you’ll have to watch the video to see if the finished bench holds weight.
A wonderfully satisfying bit of engineering porn showing off a slick modular tooling machine. The Bihler Leantool system is used in factories to form and cut wire and rolled metal into precisely bent shapes, such as chain links, hooks, and other small, high volume parts.
The Hacksmith takes on Tony Stark’s lifesaving device with his latest build. This impressive arc reactor replica uses ionized plasma to achieve its electrified effect. It looks spectacular, but it’s terribly loud, and there’s no way we’d strap this thing to our chest.
While the weight of a suitcase made from wood makes it a bit impractical, we still love the look of this beautiful piece of luggage that Ollari’s created from bent pieces of 8mm thick plywood. It always amazes us the kind of things you can do with just wood, glue, and some skill.
Maker Allen Pan of Sufficiently Advanced loves the look of plasma blade style weapons found in science fiction. He teaches us a bit about the physics of plasma, and how electricity can be shaped and contained into a beam. Check out Tommy Callaway’s plasma sword here.
Suitcases can be made from fabric or even metal, but there’s no more satisfying way to produce a bag than to form it out plastic. This brief video shows off the process of shaping a suitcase by molding a thick polycarbonate sheet around a heated form. More here.
Wooden threaded rods are typically used for things like broom handles or decorative items. Toolify shows us how to make a neat variant of a pantograph machine which can be used for routing threaded wood rods at different thread densities. If you need a nut to go with…
We know it’s not a living, breathing creature, but we found the wobbly antics of Delta Hack’s low-tech robotic “dog” stumbling across various obstacles to be adorable. We couldn’t stop rooting for the little guy as it flopped and fumbled its way through the course.
In its most basic form, a pencil requires nothing more than graphite to function. But maker Uri Tuchman decided to go to the opposite extreme, and created an overly complex version of the writing instrument, complete with hand-cut gears and intricately engraved details.
Go inside a factory where they manufacture polyurethane skateboard wheels. After using CAD tools, metal molds are milled for the liquid plastic, which is baked, polished, and printed with a design. As one commenter suggested, aluminum wheels would look pretty sweet.
Ripping apart old batteries can be dangerous, but that didn’t stop shurap from tearing into a bunch of them in search of usable metal. He then fused the bits together with some steel blades, and crafted a sweet damascus knife with a handle made from a MagLite.
Miller Knives shows us how to take an ordinary stainless steel bolt and transform it into a nifty little tomahawk. It’s a time-consuming process to flatten out the heated hardware, but once it’s squashed, it’s just a matter of cutting and finishing the piece into the right shape.
Cath of The Square to Spare shows off a fun little project for guitar players and anyone who appreciates a good musical instrument. In the first clip, she shows us how to make tiny electric guitars using popsicle clips, and in the second, she crafts a mini acoustic.
Looking for a project to put basic welding skills to use? Check out this DIY idea from Ollari’s – a lamp with a shade made by welding a bunch of steel nuts around a curved form, and a base made out of the same. It’s a cool enough design that we’ll forgive his spelling of “baking soda.”
Maker and destroyer of things Giaco Whatever lives up to his name with a truly random project. He recently decided to build himself a replica of the galley from an airplane so he had a place to put his coffee maker in his shop. Of course, it helps that he had all the trolleys and bins.
You already know kiwami japan as the Iron Chef of knife making. Today’s secret ingredient is… POTATOES!!! First he turned a potato into a starchy powder, then mixed it with glycerin and vinegar to make a putty. After drying and cutting the putty, he sharpened it into a blade.
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