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DIY Cardboard Lock

DIY Cardboard Lock

Watch as maker of things The Q crafts a fully-functional giant padlock from cardboard, plastic, hot glue, and syringes. While this oversize lock would easily be defeated with a cigarette lighter, it’s still a pretty nifty build.

Laser Cutting a Wood Bowl

Laser Cutting a Wood Bowl

BOSSlaser shows off a slick design – a decorative bowl that can be cut from a single sheet of plywood or acrylic. It comes into shape as it stretches like a giant spiral Slinky onto its stand. Gorgonaut’s original template is available on Thingiverse for download.

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Making a Knife from Plastic Wrap

Making a Knife from Plastic Wrap

After creating knives from fish, foil, and chocolate, pasta, Kiwami Japan shows us how to make a surprisingly sharp knife using ordinary plastic kitchen wrap. The main trick is to melt it down and flatten into a hardened sheet before sculpting it into a blade.

Making a Real Doomfist

Making a Real Doomfist

Adding to his collection of cool and dangerous toys, The Hacksmith and team recently built an insane working version of Doomfist’s spiked gauntlet from Overwatch. The unwieldy pneumatic fist can exert over 2600 pounds of force. Talk about a One Punch Man.

Aluminum Foil Frying Pan

Aluminum Foil Frying Pan

The Hydraulic Press Channel usually destroys things with their press, but this time they used the tremendous pressure it exerts to smoosh together a giant ball of aluminum foil, then shape it into a usable frying pan.

Aluminum Foil Knife

Aluminum Foil Knife

After showing us how to make surprisingly effective kitchen knives from chocolate, dried fish, and pasta. Kiwami Japan is back with a razor sharp blade handcrafted by hammering, heating, shaping, and sharpening an ordinary roll of aluminum foil.

DIY Flexible LED Work Lamp

DIY Flexible LED Work Lamp

Adam Savage recently found himself in need of a more versatile workbench lamp. So being the maker that he is, he crafted a snake-like LED light using off-the-shelf parts. Here’s the LED panel, Loc-Line, ball socket, flare nozzle, armature wire, and power supply he used.

How Duct Tape Is Made

How Duct Tape Is Made

A look inside the Duck Brand duct tape factory, where they transform rubber, gauze, and plastic into the super sticky, super strong material that’s a staple of every workshop. We wonder how quickly the Mythbusters could have built their duct tape canoe with that giant roll.

Making Damascus from a Chain

Making Damascus from a Chain

Metalsmith Dmitry Shevchenko (aka “Shurap“) continues to crank out knives using unconventional materials. After showing us how to make damascus steel from screws, washers, and cable, he’s back to craft the patterned metal from a car’s timing chain.

How Twizzlers Are Made

How Twizzlers Are Made

Some of our favorite candy treats are Twizzlers strawberry and cherry twists. In this excerpt from an episode of Unwrapped, we go inside Hershey’s Twizzlers factory, where machines spurt out seemingly endless red ropes and give them their trademark twisted shape.

How Model Trains Are Made

How Model Trains Are Made

An in-depth look inside Rapido Trains Inc.’s production facility in China, where workers painstakingly assemble scale model train engines and rail cars. Each model train body is individually molded, masked, painted, detailed, and assembled by hand.

Making a Wooden Knife

Making a Wooden Knife

While most knives are made from steel, they can certainly be made from other materials. Here, blademaker Kiwami Japan shows us how to transform a sheet of super-hard lignum vitae wood into a razor-sharp kitchen utensil, capable of slicing veggies just like a metal blade.

Cooking Macaroni, 1784-style

Cooking Macaroni, 1784-style

While there really is little difference between the way that macaroni was prepared back in 18th-century England and now, we were still completely drawn in by this video from Townsends about the joy of making and eating such a simple and delicious dish.

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Making a Mini Flamethrower

Making a Mini Flamethrower

Inspired by The Boring Company’s flamethrower, maker Peter Sripol decided to build his own version – though this one is smaller – and much more dangerous than the one Elon Musk was peddling. We love how he calls it a “Temperature Enhancement Device.”

Making a Wooden 8-Ball

Making a Wooden 8-Ball

Frank Howarth knows a thing or two about making spheres, so we couldn’t help but be transfixed as we watched him turn an ordinary block of walnut wood into a beautifully-smooth replica of an 8-ball. The round clamp he built for holding it on the CNC table is ingenious.

Making Damascus from Screws

Making Damascus from Screws

Metalsmith shurap bunched together a number of self-tapping screws, then heated, and repeatedly hammered them down flat to create a damascus-style patterned blade. Like his steel washer and cable blades, the finished knife has a truly unique and beautiful texture.

Making a Chocolate Knife

Making a Chocolate Knife

We’ve always assumed that chocolate was meant to be eaten, and not used as a kitchen utensil. But after you watch this video from Kiwami Japan, you’ll see how chocolate can not only be moulded into the shape of a knife, but it can be sharpened enough to actually cut food.

Making Soap by Hand

Making Soap by Hand

Eirik Moe captured the traditional process still used today in a soap factory in Nablus. After combining the ingredients of their olive oil soaps, the mixture is poured onto the floor, dried, measured into individual blocks, embellished with a mallet, then hand-cut.

Making Flaming Snowballs

Making Flaming Snowballs

After creating a mix of chilled acetone and water that was both slushy and flammable, The King of Random tried to make fiery snowballs using a similar technique. After a few false starts, he succeeded with gasoline-soaked snowballs. Kids, don’t try this at home.

V-One Circuit Board Printer

V-One Circuit Board Printer

Voltera’s machine lets you print two layer circuit boards right on your desktop. Its plotter lays down layers of silver-based conductive ink, making circuit prototyping and experimentation crazy simple. it can even prep, heat, and reflow solder for surface-mounted components.

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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.

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.

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