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.
THE BEST Making
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.
A look at how the Northmen Guild make their White Wolf Bowie knife. The blade is mainly made of stainless steel, carbon and chromium. The handle is made from walnut while the guard and pommel are made of silver. The knife also comes with a custom made leather sheath.
Flight fanatic Peter Sripol has built his share of small, unmanned flying machines, but he’s now turned his attention to something a bit bigger, building himself a single-seat aircraft powered by electric motors, and airworthy enough that he was willing to be its test pilot.
Woodworker Frank Howarth shows off a truly amazing build – a giant version of a human eyeball, meticulously handcrafted by layering and turning rings of cherry, birch, walnut, and ebony wood. We love the way it shines in the light under all that lacquer and wax.
The Q shows us how to use plastic soda bottles, tire valves, tubing, and a few other bits to build a homebrew compressed air weapon which can fire a seemingly endless stream of pellets. We’re thinking you could ramp this thing up to include as many soda bottles as you can carry.
The Q shows us how to create a battery-powered trap that can safely catch a rat or other small creature behind bars, using cardboard, wooden sticks, hot glue, and a simple electronic trigger. We’re sure a rodent could chew through it quickly, but it’s still a neat build.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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