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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.

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.

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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!

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.

Making Cane Sandals

Making Cane Sandals

While we’re out here waiting for Flyknits and Primeknits, Primitive Technology took matters into his own hands and came up with the Protoweave. He made a pair of simple sandals out of loya cane so he can stunt in the jungle. And also protect his wrecked feet.

DIY Punch-activated Flamethrowers

DIY Punch-activated Flamethrowers

To celebrate the launch of Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Allen Pan of Sufficiently Advanced made one of the coolest – and hottest – gizmos we’ve ever seen: a flamethrower that spits fire when you throw a punch. Insure your fists, then find out how to make them here.

DIY Rocketeer Jetpack

DIY Rocketeer Jetpack

Prop maker David Guyton shares his favorite build yet: a steel replica of the Cirrus X-3 jetpack from The Rocketeer. It’s definitely not for beginners and takes a lot of time to build, but if you’re up to it keep an eye on his store for the free template.

DIY Mjolnir Headphone & USB Dock

DIY Mjolnir Headphone & USB Dock

A few years ago, Patrick Soriano made a replica of Thor’s hammer Mjölnir for a costume party, but he ended up using it as a headphone stand. He recently made a newer version that has an integrated USB hub, a headphone jack, a bottle opener and small shelves.

Porsche 911 Factory Video

Porsche 911 Factory Video

Porsche posted this cool behind-the-scenes video, which shows off some of the assembly process of its awesome gold and carbon fiber 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Watching the body meet the chassis was particularly satisfying, as was the Porsche logo on the wheels.

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DIY Drone Catcher

DIY Drone Catcher

Make It Extreme doesn’t like drones spying on them, so they decided to do something about it, and fabricated an anti-aircraft weapon that uses compressed air to launch a net, ensnaring any pesky drones in its webbing. It seems a bit complicated, but it does the job quite nicely.

Sculpting The Legend of Zelda’s Link

Sculpting The Legend of Zelda’s Link

Sculpture_Geek’s latest project is a clay bust of Link – hero of time, wielder of the Triforce of Courage, and boy of few words. The actual sculpting doesn’t start until 1:25 in, but it’s worth watching from beginning to end if you’re a fan of the series.

DIY Spider-Man Web Shooters

DIY Spider-Man Web Shooters

Odin Makes shows us how to make cheap but great-looking replicas of the web shooters that Spidey uses in Spider-Man: Homecoming. They’re made mainly out of foam floor mats and craft foam. If you want to make your own, you can get Odin’s patterns here.

Making Roadhog’s Chain Hook

Making Roadhog’s Chain Hook

Oh goodie. Man at Arms: Reforged makes another weapon from Blizzard’s hit FPS Overwatch. Their replica of Roadhog’s signature weapon may be relatively simple, but they still painstakingly forged, shaped and sanded the hook instead of fabricating most of it.

Inside The Bentley Wood Shop

Inside The Bentley Wood Shop

A look inside the factory where craftsmen painstakingly select, attach, laminate, sand, shape, glue, and finish each piece of wood that goes into Bentley Motors‘ extravagant vehicles. We appreciate the lack of music or voiceover so we can focus on the work at hand.

Bending Steel Tube

Bending Steel Tube

CMM Laser shows off a nifty construction method which uses lasers to cut flexible corners into square steel tube, allowing them to be bent into custom shapes and angles all from a single piece, and without a bending machine.

Keymu Keychain Retro Console

Keymu Keychain Retro Console

Inspired by Jeroen Domburg’s tiny Game Boy-style retro console, Vincent Buso made an even smaller video game system. The Keymu has a clamshell design similar to the Game Boy SP. It’s powered by Intel’s Edison computer and runs emulators on Debian.

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3D Printed Acorntainers

3D Printed Acorntainers

While 3D printers typically use filaments made purely from plastic, Make Anything shows off how a special composite filament called Timberfill can be used to create sandable, stainable wooden objects, like the cool acorn-shaped storage containers shown in the video.

Making a Sandwich Last a Year

Making a Sandwich Last a Year

A while back, How to Make Everything created every ingredient on a sandwich from scratch. However, he ran into a problem with items going bad, so he decided to see if he could make a sammie last for a year, using various preservation methods. We still wouldn’t eat it.

DIY Harry Potter Newspaper Poster

DIY Harry Potter Newspaper Poster

To show off his trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Piet Rullens Jr. fit a Raspberry Pi 3 and a screen behind a poster inspired by the series’ animated newspaper Daily Prophet, then programmed it so that the video plays when someone approaches the poster.

DIY Cardboard Vending Machines

DIY Cardboard Vending Machines

As long as you don’t get it wet or put it near fire, cardboard is a strong and versatile building material. The guys at Mini Gear show us how to make a number of nifty desktop vending machines using cardboard, rubber bands, and hot glue as their primary materials.

DIY 2-Player Pinball Machine

DIY 2-Player Pinball Machine

Get Hands Dirty made a beautiful two-player pinball machine mainly by carving wood and acrylic parts using the X-Carve CNC machine. It doesn’t have electronic parts, but the execution is still top-notch. Complete design files and parts list available on Inventables.

How to Fix a Canon Printer

How to Fix a Canon Printer

…or: How to Make a Huge Wooden Hammer. YouTuber John Heisz undermined his editing and crafting skills by giving away his video’s twist right from the get go. But it’s still DIY porn, with bonus revenge for anyone who’s ever been frustrated with gadgets.

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