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Turning a Hammer into an Axe

Turning a Hammer into an Axe

Need an axe but all you have lying around the shop is a hammer? Miller Knives transforms one into the other, through a painstaking process that mostly involves pounding and grinding the hammerhead’s ends until they take on the desired form.

Ping Pong for One

Ping Pong for One

Master of making stuff The Q is back with another cool build, though this one is decidedly less complex than his other creations. It’s a tiny, handheld ping pong table, which lets you bounce the ball back and forth between the sides when you can’t find a partner.

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Making a Tiny Katana

Making a Tiny Katana

Wielded by samurai (and The Walking Dead’s Michonne), the katana is one of the ultimate bladed weapons. Now learn to make your own mini razor-sharp katana thanks to BrainfooTV, who show us how to craft one with household tools. Take that, strawberry!

The Simpkins Candy Factory

The Simpkins Candy Factory

A hypnotic video of the people and machines working tirelessly inside the factory of UK confectionary company Simpkins, who has been making its colorful hard candies and packing them up in its iconic round tins for nearly 100 years.

Making a Water-powered Hammer

Making a Water-powered Hammer

Primitive Technology made a proto-robot arm. The monjolo is a hydraulically-powered hammer that’s often used to grind beans or grain. When water fills the trough, it lifts the hammer’s head. The empty trough then rises, and the head falls down.

Making Mini Perrier Bottles

Making Mini Perrier Bottles

Miniature model maker HMS2 shows us how even a complex real-world object like a see-through Perrier bottle can be put through the shrinker ray. The process requires painstaking detail work to create a teeny mold for casting clear resin bottles. Amazing.

DIY Multi-function Bench

DIY Multi-function Bench

We’re not sure we’ve had enough caffeine to handle the enthusiasm of the Aussie surfer dude presenting this video from Better Homes and Gardens, but we can certainly get behind the design of this cool piece of DIY furniture, which can change forms to suit a variety of needs.

Popsicle Stick Wolverine Claws

Popsicle Stick Wolverine Claws

Is there anything The Q can’t make? The mysterious YouTube builder shows us how to make a set of nasty claws like Wolverine’s – without using any adamantium. These ones are made from popsicle sticks, toothpicks, rubber bands, paper, and a bit of Krazy Glue.

Flying Fidget Spinner

Flying Fidget Spinner

For Inventables’ fidget spinner challenge, Giaco Whatever decided to see if he could make one that could float in mid air. After a bunch of experimentation, he was able to get it to work by placing it between two opposing magnetic fields, and spinning it for stabilization.

Forging a Drawknife

Forging a Drawknife

One of the most necessary tools in any woodworker’s toolbox is the drawknife. Watch as blacksmith Torbjörn Åhman walks us through every step of the process to turn a hunk of steel into a useful tool. We love how one of the tools he uses in his craft is a log. (Thanks Victor!)

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

You’ll need to take 29 minutes out of your busy life to watch the entire video, but you should at least check out the first minute as artist Shaun Hughes shows off one of his most awesome creations, a 1973 Lincoln Penny that he’s re-engraved with a skull and intricate scrollwork.

How Jawbreakers Are Made

How Jawbreakers Are Made

We’ve seen how jawbreakers can be crushed and melted, now watch how they they’re made. Each bone-crunching candy starts out as a tiny compressed sugar pellet, and gradually grows through a ridiculously loud process of tumbling in sugar, flavorings, and food coloring.

Deadly NERF Gun Mod

Deadly NERF Gun Mod

Backyard engineer Peter Sripol turned a NERF rifle into a souped-up airsoft gun with a fairly large barrel. Then he loaded the gun with all sorts of improvised projectiles, such as AA batteries, 6″ nails, and fireworks. This guy’s going to be just fine in the apocalypse.

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Building a Matchstick House

Building a Matchstick House

The Q shows us how to build a structurally-sound miniature house entirely out of wooden matchsticks, without any glue, then proceeds to burn it to the ground. Build one for yourself, and you’ll feel like a god as you control the fate of your tiny architectural creation.

Learning to Make a Ring

Learning to Make a Ring

…and not just a ring, THE ring. Student of the world Mike Boyd took a big risk by deciding to make his girlfriend’s engagement ring with his own two hands. Don’t worry, it ends well. Excellent job Mike, and congratulations!

The Birth of a Dugout Canoe

The Birth of a Dugout Canoe

The Northmen Guild (fka John Neeman Tools) made this short film showing engineer and wood craftsman Rihards Vidzickis making one of his specialties: a dugout canoe. The process took place over a few months. We just want that paddle.

DIY Shuriken Fidget Spinner

DIY Shuriken Fidget Spinner

Remember that time in school where you said you don’t need to know geometry? Builder John Heisz shows us how wrong we were with the precise diagramming needed to create an awesome throwing star that doubles as a fidget spinner. He also made one out of wood.

Kniterate

Kniterate

A CNC knitting machine. Kniterate (knit + iterate) lets you create apparel and accessories (or at least their prototypes) out of digital templates. You’ll be able to design templates using Kniterate’s web app or import previously made designs.

Cold-casting 3D Prints

Cold-casting 3D Prints

Designer Paul Braddock of the Mold3D Channel demonstrates how to use objects made with a 3D printer to create silicone molds for casting items from a mix of metal powder and resin, giving them a sturdy and substantial part with a weathered metallic look with actual rust.

DIY Knife Upgrade

DIY Knife Upgrade

Carbide3D shows us how to use one of their cool desktop CNC machines to carve upgraded wood and metal parts for a cheap Milwaukee Fastback knife. It’s a great demonstration of how desktop fabrication tools can make quick work of otherwise difficult tasks.

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DIY Cardboard Coin Sorter

DIY Cardboard Coin Sorter

The Q shows us how with just cardboard, a knife, a ruler, and some glue, you can make a simple sorter for coins of any denomination. To make one for your country’s coins, you just need to tweak the widths of the openings.

DIY Bluetooth Scoreboard

DIY Bluetooth Scoreboard

I Like To Make Stuff built his own scoreboard using an Arduino 101, LEDs, MDF and a ton of 3D-printed bulbs. For such a simple device, it took an extraordinary amount of work to make. No wonder these things are expensive. We’ll stick to apps and monitors.

Making Robots from Soda Cans

Making Robots from Soda Cans

ApolloCrowe from Carbide 3D uses one of their Nomad desktop CNC machines to slice up soda cans, and transforms them into parts for a pair of robot sculptures. There’s a lot of handwork involved after the aluminum is cut, but it’s still cool to watch the machine work its magic.

DIY Jurassic Park Amber Cane Replicas

DIY Jurassic Park Amber Cane Replicas

Peter Brown and pocket83 teamed up to make a pair of replicas of the amber-topped bone cane owned by Jurassic Park’s creator John Hammond. Brown waited for over a year to capture crane flies for the amber topper. Watch pocket83’s part here.

Making Termite Clay Pottery

Making Termite Clay Pottery

Primitive Technology has almost exhausted his supply of clay from the nearby creek, so he tried using the clay from termite mounds to make pottery. He found out that the termite clay is too smooth and plastic, but is good enough for simple pottery.

The Sunrise Dovetail Joint

The Sunrise Dovetail Joint

Carpenter Theo Cook shows off just how tightly and precisely two pieces of wood can be joined together, using an ancient Japanese technique called a “sunrise dovetail” joint, which avoids the need for nails or other fasteners.

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