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Recycling a Washing Machine

Recycling a Washing Machine

Think that old washing machine in the alley is junk? Just give it to Jeremy Fielding, and he’ll tear it down and reuse its components to upgrade power tools, build clock mechanisms, or even make desk toys. He also builds stuff from vacuums and microwave ovens.

DIY Interactive LED Coffee Table

DIY Interactive LED Coffee Table

Shnatko shows off one of the coolest coffee tables we’ve ever seen. It’s got a matrix of 512 RGB LEDs he’s programmed to display a variety of animations, and proximity sensors which can be used to detect movement and objects, and change the display accordingly.

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Making a Cane Sword

Making a Cane Sword

Sit back and enjoy as Jimmy Diresta uses a slab of damascus steel and sticks of walnut wood to craft a cool cane with a rippled sword blade concealed in its handle. We love the locking mechanism he built, and watching it go from square to round is tremendously satisfying.

Forging Yasuo’s Blade

Forging Yasuo’s Blade

Man at Arms: Reforged made a replica of the Cancer Nameless Blade, the oversized katana wielded by the infamous League of Legends character Yasuo. Seeing authentic blade patterns being made never ceases to amaze us.

5-axis Machining Demo

5-axis Machining Demo

While the object being milled serves no purpose other than to show off the precision of its fabrication, we’re still mesmerized as a solid hunk of metal was carved into a tiny desktop sculpture using a Matsuura MX-330 5-axis mill driven by Autodesk’s PowerMill software.

The World’s Slowest Saw

The World’s Slowest Saw

“I designed and printed this nice little blade guide. It’s a little bit short though so I’m going to use this piece of wood to bring up the height.” YouTuber DangerousAndAwesome captures the spirit of the Internet – spending way too much time on something useless.

Making Fidget Spinners

Making Fidget Spinners

Those fidget spinner thingies are starting to turn up everywhere, but rather than buy some cheap mass-produced toy, our old pal Engineer BrunS decided to make some of his own. There are few things more satisfying than watching metal shavings go flying as it’s milled.

DIY Metal Gear Solid Gray Fox Mask

DIY Metal Gear Solid Gray Fox Mask

He’s that ninja! diegator spent about 7 months making a replica of the mask worn by Metal Gear Solid‘s cyborg ninja. The mask has light up parts and its front plates have servos to toggle them open and closed. He’s also planning to make a replica of Gray Fox’s body suit.

Making Million-Layer Damascus Steel

Making Million-Layer Damascus Steel

Appropriately named metalsmith Alec Steele starts out by welding 31 layers of steel together, then heats and repeatedly hammers them together so many times that he eventually hits one million layers. He later turned the resulting Damascus steel cube into a karambit knife.

Making a Trumpet Mouthpiece

Making a Trumpet Mouthpiece

Please forgive us for posting videos with Flight of the Bumblebee three times in the same week, but this clip that shows the process of crafting a Vincent Bach trumpet mouthpiece from a brass rod was too captivating to pass up.

DIY Vacuum Cannon

DIY Vacuum Cannon

Even though it sounds like a sci-fi weapon, vacuum cannons are actually easy to build. The only “hard” part is sucking the air out of them to reduce the air pressure. NightHawkInLight made one using a 4″ diameter PVC pipe and a 3″ diameter end cap as its projectile.

Making an Espresso Pot

Making an Espresso Pot

This Old Tony was in the mood for a cup of espresso, only he didn’t have an espresso maker around. So being a highly resourceful craftsman, he decided to grab a couple of hunks of aluminum, and set to lathing and milling his own from scratch.

DIY Wooden Sunglasses

DIY Wooden Sunglasses

His conversational tone makes this project sound easy, but I Like to Make Stuff actually makes us four-eyes thankful for mass-produced eyewear. We sure as hell couldn’t pull this off. First of all, we’d need glasses. Second, we don’t have nearly enough clamps.

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Making a Folding Bullet Knife

Making a Folding Bullet Knife

Miller Knives walks us through the process of transforming an inert piece of rifle ammunition into another, even more versatile kind of weapon – a pocket knife. Needless to say, unless you’re 100% certain the bullet is defunct, don’t try anything like this at home.

DIY Popsicle Stick NERF Blaster

DIY Popsicle Stick NERF Blaster

Sure, you can buy a NERF blaster for less than $10, but there’s something rewarding about making your own stuff. Here, Astonishing Studios shows us how to make a working NERF gun using popsicle sticks, straws, a syringe, and an ample dose of hot glue.

Planting Cassava and Yams

Planting Cassava and Yams

Primitive Technology set up a new garden to plant sweet cassava and yams – two crops that are relatively easy to maintain and produce lots of food. He also shows us the old stone hut that he built 10 years ago, and his pet mammoth turkey.

Trying to Make a Vacuum Chamber

Trying to Make a Vacuum Chamber

ElectroBOOM needed a vacuum chamber to see if his Tesla coil will still make sparks in a vacuum. But instead of buying one or looking up guides, he decided to wing it. “Sometimes spending money saves you more money and time.” We coulda told you that, Mehdi.

Rubber Band Refrigerator

Rubber Band Refrigerator

Applied Science shows off a thermodynamic property of rubber bands – that they change in temperature as they stretch and contract, then takes advantage of this to create a refrigerator. It’s not very effective, but still a cool idea. That Shaper CNC router is awesome too.

DIY Ocean Table

DIY Ocean Table

Woodworker I Like to Make Stuff tries his hand at concrete to make an ocean-themed table for his wife. He used the concrete as the bottom surface then added layers of blue-dyed clear epoxy resin to mimic the sea.

Learning to Hack a Coffee Maker

Learning to Hack a Coffee Maker

Serial fast learner Mike Boyd picked up an Arduino kit for beginners and figured out how to code and tinker with electronics so he could toggle his coffee maker using his phone. Check out his YouTube comment for the twist.

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Making a Karambit Knife

Making a Karambit Knife

For their latest video, Miller Knives walks us through the process of handmaking a micro karambit-style knife. We found the flying sparks, the sped-up sound of the belt sander, and the polishing of the handle to be especially satisfying.

Making a Sun Keeper

Making a Sun Keeper

Michael Cthulhu’s build videos are far more exhaustive than other weapon making videos, but we enjoyed being a fly on the wall in his metal shop, and hearing his him explain his thought process as he created a weighty replica of the Sun Keeper mace from Diablo III.

Glass Ribbon Machine

Glass Ribbon Machine

Corning Museum of Glass shares footage of a machine which produces lightbulbs, as a ribbon of molten glass is shaped through a mix of heat, air, and gravity. The now-defunct assembly line was in an OSRAM Sylvania factory and produced as many as 1600 bulbs per minute.

Bending a Coil Spring

Bending a Coil Spring

A fantastically satisfying bit of factory footage, in which a steel rod is heated and bent into the shape of a giant spring. The fire at the end is because of oil and dirt particles burning off. More hot coil-bending action here.

Making a Steampunk Lighter

Making a Steampunk Lighter

G.I Customs posted this cool time-lapse video that shows off the painstaking process of hand-machining a custom bronze and brass steampunk-style lighter. We would have liked to see how he created the skull design though.

DIY Locker Vending Machine

DIY Locker Vending Machine

Since his paper books have been replaced by digital ones, 17-year-old Blake Hawkins didn’t have much use for his school locker. So he built a soda vending machine that fit the cabinet perfectly. It has two dispensers that can hold up to six cans each. Instructions here.

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