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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.

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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Since his paper books have been replaced by digital ones, 17-year-old Blake Hawkins didn’t have much use for his school locker.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.

Harvesting Saffron

Harvesting Saffron

Saffron is a truly tasty flavoring, that’s also ridiculously expensive. Discovery UK shows us how much effort goes into harvesting this exotic spice. Next time you go to a Spanish restaurant, take a moment to think about these folks who worked so hard so you can enjoy your paella.

Making a Bed Shed

Making a Bed Shed

Primitive Technology’s new year’s resolution – whatever year it is in his dimension – must have been to sleep better. He built a shed that has enough space for a cot. It took him two weeks to make the shed and the bed frame, but he says he spent most of that time gathering grass.

Forging Elektra’s Sais

Forging Elektra’s Sais

Man at Arms: Reforged used two different methods to create replicas of Elektra’s – and Raphael’s – weapons of choice. They made one sai out of a single piece of metal, and the other with three pieces welded together.

DIY Cardboard Terminator Arm

DIY Cardboard Terminator Arm

MudbrainsTvDIY gives us a brief glimpse at an amazing build – he replicated the T-800 arm that Miles Dyson had in Terminator 2. It’s made entirely from cardboard, glue, and varnish. If you’ve got about 7 hours to spare, you can watch how he built it, step by laborious step.

Making a Wooden Soccer Ball

Making a Wooden Soccer Ball

Vladimir Zhilenko’s video is in Russian, but you don’t need to speak the language to admire his craft as he builds a wooden soccer ball replica. It required lots of geometry and patience, but the result is impressive. Sanding the edges into a sphere had to be so satisfying. Skip to 2:02.

Laser Cutting the Eiffel Tower

Laser Cutting the Eiffel Tower

Time-lapse footage of one of Thunder Laser’s cutting machines as it precisely slices through a sheet of MDF plywood, gradually revealing the intricate latticework of a flat-pack model of the Eiffel Tower. We don’t really need one, but we want one of these machines in our office now.

Making Victorian Candy

Making Victorian Candy

Tallahassee, Florida confectioner Lofty Pursuits shows off some of their old-school methods for making candies, as they pull melted sugar, crank it through vintage equipment, then crack it apart to create the final forms for their sweet treats. You can buy their candies here.

DIY Hot Glue Wallet

DIY Hot Glue Wallet

WeAreX shows off a fun technique for creating a DIY billfold entirely out of hot glue. The trick is using a cut-up soda can as the non-stick form for making the pieces. Just be careful not to cut your fingers on the sharp edges of the can.

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Sculptures by Alan Williams

Sculptures by Alan Williams

“I think in a way that destroying things is a creative process…” Alan Williams explains how his childhood knack for breaking and re-configuring toys inspired his design aesthetic. His current works are intricate animals with bio-mechanical bodies. A film by Ben Cox.

How Steel Wool Is Made

How Steel Wool Is Made

An old segment from How It’s Made which shows how a steel rod is gradually made thinner and thinner, then run through a metal shaving machine, and woven together to transform it into the scrubby cleaning material we’re familiar with.

Railroad Spike Tomahawk

Railroad Spike Tomahawk

Another amazing blacksmithing video by Miller Knives, in which he takes a rusty old railroad spike, and gradually hammers, grinds, and sculpts it into a completely usable tomahawk. We’d love to see what he could turn an old tomahawk into.

The Making of a Steinway

The Making of a Steinway

A look inside the process of crafting one of the world’s greatest grand pianos, from the careful bending of its frame, to the arduous hand-stringing of the soundboard, and precision placement and tuning of each key. Narrated by the late John H. Steinway.

Machining a Swiss Cube

Machining a Swiss Cube

This video from the Crown Point High School machine shop works on multiple levels. It’s not only a cool demonstration of how to create a complicated metal sculpture, but we’re also convinced the school has developed the ability to time travel back to the 1980s.

Toilet Paper Skateboard

Toilet Paper Skateboard

Lauri and Anni from the Hydraulic Press Channel took a break from their typical destruction to create something with their tools. By crushing rolls of toilet paper within an inch of their life, they were able to eventually come up with a semi-workable skateboard deck.

The Big Cloth

The Big Cloth

Jack Flynn and Nick David present a wonderful short documentary about the men and women who work tirelessly to weave, mill, dye, blend, spin, warp, finish, and stamp Scotland’s famous Harris tweed fabric.

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Making a Clock from Scratch

Making a Clock from Scratch

Clickspring edited down footage from their extensive 23-part video series of a long-term build which took them over 1,000 hours to create – an elegant, fully functional timepiece built entirely in their machine shop. Sit back and chill for the next 12 minutes of wonder.

Making a Kokeshi Doll

Making a Kokeshi Doll

We don’t usually play with dolls (just Funko figures), but we couldn’t resist sharing this video that showcases the craftsmanship that goes into handmaking these classic Japanese figurines. The part where artist Yasuo Okazaki applies the paint rings is just so satisfying.

Building a Pedal-Powered Strandbeest

Building a Pedal-Powered Strandbeest

For his latest one-day build, Adam Savage and his Tested pals cheated a bit, spending a couple of days cutting, welding, and assembling a complicated walking machine inspired by the work of Theo Jansen. And you thought assembling IKEA furniture was tricky.

Making Excalibur

Making Excalibur

Man at Arms: Reforged takes on what is perhaps the most famous sword of all time – King Arthur’s legendary Excalibur, as based on its appearance in the video game King of Avalon. It’s one of their most impressive builds, and the engraving alone is phenomenal.

Making a Coil Spring

Making a Coil Spring

If you’ve ever wondered how they make those giant springs used in the suspension systems of cars, check out this footage of a molten hot rod of steel as it’s bent around a moving cylinder, then quenched in a vat of oil to harden it.

Making a Folding Ring Knife

Making a Folding Ring Knife

Miller Knives walks us through the painstaking process of transforming a block of brass and a sheet of steel into a ring that has two tiny knife blades that fold out of it. It’s cool to see how making the blades is very similar to a normal knife, only smaller.

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