When you buy saw blades from the hardware store, you can expect them to be made from steel. But maker Ivan Miranda wanted to see if it would be possible to make his own saw blades from other materials. He tested out a few designs using 3D-printed plastic and laser-cut aluminum with some very mixed results.
You can run down to the Home Depot and pick up a tool that uses gunpowder or compressed air to drive nails. I Did a Thing tried his hand at building his own explosive-powered nail gun, but his looks like a hammer, plus, it’s much more dangerous than off-the shelf tools. Kids, don’t dance barefoot on your lathe.
Remember that time Colin Furze built a ridiculously tall bicycle? Well, The Real Life Guys have outdone that by some measure. After being set loose in the Urban-Drivestyle bike factory, they fabricated a 16-foot-tall bicycle with seating for six. The video is in German, but insane builds are a universal language.
Builder Tim Sway dusted off an old drum kit he found in the trash and gave it a whole new life. What makes these drums really special is that he crafted their bodies by recycling hollow core closet doors. He then reused the old hardware and added new Remo drumheads. Tim has previously made guitars from a similar material.
Random Hands had an old anvil he used for blacksmithing tasks. When it was time to replace the rusty old thing, he chopped out a 40-pound chunk from its center and gradually reworked it into Thor’s mighty hammer, Mjölnir. Stick around to the end to see if he’s worthy and can lift it.
We always enjoy seeing craftspeople turn one kind of object into another. Maker Jimmy Diresta shows off his blacksmithing skills by melting down a steel crowbar in his forge, hammering it into the shape of a bowie knife, and crafting a wood and brass handle. He only used about a third of the metal, so he could probably make another.
Since the start of the pandemic, the world has been using huge amounts of personal protective equipment. The Brothers Make teamed up with recycler ReWorked to see what they could do with the plastic found in disposable face masks. They melted and extruded the resulting polypropylene granules into the parts for a park bench.
Hydroforming is the process of shaping metal structures by inflating them with pressurized water or air. Maker Connor Holland has been experimenting with the technique, and shared this compilation of some of the more interesting and satisfying results. The pillow one looks like a metal whoopee cushion.
Clamps are usually made from metal for a good reason. After all, they need to be able to withstand a decent amount of stress as they’re tightened. While it might not be the most practical of workbench tools, we do love the craft and engineering of this plywood vise grip clamp built by carpenter John Heisz.
Burls Art and his pal went camping in search of wood and other materials they could build a guitar from. In addition, they built the instrument in the forest entirely using hand tools. It didn’t take long to forage the supplies, but it took nearly a week in the woods to create the guitar.
Maker Laura Kampf wanted an overland-style trailer to carry items behind her bike. Rather than going with an off-the-lot model, she built her own by taking the shells from two wheelbarrows and hinging them together atop an axle and wheels. The spare tire on the back is a nice touch.
Most of the time when you see a leather bag, it’s stitched and maybe glued together. But builder Jimmy Diresta is used to working with more substantial hardware than that, so he set about handcrafting a rugged, squared-off bag using metal rivets to hold it together.
After winning more eBay auctions than he expected to, modder Peter Knetter had some extra Nintendo Switch handhelds lying around. So he took one of them and gave it a complete makeover – covering its plastic case and buttons with wood ones. It’s definitely thicker and heavier than the original, but it’s certainly unique.
Make Anything’s Tippi Tree is a party game that challenges players to stack and interlock blocks but in a more organic way than Jenga. Maker Devin Montes has now built a giant version of the game out of wood. If you want to play some Tippi Tree for yourself, you can purchase the design for 3D printing from MyMiniFactory.
After turning himself into an ostrich, Bobby Duke took a rusty railroad spike and transformed it into an mini fighting knife inspired by a design by Kyle Royer. Towards the end of the video, the normally ebullient Duke opens up about his struggles with depression, reminding us that mental health issues can affect anyone.
After defeating JustDustin’s “unbreakable” box, the guys from Hacksmith Industries decided it might be fun to build their own incredibly strong see-through enclosure to send back to Dustin. But first, Hacksmith conducted their own durability testing – including a beatdown by a forklift and an entire crossfit class.
DanCreator / Cardboard Crafts built this full-size vending machine mostly out of cardboard. When a user inserts a coin, it dispenses a Cup Noodle instant ramen cup of their choice and then pours the right amount of hot water into the cup with the push of a button.
Velcro and other similar fasteners are made using an interlocking pattern of tiny hooks and loops. Builder Kurahito wanted to see if the same technique could be applied to wood, allowing for two pieces to stick together without glue or other hardware. The results are mixed, but we can see the potential for this to work.
A while back, Shadow Foam built a custom-cut foam tool organizer for their Makita power tools. After moving to a new workshop, they built an upgraded version using their new and improved foam, and incorporating feedback from followers. You can purchase Shadow Foam for your own projects here.
Inspired by those mechanical boxing gloves which turn up in comics and cartoons, JBV Creative wanted to replicate the idea using 3D printing. He initially built a couple of small ones which deploy with the push of a trigger, then upgraded it with a ridiculously long scissor mechanism. 3D print files available here.
Robinson Foundry crafted this useful brass kitchen gadget using a 3D printed measuring cube as a starting point. Like some of his other creations, he used the “Lost PLA” method to create a ceramic mold around the 3D print and then melted away the plastic. We wonder how accurate it is compared to the original.
Costume armorer David Guyton shows us how it’s possible to sculpt a sheet of aluminum into the shape of a human face. It’s a time-consuming process to stretch and bend the metal, but with enough practice and the right tools, you could make one too. He also posted a tutorial on how to make a matching Roman helmet.
Russian bladesmiths Vasver Blades shows off the process of making one of their impressive handcrafted knives. This particular specimen is an imposing 20″ long bowie knife, crafted from D2 steel, with a titanium and Karelian birch handle and a mammoth tooth inlay. You can find a selection of their knives for sale on Etsy.
Artist Ray Whitby shows how he created a unique cylindrical jigsaw puzzle. He first designed and 3D printed the pieces using wood PLA filament, sealed them with superglue, and filled them with blue resin. He then attached the pieces and turned them on a lathe. Using latex to protect the pieces from excess resin was key.