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How to Make a Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Make a Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Make Everything made a simple Thanksgiving dinner, though not 100% from scratch. Still, the process involved planting herbs and mushrooms, harvesting beets and cranberries and yes, shooting a wild turkey. Watch every step here.

Restoring a Rusty Knife

Restoring a Rusty Knife

Watch as this skilled Japanese knife sharpener takes a rusty old kitchen knife and makes it good as new, with a little cleaning compound, some water, sharpening stones, and lots of good old elbow grease.

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How to Make a Root Beer Float

How to Make a Root Beer Float

After making a sandwich and a suit from scratch, How to Make Everything host Andy George shows us how to create a soda fountain favorite from raw ingredients. It only cost him $900 and took days of work, but at least he can call it “handcrafted.” Watch every step here.

Inside the Gibson Acoustic Factory

Inside the Gibson Acoustic Factory

While we were touring the mountains in the new 2016 Camaro SS (yeah, hard life, we know), we dropped by the Bozeman, Montana factory where Gibson Acoustic has been crafting guitars for the last 30 years. Incredibly, almost every step of the process is still done by hand.

The Superhero of Cosplay

The Superhero of Cosplay

Wired talks to Shawn Thorsson, whose life changed course after he saw a trailer for the first Iron Man movie. After making a replica of Tony Stark’s suit, Shawn never looked back and has been making amazing costumes and prop replicas ever since.

Building a New Jaguar E-Type

Building a New Jaguar E-Type

More than 50 years after its initial creation, Jaguar started building a handful of new E-Type sports cars with aluminum bodies. Watch the British automaker once again handcraft this beautiful car in this 5-minute video from inside Jaguar’s Coventry factory.

Making a Glass Horse

Making a Glass Horse

A master glass blower in Italy shows how to take a blob of molten glass and transform it into a detailed sculpture in seconds, massaging the searing hot material into a prancing horse with tongs and scissors. Skip to 1:00.

Multiple Milling Machine

Multiple Milling Machine

Footage of a relatively simple, yet ingenious 4-axis industrial milling machine that can cut, engrave and shape up multiple objects simultaneously. These sort of machines are most often used to make decorative woodwork, furniture legs, or small sculptures.

Making a Baseball Bat

Making a Baseball Bat

Make’s Darbin Orvar shows how to craft a baseball bat from three pieces of walnut and rough-sawn maple wood that she cuts, trims, smooths, laminates, then hand-tools and finishes on her lathe. It’s a tremendous amount of work, but an impressive result.

Dad Builds a Dinosaur

Dad Builds a Dinosaur

Jockeying for the title of “Coolest Dad of the Year,” builder Izzy Swan took his drill-powered walking machine and turned it into a 10 foot-tall T.Rex for his son. Its legs, mouth, and tail move. We think it should be named “Mechasaurus Rex,” but it’s simply known as “Bob.”

Cutaway

Cutaway

(PG-13) An episode in a single handyman’s life, told through his hands and the things they touch. In filmmaking, a cut-in is a close up shot of something in the main scene. A cutaway is a model with its exterior removed, exposing what’s inside. A vivid short by Kazik Radwanski.

Building a Hut from Scratch

Building a Hut from Scratch

Primitive Technology shows us how he created a complete, heated shelter using nothing more than rudimentary handmade tools, trees, strips of cane and mud. He even made his own roof tiles from clay, using a kiln he made with similar techniques. The total build took him 102 days.

How Rubber Mats are Made

How Rubber Mats are Made

A fascinating sequence from the Discovery show How It’s Made, in which used old tires are shredded and turned into tiny particles which can then be melted down and turned into new rubber mats, in a great examples of recycling what would have once just sat in a landfill.

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Forging The Bride’s Katana

Forging The Bride’s Katana

“When we let things convey unto us, that is true artistic expression. But when we try to convey ourselves onto things, that is delusion.” Man at Arms Reforged made a katana from scratch using traditional Japanese tools and techniques.

Reviving a Masterwork

Reviving a Masterwork

The Met takes us inside the painstaking, 10-month process of restoring a massive oil painting from 1660, first removing old varnish, then repairing its structure and canvas, restretching the canvas, touching up paint, and revarnishing it.

How Toy Figures Are Made

How Toy Figures Are Made

The Science Channel’s How It’s Made take us inside the Scleich toy factory, as a dinosaur design goes from sketch to digital and wax models, to molds, resulting in an injection-molded figurine ready for handpainting and assembly.

What’s Inside a Golf Ball?

What’s Inside a Golf Ball?

It’s something most of us have wondered at some point, and thanks to the guys at Golf Digest and The Scene, we don’t have to dig out the power tools to find out for ourselves. It’s pretty cool to see how many different materials they found.

Fast Laser Etching

Fast Laser Etching

Watch an incredibly detailed work of art emerge from a sheet of metal at LasX Industries Inc. as it’s burned using an impressively quick computer-guided laser beam. The sound it makes is nearly as satisfying as the visuals.

Drawer-making Saw Blade

Drawer-making Saw Blade

Woodworker Andrew Klein believes he’s come up with a quick way to make a drawer or box out of a single sheet of wood using a few asymmetrical cuts, and has designed a custom saw blade for his technique.

Cube in a Cube in a Cube

Cube in a Cube in a Cube

Modern machinery has enabled the creation of all kinds of seemingly impossible objects. But this amazing three-layered cube was created using a hunk of metal, a lathe and drill bits, masterfully manipulated by craftsman Инженер BrunS.

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Harvesting Cinnamon

Harvesting Cinnamon

Who here among us knew that cinnamon is actually tree bark? In this short clip from our friends over at Foodie, we go inside Sumatra’s laborious process of scraping and harvesting the bark to make the tasty and versatile spice.

The Book Restorer

The Book Restorer

Shuri Bakaseru (The Fascinating Repairmen) shows Nobuo Okano at work. Okano has been restoring books by hand for over 30 years. The video is in Japanese, but you’ll clearly understand his meticulous process. More here.

Building a Bamboo Eiffel Tower

Building a Bamboo Eiffel Tower

Once you get past the silly computer voiceovers, you’ll be treated to the construction of an incredibly detailed scale model of Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower, built from 2779 sticks of bamboo by artist Srinivas Thatipally. Feeling ambitious now?

Rebuilding a Chevy Small Block

Rebuilding a Chevy Small Block

This time-lapse video from Hagerty Classic Cars celebrates the Chevy small-block V8, one of the greatest and most versatile engines ever made. With the help of Thirlby Automotive, they rip one down, then rebuild it like new. (Thanks Justin!)

Candy Labs: Handmaking Candy

Candy Labs: Handmaking Candy

The candy artists of Montreal’s La Confiserie Candy Labs demonstrate how they make their amazing hand-rolled hard candies. The arduous 3-hour process has been condensed to 9-minutes by Sterokroma. Order the finished candies here.

How to Cut Glass

How to Cut Glass

We know that you cut panes of glass by scoring them before snapping them apart, but this footage showing how to quickly transform a large pane of glass into several smaller pieces without shattering them is still immensely satisfying.

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