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.
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.”
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.
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.