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DIY LED Video Wall

DIY LED Video Wall

It’s pretty clear from bitluni’s use of a chainsaw to cut his wood that he’s no carpentry expert, but he does know a thing or two about electronics. Check out the slick Arduino-controlled LED video wall he built in less than 24 hours. The parts list is in the video description on YouTube.

How Plywood Is Made

How Plywood Is Made

If you’ve ever wondered how trees are turned into plywood sheets, this video will answer your question. Paulownia shows us how a log is shaved into a ribbon of flat, pliable veneer, which is dried, layered, glued, pressed, then trimmed to form strong, flat boards.

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Making Elegant Ceramic Plates

Making Elegant Ceramic Plates

Ceramicist Jono Pandolfi’s studio creates exquisite dinnerware that has made its way into some of the most exclusive restaurants in the world. In this clip from Eater’s series Handmade, go inside his workshop to see how they transform clay into modern and minimal stoneware that we’d love to have on our dining table.

Making a Guitar from Nails

Making a Guitar from Nails

We’re gonna just go ahead and say it now… maker Tim Sway really nailed it with this build. While he wasn’t able to craft this electric guitar entirely out of nails, he still managed to keep its wooden core nice and small, and it looks particularly gnarly with all of those bent and rusty nails sticking out of its body.

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

HomeMadeModern shows us how to use 3D modeling software and a 3D printer to create a set of silicone molds for casting a concrete firepit. Despite the complex look, the entire design you see was created from just three different mold shapes.

How Condoms are Made

How Condoms are Made

A classic segment from How It’s Made which shows the process of transforming latex rubber into condoms. Obviously, it’s important that they don’t break, but we’re not sure what real world scenario they’re trying to simulate with that inflation test. We’re thinking they just do that one for fun.

Forging a Seax Bowie

Forging a Seax Bowie

Metalsmith Freerk Wieringa walks us through the lengthy process of transforming a steel blank into an incredible weapon – an oversized bowie knife that would make Crocodile Dundee proud. The grinding and sanding sequences are especially satisfying.

Shaving Fibonacci Spirals

Shaving Fibonacci Spirals

Master woodworker Paul Sellers posted this brief, but hypnotic clip of him carefully using his razor-sharp chisel to create perfect spirals of wood. We wonder how far he could go if he had a really long piece of wood.

Making a Guitar from Paper

Making a Guitar from Paper

With enough resin to bind it together, you can make a guitar out of just about anything. With a few glitches along the way, Burls Art managed to cut out a sweet looking electric guitar body using 800 sheets of paper, saturated with resin.

How It’s Made: Candy Canes

How It’s Made: Candy Canes

It may not be Christmas quite yet, but it’s always a good time for candy. Sit back, relax and enjoy the fascinating process behind the creation of these colorful holiday treats, from machines that pull hot sugar, to ones that transform a 100 lb. block of candy into a thin and twisty rope.

Cola Bottle Pellet Gun

Cola Bottle Pellet Gun

Maker The Q adds to his collection of homebrew toy weapons with a toy that rapid-fires pellets using compressed air stored in a backpack made from an array of plastic soda bottles. We’re wondering how much further you could scale this up with more bottles.

Restoring a Rusty Hammer

Restoring a Rusty Hammer

Builder Ollari’s takes a rusty old hammer head he found at a flea market and makes it look good as new after polishing away the rust and creating a new wooden handle from a hunk of ash. We’d be proud to hang the resulting sledgehammer over our workbench.

Making Rings from Bowling Balls

Making Rings from Bowling Balls

We’ve seen how it’s possible to turn a bowling ball into a bowl. Carpenter Carl Jacobson was kind enough to send some of the scraps to jewelry artist Patrick Adair, who managed to transform the leftovers into some really cool and colorful rings, complete with a finger hole design.

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Building a Rope and Wood PC

Building a Rope and Wood PC

Despite its popularity as a building material, wood is rarely used in the construction of PC cases. Bucking that trend, DIY Perks built a truly unique computer system from wood, with rope trim. We love how he incorporated the air cooling system as a sculptural design element.

Building a Wooden Vise

Building a Wooden Vise

Bench vises are typically made from metal. But John Heisz of I Build It decided to see if he could make a fully-functional version of the ubiquitous shop tool from the material it’s typically used to hold in place. Build guide here.

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

Maker of cool stuff Ollari’s shows us how to turn plywood into a sweet modern ceiling lamp which has a shade made from bent slats placed around its circumference. It actually doesn’t look that hard to do yourself with a little time, effort, and the proper tools.

Making a UFO Gyroscope

Making a UFO Gyroscope

Engineer BrunS is an expert at metalcraft. In this clip, he machines an impressive, smooth-spinning, 3-axis gyroscope toy that looks a bit like a flying saucer. Along the way, he fabricates a couple of simpler spinning tops to tease us, while his buddies pimp a phone for their sponsor.

Phonocut Home Vinyl Recorder

Phonocut Home Vinyl Recorder

This desktop device aims to democratize the creation of vinyl records. The Phonocut is designed to carve grooves directly into a 10″ wax disk, allowing for the creation of custom records at home. It’s makers are hoping for a 2020 release and will start raising funds on Kickstarter 10/15/19 at 4:20pm LA time.

DIY Pin Art Board

DIY Pin Art Board

Those pin art boards that you can press your face or other body parts into are cheap and easy to come by. But The Q decided he wanted a much bigger one, so he set about the arduous task of drilling 4,758 tiny holes into plywood, then poking a skewer through each one.

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

Builder Navin Khambhala aka “Mr. NK” shows us how to create a nifty, low-budget RC car that can climb stairs thanks to its Mars Rover inspired wheel mechanisms. It’s made from easy to find parts like PVC, hose clamps, and off-the-shelf motors and wheels.

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Eames Skateboard Chair

Eames Skateboard Chair

Builder Andrew Szeto created an awesome custom version of the iconic Eames lounge chair, replacing the traditional bent wood components with layers of laminated skateboard decks. We love the touch of color that Andrew’s design adds to this classic piece of furniture. More here.

DIY Cardboard Minifig Costume

DIY Cardboard Minifig Costume

Maker The Q built this awesome larger-than-life, fully-articulated LEGO minifig costume using cardboard and hot glue. With more than three weeks left until Halloween, you should have plenty of time to try and replicate the design yourself. Are you up to the challenge?

DIY Hardwood Flooring Katana

DIY Hardwood Flooring Katana

Bob Clagett of I Like to Make Stuff admittedly isn’t a weapon-making expert, but he sure knows his way around a bandsaw. In this clip, he shows us how he used some scraps of hardwood flooring to create a wooden practice katana with some very impressive results.

Making a Mini Pizza Oven

Making a Mini Pizza Oven

Hungry for just a little pizza? Tysy Tube Constructions might be able to help. Watch as they build a teeny tiny oven using miniature real bricks, and is capable of cooking actual pizzas. This is so much cooler than an Easy-Bake Oven.

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

Maker pocket83 walks us through the painstaking process of building a geodesic sphere which not only looks super cool, but offers up a good challenge for those fascinated with puzzles. See how to assemble the wood pieces and rubber bands here.

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