DIYer mathisox made door ajar indicators for his old van that keep the vehicle’s retro charm. He attached switches to the van’s doors that activate motors attached to a toy car. If a door on the van is open, the corresponding door would also be open on the toy.
Metalsmith Miller Knives is at it again, this time digging into his bin of hardware to create a teensy version of a Japanese Kunai throwing knife from a stainless steel bolt. It might not be the most effective weapon at this size, but it still is pretty stabby.
Glass artist James Mongrain and a team of assistants demonstrate the painstaking process of turning a molten blob of glass into an intricately scaled dragon in this 1-hour video from the Corning Museum of Glass. It’s also the most soothing thing you’ll watch today.
Science Channel takes inside a factory that cranks out laptop computers like the one you might be looking at this very minute. The assembly starts out using high speed robots to pick and place parts on its circuit boards, but the rest is a labor-intensive, manual process.
A mesmerizing look at a machine designed for the high-speed production of paper cups. It starts out with flat sheets of paper, rolls them onto a form, glues the seam, then adds the bottom, and eventually rolls the top edge, cranking out as many as 130 cups per minute.
A look inside the P. van der Wegen Gear factory, where they make enormous gears for mining applications. While the process of milling these massive parts is truly fascinating, we can only imagine what they look like when in use in the machinery they’re destined for.
Make It shows off a very impressive DIY build project – a substantial desk made from reclaimed pallet wood. It features a hidden compartment in its top for storing his laptop, keeping it out of sight when not in use. There’s also a space for hiding a power strip.
For his latest project, metalsmith Shurap created a gigantic chisel using numerous layers of steel. The oversized tool is designed for woodworking, but is so beautiful that it could just be a work of art on a stand. Watch how the intricately-carved handle was made here.
An excerpt from Science Channel’s How It’s Made which takes us inside of a factory that churns out millions of paintballs every year. It turns out these painful projectiles are basically made from the same stuff that gummy bears are made of – though we bet they don’t taste as good.
There are few more relaxing places than sitting in an old adirondack chair overlooking a lake. But if you want a little more room to spread out, check out this gargantuan version by Jackman Works. Want one for yourself? Just grab these plans and double the dimensions.
Using cardboard for its shell, and popsicle sticks and R/C car parts for its drivetrain, V. Idea created a miniature utility truck with spinning brushes that sweep up lightweight objects from the sidewalk in front of it. Hot glue is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin has the best voice of any artist since Bob Ross, so that just makes his video of how to build a robot sculpture from found objects that much more charming. He also provides useful advice on soldering nearby joints without ruining adjacent ones.
YouTuber Lignum walks us through the steps it took to build this impressive bent wood lounge chair that looks like it came straight out of an expensive designer furniture collection. Despite its delicate looks, it has no problem holding the weight of a 220 lb adult.
BrainfooTV shows us how to make nifty little rockets using ordinary household items like aluminum foil and strike-anywhere matches. They fire as far as 60 feet, and are surprisingly stable and accurate. The tailfins aren’t required, but they do make them look cooler.
There are countless lens add-ons for smartphones, many of which are under $10. But if you’re really, really cheap, or just like to hack stuff, Chris Notap’s video will show you how to recycle lenses from cheap thrift store cameras, with shockingly good results.
While we prefer the aroma of a fresh cut Christmas tree, sometimes it’s nice to not have to deal with all of those needles on the floor. The Science Channel and Insider take us inside a factory that makes oversize fake Xmas trees to show us how they come together.
Jackman Works walks us through the complex process of making wooden coasters with a cool diamond pattern. He starts out with sticks of old pallet wood, stacks and laminates them with glue, cuts them on the diagonal, then slices, CNC carves circles, and finishes each one.
Like larger mosaics, micromosaics are images made up of numerous small colored pieces. But these are made using tweezers to lay in tiny pieces of glass. They look like paintings from any distance. The Victoria and Albert Museum shares footage of the painstaking process.