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Making

Casting a Sword from Pennies

Casting a Sword from Pennies

How to Make Everything decided to how many U.S. one cent coins it would take to make a copper sword. He first had to separate older and newer pennies to get the ones that are mostly copper, then set about the task. We’d love to see the blade patina over time.

Skateboards into Beer Bottle

Skateboards into Beer Bottle

Crafter Luke Reed self-admittedly isn’t a wood lathe expert, but we’re still impressed with the results of his first ever lathe project – taking a stack old skateboard decks, laminating them together, then shaping them into a wooden beer bottle.

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How Bubble Gum Is Made

How Bubble Gum Is Made

This classic How It’s Made takes us inside the Dubble Bubble factory, where they make mass quantities of chewy, fruity gum meant for blowing bubbles. And if you ever wondered if it was okay to swallow your gum, the “made of plastics and rubbers” bit might dissuade you.

Making an Air Conditioner from a Brick

Making an Air Conditioner from a Brick

Slivki Show demonstrates how you can use a couple of cheap computer fans, a plastic tray, and some water to turn a brick into a desktop air conditioner. The porous nature of the brick, and the cutouts in the one used here, turn it into a surprisingly efficient cooling device.

Making The Shivering Truth

Making The Shivering Truth

If you haven’t watched the pilot of The Shivering Truth, take a few moments to pop it open in another tab. Then come back and watch this equally engrossing behind the scenes reel that reminds us just how much work goes into producing original stop-motion animation.

DIY Potato Can Gun

DIY Potato Can Gun

Given the fact that this weapon uses an electric spark and exploding butane gas to fire a large spherical projectile, American Hacker is very quick to point out that you should NOT try this at home. We agree, but it sure is fun to hear the sound of this thing in action.

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.

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.

Geodesic Dome Kit

Geodesic Dome Kit

Build your own dome-shaped structure with this unique set of connectors. Simply add wooden sticks, and attach Hubs‘ sturdy, adjustable joints to build a geodesic dome in under an hour. The kit supports structures up to about 66 lb, and as big as 16 feet in diameter.

Recycling a Bearing Sleeve

Recycling a Bearing Sleeve

Among his many projects, maker M.N. Projects likes to take old bits of metal and transform them into shiny new objects. Here, he takes the sleeve from a large bearing, cuts out a section, flattens it, and sharpens it into a tomahawk.

Building a Primitive Pool

Building a Primitive Pool

Want a pool in your backyard? You could go with a cheap above-ground one, or a pricey cement pond, or you could do what the guys from Primitive Survival Tool did, and just construct one from scratch. And this one has a secret room in the middle that you can hide in.

Making a Plywood Sphere

Making a Plywood Sphere

Keith Williams of Oddball Gallery shows off a sculpture he created from birch plywood. He first cut and assembled 180 triangular pieces into a geodesic orb, then sanded it to smooth the edges and reveal its grain. The sander time-lapse is so awesome. Here’s its little brother.

DIY Cardboard Hot Wheels Loop

DIY Cardboard Hot Wheels Loop

While you can certainly just go buy a Hot Wheels set, Mini Gear thinks its more fun to build your own track from scratch. He proves yet again that with cardboard, popsicle sticks, hot glue, and rubber bands, you can make just about anything with enough time and effort.

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How to Make a Moon

How to Make a Moon

Want a cool replica of the moon for your desk? Check out this clip from How to, who shows us how you can use a plastic sphere, candle wax, sandpaper, and paint to cast and sculpt a nifty, textured lunar model. We suppose if you stuck a wick in it, you could make a moon candle.

Making a “Bolt” Dagger

Making a “Bolt” Dagger

Cut from a flat plate of steel, Miller Knives‘ deadly jagged dagger isn’t exactly the most traditional form of metalsmithing we’ve seen, but the resulting weapon is too awesome not to share, and we’re guessing it would be nearly impossible to pull of using a forging process.

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 Blue Blade from Mesh

Making a Blue Blade from Mesh

Metalsmith Shurap walks us through the process of laminating layers of stainless steel screen into a sweet damascus knife, layering the steel and pressing it repeatedly to create its swirled patterns, then anodizing it to bring out the blue tones.

DIY LED Timber Floor Lamp

DIY LED Timber Floor Lamp

Modustrial Maker teamed up with fellow builder Jonny Builds to transform a huge honkin’ wooden timber beam and sheets of steel into a sculptural ambient floor lamp, loaded up with LED strips that display patterns in reaction to music. We want one of these in our office.

How Roulette Wheels are Made

How Roulette Wheels are Made

When you visit casinos, it’s pretty easy to take all the grandeur for granted, but a lot of craftsmanship goes into everything you see on the gaming floor, such as the precisely balanced roulette wheels made by SET-Production shown in this brief factory video.

Milling Copper Rings

Milling Copper Rings

Watch as a solid block of copper is magically transformed into a set of linking rings with the help of talented metalsmith Viktor Leontiev and his trusty milling machine. The finished piece looks great set onto its hand-turned wooden base.

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Making Spherical Glass Speakers

Making Spherical Glass Speakers

YouTuber Jisaku kōbō recently showed us how to upgrade cheap speakers with custom wood enclosures. He’s back to show how a pair of glass fish bowls can work with off-the-shelf speaker drivers. Every time he drilled into the glass, we cringed a little.

DIY Chainmaille Time-lapse

DIY Chainmaille Time-lapse

Evan Snider walks us through the process of crafting a completely handmade chainmaille shirt, painstakingly assembled from thousands of copper rings, individually opened, then linked over the course of 66 hours. The finished shirt weighs in at about 25 pounds.

The Pumpkin Hovercraft

The Pumpkin Hovercraft

To celebrate the Halloween season, maker and tinkerer William Osman and his pals decided to see if they could transform a pumpkin into a working hovercraft. They used a vacuum cleaner as its primary source of flotation, and a couple of small drone motors to steer it.

Turning a Bowl on a Table Saw

Turning a Bowl on a Table Saw

We recently saw how a table saw could be pushed outside of its comfort zone by using one to create wood spindles. Now, woodworker French River Springs shows us how he was able to make a turned wood bowl using a table saw, a drill, and a custom jig. The fun starts at 8:21.

DiResta’s Zombie Apocalypse Weapon

DiResta’s Zombie Apocalypse Weapon

Builder Jimmy Diresta decided to toss his hat into the ring for Dirty Smith’s 2018 Zombie Apocalypse Weapon Challenge. His entry is a thoroughly nasty metal implement with spiky moving parts designed to ensure the permanent deadening of the undead.

Extracting Copper from Stone

Extracting Copper from Stone

Andy of How to Make Everything has long had an interest in extracting metals from rocks. In his latest video, he dug up some copper ore from an abandoned mine, and attempted to pull out a usable amount of copper via a technique called electrowinning.

Making a Knife from Tape

Making a Knife from Tape

For his latest creation, knifemaker Kiwami Japan decided to see if he could build a blade using FiberFix – the ultra-durable, resin-infused tape that dries hard as a rock. Given the fact that he previously made a knife from gelatin, we had no doubt he was up to the task.

DIY Electric Skates

DIY Electric Skates

Most skates and skateboards require a certain amount of balance for their wearer to use them. But The Q’s crazy homebrew electric skates are more like wheeled R/C tanks with a platform for each of your feet, making for an easy – if not very speedy ride.

Coil Spring to Katana

Coil Spring to Katana

Blacksmith and blademaker Jake’s Custom Knives shows us how he takes old coil springs from cars and turns them into shiny new weapons. In this case, he transformed a section of the suspension coil into an awesome little samurai sword.

Screen Printing Chewy

Screen Printing Chewy

Custom apparel printer Upstate Merch shared this video of the process of printing some awesome “Chewy” t-shirts using a six-color process on an automatic press, which helps create smooth and precisely-registered images. Buy the shirt from Wunderground Supply.

Carving Wooden Wings

Carving Wooden Wings

Maker of woo-den things Bobby Duke Arts shows us how to make a real work of art using something as mundane as the pine 2x4s that are used as wall studs in construction. The result of his creative efforts is a pair of wings that make a sweet wall hanging.

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