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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.