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DIY Paper Shredder

DIY Paper Shredder

You can pick up a cheap paper shredder for about 20 bucks, but what fun is that when you can build your own? The Q shows off a homebrew shredder that does the trick using sharpened metal discs. It’s missing the safety mechanisms that production shredders offer, so DIY at your own risk.

How Stackable Potato Chips are Made

How Stackable Potato Chips are Made

Love you some Pringles? Just remember that next time you chow down on one of those neatly-stacked, perfect potato chips, you’re actually eating a delicious pressed, formed, and precision-cut mush of potato flakes. They’re like the Chicken McNuggets of chips.

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Upgrading Cheap Speakers

Upgrading Cheap Speakers

There are lots of really cheap speakers out there, and most of them sound like garbage. YouTuber Jisaku kōbō shows us how a pair of $3 speakers can sound much, much better when placed into a pair of proper wooden enclosures. Of course, skilled labor is the real cost here.

Pipe Wrench Throwing Knife

Pipe Wrench Throwing Knife

Bladesmith Jake’s Custom Knives takes an old pipe wrench and works his magic, transforming the rusty plumber’s tool into a beautiful and unique new knife, perfect for throwing at a bullseye. While this one isn’t for sale can buy other knives over at Jake’s Etsy shop.

DIY Micro Tank

DIY Micro Tank

Want to build a cool little toy for your desktop? Watch this clip by Amr MCI in which he shows us how to construct a tiny battery-powered tank that is powerful enough to climb over obstacles. Making the drive wheels from rolled up tape is a neat hack.

Literal Hot Glue Gun

Literal Hot Glue Gun

(PG-13: Language) Joel Creates read a comment on fellow maker Michael Reeves’ video that inspired him to create a weapon that fires projectiles with a hardened hot glue exterior, each filled with a nasty and dangerous payload of molten adhesive.

The Art of Making a Nixie Tube

The Art of Making a Nixie Tube

Before LEDs and LCDs, the best way to display digits or text was using vacuum tubes that contain layers of bent filament, each of which can display shapes when current is applied. After Nixies went out of production, glass artist Dalibor Farný started making his own.

Making a Guitar from Scratch

Making a Guitar from Scratch

An immensely satisfying time-lapse video of luthier (string instrument maker) and plectrier (pick maker) Patrick Hufschmid as he creates one of his gorgeous hand-built electric guitars. The sped-up carpentry sounds are just as awesome as the imagery.

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.

Making a Knife from Styrofoam

Making a Knife from Styrofoam

Styrofoam is great for packing stuff, but it’s horrible to try and get rid of the stuff. Unconventional blademaker kiwami japan put the material to good use, melting it down and shaping it into a razor sharp kitchen knife. But first, he has to peel some oranges.

DIY Cardboard Slot Machine

DIY Cardboard Slot Machine

The Q takes a gamble with this build – a fully-functional slot machine built from cardboard, popsicle sticks, and hot glue. We love the detail he included on the reels to make it look like the real deal. Stick around for a few other fun DIY builds in this compilation video.

DIY Dado Bit Organizer

DIY Dado Bit Organizer

Keith’s Test Garage has been making organizer trays for his collection of router and Dremel bits. He started out by drilling holes that fit the bits, then he thought of a much simpler method: intersecting dadoes. The grooves take only five minutes to make with a table saw.

Making Gourmet Cheez-Its

Making Gourmet Cheez-Its

“How hard can it be to make a cracker?” It turns out it’s pretty hard. But is it impossible? Watch Bon Appetit’s resident pastry chef Claire Saffitz try to recreate the color, texture and of course the flavor of original Cheez-Its snack crackers.

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DIY Iron-on Transfers

DIY Iron-on Transfers

There are ready made kits for iron-on or heat transfer printing. Shmoxd tried out two of them, then at 5:24 shows us how you can make ones just as good using screen printing and heat transfer powder. This method is cheap and good for low volume production.

Rocket-Powered Golf Club

Rocket-Powered Golf Club

Mark Rober and his friends worked with Destin of Smarter Every Day to add rockets to a golf club. The resulting contraption can consistently propel a golf ball to 150mph. It’s so powerful, they couldn’t find the balls it hit. They also made a weaker handheld version.

Colin Furze’s Fold-out Shield

Colin Furze’s Fold-out Shield

After making a replica of the wrist-mounted axe from Sekiro Shadows Die Twice, Colin Furze made a replica of the fold-out umbrella shield from the game. It may not look like much, but it was one of his most difficult projects yet. Build video here.

Building a Glass Deck

Building a Glass Deck

HomeMadeModern wanted to find a cool use for glass blocks, so he thought about making an outdoor LED-lit glass deck. It’s definitely not for everyone – it takes a lot of expertise and work, and not everyone has a freakin’ mountain – but the setup is pretty sweet.

Making an Aluminum Foil Sphere

Making an Aluminum Foil Sphere

Woodworker Andy Phillip completed a project that anyone can do with enough time, patience, and access to a lathe. By crumpling up, hammering, sanding, and polishing an entire roll of aluminum foil, he shows us how to make a beautifully shiny metal sphere.

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Kris Temmerman wanted to learn how to TIG weld. He ended up doing way more than that. Watch him create a small motorized six-wheeled vehicle that resembles the Mars rover (with a seat). It has an aluminum body, six-wheel drive, and four-wheel steering.

How Toy Figurines are Made

How Toy Figurines are Made

A look inside a factory that makes collectible figurines, as its designs go from sketch, to digital model, to wax model, to silicone mold, to plastic model, to plaster cast, to metal die for creating the final production pieces. Those pieces are then hand-painted and assembled.

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DIY Gyroscopic Gimbal

DIY Gyroscopic Gimbal

While they’re pretty cheap and easy to come by these days, maker of stuff The Q decided to see if he could build himself a stabilizing rig for a camera for the heck of it. His oversized gimbal uses PVC pipe for its structure, and the platter from a hard drive as its gyro wheel.

Making Cleaners from Scratch

Making Cleaners from Scratch

How to Make Everything gathered or made various cleaners from scratch – pumicite, borax, baking soda, vinegar, oxalic acid, bleach, lye, acetone, and ethanol. But before that, he had an interesting conversation with someone who cleans crime scenes for a living.

Colin Furze’s Wrist-Mounted Axe

Colin Furze’s Wrist-Mounted Axe

Colin Furze promotes the upcoming action RPG Sekiro Shadows Die Twice by making a working replica of the game’s wrist-mounted axe. The axe is secured to the mount on his arm by magnets and a rubber hose, allowing him to swap axes easily.

Making a Giant Screwdriver

Making a Giant Screwdriver

Jackman Works and his friend Zack went to great lengths to create a 4:1 scale screwdriver based on the classic Craftsman design. He made the entire handle out of epoxy resin for that translucent look, while Zack forged the jumbo bit out of steel. More here.

Wooden Pixel Lounger

Wooden Pixel Lounger

Woodworker Lignum shows off another fantastic build – a sculptural lounge chair crafted from bits and pieces of wood cut into small slats, glued together, then sanded smooth to reveal an eye-catching pixelated pattern.

Toy Car Door Indicator

Toy Car Door Indicator

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.

Building an All-wood Bike

Building an All-wood Bike

For their latest project, William Osman and his friends decided to see if they could build a bicycle entirely from wood, including the gears and the wheels. Then, they tried to take the impractical bike for a ride to see how long it would survive.

Hydraulic Scissor Lift Shoes

Hydraulic Scissor Lift Shoes

Go go gadget feet! Mad inventor Colin Furze went to great lengths to make himself taller. He made a pair of scissor lifts, welded them to a pair of shoes then powered them with a hydraulic pump. Skip to 7:18 for the surprisingly effective result.

World’s Smallest Snow Globe

World’s Smallest Snow Globe

Maker of miniature things HMS2 walks us through the painstaking process of crafting a snow globe that’s so small it could fit on the tip of your pinky finger. It’s got a tiny winter scene inside of it, and is filled with water and fake polyester snow.

Bolt into Mini Throwing Knife

Bolt into Mini Throwing Knife

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.

Making a Glass Dragon

Making a Glass Dragon

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.

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