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Making

Casting a Hammer

Casting a Hammer

Fabricator Brian Oltrogge walks us thorough a truly modern process for casting a custom hammer. He used a 3D printer to generate patterns, hand-sanded and smoothed the parts, then used them to make sand molds for its aluminum handle and lead head.

Making the BelugaXL

Making the BelugaXL

Aircraft maker Airbus presents video footage of its funky looking A330-based jumbo jet as the first plane makes its way through the factory. The BelugaXL’s unusual shape is designed to provide cargo capacity for large airplane parts like wings. Watch it take flight here.

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DIY LEGO Brick Vacuum

DIY LEGO Brick Vacuum

The King of Random shows off a build that should be standard-issue for every household with kids. Its a customized vacuum cleaner accessory designed for sucking up and storing the countless LEGO bricks all over your floor. Somebody needs to put these into production.

Making a Knife from Underwear

Making a Knife from Underwear

Just when we thought Kiwami Japan had run out of unusual materials to make knives from, he’s come up with another. He ironed then shaped several pairs of boxers into a sharp, functional blade. It helps that they contain synthetics. This wouldn’t work with 100% cotton.

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.

Making a Copper Hershey Bar

Making a Copper Hershey Bar

While we prefer our candy to be edible, there’s still something wonderfully satisfying about watching carsandwater pouring molten copper into a sand cast in the shape of America’s most iconic chocolate bar. You’ll definitely chip a tooth on this one though.

Making a Needle-felted Cat

Making a Needle-felted Cat

Japanese artist Wakuneco shows us how she transforms wool into an intricate, nearly photorealistic sculptural portrait of a cat’s head. Anyone can learn the art of needle-felting, but it requires tremendous precision and persistence to get these sort of results. More here.

Tree Weight Bench

Tree Weight Bench

Those of you who spend any time at the gym will be more than familiar with the sight of the good old weightlifter’s bench. Well if you’d like one at home, you could buy one from Amazon, or you could build one from trees, like Hudson and Duke White from Buff Dudes.

DIY Aluminum Can Gauntlet

DIY Aluminum Can Gauntlet

3D Sanago usually uses his skills to create incredible sculptures using a 3D doodling pen. But this time out, he decided to do something completely different, and crafted a piece of armor for his hand and wrist using soda cans and aluminum brads.

Wooden World Cup Ball

Wooden World Cup Ball

Woodworker Frank Howarth has a thing for spheres, so it only makes sense that he would craft a wooden replica of the iconic, pixel-patterned adidas Telstar 18 football used in the 2018 World Cup. We don’t recommend kicking or heading this ball, though.

Making a Baterang

Making a Baterang

Among Batman’s many wonderful toys is the Baterang – a gadget that sports the bat logo and works as a returnable boomerang. While real-world would physics prevent the original design from working, The Q shows us how to make a wooden version that really does fly.

Making Victorian Strawberry Candy

Making Victorian Strawberry Candy

The guys from Lofty Pursuits got their hands on a rusty old candymaking machine from the 1800s, and fully restored it so they could use it to crank out some strawberry shaped candies before returning it to the museum that found it. Buy the actual candies they made here.

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.

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Making Lucky Charms from Scratch

Making Lucky Charms from Scratch

After doing her best to make her own Skittles, Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz once again is determined to make a gourmet version of a popular food – and nobody better mess with her Lucky Charms! Of course our method for getting those marshmallows is a bit simpler.

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.

Making a Knife from Cardboard

Making a Knife from Cardboard

Kiwami Japan is back with another ridiculously improbable knife construction – an impressively-sharp kitchen blade made from pressed cardboard. We weren’t quite sure what he was up to for the first few minutes and thought we were watching HowtoBasic.

Bolt Into Knife

Bolt Into Knife

Maker and artist Bobby Duke shows has yet another trick up his talented sleeves. In this clip, he shows us how he transformed an ordinary metal bolt into a tiny and beautiful hunting knife replica, inspired by knifemaker Gil Hibben’s bowie blade from The Expendables 2.

How Dr. Martens Are Made

How Dr. Martens Are Made

Insider visited Dr. Martens’ only shoe factory in the UK to give us a peek at how the company makes its famously tough-as-nails shoes and boots. The factory employs 50 people, who make about 100,000 pairs every year.

Making Skittles from Scratch

Making Skittles from Scratch

As we’ve seen before, trying to replicate store-bought candies isn’t easy. In this cooking video from Bon Appétit Senior Food Editor and chef Claire Saffitz attempts to taste the rainbow with her own gourmet version of the colorful, chewy, tangy, crunchy-shelled candies.

Drill Bit to Karambit

Drill Bit to Karambit

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the many knifemaking videos we’ve seen, it’s that metal is highly recyclable. Miller Knives provides further evidence of this by transforming a rusty hammerdrill bit into a beautiful and unique new karambit-style curved blade. That Vikings ad was totally random though.

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Duct Tape Spare Tire

Duct Tape Spare Tire

We learned from Mythbusters just how versatile duct tape can be. But here’s one use we never thought of – making a spare tire out of the sticky stuff. Life OD tried just that with surprisingly usable results. Unfortunately, it cost more to make than buying a cheap rubber tire.

Making a Rice Knife

Making a Rice Knife

Kiwami Japan’s collection of unusual kitchen knives continues to grow on a regular basis. Here, he manages to transform ordinary white rice into a extremely sharp blade after a bit of grinding, sifting, and milling… and milling… and milling some more.

Adam Savage: The Importance of Sharing

Adam Savage: The Importance of Sharing

Adam Savage gave a speech at the 2018 Maker Faire Bay Area that focused on sharing creations, and more importantly ideas. Savage reminds us that we don’t create in a vacuum, and even if we did, it is only right that we share for the betterment of others and the world.

Making “Impossible” Woven Wood

Making “Impossible” Woven Wood

Maker of things Izzy Swan shows off a building technique that makes it look like layers of wood have been woven together into a form that should be impossible to pull off. We won’t give away the trick, but it takes a whole lot of work to pull off the illusion.

Making a Knife from Jello

Making a Knife from Jello

Kiwami Japan has made quite a few unusual knives, but we never thought we’d see one made from this jiggly dessert. Despite the challenges, he managed to transform the gelatin into a surprisingly rigid cutting utensil by drying it out with an air purifier.

DIY Cardboard Bear Trap

DIY Cardboard Bear Trap

It might not be strong enough to stop an actual bear, but this pointy-toothed trap made from cardboard, a ruler, skewers, and rubber bands can definitely bust some balloons. Mr. Hot Glue’s Family walks us through the build of his silly contraption with an equally silly video clip.

Making a Knife from Carbon Fiber

Making a Knife from Carbon Fiber

Blademaker Kiwami Japan continues to hone his skills and add to his collection of unusual knives. This time, he takes advantage of the properties of carbon fiber to make an extremely sharp, strong, and lightweight kitchen knife. There’s something so soothing about his videos.

Soda Can Race Car

Soda Can Race Car

Most of the builds we’ve seen from The Q are small enough to carry, but the serial maker’s latest construction is substantially larger. It took over 400 hours to put together this 1.5:1 scale model of a Formula 1 race car, made entirely from soda cans and glue set onto a PVC chassis.

Bearing into Knife

Bearing into Knife

M.N. Projects likes to give new life to old junk, transforming the otherwise wasted materials into shiny new objects. In this clip, he takes an old mechanical bearing, heats up its outer ring, and painstakingly shapes it into a beautiful and substantial new blade.

DIY Coke Can Dart Gun

DIY Coke Can Dart Gun

The Q shows off one of his cooler builds in recent memory – a soda can that conceals a pop-up dart gun. He uses homebrew hydraulics to raise its lid and to fire its rolled-up paper projectile, and it mounts to his wrist using a couple of rubber bands.

DIY Cardboard Lock

DIY Cardboard Lock

Watch as maker of things The Q crafts a fully-functional giant padlock from cardboard, plastic, hot glue, and syringes. While this oversize lock would easily be defeated with a cigarette lighter, it’s still a pretty nifty build.

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