While walking along the riverfront in Cologne, Germany, maker Laura Kampf spotted a park bench that was in really bad shape. Rather than ignore it, she headed back to her shop and fabricated a new seat using scrap pallet wood from her neighbor’s trash. We love Laura’s idea of “guerilla making” to improve public spaces.
Patrick Adair usually makes really cool custom rings. But in this video, he uses his skills to create something totally different. Starting out with a bag of shredded currency from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, he cast the former cash in resin to create a unique conversation piece.
With an appropriately R-rated Mortal Kombat movie dropping on April 23, HBO Max enlisted the help of Hacksmith Industries to build a working replica of one of the franchise’s more recognizable weapons. Scorpion’s unique gauntlet lets him fire a kunai-style projectile at his victims, then retract them with a chain.
WorksByaHurst asks his followers to send in random items for him to build things from. When he received a box full of old bicycle parts, the idea that struck him was to turn the chains into the tentacles and body of an octopus. While he was working on it, all we could think of was those creepy Sentinels from The Matrix.
Awesome Woodcraft builds some amazing miniature wood vehicles. In this video, they take on the biggest SUV they could think of, the boxy, gas-guzzling Hummer H1. The detailed model includes wheels that turn and steer, a spring suspension, and a hinged hood and doors.
Burls Art has built some really interesting and unusual guitars over the years. His latest design features a body made by laminating together used skateboard decks, then assembling sections into a batwing design. The colorful cross-sections remind us of his jawbreaker guitar.
We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.
Hacksmith Industries continues to build out its collection of replica props and costumes inspired by The Mandalorian. Their latest project is an impressive recreation of Mando’s jet pack. It has mechanical nozzles that fire real flames, but sadly it doesn’t fly.
With enough skill and patience, you can build some impressive structures with Jenga blocks. But if you’re actually playing the game by the rules, you need to remove blocks as you build. You could use your finger, or you could make a wooden mini Uzi that flicks individual bricks out using a rubber band-powered firing mechanism.
Using parts from a 3D printer, custom laser-cut components, and LED lighting RCLifeOn created this mechanical table that uses a magnet and a ball bearing to draw complex patterns in sand, only to erase everything it doodles. On the plus side, as soon as it wipes out an image, it gets to work on another.
3D printed objects are typically made out of plastic. But as Robinson Foundry shows us, these computer-generated pieces can be used to produce detailed castings for more substantial materials. In this case, he output a 3D print of a menacing alien emperor and used it to create a ceramic mold for an awesome brass sculpture.
We love watching rusty old objects get turned into shiny new ones. In this video from Random Hands, they transforming a weathered railroad track into an elegant Japanese weapon. The process starts by cutting off a hunk of steel, forging it into a bar shape, then gradually shaping and grinding it into its final form.
After showing us how to make some geometric patterns with plywood, builder Michael Alm is back with another neat woodworking tutorial. In this clip, he walks through several other patterns, each of which is contained in a hexagonal shape. Surprisingly, it’s not nearly as difficult as it looks.
Aviation enthusiast Viktor built a custom machine that can make identical copies of paramotor propellers. Area28 shared this video that shows how it works by the form of the original, much like one of those machines they use to copy keys. Skip to 6:10 for the money shot.
The curvy tower design of the PlayStation 5 has been polarizing, to say the least. Whatever you may think of its looks, there’s no arguing that the brass case Matt from DIY Perks built is amazing. Cutting and bending the brass into the proper shapes took a tremendous amount of work, but the end result was worth the effort.
Inspired by the Nintendo GameBoy Color he had when he was a kid, artist and electronics wiz Jiri Praus made a custom version of the handheld, featuring a shiny brass front and a see-through back which exposes its meticulously bent brass wiring. He had to use an emulator instead of original hardware, but it’s still beautiful.
Builder Ivan Miranda claims he’s built the fastest model train of its size. The powerful electric train has no payload other than its motors, wiring, and battery pack, and can hit a scale speed of 485 km/h, or just over 301 mph if it were upscaled to the size of a real train. We wouldn’t want to be a tiny passenger on that thing when it derailed.
Working with styrofoam can be pretty tricky, especially the way that it tends to break. But that doesn’t stop artist Vinayak R, who makes detailed architectural structures out of the material. He uses hot-wire cutting, hand carving, and sanding to create the pieces for his models. He then spray paints them to bring out the details.
(Gore) The weapons in the RPG shooter Outriders have some of the most insane designs ever. Among them is the Grim Marrow, a deadly light machine gun made from bones wrapped around a sparkly crystal structure. Kamui Cosplay built an amazing replica from PVC and foam, loaded with colorful light-up crystals.
3D printers use a technique called “infill” to provide structure and reduce material use and print times. Breaks’n’Makes was intrigued by the geometric patterns and decided to create coasters out of some infill. He then wrapped them in wood and coated in resin for durability. You can buy sets of six on his Etsy shop.
The PlayStation 5 is a powerful piece of gaming hardware, but its design is definitely controversial, and it doesn’t exactly blend into its surroundings. So builders Chris Salomone and Shaun Boyd got to work to conceal the console inside of a wooden shell that looks like a gigantic version of the original PlayStation.
In Iron Man 2, Happy and Pepper come to Tony Stark’s rescue with a slick new suit of armor that fits inside of a briefcase. After making a retractable version of Iron Man’s helmet, Jake Laser’s fans demanded more, so he got to work on a real-life version of the Mark 5 briefcase suit, made out of plasma-cut steel.
We recently watched in amazement as RAY Studio converted a shaver into War Machine. In this video, the talented maker took a smartphone engineering prototype, broke it down into hundreds of individual components, then reassembled them to form an intricate dragon sculpture.
Mayku’s FormBox brings the power of vacu-forming to your desktop. It connects to an ordinary vacuum cleaner and heats thermoplastic sheets to create objects and molds. Its can mold objects up to 150mm x 150mm (~5.9″ x 5.9″) and can mold objects up to 130mm tall (~5.11″). It works with a various plastics in from 0.25 – 1.5mm thick.