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Making

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

Nexi Tech shows us how to make some truly unique speakers using value-priced parts. The electronics are set into organic looking enclosures designed by Ondra Chotovinsky. The 3D printer he used is the $500 Creality3D CR 10S, which makes great big prints cheap.

Making an All-wood Bike

Making an All-wood Bike

After building himself an F1 car out of soda cans, builder The Q decided to make himself another cool, but highly-impractical vehicle. This time, he spent over 200 hours building a bicycle entirely out of wood and glue – including the frame, wheels, chain, seat and pedals.

Turning Wood with a Table Saw

Turning Wood with a Table Saw

Table saws were designed for ripping straight through pieces of wood or other building materials. But maker Izzy Swan decided to see if he could do something unconventional with his saw. With the help of a custom jig, he managed to create turned wood spindles on his.

DIY Curved Concrete Bench

DIY Curved Concrete Bench

Modustrial Maker teamed up with Chris Salomone (of LEGO river table fame) to create an impossibly thin modern bench from glass fiber reinforced concrete. It looks like it was a ton of work, and you’ll have to watch the video to see if the finished bench holds weight.

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Bending Chain Links

Bending Chain Links

A wonderfully satisfying bit of engineering porn showing off a slick modular tooling machine. The Bihler Leantool system is used in factories to form and cut wire and rolled metal into precisely bent shapes, such as chain links, hooks, and other small, high volume parts.

Making a Working Arc Reactor

Making a Working Arc Reactor

The Hacksmith takes on Tony Stark’s lifesaving device with his latest build. This impressive arc reactor replica uses ionized plasma to achieve its electrified effect. It looks spectacular, but it’s terribly loud, and there’s no way we’d strap this thing to our chest.

Making a Plywood Suitcase

Making a Plywood Suitcase

While the weight of a suitcase made from wood makes it a bit impractical, we still love the look of this beautiful piece of luggage that Ollari’s created from bent pieces of 8mm thick plywood. It always amazes us the kind of things you can do with just wood, glue, and some skill.

Making Plasma Blades

Making Plasma Blades

Maker Allen Pan of Sufficiently Advanced loves the look of plasma blade style weapons found in science fiction. He teaches us a bit about the physics of plasma, and how electricity can be shaped and contained into a beam. Check out Tommy Callaway’s plasma sword here.

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Change You Can Wear takes a momentary break from from crafting cool rings out of coins to transform a pair of U.S. half dollar coins into a tiny bell. It’s not exactly a useful thing, but it is a pretty nifty conversation piece.

Forging Mokume Gane

Forging Mokume Gane

Translating to “wood-grained metal,” Mokume Gane is an 17th century Japanese metalsmithing technique that fuses layers of nickel silver, copper (and sometimes brass) to create damascus-like patterns. Alec Steele shows off one of the ways to achieve the slick effect.

Rolling a Steel Ring

Rolling a Steel Ring

Mesmerizing footage from inside QSC Forge, as a large ring of molten steel is gradually spun, flattened, and widened to form a smooth and perfectly round circle. Combined with a perfectly soothing soundtrack, the clip doubles as your daily 9-minute meditation.

Thermoforming a Suitcase

Thermoforming a Suitcase

Suitcases can be made from fabric or even metal, but there’s no more satisfying way to produce a bag than to form it out plastic. This brief video shows off the process of shaping a suitcase by molding a thick polycarbonate sheet around a heated form. More here.

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Pask Makes shows us how wood skewers are good for more than serving kebabs. By stacking, cutting, clamping, and gluing hundreds of sticks, then planing and sanding the result, he was able to create a beautiful cutting board we’d love to have on our counter.

DIY Mini Computer

DIY Mini Computer

Smartphones and tablets pack computing power in a small form factor. But if you prefer the look of a desktop computer, watch this brief clip from Creativity Buzz, showing how to build a tiny PC with just a few inexpensive parts. Full build details here.

How to Make Wooden Threads

How to Make Wooden Threads

Wooden threaded rods are typically used for things like broom handles or decorative items. Toolify shows us how to make a neat variant of a pantograph machine which can be used for routing threaded wood rods at different thread densities. If you need a nut to go with

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