Not too long ago, Colin Furze built himself an incredibly rad, incredibly capable homebrew screw tank. But one thing that it couldn’t do that some military-grade screw tanks can do is float on water. So he’s back to make some mods to improve the balance and buoyancy of his ride, in an attempt to make it seaworthy.
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There are lots of inexpensive home projectors these days, but most of the cheap ones aren’t very high resolution. DIY Perks shows us how he built his own that has the same 4K resolution as the ones in movie theaters, using entirely off-the-shelf components, including a bright 100-watt LED and an LCD panel from a smartphone.
M.N. Projects shows off a nifty little weapon he machined from aluminum. It has a set of hinged arms which are attached to springs that store up energy when the bow is drawn back. We certainly wouldn’t want to catch one of those metal-tipped arrows in an eyeball.
Black Beard Projects shows off a nifty kind of material that can be used to make handles and grips on tools. By stacking together thin layers of cork and soaking them with resin, he produced a sturdy and unique stock that can be used sculpted and sanded like a block of wood.
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.
’80s kids might remember Atari’s classic Star Wars arcade machine. The sit-down cabinet version always had a line at our local arcade, and it’s become quite collectible, with prices upwards of $7,000. Retro Recipes decided to replicate the machine using parts from 1upArcade’s $400 standup version of the game.
After digging up a rusty old nail from his yard, maker Bobby Duke transformed the nasty looking old piece of scrap metal into a beautiful miniature sword that’s fit for a tiny warrior. Along the way, he made a custom forge from a paint can, some concrete, and blow torches.
Woodworker James Garwood shows off the time-consuming process of laminating, assembling, and turning numerous pieces of cherry and dyed-blue tulip veneer to create an exquisite custom fountain pen. While they’re not all quite this fancy, you can purchase one of his handmade pens from James’ website.
If you’ve ever sawed wood, you know that its edge is rough and needs sanding if you plan on it being exposed. For fun, John Heisz of I Build It decided to see if it was possible to take a shortcut by combining his table saw blade with a sanding disc. The blade and sandpaper will wear at vastly different rates, it’s still a cool idea.
We’ve always wanted one of those fancy Eames lounge chairs, but the real ones are just too expensive. Wood Design shows us how it’s possible to build a similar piece of furniture yourself, with enough time, effort, and skill. We prefer the original’s swivel base, but this version looks more comfy, and is still an impressive build.
South African bathroom fixture company Ceramic Industries takes us inside of their Betta Baths factory for a look at the production process for its bathtubs. Each one starts out as a flat sheet of acrylic, which is then heated and formed using vacuum molds, covered with a fiberglass and resin spray, then baked.
There are countless lens add-ons for smartphones, many of which are under $10. But if you’re really, really cheap, or just like to hack stuff, Chris Notap’s video will show you how to recycle lenses from cheap thrift store cameras, with shockingly good results.
Sold back in 2014 for roughly $2.6 million, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 is a highly-collectible wristwatch, with just seven of them ever made. This behind the scenes footage takes us inside their factory for a look at the craftsmanship that went into each of these rare and incredibly complicated timepieces.
Artist Daniel de Bruin is an expert at making metal tracks for marble machines. He’s taught us how to make our own, and even made a room-sized marble track. Now, he’s downsized his efforts, creating the tiniest marble course we’ve ever seen, using a custom drive mechanism, 0.6mm wire, and a 5mm wide ball bearing.
After building himself an huge 3D printer from scratch, Ivan Miranda thought he could do even better. The new version features a more reliable, and lighter weight bed mechanism, and greater rigidity for the carriage and printer base. The goal is cleaner and more reliable oversize prints, and a machine that’s easier to work with.
Over the years, The Hacksmith has made some pretty badass gadgets, often inspired by movie props and weapons. This time, they built themselves an awesome metal gauntlet that looks like Iron Man’s armor, then upgraded it with the ability to slice through metal with a plasma cutter. Every workshop needs one of these.
After building himself a rustic keyboard from wood, builder of things The Q decided to make a matching mouse. He started out with a hunk of nice hardwood, copied the shape of a plastic mouse onto it, then got to work cutting it down, sculpting its form, then carving out its center to make room for its mechanism.
When he’s not making glowing katanas, Keaton Goddard of Faraway Forge likes to create new tools and weapons by recycling stuff from the junkyard. Watch as he makes a beautiful rapier from a rusty old leaf spring, with a hilt crafted from bent bicycle sprockets, oak, and a trailer towing ball.
Maker Colin Furze is a massive fan of the Back to the Future series. He recently got his hands on a DeLorean DMC 12. Rather than rip apart the pristine car and convert it to a time machine, he decided to work on another movie replica – a copy of of Griff’s extendable metal baseball bat that appeared in Back to the Future II.
Building an actual house requires lots of different skills. OUROBOROS ARQ shows how you can apply the same experience and materials to the creation of a miniature dwelling, as they lay down a concrete and rebar foundation, erect beams and walls, lay bricks and install a tile roof for their literally tiny house.
Builder Pask Makes shows off a technique based on ancient Japanese woodworking. He starts off by laminating boards of scrap wood, slicing them into strips, then assembling them side-by-side to create a pattern. Once thoroughly glued into place, he shaves off layers with a plane and irons them to create beautiful veneers.
Everyday car tires are made mostly by machine, but the high-end tires used for racing are made by hand. In this clip from Street FX Motorsport TV, they take us inside Michelin Motorsport’s HQ in France for a look at the tire-making process, building up layer by layer of rubber, textiles, steel, and adhesive on spinning drums.
Bladesmith shurap loves to make damascus from all kinds of unusual objects. In this case, he managed to get his hands on a bunch of rusty, ancient blades that date back as far as 1100 years to the Kievan Rus era. He then smooshed them down into one elegant new weapon. Historians and archaeologists look away.
There are plenty of kits out there that let you build a tabletop marble run, but Daniel de Bruin shows you how you can build your own marble track using a spool of picture hanging wire, some solder, and a few household tools. Daniel previously built a room-size marble machine as a demonstration of how economies work.
First opened in 1903, the Fugetsu-Do Confectionery is considered the oldest Japanese-American business in the U.S. The family-owned bakery creates a variety of delicious desserts, but is best known for their colorful handcrafted mochi treats. Food Insider takes us on a tour of the marvelous century-old shop.