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Screw Tank Boat Upgrade

Screw Tank Boat Upgrade

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.

DIY 4K Projector

DIY 4K Projector

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.

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Making a Mini Spring Bow

Making a Mini Spring Bow

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.

Stacking Cork with Resin

Stacking Cork with Resin

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.

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.

DIY Star Wars Cockpit Arcade Machine

DIY Star Wars Cockpit Arcade Machine

’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.

Nail into Sword

Nail into Sword

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.

2000-Segment Wood Pen

2000-Segment Wood Pen

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.

Sanding with a Power Saw

Sanding with a Power Saw

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.

Making Akita Dog Candies

Making Akita Dog Candies

Montreal’s CandyLabs shows us how they make hard candy treats featuring the face of an adorable akita dog. There’s something so satisfying about watching all that gooey hot sugar as it’s worked into shapes, then rolled smaller and smaller before being sliced.

Making a Bent Wood Armchair

Making a Bent Wood Armchair

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.

How Bathtubs Are Made

How Bathtubs Are Made

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.

DIY Smartphone Macro Lens

DIY Smartphone Macro Lens

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.

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Making a Patek Phillipe Watch

Making a Patek Phillipe Watch

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.

Tiny Marble Machine

Tiny Marble Machine

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.

Building a Giant 3D Printer 2.0

Building a Giant 3D Printer 2.0

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.

Iron Man Plasma Gauntlet

Iron Man Plasma Gauntlet

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.

Carving a Wood Mouse

Carving a Wood Mouse

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.

Forging a Rapier from Junk

Forging a Rapier from Junk

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.

BTTF Extendable Baseball Bat

BTTF Extendable Baseball Bat

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.

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Making a Really Tiny House

Making a Really Tiny House

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.

Making Yosegi Veneers

Making Yosegi Veneers

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.

How Motorsport Tires Are Made

How Motorsport Tires Are Made

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.

1000 Year-old Damascus Knife

1000 Year-old Damascus Knife

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.

DIY Wire Marble Run

DIY Wire Marble Run

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.

LA’s Legendary Mochi Shop

LA’s Legendary Mochi Shop

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.

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