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Robot Dog Obstacle Course

Robot Dog Obstacle Course

We know it’s not a living, breathing creature, but we found the wobbly antics of Delta Hack’s low-tech robotic “dog” stumbling across various obstacles to be adorable. We couldn’t stop rooting for the little guy as it flopped and fumbled its way through the course.

DIY Wooden LEGO Bricks

DIY Wooden LEGO Bricks

Pask Makes likes to build objects out of scrap wood. He recently attempted to make his own LEGO-style building blocks, and came to find it’s much more difficult than you might think due to the precision required to make them stack. Watch his earlier attempt here.

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Restoring a WWII Helmet

Restoring a WWII Helmet

DiesInEveryFilm Customs found a beat-up, rusty old helmet from the World War II era, and decided to restore it to its former glory. It took crazy amounts of sanding to get it smooth and clean, but the end result is quite impressive. Sandpaper ASMR ahead.

An Unnecessarily Complicated Pencil

An Unnecessarily Complicated Pencil

In its most basic form, a pencil requires nothing more than graphite to function. But maker Uri Tuchman decided to go to the opposite extreme, and created an overly complex version of the writing instrument, complete with hand-cut gears and intricately engraved details.

How Skateboard Wheels Are Made

How Skateboard Wheels Are Made

Go inside a factory where they manufacture polyurethane skateboard wheels. After using CAD tools, metal molds are milled for the liquid plastic, which is baked, polished, and printed with a design. As one commenter suggested, aluminum wheels would look pretty sweet.

Making a Knife from Batteries

Making a Knife from Batteries

Ripping apart old batteries can be dangerous, but that didn’t stop shurap from tearing into a bunch of them in search of usable metal. He then fused the bits together with some steel blades, and crafted a sweet damascus knife with a handle made from a MagLite.

Bolt into Mini Tomahawk

Bolt into Mini Tomahawk

Miller Knives shows us how to take an ordinary stainless steel bolt and transform it into a nifty little tomahawk. It’s a time-consuming process to flatten out the heated hardware, but once it’s squashed, it’s just a matter of cutting and finishing the piece into the right shape.

DIY Popsicle Stick Mini Guitars

DIY Popsicle Stick Mini Guitars

Cath of The Square to Spare shows off a fun little project for guitar players and anyone who appreciates a good musical instrument. In the first clip, she shows us how to make tiny electric guitars using popsicle clips, and in the second, she crafts a mini acoustic.

Making a Stone Knife

Making a Stone Knife

Kiwami Japan takes a break from creating knives out of really unusual materials, and makes one out of one of the oldest knifemaking materials. He goes full caveman, handcrafting a blade from a piece of river rock he found. Headphones recommended for optimal ASMR.

Machining Metal Pens

Machining Metal Pens

Artist Ilia Gyrevich makes unique and functional objects by machining metal. In this video, he shows off how he creates his EDC pens from brass rods, as the metal shavings fly forth in a most satisfying manner. You can buy his wares from the MachinedGift Etsy shop.

Making a Lamp from Nuts

Making a Lamp from Nuts

Looking for a project to put basic welding skills to use? Check out this DIY idea from Ollari’s – a lamp with a shade made by welding a bunch of steel nuts around a curved form, and a base made out of the same. It’s a cool enough design that we’ll forgive his spelling of “baking soda.”

Building a Fake Airplane Galley

Building a Fake Airplane Galley

Maker and destroyer of things Giaco Whatever lives up to his name with a truly random project. He recently decided to build himself a replica of the galley from an airplane so he had a place to put his coffee maker in his shop. Of course, it helps that he had all the trolleys and bins.

Making a Knife Out of Potatoes

Making a Knife Out of Potatoes

You already know kiwami japan as the Iron Chef of knife making. Today’s secret ingredient is… POTATOES!!! First he turned a potato into a starchy powder, then mixed it with glycerin and vinegar to make a putty. After drying and cutting the putty, he sharpened it into a blade.

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DIY Monowheel Cycle

DIY Monowheel Cycle

Make It Extreme lives up to their name with this impressive build – a hula hoop inspired hubless vehicle much like the ones that famously appeared in the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics – though in this case, the bike is motorized instead of pedal-driven.

Turning Firewood into Art

Turning Firewood into Art

Woodworker Ollari’s shows us how – with enough talent and creativity – something as mundane as a hunk of old firewood can be transformed into a beautiful piece of art. We got a little nervous when he started drilling the holes, but it turned out brilliantly.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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