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Forging a Viking Spear

Forging a Viking Spear

That Works take a moment away from smithing video game weapons to craft something more historically accurate. They first make steel by carburizing iron, then forge it into an incredibly deadly spear like the ones used in the 8th and 9th centuries. We were surprised just how effective it is when swung, not just when stabbing it.

DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

Adafruit Industries shares a relatively simple, yet very cool project – a wand which displays a persistence of vision illusion when waved in the air. Naturally, the build uses parts from Adafruit, including DotStar LEDs, and a Feather controller board. Check out the tutorial, files, and code here.

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DIY Mechanic’s Creeper

DIY Mechanic’s Creeper

I Like to Make Stuff has another project that’s incredibly useful yet fairly easy to build. His take on the mechanic’s creeper is mainly made of plywood, casters and foam, though he did add a tray for tools on the side as well as small flashlights on flexible mounts.

Wheelbarrow Boombox

Wheelbarrow Boombox

At the end of the day, just about any hollow enclosure can serve as the cabinet for a speaker. Whether its acoustic properties are any good is another story, but we’re intrigued by this Bluetooth sound system that X-Creation built into the body of a wheelbarrow. The design certainly makes it easy to move around.

Shadow Foam Tool Wall

Shadow Foam Tool Wall

There are lots of ways to keep tools organized, but there’s something very satisfying about custom-cut foam dividers that hold tools perfectly in place. The guys at Shadow Foam make that kind of dense foam, and recently used a huge sheet of it to create an epic wall for mounting and organizing all their Makita power tools.

Making an Iron Man Ring

Making an Iron Man Ring

BrainfooTV show us how he transformed an stainless steel connection nut into a piece of jewelry inspired by Tony Stark’s armored helmet. He first removed the threads, then cut and shaped it using a Dremel and hand tools, before polishing it to a high sheen. As a finishing touch, he added a pair of tritium tubes to give it glowing eyes.

Making a Wavy Wood Vase

Making a Wavy Wood Vase

Jackman Works builds all kinds of interesting things from wood. Here, he shows off a rather interesting way to construct a large decorative vase. He started out by gluing wedges of wood into circles, then carved ripples into the pieces before stacking them like a bunch of offset Pringles.

No-Nails Survival Shelter

No-Nails Survival Shelter

We may take the roof over our head for granted these days, but in the 18th century, families venturing into the interior of North America had to build their own shelters to survive the elements as they headed westward. Frontier lifestyle expert Jon Townsend shows us how they might have constructed a shelter without any nails.

The Reverse Axe

The Reverse Axe

Normally, an axe has a steel head and a wooden handle. But in the case of this unusual build by metalsmith Bonn Factory, it’s the other way around. The voiceover is in Russian, but the language of making things is universal.

Literal Hot Glue Gun 2.0

Literal Hot Glue Gun 2.0

(PG-13: Language) A while back, Joel Creates built a dangerously literal weapon that actually fires hot glue as projectiles. He’s since gone back to the drawing board, revamping its design so it fires a stream of molten glue, and making it a lot cooler to look at.

Corian Bass Guitar

Corian Bass Guitar

Corian is a durable polymer typically used for sinks and kitchen countertops. But in the hands of maker Tim Sway, it’s the body for an electric bass guitar. He used his Avid CNC router to carve both the neck and body out of some reclaimed pieces. Given the material’s stone-like qualities, he went with an ancient Greek motif.

Fire Cave Coffee Table

Fire Cave Coffee Table

Woodworker Lignum has made some pretty cool furniture over the years, and this build is among his most intriguing. He created this table by laminating together blocks of wood then scorching it with a torch to give it the look that a fire burnt its insides out. We imagine it smells like a campfire too.

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.

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Making a Damascus Easter Egg

Making a Damascus Easter Egg

Easter eggs are usually made from, uh, eggs… or maybe chocolate. But metalsmith shurap likes his eggs really, really hard-boiled. So to celebrate Easter 2020, he made himself an egg out of steel cable. We love the intricate damascus patterns that emerged in the finished piece.

Milling an Inlaid Cutting Board

Milling an Inlaid Cutting Board

Butcher block maker Brother in Wood shows off his computer controlled mill carving out an intricate pattern of famed Samurai Hattori Hanzō. He then used the machine to cut an inverse pattern in a contrasting wood, glued it in place, then milled off the top layer for an inlay effect. The finished cutting board is a work of art.

Waterjet Stained Glass Window

Waterjet Stained Glass Window

Normally, when artists make stained glass windows, they use hand tools to painstakingly cut the glass pieces. But maker Jimmy Diresta shows us how he used his Wazer desktop waterjet cutter to cleanly slice through colored glass. He then caulked the pieces into an acrylic “leading” he made with a laser cutter.

Making a French Cleat Tool Wall

Making a French Cleat Tool Wall

One of the most important parts of any workshop is having some way to store and organize tools. Builder Ben Tardif decided he wanted something that offered flexibility, so he built a wall storage system that uses French cleats for hanging and arranging custom bins and shelves that hold his most frequently used tools.

Donut of Pencils

Donut of Pencils

We’ve seen how colored pencils can be turned into some cool objects, and here’s another one for the collection. Sit back and enjoy as artist Andy Phillip takes hundreds of the pencils, bathes them in resin, and then turns them on his lathe to form a colorful torus. We rather enjoyed watching those resin threads go flying.

Building a Mini Medieval Сastle

Building a Mini Medieval Сastle

Model maker Roman Khramov of Minibricks shares a wonderfully soothing video in which he meticulously crafts a realistic diorama, complete with tiny tress, plants, tourists, and a model of a medieval castle as its centerpiece. He 3D-printed the main structure, but did all of the detailing and painting by hand.

Making Skateboard Lumber

Making Skateboard Lumber

We’ve seen lots of nifty objects made from old skateboard decks, but what Woby Designs is showing off here is something different. By laminating together 20 wood decks, he was able to create a usable lumber with a colorful pattern running through its center. The prep work looks like the most time-consuming part.

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Dining Table Desk

Dining Table Desk

These days, many people without a home office space are using their dining tables to get work done at home. Builder Laura Kampf shows us how she built a custom plywood dining table that has a large hidden storage compartment that transforms into an angled stand for tablets or smartphones.

Making a Steel Finger Joint Stool

Making a Steel Finger Joint Stool

Inspired by old metal toys what were assembled using bent metal tabs, Jimmy Diresta designed and built himself an awesome looking industrial stool. His powerful CNC laser cutter made quick work of cutting 18 gauge cold-rolled steel sheets, then Jimmy worked his magic on the rest with hand tools.

Building a Giant Pin Tumbler Lock

Building a Giant Pin Tumbler Lock

A pin tumbler is one of the simpler lock designs out there. But it definitely takes some skill to build one from scratch. Watch as FarmCraft101 puts his carpentry and engineering skills to the test with a working 10x scale lock made from wood, complete with a giant key to lock and unlock it. It’s way too easy to pick though.

Making Spidey’s Web Shooters

Making Spidey’s Web Shooters

The Hacksmith teamed up with maker JT of Built IRL to create a real world version of Spider-Man’s web shooters. The rig uses compressed air to fire custom-made grappling hooks from its wearer’s wrists. Swinging from them isn’t nearly as graceful Peter Parker made it look.

Making Timex Watches

Making Timex Watches

While there’s something to be said for pricey limited-edition watches, Timex has a reputation for producing high quality time pieces that are still affordable. Go inside the Timex factory in Cebu, Philippines for a look at how they crank out so many watches, while still producing them with quality.

Desk with Hidden Laptop Storage

Desk with Hidden Laptop Storage

Make It shows off a very impressive DIY build project – a substantial desk made from reclaimed pallet wood. It features a hidden compartment in its top for storing his laptop, keeping it out of sight when not in use. There’s also a space for hiding a power strip.

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