If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the many knifemaking videos we’ve seen, it’s that metal is highly recyclable. Miller Knives provides further evidence of this by transforming a rusty hammerdrill bit into a beautiful and unique new karambit-style curved blade. That Vikings ad was totally random though.
We learned from Mythbusters just how versatile duct tape can be. But here’s one use we never thought of – making a spare tire out of the sticky stuff. Life OD tried just that with surprisingly usable results. Unfortunately, it cost more to make than buying a cheap rubber tire.
Adam Savage gave a speech at the 2018 Maker Faire Bay Area that focused on sharing creations, and more importantly ideas. Savage reminds us that we don’t create in a vacuum, and even if we did, it is only right that we share for the betterment of others and the world.
Maker of things Izzy Swan shows off a building technique that makes it look like layers of wood have been woven together into a form that should be impossible to pull off. We won’t give away the trick, but it takes a whole lot of work to pull off the illusion.
It might not be strong enough to stop an actual bear, but this pointy-toothed trap made from cardboard, a ruler, skewers, and rubber bands can definitely bust some balloons. Mr. Hot Glue’s Family walks us through the build of his silly contraption with an equally silly video clip.
Blademaker Kiwami Japan continues to hone his skills and add to his collection of unusual knives. This time, he takes advantage of the properties of carbon fiber to make an extremely sharp, strong, and lightweight kitchen knife. There’s something so soothing about his videos.
Most of the builds we’ve seen from The Q are small enough to carry, but the serial maker’s latest construction is substantially larger. It took over 400 hours to put together this 1.5:1 scale model of a Formula 1 race car, made entirely from soda cans and glue set onto a PVC chassis.
BOSSlaser shows off a slick design – a decorative bowl that can be cut from a single sheet of plywood or acrylic. It comes into shape as it stretches like a giant spiral Slinky onto its stand. Gorgonaut’s original template is available on Thingiverse for download.
After creating knives from fish, foil, and chocolate, pasta, Kiwami Japan shows us how to make a surprisingly sharp knife using ordinary plastic kitchen wrap. The main trick is to melt it down and flatten into a hardened sheet before sculpting it into a blade.
Adam Savage recently found himself in need of a more versatile workbench lamp. So being the maker that he is, he crafted a snake-like LED light using off-the-shelf parts. Here’s the LED panel, Loc-Line, ball socket, flare nozzle, armature wire, and power supply he used.
A look inside the Duck Brand duct tape factory, where they transform rubber, gauze, and plastic into the super sticky, super strong material that’s a staple of every workshop. We wonder how quickly the Mythbusters could have built their duct tape canoe with that giant roll.
While most knives are made from steel, they can certainly be made from other materials. Here, blademaker Kiwami Japan shows us how to transform a sheet of super-hard lignum vitae wood into a razor-sharp kitchen utensil, capable of slicing veggies just like a metal blade.
Frank Howarth knows a thing or two about making spheres, so we couldn’t help but be transfixed as we watched him turn an ordinary block of walnut wood into a beautifully-smooth replica of an 8-ball. The round clamp he built for holding it on the CNC table is ingenious.
Metalsmith shurap bunched together a number of self-tapping screws, then heated, and repeatedly hammered them down flat to create a damascus-style patterned blade. Like his steel washer and cable blades, the finished knife has a truly unique and beautiful texture.
We’ve always assumed that chocolate was meant to be eaten, and not used as a kitchen utensil. But after you watch this video from Kiwami Japan, you’ll see how chocolate can not only be moulded into the shape of a knife, but it can be sharpened enough to actually cut food.
After creating a mix of chilled acetone and water that was both slushy and flammable, The King of Random tried to make fiery snowballs using a similar technique. After a few false starts, he succeeded with gasoline-soaked snowballs. Kids, don’t try this at home.
Voltera’s machine lets you print two layer circuit boards right on your desktop. Its plotter lays down layers of silver-based conductive ink, making circuit prototyping and experimentation crazy simple. it can even prep, heat, and reflow solder for surface-mounted components.