Thor’s mighty hammer can only be lifted by those who are worthy. Random Hands qualified for the feat by building their own Mjolnir, cutting apart an old bench anvil, attaching laser-cut decorations, lathing a metal handle, then covering it with wood and metal rings. Watching the grinder remove the old surface is so satisfying.
Ben Paik of Woby Designs previously showed us how he turns old skateboard decks into usable lumber. Now the builder has gone completely meta by building colorful new skateboard decks out of wood gathered from 100 broken decks. That custom deck tape heater is a clever hack.
Costume jewelry pieces are sometimes made out of glass, but those fakes are usually made by casting molten glass. In this video, an artist from China shows us how they make imitation sapphires and emeralds from broken bottles, reshaping and faceting the shattered bits using a rotary tool.
Ank Creative makes miniature cars out of plastic. We’ve seen the DeLorean they made from a cigarette lighter, now here’s another movie-inspired ride. This time we’ve got a recreation of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman, carved from black plastic scrounged from a speaker cabinet and a few other bits and bobs.
Have some old closet doors lying around? Guitar builder Tim Sway shows us how he took the thin wood used to make hollow-core doors and used it to build a totally serviceable acoustic guitar. He laminated together strips from the edges of the door with epoxy to create the guitar’s neck and used the main panels for its body.
Kitchen knives are the right size for chopping veggies and butchering meats. But that didn’t stop Faraway Forge from making this impractical chef’s knife just to prove that it could be done. Its blade started as a rusty piece of scrap metal, and the finished piece looks more appropriate for combat than for cooking.
Blacksmith Black Beard Projects shows off a really sweet build – a replica of a Viking-style bearded hatchet. Its sweeping axe head started off life as a section of a railroad track, and its handle was hand-carved from elm wood. Also, we’re suckers for anything with a Damascus pattern.
While walking along the riverfront in Cologne, Germany, maker Laura Kampf spotted a park bench that was in really bad shape. Rather than ignore it, she headed back to her shop and fabricated a new seat using scrap pallet wood from her neighbor’s trash. We love Laura’s idea of “guerilla making” to improve public spaces.
WorksByaHurst asks his followers to send in random items for him to build things from. When he received a box full of old bicycle parts, the idea that struck him was to turn the chains into the tentacles and body of an octopus. While he was working on it, all we could think of was those creepy Sentinels from The Matrix.
We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.
If you want a real Bugatti Chiron, you’re looking at about $3 million bucks. Or if you’re handy with cutting metal and welding, you could make one out of old car parts. CB Media visited Thailand’s Ban Hun Lek for a look at an incredible Chiron replica parked between an army of junkyard mechs and monsters.
If you look around, you can find a bargain-basement drum kit for about $200. But if even that’s not in your budget, you could do what Deden Noy did, and make your own drums from plastic buckets, water bottles, scrap metal, and packing tape. Check out his YouTube channel for more performances.
Wheel rims from a car seem like an odd material for building a wood-burning stove, but that’s exactly what André Göbel of Create Custom Designs did, a set of old steel rims to provide the structure for a cylindrical stove inspired by Bullerjan stoves, which use bent pipes to circulate cold air from the bottom and out of its top.
The UN Environment Programme introduces us to Nzambi Matee, a materials engineer based in Kenya, whose business Gjenge Makers creates low-cost construction materials. By heating and compressing waste plastic and sand, they form durable blocks which weigh half that of traditional clay bricks.
Inspired by the eponymous piece of furniture in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Epic UpCycling set about the task of building his own wardrobe, only this one is made entirely out of recycled timber gathered from old shipping pallets. He even managed to reuse the rusty old nails. Now how to get to Narnia?
Rather than melting down and reforging the metal from an old sawblade, metalsmith Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero wanted to see if he could just cut, grind, and polish the old metal into a new weapon. The transformation from the rusty old blade into machete is impressive. The paracord-wrapped handle looks great too.
Scandinavian outfitter Fjällräven updates its classic Kånken Daypack with a plant-based fabric made from sustainably-grown spruce and pine trees. It’s still the same simple pack as always, with handles for toting, and a spacious main compartment. It drops 8.2021. Their recycled plastic and wool variants are also eco-friendly.
Maker Ross The Random loves to turn ordinary items into works of art. In this video, he shows us how he transformed a simple brass bolt into a shiny metal phoenix through a series of heating, bending, hammering, filing, and cutting with basic hand tools.
The machete is one of the most imposing bladed weapons out there. In this clip from blacksmith Green Beetle, he walks us through the process of creating one by recycling steel found in a rusty old push-handle lawnmower. It’s interesting to see how he determines the carbon content of the steel on the grinder.
One of the great things about metal is just how recyclable it can be. In this video from Random Hands, he shows how he transformed a rusty old bolt into a shiny new lighter with a steampunk aesthetic. While the reused steel was only used for its main chamber, the additional brass pieces really give it a finished look.
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.
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.
While some hotels are moving to larger, bottled bath products to reduce waste, there are still many who provide individually packaged soaps and toiletries. Tech Insider introduces us to Clean the World, a socially-responsible enterprise that takes these items, sanitizes, recycles, and donates them to populations in need.