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Hot Rolling Steel

Hot Rolling Steel

Ever wonder how they make coils of sheet metal? This fascinating footage captured by Sweden’s Dalarna University at the SSAB hot rolling mill shows how a giant slab of steel is heated, then cleaned, roughed, and rolled through a series of machines into gradually thinner and thinner layers.

Making a Literal Steel Guitar

Making a Literal Steel Guitar

There’s a musical instrument called a steel guitar, but it’s named for its metal slide, and not the material it’s made from. But metalsmith Paul Pinto decided to actually make a guitar out of the weighty metal. Watch as he cuts, welds, forges, and grinds a steel plate into a beautiful chrome-plated instrument. Now how does it sound?

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Boker Plus Cop Tool

Boker Plus Cop Tool

This useful multitool features a sturdy 440C steel blade that works as a serrated knife, chisel, lever, belt cutter, scraping tool, and more. Its G-10 handle scales provide good grip, and it comes with a matching leather sheath. Measures 6.25″ long overall, with a 1.25″ blade length.

Damascus Tomahawk

This stunning work of blacksmithing comes from Black Forge Knives. It’s made from 1095 and 15n20 damascus steel, attached to a hand-carved rosewood handle. It comes with a handcrafted leather sheath to protect its head when not in use. Measures 21.75″ overall length, with a 6.5″ cutting edge. (Must be 18+ to purchase.)

Making Ball Bearing Damascus

Making Ball Bearing Damascus

As metalsmith Shurap has proven before, you can make damascus from just about any kind of steel hardware. In this clip, he melts down thousands of tiny ball bearings, and transforms them into a uniquely patterned blade. Because of their sheer number, they appear to be one of the more challenging materials to work with.

Bottle Opener Business Cards

Bottle Opener Business Cards

Want to leave a memorable impression with your clients and prospects? MyMetalBusinessCard will whip you up some awesome looking 1.5mm thick stainless steel business cards with a built-in bottle opener and an optional magnetic back. They’re not cheap, but they also won’t end up in the bin like other cards.

Making a Metal Bomber Seat

Making a Metal Bomber Seat

Several years back, metalworker Ron Covell walked through the process of bending metal to create a cool bomber-style metal seat. Its construction proved intimidating for most, so he came up with a simpler design that uses a single sheet of steel, and might actually be feasible if you have the proper tools in your shop.

Making a Damascus Chisel

Making a Damascus Chisel

For this project, metalsmith Shurap created a gigantic chisel using numerous layers of steel. The oversized tool is designed for woodworking, but is so beautiful that it could just be a work of art on a stand. Watch how the intricately-carved handle was made here.

The Tycho Puzzle

The Tycho Puzzle

Craighill’s small, but substantial puzzle is made from four identical pieces of brass and four identical pieces of stainless steel, each precisely machined for an exacting fit. Once assembled, the finished piece is a beautiful, sculptural object to display on your desktop.

Hermetus Bottle Opener/Sealer

Hermetus Bottle Opener/Sealer

Westmark Germany’s tempered steel tool easily pops open bottles and undoes screw caps, but it can also temporarily seal bottles, preserving carbonation and freshness for those times when you don’t want to finish a bottle all at once.

Set for Set Steel Mace

Set for Set Steel Mace

Set for Set’s workout tool is inspired by ancient melee combat weapons. Forged from steel, then powdercoated black, each one has a hefty handle with a knurled grip handle. With head weights from 7 to 30 pounds, there’s one for every fitness level. Includes an 84-page e-training guide with ideas for your routines.

State Bottle Openers

State Bottle Openers

Celebrate your home state every time you pop open a cold one. Brandon and Erin Spangler’s handmade bottle openers are shaped like each of the United States. They’re plasma-cut from steel and finished with black oxide. Sizes vary based on the shape of your state of choice.

Sharp Axe Damascus Rings

Sharp Axe Damascus Rings

Etsy shop SharpAXECrafts creates these handsome and substantial rings from layered damascus steel. Each one has a one-of-a-kind pattern on its sides, and may be embellished with wood, rose gold, or stone for contrast. Our favorite design has a deeply-textured, hammered surface.

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Hot Riveting an Anvil Stand

Hot Riveting an Anvil Stand

Industrial Studio’s build video features the construction of a stand for his workshop’s anvil, and shows off one of the more satisfying methods of joining together steel – using molten hot rivets and an industrial press to smush them into place.

Low Profile Ratchet Driver

Low Profile Ratchet Driver

Need to tighten or loosen screws in a tight space? MulWark’s 4″ long ratcheting wrench is just 20mm (~.79″) thick with its bits in place, so it can fit into tricky areas where you can’t use a long driver. Its 1/4″ drive socket magnetically holds bits, which are made from durable CRV6150 steel, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Making Damascus from Bike Tires

Making Damascus from Bike Tires

Did you know that many bike tires contain a metal wire to form their bead? Metalsmith shurap decided to see if he could extract the steel from eight old tires and melt it down to form it into a damascus steel blade. We don’t quite understand the use of the pepper in the process though.

Victorinox SwissTool BS

Victorinox SwissTool BS

A very special edition pocket multitool from Swiss knife and watch maker Victorinox. The SwissTool BS is murdered-out in black oxide steel, and includes 29 useful functions in one, including pliers, screwdrivers, saws, wire tools, openers, knives, rulers, and more.

Mezmocoin

Mezmocoin

This coin-sized metal fidget toy is designed to spin for 13 minutes or more thanks to its precision machining and fast-spinning tungsten carbide tip. The spiral design on top produces a hypnotic effect as it spins round and round. Available in brass, copper, or stainless steel.

Great Balls of Steel

Great Balls of Steel

Footage from Shandong Iraeta’s factory where they manufacture steel grinding balls. Watch as tubes of metal are heated, then forged into molten orbs which roll down an assembly line before landing in a cooling vat. The music makes it just that much more dramatic.

Steel Wool + Liquid Oxygen

Steel Wool + Liquid Oxygen

Steel wool is really useful for scrubbing and cleaning. But it’s also incredibly flammable. The guys from The King of Random decided to play with fire, and see how it might react if a lit piece of the shredded metal was dropped into a cup of styrofoam filled with liquid oxygen.

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Making a Steel Noose Keychain

Making a Steel Noose Keychain

Maker Mr Novruz walks us through the process of turning a single length of stainless steel wire into a cool and useful holder for keys. There’s something wonderfully satisfying every time he bends and twists the metal.

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Tubes

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Tubes

One of the practical uses of a hydraulic press is to flatten out metal, so there’s no question about who will win in this battle. But watching long tubes of steel deforming under pressure is still wonderfully satisfying. They should start selling the results as sculptures.

Cork Disc Chair

Cork Disc Chair

Quartertwenty created this slick piece of upcycled modern furniture which is made using cork from inside of aluminum baseball bats. The cork provides style and cushioning, while aluminum rods and steel provide stability.

Rolling a Steel Ring

Rolling a Steel Ring

Mesmerizing footage from inside QSC Forge, as a large ring of molten steel is gradually spun, flattened, and widened to form a smooth and perfectly round circle. Combined with a perfectly soothing soundtrack, the clip doubles as your daily 9-minute meditation.

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.”

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