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Hydraulic Press vs. Red Hot Steel

Hydraulic Press vs. Red Hot Steel

The Hydraulic Press Channel usually shows how machines can be used to destroy stuff. But in this video, they take us inside Componenta, where such equipment is used to create things. Watch as a molten pillar of steel is loaded into a duo of presses, which gradually shape it into a ring that will be used to make a giant gear.

Knotted Steel Sculptures

Knotted Steel Sculptures

Artist Ricardo Churchill brings the illusory magic of M.C. Escher to life with these impossible-looking desktop sculptures. Each one is handmade from mitered, welded, and finished steel. They come in three sizes: 6cm, 9cm, and 22cm, and in raw steel, silver, antique metallic, or powdercoat finishes.

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Making a Stainless Steel 8-Ball

Making a Stainless Steel 8-Ball

A normal pool ball is made from polyester or phenolic resin, which makes them hard and durable. But the idea of playing billiards with metal balls intrigues us. My Mechanics rises to the challenge with this impressive stainless steel and brass 8-ball he made from scratch. We’d love to see a complete set of balls made this way.

Best Made Rolling Footlocker

Best Made Rolling Footlocker

This substantial storage bin is a big upgrade from plastic crates. It’s made from 22-gauge steel and rolls on heavy-duty casters. It’s great for tools, art supplies, or valuables you want out of sight. It has a large main compartment and a removable tray. It measures 20″w x 20″h x 15″d and comes in matte black and classic red.

Forging a Human Head

Forging a Human Head

Inspired by the incredible work of artist Peter Walker, fellow blacksmith Alec Steele wanted to try his hand at sculpting a miniature head out of metal. The process involves squaring off a bar of steel, then hammering and chiseling to make indentations while it’s still molten hot.

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.

Making a Sawblade Machete

Making a Sawblade Machete

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.

Hex Nut Dog Sculpture

Hex Nut Dog Sculpture

Metalsmith Alec Steele takes a momentary break from forging cool things to create a sculpture of his dog, Yoga. After measuring his pup’s proportions, he created a wire skeleton, then welded together numerous steel nuts in various sizes to form the metal dog-ppelganger’s bust.

Hydraulic Press vs. Axes

Hydraulic Press vs. Axes

Industrial hydraulic presses are designed to compress metals, so we’re not surprised that HPC’s 150-ton press was able to make quick work of these steel axes. Place your bets now as to how much pressure will be needed to bend or break these normally sturdy hand tools.

Sketchmark Stencil Bookmark

Sketchmark Stencil Bookmark

This stainless steel bookmark not only saves your place, it provides useful shapes for detailing your ideas. The sturdy stencil incorporates a protractor, compass, t-square, circle, square, and triangle bullets, isometric guides, and metric and imperial rulers. The expansion card adds letters, numbers, and a few other shapes.

Nor-man Headphone Stand

Nor-man Headphone Stand

Estonian design shop Udrik’s playful metal stand provides the perfect place to store your over-the-ear headphones. Serving as both a work of modern art and a functional accessory, the powder-coated steel and oak stand resembles an abstract human who is happy to wear your cans when you’re not using them.

Making a Sphere with Explosives

Making a Sphere with Explosives

(Loud) Making a metal sphere usually involves stamping or spinning sheet metal. But this video shows a process where they start out with a shape made out of polygons, then turn it into a sphere by bending the metal with an explosion at its center. We’re not sure of all of the science, but we found a paper on the subject.

On Bicycle Stand

On Bicycle Stand

Designers Yuma Kano and Yu Miyama came up with this clever way to keep your bicycle standing upright… using a much smaller bike. The 14″ long miniature bike is made from steel, and comes in versions for tires up to 1.6″ or 2″ wide. Unfortunately, importing one via Japan Trend Shop is a costly endeavor.

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Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Bridges

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Bridges

Bridges can vary wildly in terms of strength depending on their structural design. The guys from the Hydraulic Press Channel welded together several miniature bridges from steel, then measured the force applied to each one to see which style is the strongest.

Rotary-axis Plasma Cutter

Rotary-axis Plasma Cutter

There are lots of machines out there that can cut holes in flat sheets of steel, but MarkGyver built a machine that can make cuts into the curved face of a cylinder. Using a high-heat plasma cutter and a chain-driven rotating holder, the computer-controlled system can make smooth cuts through the surface of a steel tube.

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?

Hammer Hits Nail Steel Business Card Holder

Hammer Hits Nail Steel Business Card Holder

Fred Conlon’s whimsical metalwork is all over SLC, especially his mischievous monsters made from industrial scrap and old tools. “Proudly made in the USA from worldwide junk” is the Sugarpost motto. He really nailed it with office supplies like a pliers pen cup, wrench desk caddy, and Hammer Hits Nail business card holder.

Stria Folding Ruler

Stria Folding Ruler

The Stria is an elegant and substantial drawing instrument that will look great sitting on your desktop. It folds to half of its length via a metal dovetail joint and opens to provide a 30cm / 11.8″ ruler. It features a wedge shape for confident line drawing, imperial and metric markings, and comes in brass or steel.

Dual-threaded Steel Rod

Dual-threaded Steel Rod

Canadian steel fabrication company Ironmen Industries created this unique metal rod that’s got two interwoven threads, allowing nuts with opposite threads to move in different directions. We’re not sure of the practical application but it sure would make an amazing fidget toy. Originally spotted by Stene Woodwork.

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.

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Crushed Steel Pencil Holder

Crushed Steel Pencil Holder

Using a homemade hydraulic press, a section of square steel tube, and his forge, blacksmith Paul Pinto shows us how he made a cool looking container to keep his office supplies like pens, pencils, paint brushes, and err.. an ice pick.

Rusty Bolt Into Steampunk Lighter

Rusty Bolt Into Steampunk Lighter

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.

How to Tie a Steel Knot

How to Tie a Steel Knot

There are time-tested blacksmithing techniques for twisting metal into knot-like structures. But what if you want to tie a steel rod into an actual knot? Paul Pinto shows us how his method for making a tight overhand knot using a combination of bending, hammering, and stretching. The engine hoist trick is a good one.

How Wrenches Are Made

How Wrenches Are Made

Go inside of Italy’s Beta Utensili factory, where they take pieces of raw steel, heat them, hot roll, and machine hammer them into their rough shapes, before cutting them out, sand blasting, grinding, tumbling, and refining their openings before hardening and plating each piece into a finished combination wrench.

FluidStance Slope Whiteboard

FluidStance Slope Whiteboard

Stop wasting paper sticky notes, and instead jot your thoughts on this desktop whiteboard. The FluidStance Slope offers a smooth, dry-erase surface, and fits perfectly between your keyboard and your computer screen. It’s got a tray for storing markers, and is made from powder-coated steel so magnets can stick to it too.

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.

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