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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.

Apollo Modern Steel Fire Pit

Apollo Modern Steel Fire Pit

Handmade from 1/4″ hot rolled steel, this modern and minimal fire pit should last a lifetime. It’s made from four sheets of metal that slide together for easy assembly, and its A36 steel is designed to patina over the years, from shades of silver into rich shades of orange and gold. They also make a stainless steel version.

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SwingTables

SwingTables

Artist Greg Frehr creates these playful dining tables that replace ordinary chairs with swings. SwingTables have an outdoor-safe powder-coated steel frame, a wooden tabletop, and wooden swings to sit on. They come in 2-seat, 4-seat, 6-seat, and 8-seat variants and disassemble into sections for shipping. Cushioned seats are available.

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.

Hand Grenade vs. Steel Box

Hand Grenade vs. Steel Box

The guys from the Beyond the Press channel teamed up with the fabrication experts at Speweld to create a cube out of 2″ thick steel, then took it to a safe place to see what would happen if they set off a homemade grenade inside of it. We’re incredibly impressed by construction of the steel box.

Trusco ST-350-B Toolbox

Trusco ST-350-B Toolbox

There’s something to be said for this old school metal toolbox from Japan’s Trusco Nakayama. It offers a classic look, a durable steel body done up in a bold blue, and a smooth-opening double-hinged top. Its two-level design keeps small items organized separately from larger ones.

Diesel Fish Rope Tie

Diesel Fish Rope Tie

Fishbone’s metal gadget is designed for knotless joining and tying of ropes and straps. It holds up to 0.5″ rope or 1″ flat webbing, and has built-in neodymium magnets for stacking and storage. Available in stainless steel or lightweight aluminum. They also make a mini version for 0.25″ or smaller rope or paracord.

Damascus Steel Dice

Damascus Steel Dice

King Cobra Blades Art handmakes these unique damascus steel 6-sided dice. Each one features a distinctive pattern made by forging and folding layers of metal together numerous times. They come in 16mm, 20mm, and 1″ sizes. They also make some beautiful damascus knives and rings.

Superegg

Superegg

The latest addition to AltDynamic’s series of collectible desktop curiosities comes in a satisfying tubular egg shape. Inspired by the mathematics of Gabriel Lamé and the 1960s Superegg design by Piet Hein, the roly-poly metal egg comes in titanium, stainless steel, and copper editions with machined or mirrored finishes.

Metal Hydroforming Experiments

Metal Hydroforming Experiments

Hydroforming is the process of shaping metal structures by inflating them with pressurized water or air. Maker Connor Holland has been experimenting with the technique, and shared this compilation of some of the more interesting and satisfying results. The pillow one looks like a metal whoopee cushion.

Stanley The Camp Pour-over Set

Stanley The Camp Pour-over Set

Enjoy smooth and satisfying coffee at home or outdoors with Stanley’s rugged metal pour-over coffee maker set. It features a durable and reusable stainless steel filter and an insulated stainless steel coffee mug. Just put your grounds in the basket, and add boiling water for a perfect cup every time.

Iron Man Briefcase Suit

Iron Man Briefcase Suit

In Iron Man 2, Happy and Pepper come to Tony Stark’s rescue with a slick new suit of armor that fits inside of a briefcase. After making a retractable version of Iron Man’s helmet, Jake Laser’s fans demanded more, so he got to work on a real-life version of the Mark 5 briefcase suit, made out of plasma-cut steel.

Puebco Steel Tool Organizer

Puebco Steel Tool Organizer

We love the minimal yet classic design of this steel tool bin designed by Japan’s Puebco. Whether you use it for storing small hand tools, as a desktop organizer, or as an improvised planter for your herb garden, it’s definitely worthy of being on display and not hidden away in a closet. Measures 12″ w x 6″ d x 7″ h.

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Teale Designs Pry Tools

Teale Designs Pry Tools

Virginia Beach tool shop Teale Designs handmakes a variety of useful pocket pry bars, each of which features a bottle opener and a lanyard hole. Some models also hold a screwdriver bit, too. We particularly like the perforated designs, which not only look cool but reduce weight. They come in stainless steel or brass.

Higo no Kami Brass Pocket Knives

Higo no Kami Brass Pocket Knives

Handmade in Japan’s Nagao Kanekoma factory, these pocket folders have a Wharncliffe blade made from Warikomi steel, wrapped in a satin brass handle, and comes in three sizes. The simple design and antique style have been passed down through five generations over 125 years. It also comes in satin black.

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.

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.

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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.

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