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What’s the Strongest Tree?

What’s the Strongest Tree?

While it’s far from a comprehensive test, and they only tested for compressive strength, it’s still fun to see what happens to different types of tree trunks when they’re crushed in a powerful hydraulic press. Which kind of wood do you think will be the most durable?

Game Cartridge Wood Coasters

Game Cartridge Wood Coasters

Fans of 8-bit console gaming and adult beverages will love these wood coasters from Cutting Boredom. Each of the six available designs envisions a drunk version of a classic NES game, with titles like “Drunkey Kong” and “Mike Tyson’s Pass Out!!” Each one is printed in color then sealed with a two-coat polyurethane finish.

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Custom Baseball Bat Mugs

Custom Baseball Bat Mugs

Swing for the fences every time you take a sip from these unique baseball bat mugs from Young Bat Co. Each one is handmade from the barrel of a real bat and can be custom laser-engraved or painted with text or images. They come in tall (12oz) and junior (6oz) versions. They make a great groomsmen’s gift.

The Wooden Supercar

The Wooden Supercar

Designer and automotive enthusiast Joe Harmon wanted a sports car that stood out from the crowd. Rather than a Lambo or Ferrari, he built his own custom supercar. Known as The Splinter, the unique car features a chassis, body, and interior made mostly from wood. Naturally, the drivetrain is made from conventional materials.

Wooden Disc Player

Wooden Disc Player

Maker jbumstead is intrigued by devices that can store information, so he built a machine that can read data stored on large wooden discs. Similarly to a CD player, the machine uses lasers, photodiodes, and an circuit to decode and play back text messages stored on the discs. Check out the full build details on Instructables.

Destroying a Wooden Coliseum

Destroying a Wooden Coliseum

Model builder Crouzier Benjamin is back with another amazing work of wooden architecture. This time, he and two friends painstakingly arranged 22,000 Kapla planks to create a massive coliseum and an accompanying tower. Then in seconds, it all came tumbling down – on purpose.

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Unexpected is an expert at building things out of popsicle sticks and glue. Unlike other constructions that still look like sticks, he manages to create objects that look more like carvings from a block of wood. Here, he show off a popsicle Ducati 899 Panigale, which is one of four wooden motorcycles he built.

DETRAY Flexible Sofa Tray

DETRAY Flexible Sofa Tray

Created by DEBOSC, the DETRAY is a flexible tray made from plywood that can wrap around the arm of your sofa, providing a more stable surface than fabric, and protecting your furniture from spills. Available in cherry, maple, oak, or wengé wood.

Making a Wood Shelf Guitar

Making a Wood Shelf Guitar

After building himself a beautiful desk out of beautiful Sapele wood, luthier and carpenter tchiksguitars crafted a beautiful electric guitar using pieces of the wood that he took from a shelf in his office. The part where he carves out the curvature of its body is wonderfully satisfying to watch.

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Pask Makes shows us how wood skewers are good for more than serving kebabs. By stacking, cutting, clamping, and gluing hundreds of sticks, then planing and sanding the result, he was able to create a beautiful cutting board we’d love to have on our counter.

Popsicle Stick Notre Dame

Popsicle Stick Notre Dame

The real Notre Dame Cathedral suffered from a devastating fire in 2019, and it may take decades before it can be restored and made safe for visitors. For now, let’s enjoy this miniature version of the iconic Parisian landmark, courtesy of builder FoBIRD, who created a replica from wooden popsicle sticks and kebab skewers.

Transforming Bar Table

Transforming Bar Table

This unique piece of wood furniture from Solidhorse features a modular design that lets you adjust the heights and positions of its shelves using pegs. It comes with two serving/display shelves and two small bottle holders that are great for serving wine and other spirits. They also make a similar laptop desk and folding table.

Flat-pack Wood Workbench

Flat-pack Wood Workbench

Made by UK outfit Direct Wood Co. this wooden workbench packs up flat when not in use. Its cutouts allow it to be set at three different heights, and its lid is covered with 20mm holes that can be used for holding clamps or bench dogs. Remove the top, and its legs can be used as saw horses. Its surface measures appx. 51″ x 28.3″.

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Wood-burning Lawnmower

Wood-burning Lawnmower

Colin Furze has made so much insane stuff over the years, we’ve lost count. His latest build is a lawnmower that’s powered by wood. It converts the vapors produced by burning timber into fuel for a regular engine through a process called gasification. It’s impractical and over-engineered, but that’s why we love Colin.

Making a Wooden Computer Monitor

Making a Wooden Computer Monitor

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, television cabinets made out of wood were the norm, but modern flat-screen displays are pretty much all encased in plastic. The Q wanted a PC monitor to match his wooden mouse and wooden keyboard, so he built a new case for his display, complete with PHILIPS logo and burnt wood control lettering.

Making a Kumiko Lattice Screen

Making a Kumiko Lattice Screen

While his designs aren’t as intricate as the Japanese masters, builder Pask Makes is becoming quite adept at the Japanese craft of Kumiko. This time out, he wanted to hide an ugly water tank with a screen, and made quite the beautiful covering by cutting and assembling hundreds of pieces of plywood into repeating geometric patterns.

Wooden Radial Engine

Wooden Radial Engine

Ian Jimmerson shows off an impressive wooden model he built that demonstrates the inner workings of a 9-cylinder radial engine, like the ones used on some older airplanes. It’s really amazing how stable it is as it gets up to speed. Check out his in-depth explainer videos here and here.

Ocean Wave Kinetic Sculpture

Ocean Wave Kinetic Sculpture

Artist Ross McSweeney created this beautiful work of moving sculpture, which uses a series of cams to create a wave-like action. A tiny boat rocks back and forth as a wooden ocean moves below, and fish dive in and out of the waves. We also love his caterpillar marble machine.

UGears Cash Register

UGears Cash Register

Mechanical model company UGears presents one of its most complicated designs, a vintage-inspired cash register. Once complete, the 405-piece wooden machine can ingest paper currency or coins, locking them away until you enter the secret code and turn its key.

Devil Puzzle

Devil Puzzle

Despite having only 100 pieces, Torched Products‘ laser-cut puzzle offers plenty of challenge. That’s because each of its unfinished wood pieces has similarly-shaped edges, but only fit together in one very specific configuration. Good luck solving this one quickly.

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Definitely Knot Art

Definitely Knot Art

Forgive the punny title, but artist Keith Williams‘ description of his wooden geodesic sphere is factually accurate. Watch as he takes a bunch of pieces of knotty wood into an impressive sculpture. They also briefly doubled as dominoes.

World Record Jenga Pyramid

World Record Jenga Pyramid

Playing a regular game of Jenga gets pretty challenging after you’ve got a few dozen bricks in your tower. Tai Star Valianti managed to build an inverted pyramid out of a whopping 485 of the wood blocks, precariously balanced onto a single vertical block, and breaking his own Guinness World Record.

Cantilever Folding Desk

Cantilever Folding Desk

We’re always looking for unique ways to make living spaces more efficient. Dekay’s Crafts shows off a clever piece of furniture he built that can work as either a bookshelf or a desk, keeping the items on its shelves upright as it unfolds from the wall.

Building a Floating Cave Table

Building a Floating Cave Table

Inspired by a table design he saw from Slovenian Woodworker, builder John Malecki decided he wanted to build an even cooler looking version that uses a combination of laminated wood boards and crystal-clear acrylic to make it look like its top is floating in the air.

TZL Wooden Briefcase

TZL Wooden Briefcase

Give your laptop and everyday work essentials a handsome and substantial home in this beautiful wood briefcase from TZL Concept. The solid wood case is handmade from pieces of real walnut, and its leather interior has compartments and straps for organizing accessories. It can be carried by its handle or a shoulder strap.

DIY Firewood Processing Machine

DIY Firewood Processing Machine

Donn DIY and his family used to cut, split, and stack all of their firewood by hand. As necessity is the mother of invention, he built a series of rigs which help automate much of the process, making it faster and more efficient, with much less back-breaking work. You check out all of the detailed build videos here.

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