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Exploding a Minecraft Creeper in Slow-Motion

Exploding a Minecraft Creeper in Slow-Motion

If you’ve played Minecraft, you know to steer clear of Creepers. These bespeckled hostile mobs will blow you to smithereens. The Slow Mo Guys dropped by the Colorado School of Mines with a real-world version of the explosive enemy and detonated it in front of their high-speed camera. After a small test, they got a much bigger boom from a charged Creeper.

Making an Industrial Machinist’s Chair

Making an Industrial Machinist’s Chair

Maker Neil Paskin returned to his workshop to build another great piece of functional craft. He fabricated this vintage-style industrial chair using hand-cut and bent steel for its legs and support structure and gently curved wood for its back and seat. We love how he made his own plywood from reclaimed floorboards.

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The Hrdwood Headphone Stands

The Hrdwood Headphone Stands
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Etsy seller The Hrdwood makes these elegant wooden headphone stands that put your over-the-ear cans in a place of honor instead of lying on a tabletop or stuffed into a drawer. They come in two versions – a smooth arch or a stair-stepped tunnel design. Each stand is handmade from your choice of walnut or light ash wood.

Leander Leather + Wood Valet Tray

Leander Leather + Wood Valet Tray
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Leander’s premium valet tray is made from hardwood and lined with Italian leather. Its large main space is great for wallets, keys, and eyeglasses, while its side compartment holds a pen, pocket knife, or wristwatch. It comes in black, Pacific Blue, Emerald, or camouflage leather. They also sell a matching desk mat, coaster, and pen holder.

Making the Ultimate (Fantasy) Football Trophy

Making the Ultimate (Fantasy) Football Trophy

The Chiefs might have walked away from this year’s Super Bowl with the Vince Lombardi trophy, but that award has nothing on this handmade trophy by artist Blake McFarland. He crafted this beautiful scrap wood football sculpture for his pals who beat him at fantasy football. While he’s an expert at carving, Blake used the project to learn how to turn wood on a lathe.

KARVD Floating Wall Desks

KARVD Floating Wall Desks
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KARVD’s compact desks save floor space by attaching to your wall and folding up when not in use. Each is made from baltic birch wood and provides storage cubbies, a circular corkboard, and a fold-out laptop desk surface. The desks also have a built-in smartphone stand and pass-throughs for cords. They come in several eye-catching designs.

Bodø Ceramic Coffee Cup

Bodø Ceramic Coffee Cup
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This beautiful ceramic mug from Ecletticos is a truly special way to sip your coffee or tea. Each is handmade with a unique kiln glazing process to give it a patina finish reminiscent of rusty metal. It has a curvy wood handle and holds up to 18 oz. of liquid and is made using food-safe materials. It’s not dishwasher or microwave safe, though.

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LunaKron 2.1 Moon Phase Clock

LunaKron 2.1 Moon Phase Clock
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Instead of telling time, Digital Horology’s LunaKron 2.1 clock displays the current moon phase. It uses GPS data to calculate the date and which phase to show. It’s made from acrylic and fiberboard, and the photographic moon is backlit by 256 LEDs. They also make the LunaKron 1, which has backlit cutouts representing each of the moon’s eight phases.

Barrett Creative Wood Keyboards

Barrett Creative Wood Keyboards
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Keyboard enthusiast and woodworker Barrett Creative makes beautiful wood keyboard cases. They’re sold in kit form with a KL-90 circuit board, encoder(s), and a matching wooden knob(s). They’re currently available in Woodland, Rustic, and Infernum kits. Keycaps, switches, and stabilizers are not included. Hipyotech has a hands-on look at one of these keyboards.

Plywood Milk Crates

Plywood Milk Crates
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Milk crates are a great way to store records and books. But the plastic ones look really cheap. For a more refined look, consider these wooden crates from WAAM. They’re made from high-density birch plywood and offer a playful take on the ones you probably shouldn’t have swiped from the alley behind the grocery store.

How to Cut Corners

How to Cut Corners

You can cut pieces of wood to meet perfectly in a corner using a miter saw. But there are other scenarios where you need to work around things that make it more challenging. Entertainer Chaz Bruce re-shared this video of carpenters dealing with tricky corners while he and his son reacted to the cuts. That four-way pipe joint was so satisfying.

Building AI-Generated Furniture IRL

Building AI-Generated Furniture IRL

Builder John Malecki wanted a new media center for his office. Rather than designing the cabinetry himself, he turned to generative AI to come up with the concept. After playing with a few prompts, Midjourney came up with a design. Its organic shapes caused construction challenges, but John and his team did a great job bringing the real-world version to life.

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Making a Liquid-filled River Table

Making a Liquid-filled River Table

We’ve seen tables that use resin or glass to create the illusion of water. Woodworker Screaming Donkey built a coffee table with a real liquid-filled center. He started out with some olive wood burl which he de-barked, cut into pieces, bathed in resin, and gradually refined. After that, he filled it with water, mica, glycerin, and pigments, agitated by magnetic stirrers.

Wooden Zoetrope Bowl

Wooden Zoetrope Bowl

Greg Blanpied makes CNC-machined and laser-cut functional art fabricated using parametric math and geometry. Among his amazing pieces is this elegant bowl, which acts as a zoetrope when filmed or spun beneath a strobe light. He’s also created a zoetrope vase.

Tentacle Kinetic Sculpture

Tentacle Kinetic Sculpture

Berlin-based artist Florian Goerlitz makes incredible mechanical artworks that have appeared in large installations and at festivals. This smaller piece is notable because it creates so much movement using just a single motor. Made almost entirely from wooden gears, it has three arms that move around its center, undulating like tentacles on an octopus.

Making Literal Pallet Wood Coasters

Making Literal Pallet Wood Coasters

Paul Jackman has made a lot of drink coasters out of recycled pallet wood. This time, he made a bunch of coasters that look exactly like real pallets. After designing a 1:10-scale model on his computer, he got to work fabricating 200 of the tiny replicas, complete with laser-engraved logos. You can grab a 2-pack on the ISOTunes website for $50.

Making a Wood Minigun

Making a Wood Minigun

Despite only firing rubber bands, we would not want to be on the business end of this wooden minigun. Generic Woodworking shows off the incredible amount of blood, sweat, and tears it took to build this impressive toy weapon. It uses parts from a lawn trimmer and a belt sander to drive its mechanism, and makes an unnerving popping sound as it fires off rounds.

Ugears Aero Clock

Ugears Aero Clock

This unique wall clock is made up of more than 300 components, which come together to accurately tell time. It features numerous wood gears, and a hot air balloon that rapidly descends at the top of each hour then rises as each minute ticks by. Designed for advanced builders, with an estimated 11-hour build time.

Giant d20

Giant d20
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Etsy shop Fever Dream Supreme makes this giant-size d20 for Dungeons and Dragons players. Each 10-inch, 5-pound die is handcrafted from whitewood and hot-branded numbers on its 20 sides. It makes a great display piece or a hidden storage box if you opt for the removable panel. Available with or without stain or numbers.

Building a Wood Mini Tank

Building a Wood Mini Tank

ND Woodworking Art has created some amazing kid-scale vehicles for his son to ride in. This time, he spent 70 days building a mini tank with a steel frame, a wooden body, and motorized tracks. The design is based on a Swedish Army Stridsvagn 103. We’re not sure if carrying all those fuel cans on the exterior would be a good idea in a battle, though.

Football Field Charcuterie Board

Football Field Charcuterie Board
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Imagine a showdown between Team Meat and Team Cheese on this charcuterie board that looks like a tiny football field. Made by DIYDUOstore, the 18″ x 11″ wood board is laser-engraved with yard markers and comes with a pair of 3D-printed goalposts. Add your favorite team’s logo for a few extra bucks.

Mark Rober’s NERF Gun in Wood

Mark Rober’s NERF Gun in Wood

A little while back, Mark Rober engineered a tiny NERF gun using a compliant mechanism. The design has spawned numerous other builds, including this neat-looking blaster Matt Esltea made from wood. It’s not made from a single part like Rober’s NERF weapon, but it’s built with a similarly springy launching mechanism. It’s a beautiful build, but will it work?

Building a Scrap Wood Tool Rack

Building a Scrap Wood Tool Rack

We’re absolutely wild about things that keep everything in its right place. Jason from Epic Upcycling shows off an amazing build – a custom rack for all of his woodworking tools. It’s an impressive piece of cabinetry, and he made it entirely from scrap wood he harvested from shelving units he used to have in his workshop.

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