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Making a Worm Wood Bowl

Making a Worm Wood Bowl

Builder Peter Brown takes a hunk out of a log of worm-eaten walnut wood and gradually lathes and shapes it into a beautiful work of art. The defects in the wood make working with it much harder, but result in a stunning organic look to the finished piece. Needles to say, it won’t hold cereal milk.

Zette Portable Retro Gaming Console

Zette Portable Retro Gaming Console

The latest from gadget wizard Love Hulten. The Zette System looks like a toy boombox, but it’s actually a portable retro video game console. The tape deck splits into two controllers, and one of the speakers has a 480p projector. There’s also a variant that has an arcade stick.

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Making Wooden Watches

Making Wooden Watches

A look inside the studio at OVi Watch, where they use a combination of CNC carving and hand finishing to create sculpted timepieces from blocks of elm, cherry-tree, walnut, or teak wood. With a sapphire glass crystal and Swiss movement, they’re a steal, at under $200 each.

Overly-complex Light Switch Plates

Overly-complex Light Switch Plates

Transform your ordinary toggle light switches into interactive works of art with these whimsical wood light switch plates from Green Tree Jewelry. Each one adds an unnecessarily complex gear mechanism to make turning your lights on or off more entertaining.

Piano Coat Rack

Piano Coat Rack

Like the Switchboard, the more pricey Piano Coat Rack’s hooks can be folded flat when not in use. Having four rows not only lets you hang more items, it also lets you play with the arrangement of the rack’s hooks. It’s available in two sizes and three wood types.

Original Grain Alterra Chronograph

Original Grain Alterra Chronograph

The Marc is perhaps Original Grain’s most stunning watch design, packing chrono features in a brushed stainless steel case with elegant burled wood around on its face, bezel, and wristband links. It also comes in rosewood or ebony with espresso stainless.

Making a Fancy Wood Beer Koozie

Making a Fancy Wood Beer Koozie

Most beer koozies are made from foam or fabric. But Ollari’s shows us how to make a super slick koozie from carefully segmented blocks of walnut, maple, and padouk, glued together, then turned on a lathe. A layer of clear lacquer protects it from condensation.

Carbon & Wood Surfboard

Carbon & Wood Surfboard

San Diego’s Upsidedownpyramid handmakes superb surfboards such as this beautiful model made with a durable, lightweight Marko foam eco core, wrapped in a carbon fiber skin with wood veneers, and sealed with a long-lasting, UV-resistant clear epoxy resin.

How to Make a Wooden Knife

How to Make a Wooden Knife

Builder John Heisz shows us the steps required to transform a couple of simple blocks of wood into a wonderful decorative knife. It might not be a practical tool, but it sure looks pretty. Want to give it a try yourself? Grab the template here. A parts kit is also available.

Atom LED Wood Lamp

Atom LED Wood Lamp

Created by Ukraine designers The Elray, this sweet ambient desk lamp is crafted from interlocking circles cut from plywood, with energy efficient LED light strips set along the interior loops. Measures appx 9.8″ x 9″, and available in brown or black finishes.

Wooden Domino Machine

Wooden Domino Machine

Back in 2009, genius woodworker Matthias Wandel shared one of his childhood projects: a LEGO machine that laid out an evenly spaced row of dominoes. He recently upped the ante and remade the machine out of wood. Skip to 5:23 in the video for the finished machine.

Bourbon Barrel Chess Set

Bourbon Barrel Chess Set

From Hungarian Workshop, the guys behind the beautiful the beautiful whiskey barrel adirondack chairs comes a wonderful wooden chess set, handmade from a reclaimed bourbon barrel.

Making a Dead Blow Mallet

Making a Dead Blow Mallet

Ollari’s walks us through the process of transforming rough reclaimed wood into a gorgeous hand tool we’d be thrilled to have on our workbench. There are few things more satisfying on Earth than turning things on a lathe. Full build details on Instructables.

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Stadium Map Art

Stadium Map Art

Stadium Map Art makes framed and laser-engraved wooden maps featuring famous United States baseball or football stadiums. The maps come in two designs: a detailed city or campus map or a state-shaped map outlined with major roads.

Inside The Bentley Wood Shop

Inside The Bentley Wood Shop

A look inside the factory where craftsmen painstakingly select, attach, laminate, sand, shape, glue, and finish each piece of wood that goes into Bentley Motors‘ extravagant vehicles. We appreciate the lack of music or voiceover so we can focus on the work at hand.

Crane Kinetic Lamp

Crane Kinetic Lamp

Matt Gilbert’s Crane Lamp lets you drastically change its height and shape just by pushing or pulling its body. With its exposed scissor structure, it revels in its mechanical form and encourages you to use it and inspect how it works.

3D Printed Acorntainers

3D Printed Acorntainers

While 3D printers typically use filaments made purely from plastic, Make Anything shows off how a special composite filament called Timberfill can be used to create sandable, stainable wooden objects, like the cool acorn-shaped storage containers shown in the video.

How to Fix a Canon Printer

How to Fix a Canon Printer

…or: How to Make a Huge Wooden Hammer. YouTuber John Heisz undermined his editing and crafting skills by giving away his video’s twist right from the get go. But it’s still DIY porn, with bonus revenge for anyone who’s ever been frustrated with gadgets.

Game of Thrones 3D Wood Map

Game of Thrones 3D Wood Map

Etsy store OriginArtwork specializes in beautiful layered wooden maps. Most of their products are based on real locations, but they do have the occasional fictional subject, such as this detailed map of the world of Game of Thrones. It’s available in four sizes.

Woodswimmer

Woodswimmer

Brett Foxwell’s enthralling music video for Bedtimes‘ ambient track is a stop-motion short created from numerous photos of cross-sections of wood and tree limbs, as they are gradually sanded down. Individual photo prints from the film can be purchased on his website.

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Makerball DIY Pinball Machine

Makerball DIY Pinball Machine

This kit lets you build a crude pinball machine using just about anything as obstacles. It includes mechanical flippers, as well as copper contacts which can be used to register scoring when connected to an off-the-shelf microcontroller, using a free smartphone app.

Fold-out Stationery Box

Fold-out Stationery Box

Kikkerland’s puzzle-like wooden cube unfolds to reveal a set of four desktop organizers, including a place for pens and pencils, business cards, scissors and rulers, and a spot for a note pad or sticky notes.

SculptureAcoustics Speakers

SculptureAcoustics Speakers

These high-end speakers handcrafted in Spain are designed not only to look amazing, but for audiophile sound. We love the undulating, organic forms, and rich wood construction. The Chrysalis measure 38″ tall, while the Chrysalis Magna are 59″ tall, and rock a 15″ woofer.

Fenton Creek WoodWorks Speakers

Fenton Creek WoodWorks Speakers

Fenton Creek WoodWorks & Blue Line Audio offer unique handmade wooden Bluetooth speakers. They come in a variety of styles, finishes and sizes, with amps ranging from 20W to 100W. You can check out their build logs here.

Stir it Up Turntable

Stir it Up Turntable

A fantastic looking new record player from The House of Marley. It’s made using sustainable materials like bamboo, recycled aluminum and silicone, and fabric made from reclaimed fibers. It has a built-in pre-amp and headphone jack, and plays 33 and 45 RPM vinyl.

Salad Wrenches

Salad Wrenches

Fix yourself a nice big bowl of salad with AYPTYK’s beech wood serving spoons that look like a pair of open-end wrenches. While you could just use the ones you tuned up your car with, your guests would probably prefer something that hasn’t had axle grease on it.

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