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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the years, The Q has made some unique vehicles, from a walking bicycle to a cardboard F1 car. This time out, he set out to build one of those hamster wheel-inspired monowheels, primarily out of wood. We assume the long beams sticking in front of the pedal-powered wheel help act as a counterbalance.
Audiophiles looking for great sound often turn to headphones with planar magnetic drivers. SendyAudio’s cans incorporate this tech for crisp, clean, and natural sound with stellar frequency response. They feature real zebra wood housings, and come in a leather carrying case. Special price from Drop through 7.13.20.
Armpal is a unique tabletop game that asks players to move and stack blocks by manipulating a robot arm. Each machine comes as a laser-cut wood kit, with gears, springs, and simple hydraulics to make them move. The arms work with interchangeable heads, including a claw, excavator, and magnetic crane.
As we’ve seen before, Brother in Wood makes some amazing butcher blocks. This time he shows how he made a pair of inlaid maple and black walnut cutting boards with butchering diagrams for two of our favorite sources of protein. We love how he uses technology in his building process. You can place custom order requests here.
We’ve always enjoyed watching videos of wood being turned on a lathe. However, the carving part is usually done with metal tools. The guys from the Waterjet Channel wanted to see if the powerful high-pressure cutting tip of their waterjet could be used to smoothly sculpt a spinning piece of wood in the same way.
Clamps are usually made from metal for a good reason. After all, they need to be able to withstand a decent amount of stress as they’re tightened. While it might not be the most practical of workbench tools, we do love the craft and engineering of this plywood vise grip clamp built by carpenter John Heisz.
Want to upgrade to a standing desk, but already have a regular desk? The Jumbo DeskStand offers a double-decker design that lets you place your keyboard and mouse on one level, and your display (or displays) on another. Shelf heights are easily adjusted on its 10-slot ladder. Made from durable baltic birch plywood.
Vertical blinds are usually made from plastic or fabric, but carpenter John Heisz has an affinity for wood, so he made his own from scratch, using of ash wood he cut down to 3/8″ thick strips. He then built an exposed mechanism for opening and closing the blinds, giving them a more artful look than the ’90s decorating staple.
How’d you like a cool looking wooden model of a TIE fighter to display on your desk? Well, now you can, assuming you have some basic tools and a little patience. WorksByaHurst walks us through all of the details. Find the step-by-step instructions and materials list on Instructables.
The kalimba is a small musical instrument that’s played by thumping your fingers on its springy metal keys. But the same idea can be DIYed using a bunch of popsicle sticks, screwed in place at varying lengths along a board. Mr. Mash shows off his homemade instrument, along with an abridged version of his how-to video.
After building a larger-than-life utility knife and a huge screwdriver, Jackman Works is adding another tool to his giant-sized collection. This time he made an Estwing hammer fit for Paul Bunyan, carving the 8-foot-long, 90 pound monster out of reclaimed southern yellow pine. We’re gonna need a bigger workbench.
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Robot Knight – an automaton he created somewhere around 1495, Robotime’s drawing machines use a series of stackable wood cams to create different sketches as you turn their hand cranks. Available in The Gambler, The Slayer, and The Robot designs. Assembly required.
We’ve always wanted one of those fancy Eames lounge chairs, but the real ones are just too expensive. Wood Design shows us how it’s possible to build a similar piece of furniture yourself, with enough time, effort, and skill. We prefer the original’s swivel base, but this version looks more comfy, and is still an impressive build.
This special edition of the classic board game Battleship is the polar opposite of the Neon Pop Edition. Its folding playfields are made from wood with a weathered look, and pack up into a crate for storage. We love the overall look, but we think wood boats and brass pegs would be nicer than the standard plastic ones.
Board game players looking for a fun way to randomize their dice rolls should check out this very cool and unique dice tower from RUBrand. The tower features undulating layers of laser-cut, high-density wood fiberboard with cutouts that tumble dice as they cascade from the top to the coliseum below. Assembly required.
Between 1888 and 1913, Romeyn Beck Hough collected specimens of wood to create what would become the de facto standard for studying trees and wood. Taschen got their hands on a pristine copy of the 14 volume set, and photographed each sample for this 768 page book. A fantastic gift for any artist or woodworker.
After building himself a rustic keyboard from wood, builder of things The Q decided to make a matching mouse. He started out with a hunk of nice hardwood, copied the shape of a plastic mouse onto it, then got to work cutting it down, sculpting its form, then carving out its center to make room for its mechanism.
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