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Wood Sum Pinhole Camera Kit

Wood Sum Pinhole Camera Kit

This flat-pack wooden kit not only comes together to look like a camera, it actually works. Rather than using a lens, it has a small pinhole opening which captures fuzzy, but artful images onto 35mm film. The 79-piece plywood kit takes about 2 to 3 hours to assemble, and the camera even has a tripod mount.

Rokr Wood Treasure Box

Rokr Wood Treasure Box

This laser-cut wood kit forms a locking puzzle box. Along the way, you’ll use its 123 pieces to assemble a combination lock that can be set to a three-digit password, along with a rotating geometric pattern to play with on its top, and a key mechanism to unlock whatever goodies you hid inside its 1.2″ storage compartment.

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Mesmerizing Marble Machine

Mesmerizing Marble Machine

It may not play music like Wintergatan’s marble-powered musical instrument, but we still enjoyed listening to the soothing sounds and watching the hypnotic movements of this wooden marble machine, which serves as an example of the modules you can buy from its creator.

Bamboo Temple Scaffolding

Bamboo Temple Scaffolding

A look at an incredible handmade structure being used to access and repair damaged temples in Bagan, Myanmar. These scaffolds are constructed entirely from bamboo and coconut husks, yet are apparently strong enough to hold several construction workers.

Cubebot Capsule Collection

Cubebot Capsule Collection

We’ve seen designer David Weeks‘ articulated wooden robots at art museum shops before, but this multi-colored series is our favorite. Each one is made from beech wood and elastic, allowing you to pose them into various positions, including a cube. Sold individually in 4.25″ tall and 6.75″ tall sizes.

Game of Thrones Chess Set

Game of Thrones Chess Set

When you play the game of chess, you win… or you die. At least that’s what happens if you play with this intricate set of hand-carved wood chess pieces Ukraine’s Chesslania, inspired by Game of Thrones. It’s cool, but we don’t think that Tyrion should be relegated to pawn.

Pulse Rifle Rubber Band Gun

Pulse Rifle Rubber Band Gun

One of the most iconic weapons in science fiction has to be the M41A Pulse Rifle from Aliens. Parabellum Arms couldn’t get his hands on an actual pulse rifle, he decided to build the next best thing – a wooden replica that fires rubber bands as either a machine gun or shotgun.

Exotic Wood Flasks

Exotic Wood Flasks

Linz Zuelich of Wood Brain creates beautiful and elegant flasks by layering thin veneers of wood onto a stainless steel drink containers using waterproof, permanent adhesive. While they’re all pretty nifty, we’re particularly fond of the multi-wood versions.

Building an All-wood Bike

Building an All-wood Bike

For their latest project, William Osman and his friends decided to see if they could build a bicycle entirely from wood, including the gears and the wheels. Then, they tried to take the impractical bike for a ride to see how long it would survive.

Vintage Camper Birdhouses

Vintage Camper Birdhouses

These small wooden birdhouses from OneManOne Garage are inspired by the look of classic Scotty campers. Each one comes flat-packed and ready to assemble without glue. Available fully-painted or unpainted if you want to do your own decodrating.

Screw Head Wall Hooks

Screw Head Wall Hooks

Give your coats, hats, and bags a new place to hang out with these wall hooks that look like oversize screw and bolt heads. Sold as a 3-piece set with standard, phillips, and hex head versions. Hanging hardware included.

Wooden Classic Car Models

Wooden Classic Car Models

Etsy artist VictorianDollhouse created this series of baltic birch plywood models which let you create your own miniature sculptures of classic cars. Choose from the Citroen 2CV, Jaguar E-Type, Mazda Miata, Chevy Corvette Stingray, and Morgan 3-wheeler designs.

Mini Drafting Table Kit

Mini Drafting Table Kit

Artist Thomas Houha makes laser-cut wood and mat board models of objects ranging from spaceships to bridges. One of our faves is this 4″ x 5″ model of a relic of traditional design – a wooden drafting table complete with a teensy T-square and other drafting tools.

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Zenth 3D Labyrinth

Zenth 3D Labyrinth

A beautiful wooden plaything to help your mind relax, Zenth offers a modern, 3-dimensional take on the classic labyrinth. It’s not designed to challenge or confuse, but to help you take a break from the day’s stress. Available in bamboo plywood, or a limited edition walnut.

Purinok Wood Models

Purinok Wood Models

Alex Purinok creates amazing wooden models of trucks, construction equipment, buses, robots, jeeps, and more. His 558-piece Komatsu dump truck, 730-piece Kenworth W900 semi, and 2190 piece Terex RX 400 earthmover are truly epic. He also sells simpler wooden kits.

Insanely Complex Puzzle Box

Insanely Complex Puzzle Box

A demonstration of a ridiculously complicated wooden puzzle box, which requires numerous maneuvers such as rotating and sliding boxes in and out, and twisting keys and knobs to unlock its deepest compartment. We’d love to see a build video of this thing.

Classic Racer Car Miniatures

Classic Racer Car Miniatures

A series of four miniature cars featuring streamlined designs inspired by the race cars of the 1920s and 1930s. Each one is made from sustainable birch plywood, decorated with laser-cut wood veneer, and rides on knurled aluminum wheels that actually turn.

Cryptic Calendar

Cryptic Calendar

Tim Rowett of Grand Illusions demonstrates a cool wall calendar which appears to be covered with random dots, dashes and slashes, but actually displays the date when a plastic mask is slid over the appropriate markings.

Globe Chess Board

Globe Chess Board

Product design student Ben Meyers and his dad David teamed up to build this amazing wooden chess set which lets them play on a spherical board. Magnets under each space allow the board turned without the pieces falling off.

Renovo John Day Bike

Renovo John Day Bike

An simply gorgeous bicycle with a frame handmade from black walnut and spruce wood. Its hollow insides reduce weight, provide vibration damping, and allow cables to be run internally. Available as a frameset or fully built.

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Beard Multitool

Beard Multitool

Keep your facial hair tamed and tidy with miniFab’s Swiss Army-like grooming tool. It packs fine and wide-toothed combs as well as a dull blade for scooping their organic beard balm. Available in paduak, maple, walnut, or bamboo, all with bamboo blades.

The Birth of a Weapon Pt. 1

The Birth of a Weapon Pt. 1

After showing us how to make tools and build a house, John Neeman Tools presents the steps of completely handcrafting a traditional English longbow – starting from a log, and finishing with a functional weapon. Handmade bows are available for preorder from Neemanbows.com.

Kami Wooden Mug

Kami Wooden Mug

Each of these stunning wood mugs is handmade by Japanese craftsman Takahashi Kougei. The master woodworker turns castor aralia wood down to a thickness of just 2mm. Holds 9oz, and coated in food-grade urethane. Needless to say, it’s hand-wash only.

The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple

Artist and computer builder Love Hultén has outdone himself with his latest build, a 100% scale accurate Macintosh 128k replica, handcrafted from wood. Inside, it sports a Mac Mini and a modern LCD screen, making it both useful and a thing of beauty.

Elements 4D Blocks

Elements 4D Blocks

Each face on these wood blocks shows the name of an element, but when viewed through an augmented reality app, they come to life, showing how they interact. We only wish they had the whole periodic table in block form.

Wooden Records

Wooden Records

Engineer Amanda Ghassaei has come up with a method to use a laser cutter to create playable records using wood instead of vinyl. While the sound fidelity isn’t great, we’re still impressed that they play at all. Learn how at Instructables.

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