Xyla Foxlin likes to build all kinds of things but has a special affinity for canoes and paddles. Using an existing canoe as a mold, she created a translucent fiberglass vessel that she wired up with strips of RGB LED lighting, making it the most vibrant and colorful boat on the water.
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While he could have just bought a cheap jigsaw, Hassan Abu-Izmero enjoys a challenge, so he got to building himself a fully-functional jigsaw that’s driven by the rotating action of a power drill. It took a simple yet clever bit of engineering to convert the drill’s circular motion into the saw’s longitudinal motion.
Why buy off-the-shelf Star Wars figures when you can build your own? These flat-pack metal models aren’t easy to assemble, but the resulting sculptures will be worth the effort. They come in Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, C-3PO, and R2-D2 variants. Patience and tweezers not included.
Artist Andy Elliot shows of an interesting craft technique that anyone can do using a couple of decks of cards, glue, a straight edge, and a hobby knife. By cutting out abstract shapes in each card, then layering them together, he ends up with a unique work of 3-dimensional art. If you’re really fancy, you could always try this.
Wood model makers Time for Machine have a new series of kits that let you assemble objects that move. Each plywood model features a splash of color in its wheels or spring-wound mechanism. Designs include a supercar, vintage car, hot rod, minibus, locomotive, and a lockbox.
The pulp that goes into making paper comes from trees. But there’s a big difference between the way a paper mill churns out bleached white sheets, and the steps required to make paper from scratch. How To Make Everything walks us through the process. It took about 28 hours of labor to produce their first crude sheet.
You don’t see vector-based video games these days, but there was something really cool about systems like the Vectrex and games like BattleZone. Electronics wiz Mixtela was longing for the days of vector graphics too, so he built himself an impressive little system, complete with game cartridges. More details here.
In today’s work-from-home world, having a good desk is a must. You could buy one, or you could do what HomeMadeModern did and build one to your own exacting specifications. We love how Jessie incorporated walls and sound-deadening felt to make it her own. We’d probably do corkboard for tacking up notes.
If you want an impressive work of glass art, you turn to Jack Storms, but his works take months to complete and cost thousands. After seeing one of Jack’s amazing Spectrum Cubes in Guardians of the Galaxy, ResinAce tried to approximate the effect using resin and dichroic film. It’s not as intricate as the real deal, but still very cool.
Last Christmas, maker Ji?í Praus decided he wanted a unique ornament. So he set about building a light-up sphere that can display colorful patterns. He built the orb using meticulously-soldered brass wires, 194 individual RGB LEDs, and an ESP32 microcontroller. Check out the full build details on Instructables.
What you’re looking at here isn’t a real robot, it’s a really impressive costume, built by artist XiaoQianFeng. She created the wearable mech outfit for her brother using wire mesh, paper mache, cardboard, wood, and if you can believe it, ceramic tile. The finished costume is too heavy to move around in, but it looks amazing.
Bobby Duke Arts takes a page out of Toy Story 4 and digs his latest art project out of the trash. In this clip, he shows us how he melted down and manipulated pieces of plastic cutlery and turned them into a dragonfly and a praying mantis. He calls the video a tutorial, but you’re gonna need some serious skills to follow along.
If you have lots of small parts in your workshop, it can be a challenge to keep them organized. Engineer Dustin Dobransky built a voice-based system using Google Home, IFTTT, a Particle Photon microcontroller, and LED strip lights to place and find items in unlabeled bins. Complete build details on Instructables.
Once Upon a Workbench worked with his friends to build his kids one of the coolest playhouses we’ve ever seen. The build was inspired by Link’s house in the Nintendo Switch game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you have similar ambitions, you can purchase the plans for $60.
Model maker Boylei Hobby Time loves to incorporate light into his dioramas. In this clip he shows us how he took an off-the-shelf 1/12th-scale model of Darth Vader and took it to the next level with a backlit metal base and a bright red lightsaber that runs on a flexible LED filament set inside of a cocktail straw.
Tired of the plain old boring walls in your workspace? Get Hands Dirty shows us how to use cut pieces of ReFelt recycled plastic felt panels to create bold and modern patterns for walls or ceilings which not only look amazing but can be used as a pushpin board and to improve acoustics.
It wouldn’t be Halloween without some creepy, crawly spiders, and when it comes to scary arachnids, the bigger the better. Paul Jones of Dead and Daughter shows us how he built a massive spider for his lawn using PVC pipe, bendy hair rollers, a bike helmet, duct tape, and wig hair among other things.
When you’re hiking or camping, it’s important to keep a bottle of water with you. Wrapping your bottle in paracord not only makes it look cool but improves its grip and gives you some extra cord in case of an emergency. The Weavers of Eternity Paracord shows us how to wrap a bottle in the versatile cord using cow hitch knots.
See-through computer screens are a staple of sci-fi design. While they look really cool, they’re not the most practical way to view content. Still, makers Evan and Katelyn wanted to give it a try, set to building their own by modding a standard LCD screen, removing its LED backlight and polarizing filter, then building a new frame for it.
I Like To Make Stuff teamed up with The Smugglers Room to build a piece of custom Star Wars-inspired furniture that holds a large TV and server rack filled with audio and video equipment. The finished piece looks like something from inside of the Echo Base control room and would make a great design for an arcade cabinet.
Maker King Minhvuong shows off a really sweet design for a tabletop Bluetooth speaker. He built it using hundreds of stacked colored pencils set into epoxy resin, then cut, shaped, sanded, and varnished the resulting block to form an eye-catching enclosure.
This DIY handheld gaming system offers gamers an opportunity to learn about electronics. The system features a 2.42″ monochrome widescreen and comes with 200 Arduboy games pre-loaded into its memory. Advanced users can even program their own games for it. Available with or without a tool kit.
Minimaus Crafts is an expert at making sculptures from soda cans. Watch as he takes 15 cans, some popsicle sticks, straws, and a few other household items to make a miniature replica of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. His soda can Back to the Future DeLorean is pretty impressive too.
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