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underground bunker with spoons

You can deny it all you want but at some point in your life, you probably thought of digging a hole to (or through) the center of the Earth. There are those western folks who even believe that with enough hard work and dedication at digging a hole, they could pave the way for the…

moea

Vegan shoes (those that are made without involving any animal in the process) are rapidly making themselves known in the footwear industry. Instead of harming animals, these supposedly Earth-friendly pieces of footwear rely on faux leathers which are made from PVC or polyurethane. This gives them that leather-like feel. However, what you might not know…

wooden axe out of tree stump

After carving a wooden spoon using a spoon, you would think craftsman Alex Apollonov wouldn’t have any more inception-like tricks up his apron. Well, you would be sorely mistaken for thinking so. Upon discovering a stray tree stump in his backyard, Apollonov decided that the best way to get rid of the said tree would…

pluto square

Owning pets is like having 5-year-old children around you 24/7. While their Instagram photos and videos paint a picture of a perfect world, life behind the scenes is anything but. You have to train them, feed them, and worst of all… clean up their mess, specifically their dung! No one likes to clean someone (or…

chainless drive shaft

While most people are familiar with the classic chain gears in bicycles, there are a number of other, less greasy alternatives now which are seeing more widespread use. One of these alternatives – the chainless shaft drive – hasn’t quite found a foothold in the bicycle world. But why is that? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eimLIkJaNFM&ab_channel=CYCLINGABOUT In a video…

lenshd

Though I don’t wear a pair of glasses regularly, I know how annoying it can be to have dirty sunglasses at the beach. It’s hard to enjoy the scenery when someone’s fingerprints (most likely yours) are smudging up the view. You could wipe your glasses yourself, but that might just make things worse. So, why…

chainsaw damascus experiment

Metalworks require a lot of time, patience, and hard work. Moreover, the materials for metalworking aren’t cheap or easy to come by, so it’s always nice to see some old chunks of metal get recycled into something new. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-846gmAeNU8&t=648s&ab_channel=BlackBeardProjects Italian metalworker Black Beard Projects thought it would be a good idea to break down a…

potholes

You hate them. We hate them. They’re the bane of every vehicle owner – potholes! These nasty depressions in the roads may seem harmless to pedestrians, but they can cause millions, if not billions, of dollars in vehicular damage if left unchecked. But how do these sneaky buggers even come to be? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRuarpWsKHY&t=478s&ab_channel=PracticalEngineering Civil engineer…

road barrier safety design

Unless you’ve been in a vehicular accident (which I hope you haven’t), you won’t notice how much road barriers have evolved over the years. Despite what you see on television, these accident prevention materials have actually gotten better at saving lives rather than ending them. It just so happens that the small percentage of deaths…

18th century ammunition

Back in the 18th century, travelers on the American frontier had to constantly move to get stuff done. Whether it’s to trade, settle, or explore, chances are you’d need a gun to feed and protect yourself. Be it a musket or a pistol, guns back in the day used circular bullets mixed with gunpowder to…

nerf gun cinematography

This is one of those instances where art begets art. Inspired by the high-octane movie John Wick: Chapter 2, the guys at Corridor decided to put their own spin on the mass-murdering hitman… only with a more kid-friendly arsenal. Meet Nerf John Wick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MrnAJsxL8c&ab_channel=Corridor The 3-minute video showcases moves lifted directly from the film, such…

paper mache covid-19 virus

As we near the end of this pandemic and things start going back to normal, there are few things I’m definitely going to miss. I’ll miss staying indoors for weeks and weeks. I’ll miss not caring about how I look as no one but my immediate family gets to see me. But most of all,…

miniature hydroelectric dam

Normally when you water your plants, you sprinkle them using a garden hose or some kind of water container. That’s for sure… unless you have the time and the vigor to create a hydroelectric dam to make this task more automatic. That’s exactly what the YouTuber known as Construction General did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzG804zrDmQ By scaling down…

3d print with glue gun

If you break it down to the basics, 3D printing simply involves heating filament and using a bunch of preprogrammed electronics to place it where you want. So, in theory, you can cut out all the complexities by heating the filament and manually spreading it yourself… right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aJDnpeFHaY While 3D printing pens definitely exist, the…

lawn mower blade block plane

It’s always good to take apart old machinery once it has served its purpose after years of use; especially if you can make something completely new from the scrapped parts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQgkgj93Dwg In one of his videos, Neil from Pask Makes demonstrated how you can make your very own block pane from an old lawn mower…

wrench circular hook knife

Here’s something anyone can make with a wrench: a circular hook knife. However, instead of using the hardware tool to pull or twist something into place, you’ll actually be breaking the metal down and turning it into something new. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY-h3qRp308 The man behind The Small Workshop YouTube channel didn’t have his own forge, so he…

gold and titanium wedding ring

People love to follow old traditions. However, when it comes to weddings, it’s always better when you give your stuff your very own personal touch. Create your magnum opus and you’ll turn heads, specifically your fiancée’s. A few years ago, Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything married his fiancée Cambry. Prior to that, Cambry was involved in…

plug holes design

You can see them in almost every appliance you own. No, I’m not talking about buttons or switches; I’m talking about those two holes in your electrical plugs. Well, what are those for? I bet you’re thinking that they must have some specific purposes, right? The guy behind Silver Cymbal is just as curious as…

cooking inside a tank

Even if you don’t have the essential appliances, it’s easy to cook at home. I mean, it’s one of the places you would surely find something edible in the first place. But what if you weren’t at home? What if you were in the middle of a war zone inside a Centurion tank? Despite the…

LEGO breaking aluminum

Despite all the things you can make with it, LEGO is still made out of plastic. And plastic, on its own, isn’t very strong. Or is it? The Brick Experiment Channel has been putting LEGO pieces through the wringer for as long as it has existed. This time, however, they wanted to see if the…

lego everyone is awesome

When you’re a kid, concepts of prejudice and discrimination don’t exist. It is only when we are subject to others that hurtful notions like sexism and racism seep into our subconscious – altering the way we look at the world. The LEGO company is a group that always strives for inclusion, so it’s a wonder…

standing mouse

Though my office chair provides great comfort, there are times I would rather stand whilst working. Think about it: you get better blood flow when you do this. You’ll be more awake and alert which helps you get away from that tempting afternoon nap. Not to just that! Also, consider the amount of exercise your…

inside lego railway

If the past couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that isolation can bring out the crazy, creative juices inside all of us. And that’s not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. Trapped within the confines of his home, Half-Asleep Chris took to making LEGO sets naturally. But upon making his…

casting large bullet

Have you ever wondered what happens to spent bullet casings? I bet no one would dare pick up bullet casings in the middle of a battlefield in fear of getting shot. In controlled environments like a firing range, however, you can do it. There, the collected empty casings are sold as scrap or reloaded into…