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wood velcro

Velcro is awesome. Whoever thought of using two fabric strips (one with tiny hooks and another with small loops) to hold things together is a downright genius. Everything would have Velcro fasteners on them if it were up to me! But alas, that can’t be the case, or can it? YouTuber KURAHITO thought the idea…

military helmet hydraulic press

Helmets are supposed to protect your head. That’s what they’re for, after all. But military helmets are a bit different. While bike helmets, hard hats, and the like are supposed to prevent damage over a wide area, military helmets ensure bullets don’t penetrate through a single point. There have been many types of military helmets…

wooden Chevy Silverado

Action figures are always better when they have moving parts. This wooden Chevrolet Silverado carving by YouTuber Woodworking Art is no exception.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrqoobB47FY&ab_channel=WoodworkingArt While the artist could have made a static carving and called it a day, he added a few extra pieces to give the wooden pickup some much-appreciated articulation. A Comfy Interior With Adjustable…

lego wrapping factory

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start leveling your gift wrapping skills for this year! You could improve your hand wrapping by watching a 5-minute video tutorial, or you could splurge on LEGO Technic pieces and make your own gift wrapping machine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW0lTxCEEcI&ab_channel=TheBrickWall The Brick Wall YouTube channel created this massive…

Alex Apollonov fan project ideas

Ending the year with pure excitement can put a bit of pressure on content creators who are trying to please their followers. One of them is YouTuber Alex Apollonov of I Did A Thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOy0f_fGKAg&ab_channel=Ididathing With the pure intent to connect more with his subscribers, he did what any self-respecting content creator would do –…

lego harry potter domino-lego chain

You’re either a Lord of The Rings fan or a Harry Potter fan. There is no “both” or “neither”; magic fans only deal in absolutes. That said, this LEGO-domino creation by Lily Hevesh is for the Harry Potter stans. Released last June to coincide with LEGO Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, this hodgepodge combined 25,000 dominoes with the new LEGO Harry Potter…

panic knot

Whether you are the best boy scout in town or just regular folk, it’s always good to know at least one good knot that can keep things tied together. YouTuber FIRST CLASS AMATEUR has a ton of valuable tips and tricks videos you can use in your daily life, but arguably one of the most helpful is…

assasssin't teapot

While I’ve written about my fair share of dangerous products, none of them are inherently made to harm people. That changes right now, as science man and YouTuber Steve Mould covered an assassin teapot too cool to pass up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJL0XoNBaac&ab_channel=SteveMould Originating in China, the assassin’s teapot was made to poison your enemies. It does this using two…

The biggest problem people have with gym balls is that they take up a lot of space when not in use. The CoreFitBall Pro seeks to solve this problem by transforming the gym ball into gym equipment and a handy piece of furniture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRad4NlNPxI&ab_channel=householdproducts A Stand for a Gym Ball? It achieves this through its stand, consisting…

lego technic hot wheels booster

Officially, the only way you can make your Hot Wheels cars go faster on a track is by using some variation of a Hot Wheels Track Booster – a unique track piece with two spinning wheels that rev up your cars as they pass through. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xV38liv_BY&ab_channel=Dr.Engine Now, you could spend money on this official piece, but where’s…

double helix goblet

We’ve featured tons of wood-turned pieces on SolidSmack before, but never something as complicated as a double-helix goblet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl45nkMaYvY&ab_channel=JackMackWoodturning Earlier this year, YouTube channel Jack Mack Woodturning decided to turn an old piece of applewood into a goblet. The wood was a tad long, but instead of whittling it down, Jack Mack rolled with the punches and made the…

drone bombs

Drones are awesome. You can use them to get fantastic camera shots, spy on your neighbors, and even… drop dangerous objects to the ground?! Yeah, Alex Apollonov of I Did A Thing is back at it again. Upon getting his hands on his very own drone, the first thought that came to his mind was: “Could I…

bushcraft knife uses

Good product design is simple yet easy to pick up. It’s why things like the iPod were revolutionary years ago. You could pop Apple’s music player into your grandparents’ hands, and they would figure out a way to use it in minutes. But good product design can also be versatile, allowing a single object to…

lego technic saw

While LEGO Technic sets are not supposed to be dangerous, that does not mean people will not try to make them so. In the case of YouTube channel GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines, he found the best way to make a LEGO Technic saw as practical as its real-life counterpart: by attaching 14 LEGO motors to it.…

stop motion sashimi

Though they may be inedible, I think we can all agree that LEGO food is still pretty cool, especially if captured in stop motion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyy-KAMrO3I Earlier this month, YouTuber I Like Home created a LEGO donburi sashimi bowl. While the actual dish is relatively easy to make, his LEGO version took over a month to produce. More than…

AirHero

No one likes smelly odors in their living quarters, but no one likes spending tons of money on expensive air purifiers and multiple cans of toxic air fresheners. So instead of holding in your farts or wasting money, why not check out AirHero? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT-o4Lix698&ab_channel=AirHero This air purifier isn’t as expensive or energy-consuming as its electrical counterparts,…

america poorly designed

Don’t be fooled by the clickbait title of his video; not everything in America is poorly designed in the eyes of Oliver Bahl Franke. All it boils down to are problems in transportation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K8KEoZwMRY&ab_channel=OBF To be more precise, Oliver has an issue with how American infrastructure focuses more on cars than any other mode of…

incredibles 2 production reel

It’s almost three decades since Pixar released Toy Story 1, its first animated feature-length film. Since then, animation on the digital frontier has progressed in leaps and bounds. And yet, some things never change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0VilAhbg5U&ab_channel=Pixar In a recent video posted on the company’s YouTube channel, we got a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to…

shooting bullet through resin egg

I’ve seen some strange things encased in resin, and YouTuber Jedrek29t’s creations are always on top of that list. He’s already fossilized a McDonald’s cheeseburger and French fries, so how much weirder can he get? How about encasing a bullet shot through an egg? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWLAztznFOU&ab_channel=jedrek29t Now, to be honest, that cylindrical piece of metal you…

Buble

Buble by French company Dreemzzbox is a portable projector for kids which plays screen-free animations on the ceiling. This projector took its inspiration from planetariums and dome theaters, allowing kids to lie down and fall asleep while watching some mind-numbing shows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrxjGsGk30g&t=4s&ab_channel=dreemzzboxbuble Instead of playing Netflix or Disney+, Buble uses its in-house animations via Bublers.…

faber-castell highlighters

It’s been some time since we last had a story about Faber-Castell factories. A few years ago, the company gave viewers a tour of their pencil factory. And just last year, they gave us a closer look at their highlighter making process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQE2q-1bNZE&ab_channel=Faber-Castell It all takes place at their Engelhartszell plant in Austria. According to…

jump rope machine

I’ve always marveled at how other physically fit people could skip rope hundreds of times without missing a beat. One such jump rope aficionado is Alex Apollonov of the I Did A Thing YouTube channel, who may or may not have exaggerated his love for the sport in a recent video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5ZnTCgOrA4&t=991s&ab_channel=Ididathing While Alex can…

warmee

I’ve seen many strange things with app support from Apple’s AirTags to smart robot vacuums.  But never have I encountered an app for a blanket before. Well, it’s going to change with the introduction of Warmee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8LTa2hLkDg&ab_channel=householdproducts Warmee is exactly that – a set of app-enabled bed companions which can be heated with just a…

testing tempered glass panels

Next to epilepsy-inducing RGB lights, the biggest fad in PC building nowadays is tempered glass panels. These see-through sides (while probably not providing the best airflow to your computer) make it easy for you to have a clear view inside your rig. But even though it’s cool to look through, this is glass we’re talking…

spimbey

Playgrounds haven’t changed much since they were invented in the 1800s. You’ve got your swings, slide, and maybe a jungle gym if your local government feels generous. It’s not much but whatever was good for our great, great grandparents must be enough for 21st-century kids… right? Spimbey doesn’t add a new attraction to your local…

alva

If you’re tired of using the flashlight of your smartphone to light your way, then here’s something a bit more modular: Alva. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2SLB59CxPc&ab_channel=CiorhanNicolae While you could always use a regular flashlight while working on something underneath your car, it leaves you with one less hand to work with, or at the very least requires you…

author clock

A good clock should be easy to read. You should never spend more than a few seconds looking at one to determine the exact time and get on with whatever you’re doing. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to see the Author Clock go against this design philosophy. Created by Mechanical Design Labs, the whole point of this…