Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this week’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

The Weekend Reader features a handful of the most interesting articles featured on the ‘Smack over the past week ranging from tips and tricks to inspirational designs, processes, and more. So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top ten stories on SolidSmack this past week.

Oh and uh…don’t forget to shed some much-needed sunlight on your face, too.

Backyard Scientist Creates Flaming Sword, Plays Fruit Ninja in Real Life

Kevin Kohler, aka The Backyard Scientist, is widely known for his unique experiments and projects that often result in something exploding, melting or being burned, which applies for one of his more recent projects–the Flame Sword. As the title suggests, the sword is literally ENGULFED IN FLAMES as Kevin uses it to mutilate a perfectly delicious looking watermelon.


This Furniture Collection is Made From Bricks Made From Recycled Newspapers

As one of the most heavily produced and discarded materials in the world, it’s a dang good thing that paper is also so good at being reused, too.


Model of the Week: Archimedes Screw [Hellenist-astic!]

You know how it goes. You make one Archimedes screw and it goes missing. You make another Archimedes screw, it goes missing and you discover a small band of pygmy gopher people have been stealing them for their underground rhubarb growing racket. You want to deal with it, but… THEY’RE JUST SO DANG CUTE and those rhubarb pies are to die for.


Makercase is the Browser-based Tool for Making Crates and Cases

There’s no greater feeling than building and finishing your own project. The work is done. The project was a success. Now you need an enclosure. Depending on the design, it can protect or ruin your build. The typical of-the-shelf project boxes can be so… cheap, uninspiring, boring. What’s the solution? Make one yourself.


This New Line of DIY Kits Teaches Kids the Foundations of Hardware Design and Assembly

Since raising over $1.5 million to bring their DIY computer and coding kit to the masses on Kickstarter back in December of 2013, the team at Kano has been on a relentless pursuit to unlock hardware design and programming for the masses.


MegaBots First Safety Test: #Fail

MegaBots wants to have a real-life mech battle. Preferably without dying. So far it’s not looking good.