Build This Brass Stirling Engine To Keep You Hypnotized At Work

Not every building set has to be made from colorful plastic bricks. If you’re looking for something a little more challenging—and rewarding—than Lego, Hermann Böhm has created this gorgeous stainless steel and brass stirling engine kit that will take you about three satisfying hours to build. And of course it’s fully… » 5/21/15 4:06pm Thursday 4:06pm

How To Build a Cheap(ish) Drill-Powered Go-Kart

You can pretend it’s for your kids, but over on Make they’ve posted a step-by-step breakdown on how to build this adult-friendly wooden go-kart. It’s powered by nothing but a pair of 36-volt cordless drills, but surprisingly they’re more than powerful enough for even grownups to take a ride. » 5/20/15 11:01am Wednesday 11:01am

Beautiful Two-Stroke Engine Lets You Watch Its Inner Workings

Combustion of fuel—a process that you, me and everyone else we know very much relies on—is usually hidden from sight inside that big hunk of metal called an engine. But Huib Vissier saw something beautiful in this process, so he built a simple engine that showcases combustion rather than concealing it. » 5/17/15 10:00am 5/17/15 10:00am

Crack a Combination Lock In 30 Seconds With This 3D-Printed Contraption

A few weeks ago hacker Samy Kamkar showed the world how to easily crack a Master combination lock—the same kind used on thousands of school lockers—in eight tries or fewer. But who has the time for that? Thankfully, Samy has followed up with this wonderful 3D-printed contraption that does all the hard work for you, in… » 5/14/15 4:00pm 5/14/15 4:00pm

3D-Print This Flying Toy You Launch From a High-Speed Spinning Dremel

If you thought rotary tools like the Dremel were all work and no play, Make has a fun tutorial you’ll definitely want to try. You’ll need access to a 3D printer to create this flying toy disc affectionately called the Dremel Devil, and a rotary tool that you can power outside where it’s safest to try this out. » 5/11/15 4:46pm 5/11/15 4:46pm

How to make your own powerful vortex cannon that boom blasts the air

Let’s say you’re bored. Let’s say you’ve always dreamed of firing a cannon. Let’s say you like blowing things up. Let’s say you spend a free night building this kick ass vortex cannon that can blast the air silly. Let’s say it’d be totally worth it just to see these giant smoke ring explosions in real life. » 5/06/15 2:30pm 5/06/15 2:30pm

The Most Brilliant DiY Tutorial Channels to Watch on YouTube Right Now

Years ago, wannabe engineers might’ve sat in a basement tearing up VCRs to concoct homemade electronics, pounding can after can of Tab to fuel their DiY compulsions. That’s still happening today—except with DVD burners, cans of Red Bull, and with millions of people watching the mad scientists on YouTube. » 5/06/15 10:20am 5/06/15 10:20am

How to Fix Most Any Computer Glitch By Yourself

Knowing the difference between HDMI and USB qualifies me as the local tech “expert,” so folks often invite me around to fix their computer problems. I’ll let you into a little secret, though: Most of the time, I’m not doing anything all that impressive or magical. Troubleshooting basic computer problems is actually… » 5/05/15 10:00am 5/05/15 10:00am

Everything You Need To Build a Triple-Bladed Lightsaber

It’s easy to figure out exactly when Star Wars fans first started building their own replica lightsabers—it was almost certainly the same day the original film premiered back in 1977. And if the triple-bladed lightsaber seen in the teaser for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens has inspired your DIY side, this … » 5/04/15 5:30pm 5/04/15 5:30pm

Carmakers Want To Use Copyright Law To Make Working On Your Car Illegal

You know what a pain those plastic engine covers are? How they get in the way and hide your own car’s engine from you? Well, consider that black piece of molded plastic a metaphor for something much worse: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Automakers are trying to use the DMCA to say you can’t work on or modify… » 4/21/15 12:55pm 4/21/15 12:55pm

What's the Craziest Homemade Method For Smoking Weed You've Ever Seen?

Despite an outdated rep in popular culture as slackers, most weed connoisseurs that I know are crafty engineering sorts. A whole DIY culture of creating ways to ingest that sweet, sweet herb exists, especially prevalent in pre-vaporizer days. What’s the most bizarre build you’ve seen? » 4/20/15 4:20pm 4/20/15 4:20pm

IKEA Just Made It Crazy Easy To Add Wireless Charging To Your Furniture

Slowly but surely, IKEA’s getting into the electronics business. The Swedish furniture giant will start selling wirelessly charging furniture this spring. Don’t want new furniture? No sweat. IKEA makes it incredibly easy to install its new inductive charging device in any piece of furniture. » 4/15/15 4:13pm 4/15/15 4:13pm