Arcade Cabinet Build, Part 2Bob Clagett continues to amaze with Part 2 of his epic arcade cabinet build. This video, which is every bit as dense as Part 1, contains clear explanations and some great examples of both careful forethought and improvisation to overcome something not fitting right.
This tidy workshop in Denmark is home to Tortus Copenhagen, a ceramics studio founded by master potter Eric Landon. It's here that he creates pieces like what you see below. You've undoubtedly seen the tools used to turn clay, and a potter's wheel, and the act of clay being turned:
Given current trends in woodworking, every single solid-wood workbench I've seen features a top consisting of boards glued face-to-face, with the side grain pointing up. (See: Jay Bates' workbench build in our Weekly Maker's Roundup.) This is believed to be a French convention, and the design relies on mass for
What do you do when your favorite piece of furniture is something you found in the street—and you want another one? Here Jimmy DiResta shows us how he duplicated the dimensions of his favorite stool, then built a far sturdier version. He manages to incorporate some otherwise useless but
Behind the Berrybrook School in Duxbury, Massachusetts, stands an old beat-up shed. Teachers were using it for overflow storage in 2012 when Michael Burrey, a restoration carpenter working on a project at the school, came across the building. Inside, looking past the scattered toys and tricycles, he recognized the space for what it was: A woodworking shop. An extremely old one that predated electricity, judging by the "1789" painted on a roof beam and the remains of a treadle-powered lathe.
How to Price Your Work: We've gotta kick this one off with some sound business advice. For those of you that make things and sell them, David Picciuto explains a simple, logical way to calculate how much to charge. Chess Board with Storage Drawer: Remember all of those chess pieces Jimmy DiResta
Is there anything worse than when people figure out how to do something clever, but no one bothers to write the process down? It drives me nuts that we'll never really know how they built the Pyramids, for instance. I mean we know it was built by aliens, sure, but
The Slow-Mo Guys are at it again with their fancy six-figure camera that shoots 2,500 frames per second. This time they're taking a drill bit (a 3/8" by the looks of it), rolling it in wet paint and recording what happens when they pull the trigger. In this "experiment" we
DIY Dust CollectorA strip sander puts out a fair amount of fine dust, but Matthias Wandel found it inconvenient to keep connecting his dust collector. Thus he built a smaller dedicated dust collector, virtually from scratch, right down to the impeller blades: The LesnarBladeEver see that crazy-looking sword tattooed to
This has to be the most unusual workbench I've ever seen: It was created by a Taiwanese artist and furniture builder whom, frustratingly, I can find little information about; his name is alternately transliterated as "Chen Yuchien" and "Chen Youjian." According to a translated description of an exhibition in
Seeking a highly motivated, talented Industrial Designer with demonstrable knowledge in all stages of the design process and 2-5 years experience. S/He must have successfully taken products from concept to production and will be accountable for generating prototypes using rapid prototyping equipment. A proficiency in 3D modeling is a must!
This year we got to see some amazing tools, ranging from hi-tech to low-tech, and the occasionally unbelievable projects created with them. Starting at the hi-tech end, we looked at an unusual and affordable compact CNC machine in Digital Power Tools That Change the Way We Design & Build: The
This individual has experienced the entire design and development process and works to develop research, concept sketches, rough prototyping, 2D control drawings and 3D CAD (refinement and specifications) to deliver products that align with KOBALT's brand strategy, design strategy, meet merchandising and business requirements and are differentiated from competitive brands.
Some people run their work zone like a tight ship, others like more like a ball pit at a Cheezy restaurant, but either way the studio is a vital space for the creative self. Whichever way you (or your favorite design nerd) work, the Hand-Eye studio picks list highlights both
You'll be required to create, test and execute ergonomic solutions at a high level, so you must be adept in the production of 3D concept models (Solidworks, Rhino, Alias, Catia). You'll help develop innovative product concepts and must produce in depth sketches and form development of new consumer products.
When Mythbusters runs its final episode next year, they'll have created nearly 3,000 experiments total. As one half of the duo, Adam Savage has at least that many tools. How can one possibly corral that number of implements into a manageable system, where things are both easily located and readily
As we descend into holiday commercialism, folks around the world are towing their kids down to the shopping districts to see the retail store windows. But parents who live in the region of Germany's Neuhausen, near the Czech border, can bring their children to a cooler holiday spectacle: The live
This is the craziest joinery system I've ever seen. Lamello's Invis system of knockdown fasteners consists of male and female parts that are sunk into your workpieces-to-be-joined. Once the pieces are lined up, a magnet inside of a plastic box is then attached to your drill. You spin the drill
To begin at the beginning, Silca has been making impeccable tools for nearly 100 years. If you like bikes and bike gear, especially beautiful vintage stuff, you may be familiar with their well-made pumps and stylish sundries. The HX-One Essentials kit is one bunch of sundries we're happy they waited
It's been a busy week in the world of makers! Let's dive right in: Ron Paulk popped up this week with another great tool review, which he's dubbed "The best screwdriver ever made!" I'd previously heard tell that Craftsman's Autoloading Multi-Bit Screwdriver was a keeper, and here he shows you
Fastening Wood with Screws 101: If you need to drive a flathead screw into a piece of wood quite close to an endgrain edge, and you just drive it in without pre-drilling and countersinking, you're gonna split it. And even if you do take the time to pre-drill, countersink, and
Pliers are tricky things to store. They don't lend themselves to pegboad, as wedging them into a hook by their crotches is defeated by simple gravity. If you obey gravity and store them flat in a drawer, their awkward splay-handled shape takes up an undue amount of space, and they
For our drill teardown we went with models you can find at your local big box. One drill that definitely doesn't fit that category is the Nemo Special Ops, aimed "professionals working in special operations and the special forces." The 18-volt drill is submersible up to 100 meters and coated
One of the least fun freelance jobs I ever did was helping an interior designer measure out a recently-shuttered dot-com office. The space was massive, and while the designer had the original blueprints, the real deal didn't quite jive; there were surprise soffets, new partition walls and of course nothing
It's every car-designer's dream—to design and build a supercar from scratch, with no constraints. Talking with Carlos Salaff, ex-Mazda exterior designer, I realize he is living that dream—he's the master of his own creation. And what a creation: Project Caden is a supercar with voluptuous surfaces formed by hand, flowing
A group of students at Germany's Hasso-Plattner Institute have developed the Protopiper, a handheld device that takes packing tape and "extrudes" it into rigid tubes (presumably with the sticky surface on the insides). It's meant to allow the user to quickly bang out 3D wireframes of large objects, like this:
When drilling holes through metal, you always dial the speed down on your drill or drill press compared to what you'd set it at to put holes in wood. That's because with a twist bit, the heat generated by metal-on-metal friction can dull the bit and result in poor cutting
In this installment of the Drafting Table Quarterback, we have a side-by-side comparison of two products near and dear to any design student, homeowner or design professional: Two 18v cordless power drills. We picked these Ryobi P817 and the Makita XPH012 not because they are the most popular or highest
My selection of cheap sockets is a cobbled-together mess, and I hate having to maintain both Imperial and Metric sizes. I can hardly read the faint etchings on the sides, and it often happens that I'm tightening a nut onto a too-long bolt, causing the socket to bottom out and
While the terms 'internet of things,' 'smart objects' and 'connected devices' seem to be regularly splashed across the pages of newspapers, design briefs, crowdfunding campaigns and conference topics—relatively little is discussed about what tools designers need in order to design smart devices. Some startups and corporate departments are beginning
In trying times, laypeople may seek answers in the thick tome associated with their religion. In trying times for us industrial designers, we also used to consult a thick tome: The yellow McMaster-Carr catalog, which undoubtedly held the answers to our manufacturing/prototyping problems. Within its dog-eared pages was seemingly every
Here's a great example of how clever design features can be packed into something as simple as a bottle. Billed as "The glue bottle that sucks," FastCap's GluBot shows that by analyzing how things are actually used and making some clever changes, one can vastly improve the end user's experience.
We all love tools, so what's better than seeing a list featuring the most innovative tool in every category you can think of? This year Core77 is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2015 Pro Tool Innovation Awards, where the guys and gals over at Pro Tool Reviews
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