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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
I always say that I try to make the world better by making things, and usually I (and most designers) do this by making a thing or a product. My training in design taught me to create physical things in order to address issues, but the more time I spend
For this first video, I considered something quite simple that popped into my mind and seemed worth exploring further: the size of things. We don't really think about this too much—well, unless it's an iPhone. But we could often benefit from making things smaller, without loosing function or aesthetics. And
Thankfully for those of us looking to learn, YouTube is now awash in makers regularly posting new videos. Through their efforts we can learn new techniques/tips/tricks, gain insights into tools and materials we're unfamiliar with, and just plain get inspired. What's different about YouTube versus a DIY television show is
Finishing up his trilogy of furniture built from large tree parts, Jimmy DiResta tackles seating in this episode of DiResta's Cut. (The previous two installments included a live-edge shelf and a table.) Though under the weather, Jimmy DiResta still managed to get into the shop to crank out this latest
The inventive filmmaker/animator known as PES has created a fascinating new short for Honda. Given the complicated task of unfurling the company's long history only through visuals, PES conceived of a crazily labor-intensive form of animation that isn't quite stop-motion, isn't quite flip-book, and doesn't use any CG trickery. Take
Almost everywhere I go (today it was while waiting to have my salad mixed at Chop't) I overhear someone talking to a friend about the travails they're facing as a new freelancer. That's why I was particularly excited to hear about the launch of Home/Office, a web series revealing the
Whomever wrote this gag has seemingly watched every craftsman video out there. In the following video—of a man purportedly selling artisanal firewood for $1,200 a bundle—they perfectly nail every line, trope, cliché and camera shot of the genre. It is the perfect video, right down to the background music, the
Where do you start when beginning a new project from scratch? I knew I needed to make something to organize my drill bits, but had no idea what it should look like. I poked around on the web to see what others had done, but found only partial inspiration. So
Jimmy recently got his hands on a killer, and historical, piece of equipment: A vintage South Bend lathe. Manufactured in 1944, Jimmy's model was undoubtedly created for the war effort, as the famous South Bend Lathe Works served both the Bureau of Ordnance and the U.S. Navy; but here he's
My assortment of drill bits is a mess, scattered throughout several different manufacturer's containers, and I'm getting sick of fishing through them all to find the one I'm looking for. So I wanted to make a compact object that would store the ones I use most and keep them neatly
Japanese inventor Kuniaki Sato has come up with something that beggars belief: A small aluminum platform, about the size of a laptop, that can carry a human being for a distance of 12 kilometers under its own power, and responds to Segway-like leaning for the UI. Take a look at
Over 100 years ago the city planners of Newport, in southeast Wales, had a niggling design problem. They needed a commercially-viable way to get people and goods across the River Usk, but could not use the go-to solutions: A ferry wouldn't work, since the river's extreme tides produced lengthy mud
In this second episode of our "Diresta's Cut" series, Jimmy DiResta starts out with a loose plan that Mother Nature instantly sends off of the rails. After encountering a ruined cedar tree on his property in upstate New York, Jimmy figured he'd make something out of the stump; but after
Imagine you're an architect, or an industrial designer or an interior designer, and you're designing someone's kitchen right down to the cabinets. So you draw your plans up in your perfect little CAD world, where everything is level, plumb and square. Then you spec out quartz countertops, because the material
The Model 201-2 was Singer's top-of-the-line sewing machine from the 1930s to the 1950s. It's powerful, quiet, lays down a beautiful stitch, and adjusted for inflation, sold for a couple thousand of today's dollars. I own and have refurbished at least a half-dozen of them. The machine's bobbin case needs
It happens every day: The city has graciously created bike lanes along certain avenues, but you don't have to cycle for more than a few blocks before you encounter some jackass in an SUV double-parked right in the middle of one. New York City is not alone in this, of
Most of you have seen a Jimmy DiResta video by now. As 220,000 subscribers agree, it's fun watching him turn piles of wood, metal, plastic, leather, etc. into objects and furniture, using every tool known to man and techniques both conventional and unconventional. As Jimmy—or occasionally Super Jimmy, wordlessly
For the latest installment of his tips-'n-tricks-in-the-shop series, master maker Jimmy DiResta kicks it off with a bang: He directly addresses the people who design cordless drills, tells them what not to do, then shows you the simple hack he and shopmate David Welder came up with that greatly increases
If a parent plant wants its children to travel, it can grow delicious fruit that will be eaten by an animal. Said animal will roam around and poop out the seeds, creating offspring some distance away from the mother plant. But some plants don't have the patience to grow
Everything we've cut on the Shopbot thus far has been on one side. But it's helpful to learn two-sided machining, whereby you can flip a piece over and register it with utmost accuracy; that way you can carve both sides of something and get them to line up in the
Icicles I get: Water drips downward and freezes. But I've often wondered how the HELL water drips upwards and freezes, forming those weird spikes I occasionally find on ice cubes in the ice tray. Man of science that I am, I always assumed that either a) My freezer contains
Last episode we made an applebox top, covering the four basic steps required to make cuts with a Shopbot Desktop. This time we'll cut an applebox side panel, which is slightly different from a top--rather than having rounded edges on all four sides, they only need roundovers on the two
To demystify the process of working with a CNC mill, here we'll show you what you need to learn to cut a basic part out. In broad strokes, there are four steps: 1. Setting up the drawing file2. Converting your drawing into toolpaths3. Mounting the bit & workpiece4. Cutting the
Core77 2014 Year in Review: Top 15 Posts · Year in Photos · Drones · Transportation Design · Food & Drink · Wearable Technology · Power Tools and Hand Tools · Tool Storage · Organizational Solutions · Material News · Design Thinking · Architecture and Design GIFsIn 2014, the...
Michael Bierut, certainly one of the most insightful and entertaining design lecturers there are, visited the MFA Products of Design department at SVA last month with a talk that was unprecedented for him: No slides. It turns out that "since his daughter's wedding" he has never given a design lecture...
During the holiday season, there's something about being a creative industry professional that makes you a prime target for delegation of certain tasks requiring an appreciation for the visual and delicate hand-eye coordination. But every year it's the same humiliation, OCD irritability and disappointment of small children everywhere when we...
For anyone who knows the serenity of woodworking, this video hailing from northern Japan of mastercraftsman Yasuo Ozakazaki at work in his shop, could be the most relaxing thing you're likely to see today.Kokeshi dolls are a traditional of Japanese handcraft—a simple limbless doll made from two pieces of wood,...
In Casey Neistat's review of Google Glass, the filmmaker likens the wearable device to another much-lampooned gadget of a previous generation. Indeed, the Segway endures in pop culture, if only as a cautionary tale. Dean Kamen's much-hyped invention effectively poisoned the well for the personal mobility industry as a whole;...
Among other things, the Internet transcends the regional borders of advertising campaigns, which have historically been geo-targeted out of necessity; these days, YouTube affords access to commercials old and new—ironic though it may be that we find ourselves revisiting or discovering ads as content, so too is viralness increasingly a...
We've long been enamored with the Eames' Powers of Ten short film, which is as much an introduction to aerial photography as it is to the math behind astronomy and biology. Just as everyone now takes beautiful images (and the retina...
Our friend Sebastian Errazuriz is out in full force this fall, with not one, not two, but three exhibitions on view at this very moment. He's doubled down with shows here in New York City, where he's based—alas, the uptown half of the bifurcated exhibit Functional Sculpture / Sculptural Furniture...
A high-speed optical Internet service provider in Japan, has created what may be the best commercial I've ever seen.I've always been a fan of Rube Goldberg machines—I was even in a club in elementary school whose sole purpose was to create one to compete against other schools in the...
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