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Apr 27, 2016

Watch This: Chess Pieces Crafted On A Metal Lathe

There are some things that just make me stop and stare. If you're like me this video of a CNC lathe crafting a chess piece from a metal blank is about 4 minutes of mesmerizing relaxation. Rook Being a diehard maker at heart, this video makes me happy.

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Apr 20, 2016

How to: Make a Clock from Scratch in Your Home Shop

'O let not Time deceive you / You cannot conquer Time,' wrote W. H. Auden, and what better way to feel the constant crushing weight of your impending mortality than watching the gorgeous hands go round on a clock that you spent hours endeavoring to make? Thanks to Clickspring who produced this 16 part YouTube series on How To Make A Clock In The Home Machine Shop you too can have a continual reminder of the ravishes of time in your very own home! [But seriously, it's a magnificent-looking clock]   

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May 05, 2015

The Last of the Typewriter Men

The last of the typewriter repair menA lot of us have nostalgia for old typewriters, regardless of how many hipsters put them on display. I have one myself and I was surprised by how much the guy in my local typewriter repair store knew about my machine and how quickly he solved my problem. This is a celebration of "a dynasty of repairmen keeping the world's typewriters from going obsolete."    

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Jul 08, 2014

Before and After: Refinishing an Old Wooden Sewing Case

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Before the era of everything-is-made-of-plastic sewing machines, these helpful tools were created from long-lasting materials designed to stand up to any project and the test of time, namely: metal. And the cases, while usually covered in some once-stylish but now worn vinyl are often made from wood.

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Feb 25, 2014

A Mesmerizing Wooden Automation of a Drop of Water

Inspired by the work of Reuben Margolin, a sculptor known for his mechanically-driven kinetic sculptures of wave-forms, artist and model maker Dean O'Callaghan created "Water Experiment No. 33."

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May 01, 2012

A Postcard-Writing Rube Goldberg Machine in a Vintage Suitcase

"Melvin the Mini Machine" is a suitcase- (well, two suitcase-) sized Rube Goldberg machine that, when executed, creates a postcard, sending well wishes from Melvin himself.

It is, like all kinetic art, better viewed in motion, so take a look at the video to see it in all it's adorable action.  

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Mar 26, 2012

Video: Artist Builds Drawing Bot Out of Hacked Turntables

created at: 03/26/2012

Robert Howsare, an MFA student in printmaking at Ohio University, built his latest work "Drawing Apparatus" out of two garage sale turntables and an various bits of wood and hardware. The results look like the old

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Dec 21, 2011

How to: Make a DIY Snow Machine

If you're longing for a white Christmas*, but Mother Nature and St. Nick don't seem to getting along this year, try your hand at creating your own snowmaker from stuff you can find at the the hardware store.  

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Sep 09, 2011

How To: Buy and Use Your First Sewing Machine

Hands down, the most popular question that ManMade readers email me (other than: I wanna make my boyfriend/husband/partner/brother/son something for X holiday. What should I do?) is from guys interested in buying and learning to use their first sewing machine. Usually, I have a little spiel I do about buying old metal machines with simple stitches. And now, I'll throw a link to this helpful little article.

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May 10, 2011

Death to All Humans! Robots Violating their Orders (Video)

created at: 05/10/2011

Popular culture is filled with killer robots, most famously The Terminator. Unpopular culture, science fiction novels, are filled with all sorts of robots.

Isaac Asimov, in his years of writing science fiction, wrote a lot about robots. He wrote so much about robots he ended up having a series of laws about how robots should and would function. They go a little something like this:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Not too bad. I would have put in a fourth law about robots needing to look super cool, and always have guns for arms, but what do I know? I will say this. So far, deep into the future years of the 2000s, i have not seen one frightening robot... until today.  

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Apr 12, 2011

Amazing Rube Goldberg Photobooth

created at: 04/12/2011

Q1: In 2011, what's the most inefficient way to take a digital photograph?

A: With a machine that begins with a Polaroid film camera, lots of marbles and dominos, and a 30-second lag time.

Q: In 2011, what's the most awesome way to take a digital photograph?

A: With a machine that begins with a Polaroid film camera, lots of marbles and dominos, and a 30-second lag time!!!!

Pratt grad students Alex Crawford and Austin Nelson built this Rube Goldberg (this thing triggers that thing, etc) photobooth multimedia installation for a class project. A Polaroid camera triggers a row of dominos, invites you to have a seat, and a 30-seconds of simple machines later? Your photo!

Watch the video to see it in action:  

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Dec 03, 2010

Bicycle Drawing Machine

created at: 12/03/2010

Remember that part in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where the candy master hops on that bike, which stirs the "gives it a little kick" solution in the inventing room?

He sings: In springtime, the only pretty ring time; Birds sing, hey ding, a-ding, a-ding; Sweet lovers love the spring

That was always my favorite part. 

Anyway, bikes that do other stuff are cool. Especially this drawing machine bicycle by Joseph Griffiths.

created at: 12/03/2010  

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Aug 24, 2010

How a Sewing Machine Actually Works

The true DIY and craftsters don't just use all the cool toys and materials - they want to know how they work.

So, bone up on your sewing machine saavy  - sure, everyone knows that there are two sources of thread, but peep the above animation to see exactly how the two become tangled.

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May 13, 2010

Wind-Powered Knitting Machine

Harvesting wind-power with a tiny-turbine at home might not produce enough electricity to power your refridgerator, or, heck, charge your mobile phone...But, Merel Karhof has harnessed its ability to create rotational energy to knit infinite yarn tubes, which wrap around ones neck perfectly.

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"With the power of the wind, a knitting machine knits from the outside towards the inside of a building. The knitted material is harvested from time to time and rounded-off in individually packaged scarves. Each scarf has its own label which tells you in how much time it has been knitted and on which date."

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Mar 09, 2010

The Breakfast Machine Brings PeeWee's Playhouse to Life

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With the universal adoration of OkGo's "This Too Shall Pass," March 2010 will forever be the month of the Rube Goldberg machine. So, feast your primed mechanical brains on this - an automatic breakfast machine.

Reminscent of the intro to 1985's Pee Wee's Big Adventure, the machine creates a complete breakfast of fresh-squeezed oj, an omelet, coffee and toast.

  

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Mar 03, 2010

A Music Video for ManMakers: This Too Shall Pass

created at: 03/03/2010

Thriller...pshaw. That only required yellow contacts and a bunch of dancing. This, my friends, is the most ambitious music video of the last thirty years.

"When OK Go said they were building a giant Rube Goldberg machine for the new video for 'This Too Shall Pass,' we knew they would have one heck of a surprise in store. Still, the new clip, which debuted Monday evening, went beyond our already lofty expectations. Beginning with a simple toy truck running into dominoes, the nearly four-minute chain reaction is, to put it plainly, astonishingly complex and incredibly fun. "

Pay attention: there's no editing here, at least

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