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Jan 22, 2016

Man Builds Mini V12 Engine By Hand

I've always been fascinated by the complexity of engines, so watching someone make a mini V12 engine by hand is just a great insight into what it takes to make something so amazing.  Mini Motor

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May 02, 2011
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Feb 14, 2011

How to: Make Mini Office Supply Book Covers for Matchbooks (Free Download)

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I'll admit it; I have a particular penchant for miniatures. Not small things, but tiny versions of normal-sized stuff. Generally, I like things that play with scale, I like the "how do they do that?" aspect, and, c'mon, mini things are adorable!

So, I love these super cool tiny books, which made from matchbooks and actually serve as office supply storage, are a quick DIY project who's reward just keeps on giving. Put these on your desk, and there's no way you won't be inspired.

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Oct 28, 2010

Mini Cannon Explodes with Awesomeness

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We have no idea if this is the world's smallest functioning and firing cannon, but as far as we call tell, it's the only one that's been captured and uploaded for all to see.

It's built of brass, and can fire tiny steel balls (3.2mm/0.126inch) with enough accuracy and strength to pierce an aluminum can, break an egg and shatter a light bulb from over three feet away. "The cannon was built and works exactly like the antique cannons of Napoleon's time or the mortars used in the American Civil War."

Click through for two videos of it in action:  

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Jun 02, 2010

Welcome to Bicycle Month! How To: Make a Mini Bike Light

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Greetings, ManMakers! June 2010 is Bicycle Month on ManMadeDIY.com. We're passionate about two-wheeled transportation - both for its impact on the environment and your health, as well as the infinite number of bike crafts and hacks that one can do to totally take a DIY approach to cycling.

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One of the key aspects of cycing is safety, especially when sharing roads with other vehicles. So, to kick things off, here's a great mini bike light how-to that makes everything completely from scratch. This version is housed in a hose-to-faucet adapter, and uses three LEDS powered by triple-a batteries. A rocker switch is added to the back to control on/off functions.

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Apr 27, 2010

How To: Construct a Crossbow from Office Supplies

What do four pencils, tape, ball point pen, rubber bands, and a bamboo skewer equal? An obligatory safety warning, that's what.

Actually, it equals a mini-crossbow built from office supplies that COMES with an obligatory safety warning, which is simply this: don't be an idiot. Now to the fun part.

Straight from John Austin's Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare, this office supply crossbow seriously looks like something that can actually stand up to some repeated (safe!) firings.

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