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Forging A Spatula

I gotta say, while the practicality of this might not be as good as a flimsy one bought at Bed Bath and Beyond, you can rest assured that this hand forged spatula will never fail you.  It’s solid as a rock and will scrape burgers off the grill with ease.  Summer is still 6 months away, this gives you plenty of time to build a forge and figure out for yourself how to actually make it.  I’ll let you exclude the decorative leaf at the end.

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Sitting on a bed of Rusty Nails

FinnCrafted took the 2nd R of recycling and made a shop stool out of some old rusted nuts and a bits of scrap metal.  The nuts weren’t as rusted as they looked after running a grinding brush over them.  The whole stool is pretty neat.  I don’t know enough about mechanical engineering anymore to know if this is strong enough, but from the looks of it, it is.

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The Wrench Knife

The Green Beetle proves that you can make a knife out of nearly any metal.  Above he makes a Mad Max inspired wrench knife.  That’s cool, personally, I like the steel wire knife below:

This was individual pieces of metal that were forged together and welded together, and fused together.  I think that’s pretty neat.  The vidoes aren’t DIY, mostly because these are things that not everyone has at home, but they are fun to watch.  Not overly detailed, but fun to get a quick glimpse of the world of knife making with strange objects.

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Gear Like Modular Lighting

LED gear lights

I think they look like bicycle gears anyway.  Andrijan Mueller of Switzerland, who made this says they’re hexagons.  They look like that.  As you’ll see below, each arm of the hexagon/gear is one part of the lamp and can be mounted however he sees fit. This makes the whole thing modular, I like it.

The big 35mm LEDs are diffused in this white acrylic dome.  I like that it softens the usually harsh glow of the LEDs and makes it much more smooth.  the LEDs are color changing, or there are multiple ones in there.  I wish people would use more warm-white LEDs, they look much nicer and have a more natural color to them.

LED globe

That’s actual metal on the top, I think that might be my favorite part.  It’s not cheap wood that’s been painted silver, it’s water cut aluminum.

water cut aluminum parts

He elected to keep the wires exposed, at first I didn’t really like it, but I think it works.  The only part I don’t like are the gears to the upper left where the wires crisscross.  If it weren’t for those, I think it would look more natural.  Also, he’s gotta get this plugged into an outlet behind one of the gears, that wire dangling to the stairs is ugly.

testing with the aluminum

He goes into much more detail on his Imgur album, you should read though it, you’ll enjoy it, I guarantee.

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DIY Orichalcum Ring

I like things DIY, I like metal, I like rings.  This video, while 10 minutes long, is totally enjoyable to watch:

I have never heard of Orichalcum, but not surprisingly, it’s a rather old metal used in ancient times.  It has a nice gold/brass color to it, probably because of the copper base metal in it.  I like the process, no idea on how long it took, or how much skills were needed for it. It looks like someone with basic understanding of the process could make.  I wish he started alittle earlier and showed how he made the sand mold.  That’s the only part I’d have trouble with I think.

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Scrap metal Insects

Dragon Fly

Edouard Martinet creates truly intricate sculptures of insects, and amphibians, and fish out of scrap metal.  There truly are some high quality pieces of art here.  There’s plenty of detail at a cursory glance, and if you look closer, you notice all the individual pieces of scrap that went into making the bug.  Take a look at the face of this one.  Notice the old pair of pliers, and the nuts and bolts:

pliers make a bug

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DIY ~20U server rack

So, this is something mike has been looking to make for the past few days, ever since he got his new computer case for his awesome new computer. He originally wanted to buy a server rack, so he can mount his case in it, and mount the NAS he has with it, but those cost lots of lots of money. So, our solution, after thinking up at night, was to make one ourselves. I suggested iron gas piping, and mike suggested angle iron. Mike won because in the end, it would be easier to build with angle iron.

Either way, we managed to make a nice server rack for under $150 (although, that is partly the fault of the stupid workers at home depot, who didn’t scan in three of the $15 one inch pieces, but, we’re not complaining!)
full instructions, with pictures! after the click:

—EDIT: we’re bad at math, this is really a 20U rack, not a 32U one, fixed it!—