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Category: DIY + Hacks

Man Turns Old IKEA Desk Into a Star Wars Workbench

Man Turns Old IKEA Desk Into a Star Wars Workbench
Presumably using a healthy dose of The Force, filmmaker Glen Vivaris of the YouTube channel Glen Makes crafted this Star Wars-inspired workbench from an old IKEA desk. Most impressive! For reference, I turned my old IKEA desk into kindling, which I then used to light the sofa at my last bonfire party.

This Toilet Has a Gaming PC Built Into Its Tank

This Toilet Has a Gaming PC Built Into Its Tank
Discontent with just bringing a portable gaming system like a Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch into the bathroom to play games while on the can, YouTuber Basically Homeless went and assembled a full-fledged gaming PC in the tank of his working toilet.

World’s First Chia Toilet: The Sprouthouse

World’s First Chia Toilet: The Sprouthouse
Who hasn’t dreamed of resting their rear on some soft green sprouts while they go about their bathroom business? Good news! YouTuber Ali Spagnola created the Sprouthouse: a toilet completely covered in chia seedlings. As far as good ideas go, I think we can all agree this one is Nobel Prize-worthy.

Modder Runs DOOM on Electronic Badge from ElectroMagnetic Field Festival

Modder Runs DOOM on Electronic Badge from ElectroMagnetic Field Festival
Because there’s a festival for everything, programmer Phil Ashby went and took an electronic badge from the 2022 ElectroMagnetic Field Festival (aka EMF Camp) and got it to run DOOM. I am not surprised. I also won’t be surprised when somebody manages to run DOOM on my Casio watch; it’s simply the natural progression of things.

Man Builds Remote Controlled Bed So He Never Has to Leave It

Man Builds Remote Controlled Bed So He Never Has to Leave It
I’ve heard of couch potatoes before, but never bed potatoes. But here to prove there is such a thing, a 39-year-old man from China named Zhu Jianqiang went and built himself a joystick-controlled bed so he never has to get out from under the sheets to go about his day.

CAT-CAT: A Star Wars AT-AT Inspired Cat Condo

CAT-CAT: A Star Wars AT-AT Inspired Cat Condo
Because most people’s cats live better lives than I do, do-it-yourselfer Whitney Fabre constructed the CAT-CAT, an AT-AT-inspired cat condo. She built the condo for her feline friend, Captain Jack Harkness, who was named after the Doctor Who character.

Man Builds 250-Pound, 6-Foot Tall Xbox Series X to Set World Record

Man Builds 250-Pound, 6-Foot Tall Xbox Series X to Set World Record
Dreaming big: some people take it literally. Case in point, YouTuber Michael Pick, who dreamed of a giant Xbox Series X console, then constructed this 600% version measuring 6 feet tall, 3.41 feet wide, and weighing 250 pounds.

The GameCube Controller Sandwich is One Delicious Peripheral

The GameCube Controller Sandwich is One Delicious Peripheral
Because brilliant ideas come in all flavors, video game hardware modder and YouTuber Peter Knetter went and constructed himself a sandwich from a GameCube controller. Yum! It’s not actually edible, though, all the sandwich bits are made out of wax or plastic, but it is a functional controller.

Animated LED Super Mario Bros. Clock: The Time is 1-Up

Animated LED Super Mario Bros. Clock: The Time is 1-Up
Crafted by software engineer and Instructables user jnthas, this Super Mario Bros. animated LED clock features Mario jumping up to hit a question block to change the displayed time. How clever is that? Very clever – the answer is very clever.

Modder Packs Tiny OLED Display Into LEGO Computer Brick

Modder Packs Tiny OLED Display Into LEGO Computer Brick
LEGO builders: their level of ingenuity never ceases to amaze me. Case in point, this mod created by programmer (not singer) James Brown, who managed to pack a tiny OLED display into a translucent brick to mimic a LEGO computer terminal.

Man Constructs Functional Cardboard GameBoy Advance SP

Man Constructs Functional Cardboard GameBoy Advance SP
Because dream it, and you can achieve it (even if that dream takes way too much time that could probably be better spent doing something else entirely), YouTuber Peter Knetter deconstructed a GameBoy Advance SP to remove the hardware, then built a custom case INCLUDING CONTROLS entirely out of cardboard, then put the hardware inside to create a functional cardboard GameBoy Advance SP.

Man Builds Custom Fish Tank Stroller to Take His Goldfish on Walks

Man Builds Custom Fish Tank Stroller to Take His Goldfish on Walks
Taiwanese Youtuber Huang Xiaojie had a dream: a dream of taking his beloved goldfish for walks around town with him. So what did he do? He built himself a custom fish tank stroller, of course! I think we can all agree it was the logical decision and way better than just filling a backpack with water and hoping for the best.

Carving and Building a Kinetic Whale Sculpture: A Whale of a Good Time

Carving and Building a Kinetic Whale Sculpture: A Whale of a Good Time
Have you always dreamed of building your own wooden whale kinetic sculpture? Who hasn’t? It’s one of the dreams that unifies humanity. And thankfully, photographer and artist Sylvain Gautier documented the process in which he built this particular model, so you can follow along and build your own.

Modder Builds MacBook Mini: “The World’s Smallest MacBook Pro”

Modder Builds MacBook Mini: “The World’s Smallest MacBook Pro”
Because dream it and you can achieve it, modder Michael Pick (aka the Casual Engineer) went and built himself a custom MacBook Mini, which he considers “the world’s smallest MacBook Pro.” It doesn’t actually run iOS, though, instead, it’s powered by a Raspberry Pi 4 running iRaspbian OS.

DIY Tandem Shower Head Kit: For Singing Duets in the Shower

DIY Tandem Shower Head Kit: For Singing Duets in the Shower
The DIY Tandem Shower by Boona is just that: a do-it-yourself solution to doubling your existing shower heads by adding another attached to a long rod. Impressively, the Tandem Shower has already far surpassed its Kickstarter goal, with more than $400,000 in funding past its initial $10,000 goal.

HAL 9000 Garage Door Button Upgrade: I’m Sorry, Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That

HAL 9000 Garage Door Button Upgrade: I’m Sorry, Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That
Because garage door buttons are boring and demand a futuristic improvement, Instructable user danthemakerman went and created detailed DIY instructions for taking your garage door button to the next level with a 2001: A Space Odyssey-inspired HAL 9000 upgrade.