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How To: Shape trucks for fingerboards

Fingerboards are popular miniature skateboards available all over the globe. The parts are pre-made by various manufacturers, but you can modify the parts yourself. In this video, you'll learn how to shape fingerboard trucks using basic tools.

How To: Whistle loudly using your teeth

Never doubt the volume of your whistle again. This video shows you how to whistle loudly using your teeth. You'll learn proper position of your mouth and tongue to be able to make the loudest sound possible. With lots of practice you'll be the only one heard at the local games as you cheer on your favorite team or player. Watch this to get all you need to know to achieve that super loud whistle you've always desired, on the field or indoors.

How To: Make a diorama waterfall

If your son or daughter is planning on making a diorama for a classroom project or just because, making a cool water feature can be a great idea. Using real water may be fine and all, but if you want to prevent any kind of mess from happening, you can build one using materials that give a water like feel. So in this tutorial, you'll be finding out how to make a diorama waterfall from scratch. It's great for dioramas and is sure to be a much better fit than actual water. So good luck and enjoy!

How To: Make a Lego gun without Technic pieces

This is one of the longest, most detailed instructional videos on how to make a toy gun out of Legos. Another advantage it has over its plentiful Lego gun-making-video competition is that it doesn't require any of the expensive and specialized Lego Technic pieces. It can be made entirely form the stock Legos you have sitting around from that castle you took apart two years ago. It may not look like a traditional gun, but it shoots like one!

How To: Make a simple and powerful Knex gun

There are an infinite number of things that you can make out of K'nex. A disproportionate, but entertaining, number of these are toy guns. This video features an innovative design for a powerful K'nex (it also has a rubber band in it) gun that shoots small K'nex pieces across a room accurately and with a lot of power. It may not look like a gun, but it works!

How To: Remove money from the cash box in a slot machine

If you have a casino, or maybe just a single slot machine, chances are you're making money. But how do you actually get the money from the slot? All of that cash will sit in there for ages if you don't retrieve it, and it could cause a malfunction if not removed in a timely manner, because of getting too full. This video will show you how to remove money earned from the cash box in a casino slot machine. There's two ways to access the cash box in a IGT S+ model slot machine, so check them bot...

How To: Make custom Lego weapons for Clone Trooper minifigures

The Clone Army, one of the most dangerous forces ever to threaten the Galactic Republic in the Star Wars series, carried many different types of weapons in to battle. This video will teach you how to make replicas of a number of these weapons yourself out of Legos, at a scale that makes them usable for your Lego minifigures. None of them are very complicated to make, so watch this video and get to work on your Lego gunsmithing!

How To: Make a scare box

This video tutorial provides step by step instruction on how to make a scare box. It's a simple wooden box with a creepy surprise inside. When someone opens it up, a spider or something else scary jumps out onto them. You will need plywood, wooden dowels, and the spider or whatever else you're using to do the scaring. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to build a scare box.

How To: Build a working mini gatling gun out of Legos

Most of the guns that people make out of Legos or Knex are pistols. Small, easy to build, low maintenance. Those are all fine qualities. But if you want a powerful, destructive Lego gun that will blow all others out of the water, check this video out. It features step-by-step instructions for building a minigun out of Legos that will hold and shoot 120 rubber bands at a time! The second video is a firing demonstration. Those Legos never knew what hit them!

How To: Make a secret deodorant stash safe

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a secret deodorant safe. Begin by removing the cap of the deodorant, and cut off the top part of the deodorant can, using a pair of pliers. Now simply place in your item and place on the cap to disguise your safe. Place some tissue paper inside to prevent and rattling and provide protection. To place in a small container, buildup some tissue paper by gluing it inside the can. Then place in the small container and place on the deodorant cap. Th...

How To: Replace burnt light bulbs in casino slot machines

Running a casino can be a pain, especially if you have to call the maintenance guy to come repair all your slots. When they break, you lose money each minute, but you can save the time and save the money by repairing the broken slot machine yourself. One of the easiest slot repairs is changing a light bulb. Most light bulbs inside slot machines are fluorescent. Just keep some in stock and follow the instructions in this video to learn how to replace the burnt lightbulbs in your casino's slots.

How To: Make an easy volcano

This project shows you how to make a great working volcano using posterboard rather than paper-mache or plaster. It's easier, faster, and perfect for younger children. The volcano takes a half hour and is ready to be decorated, painted, and then erupted!

How To: Make a helicopter powered by rubber bands

This is a great little rainy day project you can make for almost no money, or a fun party trick you can use at the next office Christmas party! You will need two disposable drinking cups (stiff plastic or paper will work best), a fairly thick straw, a sturdy paper clip, a thick rubber band, a cocktail stick, a bead and a plastic ring you can get from the neck of a soda bottle. Assemble as shown, and then let it go!

How To: Make fingerboard wheels using a mini lathe

This video will show you how to create wheels for a fingerboard using a lathe. First, you should take a plastic tube and insert it into your lathe, using various drill pieces to cut down the plastic tube to the correct size. After this has been done, a drill which is attached to the lathe and adjusted to go straight through the tube can be made to create a hole through the center of the tube. You can then insert a small piece of metal into the tube in order to create the holder which will att...

How To: Make a Lego custom Cip Quad Blaster from Star Wars

The reciprocating quad blaster, or cip quad, is one of the most powerful parts of the Clone Army's arsenal in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. This video will teach you how to make your own tiny replica of this terrifying weapon out of Legos, on a scale where it can be used by a Lego minifigure (preferably an ARC trooper heavy gunner. Arm your Legos properly after watching this video.

How To: Make a Halo Warthog out of Legos

Do you love both Halo and Legos? You aren't alone. This video features a Halo / Lego enthusiast showing off his completed model of a Warthog jeep from the popular Halo series of video games, then taking it apart in order to show you, the viewer, how to build it yourself. It is a little harder to follow than some Lego videos that show the whole construction process, but if you are Lego-proficient enough to have all of the pieces that you need to complete this model, you probably don't need tha...

How To: Make a very small gun out of Knex

Most homemade toy guns made from construction toys like Legos and Knex are big, cumbersome affairs. For toy weapon enthusiasts looking for something smaller and sleeker, this video will teach you how to make a very small, maybe even the world's smallest, Knex gun. It only uses seven pieces and can launch a rubber band a pretty entertaining distance. Make a very small gun out of Knex.

How To: Tie a Chinese Cloverleaf knot

Knotmaster JD from Tying It All Together offers us another of his informative and oddly soothing knot-tying instructional videos. This is teaches us to tie a Chinese Cloverleaf knot, a good-luck charm in both East and West that makes up for its lack of practicality with timeless beauty. From the knot-tyer himself:

How To: Make a lego lightsaber

In this how-to video, you will learn how to design and create four of your own Lego light sabers. All you need is six different pieces as seen in the video for the first design. Now connect them vertically, one at a time. All you need is six different pieces as seen in the video for the second design. Now connect them vertically, one at a time. All you need is seven different pieces as seen in the video for the third design. Now connect them vertically, one at a time. For the last design, you...

How To: Recycle an Old Light Bulb into a Ship in a Bottle

Learn how to make a ship in the bulb (aka a ship in a bottle). This cool diy hack demonstrates how to recycle an old lightbulb into a "ship in a bottle". Like the traditional ship in the bottle, the ship is first assembled outside of the bottle, then placed inside. Follow this fun how to hack video to learn how to make your own.

How To: Make a diorama

Dioramas are a fun way to illustrate all kinds of scenes, whether from nature, history, sports or entertainment. The possibilities are endless. Learn how to make a diorama in this free crafts video series.

How To: Tune a fingerboard

Your fingerboard is a temple, treat is as such by keeping it tuned. Know how to tune the trucks, change stock axles, replace or customize all parts. Watch this video fingerboarding tutorial and learn how to tune your deck.

How To: Build a semiautomatic Lego gun

Most Lego guns require you to feed ammo, or at least cock the gun, every time you shoot. Not so with this model. This video features step-by step instructions and a demonstration of how to build a semiautomatic Lego rubber band gun quickly and easily. Never lose a Lego rubber band gun war to your friends again with the increased firepower of this semi-auto Lego shooting machine.

How To: Make a semiautomatic Lego rubber band gun

Semiautomatic fire is practically a necessity for modern firearms. This video features a tutorial on making your own semiautomatic gun, but instead of metal, you will be working in Legos. If you can get past the cheesy music, this is a very cool little gun, and it will allow you to annoy your friends and family with great accuracy.

How To: Build a bolt action gun out of Legos

Most Lego guns use a simple rubber band action, which don't resemble the action on any real weapons other than a crossbow maybe. This video tutorial on making a gun out of Legos stands out from the pack because it features a bolt action, the same type used on rifles since the Civil War. This gives this lego weapon a more professional flair.

How To: Make a Lego block launching gun

There are a lot of ways to make a gun out of Legos. Some have triggers, some don't. Some fire blocks, some rubber bands, but almost all use rubber band in the firing mechanism. This video is a demonstration of building one such gun. This one uses a rubber band to launch Lego blocks. It is relatively simple and very effective.

How To: Construct a ship in a bottle from a kit

Have you ever wondered how your grandfather constructed the ship-in-a-bottle on his mantlepiece? Are you frustrated by the poor instructions that came with the kit you bought at your local hobby shop? The people at Storm the Castle certainly were, and so they made this video to show you how to complete your ship-in-a-bottle kit using basic hobby tools, including a very small drill bit, very small clamp, and very small paint brushes. No hobbyist's collection is complete without one of these.

How To: Make a wooden propeller

To carve a wooden propeller first join six pieces of wood together to form a block. Mark the outline of the propeller on the block in pencil. Use a hand chisel and hammer to form the rough shape of the propeller. Once the rough shape is complete use a motorized hand grinder and then a motorized hand held sander to make the propeller smooth. After the sanding is complete you will need to finish it off with a coat of polish. Finally, you will need to balance the motor before fitting it into pla...

How To: Make a toy parachute

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a toy parachute. The materials required are: lightweight fabric, ruler, scissors, string, 4 hole button and a toy army man. Begin by measuring a 10x10 inch square on the fabric and cut it out. Fold over each of the 4 corners and cue a small hole. Measure and cut 2 lengths of 36 inch string. Take the string and tie it to one end of the hole on the fabric. Run the other end through the button hole and tie it to the diagonally opposite hole on th...

How To: Make a homemade anti gravity toy

Make an antigravity toy with just some magnets, a pyrex bowl, coper wire, a playing card and some aluminium foil. This is really cool! You can even interact with the flying card when the bowl is shut! Put 3 magnets somewhere, making a circle,over them, place a bowl, then wrap the card with aluminum and place a neodium magnet on each corner, then make about 15 loops with the copper wire (make it a copper coil) and put it inside the bowl. Then put the card in the bowl. Be careful, The negative ...

How To: Make homemade 3D glasses

In this tutorial, we learn how to make 3D glasses at home. First, take cardboard and cut two square holes in it. Then, take clear packing take and tape it over the holes. Once you've done this color the front of the tape with a red marker on one of the sides. On the other side, take a blue marker and color it in. That's all you need to do to watch 3D movies and television shows in the comfort of your own home. These are extremely inexpensive and can be made within just a couple of minutes. It...

How To: Make slime with glue and fabric starch

This video is pretty clear in describing how to make slime using glue, water, and fabric starch. I don't recommend children watch this because Sean Shameless (the host) adds unnecessary cursing into the instructions. The most important thing to remember in this video is that this slime stains. Sean Shameless also advises the children to not tell their parents about using the fabric starch which tells me that they really should not be doing it. Sean than explains what the possible uses of slim...

How To: Make sparks with steel wool, wire, and a battery

Learn how to make sparks with steel wool wire and a battery in simple steps. You will need thin steel wool, string wire, a battery with two terminals on top and scissors . First measure a meter of string wire and cut it out using the scissors. Now wrap the string wire around the steel wool exactly in the middle. Rub the battery terminals on the wool to check whether it sparks. Now get outside in a safe place and ignite the steel wool by rubbing the battery. Spin the steel wool by holding the ...

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