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Video: Jerry McNamara's Day By Day is a short documentary that focuses its lens on artist George Rocha of Iris Skateboards in San Francisco. Rocha takes stacks of old, unrideable skateboard decks, glues them together, grinds 'em up and then transforms them into functional objects like furniture, tables, tap handles and, yes, even "new" skateboards.

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Video: Here's some free advice if you ever find yourself in a post-apocalyptic world and need glasses: Squint. Because after watching How to Make Everything attempt to make a pair of prescription eyeglasses, let me tell you, it's going to really, really hard for you to actually make a pair yourself. There are just so many materials, so many steps and so many places where things can go wrong that getting a lens clear enough and shaped to what your eyeballs need seems impossible.

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Video: You won't want to actually kick it around without wearing steel-toed shoes, but Russian carpenter Vladimir Zhilenko makes turning a bunch of wooden pentagons into a perfectly-round soccer ball look incredibly easy. The final sanding looks especially satisfying, assuming you don't accidentally sand away your fingertips in the process.

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Japanese hand planes or kannas are remarkable tools that can shave off layers of wood so ridiculously thin that they look like tissue paper. The wood shaving in the GIF above is only 8 microns thick which almost sounds like an impossible measurement because even human hair has a diameter of about 50 microns.

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Video: Even if your carpentry skills aren't much more than having watched a few episodes of Better Homes and Gardens, it's still pretty common knowledge that a drill only works in a straight line. Or does it? Woodshop hacker Izzy Swan created a custom rig that can actually drill a curved hole instead.

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Video: There are over 150 steps in making a bamboo fishing rod which involve nearly 60 hours of work to actually complete. That's a lot of work. You can sneak a peak at how it gets done — the carving, the burning, the shaving, the glueing — in the video below by Michael Herman. In it, you get to follow fly fisherman Nick Taransky around as he meticulously makes a bamboo fishing rod. The fun part is trying to figure out what the next step in the process is because it's not nearly as simple as cutting a strip out from the bamboo.