Our editors have compiled a list of the “Top 5 Strangest (or Coolest) Home-Built Projects” for your enjoyment. Which ones are your favorites? (Thanks, Zipped)

5. Rocket Launcher

Silver97232 built this rocket launcher using standard Estes model rocket engines and custom-fabricated fins that were superglued on. Here are some of the needed parts:

2″ pipe over 5′ in length to avoid getting blowback in you face. Rocket engines, ignitors, lauch controller or any device that puts out about 6v. Balsa wood and superglue

4. Laser Projector

For those who’ve always wanted a professional grade laser projector, check out this nifty home built version.

The most important component used for laser projectors is the laser unit, He-Ne laser had been used in early days, multi-colored mixed gas laser is currently used for high end laser projector and solid state laser is one of the brand-new laser device that has been recently used.


3. Tornado Machine

Want to liven up your living room? Then build your own tornado machine, using the plans found here. Here’s what its creator had to say:

Can you build this? Yes! However, the design of this machine is more elaborate than it would need to be to just produce a vortex – it is meant to be put in your living room or somewhere else that requires it to look nice. If you follow the construction plans carefully and methodically, you will find that building this machine does not require a lot of work, and the results will be well worth it!


2. Vacuum Elevator

This home-built Vacuum Elevator is a simple yet “interesting way of lifting a small elevator cab”, perfect for any 2-3 story home.

When the piston gear depressurizes the area inside the cylinder above the vacuum elevator cab, the cab is then lifted by higher atmospheric pressure below the cab. The inside of the vacuum elevator cab always remains at the atmospheric pressure. As air pressure is lowered above the cab, the cab is lifted


1. One-Lane Garage Bowling Alley

Tim bought an old Brunswick A-2 pinsetter off eBay and made it into a one-lane bowling alley inside his garage.

I would assemble the pinsetter in the back room, knock out a whole in the wall when I was ready to assemble the lane which would extend out into the front room (the original garage), and in the winter, I could pack the lane away, cover up the whole in the wall, and park a car in the garage. Nobody would ever know there was a bowling alley in there


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