I built this from an Old Magazine plan. It’s amazing!

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Today I dive into my collection of Popular Mechanics Magazines to build something from the distant past! I build a lathe oiler from scratch using only small hand tools and remnant material. Then, I adapt the build from the magazine and go crazy with it! I use files and show you how to use a hacksaw and how to solder. I also show how to drill and tap threads. Spoiler: I build a toilet oiler!

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  • Fireball Tool

    Fireball Tool

    24 ngày trước

    If you guys want to see the giant red vise get built click here. 5 part series.

    • Stig,R Larsen

      Stig,R Larsen

      Ngày trước


    • Pete Haselden

      Pete Haselden

      7 ngày trước

      I came into the comments section to compliment you on the most badass vise I've ever seen. Very impressive. I will absolutely have a look at that. Thank You

    • bailey jerman

      bailey jerman

      14 ngày trước

      When you solder the valve why not tkae it apart to ensure the o ring doesn't melt or burn

    • danno1021


      18 ngày trước

      Y Uh you Yet tut y

    • The Beast

      The Beast

      20 ngày trước

      Read my mind

  • JOHN B

    JOHN B

    45 giây trước

    Do the one on building a scale Balsa Wood HoverCraft forget what the exact year 1960s to 1969.

  • Tayyab Safdar

    Tayyab Safdar

    3 giờ trước

    You luckiest of the luckiest, waoo, l am so jealous of you, my my you have so many of my dream bibles l have just four and have been reading them for the last 45 years again and again love going through them. Enjoy, best of luck good health and make many more projects. Regards.

  • Craig Baker

    Craig Baker

    3 giờ trước

    Gas was 32cents an IMPERIAL gallon in 1971 to 1974. 30 cents for an American gallon 10 yrs before? NO WAY. Ridiculously too high.

  • Stephen Browning

    Stephen Browning

    5 giờ trước

    Cant wait to die an all my loved ones looked through what I’ve commented on YouTube an see I took the time for this who sees it might as well like it so maybe they see it before 🥴

    • Stephen Browning

      Stephen Browning

      5 giờ trước

      Not my first fireball vids

    • Stephen Browning

      Stephen Browning

      5 giờ trước

      Great video hopefully you see this

  • Paul George

    Paul George

    6 giờ trước

    You’re a badass.

  • transformer889


    8 giờ trước

    The accordion tent is a great idea.

  • cwuzii


    9 giờ trước

    I’d love to buy one of those toilets, not with a valve and pipes but literally as a paperweight. How long did it take to make? Probably too long to sell and make a profit I guess

  • Ghost Dog

    Ghost Dog

    10 giờ trước

    Awesome. I dont own a lathe. I'm a welder\ fabricator, with some electrical school knowledge. I just like what you did with the design. There are some old welding books online pretty cheap, that are full of great ideas, but geared specifically for welding and fabrication related work.
    Doing these old projects from the magazines is a great idea! I will watch your videos if you get the feedback you need to go forward with it.

  • Eric Moody JFS

    Eric Moody JFS

    10 giờ trước

    What is that vise and where can I get one?

  • Nicke W

    Nicke W

    11 giờ trước

    Nice one at the end 😁👍🏻

  • dkeith45


    16 giờ trước

    Inflation. In 1960 my dad was a Union Electrician making a whopping $4 an hour and he was very happy with that wage. He was also very happy he was getting 40 hours per week. I think Electricians today make over $40 per hour and usually have to work a lot more than 40 hours a week. That's inflation for ya.

  • C Holland

    C Holland

    17 giờ trước

    Very cool

  • Jeremiah Dillard

    Jeremiah Dillard

    17 giờ trước

    Now this is a great idea for a channel. Building those old Popular Mechanics plans!



    19 giờ trước


  • Boris S.

    Boris S.

    19 giờ trước

    Those tools you recommend are the tools ALLEN MILLYARD uses to make some incredible engines and bikes too.. Mostly from Model Makers photographs and drawings.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5D3e-NMkCQ

  • Tara Daves

    Tara Daves

    21 giờ trước

    Catios are absolutely a thing today

  • KBtube


    21 giờ trước

    i could fill that little toilet so fast.

  • MrTo YouBoy

    MrTo YouBoy

    Ngày trước

    LAME opening poem

  • Alec Lipscomb

    Alec Lipscomb

    Ngày trước

    And here I was thinking life hacks were a modern invention

  • Instant Karma

    Instant Karma

    Ngày trước

    Very cool!

  • George Superack

    George Superack

    Ngày trước

    Add a magnet

  • Milton B

    Milton B

    Ngày trước

    I wonder what Will Stelter said when you partially forged a toilet... lol

  • Conan Duke

    Conan Duke

    Ngày trước

    Too much money + Too much time on hand.

  • Scott Brown

    Scott Brown

    Ngày trước

    I like this…

  • DukeOnkled


    Ngày trước

    Come for the tooling, stay for the horrifying economic inflation.

  • Horace Gentleman

    Horace Gentleman

    Ngày trước

    When filing soft or sticky materials first pack the teeth with chalk.

  • Woodworker Don

    Woodworker Don

    Ngày trước

    Necessity is the Mother of Invention. - Plato

  • Gary Keenan

    Gary Keenan

    Ngày trước

    Hi, you know that magazine was really kinda like patentable material cool ideas in it!!! I really like the stuff you build, the quality and the thought of things you make! It’s well built which will last many, many years if preventive maintenance is applied!!! 👍✌️



    Ngày trước

    Prison toilet for the win lol

  • The Central Scrutinizer

    The Central Scrutinizer

    Ngày trước

    I lived for the day this came in the mail every month, Such a shame it turned into such a _Woke_ publication now, I haven't see a copy of PM in a couple decades

  • roger stephenson

    roger stephenson

    Ngày trước

    For many years I worked in Africa and watched as various Aid groups would come to teach how to make basic tools and machines and it always amazed me just how poor the teachers were at basic engineering tasks. If only Aid organizations had employed people such as yourself and the thousands like you to share your skills and knowledge, Africa would be far far more developed engineering wise than it is now,

  • suraj hanmar

    suraj hanmar

    Ngày trước

    Inspired from popular mechanics pls continue more

  • wayne brown

    wayne brown

    Ngày trước

    Good job

  • jadedandbitter


    Ngày trước

    Build an on demand catalytic cracking fuel delivery system for an ICE ala Tom Ogle.

  • TheOpticalFreak


    Ngày trước

    Cool! That wad fun 😁👍😃

  • Griffin Pearson

    Griffin Pearson

    2 ngày trước

    Great video idea. Awesome execution

  • DrAwkwArD


    2 ngày trước

    New here...what the hell kind of vise is that red one he's using?

  • Charles Paradise

    Charles Paradise

    2 ngày trước

    I can t believe the amount of knowledge and imagination he has. That was pretty cool. Would like to see the boat too.

  • Abe


    2 ngày trước

    What a great episode. The project from the magazine was recreated faithfully, with good instruction and explanation, and then we get the ridiculous Fireball version that turned out even better. I miss thumbing through a Popular Mechanics issue.
    Now if only I had a massive show quality vice of my own to hacksaw on. Oh, and a lathe to put the oiler on.

  • G maniac

    G maniac

    2 ngày trước

    i love it, would love to have a stack of those magazines and ofcourse...a lathe ;)

  • Jared Brown

    Jared Brown

    2 ngày trước

    I forget the name of them but for the base you could use the magnet that you use for some indicators with the adjustable arm that way you could place it anywhere you need** as I posted this I see your changes and I feel dumb for not waiting lol

  • Uriah Otten

    Uriah Otten

    2 ngày trước

    Make this a series please. Love it

  • Brian Miller

    Brian Miller

    2 ngày trước

    Awesome 'mode of oiling!

  • Ernie Plumley

    Ernie Plumley

    2 ngày trước

    Came across this on my YouTube and decided to check you out and I found this intriguing. Interesting indeed.

  • Steve Montoya

    Steve Montoya

    2 ngày trước

    I'm a plumber and could not stop laughing when you made the toilet! Love your videos!

  • DSDftw!!!


    2 ngày trước

    Never have I ever seen a huge vice like that. Where do I get one?

  • Brute4rce


    3 ngày trước

    Would be funny if you pee'd in it before you put it to use 😆

  • matt Mercer

    matt Mercer

    3 ngày trước

    Build more stuff from that magazine

  • Peter Palma

    Peter Palma

    3 ngày trước

    This needs to be a weekly series!

  • Monty Ivy

    Monty Ivy

    3 ngày trước

    Absolutely Fabulous work! This earned you a subscriber!

  • Peter Szarow

    Peter Szarow

    3 ngày trước

    Glue a couple of those Neodynium Magnets to the bottom of the block. I have used them to mount a few things that I might want to change the location. One of the uses I found was for my security camera.

  • Tedward


    4 ngày trước

    Those prices are outragious for the sixties. Holy crap

  • Ignacio Rodriguez Melgarejo

    Ignacio Rodriguez Melgarejo

    4 ngày trước

    thats a rotary engine in a ski boat nice

  • Corey Summerall

    Corey Summerall

    4 ngày trước

    Do u sell the file for aluminum on your website?

  • Kurt Johnson

    Kurt Johnson

    4 ngày trước

    That’s cool as “crap”🤣😉🤣

  • Miles Prower

    Miles Prower

    4 ngày trước

    What's your montage music in the second half of the video? I love it owo

  • Tommy Ealey

    Tommy Ealey

    4 ngày trước

    I really really want that big ass clamp. That made my sticker peck out.

  • Pope Todd

    Pope Todd

    4 ngày trước

    I love those, I had one from the late 50's that had the Big Mouth free piston jet project, full diagrams to build something that will make you the most hated neighbour for 3 or 4 blocks away.

  • Anne Vo

    Anne Vo

    4 ngày trước

    1:30 ah the precursor for a catio

  • アストロサンダー


    4 ngày trước

    Gas was cheaper 2016-2020 than 1963 if you calculate inflation. I was paying $2 a gallon for 3 years. 30 cents in 63 is about $2.70 today.

  • Don Birren

    Don Birren

    4 ngày trước

    From past experience, when I saw the effort made to file flat surfaces into the rod, I wondered why they didn't have you start with square or rectangular bar stock.

  • Keely Cooley

    Keely Cooley

    4 ngày trước

    That pet window extension they turned into a full size human version, i found a nice woman online who explained her installation along with using it on camera, it's basically just origami patterns but made from window frames and hinges, she can have the window open up into a short of clinging shelf scenario, it can be easily pushed and pulled into position since they added pulley systems so make it easier for a little lady to move, and they do still make cat window boxes just look them up

  • Doug Moody

    Doug Moody

    4 ngày trước

    I built a boat from a PM magazine when I was a teen. It's claim was that I could build it from one sheet of plywood. It was so much fun, but the real fun was that my dad and I worked on it together. I learned a lot, but most of all dad and I bonded.

  • Bombastic Buster

    Bombastic Buster

    4 ngày trước

    Recently. I was curious about gas prices in the past. I was born in Feb 1968. I saw a news clip of JFK visiting San Diego in early 1963 and saw a gas sign showing the price of .29 and 9 tenths per gallon. It would be today about $ 2.43 per gallon. I can remember a price of .40 cents in the early 70s.

  • milkman man

    milkman man

    4 ngày trước

    More pls. LOVE PM builds

  • hobnob


    5 ngày trước

    The last thing I thought I'd hear when tuning into Fireball Tool was poetry: "Before the Internet, one platform was king, and that was, the magazine." OK, maybe mis-rhymed doggerel, not iambic pentameter, but name me a poet laureate who has come anywhere as close as Fireball to wrenching poetry out of Popular Mechanics. This was inspired.

  • Kevin Crinklaw

    Kevin Crinklaw

    5 ngày trước

    PM DIY was basically a lifehacks channel filled with shot that actually worked.

  • Donald Stewart

    Donald Stewart

    5 ngày trước


  • RadDad


    5 ngày trước

    I'd like my own lathe first, then I'll work on the brush. This was an awesome first video of yours for me to watch, thanks for that.

  • Charles Hess

    Charles Hess

    5 ngày trước


  • AFmedic6871


    5 ngày trước

    I was more into the Popular Electronics Magazine. I'm 71 yrs old now and I still have (and use) some of the projects I built back when I was in my teens. My favorite is a Multi-Meter (analog of course) that I built from plans that was in one of the issues. Other than having to replace an occasional component (resistor, capacitor, etc) it still works perfectly after 40+ years of use.

  • Patrick Ross

    Patrick Ross

    5 ngày trước

    More slow motion then an M&S Advert ...

  • Shawn Schick

    Shawn Schick

    5 ngày trước

    I grew up reading Popular Mechanics and wanting to build everything in the magazine. I still have stacks of them.

  • Kelikaku Coutin

    Kelikaku Coutin

    5 ngày trước

    All you need to complete that workshop is a much bigger vise. Obviously.
    Thanks for the content.
    Keep up the good work.

  • p twy

    p twy

    5 ngày trước

    This was rad man!

  • Johannes Swart

    Johannes Swart

    6 ngày trước

    This is Awesome. Definitely a good series building a Popular Mechanics build and then Fireballing it.

  • David Cilny

    David Cilny

    6 ngày trước

    3:50 I can't seem to find that vise in my garage unfortunately.

  • Bob


    6 ngày trước

    you do some great work...thanks for your posts

  • hamjudo


    6 ngày trước

    In the late 1960s, my father built a flat bottom plywood boat from Popular Mechanics plans. The flat bottom allowed it to be carried on the roof of a family station wagon. It also meant it sliced through the water like a brick.
    The thing was insanely heavy. Getting it on and off the station wagon was quite a chore. We only used it on one vacation.
    It was quite robust. After it sat in a garage for 30 years, my mother found someone that wanted a boat. The new owners reported that it still floated.

  • J i R O

    J i R O

    6 ngày trước

    Seems like a Fallout 4 crafting book or sumething.

  • Jonathan Sims

    Jonathan Sims

    6 ngày trước

    With inflation $0.30 is $2.69. Gas is about $2.90 around me at the moment, so not too bad!

  • MrBra1nDeaD


    6 ngày trước

    Combining steel and aluminium.... It's going to be a spot that will rust quickly.

    • ellsworth


      5 ngày trước

      Shame there's not a bit of oil around somewhere nearby to use on the parts and thus minimize oxidation.

  • Scott Stevens

    Scott Stevens

    6 ngày trước

    Popular Mechanics there's a great classic. 👍
    Loved that magazine.

  • Skamunist


    6 ngày trước

    Wow that build was the shit

  • anarchangel7


    6 ngày trước

    More please :)

  • Lazlo Pwent

    Lazlo Pwent

    6 ngày trước

    When I was a kid I had one book in the Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia. Throughout my life I looked for copies to have a set. At 45, I was retired and went to an old book store in Detroit. As I was leaving I passed the "free rack" with several books they couldn't find room for in the store. I cannot explain my shock when I noticed a complete A-Z set of the hardback encyclopedia.

  • Peter Smith

    Peter Smith

    6 ngày trước

    Great video. You are a skilled craftsman.

  • Brutus Chapman

    Brutus Chapman

    7 ngày trước

    Yeah I subscribed specifically for this. I love that you made it a toilet. So you should make them all random stuff like that. It'd really get our goats. Thanks for your consideration oh ye of tooling talent. 👍

  • Lukas West

    Lukas West

    7 ngày trước

    Incredible production, both the oilers and the video!

  • Jimmy Cedillo

    Jimmy Cedillo

    7 ngày trước

    WD40 works better than wire brush for removing adhesive. Try it.

  • Brian Neeley

    Brian Neeley

    7 ngày trước

    This was just cool. Although I suspect a simple vise would have been sufficient. The tOILet is just crazy genius coming out to play.

  • J R

    J R

    7 ngày trước

    I love this series idea!

  • Jc Lowe

    Jc Lowe

    7 ngày trước

    I'd love to see the G-1or Krestol helicopters being built it might be a good weekend project or stretch it out a few months.

  • ru ekkes

    ru ekkes

    7 ngày trước

    Pure: comic genius; utility; &, craftsmanship. To oil it...toilet. Brilliant!

  • Rubytuby


    7 ngày trước

    I built a cat patio ,,,,

  • dreadengineer


    8 ngày trước

    A trick when cutting bolts or threaded rods: before you cut, put a nut on it. Then after you cut, take off the nut, and it will straighten the threads on its way out. Reduces the amount of filing you have to do afterward.

  • ruki25


    8 ngày trước

    I guess anything worth doing really is worth over-engineering

  • Kaden_Dechant_


    8 ngày trước

    The OG life hack channel 🤣

  • Big Wave_Dave

    Big Wave_Dave

    8 ngày trước

    Your project archiology reminds me of the book "The Boy Mechanic" from long ago - I think it was published in the 1940's or 50's. It had all sorts of crazy and generally unsafe things to build.