Wood Nanocrystals Are Like Carbon FIber Only Lighter, Stronger, And…

The US Forest Products Laboratory, taking a break from their lucrative pinecone-powered robotics projects, have opened a new $1.7 million pilot plant around Madison, WI to develop new nanocellulose materials. The new wood-based materials can be stronger and lighter than both Kevlar and carbon fiber, at about ten… » 9/04/12 3:00pm 9/04/12 3:00pm

Wood-Burning Dodge Trucks Burning Coast-To-Coast

Not only has Wayne Keith developed a system that allows a normal automobile to run on burning wood, but he's also planning a coast-to-coast drive from South Carolina to California to prove it's the real deal. Basically the system gassifies the wood and feeds the syngas into the standard engine. It can run on pretty… » 8/21/08 3:20pm 8/21/08 3:20pm

Wood Paneling, Schwood Paneling: How About An Opel Made Entirely Of…

I hold a special area of my heart for wood paneling. Every since I was kid riding around in the wood-paneled station wagon, I always enjoyed this look. One particular individual has taken wood paneling to a completely new level by replacing the entire body of an Opel with wood panels. My natural instinct is to suggest… » 3/27/08 3:45pm 3/27/08 3:45pm

NC State Students To Build Wood Supercar

We've been tossing around the idea of wood cars for a while, but not until now has an ambitious group really wanted to test the limits of wood by creating a performance car out of cellulose products derived from trees. Joe Harmon and his NC State comrades have developed and begun the initial phases of production of… » 2/20/08 4:40pm 2/20/08 4:40pm

What Wood He Do for A Twin-Cad-Motored Car?

The last thing you'd expect from a man named Nickel is a car made of mahogany. (We daren't go for the wooden-Nickel joke.) But that's just what Jerry Nickel, of Apache Junction, Arizona came up with. Powered by two 500-inch Cadillac mills, each driving one set of wheels, Nickel's creation was built over four years… » 4/13/06 1:36pm 4/13/06 1:36pm

What Wood He Do for a Mercedes 300 SL?

Finding runners up for the Most Badassed Carpenter in the Western World award just got easier by one. Udo Haase of Germany, absolute murder with a band saw, carved this Mercedes 300SL gullwing replica out of pine, part by part, and constructed it without the benefit of modern contrivances like nails and screws. By way… » 11/10/05 1:00pm 11/10/05 1:00pm