WATCH: Teen Builds Tiniest Working Wooden V8 Engine

by Matthew Memrick
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You’ve got to see a teenager’s tiniest working wooden V8 engine to believe it.

The video starts off with his part assembly with patience and precision. He told a Reddit user that oak veneer, birch, and barbeque sticks make up the engine parts.  

Behind the video, a Lithuanian teen is showing off his work on his Generic Woodworking channel clip. It’s almost seven minutes long and already up to 10,000 views on YouTube. 

Initially, the teen said he has an “unfulfillable desire for understanding how stuff works.”

Futhermore, he cites “Mythbusters” and “How It’s Made” television episodes in his learning process in an Autoevolution.com story.

In one post, he mentioned that he was graduating high school and looks forward to lots of summer free time.

Past videos range from small to larger-scale wooden engines of fantastic complexity. 

Tiny Wooden V8 Engine A Thing Of Beauty

Amazingly, the current V8 engine with small pistons (three millimeters each) and connecting rods is quite the undertaking. A giant fingernail dwarfs the tiny pistons. One can effortlessly picture a real V8 running and roaring side-by-side with his model.

After an early stumble, he powers through the project. In the end, the engine is a newfound work of art.

What’s most impressive? A drill powers the engine at one point and the pistons move with the help of dry lubricants. Friction heat doesn’t look to be a problem. 

One Reddit reader weighed in on the teenager’s magic. In awe of the project, user mmbeppi said his work was practical magic.

The commenter went on to say that anyone would not believe the awesome little thing’s creation and function. Down the road, he hoped he could attempt the project.

The teenager is currently working on a detailed car model, which includes a working wooden speedometer. Past projects include a much larger and more complex model V8 engine with a proper functional timing system and a supercharger with various moving parts. 

Just Like The Woodworking Engine

In 2008, Stephen J. Backman rocketed to fame for working with toothpicks and glue. Two of his Golden Gate bridge models attracted a bit of attention. Woodworkingjournal.com interviewed Backman about the pieces.

“The large one is 13 feet long, four inches wide, and 16-and-a-half inches high,” Backman said about the two-year bridge build. 

The first one had some 30,000 toothpicks. 

On one hand, the smaller one was just under two inches long. On the other hand, it took eight hours to build out of just one toothpick.

“I built the large bridge in 1987, and it is the piece that made me famous,” Backman said.

Famously, the bridge is part of Hollywood’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum since 1992.

With painstaking detail, Backman mimicked the actual bridge design with earthquake stabilizers. In addition to that, the bridge has over 100 light-emitting diodes powered by one nine-volt battery.

For an example of Backman’s work, check out the video below:

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