How I made steel toe crocs with wood
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I want steel toed crocs but I can't buy them. That's a crime against humanity that I want to rectify. In this video I show how I developed wooden tooling that with a bit of refinement could be used to mass produce steel toe crocs.
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I use a 13" iPad for all my technical drawing:
Tools that I used in this video and others that I love:
Dropped off ladder 20x and still going strong:
Wera allen keys 1000x better than el cheapos:
Wera allen keys (english):
20 ton hydraulic press:
Tormach 1100mx:
Import spot welder. Cheap bulletproof:
Digital angle gauge:
Bench sheet metal brake:
Vise brake (highly recommend):
20 ton press brake kit:
Cordless angle grinder - this thing will change your life:
Hypertherm powermax 45xp with machine torch:
Hypertherm fine cut consumables (great for sheet metal)
The best marker ever. Always in my pocket:
Cyclonic dust collector:

  • Stuff Made Here
    Stuff Made Here

    Heads up: I'm not the first person to do try to do this - if you want to be entertained with some good lulz you should check out the OG steel toed crocs from I did a thing:

    • Luka Artelj
      Luka Artelj

      I will buy steel tow caps for no more than 10€

    • Luka Artelj
      Luka Artelj

      Show your face

    • Philip Drew
      Philip Drew

      Polystyrene can form steel, really useless video.

    • GAMING Profi 2
      GAMING Profi 2

      Yuo Put a Crocs add in LOL

    • Ben Goldberg
      Ben Goldberg

      If you can deliberately choose where the steel will wrinkle, then you could have it happen on the part which you know you will be cutting away. If you are lucky, this will reduce stress and wrinkling on the parts you want to keep.

  • Noah Taylor
    Noah Taylor

    Would heating the steel help it form without much deformation?

  • Outlawed Modder
    Outlawed Modder

    Now it would be cheaper to make it out of steel XD

  • Paweł Jimmi
    Paweł Jimmi

    What If You cut triangles from the edge in the places where it's bends?

  • XxSkeEt_ iitTxX
    XxSkeEt_ iitTxX

    Dude I’ve always wanted a steel toe Jordan 7 retro or 8 retro. Those would be dope for those with money and are working in construction or wear houses.

  • Luka Artelj
    Luka Artelj

    Please talk in international metric units

  • Luka Artelj
    Luka Artelj

    I will buy steel tow caps for no more than 10€

  • Luka Artelj
    Luka Artelj

    Show your face

  • JackANSI

    Try to hydro-form both feet at the same time with a mirror-image form.

  • Ministry of Magic: Department of Mysteries
    Ministry of Magic: Department of Mysteries

    Gotta love that your poor man's tool is a rich man's tool lol.

  • John Smith
    John Smith

    Bro I’m a mechanic, ive got a shop and i only wear crocs in there. I’d love some steel toed crocs! Send some to me!

  • Cory Tenhundfeld
    Cory Tenhundfeld

    I’ll take a set Forsure

  • Centrikk

    Magnetic hammer? Making the form for a pair then cutting it in half after might give a more stable result also:))

  • Andrew Wade
    Andrew Wade

    Metal isn't compressible? I did not know that, I thought only liquids couldn't be compressed.

    • Andrew Wade
      Andrew Wade

      @GeneralReticent Interesting... Didn't know that either lol

    • GeneralReticent

      Liquids are compressible, just not a lot. Water compresses at around 150,000psi when cold.

  • Aurablocky

    he is very fancy and uses a automatic ratchet lmao

  • Corey V
    Corey V

    i thought this a tutorial was for making a wooden croc with steel toe cover NOT how i made a steel toes for a croc out of wooden press


    They make wooden crocs you can buy

  • Mountain Man
    Mountain Man

    Actually, Dutch style wooden clogs are quite comfortable and protective. Farmers and country workers in Holland France and Germany still wear them.

  • Mountain Man
    Mountain Man

    in a spirit of constructive criticism; Just say malleable and ductile for heavens sake. (Maybe not so much ductile).

  • Kuragari Cats
    Kuragari Cats

    Those poptarts look sooooo good 😌

  • The Life of Guyon
    The Life of Guyon


  • PerUpp

    I thought this video was going to be boring. Spoiler alert: it wasn't! Great video, would love to see timestamps on future videos to relate to your working hours!😂

  • patryk dobronski
    patryk dobronski

    Why not just mold it out of carbon fiber using the inside of the croc ?

    • patryk dobronski
      patryk dobronski

      dont get me wrong i have mad respect to your digital fabrication however i think innovating materials and techniques can go a long way

  • Fredrik Stål
    Fredrik Stål

    16:40 Best quote ever

  • cdurkinz

    I need some steel toed five fingers shoes if you get a chance, thanks!

  • FG Poor
    FG Poor

    16:41 story of my life

  • Bradley Shores
    Bradley Shores

    What really worried me was how he kept sliding his finger along the sharp metal edge at the end

  • Chris Whalen
    Chris Whalen

    3:06 "it took me four or five generations to get this tool mostly working" _the project had begun with my grandfather's grandfather... we know no longer why we toil in the fabrication of this instrument so hideous, but such is our charge_

  • Jason Mighty
    Jason Mighty

    The left foot?

  • Emperor Norton Winks
    Emperor Norton Winks

    Comfort and safety in a pair of technically sandals

  • Thelonious Breskin
    Thelonious Breskin

    "experts in different fields" nope. just want a fraction of your brainpower lmao. I feel like a snail.

  • LighdarTheThird

    The phrase "clampy bits" makes me so happy.

  • computer poop
    computer poop

    call me plz at (321) 342-7094

  • oboycowboy

    Started strong, lost me at 3minutes

  • Rajvir Singh
    Rajvir Singh

    I am just curious if the space for the thickness of the material is left between the punch and the die. It should not fit like a glove.

  • GAMING Profi 2
    GAMING Profi 2

    Yuo Put a Crocs add in LOL

  • marcus silver
    marcus silver

    cutting relief lines on the blank should help next time for wrinkles

  • Amancio Barragan
    Amancio Barragan

    Why not just use heat and a hammer

  • Gabe Suarez
    Gabe Suarez

    Holy I physically flinched when that dropped on your foot

  • David Hunsicker
    David Hunsicker

    it would have been cooler if you just added smaller sheets into the design of the toe leaving the gaps open and keeping it imalleable rather than just adding a clunky top

  • jsagers2008

    Steel toe minimalist boots. Take my money.

  • Emerson-Biggons

    This is a significantly more scuffed version of how aluminum pop cans are formed

  • HB QV
    HB QV

    When I read the title I thought that he made wood as strong as steel for a cheaper alternative to steel toe crocs

  • Jack Somers
    Jack Somers

    I got a crocs add on this video

  • Sjoerd ˈʃuːd
    Sjoerd ˈʃuːd

    7 ad rolls? Jeez man, it's unwatchable

  • William Surles
    William Surles

    I love the iteration process here. Just like SpaceX. well, kinda. Less cool explosions I guess. Which is a good thing : )

  • Nicholas Grant
    Nicholas Grant

    I actually want some #crocsarelife

  • Richard Ďurina
    Richard Ďurina

    What is the program you use on ipad ?

    • Jack BOSS
      Jack BOSS


  • Apple and the bees
    Apple and the bees


  • British tea sipper
    British tea sipper


  • Amadis Demitrius
    Amadis Demitrius

    "My wife is asleep" That explains the burnt pop tarts.

  • Jaden Dela Cruz
    Jaden Dela Cruz

    Chupapi Munyanyo

  • Steve D
    Steve D

    Now the other foot!

  • Elon Musk
    Elon Musk

    next part: How I made carbon fiber toe crocs

  • Oskar Svanström-Holmberg
    Oskar Svanström-Holmberg

    Ummmmmm i think i saw this on “I did a thing” and the video there is much older

  • Jose Moreno
    Jose Moreno

    This video reminded me of your steel toe cross

  • Andrew M
    Andrew M

    Cool idea, but I'd think you would quickly run into copyright issues if you tried to sell this. If you could steel toe ANY shoe that might be more profitable in my uneducated opinion.

  • DJStompZone

    Heh, I get it... Drilling those big holes was the most BORING part! Nice one

  • TENTACLE father
    TENTACLE father

    i barley noticed the poptarts on the plate

    • TENTACLE father
      TENTACLE father

      19:08 is around when they appear

  • TENTACLE father
    TENTACLE father

    im a expert of looking for cool things and this is one of them

  • Nathan Dean
    Nathan Dean

    a cheapo usb laser finder will work.

  • Will Beebe
    Will Beebe

    After the first test: "It's not a good look" lol. Thanks for making these and thank you SO much for your drawings and walking us through your failures and successes. Can't get enough.

  • Bernardo Moreira
    Bernardo Moreira

    Oh I'm sad that I'm only found this 11 months too late. I work with Stamping simulation for several of the big car OEMs and I am very impressed where you got using only wood. A die set for any of the outer panels of a car cost more than 1 million and they have the same problems as you have. In the end I believe the reason your part is not within tolerance is not only springback. You had deformation on your tools (you reinforced the blank holder with steel, but you did not reinforced the punch and only a sheet in metal is really not enough) . This happens with steel tools also, we simulate this before building the tools and compensate for this problem (we also compensate for the springback) A steel Die can have more than 0.3 mm deformation. Yous is probably deforming more that 20 mm. Probably you will never going to see this, But if you still want to make this work, I can simulate and compensate this on software. Funny would be to find a material model for wood...

    • Bernardo Moreira
      Bernardo Moreira

      PS. Your blank is way too big, you could have saved a lot of trouble by just reducing the blank


    16:36 Mmhh I could listen to that all day /s

  • Arizona Jewell
    Arizona Jewell

    Great video as usual, stuff man

  • Nenaby Darkmist
    Nenaby Darkmist

    Why didnt you try Hydroforming?

  • dolf1n1

    Wow I love your persistence it’s been helpful showing my son, how not to give up. Your videos are so inspirational and detailed.

  • Dewang Mehta
    Dewang Mehta

    PLEASE MAKE A VIDEO ABOUT YOUR ACTUAL BUSINESS !! Hey bro watching you since 3 years woild really like to know more about you actual business.

  • Arman Kh
    Arman Kh

    i think cutting some extras in the beginning esp from the corners will reduce the chance and intensity of crinkles and creases. there should be less resistance (ideally, so that you don't have to cut at all any extras at the end!) idea: how they press soda cans.

  • La Cai
    La Cai

    i think ya could had ez made it smooth if ya heated it whit electricity specially when ya use such a insulating mold as wood is.

  • Matthew Baker
    Matthew Baker

    I got an ad for Crocs when I clicked on this. What are the odds?

  • CV official
    CV official

    That's why sometimes some simple looking things are so expensive

  • Little Crutch Tech
    Little Crutch Tech

    You could have heated up the metal to make it softer for the metal to form easier.

  • wan si chen
    wan si chen

    8:13 this is when a mathematician come in and call this impossible cause gauss's remarkable theorem

  • A i
    A i

    All of that and no finished product at the end?...part 2 i guess?


    if "if the shoe fits" was a man

  • Tom Tom
    Tom Tom

    We need to your face.

  • Kriss

    Bruh just got a 1hour ad

  • Ray25hua

    So basically wood didn’t work b/c a metal sheet was still needed for the middle of the press. That being said I originally thought you were going to melt the metal and use the wood as a mold. Probably would’ve been a even worse idea as the wood would’ve burned.

  • Jim Scully
    Jim Scully

    possible to layer thin metal sheets or resin fiber?

  • Matthew McLean
    Matthew McLean

    I really don't know how people can wear Crocs, they are hella uncomfortable.

  • Inventor

    blacksmith hiting head against the wall over and over after watching this

  • Chee Thao
    Chee Thao

    Steel is stronger than wood. Steel's also heaviuh than feathuhs

  • Krishna Jha
    Krishna Jha

    If one plays soccer in these crocs, will that be considered cheating?

  • Zepherius Collins
    Zepherius Collins

    If I were you I would use a composite to make crocs from. Steel could cut your toes off.

  • BlankEssence

    UZload really.... really.... REALLY wanted me to watch this video. I didnt want to. But youtube REALLY wanted me to. So here i am.

  • Sergei Alonichau
    Sergei Alonichau

    Did you try heating the metal before shaping it?

  • Jared Lester
    Jared Lester

    This would be even cooler if this process was mixed with hydroforming.

  • Kelly B
    Kelly B

    That's incredible. I love the commitment and the willingness to keep going and making improvements. Also your CAD skills must be amazing to make such complex 3D models.

  • Andy

    Now for the left foot...

  • Eli b Ensemana
    Eli b Ensemana

    are they hevy

  • Camilla Jefferson
    Camilla Jefferson

    The waste pieces would make a really nice wall sculpture. Arranged in a grid, as a representation of The Process of every creative.

    • Camilla Jefferson
      Camilla Jefferson

      (I tried to hold my tongue but watching this, constantly in the back of my mind is how many resources - wood, metal, power - it took to make a steel toe for a croc when comfy steel toe shoes no doubt exist already. I'm also thinking about how little protection crocs provide for the rest of the foot, and how easy they are to slide off compared to, for example, a boot. Anyway. Is this amount of reworking standard procedure for prototype form making? Or does spending more time at the planning stage considering weaknesses and limitations of materials avoid such a resource-heavy method?)

  • Daniel Owen
    Daniel Owen

    6:24 among us lol

  • gold stone industries Rbs
    gold stone industries Rbs

    lol he copied the idea from “I did a thing”

  • SpaceSwimmer


  • Case16710

    I did a Stuff

  • chad 13
    chad 13

    No face please

  • micahbrill

    I would buy steel toed crocks! How would you attach them?

  • excellent youboober
    excellent youboober

    What a success story this channel is, amazing!

  • MyGames Cyou
    MyGames Cyou

    This is awesome!