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Oct 14, 2014

How to: Repair a Damaged Electric or Power Cord

Credit: Ethan Hagan

Whether it’s by accident or misuse, chances are you’re going to need to repair a power cord on something you own. I can’t count how many times I’ve almost cut my circular saw cord while ripping a board or yanked a lamp line and ripped it clean off. The good news is you don't have to toss out your expensive tools to a severed cord. Instead you can repair it yourself!… read more

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Oct 13, 2014

How to Tip [i.e. Everything You Don't Know About Tipping]

created at: 10/13/2014

While proper tipping is a sign of a good manners, knowing how much- and when to- is one of those life skills I think I was supposed to pick up by osmosis. Generally speaking I’ve done my best to lean on the generous side, but I’ve definitely guessed my way through a handful of social situations. Thankfully, this long-form article written by an academic - and former waiter - takes a look at some of the large-scale statistics on tipping in different situations across… read more

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Oct 13, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Rustic Wood Clock from Scrap Wood

Every DIYer has that pile of extra scrap wood sitting in a bin from the last project. You know, the pieces gather dust until a free afternoon when I go rummage through the pile and make something worth hanging on the wall. Like this scrap wood clock, an awesome option because there is so much that can be done customize the face and hands to match your… read more

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Oct 09, 2014

DIY Recipe: Make Tasty and Inexpensive Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract Hand MadeVanilla gets a bad rap for being plain and simple, but adding a dab to your morning coffee can really boost the flavor, and it still tastes great with all kinds of goodies. Imitation extract is okay and fancy store-bought vanilla is pricey, so hand making this delicious extract is just too easy for us to pass… read more

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Oct 09, 2014

How to: Build a Totally Functional DIY Telescope for ~$200 in Hardware Store Parts

created at: 10/08/2014

Thanks to some epic solar flares and the resulting auroras last month, the annual time for me to procrastinate by downloading the NASA Astronaut Application came a little early this year. If the requisite 1,000 hours piloting a jet and/or relevant PhD isn’t exactly your jam, you might try exploring the universe through one of these spectacular homemade… read more

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Oct 07, 2014

How to: Make a Faux Vintage Industrial Metal Sign

created at: 10/06/2014

As much as we love the warm feel of wood textures, sometimes the cool touch of metal is the way to go. Industrial and modern, metal signs offer stark lines and muted colors that tend to fit well hanging in any masculine space.

But, metal can be feisty to work with and requires complex equipment, so it's not always a great  weekend DIY project for the uninitiated

But! Making these letters and shapes out of wood then… read more

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Sep 23, 2014

How to: Build a Simple DIY Pegboard Shelf

created at: 09/23/2014

I love pegboard. I love organizing my workshop with it, I love using it in our office, I think it's cool when people do the Julia Childs-style pegboard pot rack thing...and I even like seeing it in store aisles, and noting all the clever and and adaptable industrial design things used to display items.

But...But! While pegboard is amazing for hanging stuff neatly on a grid, it does absolutely nothing for items without a hole… read more

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Sep 12, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Perfect the Perfect Burger

Burgers. They're a little bit art, a little bit science, and 100% iconic. There are plenty of styles, and most conversations on the topic talk about proper cooking technique, choosing a balanced collection of toppings, texture, etc.… read more

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Sep 09, 2014

How to: Make a Sharp and Sleek Skinny Tie from a Regular Tie

Any guy who's visited a thrift store or a secondhand shop can attest to the ties. Some are hideous, but some are great - unique, but subtle patterns, or an lived-in color combo that can bring your getup together.

There is, of course, the problem of size and the insane widths that used to pass for stylish. But! Snag that vintage necktie anyway, cause its easy to… read more

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Sep 08, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Leather Six-Pack Carrier for Your Bike

Here's a clever DIY project that solves a need, looks sharp, and can be completed in under 30 minutes with just a few tools. It's a leather frame strap, designed to attach a six pack to your bike's top tube for easy… read more

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Sep 02, 2014

How To: Make an Industrial Chic Bookshelf from Hardware Store Parts

One key to giving any room in your house a warm, masculine texture: clever use of materials. This DIY bookshelf project nails the multi-media look with basic iron and wood materials from the home center, but resulting in a storage piece greater than the sum of its parts.… read more

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Aug 22, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part III: Bringing it All Together - The Big Reveal

How to Host an All Out Backyard Barbecue
This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. We've covered preparing your backyard and getting ready for guests, as well as some easy DIY tricks to improve the space and create the right vibe. Then, we shared some ideas for the food - moving beyond hamburgers and hot dogs to create some seriously tasty grilled goodies, as well as tips for finding the right wine to bring everything together.

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Aug 22, 2014

Weekend Project: Make DIY Typographic Cocktail Recipe Coasters

created at: 08/22/2014

My pal Shauna from FairGoods came up with this clever DIY coaster project: some bold type on the front for visual interest, and your favorite cocktail recipes on the back for… read more

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Aug 21, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Lawn Game Set

Kubb (also spelled "koob") - sometimes known as Viking Chess - is a Scandinavian lawn bowling game that, like its brethern bocce, horseshoes, cornhole, and the like - involves two teams standing on opposite sides of a field throwing things at other things. And those things they throw - the game pieces - are some basic wooden shapes...meaning, it's a super easy DIY project you can make at… read more

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Aug 18, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part I: The Plan

Being a party-goer is easy: you show up, eat food, drink drink, have fun, and go home. Nice. But sometimes you need to return the favor, do your part and be a good guy. Sometimes, it's gotta be your turn to host.

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue - Part 1

That's why we're creating the ultimate man's guide to backyard entertaining. We're skipping the burgers and hot dogs, but saving the grill-power and the open flame. This is no fancy dinner party with flowers and special place settings and specialized utensils. But it is an event for grown-ups (read: no kegs) who want to get together and enjoy a great evening of good grub, tasty wine and… read more

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