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Oct 30, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Salt Cellar for Your Next Dinner Party

created at: 10/26/2014

We recently procured a salt shaker for our dining table. It looks like an owl. My wife likes it. However, it seems that the sea salt we put in it never actually comes out of the little holes. Taking from the kitchen salt cellars you scoop and pinch from as you cook, I thought I'd create a communal cellar to place on your table that's perfect for a party of one or a party of many. No more clogged shakers!… read more

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Oct 29, 2014

The Gentleman's Organization, Part I: DIY Watch Case and Sunglass Storage

Drilling Sunglasses Line Hole

Nice accessories can really bring together an outfit, be it a watch, cufflinks, or a classic set of sunglasses. But keeping all these classy pieces organized and in good condition can be a huge task as they begin to pile up on a closet shelf. Take a look at these projects to tame that clutter and class up your… read more

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Oct 28, 2014

How to: Make a Rustic Concrete and Copper Lamp

Nothing beats a good DIY lighting project, especially one made from easy-to-find hardware store materials and the finished product comes out looking as sharp as this guy.   … read more

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Oct 28, 2014

How to Microadventure, Fall Camping Edition

created at: 10/13/2014The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping, and yet most men don't feel they have the availability to take the time and experience it in full. But that doesn't have to be the case. Here's an article written by Alastair Humphreys – famed adventurer, author, motivational speaker, and National Geographic's 2013 Explorer of the Year – championing the concept of the 'microadventure.'   

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Oct 24, 2014

How to: Make A Custom Rough-Cut Lumber Beer Flight Set

created at: 10/19/2014

Craft beer is growing out here on the West Coast like a wildfire in the wind. While visiting local breweries in the area, I've always been impressed by well made flight sets, so I decided to make my… read more

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Oct 23, 2014

How To: Handmade Flyfishing Net

Wooden Handle

Credit:Prestonmade.com

I've been out perfecting my cast quite a few times in the last few months as the weather turned cool. It's quite a cathartic moment throwing the delicate fly out to be struck by a hungry trout. While the majority of fly fishing gear is intensely complicated and time consuming to construct, a sturdy landing net can be constructed with moderate skills in a weekend and will stand up to years of… read more

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Oct 22, 2014

Make This: DIY Electric Camp Lantern

created at: 10/19/2014

Autumn is the perfect time of year for camping, pumpkins, crunchy leaves and hurricane lamps. Ok, maybe it's just me, but I love these lamps. They bring a certain sense of camp-like nostalgia to my heart and I have a couple around the house.… read more

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Oct 22, 2014

A Perfect Alternative to Coffee: The Earl Grey Foglifter

Earl Grey Foglifter With Pumpkin Spice

Most mornings call for an early jolt of java to get me going. Black coffee warms me up, and I've grown to love the bitter-sweet taste. But on the slower days when I just don't feel like a bitter cuppa joe I turn to something a bit smoother - The… read more

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Oct 20, 2014

Make Your Own Bow and Arrow

created at: 10/12/2014

As a kid, I had my own tiny bow and arrow set I would use to shoot elusive paper deer on a foam block. There was something satisfying about the manual skill it took to shoot an object one-hundred feet across the yard. Now that I'm older I can further that fascination by making my own bow to hunt down real… read more

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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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