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Mar 03, 2015

How To: Make A 2x4 Wooden Coffee Table

2x4 Wooden Coffee TableLooking for an easy piece of furniture that will clean up the look of your bachelor pad? This simple DIY project will turn a few boards into a sturdy memorable piece of furniture.  … read more

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Feb 27, 2015

How to: Make a Rustic Reclaimed Wood Charging Block

slotting for a charging stationCharging that phone looks a whole lot sharper when it's secured in a spiffy looking block. We make a simple cube charging station out of reclaimed pallet wood.  … read more

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Feb 26, 2015

Six Origami Designs Every Man Should Know

Origami Crane

Origami is one of those unique pastimes that doesn't require much to handle the basics while leaving you with a fun party trick you can always whip out. I mean, you definitely don't want to be that guy actually making origami at all the parties, but I've definitely been out somewhere with friends and instead of absent-mindedly doodling on a piece of paper, I've folded it into something I learned at one point and people have been blown away. Mainly I think because people don't often take the time to learn something that, it always seems much harder than it is, despite the fact that reproducing them once you've mastered the technique is just like riding a bike. Here are six simple origami shapes I think all men would do well to… read more

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Feb 18, 2015

Skill Builder: Four Essential Steps to Exceptional Raised Panel Doors - Part III

Raised Panel Doors Part 3This is the final part of our 3 part series on making raised panel doors. We’ve looked at my $400 raised panel set-up and the anatomy of a raised panel door, so with those in mind we’ll run though the steps and highlight a few items that will result is exceptional doors.  … read more

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Feb 17, 2015

How to: DIY Burned Wood Finish

Burned Wood TableOne of the most dramatic finishing effects is burning wood to bring out the grain. Here's a quick and fast project that highlights this distinctive technique.  … read more

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Feb 11, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Rustic State Map Wall Art from a Broken Pallet

Busted Up Pallet One of the great things about living in Northern California is the wide open spaces. There are so many great places to hike, climb, swim, and just enjoy in the expansive outdoors up here. Only a true Northern California resident can really understand how frustrating it is when people tell me how Northern California is San Francisco and then right above that is Oregon. Nope, there are hundreds of miles between SF and the border, and that expanse is my home.

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Feb 09, 2015

How to: Make Her a Simple + Elegant Hardwood Necklace for Valentine's Day

Handmade Olive Wood Necklace for Valentines

Fellas, it's that time of year! Skip the single-origin chocolate bars and organically sourced roses and get your hands to work on this elegant, modern necklace that is sure to stun your special someone.  … read more

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Feb 05, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Make Raised Panel Cabinet Doors, Part II – The Anatomy of a Cabinet Door

Raised Panel LogoOnce we put together the pieces for our raised panel set-up, of course it's time to take a look at what parts make the pieces of a door.  … read more

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Feb 04, 2015

How to: Make a Stylish, Multi-Purpose Wood Roll-Up Tray

Make a multi-purpose roll-up wood tray

I recently saw an image of something like this guy on Pinterest and after many minutes of searching, I couldn't find where I could buy it. So, I made my own! It's a roll-up wood tray you can drape over the arm or cushion of your couch to create a flat surface for all kinds of good… read more

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Feb 03, 2015

The Beautiful Butterfly Spline: How to Create This Elegant and Surprisingly Simple Joint

created at: 02/03/2015

The butterfly spline is a prominent way to shore up a damaged piece of wood in a way that shows off the joint instead of hiding it. Take a… read more

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Feb 03, 2015

How to: Travel the World With Just a 20lb Backpack

Backpack The WorldIf you've ever considered backpacking around the world, or are simply interested in economic travel-packing, then this post is for you.   

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Feb 02, 2015

Dapper Up Your Workload: How to Make DIY Leather Folders

Stitching a Leather Folder

We all have a few files in the office that tend to stick around. For me there are a couple that I refer to almost daily and the folders tend to disintegrate much too often. This leather folder tutorial is a great project for those looking to class up their daily office… read more

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Jan 30, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Custom Tool Set-Up Gauge

Pieces for a Custom Set-Up GaugeWhile there are plenty of workshop tools you can buy from the store, the true mark of a handmade maker is when custom tools start showing up on the shelves. Make this simple set-up gauge for faster, more accurate tool adjustments in the shop.   

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Jan 28, 2015

A Sweet Nightcap - How to Make a Salted Caramel Milkshake [Recipe]

Salted Caramel Milkshake

When a great night with friends is wrapping up, why not wrap it up on a sweet note. This Salted Caramel Milkshake will leave your guests with great memories and a sugar high they won't soon… read more

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Jan 27, 2015

A Seriously Hearty Meal... That's Gluten-Free and Vegan? [Recipe]

created at: 01/25/2015

Let me say off the bat that I'm generally skeptical of meals touted as gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, raw, etc. I love the idea of eating as healthily as possible but finding good recipes can be pretty hit or miss when you try to meet some of those qualifiers. This however is one recipe whose gospel I can preach.   

My friend Haley started a food blog about a year ago called Brewing Happiness and every Friday she gets together with a friend to make a new, ultra-healthy dish together. This week was my week and we made an incredible Spicy BBQ Tofu Flatbread with Lemon-Dill Sauce that she thought up. I know a lot of you start looking for the exits when you hear the word "tofu," but hang in there. I rarely (re: never) eat tofu but I really enjoyed this meal and I was SHOCKED at how hearty and filling… read more

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