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Dec 02, 2014

Brewed, Part II: Preparing for Brew Day

created at: 12/02/2014

While the first brew can be intimidating with so many items to collect, at this point the time has come to lay it all out and prepare for brewing. Let’s take a look at the pieces we need for a fast and easy brew… read more

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Dec 02, 2014

How to: Sew a Simple Linen Apron

We've said it before, and we'll say it again - every man needs an apron. Especially this time of year, when you gotta keep all that gingerbread and egg nog of your nice holiday sweater.… read more

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Nov 25, 2014

How to: Make a New Candle from All Your Spent Ones

Turn all your old candles into a new candle

As a man, I fully endorse candles. If you look beyond the Yankees and Bath and Body scents you can really find some invigorating scents. My personal favorites smell like camp fires, tobacco and patchouli.… read more

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Nov 25, 2014

Not Your Average Pallet Table

Table made from pallets

I must admit. I'm not a big fan of the palette wood "revolution." It's a limiting product and it involves a lot of labor to get the result you want. However, I stumbled across this table that approached pallets in an amazing way and it totally got me buzzing for a nice pile of the stuff.… read more

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Nov 25, 2014

Brewed: The Basics of Home Brewing Beer

Brewed Homebrewed Beer LogoBrewing beer in my closet has been a recent hobby of mine, and like most my hobbies it has expanded into a bit of an obsession. Although I'm no expert on the subject, I've made enough mistakes to serve as a useful warning to others. So, in this four part series we'll walk through what it takes to make a handmade batch of frothy, fermented goodness.… read more

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Nov 24, 2014

Quick and Easy DIY Project: Make a Faux Wood Grain Mouse Pad

created at: 11/24/2014

A super simple office project, requiring but two ingredients and ten minutes of work? We'll take it.… read more

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Nov 24, 2014

DIY Project: Build a Simple Metal Tabletop [No Welding Required]

Cutting Zinc At EdgesMy grandparents used to have a mudroom at their farmhouse. It was where everything from the field was shed and washed, but it was also where the food was kept. Along one wall was a long zinc countertop dented and riddled with history, a piece of that old house that really made an impression on me.  … read more

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Nov 21, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Reclaimed Wood Wall Bike Hanger

There's a great adage in the home decor and organization field...you've probably heard it on one of those room makeover TV shows. The phrasing varies, of course, but the central idea, "When you run out of floor space, you've got to go… read more

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Nov 21, 2014

How to: Make A Self-Watering Concrete Planter

Self Watering Concrete Planter Nothing brings an upscale quality to a room like a little plant life. This masculine concrete planter design features an automatic irrigation system using an old wine bottle. It's simple and down to earth with a hip recycling vibe. Plus it's all made for around $10 in supplies...   

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Nov 20, 2014

How to: Make a Rustic and Stylish Coat Rack

created at: 11/20/2014

My current home has no closets. No coat closet, no linen closet, no bathroom storage...not even a kitchen pantry. Which, once you find a place for the towels and the sheets and the food processor, is okay in the summer, but since fall and winter have set, we're starting to have a serious pileup of coats, boots, hats, sweaters, and other cold weather… read more

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Nov 20, 2014

How to: DIY Large-Scale Pop Wall Art

You know that big empty wall in your house that needs a nice "pop" of art and color? We say fill it up! And you're gonna go for it, might as well go big.… read more

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Nov 19, 2014

How to: Make a Wooden Bedside Phone Rest

created at: 11/16/2014

Don't you hate it when you're ready to plug in your phone for the night and the dang cable has fallen off your night stand and into the void between your bed and the wall? Yea, so did I until I invented this lovely walnut Phone Throne!  … read more

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Nov 19, 2014

Make a Holiday Card Display from Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Wood Holiday Card DisplayWhen I was a kid, my family would try multiple times a year whenever we were dressed up for something to wrangle all my siblings together in order to snap a family Christmas card. As a result the thought of holiday cards always carried the feeling of minor annoyance that I was being kept from a very important game of freeze-tag.  

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Nov 18, 2014

How to: Pack the Perfect Overnight Bag for a Weekend Away

Weekend Drive Gear

This time of year, I almost always find myself looking for a reason to drive.  There's something exceptional about the fall foliage, misty weather, and changing of the seasons. I like to keep a simple bag of gear packed up in case my wanderings turn into an overnight… read more

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Nov 18, 2014

Fall Grilling: 5 Tasty Recipes to Keep You Cooking Outside this Autumn

Fall Grilling

Even though summer has run it's course, don't put away that grill just yet. We've come up with 5 exceptional fall recipes that are sure to bring out the best of this fall weather. Cold weather eating should include hearty portions, thick sauces, and bold flavors that inspire a long evening nap next to the… read more

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Nov 17, 2014

6 Simple Tools Every DIYer Needs

created at: 11/16/2014

Have you ever had to cook dinner at a friend's kitchen only to find out they don't even own a cutting board? Not only have I had that happen for me, I've noticed this kind of thing happening in my friend's workshops. It's easy to get caught up in making things and overlook some essential tools that can really help you get things done right.… read more

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Nov 17, 2014

How to: Make Multi-Purpose Cord from Nettles

Nettle Cordage

Nettles grow just about anywhere that's left alone long enough, which is why it's great to learn about their multiple uses. This photographic tutorial from Nature's Secret Larder shows you how to easily weave tight cords in the wild for things like twine and fishing… read more

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Nov 14, 2014

How to: Make Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glasses

Sure, it's a bit of a novelty, but doesn't anything served in a shot glass fall into that category,… read more

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Nov 13, 2014

Giveaway: Win a Free Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer from The Home Depot ($1000+ value)

created at: 11/12/2014This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

I use a lot of sharp things in my projects ... and I have the scars on my hands to prove it. See, most of my creative work involves taking some raw material, cutting it, shaping it, and then putting it in relation to other cut and shaped materials. A piece of hardwood through the table saw, paper cut by scissors, a carrot chopped by a chef's knife, a linoleum carving block sliced away for printmaking. Each uses different techniques, but are all, at their core, intentional material manipulation.   

Hey, don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to learn how you can win your very own Dremel Idea Builder 3Dread more

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Nov 13, 2014

How to: Fund Your Own Epic Travels + Adventures

created at: 11/10/2014Five years ago I found a tiny grant through a journalism fellowship so that I could shoot a documentary short about sex-trafficking in South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Four years ago I found some small financial aids to help me study the Lakota language, and three years ago my brother and I found a grant through his college that helped fund our dream of rafting the entire Mississippi River.  

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