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May 04, 2016

Make This: A Real Smoked Cocktail

Smokey BottleI think what I love most about making drinks is the presentation. There are so many ways to make a drink look great, and this would have to be one of my new favorite. Take a look.   … read more

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May 03, 2016

How to: Make Your Own DIY Large-Scale Graphic Wall Art

Chalkboard Wall DIY

We love a bold, graphic wall treatment - whether type-based, a mural, or ever-changing chalkboard design.… read more

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May 03, 2016

Inside the Studio with Let There Be Neon

created at: 05/28/2013

As The Hand and The Eye puts it, it's probably easier to point out which neon signs in Tribeca were not made by Let There Be Neon that which ones were, their reach is so extensive.  Their little shop is has created New York City's most famous neon signage including even Nucky Thompson's Old Rumpus Bar from Boardwalk Empire. And making neon signs is no easy trick...    … read more

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May 02, 2016

5 Commandments of Making Great Sandwiches

created at: 04/16/2013

You've heard the worn-out phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread." But, really, this overused comment only highlights a deeper observation: why sliced bread is such a great invention in the first place.

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It is, of course, because sliced bread leads to sandwiches. They are, perhaps, Western culture's greatest culinary achievement, named after an aristocratic gambler, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who requested that his valet bring him his meat tucked between two slices of bread so that he could continue to eat while playing cards, without getting his cards greasy or put them down to dine.

Whether that story is true or not, no one can deny the magic of combining baked grains with other food stuffs to create a portable, all-in-one-bite package. Nearly every Western culture has its variation: the pizza, the taco, the flatbread wrap, so one thing's for sure: the combo of a grain-based dough, some meat and veggies, a little sauce, maybe a bit of cheese, is better than simply sliced bread. It's the greatest thing in the world.      … read more

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Apr 29, 2016

Without This Perfect Tequila Cocktail, Cinco de Mayo’s Just May 5th

Olmeca Altos tequila cocktail recipe

Last time we talked tequila, we showed you how to make a Pasado de Moda, an orange-and-tequila infused take on the Old Fashioned. Today, it's time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fresh and crazy flavorful cocktail, made with Olmeca Altos Reposado.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army's 1862 victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. It is not, as people often think, the Mexican Independence Day (that's Diez y Seiz de Septiembre). The holiday isn't really acknowledged in Mexico anyway, but any time there's an excuse to enjoy some tequila, we are most certainly a bordo.

Moscow Burro cocktail

But cross cultural mashups don't need a reason to exist!… read more

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Apr 28, 2016

How to: Make the Perfect Homemade Jerky...No Dehydrator Required

A food dehydrator is on my list of kitchen appliances I should never buy myself. Like its brother, the deep fat fryer, I know I'd just get carried away, dehydratin' and frying stuff left and right.

How to make the perfect homemade jerky

 

But, that doesn't mean I don't wanna create my own tasty and … read more

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Apr 28, 2016

How to: Make a Portable Stereo from an Old Toolbox

created at: 03/25/2013

Chicago-based artist and designer Artpentry, maker of the "Gentleman's Boombox" - a stereo/speaker combo built inside a vintage suitcase - turns his outfitting skills to another type of popular case: the toolbox.   … read more

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Apr 28, 2016

Make This: Concrete Patio Beverage Cooler

created at: 04/28/2016

These warm spring days are the perfect reason to stay out on that patio a bit longer. Nothing goes as well with late nights and fun friends than cold drinks, and this concrete project is a great way to make it a good night.  

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Apr 28, 2016

How to: Weld From Anywhere With This DIY Portable Car Battery-Powered Welding Kit

If you're a serious off-roader or just a generally well-prepared person, this might be the thing for you. It's a portable welding kit that runs off of car batteries and is perfect for getting whatever welding you need done regardless of where you are.   … read more

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Apr 27, 2016

How to: Make 6 Easy Fire Starters for Any Situation

I've personally been a slow convert to the idea of using fire-starters. As a boy I thought they always burned in a kinda cool way, but as I got older for whatever reason I thought of them as a way of cheating somehow. Like a real man just found a way to light things on fire on the first go-round or something. However, I've come to see the proverbial light and ease of comfort that a fire-starter can bring to adverse conditions...   … read more

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Apr 27, 2016

Watch This: Chess Pieces Crafted On A Metal Lathe

There are some things that just make me stop and stare. If you're like me this video of a CNC lathe crafting a chess piece from a metal blank is about 4 minutes of mesmerizing relaxation. Rook Being a diehard maker at heart, this video makes me happy.… read more

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Apr 25, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Modern Concrete Fire Wood Holder

For our money, this DIY project is a hit. It's handmade, but its technique and process aren't immediately obvious, so it looks like a high-end store bought item. And it's sleek, modern, built-to-last, and pretty practical. Not sure you could ask for much more from a weekend project.     

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Apr 25, 2016

From School Bus to Cabin: A Traveling Vacation Home Makeover

created at: 06/10/2014

This isn't the first multi-person transit vehicle-turned-personal road trip travel home makeover project I've shared, and it probably won't be the last. Why? Cause I always think this is a great idea.    … read more

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Apr 22, 2016

ManMade Guide: How To Make the Best Cold Brew Coffee at Home

created at: 04/16/2013

You can buy cold brew coffee at a coffee shop. But, if it happens to be from a certain Seattle-based java-serving monolith named after a Melville character, or an pink and orange East Coast chain known for selling fried rings of dough for, uh, "placing" into your coffee, then what you're actually getting is cold coffee...that is, hot coffee that's been iced down.

How to make the best cold-brew coffee

Cold brew is an entirely different beast altogether. And with the weather warming up, it's time to cool our coffee down. Or, more accurately, never heat it up to begin with. … read more

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Apr 22, 2016

How to: Sharpen A Pocket Knife

Odds are if you're reading this blog, you're already taking good care of your kitchen knives with a home sharpener of some sort. But are you keeping as good an eye on your pocket knife or other daily-carry type knife? I recently realized that I hadn't quite noticed how dull the knife I often carry had become and set out to buy a good whetstone to take care of it. So here's a brief guide on how to give your pocket knife the TLC it desperately needs.   … read more

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Apr 21, 2016

How to: Grow these 8 Herbs for an Amazing Cocktail Garden

mint plant with title of article

Oh, Summertime. The best time of year for delicious drinks made with fresh ingredients. In doing my research for this piece, I had a hard time not wanting to just make up a drink for each herb! 

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Apr 21, 2016

Make This: DIY Outdoor Coffee Table

x tableAs we start spending more evenings on the porch, it's time to make it a more comfortable place to entertain. Here's a great outdoor coffee table to hold your drinks while enjoying the night.   … read more

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Apr 20, 2016

Fix It: How to Repair Your Own Camping and Hiking Gear

created at: 04/20/2016

Outdoor recreation activities - camping, backpacking, climbing, and the like - bring with them a fair amount of gear. And while it's built to stand up and protect you from the elements, all that exposure, packing and unpacking, weather, bugs, rocks, trees, etc will eventually bring with them some wear and tear.   … read more

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Apr 20, 2016

How to: Make a Clock from Scratch in Your Home Shop

'O let not Time deceive you / You cannot conquer Time,' wrote W. H. Auden, and what better way to feel the constant crushing weight of your impending mortality than watching the gorgeous hands go round on a clock that you spent hours endeavoring to make? Thanks to Clickspring who produced this 16 part YouTube series on How To Make A Clock In The Home Machine Shop you too can have a continual reminder of the ravishes of time in your very own home! [But seriously, it's a magnificent-looking clock]   … read more

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Apr 19, 2016

How to Drink Vodka Like a Russian

created at: 04/19/2016

It's an interesting contrast. Vodka is among the most simple and pure of spirits, distilled many times to show off the basic essence of its grain (or potatoes) and water source. But perhaps there's no other bottle that carries with it such a variety of contexts in which its imbibed. Because of its straight-forward, back-to-basics presentation, you can drink vodka like, say, a college student who wants to mask the taste. Or a James Bond-inspired martini drinker who hasn't learned about gin yet. Or for its, um, less-hangover-y nature and overall lower impact to your systems the next morning. And countless other ways.

Or, you could drink vodka like those people who invented it - those from Northeastern Europe, where long, cold winters mean grapes won't really grow, and the best source of sugar to ferment and distill are hardy cereal grains.    … read more

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