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Mar 06, 2015

7 DIY Projects For Your Old Books

If there's a category of things I constantly have too many of, it's books. Stacks on stacks on stacks. I have to purposefully keep myself from entering used book stores since I know I already have literal piles of books at home begging to be read, not to mention stacks of books I've already read that I don't intend to hold on to. If you're past the book lamp or clock, here are 7 next-level DIY projects for those books ready to be recycled.   

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Mar 06, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Lumberjack Table

This weekend, consider making the ultimate tongue-in-cheek-yet-totally-serious rustic woodsman furniture: the lumberjack table. It's a big old tree slab with axe handles for legs. For real. Or not.… read more

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Mar 05, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Food Smoking Gun for Under $20

A countertop cold smoking machine is a great way to add a depth of grilled or barbecued-style flavor to a simple weeknight meal, or to up the excitement of a standard cocktail or a less-expensive dram of whiskey. They're easy to use, relatively small to store, and really can bring a different level to simple plate of roasted vegetables or pan-seared protein, especially in the dead of… read more

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Mar 05, 2015

How to: Make This Crossbow Out of Office Supplies

Look, sometimes Bill from work gets outta hand and you need to up your game. If the whole Office Space smashing the printer thing, isn't exactly an option, why not opt for the more practical pen-firing crossbow made from simple office supplies? Everyone will know you mean business.   

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Mar 04, 2015

How to: Make Your Own DIY Woolen Insoles

Cutting Out Boot InsolesThose winter boots not keeping you quite warm enough? Maybe it's time to upgrade the insoles with a fresh set of thick woolen comfort.  … read more

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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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Mar 02, 2015

The Best IKEA Hack I've Ever Seen

Laura and Craig from The Makerista take these Billy bookshelves that we've all seen before and transform them into what looks like an entire built-in wall unit. This really is the most impressive DIY IKEA renovation I've seen yet.   

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Mar 02, 2015

How to: Make a Cutting Tool Sharpener from an Old Bread Maker

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Check this one out: Scott, a maker and woodworker from Vancouver Island, BC, figured out a way to hack an old, busted breadmaker into a turntable-based powered sharpening system. He… 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 25, 2015

How to: Make a Custom Leather Key Cover

True personal style is all in the details, from little things like buttons and where you cut your sideburns to the texture and shape of your accessories and daily carry items. This easy leather key cover project is exactly that: a simple, DIY way to add a little personal touch to the things you use everyday.… read more

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Feb 25, 2015

Upgrade Your Business Cards: Thornwillow Makers Identity Cards

Business Cards In CaseLooking for a clean way to upgrade the way you handle your business cards? Thornwillow Makers have a great way to class up your calling… read more

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Feb 24, 2015

How to Make Amazing Fried Chicken in a Cast Iron Skillet

There's a lot of myths and legends about construction perfect fried chicken at home: secret spice blends, brines and buttermilks, free range vs air chilled vs standard chickens, special sauces, even proper oil or fat selection. But never underestimate an essential component: the vessel in which you fry.    

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Feb 20, 2015

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden Chair from One Board (for $8!)

At its core, a chair is simply a seat with a back. And while they often have legs and arms and complex joinery for strength, sometimes, a little physics can accomplish the same thing.… read more

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Feb 20, 2015

How to: Build This Vintage Tabletop for Two

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This single-unit lunch-table design was originally featured in a 1939 issue of Popular Mechanics and recently revamped with some hip new additions. Not to mention it can be built entirely out of scrap… read more

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Feb 19, 2015

10 DIY Toy Projects Dads Should Build with Their Kids

Water RocketSome of you have kids and some of you still act like kids, so here are some fantastic and fun DIY projects to do with children of all ages.    … 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

10 DIY Ideas to Stay Occupied While You're Snowed In

10 man-made snow day projects

This week they're predicting record-breaking winter storms in my area which means, aside from braving my drive to and from work, I'll be stuck inside. So, instead of heading to the grocery store for bread and milk I'm headed to the hardware store to get some supplies to keep myself busy under the… 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 13, 2015

Weekend Project: Give a Kettle a Hardwood Makeover

Here's an interesting take on a makeover project. Ben took his Hario gooseneck kettle, noted its striking shape, and decided the black plastic handles would like quite a bit better in a bold solid walnut.

And? He was totally… read more

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