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Feb 11, 2014

5 Ways to Fix that Worn Out Piece of Clothing

old denim shirt patch idea

Face it. Sometimes, clothing wears out. Even hard working denim...… read more

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Feb 10, 2014

Before and After: Adding DIY Legs Gives this Mid-Century Dresser a Total Transformation

created at: 02/10/2014

As a full time DIY blogger and editor, I see my fair share of furniture makeovers. Dresser makeovers, in particular, since their strong bones and relative low-level of use make them great fodder for a redo.

In a seriousness and sincerity - this is absolutely, 100% my favorite furniture makeover project I've ever come across online, or in print. 

Check out this… read more

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Feb 07, 2014

How to: Make a Secret Compartment Plywood Lamp

Delno, a maker from the Twin Cities, MN, built this guy above...which looks like a simply plywood box with a lightbulb inside. But, the project is actually a great experiment in hiding secret compartments inside plywood....and this rather small shape is clandestinely housing a surprising amount of stuff. 

Look at all that hidden… read more

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Feb 06, 2014

A New Twist on the DIY Standing Desk - How to Build a Wall-Mounted Work Station

I've gone on record countless times about my love of the standing desk, the research I've seen on the perils of sitting all day, and my own personal solution for long days on the laptop: the 5-second standing desk (on which I'm currently working.)… read more

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Feb 06, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Fire Cider to Cure a Cold, Allergies, and Boost Your Immune System

Like many of you, I suspect, I'd never heard of Fire Cider until a few weeks ago. It's a homemade tonic, and it wasn't historically something you could buy, and it wasn't a tradition in my… read more

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Feb 05, 2014

DIY Idea: Make Your Own Taxidermy Bicycle Hanger

Austrian artist and designer Andreas Scheiger came up with this clever, functional piece of art: a taxidermy inspired wall-mounted bicycle hanger.  … read more

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Feb 05, 2014

How To: Turn an Old Tire into a Rustic Ottoman

When you think about it, a tire is a perfect place to rest your feet. It's round, plenty sturdy, and soft enough to easy accept hardware while being rigid enough to maintain… read more

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Feb 05, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: February 5, 2014

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 02/05/2014

 Portland-based illustrator Richard Perez has created "Coen Cast," a collection of stylized illustrations of his favorite characters from Coen brothers… read more

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Feb 04, 2014

How to: Make DIY Whiskey Flavored Toothpicks

created at: 02/04/2014

My grandfather was a toothpick guy. Like, he had a seven-or-eight-a-day habit. When he died and we helped my grandmother do a clean sweep of the house, my aunt found more than one hundred individual ones tucked away into couch cushions and drawers and pockets. Last year, when my grandmother passed away and we prepped the house for selling, we found at least a couple dozen more stashed… read more

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Feb 03, 2014

How to Clean Old Paintbrushes

We've all got 'em...in the garage, in the basement, on a piece of newspaper on your work table behind you even though you finished that project two weeks ago and already promised yourself you'd clean it up three times. (Ahem, Chris.)… read more

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Feb 03, 2014

The Versatile Suit: How to Wear Each Piece Separately with Style

A suit, as we've come to know it for the last century or so, is simply a sum of its parts: a jacket, pants, sometimes a vest. And while traditional advice has said a sport coat is a better fit with jeans, or that trousers and suit pants convey a significant different level of dress, with the right suit, you can split it up and wear in all kinds of… read more

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Jan 31, 2014

Weekend Project: Make Your Own Headphone Organizer

Ahh...the pocket earbud tangle nest. You've seen it, you hate it, and you promise yourself not to do it again next. We say, this weekend, do something about… read more

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Jan 31, 2014

How to: Make Amazing Homemade Cheese Sauce for Fries and Nachos

I wish I hated Velveeta. I really do. I mean, I hardly ever eat it but, man, when I do... See, I have lots of really good memories from childhood. Growing up, we didn't consume it often, so when we did: guaranteed special occasion. Holidays...mom outta town and dad has the kids for the weekend. That sorta thing. 

Here's the other thing: I really like nachos. I love Latin flavors in general, but I particularly have a problem with nachos. Probably for the same reason as above, but for me, there's no better comfort food than the crunchy-then-saturated topping-covered corn chips. And sure, you can shred your own cheese and melt it atop, but that's not anywhere near the same, now… read more

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Jan 30, 2014

How to: Roast Your Own Coffee Beans at Home

created at: 01/30/2014

The enjoyment of coffee is a spectrum. There are those times when a crummy mug from the diner hits the spot, and those days when hanging out at warm wooden tables with your laptop and a barista crafted cup is the way to go. And then, there are… read more

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Jan 30, 2014

How to: Give New Life to an Old Cutting Board

upcycled cutting board

Fact: Wooden cutting boards get yucky...banged up, stained, rough, gouged, and with over exposure to water, the wood fibers get all fluffy and feather. But, it's still wood, and with a little effort, you can bring it back to life with a few easy… read more

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Jan 28, 2014

How to: Fold a Pocket Square

First rule of men's style: the fit. But the second? The details. They're the thing that take you from looking like a guy who doesn't not know how to dress to, well,… read more

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Jan 28, 2014

Quick and Easy Winter Project: How to Make a Wine Cork Trivet

created at: 01/28/2014

The wine cork trivet is a DIY staple, putting perfectly good materials to clever… read more

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Jan 27, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Leather Tool Roll

Make one for yourself. Make one for your buddy. Make one for everyone you know.… read more

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Jan 27, 2014

Hey, ManMakers - These Scissors Cost $2.20... and Can Cut Through a Penny

created at: 01/27/2014

A wise word to crafters, artists, and makers of all kinds: I just learned about trauma scissors, which are inexpensive as can be, and will cut through all sorts of materials: fabric, metal, leather, balsa wood...and supposedly,… read more

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Jan 24, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a Large Scale Pegboard Organization System

A few weeks ago, I shared this cool photo of a giant wooden "pegboard" system that uses dowel rods to fill evenly spaced holes, allowing you to reorganize as your needs allow, with no extra holes in the wall. While, of… read more

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