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Apr 28, 2015

How to: Make a "Hold Everything" Tool Rack

When I was in graduate school, I taught guitar lessons to several neighborhood kids for some extra income. Inevitably, after a few months of convert's zeal, their practicing would slow down, and a parent would always ask me, "how can I get ______ to practice more at home?" I had some musical tips, sure, but my first answer was always: buy a guitar stand, and leave it out. No one is going to pick up an instrument that's locked in a case and placed under the bed or leaned against a wall in a closet. But, have it out and within a grasp in just a few seconds, and one can't help but just pick it up and rock out.… read more

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Apr 28, 2015

6 Ways to Freshen Up Stale Tortilla Chips and Give Them New Life

To be honest, we don't really have the stale tortilla chip problem at my house. Our conundrum is more along the lines of how-many-crumbles-are-at-the-bottom-of-the-bag-and-does-Chris-have-any-shame-about-eating-them-dowsed-in-hot-sauce-with-a-spoon-like-a-bowl-of-cereal-in-milk kinda problem. 

Nevertheless, in Mexican cuisine, the tortilla chip (a tostadita or totopos) isn't a think that scoops up melted cheese sauce, but an ingredient in all kinds of tasty dishes. So, if you've a stale bag lying around and don't expect me to come by anytime soon,… read more

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Apr 28, 2015

How to: Make a Wooden Sofa Sleeve with a Built-In Cup Holder

If it hasn't happened yet, it will. You set a drink on the arm of the sofa, perhaps a hot cup of coffee, perhaps an icy cold highball, and even though you know that's not where drinks should go, you go for it anyway, and it spills. It spills on you, on your laptop, on your upholstery, and it's bad. And I suspect, even though you've done it once, you'll likely do it all over again, because, well, it's really nice to be able to rest a tasty beverage on the arm of your sofa.… read more

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Apr 27, 2015

You Need to Watch: Mind of a Chef

I stumbled upon Mind of a Chef on PBS one saturday after my usual ritual of This Old House and Woodrights shop and completely fell in love. If you haven't yet, I highly recommend you add the first and second season to your Netflix list and binge watch the heck out of… read more

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Apr 27, 2015

How to: DIY Industrial Spool Table

Cutting a SpoolOne of the best Industrial tables I've seen comes from an old recycled wire spool. Here's a great DIY on making one yourself.  … read more

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Apr 24, 2015

Do This: Make a DIY Industrial Wire Organization Basket

DIY industrial basketI never seem to have enough containers around for my clutter. It spreads on my desk, dresser and counters. Tame the chaos with a few handmade wire baskets.  … read more

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Apr 22, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Iced Coffee Soda

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Now that the days are warming up the thought of a hot latte with milk and cinnamon sure adds a drop of sweat to my brow. It's usually this time of year, I swap my typical addiction to hot coffee to sweet, syrupy iced coffee. I just can't get enough of the… read more

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Apr 22, 2015

Do This: Make a Copper Framed Industrial Clock

Clock MaterialsI've had plenty of clocks on my walls, and while I tried hard to find timepieces that matched up to our style and needs most lacked the character I really wanted.   … read more

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Apr 22, 2015

Essential Toolbox: Why You Should Have Bike Multi-Tool and Patches

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This happened: my brother and I were out for a bike ride (mountain bike; single track) early this spring. It was the first day of open trails, so the place was packed. And it was my brother's first time on a mountain bike, so we were going a little ... um, slow. Dudes in latex gear on fancy bikes were passing us left and right, as if we were going in reverse. We felt a little like rookies, but we were still having fun. 

Then a guy with tree-trunk-sized quads flies by us on a cross bike (y'know, skinny tires), and 20 seconds later we come across him stalled on the trail with a flat. He was getting ready to walk all the way back out to the… read more

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Apr 17, 2015

How to: Take Better Hiking and Camping Photos with Your Smartphone

You know the experience. You trek off to some great view, or deep lush forest, or vast scenic view, grab your phone and say, "I just have to get a picture of this." You snap a shot or two, and look at the screen, and it looks absolutely nothing like where you're standing.

Yep, us too.    … read more

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Apr 17, 2015

A Man's Guide to Everyday Etiquette (It's Free)

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We're not ones to harp on the supposed decline of social masculinity. Manhood exists as long as there are men around to claim it. But we do still have social expectations of MEN as opposed to GUYS, many of which have fallen to the wayside of tradition.… read more

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Apr 17, 2015

How to: A Complete Guide to Making Your Own Bacon from Scratch

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With all of its magical texture and immensely satisfying combo of flavors, it's easy to think that bacon is made of nothing but little fairy tickles and stuff on the other side of rainbows. But the ingredients list is amazing simple, and the technique pretty basic.

All of which means, of course, that you can make it at… read more

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Apr 16, 2015

April Showers Don't Have To Mean Soggy Shirts: Your Guide to the Ultimate Spring Jacket

Wet JacketEven as spring starts to bloom, there's still a bit of rain left in the sky. Grab a jacket that can hold up to the weather without letting you down. Here are a few things to look for in your spring shell.  … read more

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Apr 15, 2015

15 Words To Deepen Your Vocabulary

 

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Words have the power to move people, to motivate and inspire beyond the daily drag of life. I've been journaling life a bit more lately and I find myself loving the dim corners of the English language. Here are few of my favorite… read more

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Apr 15, 2015

A Complete Toolbox Set Hand Crafted Entirely from Paper

A stylished-yet-realistic set of tools, made by hand from paper? What's not to… read more

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Apr 15, 2015

How To: Give An Old Chair New Life

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I finally took the time to repair an old chair that was described as "the most uncomfortable chair I've ever sat in," more than once. Here's what I did to bring new life to my old… read more

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Apr 14, 2015

How to: Make Your Own [Working] Apple II Watch

Faithfully imagined as an anarchistic time piece that never was, Aleator777 of Instructables.com walks you through his design process in creating a working Apple Watch of his own with basic functions that resembled the classic Apple II. Just a little 3D printing and a computer chip...   … read more

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Apr 14, 2015

Weekend Recipe: Homemade New York Steak Poutine

Steak PoutineLooking for something to make this Friday (or Tuesday) night special? If you haven't experienced the delectable goodness that is steak poutine, stop everything and make it happen. This rich appetizer is the perfect finger food to get the party started.  … read more

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Apr 13, 2015

How to: Give Your Photos a Vintage Tintype Effect

DIY Tintype Photos
There's a certain cool factor that comes from a grungy, well-worn photograph. Last year, the tintype made a short resurgence when photographer, Victoria Will shot celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival with an antique tintype camera. I have always wanted to have a tintype photo of my wife and I, but unfortunately, I don't own such a contraption. So we're going to have to make do with technology that costs ten times more than the tintype camera ever did. Oh the irony!

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Apr 13, 2015

How to: Iron a Shirt in 90 Seconds

The debate: is this shirt on the hanger wrinkled enough that it's worth busting out the iron, or can I get away with it and just move a lot so the creases fall out.

The answer: you can iron that shirt in, literally, a minute and a half. Less time than it would take to let the iron heat up in the first… read more

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