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Feb 03, 2016

How to: Make a Better Egg McMuffin, At Home

I'll admit it. I'm a total sucker for these "make a classic fast food staple at home" techniques. Especially when it's the Egg McMuffin, whose egg, American cheese, Canadian bacon and English Muffin combo sounds great in theory (and a bit like a joke that takes place at UN summit), but never quite comes together on those early road trip mornings when we all inevitably stop because its the only place at the exit.   … read more

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Feb 03, 2016

Blow My Mindsday: February 3, 2016

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.

 

I just spied these carved wooden drawer and cabinet pulls on… read more

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Feb 02, 2016

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!    

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Feb 02, 2016

22 Ingenious Ways To Repurpose Old Junk

With a great series of before and after photos, Popular Mechanics is rocking a host of new ideas for turning old junk parts into practical, masculine decor.   … read more

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Feb 01, 2016

How to: Make DIY Waterproof Pouches from Upcycled Materials

Yep, you can buy waterproof pouches and "drybags" at your local outdoor retailer. They're made of super lightweight, fancy-pants fabrics that really do keep your stuff dry. And they're super expensive. 

These DIY pouches can help protect smaller items for long term storage. Use your scrim-reinforced vinyl options to stash your high value items for a kayak or rafting trip temporarily, and make your own little custom pouches to keep the goods inside, and the moisture out.   … read more

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Feb 01, 2016

DIY Idea: Make a Space-Saving "Living Cube"

When Swiss designer Till Könneker moved into his new apartment, he loved the clean, minimalist design...but not the fact that it had zero built-in storage place. So, he came up with this clever storage cube to house his bed, book and record collection, and shoes and clothing. Oh, and this is the best part:    … read more

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Jan 29, 2016

14 Seriously Tasty Burgers You've Got to Try this Weekend

The burger is usually thought of as summer fare — the progeny of some spatula-wielding self-appointed grill master. But true burger fans know that the very best are not cooked over grill grates, but on screaming hot solid surfaces, where the rendering fat and juices stay near the patty, creating not only a crispy exterior, but the deep, caramelized, confit-like richness that defines the flavor of a great burger.

Which means, of course, that burgers are actually year-round food, and armed with a heavy cast iron skillet or griddle, a great way to spend an dark, cold evening stuck inside. If we're gonna have January, than let us always have burgers. … read more

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Jan 28, 2016

4 Simple Upgrades To Make Your Work Shop More Enjoyable

Shop MatsSpending time in the shop is a special kind of escape for me. It's a time to get some things done, to be creative, and to unwind in my own way. But this time of year it can be hard to enjoy the space. The cold wind and cloudy skies can make it dark, cold, and just not worth the time I want to give it. Here are a few simple upgrades to make your shop a place you can escape to year round.   … read more

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Jan 28, 2016

The Skillset: How to Split Firewood Like a True Woodsman

created at: 04/16/2013

We've all seen that guy. The one who can split those fresh cut logs into neat stacks of firewood with a single burly stroke. This time of year, he's the hero who keeps the house warm and you need to learn to do the same. Split FirewoodHere's an easy primer on how to be that guy.  

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Jan 27, 2016

Woodworking Done Right: You Gotta Check Out Janis Straupe's Carved Beetle Armoire

Beetle CabinetSometimes a craftsman has to branch out from the ordinary for a bit of fun. This Latvian woodworker built a massive cabinet in the shape of a beetle, and it's on the one of the most beautiful pieces you'll ever see.   … read more

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Jan 27, 2016

4 Ted Talks To Inspire You to Live This Life Well

created at: 01/27/2016

I'm a huge fan of Ted Talks. I know they have their detractors, but I think it's a phenomenal movement that brings the best of today's wisdom to the people who need to hear it most. They genuinely motivate me, and I learn something every time.

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Jan 27, 2016

Daily Inspiration: WWII Ship Hatch Turned Coffee Table

Ship HatchWhen I stumbled onto this excellent coffee table project, it completely inspired me to think about all the items I pass up. An only WWII Ship Hatch needed a second life and with a bit of creative making, it was transformed into a seriously awesome coffee table.   … read more

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Jan 26, 2016

Q: Do You Really Need a Chain Saw? A: Absolutely. Here's Why.

Picking a great chainsawThe chain saw. Love it or fear it, this workhorse has made its way into my DIY life after years of avoiding it. And?  I'm totally mad I waited this long! A chain saw is a great tool for even the most entry level of projects, and, if you use good technique and follow the right precautions, totally safe to use. 

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Jan 26, 2016

Why We Make: A Look Into a Furniture Maker's Mind

Walnut California tableIt's always interesting to hear why people have start down the road of becoming a maker. Jared Rusten talks about what inspired him to start making artisinal furniture that is built to last.   … read more

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Jan 22, 2016

Man Builds Mini V12 Engine By Hand

created at: 05/28/2013

I've always been fascinated by the complexity of engines, so watching someone make a mini V12 engine by hand is just a great insight into what it takes to make something so amazing.  Mini Motorread more

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