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Apr 30, 2015

8 Mesmerizing Manufacturing Videos You Should Watch Right Now

created at: 05/28/2013

I recently found myself falling down a rabbit hole on YouTube of "How It's Made" style videos and I just couldn't stop! Some of them were so fascinating I had to share them with you!man pulling iron ore from melting pot

It started with "Wooden Bowls" a short video showing the speed and accuracy one company uses to churn out beautiful hand-turned… read more

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Apr 29, 2015

5 YouTube Channels Every Woodworker Needs to Watch Right Now

created at: 04/29/2015The internet is full of great content. Inspiration for DIYers doesn't get much better than these five excellent woodworking makers.  … read more

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Apr 29, 2015

The NY Times Field Guide to the American Sandwich

created at: 04/29/2015

Prepare yourself for this exhaustive exploration of the breath of diversity in the American sandwich market. The guide begins defining the parameters of the sandwich according to the United States Department of Agriculture and the famous 2006 court case, Panera v. Qdoba. In other words, the "product must contain at least 35% cooked meat and no more than 50% bread" and cannot be open-faced. Also excluded from this complete list are hamburgers, hot dogs, gyros, shawarmas, tacos, and… read more

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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

A Retro Redesigned Adventure Bus

As a high-schooler I always had the dream of creating one of these homemade mobile RV units for me and my buddies like this 1959 Chevrolet Viking Short Bus Retro. Of course it turns out that lots of other DIY-ers share this enthusiasm and are out there everyday building awesome rides or restoring old ones.   

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Apr 24, 2015

30 Reasons Your Thirties are Better than Your Twenties

They say a fine wine only gets better as it ages. Guess what? So do you. Being a young adult is awesome. It's all about setting yourself up for success, and forming yourself into the kind of man you want to be. 

created at: 04/21/2015

But, at some point, you actually get to live out those commitments and really embrace the kind of grown-up you want to be. Whoever said "never trust anybody over thirty" must have never gotten there, cause being in your thirties, if you do it right, is freaking… 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 23, 2015

Good Books and Where I Read Them

Good books and where I read them
Every book you read leaves two stories with you; the story told in the book, and the story of its reading. Here are some of my favorites:

The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk – sprawled atop luggage in train walkways on overcrowded passenger cars, traveling through Europe with my dad the summer I was seventeen. Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II classic about a sane man trapped in an insane system. ( Buy on Amazon, $12.89 )

Reading on trains through Europe.

It, by Stephen King – by flashlight, tent-bound, terrified, on rainy afternoons during my first trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, when I was thirteen. An evil creature assumes the form of a… read more

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Apr 23, 2015

The Ingenious Design of the Soda Can

I don't know about you, but I've never given a second thought to the process or reasoning behind one of the most ubiquitous product designs: the aluminum beverage can. We're constantly surrounded by them in the modern world, and the decision making process behind how the aluminum can began as a storage container and how its efficient shape has evolved over time turns out to be a fascinating… read more

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Apr 22, 2015

The ManMade Spring Style Guide

This is a commerce post in partnership with Frank & Oak

ManMadeDIY Spring Style Guide
I'm the sort of guy who holds on to super-comfortable, super-threadbare, moth-hole-ridden t-shirts for far too long, much to my wife's great chagrin. And while there is a place in your life for that favorite, falling-apart shirt, let's make sure it's just one. Recently, I cut down and donated a good portion of my wardrobe, editing out anything I hadn't put on in the last six months. Doing so allowed me to replace staples and add a few new pieces to my closet. 

I'm long-limbed and lanky, so I often have trouble time finding clothing that fits. Pants are too baggy, and… 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

Bike multi tool
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 21, 2015

Cardistry: A Look at "the Elegant, Mesmerizing Subculture of Card Juggling"

Have you ever heard of card juggling? You know, it's like in the old timey cowboy movies, where the rowdy grizzled guys are sitting in a salon, and they invite the new young gun to gamble with them, thinking they'll take all his money, but then he sits down and takes the deal and starts flipping cards left and right, thereby showing them and the audience that he's actually really good at poker and is about to school these dudes. Right. Like… read more

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