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Oct 22, 2014

The Process: Crafting an Axe From Scratch

created at: 10/19/2014

John Neeman Tools began when Latvian carpenter Jacob asked a local village bladesmith to craft three timber framing tools for his timber framed homestead project. The two quickly realized how well they - and their craftsmanship - paired together, and so they recruited a young local blacksmith from another nearby village along with a couple other friends to form John Neeman… read more

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Oct 22, 2014

DIY: Electric Camp Lantern

created at: 10/19/2014

Autumn is the perfect time of year for camping, pumpkins, crunchy leaves and hurricane lamps. Ok, maybe it's just me, but I love these lamps. They bring a certain sense of camp-like nostalgia to my heart and I have a couple around the house.… read more

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Oct 22, 2014

DIY Recipe: The Earl Grey Foglifter

Earl Grey Foglifter With Pumpkin Spice

Most mornings call for an early jolt of java to get me going. Black coffee warms me up, and I've grown to love the bitter-sweet taste. But on the slower days when I just don't feel like a bitter cuppa joe I turn to something a bit smoother - The… read more

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Oct 20, 2014

Six Unique Cufflinks For The Aspiring Secret Agent

Sparrow Uncuff Links

Sparrows Uncuff Links – $59

You know how it goes: you're at the opera, meet a fancy lady, say something witty, one thing leads to another and before you know it you've both been abducted by the Ukrainian mafia and handcuffed in the basement of a Viennese cigar… read more

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Oct 20, 2014

Make Your Own Bow and Arrow

created at: 10/12/2014

As a kid, I had my own tiny bow and arrow set I would use to shoot elusive paper deer on a foam block. There was something satisfying about the manual skill it took to shoot an object one-hundred feet across the yard. Now that I'm older I can further that fascination by making my own bow to hunt down real… read more

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Oct 20, 2014

How To: Cement and Rope Door Stopper

Concrete and Rope Door Stopper

There are plenty of door stoppers out there, but most are made of rubber or cheap plastic. While the stoppers serve a purpose, they just don't belong in a manmade home these burly cement stoppers are are much better way to… read more

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Oct 20, 2014

Is Your Tailgate Ready for #Techgating Season?


Football is back in season. For some of us, it's the all-consuming, stark-raving crazy best time of the year. For others, it's time to make some random fantasy league picks and hope we don't get embarrassed too badly.

But whether you're a rabid fan or rueful bystander, I think everyone can agree on the merits of tailgating. Eating good food, getting outdoors, and hanging out with friends should be on every guy's list of things to do this weekend. 

Recently, AT&T got in touch with us to let us know about their #Techgating tour. They're stopping at select games around the country with the AT&T Fan Zone Tour Truck, which is… read more

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Oct 15, 2014

Manly Makeover: From Unfinished Basement to Rustic Log Cabin

created at: 10/15/2014

What do you do when you're a hunting enthusiast craving the comforts of your warm log cabin but all you have is a dingy storage room in your basement? Gather up some spare wood and a heap of imagination and prepare to build a mind-blowing, compact-sized outdoor… read more

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Oct 15, 2014

Make This: DIY Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream

Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream

I can't say I can recall the ingredients on a basic can of shaving cream. It's pungent smell and pearly white appearance can only make one wonder if you're putting healthy chemicals on your face. Lucky for you, controlling what you put on your face is as easy as this recipe for your own jar of shaving cream.… read more

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Oct 15, 2014

Warm Up with Wool Gloves

Upstate Stock Fingerless Wool Gloves

With fall blowing her cool breath along our neck, it's time to fend off the frost with some warm layers. Grabbing that frosty door handle can be both shocking and unpleasant without a toasty set of gloves. With so many types of gloves available, it's hard to figure out what fits well into the daily grind of autumn life; and we're here to solve that dilemma - go wool. Always go… read more

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Oct 14, 2014

Do Try This at Home: It's Impossible to Break an Egg in One Hand

created at: 10/14/2014

You know that folk rumor where you can supposedly only stand an egg on its end during the vernal equinox, and how its totally false and nothing to do with the day of the year?

Turns out, there's another interesting viral-like tale that its impossible to crack an upright egg using only your… read more

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Oct 14, 2014

10 Great Watches for Under $300

Jacques Cousteau and Albert Falco

“A decent man must have a decent watch.” So said Albert Falco to his watch-less companion just before legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau gifted him his personal dive watch (a DOXA Sub) in preparation for their deep-sea… read more

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Oct 14, 2014

How to: Repair a Damaged Electric or Power Cord

Credit: Ethan Hagan

Whether it’s by accident or misuse, chances are you’re going to need to repair a power cord on something you own. I can’t count how many times I’ve almost cut my circular saw cord while ripping a board or yanked a lamp line and ripped it clean off. The good news is you don't have to toss out your expensive tools to a severed cord. Instead you can repair it yourself!… read more

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Oct 13, 2014

5 Awesome Fall Beers You Should Try this Season

created at: 10/06/2014

Fall is officially upon us, with its cool evenings, warm and windy days, and the exceptional flavors of my favorite season. As the weather cools down, we heat the kitchen up with long-cooked roasts, simmered soups, and plenty of spiced deserts. But the changing of seasons also rouses a plethora of fall-flavored beers to compliment the heavy meals the cooler weather… read more

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Oct 13, 2014

How to Tip [i.e. Everything You Don't Know About Tipping]

created at: 10/13/2014

While proper tipping is a sign of a good manners, knowing how much- and when to- is one of those life skills I think I was supposed to pick up by osmosis. Generally speaking I’ve done my best to lean on the generous side, but I’ve definitely guessed my way through a handful of social situations. Thankfully, this long-form article written by an academic - and former waiter - takes a look at some of the large-scale statistics on tipping in different situations across… read more

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Oct 13, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Rustic Wood Clock from Scrap Wood

Every DIYer has that pile of extra scrap wood sitting in a bin from the last project. You know, the pieces gather dust until a free afternoon when I go rummage through the pile and make something worth hanging on the wall. Like this scrap wood clock, an awesome option because there is so much that can be done customize the face and hands to match your… read more

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Oct 09, 2014

Make a Table Instantly with Floyd Legs

The Floyd Leg System

If you’re just now getting into building things on your own, buying pre-made legs is a great way to keep your focus on building and finishing a flat surface, like a tabletop, without worrying about the mechanics of leg structures. I can definitely say when I started building things I didn't trust the weight of a coffee mug on my tables. Thankfully, we now have an inventive product like The Floyd Leg to the… read more

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Oct 09, 2014

DIY Recipe: Make Tasty and Inexpensive Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract Hand MadeVanilla gets a bad rap for being plain and simple, but adding a dab to your morning coffee can really boost the flavor, and it still tastes great with all kinds of goodies. Imitation extract is okay and fancy store-bought vanilla is pricey, so hand making this delicious extract is just too easy for us to pass… read more

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Oct 09, 2014

How to: Build a Totally Functional DIY Telescope for ~$200 in Hardware Store Parts

created at: 10/08/2014

Thanks to some epic solar flares and the resulting auroras last month, the annual time for me to procrastinate by downloading the NASA Astronaut Application came a little early this year. If the requisite 1,000 hours piloting a jet and/or relevant PhD isn’t exactly your jam, you might try exploring the universe through one of these spectacular homemade… read more

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Oct 08, 2014

Woodworking Faux Pas: 6 Things You Should Never Do When Tackling a New Project

created at: 04/16/2013

When you're just getting started in the world of building things, you'll find it can be rather hard to some "best practices" to help guide you down the right path. You're busy trying to figure out what the difference between a bevel and a miter is, but what you really need is someone to say "do this, not that."

created at: 10/06/2014It wasn't until I took a few classes and befriended some woodworkers that i really started to learn how to not do dumb things. Here's a five things I wish I would have learned before I wasted money and time on early projects.read more

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