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May 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Custom "Ex Libris" Bookplate Stamp

created at: 05/10/2015

Ever wish there were a better way to lay claim to the books in your library than just scribbling your name on the inside cover? Which, let's admit it, ends up being so non-descript that it doesn't even register to loanee, who will inevitably just shelve the book as his own.

What you need is an custom Ex Libris stamp they'll forever recognize. Like, with a bear on… read more

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May 19, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Pocket Hole Jig System

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

Pocket HolesJoining wood can be as much art as it is skill, and beautiful joinery really defines a piece of furniture. But for the times when you just need to quickly join a few pieces of wood securely, try the… read more

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May 18, 2015

How to: Make an Adjustable Glass Bottle Cutter

created at: 05/18/2015

You can buy new bottle cutters online (here's a good roundup of options) but their ability to cut different sizes, angles, and bottle shapes are severely limited.

Of course, there are loads of potential projects to be had, so instead of buying a bottle cutting jig, let's make… read more

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May 18, 2015

12 Life Lessons from Michael Caine

These "Life Lessons" from famous people go around the internet from time to time (and I've even posted some before) but this article from Jack Archer has truly practical advice that's all the more enjoyable to listen to coming from a master of cool...   

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May 18, 2015

Free Poster: NATO Phonetic Alphabet Chart

How about some free stuff to start off your week?

Outside Open is offering a free poster featuring the NATO phonetic alphabet chart (you know, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) for use on all your International Radiotelephony needs. It'll certainly come in handy on your next call with tech support and all future covert military operations, and also features semaphore delineation (pre-electronic flag letter signals for naval communication represented in a circle),… read more

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May 15, 2015

Face to Face With the Guy Whose Stolen Bike You Bought

I was suited up. Snow pants, ski goggles, lobster mitts, and long underwear all around. A super-warm super dork, in full regalia, atop my beloved, radiation-green, single-speed Salsa El Mariachi mountain bike. Just another day, mid-winter in Minnesota, doing something that I love: snow-biking.
What's that? Where you live it's warm and snowless in January? Well, gay kaken aufen yam, as they say in Yiddish. Uh, I mean, good for you! But not here. If you don't find a winter sport to do here in Minnesota, then you are liable to go stark raving mad, quicklike, come the fleeting daylight of December.

For me, snow biking has opened up a whole new world of outdoor winter physical activity. I'm not much of a skier, and hockey's not my thing. Ice fishing is a thing; but it doesn't make any actual sense. So when I discovered winter mountain biking, it gave me, well, it gave me a reason to go on living, to be honest. You know... that and… read more

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May 15, 2015

Weekend Project: Make Your Own DIY Wooden Tripod

Being a maker, I always find myself looking at ways to create the everyday items I use in life. So when this tutorial on making a wooden tripod stand came up, I had to take a… read more

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May 14, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The 3 Hammers Every Man Should Own

created at: 05/14/2015

Think of a hammer as a primitive tool? Think again. Though it sorta performs the same function as some Cro-Magnon fellow bashing stuff with a rock, it's actually a remarkable piece of industrial design that dates back thousands of years, and has been relatively unchanged since.… read more

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May 14, 2015

How to: Make This Leather and Wood Satchel

Leather and wood satchel

Check out this quick video showing you the steps to making an amazingly clean and simple looking satchel. I just love the wood accent that also acts as a sturdy frame for your… read more

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May 14, 2015

Wood That Works: Handcrafted Kinetic Sculptures

Wood that Works

When David. C. Roy got bored waiting for results from the mainframes in his late 1970s programming job, he started sketching whimsical mechanical wooden sculptures and toys. Though he had few woodworking skills, he soon began creating more and more complex sculptures, and within months had quit his job to launch his own business. Priceonomics has the whole story of this scientists-turned-art-trepreneur:

Though he constantly gets requests for custom pieces, he doesn’t build them -- mainly because it’s not practical. Every time he makes a new design, he spends six months finding weaknesses, making sure everything functions properly,
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