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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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Oct 08, 2014

Free Download: The Periodic Table of Unspeakable Horrors

A little bit of slightly spooky fun for October - Cartoonist Adam Koford of @ApeLad has… read more

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Oct 08, 2014

Make This: A $5 Wooden iPad or Tablet Stand

Makers Simon Blazer and David Bakker shows you how to turn a simple block of wood into a super quick and easy tablet dock. The process? A single drilled hole and a quick saw cut. That's it.… read more

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Oct 07, 2014

How to Make Pumpkin Spiced Liquor for Seriously Tasty Fall Cocktails

created at: 10/07/2014

I'm not much for lattes. In general, they don't do much for me, but I especially can't stand the overtly frothy, foamy ones that demand all that sugar and syrup and whipped cream to cover up the fact that the coffee is burnt in the first place. 

But, I'll admit it: I get jealous that people get so excited about these pumpkin spice coffee drinks this time of year. I like seasons, especially fall, and I wish I could grab a scarf and march right down to the burnt… read more

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Oct 07, 2014

Yes, Every Man Needs an Apron

Apron No. 2 in Chambray

Men wearing aprons seem to be more of a novelty than a practical household item. In popular culture the apron on men seems to only show up on tacky backyard cooks (think Kiss the Cook) and wisecracking chefs and their hyperbolic reality shows, or the hapless dad in the movies putting on a pink ruffled thing when he's stuck with the kids. But it's time to ignore all of those stereotypes and get yourself an apron. Here are a few reasons you need to consider one for… read more

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Oct 07, 2014

How to: Make a Faux Vintage Industrial Metal Sign

created at: 10/06/2014

As much as we love the warm feel of wood textures, sometimes the cool touch of metal is the way to go. Industrial and modern, metal signs offer stark lines and muted colors that tend to fit well hanging in any masculine space.

But, metal can be feisty to work with and requires complex equipment, so it's not always a great  weekend DIY project for the uninitiated

But! Making these letters and shapes out of wood then… read more

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Oct 06, 2014

How to Clean and Scale a Whole Fish

Hopefully, at some point, every man is gonna break down a whole fish. Ideally, you'd catch it yourself, but perhaps a friend or neighbor may drop one off for you to enjoy. But, really, you're gonna catch one at some point, or be on a camping trip when someone else does, and you get to be the guy that says, "oh yeah, I know what to do with that."… read more

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Oct 06, 2014

Who Drew the Sriracha Rooster? Apparently, No One Knows...

As far as iconic food images go, the Sriracha rooster has gotta be in the top five. It's got all the style and positive associations of the product, but avoids the overt marketing images of a Tony the Tiger or Mr. Peanut or even the Kool-Aid Man. Oh yeah.… read more

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Oct 02, 2014

The Best Way to Pack a Suit or Blazer in Your Suitcase

created at: 10/02/2014

Suits are a common site on an airplane. Sure, there are the business travelers who made be going straight to a meeting as they arrive, but just as likely - guys wear suits on a plane because they're impossible to put in your luggage without becoming a wrinkly, creased mess. 

Except, there is a way to do it, and its worth a shot if you've a long flight ahead and would much rather snuggle down in something more… read more

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Oct 01, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Tastier and Healthier Instant Noodle Meals

They're a go-to lunch for people everywhere: office workers, college students, older children looking for something to fuel their growth spurts. And...I'll admit it - they're delicious. I love just-add-water noodle packs, particularly the Southeastern Asian brands that supply Indonesian or Korean flavors. Add a bit of frozen veg, some fresh herbs, some leftovers or a broth-poached egg, and you've got a legit… read more

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Oct 01, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: October 1, 2014

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. 

A group of adventurers gathered for the annual International Highline Meeting, a collection of 18 slacklines hung up to 330 feet in the air in the Italian Dolomite… read more

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Sep 30, 2014

Designated Sippers: 6 Whiskeys You Should Drink This Fall

created at: 09/30/2014

And it came to pass that the season for sandals and gin subsided, leaving in its place jackets and layers, autumnal aromas, and whiskey season. 

So, this is a collection not for the kind of guy who finds a label he likes and sticks with it. Cause, those sort of fellows know what they're enjoying this season. Instead, these are the best-bang-for-your-buck bottles, those that have a great relationship between their price and their flavor.

And by that, we don't mean these are value whiskeys that are simply tolerable or "good for the price." Instead, they're solid, investment whiskeys; some of our favorites that will make you… read more

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Sep 30, 2014

Spinning a Mountain

created at: 09/30/2014

Yesterday, I took the day away from the computer to hang out with some family who stopped by on their way back home from vacation. We headed away from the city to enjoy some… read more

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Sep 26, 2014

How to: The Best Way to Reheat Pizza at Home

Friday pizza nights nearly always mean Saturday leftovers, which can almost be as much of a treat as the night before. While I've eaten my fair share of cold cheese slices, some more complex recipes deserve to be brought back to life in the way they were intended.… read more

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Sep 26, 2014

Perfect Fall Project: How to Wax Canvas Pieces for Better Weather Resistance

created at: 09/26/2014

In summer, light breathable cotton works wonders to keep you cool, but as fall and winter weather approaches, it's time to turn to more heavy duty fabrics to keep the wind and water out - wool, leather, synthetics, and… read more

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Sep 24, 2014

The Reinvention of the Entry-Level Suit

Anyone who reads menswear or men's lifestyle content has noticed the shift over the last three-four years. The suiting dichotomy of "off-the-rack" vs. "tailored" no longer exists, and you simply don't have to spend at least $1000 to look sharp.

The sources are varied: general clothing brands, like J.Crew and its infamous Ludlow, and over-the-seas tailors like Indochino. Suitsupply is awesome, and all of these have a definite, overarching theme - they're slim. They're "tailored," as it were, and they look like the Italian cuts that were out of reach for many just a decade ago.

This isn't news to most of us, but this piece in… read more

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Sep 24, 2014

How to Travel Like a Pro: Tips from Anthony Bourdain

created at: 09/24/2014

The author, host, and chef Anthony Bourdain reckons he's been away from home for about 250 days a year, for the past decade. If you're familiar with his adventure food and travel properties like The Getaway and No Reservations, you can see how it… read more

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