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Jan 02, 2015

How To: Make Wax Dipped Bottles

Wax Dipped Bottles

If you want to make that drinkable gift very personal, go ahead and add a wax seal to those bottles for a personal… read more

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Dec 31, 2014

My Year Will Be Excellent - 2015 Resolutions

Top Of The World

As we look back on an exceptional year, it's only fitting to look ahead and dream about what lies before us. Here are my 2015… read more

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Dec 30, 2014

Try This: How to Make Your Own Red Wine Vinegar

Make your own Vinegar

Right now, you can find more tutorials on how to use vinegar to clean your toilet than you can find to use vinegar with a delicious dinner. This is a travesty for such an amazing and delicious liquid! Unlike most condiments, vinegar is one that you can make yourself and will taste better than anything you can buy in a store. I guarantee it! Here is a simple tutorial on turning leftover wine into homemade vinegar.… read more

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Dec 30, 2014

Eight Great Winter Glove Options

Winter GlovesWe're well into winter, but it's never too late to invest in some great winter gloves. With options ranging from practical work gloves to your fancier New Year's Eve party options, this helpful list from Primer.com has affordable entries for every man.   … read more

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Dec 30, 2014

Try This: Make A Custom Branding Iron with a Rotary Tool

Custom Branding Iron

Marking my gear with a sharpie has generally been my preferred method of marking things as mine, but in the past few months I've been seeing some pretty impressive ways to skip the marker for something a bit more… read more

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Dec 23, 2014

7 Netflix Hacks You've Probably Never Heard Of

Netflix HacksThe holidays are a perfect time to catch up on all those movies and TV shows you've been waiting to binge watch. But as everyone knows, it's hard to find something everyone in the family wants to watch and it's easy for things to spiral out of control when facing the paralysis of endless options provided by Netflix. No more.… read more

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Dec 23, 2014

How to: Build A Simple and Elegant Toboggan

DIY TobogganI grew up in a house on a hill that was so steep that the city eventually took out the road behind it because of the number of car accidents. As a result, it became the prime sledding route of the neighborhood. The best part of course was the that this ferocious hill ended in a perpendicular road, so that you were forced to bail out of your sled at full speed before flying into oncoming traffic. So you can imagine the number of hours I spent careening down the hill as an adventurous young boy who enjoyed flirting with disaster.

Growing up, we generally used cheap, plastic sleds from Costco or the like, but I'd always been interested in… read more

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Dec 23, 2014

Inspiring Read: Boat Building with Merchant and Makers

Building a BoatI've wanted to build a boat ever since I sunk my small dingy on the Trinity Lake as a kid. Once I have the space, I will fashion a sea-worthy vessel and take it out to brave the ocean, or at least a sizeable pond.  … read more

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Dec 22, 2014

Make This: How to Transfer Your Photos to Wood

Transferring A Print To Wood

I've seen plenty of tutorials out there detailing how to transfer prints onto wood. This simple project will turn your prints into something uniquely… read more

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Dec 22, 2014

DIY Idea: You Should Frame Up Your Flat Screen

Framed Flat ScreenWhile that flat screen looks much better than the massive tube model that used to be there, hanging it on the wall doesn't make it blend in. This simple reclaimed lumber frame makes it into something worth starting at.  … read more

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Dec 22, 2014

Photography Inspiration: 40 Portraits in 40 Years

Brown SistersIt began in 1975 when Nicholas Nixon whimsically asked if he could take a photo of his wife and her three sisters. A year later, they were all together again when he suggested they recreate their poses for a new photo. They liked the idea and have been doing the same thing every year, FOR FORTY YEARS.   … read more

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Dec 19, 2014

Five Poems Every Man Should Know...and Reference

For the last couple years, I've had a framed tattered page I tore out from an old book of poetry (pictured below) that I picked up at a garage sale in Minnesota when I was a boy. I've taken it with me wherever I've moved, usually displaying it on my desk, although occasionally on a shelf or bedside table. The poem is titled SEA-FEVER and came from a poetry collection called Salt-Water Poems and Ballads by John Masefield, first published in 1902.  created at: 12/14/2014 The poem expresses the yearning for the grey seas from the perspective of a presumably landlocked rover, and was one of my initial inspirations for rafting the Mississippi River.

I must… read more
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Dec 19, 2014

How to Simplify Your Wardrobe [Sponsored Post]

created at: 12/18/2014
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We are all busy – but knowing how to maximize your time where it counts will put you ahead of the game. Gain valuable minutes in the morning by creating a closet that's as organized as all of the toys in your garage. Here are four ways you can simplify your wardrobe right now:

 

1. Invest in Closet Organizers

Spend your next Saturday building out your closet with shelving and other organizing models to make room for all of your clothes. Be sure to build enough shelving to properly fit all your sweaters and more delicate fabric pieces that may… read more

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Dec 18, 2014

Brewed Part IV: Fermenting and Finishing Your Homebrewed Beer

Homebrewed Beer Logo

Once that lid is on the fermentation bucket, it seems like everything is complete. This final part of the series looks into what happens during the fermentation period, and the final step before you can sit back and enjoy a handcrafted beer.  

Primary FermentationPrimary Fermentation As the yeast begins the very important (almost magic) job of converting the sugars into alcohol, quite a few things need to… read more

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Dec 18, 2014

A New Type Of Linguistic Tree

Linguistic MapI've always believed that it's impossible to truly understand a culture without having a firm grasp on the language. Natural linguistic differences lead to differing linguistic thoughts and perceptions of the world, and those differences can have lasting impacts on the evolution of cultures. For the brief period of time that I was a Classics major in college I put a lot of time into my Ancient Greek and Latin, with the exciting result that I was able to maneuver my way through Italy speaking nothing more than bastardized Latin. 

Linguists tend to draw a basic language tree to chart out the evolution of languages over time, but the image… read more

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Dec 18, 2014

The Process: Check Out This Mid-Century Modern Inspired Rocking Chair

created at: 05/28/2013

Rocking Chair

Mid-Century modern decor has been making a comeback in recent years, and 2014 in particular saw a big resurgence in the industrial design world. The designs are often simple and sleek, with angular repetitions bespeaking an industrial creator. However, that doesn't mean the style can't be earthy or… read more

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Dec 17, 2014

Holiday Guide: 7 Last Minute Things to Do Before Hibernation

credit: MMortah [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmortah/8395365738/]

Freaking out because you haven't finished everything you need to do on your list? No worries! We have some last minute tips for… read more

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Dec 17, 2014

How to: Make This Psychedelic-Yet-Natural Glowing Table

Glow Table

Looking to blow your guests' minds at the next dinner party? Sit them down at your very own DIY Glow Table which emits this cool blue glow in partial or total… read more

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Dec 17, 2014

Vintage DIY Crossbow Tutorial from 1951

created at: 12/15/2014

Looking for a new challenge in your woodworking? Have fun deciphering these vintage instructions for a DIY repeating crossbow from Popular Mechanicsread more

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Dec 16, 2014

Why the Hot Toddy is a Man's Ultimate Winter Cocktail... and How to Make It

created at: 12/16/2014

Egg nog is a divisive libation, loved by its proponents and eschewed by any means from its haters. Many think the idea of warming wine and adding oranges and cloves and such is a waste of perfectly good wine, and many of us are happy to simply take a black coffee and a glass of whiskey, rather than trying to Irish up anything.… read more

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