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Sep 01, 2016

How to: DIY Dining Table for a Crowd from Reclaimed Wood

created at: 08/31/2015

A simple but functional DIY table for eight, made from reclaimed materials loaded with character? What's not to love?    

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Aug 31, 2016

How To: Customize Your Apartment without Angering Your Landlords

created at: 05/26/2011

As you might imagine, I'm sorta of lease-limit pusher. I mean, I do read them. I do take their advice to heart, and sometimes, when I'm breaking it, I do recall, "Oh, yeah. I think I'm specifically not supposed to do this."

But those moments are rare. See, I try to find ways to customize my space that aren't direct violations of my lease. Whereas it does say, "Don't paint," it does NOT say "Don't Mod Podge hundreds of little paint samples to the wall." So, I did. (See above)

See, what my landlord's don't seem to understand (they're an elderly retired couple, not a corporation) is that this is my home. It's an investment to you, but I live here. I work here. I entertain here, have holidays here. And while it might be funny to you that I had to pull everything two feet from the wall so you could "treat for pests," [read: have a 6.5 ft tall 80-year-old man spray some Raid around] and then tell me you'd do it again two weeks later, only to change your mind and not come for 13 more days, my entire life was shrunk by 65% for nearly a month...

What was I saying? Oh, right. There are lots of things you can do to customize your rented space without violating your lease. Except, ingnore the holes in the wall thing. All can be fixed. Email me if you don't know how.  

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Aug 31, 2016

How to: Tame Household Clutter with a DIY Home Landing Strip

We don't like to admit it, but it's beginning to be that time of year when the things we bring into the house start to get bigger and bulkier. In the warm months, it's a bag or briefcase, your phone, and a few essentials for work, but in the cooler months, enter the coats, boots, hats, gloves, snow shovels, in addition to the magazines, mail, your keys and all the other things that come inside with you. 

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Aug 30, 2016

This 2016 "Shed of the Year" is Made from 90% Recycled Material and It is Amazing

So the first thing to know is that, yes, there is such a thing as the Shed of the Year. It's a (literal) giant crown of an award for the best shed in the UK given during the final episode of Channel 4's Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year. This year's finale had a record-breaking 2,825 entries and 12,292 public votes, and was described as, "nail-biting" and I can honestly understand why...   

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Aug 19, 2016

How to: Build Mid-Century Modern Inspired Kitchen Stools

Kitchen stools have that lovely versatile quality of providing extra surface space, seating, and (if they're suitably hip) stylish ambiance to any man's kitchen. And these gorgeous, black walnut and cherry stools do just the trick with their modern yet rustic sensibility. Inspired by the work of French woodworker, Boris Beaulant, Instructables user woodumakeit adapted the design to be more easily created in a typical American's woodshop.   

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Jul 21, 2016

How a Dirty Old Waffle Iron Became Nike's Holy Grail

Every great breakthrough has its "Eureka!" moment, whether we're talking the discovery of gravity or the founding of the world's largest shoe empire. In the latter's case, that happened while searching for a way to create cleats meant for a urethane track (meaning no more metal spikes on the bottom of running shoes), and it involved a household wafflemaker. The infamous wafflemaker was then lost for decades... and now found.   

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Jul 18, 2016

How to: Build a Rustic Cedar Hot Tub for Under $1,000

 Alyssa and Jesse run their own homestead deep in the mountains of Idaho after moving off the grid and blogging about their every endeavor on their blog Pure Living For Life. They're DIYer's with a penny-pinching mindset that keeps them on the lookout for great projects at little cost, which is how I ended up coming across

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Jul 07, 2016

How to: Build This Modern Chair... Primarily From 2x4's

I'm super stoked by this design. It's simple, looks good, and can be built by someone (unfortunately like me at the moment) who doesn't have access to a full woodshop but still has a hankering to design some of the furniture around me....   

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Jul 05, 2016

7 Flowing Scribbles by Frank Gehry and the Buildings They Inspired

There's nothing like taking a tour inside the mind of an artistic genius (especially if your tour guide is himself an acclaimed artist) and that's exactly what Sidney Lumet did with his 2006 documentary Sketches of Frank Gehry about one of the most well respected architects of our time. You should absolutely see it if you haven't, but in the meantime, check out the craziness that is Gehry's initial sketches of some of his most famous buildings...   

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Jun 23, 2016

How to: Create Your Own Unique Branding Iron

One of the great joys of completing any quality woodworking project is that final moment when you get to put your own unique stamp on the finished piece. That "stamp" can range anywhere from tiny engraved initials to a bookplate-sized brand, and it's how you show the artist's link between a variety of different projects. And if you don't have your own branding iron, then here are two great ways to make your own -- one very high quality, and one down and dirty solution (made out of a disposable lighter).

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Jun 15, 2016

The Glass House Built Around A Tree

A significant number of my childhood fantasies revolved around tree houses - but this design by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov just flips the whole idea on its head. Almassov originally designed the cylindrical glass house that entirely surrounds a fir tree in 2013, but his financial backers pulled out leaving the project in suspended animation. But everything is changing now that glass and solar companies are starting the conversation up again...   

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Jun 10, 2016

Create Your Own "Lightweight" DIY Sliding Barn Door from Scratch

created at: 07/21/2014

Coming across someone who simply loves their closet doors is a rare find, indeed. Whether a rental or your own home, most closets are covered in plastic-y faux wood, cheesy 80s mirrors, crazy slats, or old veneer and brass knobs that haven't been updated since they were installed in the 50s. 

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Jun 09, 2016

Roundup: 5 Masculine-Friendly Feature Walls to Get You Inspired

Julia Leach via Lonny Magazine [http://www.lonny.com/House+Tour+Julia+Leach/articles/lzI39fArFMQ/Nesting+Corner]

Got a bunch of plain walls? Then you, my friend, need a feature wall. Oh...what's a feature wall? 

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Jun 08, 2016

The 10 Most Beautiful Airbnb Rentals in Europe

As trips to Europe are slowly becoming more affordable the dream of exploring European cuisine, history, and sights is becoming more of a reality for many people. While choosing a dream destination can be easy, figuring out your practical accommodations are often harder. Sure there are hotels and hostels, but why not get a sense of the city or country from a true local with AirBnB or another similar resource?   

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May 19, 2016

Art Is More Than You See: Please Touch The Art

We're used to evaluating art on what we can see. While there are plenty of pieces where touching is not encouraged, here's an example of what happens when an artist moves beyond sight to texture. Take a look.  

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