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Apr 22, 2014

How to: Make a Super Simple Leather Camera Strap

I've own my current DSLR for nearly five years, and for nearly five years, I've been promising myself I'd upgrade the stock strap. It's functional, sure (my camera is often placed in dangerous predicaments) the bright yellow Nikon logo atop the black webbing is pretty visually… read more

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Apr 22, 2014

What's the Deal with the Colored Thread on the Bottom Button of Men's Shirts?

created at: 04/22/2014

If you've worn a button down shirt in, oh, the last 100 years or so, you may have noted an interesting feature: the last button hole and button thread are sewn with a different, contrasting color than the rest, particularly in solid color shirts. Or, you could be like me, and have worn button down shirts thousands of times over your existing decades, only to recently realize the thread color was different, and, once aware, started noticing it everywhere. Or perhaps you just looked down as you were reading this and learned that it is indeed true of the shirt you're wearing right now... Regardless, the question stands:

Why? Why are the bottom hole and button sewn with a different color… read more

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Apr 21, 2014

How to: Make a Folding Secret Door Bookcase

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A secret bookcase door isn't the sort of thing you can just whip up over the weekend: assemble a quick IKEA bookcase, hang it in the doorway, and start stashing your stuff. Instead, it requires planning, creativity, and some clever design features to make it not just look like...well, and IKEA bookcase hanging in a door… read more

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Apr 21, 2014

Site of the Day: The Stupid Trendy Cocktail Bar Name Generator

created at: 04/21/2014

We've all seen them. We're walking around some urban gathering of boutiques, restaurants, and the like, and we stumble across some new bar with an aesthetic that inspires us to say..."Man, that's going to look so 2012 in a couple of years." You know the place: the bartenders arm garters, everything's served in mason jars, and there's probably a meat cleaver in the… read more

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Apr 18, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Sturdy Wooden Toolbox from Scratch

This weekend project is full of all the good stuff: it's practical, it's customizable, and it's a great way to practice and further your woodworking skills...with the tools that'll your store in it. The circle closed.… read more

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Apr 18, 2014

6 Classic Highball Cocktails that are Perfect for Spring

Spring isn't the time for making complicated drinks...infusing spirits and boiling special syrups. It's the season for getting outside as much as possible, enjoying the ever-later evenings, and embracing simplicity.… read more

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Apr 17, 2014

The Crossroads of Should and Must

created at: 04/17/2014

I've had this article open in a browser tab for over a week, and I just took the time to read it. (I'm horrible about following through on long-form stuff online...one of the casualties of blogging, perhaps. I wanna get better at it.)… read more

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Apr 17, 2014

The Many Varieties of Whiskey

Pop Chart Lab released their latest project, a categorization of all the styles, types, regions, and labels of whiskey from around the world.… read more

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Apr 16, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Folding Camp Stool

I never pass up an opportunity to share a full-on, start-from-scratch DIY furniture project, especially one that means you get to spend more time hanging out outside.… read more

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Apr 16, 2014

A Fix in Your Pocket: The 5 Best Multi-Tools

Oh, the multi-tool. I keep one stashed in several key places: my everyday bag, my glove compartment, at my desk, and an extra one that floats from my camping gear to my toolbox to a backpack for day trips. They're not all high quality - most were stocking stuffers or holiday presents from well-meaning family who snagged that 3-sizes-in-one-box from the "gifts" section of the department store that pops up in the aisle every December.… read more

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