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Jul 15, 2014

How to: Make a Log Storage Chest

Looking for a way to add a bit of the outdoors or a rustic vibe to a room? This fun build brings plenty, with a bonus spot to stash some stuff. 

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Jul 15, 2014

A Complete History of the Super Soaker

"Wetter is better." Never has a marketing campaign worked so well on yours truly. The original Super Soaker 50 was the true great gift lust (well, that and a by-then unpurchaseable Fireball Island game) my version of Ralphie's Red Ryder. And nothing was sweeter than that moment on my [9th? 10th?] mid-June birthday...which is a pretty great time to get a giant pressurized neon water gun.    

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Jul 14, 2014

You Earned It Bottle Opener

"You Earned It" is a new bottle opener from Owen & Fred, makers of those awesome leather luggage tags.    

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Jul 14, 2014

Coffee Cups from Around the World

created at: 07/14/2014

Henry Hargreaves is a professional food photographer, and gets plenty of opportunities to travel to countries across the globe. At each new place, Henry takes the chance to document an interesting cross-cultural phenomenon: to-go coffee cups.    

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Jul 11, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden iPad or Tablet Case

Sometimes, a project is born from a flash of inspiration. Sometimes, from a desire to work with a specific material or amazing length of wood or side of leather. But most times, a project is born from the fact that you don't have one, and you'd like to.   

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Jul 11, 2014

Four Teams Turn Dumps into Dollars on HGTV’s Flipping the Block [Sponsored Post]

Flipping the Block



HGTV’s® new series Flipping the Blockputs teams to the test in a renovation competition. With a cash prize of $50,000 on the line, contestants must remodel and transformrun-down condos in a race to add the most value to their space. Judges and HGTV stars Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict) and Scott McGillivray (Income Property) will select teams to win weekly prizes, while host and licensed contractor Josh Temple will guide the teams throughout the design and renovation process.

HGTV’s®Flipping the Block premieres July 20th at 9/8c. To meet the teams and watch behind-the-scenes interviews, be sure to go to hgtv.com/flippingtheblock. Join the

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Jul 09, 2014

How to: Make a Rustic Modern Storage Shelf from Hardware Store Materials

created at: 07/09/2014

I'll never turn down an opportunity to share a clean-yet-rustic furniture project made entirely from easy-to-find materials from your local home improvement center. This

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Jul 09, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: July 9, 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.


Some thoughts on getting the most out of your barber and summer haircuts...which are, mostly, centered on not trying to do much here. Sometimes straightforward conveys more personality than you think. 

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Jul 08, 2014

We're Hiring: ManMade Is Looking for New Contributors

created at: 02/12/2013

Hi there, ManMakers. I'm excited to share some cool news: we're having a great 2014, and in order to build on that success, we want to bring on some new voices. So, ManMade is putting out a special call for new contributors. 

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Jul 08, 2014

Before and After: Refinishing an Old Wooden Sewing Case

created at: 07/08/2014

Before the era of everything-is-made-of-plastic sewing machines, these helpful tools were created from long-lasting materials designed to stand up to any project and the test of time, namely: metal. And the cases, while usually covered in some once-stylish but now worn vinyl are often made from wood.

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