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Jan 26, 2016

Why We Make: A Look Into a Furniture Maker's Mind

Walnut California tableIt's always interesting to hear why people have start down the road of becoming a maker. Jared Rusten talks about what inspired him to start making artisinal furniture that is built to last.  

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Dec 01, 2015

Make This: Modern Wooden Side Table from a Serving Tray

Head to any discount store or the cookware section of a higher-end grocery store, and you'll all kinds of cool acacia and olive wood and walnut cutting boards and serving strays with rich, striking grain patterns. 

The DIYer will, of course, then say: we should totally make something out of those.    

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Nov 19, 2015

Get the "Mad Men" Look on a Budget: Set Decorator Amy Wells Shows You How

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I'm personally a big fan of the mid-century modern decor that has had such a resurgence as a result of Mad Men's influence. That said, I think it's easy in the men's blogosphere to preach its virtues as the be-all-end-all of masculine home decor and go a little overboard. However, I found all of the advice from this interview with set decorator Amy Wells to actually be incredibly helpful in thinking about the feeling you want to evoke with your home decor, and also how best to implement that on a budget.   

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Nov 10, 2015

Make It: DIY Sofa Table With Outlets

PlugsI'm always looking for a place to set my glass when I'm sitting at the couch. Build this simple table with outlets that fits between the wall and the sofa so you can keep your drink close, and no more digging around behind the couch to plug in your laptop.

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Nov 03, 2015

Sand Casting on The Beach: Artist Makes Furniture from Molten Metal and Sand

Pewter DeskSometimes we just love to see a craftsman have some fun with a design. Most of the time all we see people make on the beach is a sagging sand castle. A designer decided to take some time to craft a pewter desk using sand on the beach as the mold and it turned out amazing.  

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Oct 15, 2015

The Process: Crafting a Traditional Post-and-Rung Stool from a Tree

You know those videos that show some young dude dressed in leather boots and a crew neck sweater, walking into his shop or studio, blowing off the sawdust or unrolling a side of leather, arranging his tools and assessing his materials, all with some slow churning music and a shallow depth of focus?   created at: 10/15/2015
This is definitely one of those videos.

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Sep 24, 2015

How to: Custom DIY Dining + Work Table Made from Repurposed Wood Scraps

"There's a lot of wood out in the world free for the taking," says Will Holman. So much, in fact, he was able to cobble together a wide variety of materials found "in dumpsters, back alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings, recycling yards, and architectural salvage centers."  The results? A 10'x30" dining/work table constructed entirely from the free, repurposed lumber, and a little elbow grease and ingenuity.    

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Sep 04, 2015

Weekend Project: Make a Sturdy Lounge Chair from a Pallet...That You'll Actually Want To Sit In

Furniture made from pallets is always awesome in theory but I've definitely sat on some rickety and scratchy attempts that never really turned out the right way. So with that out of the way, I'll say that it looks nearly impossible to go wrong with this one. It's simple, sturdy, and has a limited number of steps.   

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Jul 09, 2015

IKEA Hack: Make a Mid-Century Bar Cabinet from a TV Stand

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IKEA products can solve a great many organizational issues in the home, and be none to visually offensive in the process. But, therein lies the problem; their ability to blend seamlessly into any space means they don't offer a lot in the way of personality. They don't take away, but they don't bring along to the table, either. 

Except, when they do.    

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Jul 02, 2015

Make This: Scrap Lumber Side Table

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Looking for a clever way to use up all that scrap wood? Here's a side table project that will turn that cluttered lumber pile into something useful. Quick and easy pocket hole joinery make it a project that's done in an afternoon.  

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Jun 10, 2015

Make This: Vintage-Inspired Flip Top Desk

Flip-Top Desk

Keeping homework in one place is a constant battle with kids. Make this dedicated flip-top desk that looks good enough to share the adult space and hides all the school-related clutter out of sight.

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Jun 09, 2015

Awesome Photo Tour of an Eclectic + Masculine British Apartment

A little loft can go a long way. Just ask Richard Dewhurst, the interior architect who designed this unique British apartment.   

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Jun 04, 2015

How to: Build this Americana Coffee Table from Scrap Wood

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“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity-- intellect and resources-- to do something about them.” -- Henry Ford. And it's time to put that intellect to good use (even if your resources are limited) like this US Army serviceman did while on deployment in the Middle East.      

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May 21, 2015

Make It: DIY Scrap Wood Dining Table

You know those random lengths of leftover hardwood stock and plywood that you collect project after project, never knowing what you'll do with them, but knowing they're too great to get rid of.

You should turn 'em into a table.    

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May 13, 2015

Make This: Custom DIY Drawer Pulls

Drawer PullsIf you’ve ever replaced a set of cabinet pulls, then you know how fast the cost can climb for those tiny pieces of metal. Here are 3 DIY ideas that can upgrade those tired pulls on the cheap with something a bit more unique.  

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May 11, 2015

10 Amazing Coffee Tables to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

If you drink coffee as much as I think you might, chances are you're in need of a good coffee table. Or could use a coffee table upgrade. Or just need a little design inspiration.   

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Apr 28, 2015

How to: Make a Wooden Sofa Sleeve with a Built-In Cup Holder

If it hasn't happened yet, it will. You set a drink on the arm of the sofa, perhaps a hot cup of coffee, perhaps an icy cold highball, and even though you know that's not where drinks should go, you go for it anyway, and it spills. It spills on you, on your laptop, on your upholstery, and it's bad. And I suspect, even though you've done it once, you'll likely do it all over again, because, well, it's really nice to be able to rest a tasty beverage on the arm of your sofa.    

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Apr 27, 2015

How to: DIY Industrial Spool Table

Cutting a SpoolOne of the best Industrial tables I've seen comes from an old recycled wire spool. Here's a great DIY on making one yourself.  

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Apr 15, 2015

How To: Give An Old Chair New Life

created at: 04/15/2015

I finally took the time to repair an old chair that was described as "the most uncomfortable chair I've ever sat in," more than once. Here's what I did to bring new life to my old chair.  

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Mar 30, 2015

Show Your State Pride With a Custom Coffee Table

Stately Tables

Check out these amazing coffee tables you can have customized to your home state!

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