Long live the print magazine. Seriously. We know the entire publishing industry is in a bit of flux, but we'll do everything we can to help them pull through. Because as far as a casual reading experience goes, the magazine format is just about perfect.
Of course, there's that other issue of being a subscriber: the inevitable mass of to-be-read copies. Whether the always-cited-and-lamented stacks of The New Yorker or a random selection of last month's issues you just haven't gotten around to yet, being a subscriber means there's always pile in your house somewhere.
It's been crazy windy in my neighborhood this week. So much so that I've had to turn around early from two bike rides, and head outside at sunrise to pick up my recycling from all over the street in my pajamas.
But there's one good thing about windy weather: all the sticks, branches, and limbs that show up on the sidewalk, ready to be taken home and made into something.
Whether they're your fancy German chef's knives, your perfectly honed chisels, that Xacto blade you wield so well, or your razor-sharp, never-touch-paper fabric scissors, the DIY lifestyle most always entails sharp cutting tools. And the best way to protect these tools, keep their edges straight and nick-free, and store them safely?
A magnetic block. Which are, thankfully, quite inexpensive at a spot such as IKEA, but they're looks are a bit cold, and the metal surface can actually scratch your tools.
So, we're gonna give one a quick faux bois makeover.
Kate and I seem to have the same problem - extreme procrastination when it comes to framing artwork... And by extreme, I mean upwards of a decade, like so long, the print seems tirelessly outdate.
But here's a bit of motivation - once you actually get the art on the wall, you're can make something sweet out of the mailing tube. Like, perhaps enlist the help of some bold duct tape and felt, and create a wine rack you'll be proud to leave out to display, even if your vintage is more supermarket than sommelier.
This project is right up the bike lane of most ManMakers: we don't have enough kitchen storage space, we love to recycle, and don't have regular access to welding-gear.
"A bike wheel and a few hardware-store odds and ends are all it takes to rescue your cookware from the dark and dusty recesses of kitchen cabinets. And who knows? Perhaps a functional, accessible, and rotating pot rack will finally bring out your inner Iron Chef (or at least encourage you to stop ordering in every other night)."
We say go for it!