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Recipe for a Badass DIY Electric Mountain Bike

By this point, we already know that bikes are awesome and good for you, cars are useful for a few limited things but come with major disadvantages, …

Electric Vehicles

How to Make a Wooden Speaker For Your Phone

This DIY speaker makes an attractive and rugged dance party companion.<p>Your iPhone's dinky speaker will suffice for speakerphone calls and listening to podcasts while you cook, but it's hardly adequate for properly enjoying music. Bluetooth portable speakers are a great solution, sure. But for …

Woodworking

Table Saw | WoodWorkers Guild of America

How Many Dado Shims to Use<p>Dado joints are a powerful way to hold shelves and other cabinet carcase components securely. These joints are relatively …

How to Use Your Planer as Jointer for Milling Large Pieces of Wood

A planer can be used as a jointer by following a few woodworking tricks.<p>Woodworking jointers and planers are used to mill wood so they can be used to build furniture and other projects to correct dimensions. If your workshop doesn't have a jointer to square up an edge or your wood piece is too …

Turn Your Rotary Tool Into a Tiny Lathe

Build a horizontal stand for your Dremel and start turning miniature model pieces.<p>Mini-lathes are designed to turn bowls, table legs, and posts, but they are much too large for turning very small wood pieces. The YouTuber Scrap Wood City didn't let that stop him, though. He built his own small …

IHK Ultimate Compact Survival Kit

Compact survival kits are somewhat of a popular item in this day and age. The most common one you probably hear about is the Altoid tin survival kit …

Waterproofing

15 Survival Gadgets For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

You've never wanted to go outside more than now.

Outdoors

DIY phone speakers that rock (and a few to avoid)

There are dozens of how-tos for DIY phone speakers, but they all have the same basic concept: You find something curved or tubular and you place your phone inside of it. I tried a wide range of speaker DIYs to find the winners and losers. Here are the results.<p>Published: February 16, 2016 / Caption: …

Bradford

To build a fire

× <b>Caution.</b> Fire is an immensely powerful tool, which if used carelessly can do great damage to irreplaceable natural resources. When practicing the …

The Best Backpacking Food

Extended time in the backcountry often equates to a dry diet. Learning how to cook well in the wilderness is an art that doesn't come quickly but can …

Camping

Homemade Backpacking Meals, Just Add Water - The Summit Register

<i>Originally Published May 26th, 2015</i><p>Photos and Story by Laura Lancaster<p>You know the aisle I’m talking about. The one between the fuel cannisters and …

Survival Skills: 5 Easy Ways to Cook a Campfire Feast

Nearly everything in a real survival situation is awful. The constant stress, the bitter isolation, the lumpy bedding, and even the food (if you have …

Homemade

How To Build a Coke Can Stove for Hiking and Camping

This next idea is so great and very easy to implement in case of emergency or when camping. The tutorial is going to teach you how to make a small …

Camping

Watch How to Sharpen Gouges and V-Chisels

When you can’t take back a cut, any wobbly or stilted movement can be a real pitfall. Sharper tools allow for smoother and ultimately more precise movement through your medium.<p>Sharpening steel tools — be they knives, chisels, scythes, or scissors — always follows the same basic technique: drag the …