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Build This Simple Crosscut Jig to Use Your Circular Saw for Straight, Accurate Cuts

When you need to make straight cuts but don't have a miter saw handy, this crosscut jig will let you just grab your circular saw and get to work.<p>Circular saws are indispensable tools for making freehand cuts on a jobsite or at home, but their major drawback is a lack of accuracy when you need to …

10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin

When George R.R. Martin released <i>A Game of Thrones</i> in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same …

Books

Now Anyone Can Visit One of the World's Great Map Collections

Stanford, Calif.<p>David Rumsey spent decades collecting more than 150,000 maps, and a new center lets the public explore them like never before.<p>The new David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University feels like a secret clubhouse for map lovers. To get there, you pass through a nondescript door in the …

Use a Pencil to Make Sure You're Sanding the Right Amount

A mark with a number 2 pencil is all it takes to make sure you are sanding just enough.<p>Every woodworking project requires sanding to some degree. Use this pencil trick to know when it's time to step down in sandpaper grit.<p>Sanding is literally and necessarily the process of removing wood, but the …

Ghosts of Furniture Past™ - Writing Desk with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Transforming a Writing Desk with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint<p>by Barbara B. Nocco, Bella Casa Decorative Finishes. Find her on Facebook.<p>The writing desk is …

15 Welsh myths and legends that will send a shiver down your spine (or bring a tear to your eye)

Wales: It's the land of dragons, wizards, King Arthur and the Holy Grail but did you know that the Devil is too embarrassed to visit Ceredigion?<p>That …

The age-old liqueur that will bring a wintry taste of the Alps to your glass

It’s about 11 in the morning, and my sister and I are on a ski lift, headed up the mountain at Wisp Resort in McHenry, Md. The only sound is the hum of the cable; the sky in the distance is beginning to gray with the threat of snow. Rarely a morning drinker, I’m making an exception: From a flask in …

Spices

Have You Ever Tried to Pickle Potatoes?

It was said in passing, almost as if it was something we must have had before, not something we weren’t aware of at all: <i>And, yes, you can pickle potatoes!</i><p><b>Wait, what?</b> Well, we were told just that when the U.S. Potato Board recently visited our offices and left us with <b>A)</b> all the potatoes that we …

Why it’s good to have a strong-willed child, and why you should let up on them

“I will <i>not</i> cut my hair. Never. The answer is never, Mom, and the answer will always be never, so you should just stop asking me.” He said it without attitude, in a matter-of-fact way, as though he were simply reporting on the weather or time of day. At 6 years old, my second-born son, Oliver, has …

Parenting

The Importance of Face-to-Face Conversation | The Art of Manliness

It is the evening of September 19, 1931.<p>Three men stroll down Addison’s Walk, a picturesque footpath that runs along the River Cherwell on the …

Hemingway's 10 Best Quotes

In celebration of the man's birthday, our favorite words of wisdom from the legendary writer.<p>In celebration of the man's birthday, our favorite words of wisdom from the legendary writer.

Literature

27 Maps That Will Change How You Think About "Game Of Thrones"

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Enjoy a flaky ham and cheese slab pie for spring brunch

The best thing about this dish is that it’s super easy to prepare. All you have to do is assemble everything, so you can actually prep it the night …

Breakfast

10 Geological Forms We've Studied For Years And Still Don't Understand

Geology is full of strange mysteries, from towering structures to small formations. The more we examine these deceptively complicated phenomena, the …

Geology

The 20 Best Comedies On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: February 21st</b><p>Comedy in film can be strange and varied. Comedies can be difficult to compare, because sometimes you’re in the mood for something cerebral, and other times you just want to watch people get punched in the nuts. Luckily, we have Netflix at our disposal to help us figure …

Woodworking

Map of Scotch Whisky Regions & Distillery Locations

Note: The maps below indicate the locations of both working and closed distilleries. A closed distillery is one which has been permanently closed …

Victorian Era

Get Organised With These DIY Stackable Wood Storage Bins

Clear floor clutter with these stackable wood bins that can be stained or painted your favourite colour. They're great for keeping toys, tools and …

Woodworking

Skyrim Wood Carved Weapons

Introduction: Skyrim Wood Carved Weapons<p>Skyrims iron war axe and iron sword recreated out of wood. To scale... More or less. Only cost about $10 for …

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

<i>What would you do if you were locked in your body, your brain intact but with no way to communicate? How do you survive emotionally when you are invisible to everyone you know and love?</i><p><i>That's the first question asked by NPR's new program on human behavior,</i> Invisibilia.<p><i>The first show tells the story</i> …

Mind

History of American Forests: Tree maps made for 1884 census.

<i>The Vault is</i> <b>Slate</b><i>’s history blog. Like us on</i> <i>Facebook</i><i>, follow us on Twitter</i> <i>@slatevault</i><i>, and find us on</i> <i>Tumblr.</i> <i>Find out more about what this space is</i> …

Forests

Oregon Trail And All Your Other Favorite Childhood Games Put Online For Free

The video games that defined your childhood are easily accessible again.<p>A non-profit library has put thousands of classic MS-DOS games online for free, including Oregon Trail, Tetris, Donkey Kong and SimCity. In total, 2,400 MS-DOS games and programs went live Monday on the Internet Archive, a …

Retrogaming

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013 on Austin City Limits

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013, reflects the breadth of the genre’s musical reach with star-studded performances recorded live at the …