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December 2010

December 07, 2010

Scroll Sawed Wooden Bowls

via www.instructables.com

Some people, like my friend Jeff Lumby, say that scroll saws are pussy tools. They're so wrong, because look at this groovy bowl design that you can make without owning a lathe.

December 06, 2010

ToolGirl's gifts for handy people [video]

Some tasty new tools for the DIY enthusiasts on your Christmas list...Most of these are available online at Lee Valley Tools.  The NAJA coil smartphone stand is available from ThoughtOut.  If it makes your fingers itch to see these tools, maybe put 'em on YOUR list.


December 05, 2010

ToolGirl's gifts for gardeners [video]

If you have a gardener in the family, here are some really cool new gifts they might like.  Note: Since we shot this in October, Snugglesafe.ca's web site has disappeared so if you want one you'll need to start by asking your vet.  Sorry about that - they're really fantastic and I had hoped they'd be easier for people to get.  Everything else is available at Lee Valley Tools.

Edouard Martinet - Lovely sculptures from metal scrap

via web.me.com

Brilliant sculpture, mostly riveted together (I can't find any solder or welds) - like this fish made from spoons, spatulas, what looks like the private parts of a French horn and other metal scrap.

December 01, 2010

Customize IKEA furniture with huge graphics

via www.thisismykea.com

Jazz up those plain-Jane IKEA designs with a big giant head (or vintage cars, animals etc.). Who knew there's something that can stick to Melamine?  By the way, you can create your own designs, and they'll even pay you if they like your design enough to add it to their folio of patterns. 

Froth with Difficulty - Make a perfect latte without the disgusting mess

A recent segment from Real Life on CTS.  For lots more details on the performance of this kitchen tool, please read my written review at Homes-Extra.

Buy this thing -

Keurig Cafe One-Touch Milk Frother (U.S.)

Keurig One Touch Milk Frother KU5074 (Canada)

Backpack Welder - the To-Die-For Accessory

Now you can feel like Ripley in Alien with her flame-thrower backpack.  This unit is more than I need for my beginner welding projects but I can appreciate how useful it would be when you need a portable welder to get into tight spaces or remote locations.  And c'mon, the cool factor is off the scale.


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Mag's Books

  • : We're All In This Together

    We're All In This Together
    Based on four years of interviews with Steve Smith, Mag's unconventional biography reveals the personal stories, sorrows and joys that continue to inspire the man behind the Red Green legacy.

  • : How Hard Can It Be?

    How Hard Can It Be?
    Mag's quirky and entertaining book of home improvement projects for beginners.

Nota Bene

  • It’s never too late to be who you might have been. - George Eliot (1819-1880)
  • Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought. - My fortune cookie