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How to Cut Bottles with the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter

How to Cut Bottles with the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter

This is my second article in a series on making crafts with glass bottles. If you haven’t read it already, check out my first article about cleaning and removing the labels from wine bottles. Once you’ve got a clean bottle to work with, you’re ready for the Kinkajou bottle cutter. Why Cut Bottles? There are tons of projects you can […]

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How to Clean Wine Bottles

How to Clean Wine Bottles

Learn how to clean and remove the labels from wine bottles the easy way, with tools and materials you might already have on-hand.

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How to Save Kale Seeds

Learn how to save kale seeds by picking pods at the end of the season and retrieving the seeds through the process of “winnowing.”

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A secret compartment book I made in about 10 minutes using a custom tool.

How to Make a Secret Compartment Book

Learn how to make a secret compartment book in a about 15 minutes using one simple trick!

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A custom blade I made to hollow out a secret compartment book. It cuts through hundreds of paper pages with ease.

Make a Tool for Hollowing out a Secret Compartment Book

This article and the accompanying video explains how to make a tool for hollowing out a secret compartment book in minutes instead of hours with an Xacto!

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Raspberry Suckers

Propagating Raspberries, Part 1: Digging out Suckers

Propagating raspberries is easy if you let the plant do the work for you! Let the bush grow suckers (new shoots), then dig them up. It’s that easy!

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The full library of wood grain materials (fills) for Sketchup.

Wood Textures for Sketchup

Learn how to add a variety of wood grain textures to Sketchup 2014 and above!

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A set of bench hooks made from two 12" scraps of 2 x 4.

Bench Hooks Inspired by Roy Underhill

I just had to show off the the bench hooks I built after watching Roy Underhill’s demonstration.

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In the Shop

Kinkajou Bottle Cutting Kit

Kinkajou Bottle Cutting Kit

The Kinkajou does a single thing and does it extremely well: it cuts glass bottles.  The tool is essentially a circular clamp with an integral glass gutter. The Kinkajou is wrapped around the bottle, locked in place, and then twisted around the bottle to create a perfect score line.

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Wine Bottle Pendant Light

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A elegant pendant light made from a wine bottle with the bottom remove and lamp hardware installed in the neck.

Wired with 2′ of retro rayon wire and ready for installation into an overhead electrical box. Dress it up with a Retro Edison Bulb and custom-turned wood canopy for a gorgeous, 100% custom lighting experience.

Additional lengths of wire also available.

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Raised Panel Door Corner Shelf

A corner shelf I made out of an old door.

This 81″ tall corner shelf was built from one of the original recessed panel doors from my house.  All screws are hidden with dowel plugs, and I went to great lengths to match the paint the shelves and hide the plugs.

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