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Four Person / 3 layer Tic-Tac-Toe

A few years ago, my wife and I came across a board game in a toy store that was designed with an incredible balance of simplicity and complex thought processing, and we just loved it. I didn’t pull the trigger and buy it at the time, but it’s stuck with me as a project I’d like to put together, and today is finally that day when I get to share the designs with you! Basically, this game is tic-tac-toe, but with some variation that makes it significantly more fun and complex. In short, there are 2-4 players, all taking turns …

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Wooden Monitor Stand with Active Cooling for a Laptop

After building myself a new, super charged desktop a few months ago, I felt a little bad leaving my poor wife with just her small little Macbook Pro, but she insists that she loves it and doesn’t want to trade it in, so in order to give her a bit of an upgrade, I came up with this. The basic concept is simple, a larger, external monitor, elevated to be eye level, with room for the laptop underneath, and the keyboard and mouse underneath that. Everything fits in a nice, neat little package on the desk and gives her a …

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Countertop Gumball Machine

Growing up, my grandpa had a wooden gumball machine that he built in their kitchen that would be the first place my cousins and I would run to when we got to their house. We’d grab a gumball and then go about our business, but that was always the first stop. I wanted to recreate that magical device and discovered its much easier to do that I had thought when I was a kid. Let’s get down to it. Here’s what you need: Start by cutting your pieces to size. This whole project, for me, was built with scrap wood, …

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Couch Console & Charging Table

A couple of months ago, my wife and I bought a new couch for our upstairs entertaining area. We wanted it to be big enough to fit everyone, and this thing can. 12 people at once so far. The only problem is it covers up ALL of the outlets around 2 of the walls and I used to use those outlets for all kinds of things. Lamps, phone chargers, the main router, a subwoofer… So we’ve created a problem for ourselves unintentionally. Then I went over to a buddy of mine’s house, let’s just call him Mark, cuz that’s his …

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Farmhouse Style Bedside Table

“] My wife has had an awkwardly tiny bedside table for a long time. You can fit a lamp and a charging iPhone and thats about it. So it’s time for an upgrade. I wanted something sturdy, with a large surface area, lots of storage, and easily accessible from the bed. So here’s what we came up with. Its basically made from 2 by stock wood from home depot, with 1 by wood for the drawers, with a built in pop-out power strip and hard wired lamp. Here’s what you need: Cutlist: Board number represents which board you should cut …

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String Art Installation

I’m gonna start out by saying this is a pretty ambitious project, and I just want to go ahead and warn yall that this is gonna take awhile if you wanna make one for yourself, but hopefully this walk through will make the process a lot easier for someone to replicate vs having to figure all this out on your own. A quick history: My wife and I went to an art museum recently, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, in Fayatteville Arkansas a few months ago and saw an amazing string art installation by a guy named Gabriel Dawe. …

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Wireless Inductive Phone Charger

  For many modern phones, wireless charging is now a reality. A large amount of current Android phones have this ability (iphones do not yet…. sad day) and if yours does, you can build this super cool bedside or desk dock for your phone. You only need a few parts and block of wood. Before we dig in, lets quickly look at the pro’s and con’s of wireless charging and why you might want to tackle this project. Let’s get started. For parts, you’ll need the following: Start by cutting down your 2×4 to the exact size of your phone. …