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How to Make a Marking Knife, Create an Indoor Garden, Build a Record Player Cabinet & More

The City Clock – Paris Design

La Fabrique DIY shows you their handsome City Clock, designed to look like a Parisian townhouse. They’re launching a Kickstarter campaign for it too:

Thru-the-Floor/Wall Magnet and Compass Alignment Trick

Another handy tip from Matthias Wandel: Here’s how to figure out, when drilling through a wall or floor, exactly where the drill bit will come out on the other side of that wall or floor.

DIY Indoor Garden With LED Grow Lights

Ben Uyeda makes a no-sunlight-required planter out of copper pipes and marble:

Making A Marking Knife From A Figured Walnut Gun Stock Blank

Nick Ferry makes a handsome marking knife from scratch:

Designing and Building a Record Player Cabinet

In this unusual build, Chris Salomone reflects on the interplay between skill, fear and design:

Turn A Log Into A Cup

There’s one mid-project disaster, but Dustin Penner recovers as he creates a drinking vessel out of a log:

Machining Prototype Hinges

Alec Steele begins milling the hinge prototypes he forged last time, to eventually go on the box created for him by the Samurai Carpenter:


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How to Make a Marking Knife, Create an Indoor Garden, Build a Record Player Cabinet & More

The City Clock – Paris Design

La Fabrique DIY shows you their handsome City Clock, designed to look like a Parisian townhouse. They’re launching a Kickstarter campaign for it too:

Thru-the-Floor/Wall Magnet and Compass Alignment Trick

Another handy tip from Matthias Wandel: Here’s how to figure out, when drilling through a wall or floor, exactly where the drill bit will come out on the other side of that wall or floor.

DIY Indoor Garden With LED Grow Lights

Ben Uyeda makes a no-sunlight-required planter out of copper pipes and marble:

Making A Marking Knife From A Figured Walnut Gun Stock Blank

Nick Ferry makes a handsome marking knife from scratch:

Designing and Building a Record Player Cabinet

In this unusual build, Chris Salomone reflects on the interplay between skill, fear and design:

Turn A Log Into A Cup

There’s one mid-project disaster, but Dustin Penner recovers as he creates a drinking vessel out of a log:

Machining Prototype Hinges

Alec Steele begins milling the hinge prototypes he forged last time, to eventually go on the box created for him by the Samurai Carpenter:


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How to Make a Marking Knife, Create an Indoor Garden, Build a Record Player Cabinet & More

The City Clock – Paris Design

La Fabrique DIY shows you their handsome City Clock, designed to look like a Parisian townhouse. They’re launching a Kickstarter campaign for it too:

Thru-the-Floor/Wall Magnet and Compass Alignment Trick

Another handy tip from Matthias Wandel: Here’s how to figure out, when drilling through a wall or floor, exactly where the drill bit will come out on the other side of that wall or floor.

DIY Indoor Garden With LED Grow Lights

Ben Uyeda makes a no-sunlight-required planter out of copper pipes and marble:

Making A Marking Knife From A Figured Walnut Gun Stock Blank

Nick Ferry makes a handsome marking knife from scratch:

Designing and Building a Record Player Cabinet

In this unusual build, Chris Salomone reflects on the interplay between skill, fear and design:

Turn A Log Into A Cup

There’s one mid-project disaster, but Dustin Penner recovers as he creates a drinking vessel out of a log:

Machining Prototype Hinges

Alec Steele begins milling the hinge prototypes he forged last time, to eventually go on the box created for him by the Samurai Carpenter:


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How to Make a Marking Knife, Create an Indoor Garden, Build a Record Player Cabinet & More

The City Clock – Paris Design

La Fabrique DIY shows you their handsome City Clock, designed to look like a Parisian townhouse. They’re launching a Kickstarter campaign for it too:

Thru-the-Floor/Wall Magnet and Compass Alignment Trick

Another handy tip from Matthias Wandel: Here’s how to figure out, when drilling through a wall or floor, exactly where the drill bit will come out on the other side of that wall or floor.

DIY Indoor Garden With LED Grow Lights

Ben Uyeda makes a no-sunlight-required planter out of copper pipes and marble:

Making A Marking Knife From A Figured Walnut Gun Stock Blank

Nick Ferry makes a handsome marking knife from scratch:

Designing and Building a Record Player Cabinet

In this unusual build, Chris Salomone reflects on the interplay between skill, fear and design:

Turn A Log Into A Cup

There’s one mid-project disaster, but Dustin Penner recovers as he creates a drinking vessel out of a log:

Machining Prototype Hinges

Alec Steele begins milling the hinge prototypes he forged last time, to eventually go on the box created for him by the Samurai Carpenter:


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How to Make a Marking Knife, Create an Indoor Garden, Build a Record Player Cabinet & More

The City Clock – Paris Design

La Fabrique DIY shows you their handsome City Clock, designed to look like a Parisian townhouse. They’re launching a Kickstarter campaign for it too:

Thru-the-Floor/Wall Magnet and Compass Alignment Trick

Another handy tip from Matthias Wandel: Here’s how to figure out, when drilling through a wall or floor, exactly where the drill bit will come out on the other side of that wall or floor.

DIY Indoor Garden With LED Grow Lights

Ben Uyeda makes a no-sunlight-required planter out of copper pipes and marble:

Making A Marking Knife From A Figured Walnut Gun Stock Blank

Nick Ferry makes a handsome marking knife from scratch:

Designing and Building a Record Player Cabinet

In this unusual build, Chris Salomone reflects on the interplay between skill, fear and design:

Turn A Log Into A Cup

There’s one mid-project disaster, but Dustin Penner recovers as he creates a drinking vessel out of a log:

Machining Prototype Hinges

Alec Steele begins milling the hinge prototypes he forged last time, to eventually go on the box created for him by the Samurai Carpenter:


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How to Make a Marking Knife, Create an Indoor Garden, Build a Record Player Cabinet & More

The City Clock – Paris Design

La Fabrique DIY shows you their handsome City Clock, designed to look like a Parisian townhouse. They’re launching a Kickstarter campaign for it too:

Thru-the-Floor/Wall Magnet and Compass Alignment Trick

Another handy tip from Matthias Wandel: Here’s how to figure out, when drilling through a wall or floor, exactly where the drill bit will come out on the other side of that wall or floor.

DIY Indoor Garden With LED Grow Lights

Ben Uyeda makes a no-sunlight-required planter out of copper pipes and marble:

Making A Marking Knife From A Figured Walnut Gun Stock Blank

Nick Ferry makes a handsome marking knife from scratch:

Designing and Building a Record Player Cabinet

In this unusual build, Chris Salomone reflects on the interplay between skill, fear and design:

Turn A Log Into A Cup

There’s one mid-project disaster, but Dustin Penner recovers as he creates a drinking vessel out of a log:

Machining Prototype Hinges

Alec Steele begins milling the hinge prototypes he forged last time, to eventually go on the box created for him by the Samurai Carpenter:


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How to Make a Marking Knife, Create an Indoor Garden, Build a Record Player Cabinet & More

The City Clock – Paris Design

La Fabrique DIY shows you their handsome City Clock, designed to look like a Parisian townhouse. They’re launching a Kickstarter campaign for it too:

Thru-the-Floor/Wall Magnet and Compass Alignment Trick

Another handy tip from Matthias Wandel: Here’s how to figure out, when drilling through a wall or floor, exactly where the drill bit will come out on the other side of that wall or floor.

DIY Indoor Garden With LED Grow Lights

Ben Uyeda makes a no-sunlight-required planter out of copper pipes and marble:

Making A Marking Knife From A Figured Walnut Gun Stock Blank

Nick Ferry makes a handsome marking knife from scratch:

Designing and Building a Record Player Cabinet

In this unusual build, Chris Salomone reflects on the interplay between skill, fear and design:

Turn A Log Into A Cup

There’s one mid-project disaster, but Dustin Penner recovers as he creates a drinking vessel out of a log:

Machining Prototype Hinges

Alec Steele begins milling the hinge prototypes he forged last time, to eventually go on the box created for him by the Samurai Carpenter:


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Ford will ‘create or protect’ 800 jobs, invest $350M in transmission plant

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How to Build a Watch Box, Make a Cantilevered Shop Cart, Create a Dual-Purpose Knife Block & More

Building a Watch Box

Izzy Swan uses simple but effective techniques to bang out this hinged watch box:

Hardwood Flooring Around Stair Spindles

Matthias Wandel puts his engineering skills—and patience—to work to solve a hardwood floor installation problem:

Making Firewood With a Bandsaw

Matthias hauls his bandsaw out into a field, seeking a more efficient way to turn a felled tree into firewood:

Hacked Together Computer Desk

Frank Howarth continues building out his home office. Here he designs a desk/editing workstation and builds it out of a solid-core door, problem-solving as he goes:

Cantilevered Shop Cart

Jay Bates puts his pantorouter to work, using it to cut mortises and tenons for a cantilevered-shelf cart to hold his planer:

Adding 220 Volt Outlets to the Shop

April Wilkerson DIY’s 220 outlets for her new shop so that she can finally start running the larger tools:

How to Make a Dual-Purpose Knife Block

Bob Clagett makes a combination knife block and cookbook stand:

Cannon 2.0

Jimmy DiResta creates a second small brass cannon, this time using both the lathe and a CNC plasma cutter:


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How to Build a Watch Box, Make a Cantilevered Shop Cart, Create a Dual-Purpose Knife Block & More

Building a Watch Box

Izzy Swan uses simple but effective techniques to bang out this hinged watch box:

Hardwood Flooring Around Stair Spindles

Matthias Wandel puts his engineering skills—and patience—to work to solve a hardwood floor installation problem:

Making Firewood With a Bandsaw

Matthias hauls his bandsaw out into a field, seeking a more efficient way to turn a felled tree into firewood:

Hacked Together Computer Desk

Frank Howarth continues building out his home office. Here he designs a desk/editing workstation and builds it out of a solid-core door, problem-solving as he goes:

Cantilevered Shop Cart

Jay Bates puts his pantorouter to work, using it to cut mortises and tenons for a cantilevered-shelf cart to hold his planer:

Adding 220 Volt Outlets to the Shop

April Wilkerson DIY’s 220 outlets for her new shop so that she can finally start running the larger tools:

How to Make a Dual-Purpose Knife Block

Bob Clagett makes a combination knife block and cookbook stand:

Cannon 2.0

Jimmy DiResta creates a second small brass cannon, this time using both the lathe and a CNC plasma cutter:


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How to Build a Watch Box, Make a Cantilevered Shop Cart, Create a Dual-Purpose Knife Block & More

Building a Watch Box

Izzy Swan uses simple but effective techniques to bang out this hinged watch box:

Hardwood Flooring Around Stair Spindles

Matthias Wandel puts his engineering skills—and patience—to work to solve a hardwood floor installation problem:

Making Firewood With a Bandsaw

Matthias hauls his bandsaw out into a field, seeking a more efficient way to turn a felled tree into firewood:

Hacked Together Computer Desk

Frank Howarth continues building out his home office. Here he designs a desk/editing workstation and builds it out of a solid-core door, problem-solving as he goes:

Cantilevered Shop Cart

Jay Bates puts his pantorouter to work, using it to cut mortises and tenons for a cantilevered-shelf cart to hold his planer:

Adding 220 Volt Outlets to the Shop

April Wilkerson DIY’s 220 outlets for her new shop so that she can finally start running the larger tools:

How to Make a Dual-Purpose Knife Block

Bob Clagett makes a combination knife block and cookbook stand:

Cannon 2.0

Jimmy DiResta creates a second small brass cannon, this time using both the lathe and a CNC plasma cutter:


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How to Emboss Leather, Create a Sheet Metal Bender, How Much Linn’s Shop Cost to Build & More

Steel Bender

Wicked! Laura Kampf builds a contraption to help her bend sheet metal into curves of different radii:

How to Glue Perfect Miters

As a bonus tip within this trick for gluing long miters, the Samurai Carpenter demonstrates an excellent way to glue miters of any size without getting squeeze-out glue-lines marring the very corners:

The Miracle Latch

Ron Paulk tells a story illustrating how this ingenious little device saved him a lot of work. It’s a great example of how whomever invented this really knew his or her industry and invented something small but brilliant:

Durable Outdoor Finish

If you’ve got something made of wood that needs a tough, low-maintenance finish, you might want to consider marine-grade finishing products. Here the Wood Whisperer demonstrates:

How Much Did it Cost to Build the Shop?

Linn from Darbin Orvar runs down a bunch of small projects she’s been working on, then delves into a Q&A where she reveals how much it cost to build her shop out:

Leather Box Embossing Experiment

Ben Uyeda pays homage to a certain space smuggler, and his eventual captor, as he experiments with embossing leather using a vacuum bag:


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How to Build a Modern Stool, Create a 3-Way Portable Bandsaw Holder, Apply a Durable Outdoor Finish & More

Porta-Bandsaw Stand

Whoa. Using a CNC plasma cutter, Jimmy DiResta designs and builds an effective 3-way portable bandsaw stand:

DIY or Pay Somebody to Do It?

Matthias Wandel answers the classic question here by inventing a series of experimental contraptions to help him refinish a floor. Some very interesting trial-and-error here:

How to Make a Simple End Table

A speedy build with humble materials: Izzy Swan taks on the “2×4 Challenge,” where you’re meant to produce something useful using only a pair of 2x4s as raw material.

Hourglass Time-Out Stool

A funny project for parents, maybe not so funny for kids: Izzy makes a time-out stool with an integrated hourglass to denote the time length of punishment.

Building a Modern Stool

April Wilkerson’s in the UK this week, building a modern-style stool designed by Rhiannon from J Smith Woodwork:

How to Make a Ravioli Rolling Pin

Like Bob Clagett, I had no idea how raviolis were made using a specialized rolling pin. Here he demonstrates:

Wood Turned Plum Bowl

An experiment three years in the making, Frank Howarth has a lot of problem-solving to do on his way to turning a rather unusual-looking object:


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How to Build a Modern Stool, Create a 3-Way Portable Bandsaw Holder, Apply a Durable Outdoor Finish & More

Porta-Bandsaw Stand

Whoa. Using a CNC plasma cutter, Jimmy DiResta designs and builds an effective 3-way portable bandsaw stand:

DIY or Pay Somebody to Do It?

Matthias Wandel answers the classic question here by inventing a series of experimental contraptions to help him refinish a floor. Some very interesting trial-and-error here:

How to Make a Simple End Table

A speedy build with humble materials: Izzy Swan taks on the “2×4 Challenge,” where you’re meant to produce something useful using only a pair of 2x4s as raw material.

Hourglass Time-Out Stool

A funny project for parents, maybe not so funny for kids: Izzy makes a time-out stool with an integrated hourglass to denote the time length of punishment.

Building a Modern Stool

April Wilkerson’s in the UK this week, building a modern-style stool designed by Rhiannon from J Smith Woodwork:

How to Make a Ravioli Rolling Pin

Like Bob Clagett, I had no idea how raviolis were made using a specialized rolling pin. Here he demonstrates:

Wood Turned Plum Bowl

An experiment three years in the making, Frank Howarth has a lot of problem-solving to do on his way to turning a rather unusual-looking object:


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How to Build a Modern Stool, Create a 3-Way Portable Bandsaw Holder, Apply a Durable Outdoor Finish & More

Porta-Bandsaw Stand

Whoa. Using a CNC plasma cutter, Jimmy DiResta designs and builds an effective 3-way portable bandsaw stand:

DIY or Pay Somebody to Do It?

Matthias Wandel answers the classic question here by inventing a series of experimental contraptions to help him refinish a floor. Some very interesting trial-and-error here:

How to Make a Simple End Table

A speedy build with humble materials: Izzy Swan taks on the “2×4 Challenge,” where you’re meant to produce something useful using only a pair of 2x4s as raw material.

Hourglass Time-Out Stool

A funny project for parents, maybe not so funny for kids: Izzy makes a time-out stool with an integrated hourglass to denote the time length of punishment.

Building a Modern Stool

April Wilkerson’s in the UK this week, building a modern-style stool designed by Rhiannon from J Smith Woodwork:

How to Make a Ravioli Rolling Pin

Like Bob Clagett, I had no idea how raviolis were made using a specialized rolling pin. Here he demonstrates:

Wood Turned Plum Bowl

An experiment three years in the making, Frank Howarth has a lot of problem-solving to do on his way to turning a rather unusual-looking object:


Core77

How to Build a Modern Stool, Create a 3-Way Portable Bandsaw Holder, Apply a Durable Outdoor Finish & More

Porta-Bandsaw Stand

Whoa. Using a CNC plasma cutter, Jimmy DiResta designs and builds an effective 3-way portable bandsaw stand:

DIY or Pay Somebody to Do It?

Matthias Wandel answers the classic question here by inventing a series of experimental contraptions to help him refinish a floor. Some very interesting trial-and-error here:

How to Make a Simple End Table

A speedy build with humble materials: Izzy Swan taks on the “2×4 Challenge,” where you’re meant to produce something useful using only a pair of 2x4s as raw material.

Hourglass Time-Out Stool

A funny project for parents, maybe not so funny for kids: Izzy makes a time-out stool with an integrated hourglass to denote the time length of punishment.

Building a Modern Stool

April Wilkerson’s in the UK this week, building a modern-style stool designed by Rhiannon from J Smith Woodwork:

How to Make a Ravioli Rolling Pin

Like Bob Clagett, I had no idea how raviolis were made using a specialized rolling pin. Here he demonstrates:

Wood Turned Plum Bowl

An experiment three years in the making, Frank Howarth has a lot of problem-solving to do on his way to turning a rather unusual-looking object:


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Design Experience that Matters: How to Create a Rubber Prototype Using a 3D-Printed Mold

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This “Design Experience that Matters” series is provided courtesy of Timothy Prestero and the team at Design that Matters (DtM). As a nonprofit, DtM collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to design new medical technologies for the poor in developing countries. DtM’s Firefly infant phototherapy device is treating thousands of newborns in 21 counties from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. In 2012, DtM was named the winner of the National Design Award.


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Design Job: Create Thoughtful Furnishings! Coalesse is Seeking a Furniture Designer in Munich, Germany

We are looking for Mid to Senior-Level Industrial Designers with fresh ideas and cutting edge design skills to work in a dream location, our new Learning and Innovation Center in Munich Germany, and with a dream team of designers, engineers, and product developers! The Coalesse design

View the full design job here
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Design Experience that Matters: How to Create a Killer Design Portfolio

Building a portfolio is one of the most challenging parts of pursuing a career in design. On one hand, there’s no strict formula and no defined requirements, but on the other hand, we’re creatives. Isn’t that supposed to be where we thrive? In six months, I’ve had the opportunity to see both sides of this portfolio enigma—first in assembling my own portfolio and applying for positions, and more recently reviewing others’ portfolios with DtM CEO Tim Prestero to find a good fit for the company. This puts me in a unique position: I can still clearly remember the dozens of questions I had at the outset of my job search, but now I’m equipped with the context to give answers! 

The best advice I can give is this: Design your portfolio as well as the projects it contains. Who is your audience, what are they looking for, and what’s the most effective way to deliver it to them?

Who is your audience?

Before you even open InDesign, do some research. What is the standard for portfolios in your design niche? Furniture designers have vastly different portfolios from medical designers. Use this standard as a starting block. If you have a specific company in mind, you can look up the current employees. How do the staff members talk about their work? What skills do they most emphasize? This is a great place to start, but don’t stop there! Design portfolios needs a unique, well-considered approach to properly communicate.

As a student, it’s important to realize that teachers are a very different audience from employers. More often than not, I see people simply transfer class deliverables into a PDF, and presume the portfolio done. In a pinch, this may get the job done, but it can lead to a portfolio that doesn’t communicate anything more than technical skills. We’ve all seen the beautiful page of drawings photoshopped onto a moleskine notebook entitled “SKETCHES.” Employer Malory wants to know WHY you did those sketches. Were you thinking through closure details, or looking for a form that is consistent with a brand language? Most importantly, do your best to communicate your intentions succinctly — preferably in the page title.

What are they looking for?

Or in other words, what purpose does my portfolio serve? Student Malory would have told you that a portfolio is to show people your work, explain how you tackle problems and show the happy clients you’ve worked with. Now, employer Malory says that a portfolio’s main purpose is to substantiate the skills you claim to have. The shift in this thinking came from reviewing resumes. “Proficient with solidworks” can mean vastly different things from different applicants. Show me the results of paying attention in your CAD classes and it will set you apart from the other candidate who says the same thing but slid by. This goes beyond just technical skills, use pictures and stories to show me how you think!

As a student, one of the most common questions is how to present group work. There’s a duality of advice given about this subject. One school of thought says, “You will rarely work by yourself in the professional world, so show us that you can excel on a team of designers.” The other says, “Group work in a portfolio is never safe. How am I to gauge your skills when I don’t know how involved you were in this project?” There is still no clear answer, and every employer will tell you something different. The most I can offer is this: Be transparent about your contribution to the project. If someone else created the 3d model and render that shows your design concept, be sure to clearly call that out on the picture.

What’s the most effective way to deliver your portfolio?

As students, we’re tempted to ask for a blueprint. How many pages should my portfolio be? How many projects? What’s the best format, PDF or website? The answers are never consistent, but that’s because they are beside the point. Instead of asking, “How many pages?” think “How long will it take to review?” The problem with page count is that someone hears “three pages per project,” and then they populate those three pages with so much content that it becomes too busy to communicate anything. Take time to simplify the points of your project, dedicating a page to each point and designing the page to communicate that point as clearly and visually as possible.

Website and PDF portfolios have their applications. Ideally you should be ready to go with both. I remember thinking as a student that website portfolios were so cool and professional. Employer Malory still thinks that’s true, but the challenge is that websites are impersonal. For a job application, personalized touches set you apart faster than anything else. Pick the most relevant projects for the company you’re applying to and use those to populate your portfolio application. That being said, there are ways to be personable with a website: instead of sending an employer to your site’s homepage, consider linking them to a specific project within your website and explain why that project is relevant.

Evaluate your portfolio after it’s done.

Like any design, your portfolio needs to be tested. Sleep on it, then skim it. What does your portfolio communicate when you only read the titles and look at the pictures? Is that on message? Present your portfolio to someone, and take note of their questions. Look for points that require the most verbal explanation. This indicates a problem with either the story, or the communication of the page.

Your portfolio can be a powerful advocate for your work if you want it to be. Take as much effort to design your portfolio as you have the projects inside of it. It will show!

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This “Design Experience that Matters” series is provided courtesy of Timothy Prestero and the team at Design that Matters (DtM). As a nonprofit, DtM collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to design new medical technologies for the poor in developing countries. DtM’s Firefly infant phototherapy device is treating thousands of newborns in 21 counties from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. In 2012, DtM was named the winner of the National Design Award.


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