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Easiest Pliers for Looping Wire

Tool: Beadsmith 1-Step Looper Pliers, 3mm Also shown: KNIPEX – Long Nose Pliers, Round Tips Transcript

Super glue gel/2-way door rule/AllTrails

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox.   Super glue gel Super glue is runny, which can cause it to drip when you apply it to a vertical surface or be absorbed when you apply it to a porous surface. Gorilla make Super Glue Gel, which solves both of these problems. I used it to glue together pieces of laser cut plywood to make these...

Joe Grand, Hardware hacker

Our guest this week is Joe Grand. Also known as Kingpin, Joe is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, teacher, daddy, honorary doctor, TV host, member of legendary hacker group L0pht (pronounced “Loft”) Heavy Industries, and former technological juvenile delinquent. He has been creating, exploring, and manipulating electronic systems since the 1980s.You...

Countersink Drill Bit/Rainbow Maker/Teeny Turner Screwdriver

Recomendos: Countersink Drill Bit Rainbow Maker Teeny Turner Screwdriver   Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Cool Tools reviews

Restoring and Re-Creating an “Intimate Contact” Vise

[Welcome to a surprise (to you and me both) weekend edition, brought to you by a newsletter app hiccup that caused me to lose a bunch of content on Friday.] *** I hope you’re all having a good summer. If you’re working on any fun projects, I’d love to see them. I may share some with the class. *** How many people were actually participating in the...

What’s in my cigar box? — Josh Glenn

Josh Glenn is cofounder of the commercial semiotics agency SEMIOVOX and editor of the website HILOBROW. He is coauthor of the UNBORED family activity guides, SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS, and other books including THE ADVENTURER’S GLOSSARY and LOST OBJECTS (both forthcoming). Recently, he signed on as founding editor of MIT Press’s RADIUM AGE series of reissued...

Tiny purchases/Grief Deck/Retractable electric cords

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox. Tiny purchases that improve life Ask Metafilter asked its users: “What tiny purchases changed your life drastically?” The dozens of answers provide a wealth of useful tools and gear recommended by users. Example: “A cheap low-feature MP3 player, like they sell for $30 for exercising with. They...

Book Freak #55: How to Design Your Life

Bill Burnett is a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and currently the Executive Director of the Design Program. Here is advice from his book, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. Don’t fall in love with your first idea “Our minds are generally lazy and like to get rid of problems as quickly as possible,...

Joe Szuecs, Founder of the Maker Music Festival

Our guest this week is Joe Szuecs, the founder of the Maker Music Festival. Joe is also the president of Chimera Arts maker space located in Sonoma County, California. Joe is a software developer, artist, musician and avid home cook. You can find Maker Music Festival on YouTube, and on Instagram @makermusicfest and on Twitter @makerfestival. Cool...

Heavy duty mic/Spoon carver/Can dispenser

Recomendos: Heavy duty mic Spoon carver Can dispenser Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Cool Tools reviews

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