MAKER MAYHEM: Low Moments in How-To History

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August 22, 2014

Radiant Heated Dog House: Because shoving Rover’s paw in a light socket wouldn’t be cruel enough


“As long as Rover pays his ‘doghouse rent’ in the way of companionship, watchdog service, entertainment, etc.,” the introduction of this How-To tells us, “the least you can do is winterize his outdoor quarters.” Fair enough, and further proof that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, not even for Rover.


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August 13, 2014

Burnt Matchstick Easter Decorations: When celebrating the Resurrection means looking no further than your ashtray


There seems to be something specific to the Christian faith that drives the non-trained artist to express their love of God with found objects, sundry recyclables, and repurposed household detritus. You don’t often see a Star of David hammered out in bottle caps, or a Muslim weaving a prayer rug from folded gum wra...

August 1, 2014

Automobile-Sized Refrigerator: When a cooler just isn’t cool enough


You’ve spent every spare second of the past month sequestered in your garage hacking your old Frigidaire; entire weekends have been lost to the obsessive sawing, sanding, and welding, the labeling of wires and tubes, and the exacting dissection and reassembling of its motor, compressor, and evaporator. Itchy from fiberglass dust and delirious from the cloud of...

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