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From Lennart to bedside table

Materials: Lennart drawer unit, Sätta knobs (those bolts are too long, so you need shorter ones or something to put between), fabric, Rationell shelf, screwdriver, glue, stapling gun, screwsDescription: I needed two bedside tables, but didn't have that much money. So I decided to make something out of Lennart. I stapled fabric to rationell shelf and then screwed it to the top of the lennart.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Salsa

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Cardratings.com Wants to Hear Your Story

Every week we feature a “reader story” at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

15 Deal Breakers to Avoid When Pitching an Idea

You’ve finally gotten a meeting with the people who can turn your dream into a reality. You can’t wait to walk into that room and sell them your idea. You’ve read up on the first part of this two-part series which covered the nuts and bolts of making a pitch, and you feel pretty prepared. Awesome.

Lillberg Loveseat To Toddler Bed

Materials: Lillberg loveseat frame, Japanese saw, sandpaper, sander, nail gun, circular saw Description: * Used a Japanese saw to saw off back two wooden pegs (dowels) that hold up the backrest. * Fastened the frame to the base with a nail gun. * Used a circular saw and hand saw and sawed off the armrests. * Smooth edges with a sander.

Old wood Expedit box

Materials: Expedit, old wood Description: I designed this box for the Expedit bookcase. The sides and bottom of the box is made of MDF. The old wood had been used as a front. A nice IKEA doorknob serves as a handle. A practical box with lots of storage. Very quick and easy to make! See more of the Expedit box. ~ Trudie, Holland

One Question That Will Change Your Life Forever

Did you know that, barring some radical scientific advancement, you and everyone you know will be gone in 100 years? All of that hard work and perseverance disappears, just like that.

Reader Mailbag: A Weekend Away

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Building credit 2. Commuting car for grad school 3. Favorite biographies 4. Moving back to big city? 5. 401(k) rollover or not? 6. Follow-up to Ticket to Ride 7. Homemade bug spray for gardens 8.

Career Moves: How to Win the Office Politics Game (Part One)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. “Office politics” is one of those phrases that used to make me groan. I worked in an office from the time I was a freshman in college until I quit my job last year, and let me tell you, I had my fill.

Stainless Steel coffee table

Materials: VIKA HYTTAN table top and LACK side table Description: 1. Assemble Lack side table with casters. 2. Lay Vika Hyttan table face down. 3. Using a pencil and measuring tape, identify the area where the Lack side table is to be mounted with L brackets. 4. Place the L brackets in their proposed locations and drill the pilot holes with a power drill.

How to Simplify Self Improvement

“10 Tips to Increase Your Motivation!” “8 Ways to Maximize Your Productivity!” “32 Secrets for Being the Best Person Ever!” Self-improvement advice is everywhere.

The Four Archetypes of the Mature Masculine: The Warrior

This is the fourth part of a series on the archetypes of mature masculinity based on the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading the introduction to the series first.

The Future of Self-Improvement: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

What if long-term success doesn't really have that much to do with your "potential"? A look at recent research that debunks talent in favor of true grit.

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

What if long-term success doesn't really have that much to do with your "potential"? A look at recent research that debunks talent in favor of true grit.