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By Jay White

King Artur

Materials: Artur trestles and a bespoke table top (DIY store); Both beech. Description: I took two Artur trestles and mounted them cross-over. To do so I cut out the pieces of the L-shaped wood in the lower (not moveable) part of the tresle that was in the way of fitting the 4 parts into each other (Artur pic no. 1) to form a cross (Artur pic no. 2).

20 Simple Ways to Stoke Your Self-Confidence

Once upon a time there was a small child known as you. This child was born into the world pure and perfect, aware only of its own needs.

How to Pick Your Way Out of Handcuffs

Editor’s note: This post was written by the ITS Tactical Crew and originally ran on ITS Tactical. Today we’ll be showing you how to pick your way out of handcuffs using only a bobby pin. We realize this may be a sensitive issue to some out there, as this information in the wrong hands could be detrimental; here’s our take. The current “swinging bow rachet – type” adjustable handcuff

Kicking Ass & Taking Donations: 9 Tips on Funding Your Kickstarter Project

Have an idea that needs funding to get off the ground? We round up the collected wisdom from some of Kickstarter's most successful projects.

You Are Invited To a Free Self Confidence Webinar (hosted by me!)

Several months ago, I asked the PTB audience (yes, YOU!)  to offer input on a potential topic for a course I was planning. The overwhelming majority requested a course on improving self-confidence.

Ivar library and storage

Materials: IVAR shelving units Description: We wanted to build a library in the short part of our L-shaped living room. We decided to build storage space in the lower part (for which we used the IVAR units that are 50 cm deep) and build bookshelves on top that (30 cm deep). Click to read the rest of the post >>

Custom Multimedia Console

Materials: EXPEDIT + 1 board + metal reinforcement + fixing material Description: How to build a cheap console (less than 200 euros including 85 euro Ikea furniture) to put - one video projector - one multimedia amplifier - two surround speakers - one STB - two video-game consoles with three constraints: - no visible wire - wallpaper behind should still be visible - people should say &

If You Can’t Get These Features, Start Shopping for a New Bank (52/365)

Over the last few days, we’ve talked about several features your bank should have: compatible hours, few (or no) fees, solid interest, and a large ATM network. On top of that, I’d add robust online banking as well. The question then becomes what do you do if your bank doesn’t offer these things? I’d suggest shopping for a new bank.

Carl Jung's Five Key Elements to Happiness.

I love reading Carl Jung, especially his book Memories, Dreams, Reflections. His work is very challenging, however, so to get a Jung fix, I read a bunch of interviews that he gave, which were printed in the collection, C.G.

The Benefits of Working in Short Time Blocks: Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post on how freelancers can tackle projects like a software developer using a trend in software development called “Agile”, which calls for compressing development projects into short pieces. Well I found another article, this time at The 99%, that calls for the benefits of working in small time blocks.

Gorgeous Trays

Materials: Bigarra, Ideal Description: I buy these lovely Ikea Stoneware trays and vases and decorate them with ceramic colors. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Unitasker Wednesday: Cauliflower Corer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I’m glad reader Jeri included a description with her submission of this week’s unitasker because I had no idea what it was just looking at the image: I didn’t even know Cauliflower Corers were a thing.

Get it Now: “Getting to Know SEO”

Rockable Press has just released a new book: Getting to Know SEO. In this book, content analyst and SEO expert Andre Kibbe gives you a solid grasp of what SEO is all about, and how it can help you generate steady and sustainable traffic to your site or product. What’s Inside? Optimizing your website to rank as high as possible on search engines is more important than ever.

Profile: Freelance Writer and Entrepreneur Thursday Bram

Around here, Thursday Bram is best known as the one who answers questions sent to Ask FreelanceSwitch. But did you know that she’s been writing since high school? That she came from a family of entrepreneurs and has always expected to run her own business?

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Games and Drinks Edition

For some reason, three people have contacted me within the last day or two asking me for suggestions on how to deal with drinks and snacks when playing board or card games with friends. They do make a mess. If we’re just playing a game with an ordinary deck of playing cards, I don’t sweat it.