Restoring a Steelcase Desk?

by Autumn Heart

After seeing the beautiful retro furniture available on RetroOffice.com, I convinced my husband that we should update our office desk with an old Steelcase model (he's a big Superman fan, and the office is Superman themed, so we're going for a mix of retro-comic style.)

We lucked out, and found an old Steelcase desk for FREE off Craigslist. Picked the monster up, got it home, and have been staring at it ever since.

It came from an old art studio...

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How to Organize Your Manuals, Warranties, and Instructions.

by Chris Gardner

Though stereotypes abound, I (a man) love to read the paperwork and manuals that come with a new purchase. I'll sit down and read the whole thing before I even mess with my new gear, somewhat for safety and know-how, but mostly to prolong the excitement.

    And I keep all the manuals. There's boxes in my basement, and it takes way too long to sort through all the nonsense just to reference a quick setting. So, though they're not rocketscience...

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Make a Paper Towel Dispenser for Your Workspace or Craftroom.

by Chris Gardner

I've eliminated wasteful use of paper towels in nearly every aspect of my life- except in a few instances when working on projects...if anyone has a better way to clean up oil-based stains or epoxy spills, please let me know.

So, one the rare occassions that they're necessary, they might as well look sharp and be available, so I built this paper towel dispenser. I used wood from my scrap bin, so it didn't cost me anything, but it could definately...

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How to: Light Your Workspace

by Chris Gardner

No matter what your skill, medium, or project of choice, you've got to be able to see what you're doing.

Foot Candles: Lighting quantity or intensity is  measured in foot-candles (fc). So states Wikipedia, “The unit is defined as the amount of illumination the inside surface an imaginary 1-foot radius sphere would be receiving if there were a uniform point source of one candela in the exact center of the sphere. Alternatively, it can be defined as...

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Baby, Light My Garden Shed

by DIY Maven

Baby, Light My Garden Shed

If you have a garden shed or workshop that is lacking in illumination, you might want to consider the ‘Light My Shed’ solar shed light. No fancy wiring required, just mount the solar panel to the outside of your shed and the accompanying fluorescent light–NOT LED–inside the shed. Available through BackyardCity.com, the ‘Light My Shed’ will set you back about 80 bucks.

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Hamster Powered Paper Shredder.

by Chris Gardner

Now even your pets can outfit their homes, DIY-style.

Hamster Powered Paper Shredder.
 

The all-analog Hamster Shredder, designed by Tom Ballhatchet, works just like your standard rodent powered office supplies. The hamster runs along the wheel, which in turn destroys your documents and cushions his tabletop penitentiary of happiness. 

Ballhatchet's work is currently on display in Milan.

 

On the other end of the spectrum is the not-nearly-as-cool USB hamster wheel, which I guess...

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My New Craft Room: The Work Station

by DIY Maven

With the walls painted, it was time to address the work station. I considered the surface space that seemed comfortable. I wanted enough room to spread out but not so big that it would overpower the room. I decided 22" by 48" would work just fine. As it happened, we had an old, laminated desktop–leftover from another re-do–out in the garage accumulating dust. It was on the big size, so MWT* trimmed it down to size.

I also knew I wanted two...

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