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What you’ll find in the May 2015 issue of Cottage Life magazine

The May issue is mailed to subscribers April 9, and is on newsstands April 20. In the May issue of Cottage Life:  The Advice Issue A buyers’ guide to ATVs How to pick the best prop for your boat Got a wood-burning...

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9 everyday items that could save your life in an emergency

At the cottage, improvising is a fact of life. No worms for bait? Use pieces of hotdog. Forgot your swimsuit? A t-shirt and shorts work just fine. Sometimes, though, emergencies hit and you're too far from civilization to...

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Bro-approved tunes for your cottage workshop

When the noises of drills, hammers and miter saws against wood aren’t quite cutting it as a soundtrack, throw on these Bro-approved tunes for an instant boost. From Canadian classics to good ol’ acoustic guitar singalongs,...

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Colin and Justin jack up their cottage and install a new dock

Colin and Justin's cottage is on the tilt. Aye, it’s a "slanty shanty" and then some! To remedy matters, the cottage needs to be jacked up, but the costs certainly won’t jack up the boys' hopes for a happy ending. Prior to...

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The most indispensable tools in a bro’s workshop

Every craftsperson has a set of indispensable tools that cater to their specific craft, and cottage tinkerers are no exception. But because a cottage workshop has only so much space—and a weekend has only so many hours—paring...

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Lessons learned from the Brojects builds

On Brojects, the more crazy, wacky, and seemingly impossible a project sounds, the more excited Kevin and Andrew get to bust out their hammers and get to work.  For three of the bros’ most audacious projects, Andrew breaks down...

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Five things every “bro” should build for himself

In a perfect world, we’d all have the time, patience, and proficiency to carve every stick of furniture inside and outside our cabin. But for tinkerers with too-short summers, some projects are better left to the pros. That...

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The bros’ DIY dos and don’ts

There’s no shortage of aphoristic advice among DIYers. Common chestnuts like “measure twice; cut once” and “where there’s a will there’s a way” always ring true, but here are a few more Dos and Don’ts courtesy of...

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10 DIY hacks for your next “broject”

For cottage DIY builds, there are a lot of instances where you won’t have the proper tools—or a bro to pitch in with an extra pair of hands. These are the hacks that will rescue your project when you’re in a pinch. Use...

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