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How to to almost anything by Lundström
Technical tips and tricks.
How do you grind with toothpaste? How do you sharpen a pair of scissors? How do you get a thin low voltage cable through the wall? These and more than 300 practical tips, clever tricks and plenty of smart how-to' are gathered in these two books; "Mekartips del 1 and 2" and "Mekartips del 3" by Göran Lundström, Ingenjör Lundström, (among other things journalist, engineer and writer of children's books) with illustrations by Regina Ponsell. We got our copies at Sifverts, but they're available through booksellers or from the author himself via the link below. The books are SEK 65:- a piece and in Swedish of course. Part 1 and 2: ISBN: 91-973675-0-8. Part 3: ISBN: 91-973675-1-6

9 April 2005



The Microplane grater
A really, really sharp grater.
This is just one of the Microplane graters, but they are all made with the same technology. Yes, we are talking hi-tech here, and the Microplane people seems to have perfected the art of making really, really sharp edges. A while ago we presented another really sharp grater from Cuisipro (link here) and the two are both very useful in our kitchen. Available, among other places, from Amazon, for USD 14:-.

7 April 2005




Sifvert wood screws
If Siefvert's don't have the nuts and bolts, they don't exist.
At one time or another we have probably all been looking for this particular bolt. Or needed to replace a nut on an ancient boat engine. An insolvable problem unless you happen to know of a skilled blacksmith or toolmaker. Not at all. Salvation is closer than that, at least if you live in Stockholm. Sifvert at Lindhagensgatan 53 will most likely save the day. This store have everything you can imagine in screws, nuts and bolts. And then some. Four generations of the Sifvert family have been running this business since Axel Wilhelm Sifvert opened the doors for the first time in 1861, 144 years ago.

6 April 2005




Carina Ahlburg's smart paper collection box
Smart newspaper recycling box.
Most of us with at least a minimal sense of environmental protection will most likely have a pile of old newspapers in the kitchen or by the door. This is neither practical nor does it improve the look of your home sweet home. Now there is a somewhat stylish way to correct this, by Swedish designer Carina Ahlburg. Her cardboard container (above) is perfectly sized to take a normal Swedish paper grocery bag. In this bag you place your old newspapers when you are through reading them. When the bag is full, you take it to your neighborhood recycling center and replace it with another. No more ugly pile of newspapers. Just a stylish container. Eureka! Available at Swedish design store Designtorget.

3 April 2005




Muji foil box
The cutting edge of plastic foil boxes.
This thing is so smart we wish we had thought of it ourselves. It is just a semitransparent plastic box with room for one roll of plastic foil wrap. But contrary to the boxes this foil is commonly sold in, this one has a cutting edge worth a damn. No more balls of foiled and spoiled foil. Just a clean cut piece of plastic cover. The box is from the in-store Muji shop at Åhléns department store in Stockholm and cost SEK 50:- (ca EUR 5:-).

2 April 2005



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