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Jun 03, 2010

How To: Bicycle Wheel Pot Rack

created at: 06/02/2010

This project is right up the bike lane of most ManMakers: we don't have enough kitchen storage space, we love to recycle, and don't have regular access to welding-gear.

"A bike wheel and a few hardware-store odds and ends are all it takes to rescue your cookware from the dark and dusty recesses of kitchen cabinets. And who knows? Perhaps a functional, accessible, and rotating pot rack will finally bring out your inner Iron Chef (or at least encourage you to stop ordering in every other night)."

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Jun 02, 2010

Customize Your Cookies With DIY Cookie Cutters

Cookie Cutter DIYIf pushed to declare a gender-neutral food, I'd nominate the cookie. Free of stereotypes, affiliations, and boosting and infinitely adaptable color palette, the cookie belongs on everyone's plate, if they make it that long.

But, the cookie's adaptability also allows for some intense customization, particularly in the classic cutout. But the next time you check out the cookie cutter section, you'll find yourself swimming in the limited palette of teddy bears and Easter baskets. Cookie cutters should be available in as much diversity as men and women come - from powder puffs to power tools.

So, looks like we'll have to make our own.… read more

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Jun 02, 2010

Welcome to Bicycle Month! How To: Make a Mini Bike Light

created at: 06/02/2010

Greetings, ManMakers! June 2010 is Bicycle Month on ManMadeDIY.com. We're passionate about two-wheeled transportation - both for its impact on the environment and your health, as well as the infinite number of bike crafts and hacks that one can do to totally take a DIY approach to cycling.

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One of the key aspects of cycing is safety, especially when sharing roads with other vehicles. So, to kick things off, here's a great mini bike light how-to that makes everything completely from scratch. This version is housed in a hose-to-faucet adapter, and uses three LEDS powered by triple-a batteries. A rocker switch is added to the back to control on/off… read more

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Jun 01, 2010

How To: Beef Up Your Burger Technique

created at: 06/01/2010

With Memorial Day behind us, it's OFFICIALLY grilling season, and nothing tastes like summer more than a well-formed, well-seasoned, and well-grilled hamburger. Many purists would argue that ground beef, salt, pepper are all that should ever go into a burger, but with some many resources, techniques, and traditions available to us, why not supplement that classic juicy beef patty with a few new options? Especially some that are so flavorful, you can keep the ketchup bottle in the fridge.

New York Times writer and author Mark Bittman explores the art of the best at-home burger - including beef, lamb, and pork - that starts with… read more

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May 28, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello at Home

created at: 05/03/2010

Limoncello is a sweet, lemon-flavored liqueur that originates from the southern regions of Italy. It's usually served chilled and straight up, as a lovely after dinner digestif. It has a strong lemon flavor, but contains none of the sourness associated with lemons, since its made by infusing the peel of the lemon, rather than the juice.

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And SiNCE its merely lemon peel infused into high proof alcohol, it means you can make it at home! In bulk! It only takes three ingredients - lemon peels, sugar, and grain alcohol, and about… read more

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May 27, 2010

Classic Cocktail How To: The Manhattan and the Rob Roy

created at: 05/03/2010

The Manhattan is the cocktail that can best show what rye whiskey can do. It was invented in honor of the election of New York Governor Samuel Tilden in 1874.

created at: 05/27/2010

The classic recipe features a 2:1 ratio of rye to vermouth, stirred in a mixing glass, then strained into an iced martini glass. Variations include a perfect Manhattan, made with equal parts dry and sweet vermouth, and a Rob Roy, which is made with scotch, recipe below.

Manhattan

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth (or 1/2 oz each dry and sweet for a perfect Manhattan)
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino or Bourbon cherry, for garnish

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May 26, 2010

How To: Make a Pocket Knife Key Wallet

As men, we don't usually have the benefit of a purse to keep goodies, and our pockets get pretty heavy. Sure, there's the briefcase,  the "murse," and the "go bag", but face it - it's weird when guys carry their stuff in bags. Either we must be on our way to work, or we're stealing something. I'm constantly getting searched at the movies, library, shops, etc.

And sure, we have pockets, but with wallets and keys and metro cards and cell phones, it doesn't leave much comfortable space for other things that individuals might find necessary.

So, we improvise. ManMade reader Ken sent in this how-to he created that holds… read more

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May 25, 2010

Five Ways to Open a Beer Bottle without a Bottle Opener

created at: 04/16/2013

Whether you're stuck without the appropriate tools, or just want an opportunity to show off some cool parlor tricks, there are plenty of ways to open a beer or other capped bottle without an manufactured bottle opener. Since we got such a great response for our Five Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew, we thought we'd assemble five of these beer bottle tricks.

created at: 05/25/2010

 

Oh, and yes, it is possible to do this with your teeth, but please, please don't. It's not worth it, and people aren't really laughing with you...

Beerlighter

1. With a lighter. Check out this classic simple machine principle at work from the Wired wiki.read more

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May 25, 2010

Classic Cocktail How To: The Tom Collins

created at: 05/03/2010

There's a really weird origin story that surrounds the Collins. And by really weird, I mean some sort of hoax that I'm not quite sure I get. The Wikipedia article leaves me quite confused, but this post at Mental Floss explains a bit better:

created at: 05/25/2010

"The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874...begat The King of Cooling Drinks, the Tom Collins. The hoax kicked off with a prankster telling a group that they were being talked about by the loose lipped Tom Collins, and then sending them on an angry goose chase to find him. 
In 1874, the Steubenville Daily Herald reported that the hoax “belong[ed] to New York, where it was played… read more

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May 24, 2010

How To: Turn Your Computer's CD/DVD Drive into an iPod Dock

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In the days of streaming Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and the ability to watch feature films on your mobile phone, your computer's CD and DVD drive doesn't get as much play as it used to. But you certainly WILL still use it, so you don't want to ax it altogether.

This how-to by Tim Schiesser combines the best of both worlds - he's created an iPod dock that sits in your computer's rarely used CD/DVD tray, but is easily removable for when the time comes.

Tim says: "I noticed recently that my DVD drive wasn’t getting much love, but my iPod Nano was getting loads of use and needs charging all the time. An idea came to me… read more

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May 24, 2010

Classic Cocktail How To: The Sidecar

created at: 05/03/2010

There's no clever, charming story to detail the history of the Sidecar - no one really knows where it was invented, or by whom, though the Ritz hotel in Paris claims it was invented there in the late 1910s.

created at: 05/24/2010

Regardless, this is a fun one that'll make you feel like you're back in the post-prohibition swing days. It's usually served up, in a chilled martini glass with a sugared rim, but might also be served in a rocks glass… read more

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May 21, 2010

101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes

created at: 05/21/2010

Deke McClelland - master media lecturer - has done the impossible...or at least the ambituous. He's made this amazing how-to video that features nearly every Photoshop shortcut and excess-click-avoiding tip, all in five minutes and to a tune that mimics mid-90s bizarro hit "Popular" by Nadaread more

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May 20, 2010

Classic Cocktail How To: The Negroni

 

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created at: 05/20/2010

You may not know it yet, but the Negroni is your new favorite cocktail. It's strong, balanced, absolutely delicious, and makes a perfect pre-dinner cocktail that'll match nearly anything you're eating during the warm months.

The drink was supposedly invented in Florence in the 1920s, when Count Negroni asked the bartender to pump up his Americano (equal parts sweet vermouth and Campari, served tall with soda water) with gin.

And if you're brave enough to flame an orange peel, it's totally worth it. The toastiness of the orange oils mixed with the bitters and the spices of gin is a very… read more

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May 19, 2010

Jamaican Jerk: At Home, and Illustrated

As grill season continues to be more and more feasible (i.e. the May showers give way to sunshine again), many of us are looking for new flavors and sauce to try on our grilled amazingness.

created at: 05/19/2010

So, might I suggest Joe's Jerk sauce, from the fabulous illustrated recipe site, RecipeLook.co.uk. It seems like you could puree it up in bulk, then store it in the fridge for a few weeks.

Joe's Jerk Sauce: RecipeLook

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May 19, 2010

How To: Pair Beer with Food

created at: 05/03/2010

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The pairing of wine with food is a classic tradition. Sommeliers - wine stewards - spend years training their palattes to not only recognize the subtle differences between wine vintages, but also learn how each of wine's qualities interact with different foods to make a explosive tastebud experience.

But, the complexity and diversity of beer can also match the variety of flavors in your meals. Craft brewers exercise great care to create subtlety and nuance in their brews. So, sure, ambers will always go great with pizza and cheeseburgers, but don't… read more

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