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Jul 16, 2015

How to Bend Wood and Plywood at Home: Laminations Explained

I've always been fascinated with curved wood furniture. It doesn't feel right to take straight stock and curve it like that, but at the same time the results are fantastic. It's definitely an art and now I've found a great video that makes it something I'm a little less afraid to… read more

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Jul 15, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade on a Budget: Step 1 – The Master Plan

Cluttered ShopI’ve been working in my shop several days a week for a few years now, and it shows. When it’s polished up, it’s useable, but the whole thing seems to unravel into chaos within minutes of starting a project. The main problem, as in most things in life, is a lack of organization. I tell my kids daily that “every toy has to have a home”, but I have a lot of orphan tools in my shop that simply occupy the nearest shelf.  … read more

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Jul 15, 2015

ManMade Guide: Step Up Your Summer Drinks with Grown-Up Flavored Ice Cubes

created at: 04/16/2013

Around here, we've moved past the short glass - the whiskey in a tumbler, the shaken 3 oz. cocktails of spring -and opting for the long and tall. With sunshine comes all-day drinks: those mixed with plenty of ice and fresh ingredients to keep you cool.

How to make flavoured ice cubes

Of course, it's ice that keeps 'em cool, and when your glass sits around in the heat...well, ice melts. So, this summer, make that a good thing. We're sharing our technique and recipes to allow the ice to actually contribute to the flavor of a drink or cocktail, not just its temperature or dilution. Check it… read more

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Jul 14, 2015

7 Essential Tools for Cooking Meat Like a Pro

Here's the thing with cooking up a flavorful piece of protein: it's kinda expensive. Especially if you get the good stuff from a butcher you trust. Mess up a carrot? It's pretty easy to peel and cook up another one. Mess up a 48-day aged Frenched crown roast of prime beef? You're out nearly a Benjamin.    

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Jul 14, 2015

How to: Make a Hood Ornament

Quick: what was the make, model, and production year of the first car you owned? Mine was a 1984 Honda Civic, tan, with a tape deck that got used significantly, and get this, power door locks! Snazzy!

created at: 07/09/2015

I bet most of you had no trouble answering that question - the cars you've driven throughout your life leave a mark on you. Remember how bad you wanted that soft-top Jeep in high school? Or the white Celica you took with your girlfriend on that first big cross-country… read more

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Jul 14, 2015

You Can Build This House for $4,000

4k house

I've always been a fan of small houses. In small spaces, everything has a purpose, and everything is so easy to organize because you can't fit much in there to clutter it up. Here's the plans and instructions to build your own very small (cozy) cabin for about… read more

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Jul 10, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Floating Wood Slab Bedside Table

Nothing beats a big old chunk of wood. Fine joinery and glue-ups are great, but I'll take a solid slab any day. Sometimes, it's nice to be in awe of craftsmanship. But sometimes, it's nice to just be in awe of… read more

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Jul 10, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The Best Woodworking Clamps for Big Jobs

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

Bessey Pipe ClampLast week we talked about the 5 essential small clamps every DIYer should own. The post was an overview of the various clamps we use on just about every project. Today, we're going to focus on which clamps we grab for the large glue-ups where holding pressure and stability are important for a flat and solid glue-joint.

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Jul 09, 2015

IKEA Hack: Make a Mid-Century Bar Cabinet from a TV Stand

created at: 07/09/2015

IKEA products can solve a great many organizational issues in the home, and be none to visually offensive in the process. But, therein lies the problem; their ability to blend seamlessly into any space means they don't offer a lot in the way of personality. They don't take away, but they don't bring along to the table, either. 

Except, when they… read more

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Jul 09, 2015

How to: Read a Topographical Map

I've recently been burning my way through Band of Brothers for this first time since 8th grade social studies, and the amount of time they spend reading maps leaves me staggered and envious (lets be clear: they do lots of much more amazing other stuff… read more
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Jul 08, 2015

Make This: DIY Downdraft Sanding Table

Downdraft BoxIf you work with wood, you know how hard it is to keep the saw dust and wood chips in the shop, and not all over the rest of your life. This downdraft table helps capture that dust and keep it where it belongs.  … read more

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Jul 08, 2015

Upgrade Your Headboard with Peel-and-Stick Wood Boards

stikwood headboard

It's always a great deal when you not only stumble on a great project to tackle, you learn about new products at the same time. I recently found this amazing IKEA hack that featured a new product called Stikwood. I simply cannot wait to get my hand on some boxes of this… read more

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Jul 07, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Protect Yo'Self - The Best Gear for Staying Safe in the Workshop

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day.  

created at: 07/07/2015

My shop is a very useful place, it's full of tools to cut, shape, smooth and attach all manners of wood and metal together to create an endless line of projects. But with so many tools, come plenty of dangers. While these are not technically tools, and they're definitely not as fun as a big spinning sawblade, I consider them essential to the toolbox. I mean, name one other item you're going to use on every project. Not even a tape measure sees as much action as a pair of safety… read more

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Jul 06, 2015

Amazing Storage and Organization Solutions for the Small Workshop

Space-Saving Shop Projects

I work in a tiny, leaky, antique shed. Workspace is a precious commodity that keeps getting taken up by scraps and in-progress pieces and just plain junk.… read more

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Jul 02, 2015

How to: Create Light Paintings with Sparklers

If you're doing the holiday weekend right, you're gonna end up with some sparklers. Maybe because you're at some official bash with picnic tables and kiddie pools, maybe because your buddy grabbed a three-pack when he went to get ice, but let's face it - sparklers are awesome. And the Fourth of July isn't the same without… read more

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Jul 02, 2015

Make This: Scrap Lumber Side Table

created at: 07/02/2015

Looking for a clever way to use up all that scrap wood? Here's a side table project that will turn that cluttered lumber pile into something useful. Quick and easy pocket hole joinery make it a project that's done in an… read more

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Jul 01, 2015

How to: Hack an Old Cigar Box Into a Vintage-Inspired Charging Station

created at: 07/01/2015

I got this idea soon after some friends visited and forgot their charger cords for their phones. Since I had my own to use overnight, we had to fish around for other solutions. One day, in my shop I was reflecting on this dilemma when I remembered there were these new USB wall sockets that would be perfect to turn into a portable charging station whenever I need… read more

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Jul 01, 2015

Skills 101: How to Use a Stiching Awl to Sew Heavy Duty Fabrics and Leather

created at: 07/01/2015

I once ran into a dude at the leathercraft supply shop, who was talking to his friend about all his big ideas, and telling his buddy what to get. He threw a wood handled stitching awl into the basket, and stated, "Oh, yeah, man. You definitely need this. It's like a handheld sewing machine." Not quite, overzealous and under-qualified… read more

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Jul 01, 2015

Of Clay and Wattles Made: Building a Primitive Hut from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

One of my all-time favorite poems is "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by W. B. Yeats about the simple cabin ("of clay and wattles made") that he plans to build along shore of the lake and the peace he hopes to find as a result. The poem is beautiful and striking in its simplicity, and so is this process video of a man building an actual primitive hut from scratch.   

created at: 07/01/2015

The video has no dialogue or narration, but is presented in a way so that you can actually watch it and reproduce it… read more

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Jun 30, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Workshop Needs a Great Oscillating Multi-Tool (and Which One to Buy)

 Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

created at: 06/30/2015

We've all heard: "I didn't know I needed it until I got it." It stands true for so many tools in my shop that streamline and tune up my jobs, but no tool has done more to make my life easier than the Oscillating Saw. Once you get your hands on one, I guarantee you'll… read more

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