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Aug 11, 2016

How to Make a Concrete Fire Pit That's Really Built to Last

Firepit Looking for a way to keep the fun going when the sun goes down? A firepit is the perfect post-BBQ gathering point for a bit of warmth, some roasted marshmallows, and conversations well into the night. I wanted to build a place where we could keep the summer nights going, but the store-bought kits just didn’t catch my eye. That’s why I decided to build my own from durable, solid outdoor materials that will hold up to years of use, and look great doing it. This project is pretty straightforward, and combines with my backyard corner benches project to create a place where a long evening turns into a lasting friendship.

created at: 08/02/2016

Of course, no night spent around a fire is complete without a little refreshment, … read more

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Aug 11, 2016

How to: Make a Custom Wall-Mounted Tool Rack for Your Workshop

created at: 08/11/2016

There are lots of ways to store your hand tools. Tossed into a portable tool box, or organized in bins, totes, or the drawers and racks of a chest. I've always been a fan of getting things up on the wall where you can see them, find them, use them, and then put them back when you're done. (Plus, let's face it... they do look cool.)

If you're over the limitations of pegboard, but not quite ready to invest the time and resources into a tool cabinet, we suggest one of these: a tool rack. You can make some in an afternoon, and each space and slot is customized to fit exactly what you need to organize.   … read more

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Aug 10, 2016

Make This: Simple DIY X Side Table

Side TableWe're betting there are plenty of places a great looking side table would fit in your house. Here's a simple and sturdy design that's plenty strong, and easy to whip up in a weekend.… read more

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Aug 10, 2016

The Process: Making an English Longbow from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

With the summer Olympics in full swing, it's time to start paying attention to one of the many sports that most of us barely remember until this time every four years: archery. (We love you too, steeplechase and race walking.) As an ancient sport dating back some 64,000 years, the bow and arrow's construction has understandably undergone some manufacturing changes. But not for John Neeman Tools...    … read more

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Aug 09, 2016

Make This: Custom DIY Dart Board Set

Dart BoardI don't think any rec room or local pub worth its dinged up bar top is completewithout a simple dart board in it. Here are a few tips to make a classy board set that will give that room some serious character. 
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Aug 08, 2016

DIY Masculine Decor Idea: Use Vintage Wooden Crates as Planters

Created Succulents via [http://blytheponytailparades.typepad.com/my-blog/2013/07/crated-succulents.html]

Summer markets are still buzzing with fresh produce and local goodies - but what's gonna happen when they're gone? Well, maybe you can score a few wooden crates to use as planters.… read more

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Aug 04, 2016

How to: Make a Vintage-Inspired Shipping Crate... Perfect for a Bottle of Whiskey

created at: 08/04/2016

Ask any one who appreciates a fine sipping experience, and they'll confirm: a bottle of spirits makes for a great gift. But, it's a bit of a strange thing to hand over. Sure, you could use a gift bag (I guess?) or just pass it unwrapped to the recipient. But, why not make the whole thing a little special with a custom crate, which can be reused for storage, or regifted onto the next guy?   … read more

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Aug 04, 2016

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 out!   … read more

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Aug 04, 2016

Crafting a Custom Bar Stool from Construction Lumber

created at: 05/28/2013

Evan is the crafter and store owner behind Mr. Lentz, a leather goods and wooden accessories shop. He's also a great story teller and tinkerer, and we love when he posts his narrative builds as a look into the creative process.

This time, he set out to build a bar stool from scratch, without plans or measured drawings and made solely from dimensional lumber (2x4s, etc) from the home center. … read more

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Aug 03, 2016

How to: Make a Rustic Reclaimed Wood Charging Block

slotting for a charging stationIt's a whole lot easier to remember to charge that phone when it's secured in a spiffy looking block. We made a simple cube charging station out of reclaimed pallet wood.… read more

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Aug 03, 2016

Back to Basics: How to Make a Perfect Bloody Mary

created at: 04/16/2013

These days, the Bloody Mary game is all about oneupsmanship. The goal in bars and brunch spots has become to adds so savory complements to the drink that they turn it into both a snack and a cocktail: spears and spears of pickled veg, whole shrimp, fried bacon, charcuterie, chicken wings, antipasti, mini cheeseburgers, firecrackers, tiny pizzas, everything.

created at: 10/31/2013

Which is fine, and fun, but takes away from the essence of the drink. Sure, it's a canvas for complementary flavors, but that canvas isn't blank in the first place...it's actually a perfectly balanced cocktail.

So, here are the basics on the Bloody Mary. If you're not one to drink vodka, well, then it also makes a darn fine amped-up tomato juice.… read more

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Aug 02, 2016

The ManMade Guide To Better Product and Tabletop Photography

created at: 04/16/2013

There are sorts of reasons a guy would wanna take great photos at home: an artist or crafter, online shop owner, Instagram power user, or just an everyday documenter extraordinaire.

Manmade Guide to Better Product Photography

 No matter your focus, these easy and affordable tips will help you dramatically improve your photography skills.

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Aug 02, 2016

Looking For Something Different? Make Some Leather Drawer and Cabinet Pulls

Leather DIYOne of the most distinctive features on a piece of furniture are the drawer pulls. Try something different with a leather pull to really make an impression.… read more

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Aug 01, 2016

Pesto 101: The Complete Guide to Making Summer's Perfect Condiment

A guide to making the perfect pesto

Pesto is a mighty Mediterranean-style sauce and condiment that’s super versatile and easy to make. It's amazing all warm weather season long, when the fresh ingredients are bountiful, and tastes fantastic on anything from the grill, on pizza or fresh pasta, or, as many will confess,  a spoon.… read more

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Aug 01, 2016

Make This: How To DIY Your Own Charcoal

created at: 08/01/2016

Charcoal. It's signature smokey flavor makes summer smell like...well, summer. But have you ever wondered how its made? Guess what. It's pretty straightforward, and with just a few ingredients you can make your own. Take a look.… read more

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Jul 29, 2016

How To: A Guaranteed Way to Deep Clean Your Water Bottle

created at: 07/14/2014

Anyone who regularly uses the same water bottles several times a week - runners, cyclists, hikers, athletes, or any general person-on-the-go that likes to stay hydrated - can attest: they can get nasty. Even if nothing but water and ice ever go in, the crud can still build up, and non-H2O fluids like sports drink or add-ins make the taste, odor, and junk even worse. … read more

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Jul 29, 2016

Try This Simple Trick Anytime You're Laying Out Cuts or Marks on Your Woodworking Projects

created at: 11/12/2015

Over the weekend, I was working in the garage when I found myself in a familiar position. I needed to transfer a pencil line from one face of a piece of stock to the one around its corner. Sounds simple enough to do with a square, but I've had this problem before. Sighting the line isn't accurate enough, and a traditional try or combination square isn't of much help here. Here's why:    … read more

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Jul 29, 2016

How to: Fund Your Own Epic Travels + Adventures

created at: 11/10/2014Five years ago I found a tiny grant through a journalism fellowship so that I could shoot a documentary short about sex-trafficking in South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Four years ago I found some small financial aids to help me study the Lakota language, and three years ago my brother and I found a grant through his college that helped fund our dream of rafting the entire Mississippi River.  

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Jul 28, 2016

This Should Be Your First Leatherworking Project: How to Make a Stylish Leather Wallet

If you've ever thought about making a leather wallet, but haven't for whatever reason, then here is the place to start. With a couple tools and about $10 in leather you'll lay the groundwork for greater leather-working projects and emerge with a stylish and minimalist wallet to boot.   

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Jul 28, 2016

Make This: 5 Upgrades for Your Welcome Mat

Wooden Door MatIs the first thing your guests see when they walk up to your front door a worn-out welcome mat? Make a good impression with one of these DIY wooden front door mats. Take a look:   … read more

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