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Nov 07, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Growler Tote from an Upcycled Pair of Jeans

created at: 11/07/2014

The growler is a great way to transport beer to a buddy's house to to a party, and allow you to share and enjoy a greater variety of brews than what you can find in six pack. But, what about transporting the actual growler itself? The handles are small and slippery, and the whole thing is made of fragile glass. So, awesome if you're got someone to hold in their laps on the passenger seat, but what if you're walking, cycling, taking transit, or driving… read more

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Nov 07, 2014

How to: Simplify Your Wallet

8 Apps To Slim Down Your WalletIf you've ever been mugged (or accidentally lost your wallet in a river like I've actually done,  TWICE), you know the insane pain it can be to replace everything. While there's a good case to be made for why you should immediately photocopy the contents of your wallet, there are lots of other great ways to reduce the fat wad in your pocket and streamline your life with redundancies to spare.   

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Nov 06, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Making Saucy Asian Noodles

For some people, fall comfort food is a warm pot of chili. Others love an ooey gooey mac and cheese, and many dig on a Sunday dinner-style roast chicken with all the fixings. And, me too. But my ideal version of what to eat on a chilly fall evening or a rainy Saturday looks a whole lot like the photo above.… read more

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Nov 06, 2014

The Gentleman's Organization, Part II: DIY Shoe Shine Box and Phone Charging Station

Charging System In Process

Part one of the Gentleman's Organization series put together storage solutions for watches and sunglasses with some interesting projects. This time, we'll be looking at taming cell phone charging cords and all the little pieces of your shoe shine… read more

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Nov 06, 2014

How To: Make Your Car Feel Like The Future

Transportation Technology Incorporated People MoverMany of us would love to live in the future. And with the exception of the fact that we're still waiting for Jarvis to arrive and put Siri to shame, there's so much incredible technology out there that it isn't hard to feel like we already do.   

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Nov 05, 2014

ManMade Recommended: The Kreg Multi-Mark - A Super Useful Tool for Under $15

created at: 11/02/2014

I recently picked up this neat little tool after some raving reviews from fellow DIYers. It's quickly become a tool that I cannot live without and after you see what all it does, it'll become  an essential to your projects.… read more

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Nov 05, 2014

How to: Faux Aged Metal Bookends

Faux Zinc Bookends

No matter how great a raw project turns out, we can all agree that adding finish is the when it finally pops. This tutorial is a fast and easy way to finish up letters (or any other decorative project) with a clean zinc finish.   Faux finishes are typically a pretty mixed bag. Rather than looking like the material or patina you're going for, they can often just look like... a painted faux… read more

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Nov 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Personalized Tie Clip

They say true style is all in the details, and this is super simple way to add a little custom flair to your… read more

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Nov 03, 2014

How to: Make a "Doctor's Bag" Leather Briefcase from Scratch

If you're ready to step up your leather working game from basic strap and construction work, consider going all out and making one of these: a full-on leather doctor's bag-style… read more

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Nov 03, 2014

Make Your Own Geometric Wood Flooring

Make your own Geometric wood flooring

I stumbled across this fantastic idea for refinishing the floor of a vintage trailer. I must say this is a rather fantastic idea for covering up some rather putrid flooring in a quick, light, and easy manner!… read more

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Oct 31, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Rustic Floating Media Center from Walnut and Copper

Here's a cool, space-saving idea with plenty of style: a floating media shelf featuring beautifully grained hardwood contrasted with warm copper pipe.… read more

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Oct 30, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Salt Cellar for Your Next Dinner Party

created at: 10/26/2014

We recently procured a salt shaker for our dining table. It looks like an owl. My wife likes it. However, it seems that the sea salt we put in it never actually comes out of the little holes. Taking from the kitchen salt cellars you scoop and pinch from as you cook, I thought I'd create a communal cellar to place on your table that's perfect for a party of one or a party of many. No more clogged shakers!… read more

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Oct 29, 2014

The Gentleman's Organization, Part I: DIY Watch Case and Sunglass Storage

Drilling Sunglasses Line Hole

Nice accessories can really bring together an outfit, be it a watch, cufflinks, or a classic set of sunglasses. But keeping all these classy pieces organized and in good condition can be a huge task as they begin to pile up on a closet shelf. Take a look at these projects to tame that clutter and class up your… read more

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Oct 29, 2014

Guy Creates an Amazing DIY Engagement Ring Box

Amazing Ring Box

Reddit user curtisabrina pulled out all the stops when he wanted to give his girlfriend a ring. He built the entire thing from milling the wood to machining the metal parts. This is one of the most fascinating things I've ever seen. Someone should tell Tiffany and Co. about this fella.  … read more

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Oct 28, 2014

How to: Make a Rustic Concrete and Copper Lamp

Nothing beats a good DIY lighting project, especially one made from easy-to-find hardware store materials and the finished product comes out looking as sharp as this guy.   … read more

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Oct 28, 2014

How to Microadventure, Fall Camping Edition

created at: 10/13/2014The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping, and yet most men don't feel they have the availability to take the time and experience it in full. But that doesn't have to be the case. Here's an article written by Alastair Humphreys – famed adventurer, author, motivational speaker, and National Geographic's 2013 Explorer of the Year – championing the concept of the 'microadventure.'   

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Oct 26, 2014

Making Headlines with the Hendo Hoverboard [Yes, It Actually Works!]

Hendo HoverboardAlright we gotta talk about hoverboards for a second. They're awesome, we'd all use one if they functioned like Marty McFly's, and for the most part they've been a dream of the future. In fact, every couple years there's some tiny innovation that doesn't amount to much or there's a viral hoax to let us down like Tony Hawk's HUVr prank earlier this year. No more.   … read more

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Oct 24, 2014

How to: Make A Custom Rough-Cut Lumber Beer Flight Set

created at: 10/19/2014

Craft beer is growing out here on the West Coast like a wildfire in the wind. While visiting local breweries in the area, I've always been impressed by well made flight sets, so I decided to make my… read more

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Oct 23, 2014

How To: Handmade Flyfishing Net

Wooden Handle

Credit:Prestonmade.com

I've been out perfecting my cast quite a few times in the last few months as the weather turned cool. It's quite a cathartic moment throwing the delicate fly out to be struck by a hungry trout. While the majority of fly fishing gear is intensely complicated and time consuming to construct, a sturdy landing net can be constructed with moderate skills in a weekend and will stand up to years of… read more

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Oct 22, 2014

A Perfect Alternative to Coffee: The Earl Grey Foglifter

Earl Grey Foglifter With Pumpkin Spice

Most mornings call for an early jolt of java to get me going. Black coffee warms me up, and I've grown to love the bitter-sweet taste. But on the slower days when I just don't feel like a bitter cuppa joe I turn to something a bit smoother - The… read more

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