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Jan 14, 2015

Turn a Suitcase Into a Pop-Up Picnic Table and Portable Stereo

created at: 01/14/2015

It's getting to be a balmy 25 degrees in my neck of the woods. I can't help but think of warmer days and summer activities. Here's a really unique project that turns an old suitcase into the ultimate picnic… read more

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Jan 13, 2015

Cold Weather Relief: DIY Honey Ginger Throat Drops

Honey Ginger Throat DropsWith the weather hovering between frosty and frigid, it's the perfect time to make these honey ginger throat drops for some cold weather… read more

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Jan 12, 2015

Organize This: How to Make a Wood Crate Charging Station

In Process Charging Station

We all have a space crowded with charging cables, and the inevitable accessories that accompany our tech. this easy to make charging station allows for clean and easy access without the… read more

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Jan 12, 2015

4 Great Books for your DIY Library

[Image Credit] ManMade DIY

Outside the blogs like this one, books are a great way to get new ideas and sharpen your skills. All too often, I find nothing but outdated crafting and how-to books with black and white pictures and outdated power tools.… read more

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Jan 09, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: You Should Own a Pair of Calipers

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: 01/09/2015

For the first entry into the ManMade Essential Toolbox, a set of calipers might seem like an unusual choice. They don't really cut anything, attach anything, fix anything, make holes, repair holes, or help with design or… read more

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Jan 09, 2015

Make This: Homemade Wood Butter

Wood ButterWhen it comes to cooking in the kitchen, I still like my wooden tools. Using spoons and cutting boards made from wood feel great, and even though they may not improve my cooking skills they make me look better doing it.  … read more

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Jan 08, 2015

How to: Make a "Retro Mad Scientist" Lightbox with Dimmer

Mad Scientist Light Box

This self-described "Mad Scientist" lamp has got me all sorts of excited. With four tube amp bulbs attached to a pine box with a retro-looking dimmer, it seems like a good, masculine addition that'd complement quite a few different decor styles. And the whole thing costs under $20 in… read more

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Jan 07, 2015

ManMade Recommended: Kreg Pockethole Jig Make Joints Fast... and Only Costs $20

Pocket HolesJoining wood can be as much art as it is skill, and beautiful joinery really defines a piece of furniture. But for the times when you just need to quickly join a few pieces of wood securely, try the pocket-hole.  

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Jan 06, 2015

8 Seriously Tasty Reasons to Bust Out Your Slow Cooker This Week

I did not grow up in a "crock pot" family. We had one, an old avocado green job my parents got from their wedding registry. And, though I'm sure it got used, it wasn't something that characterized the food in our house. My wife's parents, on the other hand, were both doctors working day shifts, and according to her, nearly every thing her mom cooked came from the slow cooker. And, says my wife, protein + a mix of canned foods = dinners, all which tasted basically the same... like "crock pot… read more

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Jan 06, 2015

How to: Make a Simple Wallet from a Coffee Bag

Coffee WalletLast night I was in a conversation with some friends about wallets because we all remembered being in junior high, and the duct tape wallet was a pretty big fad... for eighth graders. None of us had the time, cash, or skills (most likely) to create awesome leather wallets like we might have liked, but I always was a fan of the DIY ethos, especially when it comes to such a personal item I tend to use everyday.  … read more

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Jan 05, 2015

Build Your Own Copper Still and Make Your Own Spirits at Home

If you're ready for a new kind of DIY challenge, consider building your own copper still, which will allow you to distill your own spirits for DIY whiskey, vodka, gin, or brandy. (Or tequila, I guess...if you can get your hands on a giant agave… read more

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Jan 02, 2015

How To: Make Wax Dipped Bottles

Wax Dipped Bottles

If you want to make that drinkable gift very personal, go ahead and add a wax seal to those bottles for a personal… read more

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Dec 30, 2014

Try This: How to Make Your Own Red Wine Vinegar

Make your own Vinegar

Right now, you can find more tutorials on how to use vinegar to clean your toilet than you can find to use vinegar with a delicious dinner. This is a travesty for such an amazing and delicious liquid! Unlike most condiments, vinegar is one that you can make yourself and will taste better than anything you can buy in a store. I guarantee it! Here is a simple tutorial on turning leftover wine into homemade vinegar.… read more

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Dec 30, 2014

Try This: Make A Custom Branding Iron with a Rotary Tool

Custom Branding Iron

Marking my gear with a sharpie has generally been my preferred method of marking things as mine, but in the past few months I've been seeing some pretty impressive ways to skip the marker for something a bit more… read more

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Dec 23, 2014

Inspiring Read: Boat Building with Merchant and Makers

Building a BoatI've wanted to build a boat ever since I sunk my small dingy on the Trinity Lake as a kid. Once I have the space, I will fashion a sea-worthy vessel and take it out to brave the ocean, or at least a sizeable pond.  … read more

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Dec 22, 2014

Make This: How to Transfer Your Photos to Wood

Transferring A Print To Wood

I've seen plenty of tutorials out there detailing how to transfer prints onto wood. This simple project will turn your prints into something uniquely… read more

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Dec 22, 2014

DIY Idea: You Should Frame Up Your Flat Screen

Framed Flat ScreenWhile that flat screen looks much better than the massive tube model that used to be there, hanging it on the wall doesn't make it blend in. This simple reclaimed lumber frame makes it into something worth starting at.  … read more

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Dec 19, 2014

How to Simplify Your Wardrobe [Sponsored Post]

created at: 12/18/2014
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We are all busy – but knowing how to maximize your time where it counts will put you ahead of the game. Gain valuable minutes in the morning by creating a closet that's as organized as all of the toys in your garage. Here are four ways you can simplify your wardrobe right now:

 

1. Invest in Closet Organizers

Spend your next Saturday building out your closet with shelving and other organizing models to make room for all of your clothes. Be sure to build enough shelving to properly fit all your sweaters and more delicate fabric pieces that may… read more

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Dec 18, 2014

Brewed Part IV: Fermenting and Finishing Your Homebrewed Beer

Homebrewed Beer Logo

Once that lid is on the fermentation bucket, it seems like everything is complete. This final part of the series looks into what happens during the fermentation period, and the final step before you can sit back and enjoy a handcrafted beer.  

Primary FermentationPrimary Fermentation As the yeast begins the very important (almost magic) job of converting the sugars into alcohol, quite a few things need to… read more

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Dec 18, 2014

The Process: Check Out This Mid-Century Modern Inspired Rocking Chair

created at: 05/28/2013

Rocking Chair

Mid-Century modern decor has been making a comeback in recent years, and 2014 in particular saw a big resurgence in the industrial design world. The designs are often simple and sleek, with angular repetitions bespeaking an industrial creator. However, that doesn't mean the style can't be earthy or… read more

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