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Feb 10, 2015

How to: Bind Your Own Book

Perhaps you want to make your sweetheart a little something special. Perhaps you've got an idea that you want to share with the world in paper form. Perhaps you simply haven't found the right notebook size and style. 

Then you, my friend, should learn how to bind your own… read more

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Feb 09, 2015

How to: Make Her a Simple + Elegant Hardwood Necklace for Valentine's Day

Handmade Olive Wood Necklace for Valentines

Fellas, it's that time of year! Skip the single-origin chocolate bars and organically sourced roses and get your hands to work on this elegant, modern necklace that is sure to stun your special someone.  … read more

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Feb 09, 2015

Gift Guide: 14 DIYable Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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The best gifts come from the heart, and it's infinitely better if they can come from human hands as… read more

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Feb 06, 2015

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Army Canvas Headboard

This DIY headboard project makes a very fine way to add a little rustic texture to your sleep space. It uses a 5x7' canvas tarp (twenty bucks!) and, the best part, no sewing. Just some 2x4s, a bit of plywood, and some staples and screws to hold it all… read more

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Feb 06, 2015

How to: Make a Sturdy Pair of Folding Saw Horses

Saw horses are some of the oldest work holding and support systems, and they still do a great job, centuries later. But now that they compete for precious shop space with stationary power tools and lumber storage and modern workbenches, it can be hard to find floor space to keep a pair on hand.

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Answer: don't store them on the… read more

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Feb 05, 2015

How to: Make Stackable Wooden Tree Limb Coasters

A tree branch slice coaster is a wonder of simplicity: it's rustic, it's organic, it's functional, and adds some outdoor style to your coffee table. And they're easy to make, costing you much less than buying a set; you just gotta know what you're doing.  … read more

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Feb 05, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Make Raised Panel Cabinet Doors, Part II – The Anatomy of a Cabinet Door

Raised Panel LogoOnce we put together the pieces for our raised panel set-up, of course it's time to take a look at what parts make the pieces of a door.  … read more

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Feb 04, 2015

How to: Make a Stylish, Multi-Purpose Wood Roll-Up Tray

Make a multi-purpose roll-up wood tray

I recently saw an image of something like this guy on Pinterest and after many minutes of searching, I couldn't find where I could buy it. So, I made my own! It's a roll-up wood tray you can drape over the arm or cushion of your couch to create a flat surface for all kinds of good… read more

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Feb 03, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Should Own a Speed Square

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. 

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I always like a tool whose name indicates its purpose. Oh, what's a screwdriver do? A citrus squeezer? How about a box cutter? The function is all right there in the name. 

In many ways, a speed square falls right into the category. It tells helps you determine "square" - that is, when one edge or line is exactly 90° to another, and it helps you do it quickly. Done. Right?… read more

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Feb 03, 2015

The Beautiful Butterfly Spline: How to Create This Elegant and Surprisingly Simple Joint

created at: 02/03/2015

The butterfly spline is a prominent way to shore up a damaged piece of wood in a way that shows off the joint instead of hiding it. Take a… read more

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Feb 02, 2015

Dapper Up Your Workload: How to Make DIY Leather Folders

Stitching a Leather Folder

We all have a few files in the office that tend to stick around. For me there are a couple that I refer to almost daily and the folders tend to disintegrate much too often. This leather folder tutorial is a great project for those looking to class up their daily office… read more

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Feb 02, 2015

Tiny House Tour: Evan's Rustic, Timber-Filled Shelter

Tiny House

The tiny house movementhas been gaining so much steam in the last decade that it's easy to parody, but I'm continually blown away by the innovative and stylish decor people come up… read more

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Feb 02, 2015

How to: Make a "Groundhog Day" Alarm Clock

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In honor of Groundhog Day, the holiday (?) occurring every February 2nd (that's today), and the 1993 cult film Groundhog Day, Randy of the Instructables Design Studio managed to created his own take on Groundhog Day alarm clock. The hack results in a DIY'd version of the one of the film's most iconic images, the clock radio on Phil's nightstand that awakes him each morning at 6:00a, playing Sonny and Cher's "I Got You… read more

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Jan 30, 2015

5 Amazing Nacho Recipes You Should Totally Make This Weekend

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No matter which team you rooting for this weekend, or whether you care about football or the Super Bowl at all, I think we can all agree on one thing: nacho are amazing. They get our vote for the ultimate TV-centric party food; whether watching the game or French La Nouvelle Vague cinema, they beat out wings (but just by a hair), cause you can do most of the prep work ahead of time, and they don't involve big, messy pots of scalding hot oil while trying to cook for a crowd. Deep-frying doesn't mix with beer consumption very well,… read more

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Jan 30, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Custom Tool Set-Up Gauge

Pieces for a Custom Set-Up GaugeWhile there are plenty of workshop tools you can buy from the store, the true mark of a handmade maker is when custom tools start showing up on the shelves. Make this simple set-up gauge for faster, more accurate tool adjustments in the shop.   

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Jan 29, 2015

The Process: Crafting a Mid-Century Modern Walnut Coffee Table from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Hobbyist woodworker Jesse McKee of Dallas, Texas recently finished up a seriously awesome project: a mid-century modern-inspired walnut coffee table complete with storage and visible box joints that show off the piece's handcrafted origins. 

Jesse says, "[This is] a common mid century design that I added some of my favorite details to. Mainly the box… read more

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Jan 28, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: You Should Own a Serious Cordless Drill/Driver

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. 

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I'm not going to insult you. You know the cordless drill/driver is the most useful, popular, and can't-live-without-it portable power tool in the DIYer's arsenal. It can do everything from drilling holes to driving screws to twisting wires to drilling bigger holes, and mixing paint, all in with a completely cord-free, clip-it-to-your-tool-belt ease. I wouldn't hang a picture or a shelf without one (or two) and its certainly a tool that gets touched on nearly every project.

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Jan 27, 2015

A Seriously Hearty Meal... That's Gluten-Free and Vegan? [Recipe]

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Let me say off the bat that I'm generally skeptical of meals touted as gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, raw, etc. I love the idea of eating as healthily as possible but finding good recipes can be pretty hit or miss when you try to meet some of those qualifiers. This however is one recipe whose gospel I can preach.   

My friend Haley started a food blog about a year ago called Brewing Happiness and every Friday she gets together with a friend to make a new, ultra-healthy dish together. This week was my week and we made an incredible Spicy BBQ Tofu Flatbread with Lemon-Dill Sauce that she thought up. I know a lot of you start looking for the exits when you hear the word "tofu," but hang in there. I rarely (re: never) eat tofu but I really enjoyed this meal and I was SHOCKED at how hearty and filling… read more

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Jan 27, 2015

10 Common Laundry Mistakes Men Should Never Make

created at: 01/27/2015It's important to invest in high-quality style staples that will last a long time, and be easy to wear in variety of settings. And! It's just as important to take care of those staples properly, keeping them clean and stain-free, and storing each piece well, so its ready to go and wrinkle-free when the time is right.  … read more

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Jan 26, 2015

How to: Make a Simple Wooden Puzzle Storage Box

This is a fun, basic storage box DIY project to stash some secret goodies, or to set on the coffee table for a solid conversation starter. The construction is surprisingly simple, with no fancy cuts involved, just accurate cuts and square… read more

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