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Jan 07, 2016

How to: Make a New Candle from All Your Spent Ones

Turn all your old candles into a new candle

As a man, I fully endorse candles. If you look beyond the Yankees and Bath and Body scents you can really find some invigorating scents. My personal favorites smell like camp fires, tobacco and patchouli.     … read more

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Jan 06, 2016

How to: Make Everything Taste Better this Winter with DIY Charcoal Salt

created at: 01/06/2016

In the summer, it's easy to get those deep, blackened and charred flavors in your weeknight meals. During grill season, you simply head outside, and cook your meal over an open flame.

And then comes January, where the produce is poor, and everything lacks that certain zing that the warm sun and fire-seared foods provide.   … read more

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Jan 05, 2016

10 Ideas for Organizing Your Workshop for the New Year

Hopefully, the new calendar has you motivated to take on some new projects. And we all know the key to working quickly, efficiently, and creatively is: organization. Keeping things where they need to be allows your work surface to stay clean and makes your tools easy to find. Plus, when well organized, you'll find you can actually fit a lot more gear and materials into a small space.   … read more

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Jan 05, 2016

What's the Deal with Bulletproof Coffee? (And how to make it...)

Bulletproof CoffeeYou've likely heard of it, especially if you read any men's lifestyle publication. Wherever the name comes from, the recipe for Bulletproof Coffee is simple: take some perfectly good and delicious coffee, and add a whole bunch of fat to it, usually as butter or lower cholesterol coconut oil. I'll admit, I've been hearing enough about Bulletproof Coffee that I really am tempted to try it. Who knows, maybe this will be the key to my best year yet?… read more

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Jan 04, 2016

10 DIY Ideas to Stay Occupied While You're Snowed In

10 man-made snow day projects

This week they're predicting record-breaking winter storms in my area which means, aside from braving my drive to and from work, I'll be stuck inside. So, instead of heading to the grocery store for bread and milk I'm headed to the hardware store to get some supplies to keep myself busy under the snowpack.

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Jan 04, 2016

How to: Build a Bike Repair Stand for $30 in Hardware Store Parts

Bikes have moving parts...it's precisely what they're designed to do. And things with moving parts need maintenance to keep them moving smoothly. And since a bike's very design is to move forward as it's parts move, you either need to a) get your bikes wheels off the ground while maintaining access to gear shifts and break levers and b) grow two more arms and hands.   … read more

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Dec 30, 2015

Home Upgrade: How to Install a Copper Windowsill

Copper WindowsillTo upgrade a boring windowsill, why not add a bit of character with a layer of something special like copper. Adding a layer of this warm material is unique, simple, and will age well for years to come.   … read more

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Dec 29, 2015

How to: Make Your a Wooden Handplane

Are you still feeling the lingering of the Christmas spirit? Keep it going by crafting some carpentry tools dating back beyond the first century. This DIY guide takes your old plywood remains and an old circular saw blade to combine them into a custom and sturdy hand plane.   … read more

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Dec 28, 2015

How to: Make the Perfect Cappuccino (from THE Expert...)

If you're a coffee snob/connoisseur, you know about Blue Bottle Coffee (check out the Wikipedia article on third wave coffee for an entertaining drop down the rabbit hole), and you know that they're known for their insanely specific guidelines to how they make their coffee. We're talking about measuring temperatures to fractions of degrees and using a digital scale to get an exact weight - to a tenth of a gram - for each shot.    

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Dec 23, 2015

Holiday Guide: 7 Last Minute Things to Do Before Hibernation

credit: MMortah [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmortah/8395365738/]

Freaking out because you haven't finished everything you need to do on your list? No worries! We have some last minute tips for you.… read more

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Dec 22, 2015

How to: Make a 3D Paper Reindeer Head

If you're looking for a project to keep your hands busy while watching "Elf" on repeat and stuffing your face with candy canes, check out this DIY paper [rein]deer head. It's a cruelty free way to get that modern rustic cabin vibe to bring some seasonal cheer, or just to add some visual interest to any masculine space.   … read more

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Dec 21, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Keep Your Tools in Good Working Order with these Necessary Lubrication Tools

Grease GunWith so many moving parts in the shop, it takes quite a bit to keep it all running smooth. We keep a few key lubricants on the shelf to make sure there is a always an oil or grease close at hand when we need to get rid of that squeak, loosen a rusted tool, or just get something back to like new performance.   … read more

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Dec 21, 2015

Your Monday Morning Dose of Crafting Zen

created at: 12/21/2015

For many of us, this is a big week. Start it off well with some serious inspiration.   … read more

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Dec 18, 2015

How to: Memorize Anything

created at: 12/18/2015

The art of the memory palace (or method of loci) dates back to Ancient Rome with rhetorical treatises on how to memorize anything based on the art of visualization and associating the things needing to be remembered with those imagined spaces. Believe it or not, this is still one of the most famous methods used by Memory Champions today (yes that is a real thing).   … read more

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Dec 18, 2015

Your Shop Lights Don't Have To Look Like Shop Lights

Hanging Beam LightTired of the boring lights hanging from your shop ceiling? Why not take the time to make something that reflects your personality a bit more. Here are three inspirational designs that will give you a new outlook on shop lighting.   … read more

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Dec 17, 2015

A Classic (and Cheap!) Holiday Gift Done Right

Finished FlaskWith the holidays right around the corner, we set off to buy a relatively cheap, but meaningful gift for a friend. What we found was classic flask designed by the same guys who made your grandfather's thermos, and filled it with a little holiday spirit. … read more

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Dec 17, 2015

Make This: Wood Block Wall Calendar

Wooden Blocks Here's a simple and awesome looking idea for a family calendar that will actually look good on the wall in our house. Made from reclaimed shop wood and painted with a clear chalkboard paint, this simple weekend project will have plenty of use for years to come.  

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Dec 16, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Yep, We're Calling 'Em Essential. Why You Definitely Need an Air Compressor and Nailer Kit

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: 12/16/2015

Okay, friends. Here's the thing with air nailers and compressors, at least for creative woodworking, every day DIY, and casual weekend use: they're amazing. Optional, sure? But the amount of time and frustration they can save is immense, and in most shops, worth every penny. 

And here's why: "nail guns," unless you're framing a house, are not a replacement for hammer and nails. Instead, they're most useful as an extra pair of hands, or four, for aligning and registering parts and keeping things in place while adhesives dry. They're incredibly useful for trim work, installing cabinets, stairs, carpentry, and woodworking. They don't only hold things together; they hold things in place while something stronger holds the parts together. And that's even more useful.   … read more

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Dec 16, 2015

How to: Make Craft Beer Pickles

Pickles are great even if they are a luxury on most sandwiches. In fact any Whole Foods type store is bound to be full of jars of hip and artisanal pickles, many of which will cost a small fortune. If you’re game to save some dough and more imporantly go on an AMAZING flavor adventure, then this IPA Craft Pickle recipe is for you.   … read more

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Dec 15, 2015

Why the Hot Toddy is a Man's Ultimate Winter Cocktail... and How to Make It

created at: 12/16/2014

Egg nog is a divisive libation, loved by its proponents and eschewed by any means from its haters. Many think the idea of warming wine and adding oranges and cloves and such is a waste of perfectly good wine, and many of us are happy to simply take a black coffee and a glass of whiskey, rather than trying to Irish up anything.    … read more

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