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Jun 19, 2014

How Not to Die: 20 Survival Tips You Must Know...Sort Of

created at: 06/19/2014

Popular Mechanics takes on accidental death, and how to avoid it. Interestingly, the majority of the tips don't presume mountain isolation or post-apocalyptic bug outs, but a variety of outdoor activities, from mowing the lawn to attending a baseball game to drinking too much… read more

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Jun 18, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Shorts from a Pair of Pants...No Sewing Required

How to make your own shorts

Quick! There are only a few weeks left of summer, and clearly, you're not going to spend money on buying a brand new pair of shorts. So today we present you a super easy, super affordable, super badass way of making your own. This project is awesome (if I do say so myself), 'cause you customize the length to your personal preference, and you don't have to know how to use (or have access to) a sewing… read more

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Jun 18, 2014

An Easy, Free Trick for Better Productivity and Creativity Throughout the Workday...

created at: 06/18/2014

Good news! Your body has built-in, uh, "app" to help you maintain or regain focus, stimulate creativity, and remain engaged in whatever tasks are at the top of your to-do list. 

The… read more

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Jun 17, 2014

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… read more

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Jun 17, 2014

Before and After: An IKEA Dresser Gets a Custom Makeover

created at: 06/17/2014

The DIY blogosphere is rife with dresser makeovers. Like, completely full of them. And most involve some rescued thrift store piece, dinged up and the wooden finish too 70s to bear, which gets sanded, painted, and perhaps something graphic or colorful applied to the drawers. It's a great trick, practical, useful, and affordable, and you can find a million tutorials on how to go about… read more

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Jun 16, 2014

Bring the Outdoors In: How to Make a Driftwood Coat Rack

I'm digging this rustic, cabin-look wall hanger DIY project, which adds some vibe, visual interest, and plenty of storage. The how-to comes from The Effortless… read more

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Jun 13, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Super Efficient DIY Campfire Starter

It's the season of campfires: whether in your own backyard fire bowl, a rock ring at a weekend getaway to the lake, or a (designated) spot in a backcountry trail. And the best way to get them started? One match, and a guaranteed source of… read more

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Jun 13, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Wooden Beer Tap Handle from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Industrial designer and maker Mike Cheung took a handmade approach to creating a custom beer tap handle. His design is made from hardwood - maple and walnut - with plenty of graphic details and type to convey the branding aspects of the client, P’unk Ave, a design agency in Philadelphia.

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Jun 12, 2014

How to: Make a Backyard Dining Table with a Built-In Cooler

This time of year, I try to do as much outside as possible. Everything from cooking to writing blog posts (like this very one...hooray for working from home) to paying bills is that much better from fresh air. Even with all the flies and… read more

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Jun 11, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Leather Luggage Tag

created at: 06/11/2014

Working with leather can be as complicated as you want it to be. You can get involved in stitching ponies and floral stamps and swivel knives, or you can keep things simple with pre-cut shapes and the… read more

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Jun 10, 2014

How to: Make an Affordable DIY IKEA-Hack Table

created at: 06/10/2014

DIY meets IKEA meets affordable-is-my-last-name. This table is perfect to hold your summer drinks and snacks and requires little work. Make one this… read more

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Jun 10, 2014

This Video Will Teach You Everything You Needed to Know About Steak Cuts

created at: 06/10/2014

With grilling season in full swing, it's time to head to the butcher shop, see what looks awesome, and build those fires. And while the flavor and luxury of beef is relatively straightforward, buying the right cut for grilling, and cooking it to perfection actually isn't. Steak is expensive, and anyone who's tried to cook a too-thin cut or one with too much connective tissue only to cut into a dry, chewy mess can tell you: you gotta know what you're doing, which means knowing what you're buying. 

This video from NYC butcher extraordinaire Pat LaFrieda "explains every "steak" you'll likely see, where they come from, what they look… read more

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Jun 10, 2014

From School Bus to Cabin: A Traveling Vacation Home Makeover

created at: 06/10/2014

This isn't the first multi-person transit vehicle-turned-personal road trip travel home makeover project I've shared, and it probably won't be the last. Why? Cause I always think this is a great idea.… read more

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Jun 09, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Natural Hair Pomade

created at: 06/10/2014

I've admitted it before on ManMade: I'm a hair product guy. I have a very short forehead, and rather thick and heavy hair, and if I don't put a little hold in it to get it off my brow, I just look sad and like I don't know how to comb my… read more

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Jun 09, 2014

How to: Pack Your Bags More Efficiently + "Army Roll" Your T-Shirts

Here's a helpful tip for some serious upcoming summer getaways. Cause the more efficiently you pack, the easier you travel; and the easier you travel, the more places you can go.… read more

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Jun 06, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a Leather Wall-Mounted Knife and Tool Rack

Magnetic strips and drawers and knife blocks begone! This custom solution allows you to add some serious texture to your kitchen or workspace while protecting the edges of your tools - with a leather knife and tool rack.  … read more

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Jun 06, 2014

Happy Hour: Up Your Summer Gin Cocktail and Make "The Stolen Negroni"

Summer weekends are the perfect time to test out a new cocktail. Stop by the store on the way home from work, grab a new bottle and some citrus, and spend the rest of the weekend gathering with friends and nailing it down, just right. 

This weekend, I'll be trying out an update on my number one, very favorite, easy-to-order-cause-its-hard-to-mess-up-unless-they-shake-it cocktail, the Negroni, by cocktail blogger Emily Arden… read more

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Jun 05, 2014

The Masculine Home: 5 Ideas to Create Simple Vignettes

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A vignette is a visual focus point that identifies the character of a room. These intentional areas are often the shots you'll see published in magazines, and you can achieve 'em at home, using mostly items you already have. Here are 5 ideas to get you… read more

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Jun 05, 2014

The Process: How to Create a Hand Carved Wooden Sign from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

ManMade reader Donal McKernan is an expert in graphic design and dimensional sign-making at Danthonia Designs, a hand-crafted sign shop in Inverell, Australia.

created at: 06/05/2014 Danthonia recently released a series of how-to videos, detailing the process to making a one-of-a-kind hand-carved wooden sign.  … read more

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Jun 04, 2014

How to: Make Gin and Tonic Sorbet

For many, the great treat of summer is a quality gin and tonic. For others, the warmer months mean ice cream season. And now, those two groups can hold hands as they sit outside in the long days and smell freshly cut grass after they barbecue amidst other summer tropes with some of this: gin and tonic… read more

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