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Jul 16, 2014

How to: Give Your Existing Bike a New Coat of Paint

created at: 07/16/2014

Bikes are relatively simple machines. Which means: unless they're totally rusted a rotted out, they don't really "go bad," and any old bike - either a forgotten one in your garage or a find at the secondhand store - can be lubed up and become ready to… read more

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Jul 16, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: July 16, 2014

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

How to: Make Your Own Candy Dot Portrait. Artist Nathan Sharratt walks your through the process of taking a photo of… read more

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Jul 15, 2014

How to: Make a Log Storage Chest

Looking for a way to add a bit of the outdoors or a rustic vibe to a room? This fun build brings plenty, with a bonus spot to stash some… read more

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Jul 14, 2014

How To: A Guaranteed Way to Deep Clean Your Water Bottle

created at: 07/14/2014

Anyone who regularly uses the same water bottles several times a week - runners, cyclists, hikers, athletes, or any general person-on-the-go that likes to stay hydrated - can attest: they can get nasty. Even if nothing but water and ice ever go in, the crud can still build up, and non-H2O fluids like sports drink or add-ins make the taste, odor, and junk even… read more

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Jul 11, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden iPad or Tablet Case

Sometimes, a project is born from a flash of inspiration. Sometimes, from a desire to work with a specific material or amazing length of wood or side of leather. But most times, a project is born from the fact that you don't have one, and you'd like… read more

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Jul 09, 2014

How to: Make a Rustic Modern Storage Shelf from Hardware Store Materials

created at: 07/09/2014

I'll never turn down an opportunity to share a clean-yet-rustic furniture project made entirely from easy-to-find materials from your local home improvement center.… read more

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Jul 09, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Beach/Camp Lounge Chair

created at: 07/09/2014

There's no such thing as "too many camping chairs" or outdoor seating. Seriously, the more the merrier, particularly if they fold flat for storage and especially in the… read more

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Jul 08, 2014

Before and After: Refinishing an Old Wooden Sewing Case

created at: 07/08/2014

Before the era of everything-is-made-of-plastic sewing machines, these helpful tools were created from long-lasting materials designed to stand up to any project and the test of time, namely: metal. And the cases, while usually covered in some once-stylish but now worn vinyl are often made from… read more

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Jul 07, 2014

How to: Build a Mid-Century Modern-Inspired Side Table from Scratch

created at: 07/07/2014

This sharp DIY furniture project is not only made from easy-to-find materials you can snag any any big-box style home improvement center, but the total cost for supplies hovers around $75. And for that reasonable sum and a couple of hours of work, you can net yourself one of these:  … read more

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Jul 07, 2014

To Make the Perfect Burger at Home, Don't Ever Use the Grill

It seems like heresy, especially in the height of grilling season and particularly the day after Independence Day weekend, but if you want to make truly amazing burgers at home, don't ever let them touch the… read more

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Jul 07, 2014

How to Fold a Pocket Square

Mr. Porter,  an online men's style shop, teamed up with Drake’s of London Creative Director Michael Hill for this helpful video on folding pocket squares. Mr. Hill (he seems more like a "Mr. Hill" than a "Mike," right?) offers four options for folding the same pocket square for four different looks: business, eccentric, casual, and elegant.… read more

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Jul 03, 2014

How to Wash and Detail Your Car in 15 Minutes

created at: 07/03/2014

If you find yourself with a day off this holiday weekend and a bit of free time before the festivities really start, take advantage of the opportunity to get something done: like cleaning out your car. (Presuming, of course, you own a car. Same goes for bikes or even your day bag where you stash your bus… read more

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Jul 02, 2014

How to: Turn an IKEA Beach Chair into a Modern Leather Lounge Chair

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Another great IKEA hack, gentleman! This time a classic, stripe-y beach chair gets flipped into a modern lounge chair, while keeping things… read more

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Jul 02, 2014

The Science of Barbecue: Why Old School Methods Still Make the Best Meat

Truly amazing barbecue - the transformation of tough, chewy cuts into something tender and juicy and full of smoke flavor - is a true artform. And like all craft, it involves a healthy does of science and technique as… read more

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Jul 01, 2014

How to: Make Bacon-Infused Bourbon

created at: 07/01/2014

Some days are everyday cocktail days. Straightforward, two or three ingredient drinks that taste great and require little prep work. 

But some days are special cocktail days... Days where a little extra effort makes for all the difference. Days like Fourth of July on a Friday that happens to make for three-day weekend. Which is totally happening… read more

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Jul 01, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Custom Wooden Snowboard from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Where I live, it's working on its way towards 100° today. It doesn't tend to get or stay that hot, so hardly anyone, including me, has air conditioning, and folks just tough it out on these rare days when the temps really crank.   

   … read more

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Jun 30, 2014

How to: Make a Skateboard Swing

Skateboard decks are designed to support one's bodyweight yet be flexible to absorb changes. Meaning, they're kinda ideal for making other stuff to play on...like this swing… read more

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Jun 30, 2014

Creative Space on a Budget: A Music Studio Gets an IKEA Makeover

created at: 06/30/2014

Harry Love is a professional musician, DJ, and collector. Which means...he had a lot of records. Like a lot of records. Records in his studio, records in the hallway, records in the bathroom, records he had to move aside to make… read more

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Jun 27, 2014

Weekend Getaway 101: A Man's Guide to the Perfect Summer Trip

created at: 06/05/2013

Happy summer, ManMakers. Those three months where the days are long, and the weekends are time to just grab a bag and go. So, this is our handy guide to traveling: tips to plan, pack, and explore so you can get the most out of your… read more

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Jun 27, 2014

How to: Make a Simple, Go-To Minimalist Tote Bag

You know those days when you have stuff, and you need to move it? Like, the errand-running days: exchange movies at the library, go to the post office, stop by the hardware store, go snatch a six-pack to take to your buddy's house tomorrow...those kinda… read more

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