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Jan 22, 2015

The Homemade Cure: 6 Helpful DIY Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

I've got it. The crud, I mean. A virus, a winter illness, that thing that makes you ask, "Is it a cold? Is it a flu? Am I dying?" It's been over three and a half weeks, and no matter how many cups of tea I drink, or how much I allow myself to sleep, I can't shake… read more

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Jan 22, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Make Raised Panel Cabinet Doors, Part I – The Tools

Raised Panel DoorsOne of the hallmarks of woodworking that just about everyone has come into contact with is the raised panel cabinet door. The solid construction, clean design, and intricate jointery are sometimes taken for granted; but for years I thought it was a skill just a bit out of my reach as a home woodworker. Turns out a few anchor tools and some awesome bits are all it takes to make doors worth bragging about.   

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Jan 21, 2015

How to: Mount Posters and Art to Plywood for an Affordable Modern Look

Mounting odd-shaped posters on plywood

In my hometown there's a poster shop that makes letterpress posters for every band that plays at The Ryman Auditorium. The fun part is you never know what size the poster will be and you can count on the size being something that could only be framed in a custom size.… read more

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Jan 21, 2015

This is the Insanity Burger. And Here's How to Make It at Home

There are the traditional burgers - the griddle-cooked patties and toasted buns and standard fare toppings described in Jimmy Buffet songs. And then there are the pub burgers, the thicker brother, covered in everything from coleslaw and pulled pork to onion rings , cranberry sauce, and duck confit.… read more

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Jan 20, 2015

20 Unique DIY Ideas for Those Vinyl Records

Vinyl ClockCollecting vinyl records is an art in and of itself, and I've been on the lookout for DIY project ideas beyond the basic wall-mounted art since I came into possession of a handful of old records.   

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Jan 20, 2015

Project Lessons - What My Wife Taught Me about Demolition and DIY

To Do ListLast year, I tore out a fireplace and replaced it with two large skylights and a kitchen island. The project quickly became much more complex than I expected with some substantial hurdles, one of the largest being my wife. Her expectation versus reality meant we had a lot of conversations about how the power would “magically” appear in the island, what a bearing wall was, and mid build plenty of things changed to match her evolving taste.  I seriously began to dread the words “hey, babe . . .?” Here are a few things to plan ahead for when building to satisfy your toughest customer – your partner.

1. Get agreement up front, preferably in… read more

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Jan 19, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to Leatherworking

Leather possesses so much creative potential, particularly for everyday use and carry items that work well with a long-lasting and rugged masculine aesthetic.

And? It's not hard to get started, but does require a few specialty tools; those that sorta bridge the gap… read more

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Jan 19, 2015

4 Classic Books Every DIYer Should Have on Hand

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I want to give props to the internet for almost single-handedly fueling the DIY movement across America. If you need to know how to do anything, a search engine will lead you to the answer. Heck, it might even bring you… read more

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Jan 16, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: You Should Own Locking Pliers

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: 01/16/2015Locking pliers, commonly called by the brand name Vise-Grips, are, well, basically what both names suggest: they're pliers, whose jaws lock around an object, providing a vise-like… read more

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Jan 15, 2015

Organization Inspiration: Wooden Socket Holder

Wooden Socket Holder

One day my shop will be so organized that I will have the time to start classing it up. When that day comes, I will build this exceptionally classy wooden socket… read more

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Jan 14, 2015

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

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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

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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. 

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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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