Man Made DIY


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Aug 12, 2014

How to Build a Beautiful Patina on Leather Shoes and Boots

A new pair of shoes is a great thing, especially a quality pair with leather uppers that you plan to break in and wear for… read more

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Aug 11, 2014

How to Make Quinine Syrup for a Better Gin and Tonic

created at: 08/11/2014

Last summer, I shared my favorite trick for instantly upgrading your gin and tonic: use a better tonic water.

And what's the best… read more

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Aug 11, 2014

How to: Make DIY Rustic Masculine Candles

How to make a reusable rustic candle. Photos: Gabriel Cabrera

Can't get into the floral smells and garish artwork of storebought candles? Nope, us either. So  we came up with our very own DIY version to make a reusable rustic candle that any guy can be proud to burn in his home. (Or log… read more

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Aug 06, 2014

Campfire 101

Don't let the back-to-school sales fool you, there's still plenty of summer left. And campfire season lasts well into the autumn, and weather permitting, can make cool winter nights bearable, allowing you to hang out outside even when it gets dark at 4:30 in the afternoon.… read more

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Aug 06, 2014

How to: Make a Pendant Lamp from a Baseball Bat

Here's a cool take on the you-can-make-anything-into-a-lamp project: a sleek, hanging pendant lamp made from an upcycled baseball bat.… read more

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Aug 04, 2014

The Art of the Shave

Whether its our birthright or our burden (or, like most things, somewhere right in between) men gots to shave they faces. While we've been doing it for years, there's always room for improvement, to both care for your skin, minimize cutting, and getting the finish you… read more

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Aug 04, 2014

How to: Make a Modern Wooden Planter Stand

created at: 08/04/2014

This is a good one. Justin and Kayla from Home Coming Minnesota came up with simple way to turn basic cedar planks from the home improvement store into a modern outdoor planter stand to bring in some weather-resistant style to their… read more

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Aug 04, 2014

How to Draw: A Guide for Makers, Crafters, and Designers

Despite advances in technology, most projects still begin where great projects always begin: with a pencil and a piece of paper.… read more

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Aug 01, 2014

Use the Summer Cocktail Generator to Make Just the Right Drink

created at: 08/01/2014

Summer is the best time for trying all kinds of new, cold drinks. While winter drinks almost always warm you up, summer cocktails are much more context-specific: are you hanging out in the backyard on super hot day? Enjoying an early evening cookout? Staying out for fire-lit evening? There's the right drink for that.… read more

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Aug 01, 2014

Weekend DIY Project: How to Stretch Your Own Canvas for Custom Art

created at: 08/01/2014

A stretched canvas is - poetically and literally - a blank space on which to apply original creative works: paintings, screen prints, photo transfers, spray painted stencils. They're a great way to add some custom wall art to your space, matched to the vibe of the room, it's color scheme,… read more

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Jul 24, 2014

​How to Build Your Own Altoids Tin Survival Kit

created at: 07/24/2014

The Altoids Tin kit is a DIY classic. I'm almost nostlagic for the early days of the make/hack/indie craft blogosphere, where it seemed like every week, there was a new project and collection of stuff you can smush into one of these ubiquitous containers.

But, throwback-ish or not, it's also a darn good project, and something to consider… read more

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Jul 23, 2014

This is Brilliant: How to Create a Cold Smoker from a Tin Can

In my line o' work, I'm lucky to come across hundreds of creative DIY projects and ideas each week, and I'm always inspired. But every once in a while, I discover a truly clever project that reminds me why I do this work in the first place, and gets my DIY heart all aflutter. This is one of them.   

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Jul 23, 2014

How to: Create a Simple, Custom Tool Roll

For many projects, a proper tool box is overkill, plus your tools just bounce around inside,… read more

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Jul 23, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: July 23, 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.

A chef's knife should be the sort of thing you buy once in your life, and use… read more

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Jul 22, 2014

The Cocktail Every Man Should Be Drinking This Summer

created at: 07/22/2014

Some guys have their go-to libation: no matter the time, no matter the place, they want this beer or that drink, and the matter really isn't up for discussion. Others are constantly switching up their poisons, perusing the menu for familiar flavors, taking the advice of the bartender, or simply having what everyone else at the table… read more

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Jul 22, 2014

DIY Idea: Make a Simple Wooden Tool Organizer

This morning, I was scanning a studio tour of Natalie Davis, who runs Canoe, a leather working shop in Austin,… read more

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Jul 22, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Concrete Insulated Cup

Wait, what? A concrete insulted cup? Yep This is perfect to keep your drinks nice and cool while trying to beat this fantastic heat, and keep things looking plenty… read more

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Jul 21, 2014

Create Your Own "Lightweight" DIY Sliding Barn Door from Scratch

created at: 07/21/2014

Coming across someone who simply loves their closet doors is a rare find, indeed. Whether a rental or your own home, most closets are covered in plastic-y faux wood, cheesy 80s mirrors, crazy slats, or old veneer and brass knobs that haven't been updated since they were installed in the… read more

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Jul 21, 2014

How to: Take Bright and Sharp Photos with Your Smartphone

They say the best camera is always the one you have on you...meaning that it's better to be able to take a picture in the first place to capture the moment, rather than worrying about which gear you should use.

For most of these days, that camera has become our smartphone, with lenses and megapixels and editing options that have dwarfed the digital point-and-shoots from only a few years… read more

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Jul 18, 2014

The Definitive Guide to Rolling Up Your Shirt Sheets

created at: 07/18/2014

Hey, guys. (News flash!) It's summer, and (science lesson!) it's hot outside. And whether we like it or not, (fashion tip!) it can often be tough to dress for summer and not look like a slob. Which means...(time travel!)at some point in the very near future, you're gonna have to roll up your… read more

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