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May 18, 2015

How to: Make an Adjustable Glass Bottle Cutter

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You can buy new bottle cutters online (here's a good roundup of options) but their ability to cut different sizes, angles, and bottle shapes are severely limited.

Of course, there are loads of potential projects to be had, so instead of buying a bottle cutting jig, let's make one!   

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May 13, 2015

Make This: Custom DIY Drawer Pulls

Drawer PullsIf you’ve ever replaced a set of cabinet pulls, then you know how fast the cost can climb for those tiny pieces of metal. Here are 3 DIY ideas that can upgrade those tired pulls on the cheap with something a bit more unique.  

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Apr 09, 2015

How to: Make Your Own DIY Twig Pencils

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This simple twig pencil project is a great way to add a little rustic, outdoor charm to your office or workspace. Or, it could make a great spring project to do with kids, and a smart way to reuse all the fallen branches and tree limbs that come along with these April showers. 

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Apr 01, 2015

Make Your Own Beautiful Pair of Heritage Bellows

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Imagine stoking a fire you've made with your own hands with your very own homemade bellows. Or, don't imagine, and just find out for yourself with this stellar tutorial...   

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Mar 31, 2015

How to: Make a Secret Lip Balm Storage Safe

I've said this many times on ManMade, but, just to confirm: I'm really into bicycles. I use them for transport, and for exercise, and for recreation, and, hopefully soon, for travel. (Let's go bike touring!) And in order to get more time on the bike, I've been trying to streamline the process for prepping for rides.

created at: 03/31/2015

Because when you're out in the middle of nowhere, there's actually a lot of stuff you gotta carry and prep so you can get home safely. So, I'll take anything to speed up the shorts - jersey - HR monitor - sunscreen - socks - shoes - food - water bottle - spare tube and patch kit - tire levers - pump - multitool - computer - grease the chain - fill the tires - and GO! - process for a standard 35 mile ride. 

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Mar 27, 2015

Make Your Mark: DIY Custom Concrete Letters

Concrete Letter Supplies

Want to make something that looks sharp and lasts for a long time? Try this dual-colored concrete letter for a hefty personalized bit of manly decor.  

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Mar 22, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Ring from a Quarter

The coin ring is an internet DIY classic. I remember seeing an old video (on Makezine, perhaps?) on creating a nickle ring way back in the early days of the DIY and craft blogosphere. Like, 2006.

But, most tutorials simply harvest the coin as raw material, banging it and beating it until it looks like any piece of cool-colored metal. These pieces by Nicholas Heckaman, however, fully embrace the ring's origin, showing off that recognizable texture and type, giving the ring plenty of personality.      

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Mar 11, 2015

Organization Upgrade: Make a DIY Hotel-Style Key Rack

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No one knows how, but we all tend to collect keys. You know it's true. Somewhere in your house is an overstuffed bowl or drawer with a few (many) mystery keys. This large wall hanging looks like an old-time hotel key rack which means all those "I dunno" keys can be stored out in the open, and with style.    

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Mar 10, 2015

How to: Make a Pair of DIY Wooden Sunglasses from Scratch

created at: 03/10/2015

Whether spring has officially hit your town, or you just know the snow is gonna go away tomorrow, everyone of us is getting ready for sunglasses season. This year, why not add a little custom style with your own pair of handmade wooden sunglasses?   

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Mar 10, 2015

3 DIY Book Press Designs Worth Checking Out

created at: 03/10/2015

I haven’t bound a book or pressed a paper for a few years, mostly because my old press broke and I never got around to fixing it. Well, I have the need for a few new journals and decided it was time to make another press. Here are three great presses I’ll be modeling mine after  

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Mar 04, 2015

How to: Make Your Own DIY Woolen Insoles

Cutting Out Boot InsolesThose winter boots not keeping you quite warm enough? Maybe it's time to upgrade the insoles with a fresh set of thick woolen comfort.  

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Feb 26, 2015

Six Origami Designs Every Man Should Know

Origami Crane

Origami is one of those unique pastimes that doesn't require much to handle the basics while leaving you with a fun party trick you can always whip out. I mean, you definitely don't want to be that guy actually making origami at all the parties, but I've definitely been out somewhere with friends and instead of absent-mindedly doodling on a piece of paper, I've folded it into something I learned at one point and people have been blown away. Mainly I think because people don't often take the time to learn something that, it always seems much harder than it is, despite the fact that reproducing them once you've mastered the technique is just like riding a bike. Here are six simple origami shapes I think all men would do well to master.

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Feb 10, 2015

How to: Bind Your Own Book

Perhaps you want to make your sweetheart a little something special. Perhaps you've got an idea that you want to share with the world in paper form. Perhaps you simply haven't found the right notebook size and style. 

Then you, my friend, should learn how to bind your own book!   

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Feb 02, 2015

Dapper Up Your Workload: How to Make DIY Leather Folders

Stitching a Leather Folder

We all have a few files in the office that tend to stick around. For me there are a couple that I refer to almost daily and the folders tend to disintegrate much too often. This leather folder tutorial is a great project for those looking to class up their daily office routine.  

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Jan 19, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to Leatherworking

Photo: Jessyratfink

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 between garage toolbox and traditional sewing kit. 

UPDATE: ManMade has released an original series on the basics of leather crafting. Check out all the posts right here.


 

Or find Jessyratfink's guide on Instructables here.

 

 

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Dec 22, 2014

Make This: How to Transfer Your Photos to Wood

Transferring A Print To Wood

I've seen plenty of tutorials out there detailing how to transfer prints onto wood. This simple project will turn your prints into something uniquely yours.

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Dec 09, 2014

Make These: DIY Brushed Metal Gift Tags

DIY Aluminum Gift Tags

What better way to add a touch of the masculine, industrial look to your holiday gift-giving than with some hand stamped, hand brushed aluminum gift tags? This easy tutorial will have you throwing out those name tag stickers and kraft paper tags for these rugged and reusable name plates.  

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Dec 05, 2014

How to: Make a Home State Wooden Ornament

created at: 11/30/2014

What's a perfect holiday season without a little bit of DIY? If you're from the south, like me, there's a lot of pride in showing from what state you hail. It's a badge you wear on your heart and... on basically everything else. Here in Tennessee, it's not uncommon to see the state shape on shirts, hats, drink koozies, posters, tattoos and more. So, I thought I'd carry that pride into the holiday season with a state pride Christmas tree ornament.

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Nov 25, 2014

Brewed: The Basics of Home Brewing Beer

Brewed Homebrewed Beer LogoBrewing beer in my closet has been a recent hobby of mine, and like most my hobbies it has expanded into a bit of an obsession. Although I'm no expert on the subject, I've made enough mistakes to serve as a useful warning to others. So, in this four part series we'll walk through what it takes to make a handmade batch of frothy, fermented goodness.

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Nov 24, 2014

Quick and Easy DIY Project: Make a Faux Wood Grain Mouse Pad

created at: 11/24/2014

A super simple office project, requiring but two ingredients and ten minutes of work? We'll take it.    

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