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May 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Custom "Ex Libris" Bookplate Stamp

created at: 05/10/2015

Ever wish there were a better way to lay claim to the books in your library than just scribbling your name on the inside cover? Which, let's admit it, ends up being so non-descript that it doesn't even register to loanee, who will inevitably just shelve the book as his own.

What you need is an custom Ex Libris stamp they'll forever recognize. Like, with a bear on… read more

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May 19, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Pocket Hole Jig System

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. 

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… read more

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May 18, 2015

How to: Make an Adjustable Glass Bottle Cutter

created at: 05/18/2015

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… read more

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May 15, 2015

Weekend Project: Make Your Own DIY Wooden Tripod

Being a maker, I always find myself looking at ways to create the everyday items I use in life. So when this tutorial on making a wooden tripod stand came up, I had to take a… read more

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May 14, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The 3 Hammers Every Man Should Own

created at: 05/14/2015

Think of a hammer as a primitive tool? Think again. Though it sorta performs the same function as some Cro-Magnon fellow bashing stuff with a rock, it's actually a remarkable piece of industrial design that dates back thousands of years, and has been relatively unchanged since.… read more

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May 14, 2015

How to: Make This Leather and Wood Satchel

Leather and wood satchel

Check out this quick video showing you the steps to making an amazingly clean and simple looking satchel. I just love the wood accent that also acts as a sturdy frame for your… read more

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May 13, 2015

Make 'Em: DIY Graphic Tequila Bottle Bookends

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We took a current trend in graphic design as inspiration and we turned it into a super easy DIY project to create these lively bookends. Read on to make your very… read more

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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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May 13, 2015

ManMade Guide: How To Make the Best Cold Brew Coffee at Home

created at: 04/16/2013

You can buy cold brew coffee at a coffee shop. But, if it happens to be from a certain Seattle-based java-serving monolith named after a Melville character, or an pink and orange East Coast chain known for selling fried rings of dough for, uh, "placing" into your coffee, then what you're actually getting is cold coffee...that is, hot coffee that's been iced down.

How to make the best cold-brew coffee

Cold brew is an entirely different beast altogether. And with the weather warming up, it's time to cool our coffee down. Or, more accurately, never heat it up to… read more

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May 13, 2015

How to: Build a Fire Like You Know What You're Doing...

Camping (and campfire) season is back, my friends. Knowing how to build a fire may sound like the most basic skill a guy could know, but mastering good technique is essential to keep you alive in trying circumstances, or to avoid looking like a zero on your next outdoor get-together with friends.  … read more

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May 11, 2015

10 Amazing Coffee Tables to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

If you drink coffee as much as I think you might, chances are you're in need of a good coffee table. Or could use a coffee table upgrade. Or just need a little design inspiration.   … read more

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May 11, 2015

Spring Eats: How to Upgrade Your Homemade Nachos

NachosI happen to believe that every party gets better with a big plate of nachos. While the veggie platter is great, and bacon wrapped hot dogs are delish, there's something excellent about a fully topped mound of chips that just can't be beat. Here are 5 ways to make this excellent party staple a bit better.  … read more

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May 08, 2015

Seriously Good Tips to Master Your Bandsaw

created at: 05/08/2015 Of all the "big" power tools, I think the bandsaw is my favorite. (I love you, too, router table.) It's the most creative of the bunch, and one of the more versatile, and with its relatively low speed and thin blade, it's among the least dangerous. 

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May 08, 2015

How to: Build a Catapult Bottle Opener

It's always worth it to make quality investments in your everyday tools. And let's be honest, a fair number of us use bottle openers on a regular basis. So why not make your quotidian experience a little more exciting?   

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May 07, 2015

How to: Grow these 8 Herbs for an Amazing Cocktail Garden

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Oh, Summertime. The best time of year for delicious drinks made with fresh ingredients. In doing my research for this piece, I had a hard time not wanting to just make up a drink for each… read more

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May 07, 2015

DIY Inspiration: A Better (Modern and Wooden) Refrigerator Magnet

Wooden MagnetsThose old bottle-cap magnets on the fridge used to be cool, but it's about time to upgrade those to something a bit more in style like these smooth wooden knobs. Take a look.  … read more

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May 06, 2015

Shop Upgrade: Protect Your Workspace and Your Lungs with a DIY Dust Filter

Looking for a good way to upgrade the shop? Start with the nuisance dust that ends up coating everything (including your lungs). Here's a rundown on the ideas I'm looking at for taming that woodworking haze in my… read more

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May 06, 2015

Son Lux's "Change Is Everything" Features 1000s of Frames of Animated String Art

The music video for Son Lux's new single, "Change is Everything," features roughly 4,000 animated frames, crafted only from string and ball head pins on a foam core background. created at: 05/06/2015 As the video develops, you see the holes left from the previous shots multiply and multiply, giving an awesome ghosting effect to the moving line art images.   

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May 05, 2015

How to: Make a Secret Door Bookcase

created at: 05/05/2015

Oh, you know the kind. Where you pull a particular book and the whole case opens to reveal a secret passageway and all kinds of mysterious and surreptitious doings and goods behind?

If you've got the space (and the secrets), you can have one,… read more

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May 05, 2015

How to: Pick the Right Finish for Your Woodworking Projects

Poly CoatFinishing a project with the right protective coating is the final touch and should be done right. Here's a quick look at how to protect that brand new project.  … read more

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