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Jan 13, 2014

Check It Out: Ernest Hemingway's Personal Burger Recipe

created at: 01/13/2014

Of course Ernest Hemingway had a favorite burger recipe. Guy was pretty opinated, enjoyed the simple things, and certainly celebrated a "hands on" lifestyle. What's interesting here, … read more

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Jan 13, 2014

How to: Super Simple, Rustic Dish Towels

Look - there's nothing acceptable about a dirty kitchen...or a bare one, for that matter. This rustic, organic dish towel project is super simple basic sewing project that'll give your kitchen some serious texture.   … read more

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Jan 10, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a Custom Knife from Scratch

Kitchen knives, pocket knives, craft knives....a creative guy simply has to cut stuff up on the regular. Here's the ManMade list of the nine knives every man should own, but if you're interested in crafting your own from raw materials, it's actual relatively straightforward and requires fewer tools than you might think.    … read more

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Jan 08, 2014

How to: Make Whiskey Sriracha Caramel Popcorn

Look, on another day, I'd try to come up with some clever intro, talking about classic flavor combinations and different textures, or some other such goodness. But today, I'm just gonna dive in: this is a recipe for whiskey sriracha caramel popcorn. It's got smoky scotch whiskey, and a balance of heat and sweet, and I can't wait to make some at home this weekend.   

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Jan 07, 2014

I Made This: A Wooden Cheeseburger (Free Downloads Inside)

created at: 01/07/2014

A few Christmases ago, when I first got my band saw, I made my [now] wife this wooden cheeseburger for her office desk. The whole thing was made from old wooden flooring and other scraps, and each of the colors comes from the natural wood tones of a variety of species.   … read more

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Jan 07, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Leather Briefcase from Scratch (with a Secret Stash Pocket)

Phiske, a leather craftsman and the artist behind Cachicamo Leather Works, details the steps towards making this beautiful, custom leather briefcase that is certain to last a few lifetimes. The best part? The design includes a hidden compartment in the bottom for your extra valuables and/or secret spy documents.   … read more

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Jan 06, 2014

How to: Make Frozen Bubbles

created at: 01/06/2014It's cold today. Like, extra special cold. Where I live, it's the coldest it's been in twenty years, and the same records are being broken all over the United States and Canada. 

Cold enough that most of us could try out this project from Washington-based photographer Andrea Kelly: frozen bubbles. … read more

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Dec 19, 2013

How to: Make DIY Instagram Coasters with Your Own Photos

DIY Instagram coasters

This holiday season, I wanted to give my friends and family a customized gift with some personality. So, using nothing but our own photos and a few crafty tools, I came up with this coaster project which is super fun, super inexpensive, plenty easy, and you can dial it in perfectly for each person on your list - just raid their Instagram or social media accounts!

Let's get to it!… read more

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Dec 16, 2013

The Largest True Color Photo of Space....Was Shot by an Amateur

This 360 degree panorama of the night sky wasn't shot by a satellite or a high-powered telescope. It was (simply?) stitched together from 37,000 images by amateur photographer, Nick Risinger.   … read more

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Dec 12, 2013

Holiday Entertaining 101: A Guy's Guide to Celebrating the Season

created at: 12/11/2013

Even with all the commercialism, the chaos, and the over-sentimentality, this season really is the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays provide an opportunity to get intentional - to reach out to others, to make gifts and special food, to wish "Season's Greetings" to a stranger that you'd have otherwise ignored.   

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Dec 11, 2013

How to: Make DIY Wooden Geometric Wine Stopper

DIY Geometric Wine Stopper

Since you're probably going to be popping some bottles for the holidays, why not making this geo wine stopper to keep all your spirits fresh and boozy, yes? You can use 'em yourselves, or give as party gifts.… read more

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Dec 10, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Industrial Geometric Dining Table

The DIY blogosphere is full of inexpensive table projects made from affordable dimensional lumber and galvanized plumbing fixtures....so, we consider that topic still clever, but substantially covered. Now? Now is the time to build on the basic technique, a put some actual design into it.    … read more

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Dec 10, 2013

No Tree? No Problem. Make This DIY Photo Tree Instead!

xmas inspiration

No space (or patience) for an actual Christmas tree? This DIY idea looks plenty festive, plus it leaves no mess at all. Bu-bye pine needles!… read more

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Dec 09, 2013

The 75 Things Every Man Should Do

We've all got our personal goals. That collection of things where we won't feel like we've tried to give our best selves adequate space. Career goals, family goals, fitness goals, travel goals...all those things that go into feeling like we've accomplished what we were made to do. … read more

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Dec 09, 2013

Recipe: How to Make Triple Layer Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

Triple chocolate peanut butter cups

This year, I'm forgoing all my traditional holiday cookie recipes, and making nothing but these: Triple Layer Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups. Try saying that three times fast.    … read more

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Dec 05, 2013

How to: Make DIY Marbled Christmas Lights For Under $20

I love the festivity of string lights and paper lanterns for the holidays, and they're so easy to come by cheaply at the discount store. Except that, well, they look like cheap paper lanterns from the discount store. So, I came up with a way to put an arty spin on this classic - the perfect way to add a touch of modern to your holiday decor. … read more

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Dec 05, 2013

Kid Friendly Inspiration: The Cabin Bed

The Cabin Bed - Restoration Hardware

You can admit it - we all had the dream of sleeping in the fort bed when we were a kid; and I'm willing to bet most of us haven't outgrown it quite yet. With my own little kids (finally) sleeping right now, I'm once again dreaming of a bed that will inspire them to dream as big as they possibly can.   … read more

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Dec 04, 2013

How to: Make a Custom Leather Case for Anything

This tutorial from Matt Pierce for A Continuous Lean walks you through the process of using stiff leather to create a stylish and protective case for small items and kits. Here, Matt designs his for a compass and some other wayfinding goodies, but you could scale and adapt the project to fit your needs. … read more

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Dec 03, 2013

How to Transform Your Photos into Rustic Wooden Ornaments

created at: 11/25/2013

This holiday season, I wanted to come up with rustic, outdoor-themed ornaments. I love combining real, organic materials with modern tools and technology, and this project marries those perfectly: a natural tree branch slice is printed with a photograph that's been digitally edited and enhanced for just the right look. To pull it off, I teamed up with Adobe to use their new Photoshop Elements 12 application to process the image and get it ready to live in the physical world. It's super easy to use, but still full of all kinds of features that are perfect for doing art and craft projects. … read more

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Dec 03, 2013

A Introduction to Campfires: An Illustrated Guide from 1942

created at: 12/03/2013

The 1942 version of the Boy Scout Handbook featured these amazing illustrated guides to basic firemaking skills, as well as the various styles and applications of campcraft.   … read more

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