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Mar 19, 2015

Living Large in a DIY Tiny Room

Brett is a working artist and musician who was trying to cut his expenses to spend less time working, and more time focusing on his creativity. So, when he found a "room" for rent in house shared by a group of arists his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, he went for it. The only thing? The room was actually a closet. A large closet, but a closet nonetheless. So, he came up with this awesome hand-built solution using only the tools above to maximize his space, creating a space to sleep, work, and store all his… read more

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Mar 18, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Reclaimed Wood Storage Box from a Wooden Block

Making a bandsaw box is a great starter project for learning how to expand your talents in the shop. Just a few steps transforms a block into a great desktop or nightstand box. I had a used block sitting around from another project, and this just seemed like a natural way to make it into something… read more

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Mar 17, 2015

How to: Install Your Own DIY Industrial Track Lighting on the Cheap

ManMade reader Mark Devlin, founder of the DIY site DesignsbyDevlin, came up with this great technique for an "open warehouse" -style industrial track lighting project that's easy to implement in your own home. So we asked Mark to walk us through the process, materials, and techniques. Here's what he had to say. 

Having low ceilings and zero crawl space makes for a challenge when designing lighting for the main room in the house. If you love a good DIY project that involves electrical and industrial lighting, I designed a cheap and unique way to install custom industrial track lighting using simple products from Amazon.com and the hardware… read more

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Mar 17, 2015

How to: Build a Bicycle-Mounted Bar and Drink Station

created at: 03/17/2015Cycling enthusiast and maker OddJob has created the "BAR T.A.B.," a "take along bar" mounted to the inside of a bicycle frame. It's basically all our favorite things in one simple project.    

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Mar 13, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Need a Complete Brad Point Drill Bit Set

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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Here's a little bit of weird DIY trivia: you know those drill bit sets that they sell at every hardware store and home improvement center? The ones that you buy the full set of and use until they break, or until you lose them? The ones you place in you awesome cordless drilldriver and use to drill holes in all kinds of wood?

They're not made to drill into wood.     … read more

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Mar 13, 2015

How to: Make a Mini Moss Garden [From Backyard Materials]

I've always been a huge fan of miniature gardens and plants – likely stemming back to the first time my 8 year old self saw Mr Miyagiworking on his bonsai trees with such elegant diligence. The art itself has a long and storied pastand takes lots of… read more

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Mar 12, 2015

How to: Make A Stylish $30 Bulletin Board

Cutting CorkI've had this extra frame sitting around the shop since my beer tasting party in November. It's been in the way and I really needed to find a project to get it back to something useful. So I decided to turn it into a classy bulletin board for my notes, ideas, and… read more

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Mar 12, 2015

Before and After: From Truck Utility Box to Industrial Entertainment Center

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We love a good furniture makeover, but we're even more excited by repurposing totally unrelated objects into practical items you can use in the home. ManMade reader Braden sent us a picture on Instagram with a "Hey, I think you'll like this project." Well, we did, so we asked Braden to walk us through it. Here's what he had to say.… read more

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Mar 12, 2015

A Love Letter to Plywood

Two years ago, Tom Sachs offered his video "Love Letter to Plywood," and we're kicking ourselves for not catching it then. Thankfully, Tom has updated his piece, and this beauty is getting some fresh attention. If you haven't seen it yet, click play to watch… read more

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Mar 11, 2015

How to: Make Simple and Easy DIY Stacking Wooden Storage Cubes

DIY Modern Modular vinyl crates

With all music heading to online streaming, I tend to buy my favorite albums on vinyl so I can cherish them for years to come. As my collection grows my need for space grows with it. So I had to quickly find a solution. Here's a simple project to create some stacking cubes that will hold records, books and… read more

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Mar 11, 2015

11 DIY Photography Equipment Hacks

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Most of us at ManMade have at some point had to create our own makeshift photography studio, and I imagine a lot of you have had to as well. Thanks to the team at DIYReady.com, here are some easy DIY hacks you can do at home for anything from a DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere to your very own tilt shift lensread more

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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.… read more

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Mar 10, 2015

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

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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 woodenread more

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Mar 10, 2015

3 DIY Book Press Designs Worth Checking Out

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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… read more

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Mar 09, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Needs a Seriously Awesome Broom and Dustpan

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: 03/09/2015Oh...the clean up. In some ways, it's the least exciting part of any project. But it's an essential step to any creative DIY project or home repair effort, and, once you embrace it, it becomes part of the making efforts. It gives you one more chance to sort through the wood chips and saw dust or demo detritus, a perfect way to end a day of creativity. 

Of course, let's not get too poetic. It's not really about the process of cleaning; it's about having a clean shop or garage or office or basement so that your workspace is ready for you to tackle something else. So, clean up should be fast, it should be efficient, and it should be… read more

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Mar 09, 2015

How to: Make Desktop Planters Out of Wine Bottles

I may be behind the curve on this one, but I had no idea how easy cutting glass was if you have the proper tools (which are also surprisingly cheap). Ben Uyeda at Homemade-Modern.com posted this tutorial on how to make some streamlined desktop planters out of old wine bottles.    

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Mar 09, 2015

The Best Photos Ever Taken with an iPhone

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Okay, okay... that title might be a little hyperbolic. But Apple has released a new collection of images "Shot on an iPhone 6" and I'm amazed by the clarity and depth that this thing can pull off.… read more

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Mar 06, 2015

7 DIY Projects For Your Old Books

If there's a category of things I constantly have too many of, it's books. Stacks on stacks on stacks. I have to purposefully keep myself from entering used book stores since I know I already have literal piles of books at home begging to be read, not to mention stacks of books I've already read that I don't intend to hold on to. If you're past the book lamp or clock, here are 7 next-level DIY projects for those books ready to be recycled.   

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Mar 06, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Lumberjack Table

This weekend, consider making the ultimate tongue-in-cheek-yet-totally-serious rustic woodsman furniture: the lumberjack table. It's a big old tree slab with axe handles for legs. For real. Or not.… read more

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Mar 05, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Food Smoking Gun for Under $20

A countertop cold smoking machine is a great way to add a depth of grilled or barbecued-style flavor to a simple weeknight meal, or to up the excitement of a standard cocktail or a less-expensive dram of whiskey. They're easy to use, relatively small to store, and really can bring a different level to simple plate of roasted vegetables or pan-seared protein, especially in the dead of… read more

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