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Jun 27, 2014

How to: Make a Simple, Go-To Minimalist Tote Bag

You know those days when you have stuff, and you need to move it? Like, the errand-running days: exchange movies at the library, go to the post office, stop by the hardware store, go snatch a six-pack to take to your buddy's house tomorrow...those kinda… read more

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Jun 26, 2014

Coffee Science: How to Make the Best Pourover Coffee at Home

It's always a special day when a guy moves on from Folgers Crystals and a drip pot and steps up the homemade coffee game. And the truest of brew fans know that the way to get the… read more

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Jun 26, 2014

The Process: Building a Vintage-Inspired Teardrop Camping Trailer from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

For Werner, it all began with a trip to the lake. He recalls, "We were lured by a friend who had a sailboat with the promise of a nice lake with sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and a nice camping site. Everything was true but the wind, the frogs, the huge biting flies, and a massive category-five thunderstorm that soaked us inside the tent. My wife said that she had had it with the tent and unless I found something else to camp in, she was out."

created at: 06/26/2014

So, Werner hit the internet to see if he could devise a solution to protect from the creatures and the natural elements while still enjoying the experience of outdoor… read more

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Jun 25, 2014

How to: Make Affordable and Easy Home State Art for Your Wall

Hardcore fan of your state? Or perhaps it just has a pleasing, graphic shape? Or perhaps you're simply looking for new awesome art to hang on your wall? Either way, check out this… read more

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Jun 24, 2014

How To: Make a Wooden Log Fireplace Screen

Winter is gone, friends. Time to put that fireplace to sleep for a while, without losing the vibe! And this clever wood facade is just the… read more

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Jun 23, 2014

How To: Make a Rustic Hairpin Side Table

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I love the interesting texture and rustic approach to this natural side table. In fact, I could put one in every room, except for the price of buying four or five could get pretty… read more

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Jun 20, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Cheap and Easy Bike Cargo Trailer

I've gone on before on ManMade about my love of simple machines that work well, and that the bicycle is the most perfect and useful example. And for years, cyclists have been trying to figure out safe and efficient ways to move more than just human bodies from one place to… read more

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Jun 19, 2014

How to: Grill the Best, Juicy Pork Chops

During grilling season, it seems that a lot of coverage illuminates a high/low dichotomy: humble foods like chicken breasts, tough-to-eat ribs, even hearty vegetables, get elevated to something else entirely through the application of open flame, rendering them somehow newly desirable. Or, investment foods like fresh fish or the ubiquitous steak demand a seasoned griller, so as to not reduce their… read more

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Jun 19, 2014

How Not to Die: 20 Survival Tips You Must Know...Sort Of

created at: 06/19/2014

Popular Mechanics takes on accidental death, and how to avoid it. Interestingly, the majority of the tips don't presume mountain isolation or post-apocalyptic bug outs, but a variety of outdoor activities, from mowing the lawn to attending a baseball game to drinking too much… read more

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Jun 18, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Shorts from a Pair of Pants...No Sewing Required

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Quick! There are only a few weeks left of summer, and clearly, you're not going to spend money on buying a brand new pair of shorts. So today we present you a super easy, super affordable, super badass way of making your own. This project is awesome (if I do say so myself), 'cause you customize the length to your personal preference, and you don't have to know how to use (or have access to) a sewing… read more

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Jun 18, 2014

An Easy, Free Trick for Better Productivity and Creativity Throughout the Workday...

created at: 06/18/2014

Good news! Your body has built-in, uh, "app" to help you maintain or regain focus, stimulate creativity, and remain engaged in whatever tasks are at the top of your to-do list. 

The… read more

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Jun 17, 2014

ManMade Guide: Step Up Your Summer Drinks with Grown-Up Flavored Ice Cubes

created at: 04/16/2013

Around here, we've moved past the short glass - the whiskey in a tumbler, the shaken 3 oz. cocktails of spring -and opting for the long and tall. With sunshine comes all-day drinks: those mixed with plenty of ice and fresh ingredients to keep you cool.

How to make flavoured ice cubes

Of course, it's ice that keeps 'em cool, and when your glass sits around in the heat...well, ice melts. So, this summer, make that a good thing. We're sharing our technique and recipes to allow the ice to actually contribute to the flavor of a drink or cocktail, not just its temperature or dilution. Check it… read more

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Jun 17, 2014

Before and After: An IKEA Dresser Gets a Custom Makeover

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The DIY blogosphere is rife with dresser makeovers. Like, completely full of them. And most involve some rescued thrift store piece, dinged up and the wooden finish too 70s to bear, which gets sanded, painted, and perhaps something graphic or colorful applied to the drawers. It's a great trick, practical, useful, and affordable, and you can find a million tutorials on how to go about… read more

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Jun 16, 2014

Bring the Outdoors In: How to Make a Driftwood Coat Rack

I'm digging this rustic, cabin-look wall hanger DIY project, which adds some vibe, visual interest, and plenty of storage. The how-to comes from The Effortless… read more

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Jun 13, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Super Efficient DIY Campfire Starter

It's the season of campfires: whether in your own backyard fire bowl, a rock ring at a weekend getaway to the lake, or a (designated) spot in a backcountry trail. And the best way to get them started? One match, and a guaranteed source of… read more

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Jun 13, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Wooden Beer Tap Handle from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Industrial designer and maker Mike Cheung took a handmade approach to creating a custom beer tap handle. His design is made from hardwood - maple and walnut - with plenty of graphic details and type to convey the branding aspects of the client, P’unk Ave, a design agency in Philadelphia.

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Jun 12, 2014

How to: Make a Backyard Dining Table with a Built-In Cooler

This time of year, I try to do as much outside as possible. Everything from cooking to writing blog posts (like this very one...hooray for working from home) to paying bills is that much better from fresh air. Even with all the flies and… read more

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Jun 11, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Leather Luggage Tag

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Working with leather can be as complicated as you want it to be. You can get involved in stitching ponies and floral stamps and swivel knives, or you can keep things simple with pre-cut shapes and the… read more

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Jun 10, 2014

How to: Make an Affordable DIY IKEA-Hack Table

created at: 06/10/2014

DIY meets IKEA meets affordable-is-my-last-name. This table is perfect to hold your summer drinks and snacks and requires little work. Make one this… read more

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Jun 10, 2014

This Video Will Teach You Everything You Needed to Know About Steak Cuts

created at: 06/10/2014

With grilling season in full swing, it's time to head to the butcher shop, see what looks awesome, and build those fires. And while the flavor and luxury of beef is relatively straightforward, buying the right cut for grilling, and cooking it to perfection actually isn't. Steak is expensive, and anyone who's tried to cook a too-thin cut or one with too much connective tissue only to cut into a dry, chewy mess can tell you: you gotta know what you're doing, which means knowing what you're buying. 

This video from NYC butcher extraordinaire Pat LaFrieda "explains every "steak" you'll likely see, where they come from, what they look… read more

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