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Feb 16, 2016

How to: Drive On Ice and Snow Like a Pro

Mazda recently held their inaugural Mazda Ice Academy in Crested Butte, Colorado. What's that, you ask? Apparently Mazda invited a bunch of journalists to the snowy mountains to have them test out their newest models in blizzard and bizarre conditions. Part of this particular boot camp however included extended training on how to drive in snowy conditions.   

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Feb 15, 2016

How to: Make DIY Industrial Mason Jar Pendant Lights

created at: 02/18/2013 

I find lighting to be one of the more difficult parts of creating a masculine or industrial interior, especially when it comes to DIY projects. While you can

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Feb 15, 2016

Closer Look: A Thousand Hands Ago

Bending WoodDiscovering lost traditional crafts is always a struggle. Follow along as Danish kayak builder Anders Thygesen builds a traditional kayak one very handcrafted step at a time.   … read more

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Feb 12, 2016

Home Fitness: How to Make a DIY Plyometric Box

Plyometric BoxOne of the most common items in the gym today is the simple plyometric box. These boxes are a fantastic way to get your workout on, and it's easy to make them any size you need to push that workout to the next level.   … read more

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Feb 11, 2016

Make This Weekend: Impress Your Valentine with a Dessert Done Right

Crispy TopAfter you finish up dinner at the restaurant,  head home for an impressive dessert that will be sure to make the night memorable. Here are a few fast options to help you make the most impressive dish you've ever made.   … read more

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Feb 11, 2016

4 Great Books for your DIY Library

[Image Credit] ManMade DIY

Outside the blogs like this one, books are a great way to get new ideas and sharpen your skills. All too often, I find nothing but outdated crafting and how-to books with black and white pictures and outdated power tools.    … read more

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Feb 10, 2016

DIY Essentials: How to Assemble the Ultimate Homeowner's Tool Kit

A little personal update: after a few years of saving, I finally bought my first home. It's an awesome Northwest Craftsman bungalow built in 1924 in a great inner southeast Portland neighborhood. We're totally in love with it.

And it needs a lot of work. Not a lot to make it livable, but to make it ours. To make it a space where we're going to live and work and welcome others for the next 30 years. Of course, as a DIY blogger, I want to do most of it myself, and thankfully, I built up a handy collection of tools from my woodworking and general tinkering efforts (and now I actually have a garage in which to put them!)… read more

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Feb 09, 2016

Woodworking Faux Pas: 6 Things You Should Never Do When Tackling a New Project

created at: 04/16/2013

When you're just getting started in the world of building things, you'll find it can be rather hard to develop the "best practices" to help guide you down the right path. You're busy trying to figure out what the difference between a bevel and a miter is, but what you really need is someone to say "do this, not that."

created at: 10/06/2014It wasn't until I took a few classes and befriended some woodworkers that i really started to learn how to not do dumb things. Here's a list of six things I wish I would have learned before I wasted money and time on early projects.   

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Feb 09, 2016

How to: Make Your Own Moonshine Still from Hardware Store Parts

created at: 02/09/2016

Cause sometimes you just need to distill something non-drinkable into clear, pure liquid...you know, like, uh, water. Yeah, that's right. Distilled water.    … read more

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Feb 08, 2016

A Sharp Office Makeover, Complete with a DIY Retractable Standing Desk (IKEA Hack)

created at: 01/16/2014

Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and tinkerer Kelli Anderson had an amazing studio/office space with lots of useable work surfaces...which were ever topped and filled with clutter and creative detritus. So, she decided to trade in her classic door-and-filing-cabinet combo of a desk for a proper, organized solution. … read more

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Feb 05, 2016

How to: Make a Masculine Treasure Box (with a Secret Hidden Compartment)

We've said it before, and we'll say it today: every man needs his own keepsake box. You know, all the trinkets and masculine things that enchant you as a child that your father probably had thrown into an actual box...or in my dad's case, a tiny dresser drawer. But now here's a stellar guide to not only crafting your collection, but building your own sliding tray box to keep all your treasures that includes a built-in, hidden compartment for the super-secret gadgets.  

On quality keepsake boxes, Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his autobiography:

We used to wait in the library in the evening until we could hear his key rattling in the latch of… read more

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Feb 03, 2016

How to: Make a Better Egg McMuffin, At Home

I'll admit it. I'm a total sucker for these "make a classic fast food staple at home" techniques. Especially when it's the Egg McMuffin, whose egg, American cheese, Canadian bacon and English Muffin combo sounds great in theory (and a bit like a joke that takes place at UN summit), but never quite comes together on those early road trip mornings when we all inevitably stop because its the only place at the exit.   … read more

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Feb 03, 2016

Blow My Mindsday: February 3, 2016

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

 

I just spied these carved wooden drawer and cabinet pulls on… read more

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Feb 03, 2016

How to: Dress for a Date...Like You Know What You're Doing

created at: 04/16/2013

With Valentine's Day next week, couples of all sorts will be headed out on the town to celebrate. Whether such plans are on your radar, or you're generally interested in looking snazzy without seeming like you just came from a sales meeting, we thought we'd share some basic ideas and tips to, well, nail it.  

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Feb 02, 2016

How to: Make a Wooden Bedside Phone Rest

created at: 11/16/2014

Don't you hate it when you're ready to plug in your phone for the night and the dang cable has fallen off your night stand and into the void between your bed and the wall? Yea, so did I until I invented this lovely walnut Phone Throne!    

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Feb 01, 2016

DIY Idea: Make a Space-Saving "Living Cube"

When Swiss designer Till Könneker moved into his new apartment, he loved the clean, minimalist design...but not the fact that it had zero built-in storage place. So, he came up with this clever storage cube to house his bed, book and record collection, and shoes and clothing. Oh, and this is the best part:    … read more

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Feb 01, 2016

How to: Make DIY Waterproof Pouches from Upcycled Materials

Yep, you can buy waterproof pouches and "drybags" at your local outdoor retailer. They're made of super lightweight, fancy-pants fabrics that really do keep your stuff dry. And they're super expensive. 

These DIY pouches can help protect smaller items for long term storage. Use your scrim-reinforced vinyl options to stash your high value items for a kayak or rafting trip temporarily, and make your own little custom pouches to keep the goods inside, and the moisture out.   … read more

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Jan 30, 2016

How to: Make an Easy DIY Rope Shelf

Check out this idea for a weekend project: simple wood shelves strung up with a bit of climbing rope for a rustic, functional piece of organizational decor.    … read more

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Jan 29, 2016

14 Seriously Tasty Burgers You've Got to Try this Weekend

The burger is usually thought of as summer fare — the progeny of some spatula-wielding self-appointed grill master. But true burger fans know that the very best are not cooked over grill grates, but on screaming hot solid surfaces, where the rendering fat and juices stay near the patty, creating not only a crispy exterior, but the deep, caramelized, confit-like richness that defines the flavor of a great burger.

Which means, of course, that burgers are actually year-round food, and armed with a heavy cast iron skillet or griddle, a great way to spend an dark, cold evening stuck inside. If we're gonna have January, than let us always have burgers. … read more

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Jan 29, 2016

Bring the Outdoors In with this Woodsy, Smokey Cocktail Recipe

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Need another drink to warm you up like you're sitting by a campfire, but you're actually stuck inside cause it's freaking freezing out? Check out ManMade's very own rosemary and smoke infused cocktail!

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