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Oct 01, 2012

11 Awesome Sites to Download Free Wallpaper Art for Your Smartphone or Tablet

created at: 10/01/2012

Me? I'm a seasonal desktop and mobile background changer. I update them about four times a year, and then I keep the "used" ones in a folder, and will occassionally look back on them. Like those who obsessively catalog their days on their calendars or datebooks, or who are much better at keeping a journal than me, … read more

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Sep 20, 2012

How to: Make the Ultimate Martini at Home

created at: 04/16/2013

created at: 09/20/2012

You don't find too many recipes that begin with, "First a note about substituting ingredients or tools. Don't. This method has been exhaustively tested and retested for excellence and the smallest variation can result in catastrophic and unintended consequences."

Somehow, that deserves to be respected, and when the blog post is entitled "Perfect" without… read more

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Sep 19, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Portable Lunch Box Stereo

Brian Wood Arkansas-based BSquared Inc came up with this super creative solution for taking your tunes on the go. He built a portable iPod speaker/amplifier inside a vintage lunchbox, complete with a volume/power knob and beautiful wood casework to house the components.   … read more

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Sep 18, 2012

How to: Make Your Own DIY Painted or Stained Axe

Best Made Co., the New York-based design company known for producing rustic yet infinitely stylish accesssories and tools with a modern masculine feel, first gained attention for their colorful (designer?) axe and tool handles. And now, they've created a how-to that gives you full, step-by-step instructions to customizing your own tools.   … read more

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Sep 17, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Beer Milkshakes at Home!

This week, the human interest news cycle is a-buzz with the announcement of a Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake available this fall at burger chain Red Robin. Yes, it has beer in it. 

But ManMakers, beer lovers, and all-around interesting people alike have known for years that… read more

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Sep 06, 2012

How to: Make DIY Hickory Smoked Hot Sauce

It's the height of the produce season, and your local markets and grocery stores and (hopefully) your own garden are bursting with all the high-sun summer goodies. One can only eat so many veggies in a week, so it's time to start the preserving. And yes, canning and freezing chiles and peppers is one way to go about it...
or you can make your own smoked hot sauce.   … read more

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Sep 05, 2012

How to: Make a Super Mega "Rocket Grill" from Off-The-Shelf Parts

created at: 09/05/2012

A rocket grill, you say? I'm intrigued.

Turns out, a rocket grill is "super mega" way of describing an crazy efficient charcoal grill, which uses a tiny amount of fuel to create searingly high temperatures that mimic commercial wood burning fires, upwards of 800°F, perfect for pizza, steaks, and shellfish.   … read more

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Sep 05, 2012

The Process: Crafting a Durable Bag

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 09/05/2012

John Cho Moore creates men's bags and briefcases from sturdy canvas, leather, and shaped bamboo. Really. As Michael of Those Who Make says, "After working for companies that embraced a disposable state of mind, John aimed to create a product that would get better with age. Follow along as John utilizes durable, quality materials – waxed canvas, leather and bamboo – to craft a timeless bag."   … read more

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Sep 05, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: September 5, 2012

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.

Spanish design studio Lo Siento used standard shipping bubblewrap to create this… read more

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Sep 04, 2012

How to: Make a Rice Krispie Treat Milkshake

Last week, I confessed my love for the ready-to-assemble dessert classic, the Rice Krispie Treat. Then, over the holiday weekend, ManMade reader Aaron sent me a recipe that combines that munchie with my other favorite easily assembled sweet, the milkshake.   … read more

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Sep 04, 2012

Ale to the Chief: The White House Unveils Its DIY Beer Recipes

Ten days ago, I shared a story involving the White House's custom homebrewed beer, and how several enterprising individuals were creating petitions and invoking the Freedom of Information Act to get access to the recipes. But it turns out, all citizens had to do was ask,… read more

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Aug 30, 2012

How to: Make Booze-Spiked Fruit Loop Bars

Normally, I don't get too excited by dishes made up from a bunch of pre-packaged ingredients. I have a strong aversion to anything made with a cream of anything soup, and party dips and snacks made from combining bottles and envelopes of factory-made stuff just don't do it for me.

And there's one exception - The Rice Krispie Treat. It's a magical no-bake combo of premade magic: a box of cereal, a bag of marshmallows, and a bit of butter. That's it. It's as more of a textural pleasure than a flavorful one, but for my money calories, it's hard to improve.

Well, except for these. Cause they're made with alcohol.   … read more

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Aug 29, 2012

How to: Shrink Denim Jeans for a Perfect Fit

"Your new favorite jeans cost less than $50 and will fit you perfectly."

So, I learned something new today: there's such a item called Shrink-to-Fit (STF) jeans, which are made from raw denim that you then conform to fit your body perfectly. Huh.   … read more

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Aug 29, 2012

How to: Make S'meaches - S'Mores + Peaches

I've gone on record many times about my love for s'mores, and balancing that with the mysterious dichotomy that I only want to eat them about once or twice a year.

But! Switching up the classic graham+choc+mallow recipe for some roasty … read more

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Aug 28, 2012

How to: A Quick and Easy Way to Reattach a Book or Notebook Cover

created at: 04/16/2013

created at: 08/28/2012

Last week, the unthinkable happened: the pages of my notebook separated from the cover.

Okay, well, it's not really unthinkable...I'm pretty tough on it. It goes everywhere with me, falls off the workbench daily, gets covered in sawdust and paint, regular interacts with power tools and sharp things, and I'm pretty sure this is the one I threw across the room when I just couldn't get the math right for a project.I've had this one for nearly two years, and it's spine has been covered and reinforced by layers of duct tape for more than half its life. So, unthinkable? No, but discouraging, nonetheless. This thing still has at least 20%… read more

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Aug 27, 2012

How to: Add Texture to Vector Illustrations to Make Them Pop

Digital design and drawing tools are amazing, but the fact that they're created inside a computer and not created from physical media can leave them a little...flat.   … read more

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Aug 27, 2012

How to: Carve Your Own Wooden Spoon

In contrast to the rough, stainable, and seemingly disposable wooden spoons you can snag at the discount store for $6.99 for a three-pack, a hand-carved, hardwood spoon is a practical, heirloom item that can be used and cherished for generations. But, because they do take time to create, a hand-carved wooden spoon can be pricey.

Which is why you should make one yourself.   … read more

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Aug 22, 2012

How to: The Best Way to Fold a Suit or Sport Coat for Travel

created at: 08/22/2012

Whenever you're flying and need to take a jacket, often it's best to wear it on the plane since all kinds of craziness could happen to it if packed away. But sometimes, it just doesn't make sense to wear while traveling, and you need to figure out a way to pack a suit or sportcoat in your luggage.   … read more

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Aug 21, 2012

How to: Make Wood Veneer Pendant Lights

Wood veneer are thin pieces of full woodgrain, which are sold in flexible roles, so you can glue them onto core panels for the look and finish of hardwood grain pattersn without the expense of solid wood.

Because veneer is so thin (around 3mm), it's quite flexible and easy to work, … read more

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Aug 20, 2012

How to: Iron a Button-Down Dress Shirt Like a Pro

Ironing. One or two rare guys can get away with the dishelved look, but nearly everyone else should embrace that combo of steam and heat that somehow make fabric flat. And while a quick run over a pair of pants or polo comes easy enough to most of us, the button-down is a whole 'nother beast entirely. It's got at least seven components going on, each requiring a special setup on the

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