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May 12, 2015

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fountain Pens

I'm a big believer in pen and paper. I like apps just fine, but I'm a fan of having personal stationary - it makes me that much more likely to actually follow up with kind words and thanks. And a great pen is just as… read more

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May 11, 2015

10 Amazing Coffee Tables to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

If you drink coffee as much as I think you might, chances are you're in need of a good coffee table. Or could use a coffee table upgrade. Or just need a little design inspiration.   … read more

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May 11, 2015

Did You See This Article About the Two Key Traits that Identify Long Lasting Relationships?

created at: 05/11/2015

Sorry for the weird post title, but the origins of this piece are from last year, so perhaps you saw it when it was published.

But even if you did, this is pretty good stuff, and it's worth a… read more

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May 11, 2015

Spring Eats: How to Upgrade Your Homemade Nachos

NachosI happen to believe that every party gets better with a big plate of nachos. While the veggie platter is great, and bacon wrapped hot dogs are delish, there's something excellent about a fully topped mound of chips that just can't be beat. Here are 5 ways to make this excellent party staple a bit better.  … read more

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May 08, 2015

Good Songs and Where I Heard Them

A list of great songs.

You know...the ones that change your life.… read more

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May 08, 2015

Seriously Good Tips to Master Your Bandsaw

created at: 05/08/2015 Of all the "big" power tools, I think the bandsaw is my favorite. (I love you, too, router table.) It's the most creative of the bunch, and one of the more versatile, and with its relatively low speed and thin blade, it's among the least dangerous. 

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May 07, 2015

10 Awesome Kitchen Items You Probably Don't Own...But Totally Should

created at: 05/07/2015

There are those basic, essential tools that everyone needs to cook awesome food at home. ManMade thinks there are a solid fifteen, and we've shared them here - The Essential Kitchen: The 15 Tools Every Man Needs to Cook Like a Pro

But then, there are those less obvious tools... The ones that make cooking a real pleasure, and allow you to turn out restaurant-quality food with the charm of… read more

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May 07, 2015

How to: Grow these 8 Herbs for an Amazing Cocktail Garden

mint plant with title of article

Oh, Summertime. The best time of year for delicious drinks made with fresh ingredients. In doing my research for this piece, I had a hard time not wanting to just make up a drink for each… read more

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May 07, 2015

DIY Inspiration: A Better (Modern and Wooden) Refrigerator Magnet

Wooden MagnetsThose old bottle-cap magnets on the fridge used to be cool, but it's about time to upgrade those to something a bit more in style like these smooth wooden knobs. Take a look.  … read more

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May 06, 2015

Son Lux's "Change Is Everything" Features 1000s of Frames of Animated String Art

The music video for Son Lux's new single, "Change is Everything," features roughly 4,000 animated frames, crafted only from string and ball head pins on a foam core background. created at: 05/06/2015 As the video develops, you see the holes left from the previous shots multiply and multiply, giving an awesome ghosting effect to the moving line art images.   

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May 05, 2015

How to: Make a Secret Door Bookcase

created at: 05/05/2015

Oh, you know the kind. Where you pull a particular book and the whole case opens to reveal a secret passageway and all kinds of mysterious and surreptitious doings and goods behind?

If you've got the space (and the secrets), you can have one,… read more

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May 05, 2015

The Last of the Typewriter Men

The last of the typewriter repair menA lot of us have nostalgia for old typewriters, regardless of how many hipsters put them on display. I have one myself and I was surprised by how much the guy in my local typewriter repair store knew about my machine and how quickly he solved my problem. This is a celebration of "a dynasty of repairmen keeping the world's typewriters from going obsolete."    

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May 04, 2015

David's DIY Kitchen Upgrade: Inspiration and Planning

created at: 04/29/2015
Like most people, my family spends a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s where we start our day (coffee, papers, kids), and where we inevitably land every evening for dinner. Despite its small size and builder-grade cabinetry and appliances, it’s a space that works for us. But my wife and I have long been looking for simple kitchen upgrades to bring more personality into the space, and allow us to really expand on our passion for cooking.

We’ve grown tired of cooking on our wonky electric range, and we’re constantly exasperated by our tiny, hard-to-keep-organized refrigerator. After enjoying a meal with friends in their very functional kitchen, we decided that the time was nigh - we were ready to do a mini… read more

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May 01, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Get Yourself a Serious Pair of Cutting Pliers

created at: 05/01/2015 There are those tools that are exciting. The ones you look forward to using: table saws, routers, even hand planes. And then there are the tools that sit there on the peg board, unassuming, know they're perfect at the one task they were designed to do. And when you need them for that task, accept no substitutes.  … read more

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May 01, 2015

How to Dice an Onion Like a Chef (In 30 Seconds)

created at: 05/01/2015

With most things in everyday life, the ManMade argument goes: if your going to do something, you might as well do it right. And while the definition of "right" is variable, oftentimes, we look to the pros. I take care of my vehicle the way a mechanic would, I work on my garden and lawn with the tips I learned from farmers, and I try to prep and cook food in the same way as those who doing for a… read more

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