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Feb 09, 2015

These Two Kickstarter Projects are Aiming for the Stars

Space Launch PhotoKickstarter is an incredible funding resource for the masses. With so many projects posted almost daily, it's easy to find something worth throwing a few coins towards, especially when the projects involve space travel.  … read more

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Feb 09, 2015

Gift Guide: 14 DIYable Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

created at: 02/09/2015

The best gifts come from the heart, and it's infinitely better if they can come from human hands as… read more

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Feb 06, 2015

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Army Canvas Headboard

This DIY headboard project makes a very fine way to add a little rustic texture to your sleep space. It uses a 5x7' canvas tarp (twenty bucks!) and, the best part, no sewing. Just some 2x4s, a bit of plywood, and some staples and screws to hold it all… read more

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Feb 06, 2015

Is Antique Cast Iron Cookware Really Better than New?

The presence of cast iron has changed in the United States over the last one hundred years. Once the dominate form of cookware in any kitchen, it's been replaced by high-ply clad stainless, anodized aluminum, and all sorts of Teflon-coated beasts that let your food slip around freely. 

Likewise, the manufacturing process of cast iron cookware has changed quite a bit over the century as well. Enthusiasts claim that modern pans are thicker, with 'pebblier' surfaces, and made of a lower-quality iron. Add that to the high-heat preseasoning that doesn't make for a reliable coat, the question stands: is the vintage stuff better than new… read more

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Feb 06, 2015

How to: Make a Sturdy Pair of Folding Saw Horses

Saw horses are some of the oldest work holding and support systems, and they still do a great job, centuries later. But now that they compete for precious shop space with stationary power tools and lumber storage and modern workbenches, it can be hard to find floor space to keep a pair on hand.

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Answer: don't store them on the… read more

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Feb 05, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to Great Podcasts

created at: 02/05/2015

I think it's incredibly hard to make an argument for casually browsing talk radio in the modern age when there are so many amazing podcasts on any subject a man could want. There are even podcasts (many of them) that are entirely devoted to simply bringing you a fascinating assortment for random information for those of you who really like browsing. According the PBS, the number of unique monthly podcast listeners has tripled over the last five years to 75 million, and there's never been a better time to jump on board. I personally listen to podcasts pretty much whenever I'm cleaning, driving, or working out, and so I figured I'd give a shout out to some of my favorites that other men might be interested in as… read more

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Feb 05, 2015

How to: Make Stackable Wooden Tree Limb Coasters

A tree branch slice coaster is a wonder of simplicity: it's rustic, it's organic, it's functional, and adds some outdoor style to your coffee table. And they're easy to make, costing you much less than buying a set; you just gotta know what you're doing.  … read more

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Feb 04, 2015

Free Download: Vintage-Inspired Printable Typographic Calendar for 2015

At this point, five weeks into the new year, your resolutions are set. You either embraced that new food or exercise plan, or you didn't. You've kept up with your promise to save more or drink less or go to bed earlier, or you haven't. And, to be fair, that's okay. You know yourself… read more

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Feb 04, 2015

How They Made It: The French Connection's Infamous Car Chase Was "Dangerous," "Life-Threatening," and Filmed Entirely Without Permits

The French Connection The classic scene is a cinematic tour de force as hardened detective Jimmy Doyle (Gene Hackman) manically steers his 1971 Pontiac LeMans through crowded New York City streets in pursuit of a bad guy on the run in an elevated train above him. Unlike today's filming methods, much was left to chance as pedestrians were poorly controlled (though thankfully unhurt) and the scene even features at least one unplanned car crash (2:41 in the video below).   

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Feb 03, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Should Own a Speed Square

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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I always like a tool whose name indicates its purpose. Oh, what's a screwdriver do? A citrus squeezer? How about a box cutter? The function is all right there in the name. 

In many ways, a speed square falls right into the category. It tells helps you determine "square" - that is, when one edge or line is exactly 90° to another, and it helps you do it quickly. Done. Right?… read more

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Feb 02, 2015

Tiny House Tour: Evan's Rustic, Timber-Filled Shelter

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The tiny house movementhas been gaining so much steam in the last decade that it's easy to parody, but I'm continually blown away by the innovative and stylish decor people come up… read more

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Feb 02, 2015

How to: Make a "Groundhog Day" Alarm Clock

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In honor of Groundhog Day, the holiday (?) occurring every February 2nd (that's today), and the 1993 cult film Groundhog Day, Randy of the Instructables Design Studio managed to created his own take on Groundhog Day alarm clock. The hack results in a DIY'd version of the one of the film's most iconic images, the clock radio on Phil's nightstand that awakes him each morning at 6:00a, playing Sonny and Cher's "I Got You… read more

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Jan 30, 2015

5 Amazing Nacho Recipes You Should Totally Make This Weekend

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No matter which team you rooting for this weekend, or whether you care about football or the Super Bowl at all, I think we can all agree on one thing: nacho are amazing. They get our vote for the ultimate TV-centric party food; whether watching the game or French La Nouvelle Vague cinema, they beat out wings (but just by a hair), cause you can do most of the prep work ahead of time, and they don't involve big, messy pots of scalding hot oil while trying to cook for a crowd. Deep-frying doesn't mix with beer consumption very well,… read more

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Jan 29, 2015

The Process: Crafting a Mid-Century Modern Walnut Coffee Table from Scratch

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Hobbyist woodworker Jesse McKee of Dallas, Texas recently finished up a seriously awesome project: a mid-century modern-inspired walnut coffee table complete with storage and visible box joints that show off the piece's handcrafted origins. 

Jesse says, "[This is] a common mid century design that I added some of my favorite details to. Mainly the box… read more

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Jan 29, 2015

Manly Skills: Archery Like You've Never Seen

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I've worked on and off for the past decade as a theatrical fight director and stunt coordinator and so I've spent a lot of time investigating historical uses of weaponry. Lars Andersen has spent years investigating and perfecting his period archery skills to attain an unparalleled level of… read more

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