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Jul 10, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Floating Wood Slab Bedside Table

Nothing beats a big old chunk of wood. Fine joinery and glue-ups are great, but I'll take a solid slab any day. Sometimes, it's nice to be in awe of craftsmanship. But sometimes, it's nice to just be in awe of… read more

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Jul 09, 2015

IKEA Hack: Make a Mid-Century Bar Cabinet from a TV Stand

created at: 07/09/2015

IKEA products can solve a great many organizational issues in the home, and be none to visually offensive in the process. But, therein lies the problem; their ability to blend seamlessly into any space means they don't offer a lot in the way of personality. They don't take away, but they don't bring along to the table, either. 

Except, when they… read more

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Jul 08, 2015

5 Essential Shoes Every Man Needs This Summer

created at: 07/08/2015

Newsflash, ManMakers: It's hot out. Like, super hot... the kind of hot where you can't quite pretend you're not roasting and just wear your standard uniform from the rest of the year. It's easy to dress well in the fall and winter. Every man looks great in boots and sweaters and layers and patterned button-downs. But, in summer, it's just too hot for those things, and you simply gotta embrace the shorts.  And with the shorts comes the question: well, what shoes do I wear with them?read more

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Jul 07, 2015

A Century of Bicycling History in 17 Pictures

The 102nd Tour de France begin this week, and so far, this have been pretty interesting. (There was a quite intense crash on Stage 3 yesterday. where they actually stopped the race. See more here.)

To honor the event, National Geographic dove into their archives to find the best images of the power of bikes, and the variety of ways they've been used for the last 100… read more

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Jul 07, 2015

DIY Painting Made Easy

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Jul 06, 2015

Amazing Storage and Organization Solutions for the Small Workshop

Space-Saving Shop Projects

I work in a tiny, leaky, antique shed. Workspace is a precious commodity that keeps getting taken up by scraps and in-progress pieces and just plain junk.… read more

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Jul 06, 2015

How to: Maintain a Beard in Summer

created at: 07/06/2015Beard trends go in and out as they always do, and it's easy to think of beards as simply being bound to a single season. But as my bearded buddy Ian (pictured above) pointed out to me, this doesn't have to be the case.    … read more
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Jul 06, 2015

Four Questions With: An Indie Filmmaker

Indie Filmmaker John Kingman: gear bag
John Kingman is a video producer and independent filmmaker (and former ManMade contributor) whose first feature-length film, Pearl: The Assassin, is streaming now on Amazon. We thought it'd be fun to get a glimpse of what it's like make indie movies, so we caught up with John for the first of our "Four Questions With" series:

MM: Tell us a little about your background, and about Pearl.

John: 

My background is video production. I started out making comedy videos with my friends, and taught myself how to shoot, light, and edit. Now I run a boutique production company in NY, doing corporate video. Pearl came about around the time… read more

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Jul 02, 2015

How to: Create Light Paintings with Sparklers

If you're doing the holiday weekend right, you're gonna end up with some sparklers. Maybe because you're at some official bash with picnic tables and kiddie pools, maybe because your buddy grabbed a three-pack when he went to get ice, but let's face it - sparklers are awesome. And the Fourth of July isn't the same without… read more

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Jul 02, 2015

Design Inspiration: Wood As Art

Sonic Wooden headWhile most of the time I'm inspired by fine furniture and the skills needed to really make an heirloom piece, there are many other expressions of excellence that don't fit that category. Here are a few unique pieces of wooden inspiration that keep me inspired to make.  … read more

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Jul 02, 2015

Make This: Scrap Lumber Side Table

created at: 07/02/2015

Looking for a clever way to use up all that scrap wood? Here's a side table project that will turn that cluttered lumber pile into something useful. Quick and easy pocket hole joinery make it a project that's done in an… read more

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Jul 01, 2015

Skills 101: How to Use a Stiching Awl to Sew Heavy Duty Fabrics and Leather

created at: 07/01/2015

I once ran into a dude at the leathercraft supply shop, who was talking to his friend about all his big ideas, and telling his buddy what to get. He threw a wood handled stitching awl into the basket, and stated, "Oh, yeah, man. You definitely need this. It's like a handheld sewing machine." Not quite, overzealous and under-qualified… read more

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Jun 30, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Workshop Needs a Great Oscillating Multi-Tool (and Which One to Buy)

 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. 

created at: 06/30/2015

We've all heard: "I didn't know I needed it until I got it." It stands true for so many tools in my shop that streamline and tune up my jobs, but no tool has done more to make my life easier than the Oscillating Saw. Once you get your hands on one, I guarantee you'll… read more

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Jun 30, 2015

How to: Build a Backyard BBQ Smoker from Common Materials (No Welding or Metalwork Required)

I like smoked foods. More than the average bear, I think. I mean, sure, slow smoked barbecue meats like ribs and brisket, but I particularly like other proteins (like fish or turkey), vegetables (leafy greens, beets, carrots), and snacks (nuts, cheeses, olives). Evenread more

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Jun 29, 2015

Make It: A Fun and Photographic DIY Headboard Upgrade (+ a Giveaway!)

Upgrade your headboard with black and white photos

A while ago, I made a really great headboard for my bedroom. I'm pretty attached to it, as it was one of my first woodworking projects ever.  From time to time we’ve placed things above the board to keep the décor fresh and fun. So, it’s time again to liven it up with some new photographs! Also, read on to the bottom of the post to find out how to win a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Elementsread more

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