Sep 16, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Fire Pit In Any Shape You Please

created at: 09/11/2016 The backyard fire pit is the hallmark of great outdoor memory-making. Where friends gather, stories are told, beers are drunk. And sure they can be as simple as a no-frills dugout, but something a little more concrete demonstrates your commitment to the intentionality of the space....    

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Sep 16, 2016

Closer Look: Hopping Trains To Montauk

created at: 09/16/2016

Yep, it's dangerous, illegal, and still pretty interesting. Follow along with this guy as he tried to ride freight trains to Montauk.   

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Sep 15, 2016

How to: Simple, Stylish Wall-Mounted Lighting Project from Hardware Store Parts

As this point in the DIY movement evolution, no one is surprised to learn that the strength and construction toy-like versatility of plumbing pipe makes it awesome fodder for building all sorts of projects. You've probably even seen it applied to lighting and lamp projects before. But, there's still room to improve on a classic, and we think this piece by Alyssa does exactly that.    

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Sep 15, 2016

Why You Feel Busy All the Time... Even Though You Actually Aren't

created at: 09/15/2016

There are countless scientific and cultural studies, book summaries, and thinkpieces that come out each week, with attractive headlines about being more happy, or losing weight, or the benefits of travel or achieving crazy productivity. Most of them are sorta interesting, but ultimately disappointing, and very fun are pertinent to the discussions here on ManMade.

But, this one kinda got to me, and I thought it was worth sharing. And the reason is:   

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Sep 13, 2016

Shop Tips: How to Make a Super Simple Sanding Drum

created at: 09/13/2016

One of the last steps in the shop on any project is sanding. It can be a long, drawn out process to get the final shape and then smooth it all out but this drum makes quick work of it.   

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Sep 13, 2016

Clean Out Your Scrap Pile with These 10 DIY Project Ideas

Wood Pile

I am a total scrap hoarder. Whether it's wood, metal or other trinkets, I can't help but think to myself that one day I will use some of these. From time to time, I search the depths of Pinterest to find some really good uses for all the junk I collect. Because if I don't I might not have a workshop to work in anymore!

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Sep 13, 2016

How to: Custom Branding Iron Using a 99¢ Disposable Lighter

created at: 09/13/2016

Here's a project that deserves to be checked out both for its utility on your own projects, but also for its simple, inspired creativity.  This is why the DIY, craft, and maker movement continue to grow; there are super smart, thoughtful folks figuring out how to help other keep making stuff.   

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Sep 12, 2016

5 Simple Beginning Leather Projects to Help Grow Your Craft

Leather Tool CaseA few weeks back we talked about some of the basic, essential tools for getting started in leatherworking. Once you're set up, its time to put them into practice. Here are a few projects to hone those skills, and end up with some great practical pieces you can use everyday   

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Sep 11, 2016

How to: Turn a Cassette Boombox into a Guitar Amp

created at: 09/12/2016Old tape players are abundant, and cheap. Many have solid speaker sets, perfect period styling and design, and handle-equipped portability.  So, what to do with 'em? Play music through them! Oh, tossed your mixtape collection in the late 00s? Then, I guess you gotta make that music yourself.    

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Sep 08, 2016

A Breath of Cold Air - Videos From The Ice

Ice DivingIt's getting a bit colder here lately, but no matter how frigid it is there's always somewhere with a lot more ice. Here are a few videos to take in while digging out the long sleeves.

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Sep 07, 2016

Join us for a Photography Workshop (Minneapolis)

Photography workshop

We're really excited to announce that Curbly (the company that publishes this blog and Curbly.com) is putting on our first ever photography workshop! We'll be bringing in one of our all-time favorite ManMade contributors, Gabriel Cabrera, for an intensive two-day course on styling and photography. 

You've probably seen some of Gab's photos here on ManMade; he's super-talented:

Gab Cabrera

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If you want to learn how to take stunning, professional-looking photos like Gab's, head over to the information page for our Fall Photography Workshop to see how you can sign up (hint: there's an early bird registration discount going on this week only!)


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Sep 06, 2016

5 DIY Bluetooth Projects To Ditch Those Wires

Portable Bluetooth SpeakerWith so many things able to connect via Bluetooth, isn't it time to make a few things to receive the signal? Here are 5 projects to make today.  

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Sep 02, 2016

The Process: Making A Unique Cutting Board

created at: 05/28/2013

Sure, you can make a cutting board from those scraps in your shop, but how about making something a bit more memorable? Unique Cutting BoardTake a look.   

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Sep 01, 2016

How to: DIY Dining Table for a Crowd from Reclaimed Wood

created at: 08/31/2015

A simple but functional DIY table for eight, made from reclaimed materials loaded with character? What's not to love?    

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Sep 01, 2016

How to: Build Shop Cabinet Doors on the Cheap

Half Lap JointsThere are plenty of shelves in my shop that need doors to keep out the dust, and to keep the look of the shop more streamlined. These cheap doors are made from 2.5" pine boards and affordable 1/4" plywood. They still look great and function well, and they have enough heft to feel strong in your hand.  

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