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Sep 26, 2016

The Surprisingly Fascinating History of the Tailgate

These days, the word "tailgate" conjures up images of cooler and pavement, jerseys and face paint, grills and foldable chairs. But, despite its current association with parking lots and sporting events, it's actually got quite a rich history. Like, older than you think. Like... 1861?   

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Sep 23, 2016

Five Presidential Biographies Every Man Should Read

created at: 09/22/2016

Six years ago, my father decided he wanted to read one biography of every American president before he dies. He’s fallen a little behind (I think he’s currently on Madison) but it’s made it easy to think up go-to presents when gift-giving holidays come around. Scouring the internet for the most definitive biography of each president has rubbed off a little and now I’ve got some serious must-reads to recommend…   

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Sep 23, 2016

What's Good for September 2016: What We're Reading, Wearing, and Thinking About This Month

created at: 09/23/2016

Hey ... welcome back to What's Good. We're switching things up a little bit this month. I think you're going to like it (I know I did). In case you're new here, What's Good is our monthly series where we (the ManMade guys) get to talk about what we're currently into. This month, it's media, clothing, and wonderment. Yeah, you read that right. Wonderment is a thing too. Read on to get your monthly dose...

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Sep 22, 2016

How to: Make a No-Sew Leather Tool Case

created at: 09/22/2016

Leather is strong, durable, and extremely workable. But stitching leather involves some specific two-handed, two needle techniques, some specialized gear, and some definite knowhow. So, what to do when you want to make a custom piece, but aren't ready to invest the time and materials to learn to hand sew it?

You make no-sew project: just as strong, just as customizable.    

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Sep 22, 2016

Q: Do You Really Need a Chain Saw? A: Absolutely. Here's Why.

Picking a great chainsawThe chain saw. Love it or fear it, this workhorse has made its way into my DIY life after years of avoiding it. And?  I'm totally mad I waited this long! A chain saw is a great tool for even the most entry level of projects, and, if you use good technique and follow the right precautions, totally safe to use. With autumn officially here, we're taking a look at this essential piece of gear. 

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Sep 21, 2016

Build Yourself a Classic Masculine Workspace with these 5 Rustic DIY Projects

Inspired OfficeMy best work is done when I'm inspired. These 5 DIY projects will make your office a place you want to spend the next 8 hours in.   

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Sep 21, 2016

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden Chair from One Board (for $8!)

At its core, a chair is simply a seat with a back. And while they often have legs and arms and complex joinery for strength, sometimes, a little physics can accomplish the same thing.    

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Sep 20, 2016

The Everyman’s Guide to Classic Film Noir

The term film noir (or “dark film”) was first coined in 1946 (though not used commonly for many years) by French film critic Nino Frank to describe the emerging genre of gritty films that proliferated in the American studio system during the 1940’s-50’s featuring hardboiled detectives, femme fatales, and doomed anti-heroes.   

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Sep 20, 2016

ManMade Giveaway: Win the Ultimate Kreg Jig Set!

Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig, Drawer Slide Jig, Shelf Pin Jig, Cabinet Hardware Jig

Here at ManMade, we love working with wood. It's versatile, strong, and, done right, it looks fantastic. However, working with wood means making joints, and fitting joinery requires real finesse. That's where having a good jig comes in handy. Kreg Tool woodworking jigs are the best in the business and an absolute must-have for any woodshop. So here it is: Our Ultimate Kreg Jig Giveaway! One lucky winner will get:

  • 1 Kreg Shelf Pin Jig
  • 1 Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig
  • 1 Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig
  • 1 Drawer Slide Jig
  • 1 K4 Master System, Kreg's do-it-all jig for making perfect joints

Read on to learn how you can win!

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Sep 19, 2016

How To Dress Taller: 5 Easy Fashion Tips for Short Men

created at: 09/19/2016
This ManMade guest post was written by Ben Robbins of Silas Jackson

It ain’t easy being a short guy. Women “swipe left” on our dating profiles based on height alone, we don’t make as much dough as their taller peers, and there’s no shortage of nicknames that seek to box us in (“shrimp,” “small fry”…I could go on and on). This isn’t fair, of course, but you as a fellow shorter dude actually have some power to fight back –  it’s called the ability to “dress taller.” Now, I didn’t coin this term, but I do have some unique insights into how shorter guys can share in some of the benefits that taller guys take for granted. All you have to do is follow these five simple tips for making tweaks to what you wear and how you wear it:   

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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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