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Feb 20, 2015

A Weapon for Readers

created at: 02/20/2015Tim Parks, a scholar, novelist, and Associate Professor of Literature, offers a look at active reading; a way of achieving better attentiveness when spending time with a book. Want to have better understanding and retention when reading a book?… read more

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Feb 20, 2015

How to: Build This Vintage Tabletop for Two

Tabletop

This single-unit lunch-table design was originally featured in a 1939 issue of Popular Mechanics and recently revamped with some hip new additions. Not to mention it can be built entirely out of scrap… read more

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Feb 19, 2015

10 DIY Toy Projects Dads Should Build with Their Kids

Water RocketSome of you have kids and some of you still act like kids, so here are some fantastic and fun DIY projects to do with children of all ages.    … read more

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Feb 19, 2015

The Manliest Table You've Ever Seen...

Axe TableAxes may belong in the woodshed, but this exceptional piece of furniture brings them into the dining room for a classy man's touch.  … read more

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Feb 18, 2015

Amazing Hand Drawn Snow Typography

Snow Typography

Check out this amazing, temporary artwork from Behance user Faust New York. This elegant typography is drawn into snow, mostly on automobiles, that leave a temporary impression of beauty in a chilly urban… read more

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Feb 18, 2015

How to: Make a Refurbished Pallet Wine Rack with Wine Glass Holder

Pallet Wine RackIt's after Valentine's Day and you remember how nice it is to have nice wine on hand, now all you need is a good place to store it. 

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Feb 17, 2015

10 DIY Ideas to Stay Occupied While You're Snowed In

10 man-made snow day projects

This week they're predicting record-breaking winter storms in my area which means, aside from braving my drive to and from work, I'll be stuck inside. So, instead of heading to the grocery store for bread and milk I'm headed to the hardware store to get some supplies to keep myself busy under the… read more

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Feb 17, 2015

Workspace Inspiration: Surf While You Work

FluidStance If, like me, you spent a fair amount of your junior high years in detention for constantly leaning back in your chair, then creating something like the FluidStance might be just what you need.   

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Feb 13, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Should Own a Random Orbit Sander

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: 02/13/2015

It's always a big step when you move from the manual version of a technique to the powered option. The miter box becomes a compound miter saw, you reach for a pneumatic finish nailer instead of a hammer, the #2 Phillips screwdriver a Li-Ion impact driver. 

And while there's still a great deal of pleasure from using hand tools, certain hand saws, bench planes, and hand drills, sanding by hand doesn't even come close. It's monotonous, tedious, and time consuming. It's the least creative aspect of any project or repair ... the "paperwork"… read more

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Feb 13, 2015

Weekend Project: Give a Kettle a Hardwood Makeover

Here's an interesting take on a makeover project. Ben took his Hario gooseneck kettle, noted its striking shape, and decided the black plastic handles would like quite a bit better in a bold solid walnut.

And? He was totally… read more

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Feb 12, 2015

This is the Only Cocktail You Need to Make for Valentine's Day

created at: 02/12/2015

To be honest, we're firmly in the "don't make dinner reservations for Valentine's Day" camp. Especially on a year like this, when the date falls on a Saturday. Save the special evenings for anniversaries, celebrations of achievements or special events, or heck, any random Friday night. Those are guaranteed to be more "romantic," memorable, and special.  

So, if you wanna do something fun on the 14th, spend the day outside - go for a snow hike, a bike ride, or visit a museum. Then, come 5:00pm, head home and either cook together, or snag some takeout and allow the time to make the day special, not the prix fixe menu. 

Oh, and since you're home and not driving, you've totally gotta make this… read more

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Feb 12, 2015

Things My Uncle Taught Me: A Ship-Guiding Dolphin, Dictators Renaming Months, and Giving All You've Got.

created at: 02/12/2015

I have an Uncle John, and I imagine (statistically) most of you do as well. My Uncle John was a fantastic uncle to me growing up (and still is), but in particular, I remember him showing up on random occasions in my childhood with strong opinions and obscure stories that I took as the golden truth for much of my young life. As I got older, I was shocked to discover: 

They were actually true. Well, more orread more

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Feb 12, 2015

The Coolbox: The World's Smartest Toolbox

CoolboxIn addition to offering your standard toolbox storage features, the Coolbox features an internal battery to charge or run small power tools, a 12ft extension cord with 3-way splitter, bluetooth speakers, a double-sided and removable whiteboard, a tablet stand, two USB charging ports, and a built-in clock. The Coolbox frame itself features handles on both sides as well as wheels to easily maneuver it on the go.   

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Feb 12, 2015

Win an Aeropress: The Best Coffee Maker on the Planet

created at: 02/12/2015
Last month we posted about the fascinating story of the invention of the AeroPress, a $25 plastic device that makes the best single cup of home-brewed coffee we've ever tasted. Well, you guys seemed to like that post so much, we reached out to Aerobie (makers of the AeroPress, and, yes, the amazing flying disc) and asked if they'd let us give away a few ... and guess what? They said "coffee". Ok, no they said "yes", but I presume they're pretty caffeinated over there most of the time.

Can't wait to see if you win the giveaway? Or just want to read all the reviews? Click here for the full product listing at Amazon. It has a 4.6/5-star… read more

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Feb 11, 2015

"God Made A Farmer": Is this the Manliest Superbowl Ad in History?

God Made A FarmerFor many design-oriented men, the best part of the Super Bowl is the commercials themselves. So I figured it was about time to highlight what is perhaps the "manliest" ad I've ever seen. Rugged and heartfelt, it'll make you itch to build things with your hands.   

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