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Jun 01, 2016

Your New Favorite Sunglasses: An Under $10 Pair that Fits Every Man, Every Time (and How to Make Them Better)

created at: 05/31/2016

There's definitely a case to be made for the investment pair of sunglasses. That classic, quality pair that works with everything from a tuxedo to swim trunks and sandals. That pair that you're a little hesitant to spend the money on at first because you're used to losing your gas station glasses all the time, but find, once you own them, that you actually seem to keep track and take care of them at all times

We love that pair of sunglasses. But we also know that summer brings a lot of real adventures. Like, if you're doing these long days and warm temps right, there are actually dozens of times where a high-end pair doesn't make sense. Like any time you're in the woods, a mountain, the desert, on a bicycle or other human-powered transportation, or any time you're moving about near, on, or in a large body of water.

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May 31, 2016

How to: Make a Live Edge Walnut Bench

I love a full-on, hardcore woodworking project: milling the wood from rough lumber to glass-smooth surfaces, careful design and proportions, and sturdy, hand-cut joinery to keep everything in place for many decades to come.

created at: 05/31/2016

But that's a big commitment, requires a lot of knowhow and tools, and a can take several weeks of nights and weekends to finish. So, I'm equally a fan of any project that produces great results with solid materials but uses some more "woodworking light" techniques.  … read more

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May 31, 2016

The 100 Greatest American Films

created at: 05/31/2016

I think lists like these are always worth a look. Not because they offer a whole bunch of new ideas, of course. You already know what number one is, you can easily name the filmmakers whose work occurs the most, and you'll certainly get a passing score on what makes the top twenty-five.

But it's fascinating to see how the rest of the list shakes out. What order are
Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, and Marnie? Does Taxi Driver rank higher than Raging Bull and how far ahead are they from Mean Streets? And how many Billy Wilder movies did make the cut?

This list comes from the BBC, and the opinions come from critics around the world, so it's interesting to see how international criticism weighs in on the ranking.    … read more

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May 27, 2016

What's Good for May 2016: What We're Reading Watching and Listening To This Month

created at: 05/27/2016

Welcome to What's Good, ManMade's monthly Show and Tell day, where we let you know what we've been reading, watching, and listening to. 

Here's what's good this month ...


Reading

Chris:

I mostly recently finished Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. If you're wondering if you really can fill two hundred pages on the subject of firewood, the answer is an absolute yes. The felling and chopping aspects are definitely interesting, but what most compelled me was the exploration of what building and stacking of these wood piles each year means for these cultures. It's a fascinating look… read more

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May 27, 2016

Weekend Project: Make the Ultimate DIY Wood Burning Camp Stove

created at: 09/05/2014

When I bought it ten years ago, my backpacking stove cost me more than $100, and each time I fly to a destination trip, I've got to scout a local outdoor store to get my fuel bottles filled or source some disposable canisters.

The DIY Mountain Ranger Camp Stove, on the other hand, is made from (maybe) $5 in new materials and some recyclables and relies on found fuel - small twigs, sticks, and brush, to produce a very hot flame, very quickly. 

So. As we often find on ManMade, the DIY option makes a compelling case. … read more

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May 26, 2016

9 Awesome Podcasts for Makers, Crafters, Artists, and Designers

created at: 05/26/2016

Podcasts. You know 'em. You listen to 'em. You're moved by them. You laugh and are entertained by them. But are you inspired by them? Do they light a fire under your butt and make you want to get into your work space as fast as possible? Do they make you want to complete your workout faster so you can get home and make stuff? Do they make you thankful for your creative bent, and the creative work of others?   … read more

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May 25, 2016

10 Unique Ways to Solve Problems With A Blowtorch

In the early days of building your workshop it's important to invest in tools with multiple functions so as to get the most bang for you buck. Now normally I'd think a blowtorch doesn't exactly fit that criteria, although since reading this I'm beginning to rethink that...… read more

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May 25, 2016

How to: Revive Your Waterproof Rain Jacket

created at: 05/25/2016

If your water resistant rain shell doesn't seem as water resistant as it use to be, it's time to give the coating a little revitalization to keep those beads forming, and your body dry.   … read more

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May 24, 2016

Get Ready for Summer: How to Calibrate Your Grill Thermometer in Time for Barbecue Season

created at: 05/24/2016

Turning out perfectly grilled foods in your own backyard requires balancing two important variables: time and temperature. Too hot, and the food gets overly blackened and burnt before it's cooked through. Too short, and the surfaces don't have enough time to caramelize, brown, and develop that characteristic charred flavor that makes grilling worth the effort in the first place.

A solid grill thermometer can help, but here's the bad news: standard bi-metal dial thermometers, the kind present in almost all backyard grills and smokers, can be off by as much as 75° F in either direction. Which, if you're going for low and slow cooked flavors of barbecue, is enough to totally ruin your meal and your day. Here's how to fix it. 

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May 23, 2016

How to: Build a Custom Rolling Tool Cabinet

created at: 05/23/2016 Rare is the craftsperson who couldn't use just a little more workspace. Maybe not more square footage (though I'd certainly take some), but perhaps more work surfaces to spread out projects, or some more storage to keep track of all the bits and pieces that come along with any technique.

Building this custom tool cabinet will certainly help. … read more

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May 23, 2016

How to: Build a Classic Wood-Handled Straight Razor from Scratch

Maker and designer Nick provides this awesomely detailed tutorial to create a custom, traditional straight razor from scratch. And by from scratch, we mean from. scratch. This build process includes everything from grinding shaping, and sharpening the blade, crafting the wood handle, and even creating custom hardware that allows the razor to pivot while staying balanced. … read more

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May 23, 2016

Engineer This: An Actual Snowball's Chance in Hell

Molten Snowball There isn't a day in western life that goes by without something from GE's massive engineering activities making life easier for us all. So when I saw this video about their experiment to preserve a snowball in hell, I just had to see it. You should too.   … read more

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May 20, 2016

Please Stop Making Margaritas Wrong - Here's How to Do It Right, Just in Time for Summer

How to make a really good margarita.

Have you hit 90 degrees yet where you live? We have (yep - 92 on May 6 in Minneapolis, crazy), and I loved it. After months of snow and cold and slush and sweaters, I absolutely revel in the warmth. Maybe later in the summer I'll be crouched down inside next to the air conditioner, but not now. Right now, when it's warm out, I want to soak my bones in it. 

Summer warmth

The warm weather also means a change in the beverage seasons. Out with the heavy, comforting drinks of winter, and in with the light, bright, refreshing stuff. As part of our series of posts celebrating tequila (one, two), we've teamed up with Olmeca Altos to show you how to perfect the perfect drink for summer: the margarita.… read more

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May 19, 2016

Art Is More Than You See: Please Touch The Art

We're used to evaluating art on what we can see. While there are plenty of pieces where touching is not encouraged, here's an example of what happens when an artist moves beyond sight to texture. Take a look.   … read more

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May 19, 2016

New in the ManMade Store: Father's Day Picks

Father's Day Update on ManMade Store

Here's the best gift you can give the dad in your life: make him some breakfast (eggs Benedict and strong, hot coffee, please), tell him you love him, and then give him the rest of the day to enjoy as he sees fit (maybe it's a nap in a hammock, maybe it's a pick-up basketball game with friends ... he'll figure it out).

If, on top of that (totally sufficient) gift of a day, you want to give him something else, we totally understand. Giving gifts is fun! Especially if they're good ones. So we updated the ManMade store with a new section full of five years worth of our favorite picks for Father's Day gifts. Hopefully you'll find… read more

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