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Jul 01, 2015

How to: Hack an Old Cigar Box Into a Vintage-Inspired Charging Station

created at: 07/01/2015

I got this idea soon after some friends visited and forgot their charger cords for their phones. Since I had my own to use over night we had to fish around for other solution. Then I remembered there were these new USB wall sockets that would be perfect to turn into a portable charging station whenever I need… read more

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Jul 01, 2015

Skills 101: How to Use a Stiching Awl to 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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Jul 01, 2015

Of Clay and Wattles Made: Building a Primitive Hut from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

One of my all-time favorite poems is "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by W. B. Yeats about the simple cabin ("of clay and wattles made") that he plans to build along shore of the lake and the peace he hopes to find as a result. The poem is beautiful and striking in its simplicity, and so is this process video of a man building an actual primitive hut from scratch.   

created at: 07/01/2015

The video has no dialogue or narration, but is presented in a way so that you can actually watch it and reproduce it… 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 30, 2015

How to: Get Started Welding

I'm always looking to improve my skill sets, but I'll be the first to admit that welding has always seemed like a daunting task to start. The pieces of info that I'd picked up over the years is mostly that it's expensive, dangerous, and has a steep learning curve. From what I understand, some of that is still true, but for a ManMade reader and someone who has a level of proficiency picking up new skills, it isn't as hard as it may seem.   

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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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Jun 29, 2015

How "Back to the Future II" Got 2015 Surprisingly Right

created at: 06/29/2015

Around here, it started in January. All of sudden, several repertory  and arthouse theaters had Back to Future II on their marquees. This kind of stuff is normal in the summer, when it's super hot and folks are seeking a little respite in the AC, or the "Movies in the _____" take over parks and swimming pools and gardens. But Back to Future II  popping up all over on Martin Luther King Day weekend?… read more

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Jun 29, 2015

This Is What Google's AI Sees When It Daydreams

You know those creative types who just can't stop creating no matter what they do? Or that philosophical friend who just can't relax in his endless search for meaning? Put those together and add a dash of Phillip K. Dick and this is what you'll get: the visual daydreams of Google.   

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Jun 26, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Gin under $20?

created at: 06/26/2015

There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...

And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time. 

Now that it's officially summer, let's apply that search to a great bottle of gin. Gin is a particularly diverse spirit. Besides Scotch whisky, I can't think of one that has a broader spectrum of flavors. And different bottles will showcase the distiller's creativity and play better with certain ingredients. But there is one bottle that I recommend for almost any cocktail that calls for London Dry Gin;  the thing I would take to a party or use in a punch or batch drink for a… read more

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Jun 26, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The 5 Clamps Every DIYer Should Own

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: 06/26/2015There's an oft-heard saying among woodworking DIYers. The requisite "Measure twice, cut once," "A sharp tool is a safe tool," and the like. And today, we're exploring the adage that "You can never have too many clamps," which, as anyone who makes stuff from wood can tell you, is absolutely, undeniably, 100%, unequivocally, and most certainly, very, very, VERY true.… read more

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Jun 26, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Beer Can Lantern

Give your weekend or upcoming July 4th backyard BBQ some stylish, upcycled flair with this clever beer can lantern… read more

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Jun 25, 2015

DIY Tip: How to Quickly Add Fractions for Woodworking Projects... No Math Required

created at: 06/25/2015

You know that old question that some stereotypical student always asks their math teacher? The one that's some variation on "When are we actually gonna use this in real life?" The answer, at least for arithmetic, geometry, and even a bit of… read more

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Jun 25, 2015

Design Inspiration: A Well Made Bike

Detroit Bicycle Company Copper AccentsCopper is a material that instantly upgrades just about anything. This exceptional copper plated bike is a great example of how a bit of humble bling can upscale that two-wheeled ride.   … read more

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Jun 25, 2015

The Documentary All ManMakers Should Be Looking Forward To

You may remember Morgan Spurlock for his gimmicky documentaries starting with 2004's Super Size Me, but this movie looks like one that all of us will love. The short film clocks… read more

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Jun 24, 2015

30 Things Every Man Should Know About Wine

created at: 06/23/2015

The existence of wine predates the written language and for good reason. At ManMade, we take our wine-loving and appreciation seriously, so we partnered with our brothers at Murphy-Goode Winery to bring you the essential things we believe every man should know about wine. It's Murphy-Goode's 30th anniversary (their Maniversary), so we thought we'd share thirty tips, ideas, and bits of trivia to celebrate. Here we… read more

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Jun 24, 2015

7 Shop Essentials You Just Can't Have Too Much Of

7 Shop Essentials You just can't have too much of

My name is Bryson and I have a problem. Whenever I find myself in a hardware store I have a list and I have a second list. On that second, unwritten list, are the things I always tell myself I need for my shop and I inevitably walk out with a bag full of… read more

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Jun 24, 2015

Blow My Mindsday: June 24, 2015

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.


Artists Lernert and Sander recently completed "Cubes," a 3D illustration for the Dutch newspaper Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, featuring 98… read more

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Jun 23, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The Best Adjustable Wrench for Everyday Use

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: 06/23/2015
Real mechanics have a full fleet of designated wrenches in high-grade steel: open ends and box ends, standard and metric, each increasing by the millimeter and every sixteenth inch, accompanied by specialty items like pin and hook spanners, cone wrenches for bearing systems, and other exacting, designated tools.

And if you do a lot of work on cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and the like, you probably should have them, too. But for most homeowners, DIYers, tinkers, and woodworkers, a simple set of mechanical tools will work just… read more

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Jun 23, 2015

How to: Build a Map of America Wall Art from Scrap Wood

As I'm sure you know, DIY projects have a habit of starting with one intention, and occasionally becoming something else entirely. To avoid this, Michelangelo notoriously studied each piece of marble before carving it into a statue, claiming he was searching to find the secret sculpture latently hidden in the stone...   

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