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Mar 05, 2015

5 Men's Style Staples to Help You Transition from Winter to Spring

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The winter to spring is a time of contrasts: the days can be bright and sunny, but the air and wind still cool and bitter. Or the air warms up, but the fog and drizzle moves in, so that it feels like early summer but the trees are all still barren branches. 

So, it's the still the season of layers, but lighter ones; flexible systems that breathe, look sharp, and still keep you warm and dry during days that span lions and lambs and showers and flowers and those sorts of things. Here are five staples to invest in now (or pull out from the back of your closet) that will still be useful as the season develops, and you can snatch again come… read more

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Mar 05, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Food Smoking Gun for Under $20

A countertop cold smoking machine is a great way to add a depth of grilled or barbecued-style flavor to a simple weeknight meal, or to up the excitement of a standard cocktail or a less-expensive dram of whiskey. They're easy to use, relatively small to store, and really can bring a different level to simple plate of roasted vegetables or pan-seared protein, especially in the dead of… read more

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Mar 05, 2015

How to: Make This Crossbow Out of Office Supplies

Look, sometimes Bill from work gets outta hand and you need to up your game. If the whole Office Space smashing the printer thing, isn't exactly an option, why not opt for the more practical pen-firing crossbow made from simple office supplies? Everyone will know you mean business.   

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Mar 04, 2015

Seriously, These are the Best Affordable Ear Bud Headphones You Can Buy

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I'm kinda hard on ear buds. I wear them a lot - when doing household tasks like cleaning and cooking dinner, when crafting in the workshop, on long bike trail rides... I even use them when not connected to anything, à la ear plugs, to drown out ambient noise when working from the coffee shop. As an introvert, I wear them in the airport and the grocery store and the book shop not so I can avoid others, but because I like being out and moving about in the real world listening to things that inspire me.

And, I'm kinda hard on them. I used to buy pricier ones, but no matter how careful I'd be, they'd get caught on something or the contact points would fray, and they'd simply go kaput. I don't think of them as "disposable" but I am certainly a heavy user, and its hard to justify $50 or $100 on something you know is gonna need replaced at least once a year.

I experimented with a few styles, and then Bruno, ManMade's publisher, recommended a pair of these to me. And they're the best pair of ear buds I've ever owned. They sound great, they fit great, and they cost less than… read more

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Mar 04, 2015

How to: Make Your Own DIY Woolen Insoles

Cutting Out Boot InsolesThose winter boots not keeping you quite warm enough? Maybe it's time to upgrade the insoles with a fresh set of thick woolen comfort.  … read more

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Mar 04, 2015

Hey, ManMakers: We Should All Hang Out on Instagram

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Hi everyone - Chris here. I'm the founder, editor, etc, of ManMade, and here's the deal: Lately, I'm really into Instagram. Yeah, yeah, I know. It took me awhile. I can be a bit of a late adopter with some of these things. I still don't really care about many other (let's have them go unnamed) social networks, but Instagram? That's a good one.… read more

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Mar 03, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Needs a Serious (Actual) Toolbox

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. 

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So far in the ManMade Essential Toolbox series, we've named tools that actually do things; tools that cut stuff, measure stuff, tighten stuff, hold stuff, and clean stuff up. And after today, we'll do more of the same.

But no series on toolbox essentials is complete without, you know, the actual… read more

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Mar 03, 2015

Snag The Style: Indiana Jones

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If you haven't heard, Spielberg is currently eyeing an Indiana Jones reboot with Chris Pratt. In that spirit, here is a look at some of Indy's favorite apparel to start working into your… read more

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Mar 03, 2015

How To: Make A 2x4 Wooden Coffee Table

2x4 Wooden Coffee TableLooking for an easy piece of furniture that will clean up the look of your bachelor pad? This simple DIY project will turn a few boards into a sturdy memorable piece of furniture.  … read more

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Mar 02, 2015

The Best IKEA Hack I've Ever Seen

Laura and Craig from The Makerista take these Billy bookshelves that we've all seen before and transform them into what looks like an entire built-in wall unit. This really is the most impressive DIY IKEA renovation I've seen yet.   

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Mar 02, 2015

Redefining a Space: 3 Seriously Awesome Tiny Homes Built in Buses

converted busSometimes the traditional definition of a home just falls a bit short. These buses were converted into homes that move easily and fit in just about everywhere you want to be.  … read more

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Mar 02, 2015

How to: Make a Cutting Tool Sharpener from an Old Bread Maker

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Check this one out: Scott, a maker and woodworker from Vancouver Island, BC, figured out a way to hack an old, busted breadmaker into a turntable-based powered sharpening system. He… read more

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Feb 27, 2015

How to: Make a Rustic Reclaimed Wood Charging Block

slotting for a charging stationCharging that phone looks a whole lot sharper when it's secured in a spiffy looking block. We make a simple cube charging station out of reclaimed pallet wood.  … read more

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Feb 27, 2015

History, Sugar and Sex: Why Mixed Drinks Were Terrible for 30 Years

These days, the throwback "artisanal" cocktail scene can be easy to mock, what with its arm garters and ____ + ____ names and all. those. tinctures. But, don't forget that just a very short time ago, a "mixed drink" typically meant something frozen, blended, and saturated with sugar, with colors so unnatural they rivaled 90s candy aisles, and drinks named for sex acts and bizarro body parts. 

If our current cocktail culture is a throwback to the post-prohibition era of WWII and its aftermath, what exactly happened in the middle there?  What was going on with those three or four decades where baby boomers ordered neon slushies at airports and shopping… read more

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Feb 26, 2015

Six Origami Designs Every Man Should Know

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Origami is one of those unique pastimes that doesn't require much to handle the basics while leaving you with a fun party trick you can always whip out. I mean, you definitely don't want to be that guy actually making origami at all the parties, but I've definitely been out somewhere with friends and instead of absent-mindedly doodling on a piece of paper, I've folded it into something I learned at one point and people have been blown away. Mainly I think because people don't often take the time to learn something that, it always seems much harder than it is, despite the fact that reproducing them once you've mastered the technique is just like riding a bike. Here are six simple origami shapes I think all men would do well to… read more

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Feb 26, 2015

Sleek Desktops Made From Old Skateboard Decks

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I've seen my share of clever plywood edge furniture but nothing like these colorful desktops made from trashed skate decks. Looks like they're currently available in the Netherlands but that certainly can't stop you from taking the idea… read more

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Feb 26, 2015

How to Get Started with Outdoor Adventure Gear on the Cheap

I think we can all agree: a weekend spent outside is good for the soul. Whether the forest, desert, mountains, or beaches, spending a couple of days without walls restores a fellow. It can simultaneously energize and relax us. Just about everything John Muir ever said sums it up nicely. Here's a few: 

  • Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
  • Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
  • Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. 

 

And in order to make it happen safely while staying warm and dry,… read more

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Feb 25, 2015

20 Pieces of Advice Every Man Should Hear

Here are 20 tidbits of advice Esquire believes every man ought to hear from some incredibly successful men.… read more

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Feb 25, 2015

How to: Make a Custom Leather Key Cover

True personal style is all in the details, from little things like buttons and where you cut your sideburns to the texture and shape of your accessories and daily carry items. This easy leather key cover project is exactly that: a simple, DIY way to add a little personal touch to the things you use everyday.… read more

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Feb 25, 2015

Upgrade Your Business Cards: Thornwillow Makers Identity Cards

Business Cards In CaseLooking for a clean way to upgrade the way you handle your business cards? Thornwillow Makers have a great way to class up your calling… read more

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