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Mar 30, 2015

18 Men's Style Quotes that Will Make You Want to Dress Better

Coco Channel is credited with a famous quote concerning women's style and accessories: "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off." It's good advice, really, and easy to incorporate into many aspects of your life. But most men's style tends towards the more simple, and for many of us, "taking one thing off" actually means we'd be short an item of clothing.  

So then, what are some good style maxims that the average guy can commit to memory to look his… read more

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Mar 30, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Leather and Wood Paper Towel Holder

There are a couple standard household items where their never seems to be a reasonably attractive option. Tissue boxes are a big one; there, it's always about choosing the least of the evils. I'd also throw paper towel roll holders in that category. Head into any big box or discount store, and you'll be hard pressed to find anything that matches a style other than "I buy all my home decor items at big box discount stores."

So, in that case: you should make one… read more

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Mar 30, 2015

Show Your State Pride With a Custom Coffee Table

Stately Tables

Check out these amazing coffee tables you can have customized to your home… read more

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Mar 30, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Protein Bars

created at: 03/28/2015

I go from zero to hangry faster then almost anyone I know, so I've learned the value of keeping protein bars on hand. I tend to lose my self in a project, telling myself that I'll eat after I finish that one last thing that then goes on for two hours, and by that time I need to get something my belly immediately or I won't have the wherewithal to properly… read more

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Mar 27, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Sturdy Pair of Sawhorses

created at: 03/27/2015

The sawhorse is a familiar sight in on construction sites, or in the bed of a contractor's pickup. There, the use for those banged up concrete and paint encrusted beams is obvious: they're portable workstands, designed to be moved around from task to task and job to job. But at home, they're often forgotten for dedicated surfaces such as benches or worktables. And for good reason: traditional sawhorses, those that were big and sturdy enough to take on real work, take a lot of room to store; valuable space that could be filled work much more exciting things like table saws and drill presses and raw materials to make awesome… read more

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Mar 27, 2015

Make Your Mark: DIY Custom Concrete Letters

Concrete Letter Supplies

Want to make something that looks sharp and lasts for a long time? Try this dual-colored concrete letter for a hefty personalized bit of manly… read more

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Mar 27, 2015

How to Pack Your Backpack Like a Pro

With a bit of technique and pre-planning, it's pretty amazing how much stuff you can actually carry, safely and non-exhaustingly, in a backpack. On the other side of the coin, it's also true that you need almost as much stuff for a single night in the backcountry as you do for a weekend trip. created at: 03/27/2015The gear doesn't change much for one night or seven... just add some more food, first aid supplies, and you're off.  

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Mar 26, 2015

An Edible History of the Hamburger

created at: 03/26/2015

The world loves American hamburgers. Because, of course they do. They're the world's most perfect food. (Sorry, bananas). But few really know where and how they… read more

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Mar 26, 2015

The Process: Crafting a Handmade Backpack from Reclaimed Materials

created at: 05/28/2013

Truce is a handmade design company that creates all-weather backpacks and duffels from recycled sailcloth and drysuit nylon (used for cold water SCUBA diving). Each bag is created upon order from the reclaimed sailing and sporting materials, giving each piece a unique look and overall color scheme. 

created at: 03/26/2015 Truce's founder, Luke Mathers, "learned to sew industrial-grade fabrics while repairing sails and making boat covers at North Sails Oregon. He took a shining to experimenting with the loft’s scrap bin, which became his first source of materials for after-hours projects: making messenger bags, tote bags and accessories for friends and… read more

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Mar 26, 2015

Snack Smarter for Lasting Energy in the Office

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created at: 03/26/2015

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Mar 26, 2015

How to: Make Grandpy's Rocking Chair

If you grew up with a father figure in your life, odds are he had a favorite chair or place to sit. My dad certainly has one, and even my friends growing up knew where to find him in the evenings after work. This man from Instructables.com inherited this homemade rocking chair from his grandfather (who in fact inherited the woven patterns from his mother's chair) and decided to recreate one of his very… read more

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Mar 25, 2015

Freshen Up: 3 Steps For a Better Date Night

Badger Hair BrushLooking like a scrub on the first date certainly won't win you a second one. Take the time for a great first impression and you're (almost) guaranteed a call-back.  And, even if you're relationship is more "we're already married" than first date, everyone benefits from a night out. Here's how to do it, and some of our favorite products to get you there. … read more

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Mar 25, 2015

How To: Make Your Own High Protein Energy Drink

Chia Seed Energy DrinkA few months ago, we bought a huge bag of chia seed and have been adding it to just about everything for a great protein boost. The small seeds pack a big chunk of energy, so mixing up this drink is a great way to keep up with the day minus the over-caffeinated jitters.  … read more

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Mar 25, 2015

Building a Bookshelf From a Single Sheet of Plywood

created at: 03/22/2015

Steve Ramsey's Woodworking For Mere Mortals is one of my favorite YouTube channels. Not only is he funny, he's honest. This is a great example of a simple idea and the challenges you face in the middle of a… read more

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Mar 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need an Accurate Tape Measure... and Which One is the Best?

created at: 03/24/2015

The trusty tape measure. Trusty as in "often relied on," not trusty as in: you can trust it for accurate measuring. Cause, while it's definitely the go-to inch finder for the vast majority of us, it's really a contractor's tool, and better suited to lumberyard than a fine woodworking project. But, still, it's the one you (read: I) reach for nearly every time, and there are loads of DIY projects and household tasks for which rough measurements will do just… read more

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Mar 24, 2015

Unsplash: A Free Resource for Amazing and Stylish Downloadable Stock Photos

UnsplashOur remix culture is in this unique place where many of us feel comfortable finding great images online and then retouching/repurposing them to our liking, but our laws aren't quite as forgiving - especially when it comes to using images for commercial purposes. Worry no more...   

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Mar 24, 2015

A Helpful Beginner's Guide to Hunting and Cooking Morel Mushrooms

Gentlemen, I give you: spring. If it's not there yet, it will be. And with it, comes actual growth...not just the stuff that manages to survive over the snow covered winter (I'm looking at you,… read more

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Turn a Boring Photo into a Sweet DIY Block Printed Poster

Editor's Note: this post kicks off our 2015 partnership with Adobe Photoshop Elements. We're excited to be working with them again (remember our rustic wooden ornaments?) , because creating digital images is a part of our daily routine. We'll be sharing tips, tricks, and full-blown DIY projects for the next few months, so make sure to follow along!

They say a dog is a man's best friend. Like most pet owners, I have an unhealthy fondness for my hound, a full-blooded beagle. Is there anything better than a man and his dog? How about a cool, rustic-framed print of said dog? To do it, I dusted off my Art 101 skills and tried my hand again at block printing. Here's how I used Photoshop Elements 13 to turn my photo of Bailey into a timeless piece of… read more

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Mar 23, 2015

10 DIY Beard Oil Recipes

Anyone who's read ManMade for more than a week or so can attest: we're never gonna wax poetic about the beard. Some men look better with them, some do not. Some can grow a full one, and some can't. There's no magic in the beard. It's a choice, and if yours looks nice, it's good to have options. Personally, I tend to wear one in the fall and winter, and then go clean shaven in the warmer spring and summer. 

created at: 03/23/2015

What we do know is: having a beard is much more than just not shaven. You've got to care for it, clean it, trim it, and keep it… read more

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Clean and Look After Your Denim Jeans

created at: 03/20/2015 You've probably heard about raw denim and some of the contradictory advice about how to maintain it. In fact, you may even be wondering how best to care for your regular jeans. Check out this video of Michael Williams, the denim aficionado at men's style blog A Continuous Lean as he gives a nice breakdown on denim maintenance for both your regular and raw denim needs. Myths will be busted and knowledge will be gained.   

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