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Feb 12, 2016

Home Fitness: How to Make a DIY Plyometric Box

Plyometric BoxOne of the most common items in the gym today is the simple plyometric box. These boxes are a fantastic way to get your workout on, and it's easy to make them any size you need to push that workout to the next level.   … read more

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Feb 12, 2016

How to: Make a Cruelty-Free Wooden Deer Head

created at: 04/19/2012

ManMade reader William an I have a lot in common: a love for crafting with power tools, a desire to reuse and repurpose scrap, and the goal of enjoying the trappings of classic "masculine" things like the mounted deer head, without.... you know, having to kill anything.   … read more

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Feb 11, 2016

Make This Weekend: Impress Your Valentine with a Dessert Done Right

Crispy TopAfter you finish up dinner at the restaurant,  head home for an impressive dessert that will be sure to make the night memorable. Here are a few fast options to help you make the most impressive dish you've ever made.   … read more

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Feb 11, 2016

How Harpoon Fishermen Live and Work

For nine days and nights documentarian and member of the film collective Jungles in Paris, Oliver Hartman lived life among four harpoon fishermen in Nova Scotia, capturing the day to day travails and joys on the hunt. The men scan the Canadian waters between July and September, since their method of spearing their prey allows them to only catch what they can physically see.   … read more

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Feb 11, 2016

4 Great Books for your DIY Library

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Outside the blogs like this one, books are a great way to get new ideas and sharpen your skills. All too often, I find nothing but outdated crafting and how-to books with black and white pictures and outdated power tools.    … read more

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Feb 10, 2016

DIY Essentials: How to Assemble the Ultimate Homeowner's Tool Kit

A little personal update: after a few years of saving, I finally bought my first home. It's an awesome Northwest Craftsman bungalow built in 1924 in a great inner southeast Portland neighborhood. We're totally in love with it.

And it needs a lot of work. Not a lot to make it livable, but to make it ours. To make it a space where we're going to live and work and welcome others for the next 30 years. Of course, as a DIY blogger, I want to do most of it myself, and thankfully, I built up a handy collection of tools from my woodworking and general tinkering efforts (and now I actually have a garage in which to put them!)… read more

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Feb 10, 2016

This is the Cocktail Every Couple Should be Drinking on 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 weekend. 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 cocktail.    … read more

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Feb 10, 2016

A Closer Look: Urushi Craftsman

Seated Making BowlsHere's a look at the traditional art of Urushi Craftsmen as they talk about the process, and perfection of this unique and beautiful work.   … read more

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Feb 09, 2016

Woodworking Faux Pas: 6 Things You Should Never Do When Tackling a New Project

created at: 04/16/2013

When you're just getting started in the world of building things, you'll find it can be rather hard to some "best practices" to help guide you down the right path. You're busy trying to figure out what the difference between a bevel and a miter is, but what you really need is someone to say "do this, not that."

created at: 10/06/2014It wasn't until I took a few classes and befriended some woodworkers that i really started to learn how to not do dumb things. Here's a list of five things I wish I would have learned before I wasted money and time on early projects.   

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Feb 09, 2016

How a Man Dies... and How to Prepare for It

created at: 02/09/2016

We've all got death ahead of us no matter what we do, and thus it's a topic that touches us all. Normally I wouldn't write about death or dying on a platform that is as centered around aesthetic sensibilities as ours is, but I know that many of our readers are interested in living an intentional and well-crafted life, and I found these three pieces of information to be particularly insightful pieces of that equation.    … read more

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Feb 09, 2016

How to: Make Your Own Moonshine Still from Hardware Store Parts

created at: 02/09/2016

Cause sometimes you just need to distill something non-drinkable into clear, pure liquid...you know, like, uh, water. Yeah, that's right. Distilled water.    … read more

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Feb 09, 2016

Gifts for Your Girl on Valentine's Day

ManMade Valentine's Day gift roundup
Whether you're into it or not, Valentine's Day is 'round the corner and now's the perfect time to make a plan. Let's be clear: you don't have to do gifts for Valentine's Day. But you should do something thoughtful, caring and personal. If romantic expressions aren't your forté, a nice gift can go a long way instead. 

To help you out, we've rounded up a few Valentine's Day favorites we think will be a hit this year. If there's a woman to tell I love you, then these are a good way to go. … read more

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Feb 08, 2016

A Sharp Office Makeover, Complete with a DIY Retractable Standing Desk (IKEA Hack)

created at: 01/16/2014

Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and tinkerer Kelli Anderson had an amazing studio/office space with lots of useable work surfaces...which were ever topped and filled with clutter and creative detritus. So, she decided to trade in her classic door-and-filing-cabinet combo of a desk for a proper, organized solution. … read more

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Feb 08, 2016

Check Out Art Sculptures Made Entirely from Drywall

When considering the virtues of hanging art on your walls, you might want to stop and consider if it's worth just turning your walls into art. That's what drywall art sculpture Bernie Mitchell does using nothing more than drywall and basic drywall tools (plus the extra brush and spoon).   … read more

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Feb 08, 2016

The Morning After: How to Clean Spills and Stains from Your Recent Bash

 created at: 02/05/2016

This post is sponsored by Tide. Thanks for supporting the brands that support ManMade.

So you had your big party, and everything went great (hopefully you prepped using our guide from last week). But, despite your best efforts, that brand new jersey had a run in with a chicken wing, your couch pillows got nacho-cheesed, and you have a pile of stained hand towels giving you the evil eye from across the room.

What's the next step? We tried our hand at erasing three typical party-day stains, and are happy to say the results were impressive. Read on to find out how we did it:

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Feb 05, 2016

A Movie Poster a Day

Australian designer Pete Majarich began a pretty big project for 2016. Each day, he'll create an imagined movie poster from his favorite (365?) films, working in his own style and highlighting the memorable visual and thematic elements that stuck with him most.     … read more

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Feb 05, 2016

How to: Make a Masculine Treasure Box (with a Secret Hidden Compartment)

We've said it before, and we'll say it today: every man needs his own keepsake box. You know, all the trinkets and masculine things that enchant you as a child that your father probably had thrown into an actual box...or in my dad's case, a tiny dresser drawer. But now here's a stellar guide to not only crafting your collection, but building your own sliding tray box to keep all your treasures that includes a built-in, hidden compartment for the super-secret gadgets.  

On quality keepsake boxes, Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his autobiography:

We used to wait in the library in the evening until we could hear his key rattling in the latch of… read more

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Feb 05, 2016

How to Keep Your House Clean – and Your Guests Happy – on Game Day

Get ready for gameday - and keep your house clean too!

This post was published in partnership with Tide. Thanks for supporting the brands that support ManMade. 

Here's the thing: if you're following along on ManMade you know we're not afraid to make some messes. Sawdust, bike grease, paint splatters, garden dirt, food spills ... they're all part of the handmade lifestyle. It just comes along with the territory.    … read more

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Feb 04, 2016

How Fujifilm's Cameras and Lenses are Made in Japan

created at: 05/28/2013

In a world which often values the lowest price and quantity over quality, it's fascinating to see inside the belly of a gigantic manufacturing beast. Sam Byford of the Verge took a tour two weeks ago through the Fujifilm Taiwa factory in Sendai, to take an in depth look at the manufacturing processSurprisingly the cameras produced aren't made by robots but by a number of actual people performing quite delicate work.   

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Feb 04, 2016

Dappered on a Dime: How to Get a Great Suit without Breaking the Bank

Suiting UpEvery man needs a suit. There are many times in our life that dressing up calls for a bit more than a collared shirt and sneakers. But dressed to impress can mean shelling out a huge chunk of change. Here are some tips to get yourself a suit without breaking the bank.   … read more

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