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Feb 13, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Wool Fisherman's Hat

Depending on where you live, these are are known by different names. I'd just call it a "knit cap" or "stocking cap"...some call them tuques, wool hat, toboggan. My hat-loving friend from the Southwest U.S. even calls every non-brimmed hat a "beanie"...whereas in my mind, a beanie is made of rainbow panels, and definitely has a propeller on top. Language is neat.

Whatever you call them, they're a staple item this time of year, and can be worn in a variety of ways to evoke different traditions.     

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Feb 11, 2014

5 Ways to Fix that Worn Out Piece of Clothing

old denim shirt patch idea

Face it. Sometimes, clothing wears out. Even hard working denim...   

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Feb 11, 2014

Will It Beard?

"Will It Beard?" is a new series by art director Pierce Thiot and his wife Stacy. I'm guessing you can figure out what it's all about.    

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Feb 10, 2014

ManMade Guide: How to Celebrate a Rad (and Not Cheesy) Valentine's Day on a Budget

Gentlemen, Cupid is in the hood. What are you going to do? Freak out? Nah, that's for amateurs. In this guide, we're showing you how to rock V-Day like a pro.   

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Feb 10, 2014

Before and After: Adding DIY Legs Gives this Mid-Century Dresser a Total Transformation

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As a full time DIY blogger and editor, I see my fair share of furniture makeovers. Dresser makeovers, in particular, since their strong bones and relative low-level of use make them great fodder for a redo.

In a seriousness and sincerity - this is absolutely, 100% my favorite furniture makeover project I've ever come across online, or in print. 

Check out this after shot:    

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Feb 07, 2014

How to: Make a Secret Compartment Plywood Lamp

Delno, a maker from the Twin Cities, MN, built this guy above...which looks like a simply plywood box with a lightbulb inside. But, the project is actually a great experiment in hiding secret compartments inside plywood....and this rather small shape is clandestinely housing a surprising amount of stuff. 

Look at all that hidden storage:    

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Feb 07, 2014

Good News: Socializing in Pubs with Friends is Good for Men's Health

It's comes as a surprise to no one, but there's now some official scientific evidence that drinking with your friends is has a positive impact on your mental health.    

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Feb 06, 2014

Turning Hardwood Bowls from Fallen Trees

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I love reading this story of Yale faculty member Scott Strobel, who takes fallen trees from the Yale campus and mills them into large hardwood blanks, which he turns (literally) into hardwood bowls.

Dr. Strobel, who serves as vice president in addition to overseeing lab work in biochemistry and biophysics, 

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Feb 05, 2014

DIY Idea: Make Your Own Taxidermy Bicycle Hanger

Austrian artist and designer Andreas Scheiger came up with this clever, functional piece of art: a taxidermy inspired wall-mounted bicycle hanger.    

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Feb 05, 2014

How To: Turn an Old Tire into a Rustic Ottoman

When you think about it, a tire is a perfect place to rest your feet. It's round, plenty sturdy, and soft enough to easy accept hardware while being rigid enough to maintain it.

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