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Feb 17, 2014

How to: Make Quick and Easy Leather Storage Bins

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We all need an inexpensive way to store little sets of goodies: the ingredients for a project, that paperwork you've meaning to get to, your daily carry items that you take off and out of your pockets each evening. To keep everything in check, allow me to suggest these simple, rugged leather storage bins

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Feb 17, 2014

How Many Ways are There to Tie a Tie? About a 177,000 More than You'd Think...

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I know how to tie a tie in three different ways...though I really only use the one (Half Windsor). I figured there were, oh, seven or eight other ways to do it, and perhaps I'd learn them at some point Turns out, I was way off on that number. By about, oh, a hundred and seventy seven thousand one hundred and thirty five. Ish.    

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Feb 13, 2014

How to Build Your Own DIY Photography Light for Under $15.00

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This ManMade guest post was written by Tj Cosgrove of Explosivo Network

If you’ve ever done any kind of videography or photography, you’ll know that having enough light on your scene and your subject is the key to a good image. On a nice sunny day, that’s not much of a problem, but when shooting indoors (or if you, like me, happen to live in the Northwest of England) you’re going to need a little artificial assistance.

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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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