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Jan 29, 2016

14 Seriously Tasty Burgers You've Got to Try this Weekend

The burger is usually thought of as summer fare — the progeny of some spatula-wielding self-appointed grill master. But true burger fans know that the very best are not cooked over grill grates, but on screaming hot solid surfaces, where the rendering fat and juices stay near the patty, creating not only a crispy exterior, but the deep, caramelized, confit-like richness that defines the flavor of a great burger.

Which means, of course, that burgers are actually year-round food, and armed with a heavy cast iron skillet or griddle, a great way to spend an dark, cold evening stuck inside. If we're gonna have January, than let us always have burgers. … read more

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Jan 29, 2016

Bring the Outdoors In with this Woodsy, Smokey Cocktail Recipe

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Need another drink to warm you up like you're sitting by a campfire, but you're actually stuck inside cause it's freaking freezing out? Check out ManMade's very own rosemary and smoke infused cocktail!

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Jan 28, 2016

4 Simple Upgrades To Make Your Work Shop More Enjoyable

Shop MatsSpending time in the shop is a special kind of escape for me. It's a time to get some things done, to be creative, and to unwind in my own way. But this time of year it can be hard to enjoy the space. The cold wind and cloudy skies can make it dark, cold, and just not worth the time I want to give it. Here are a few simple upgrades to make your shop a place you can escape to year round.   … read more

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Jan 28, 2016

The Skillset: How to Split Firewood Like a True Woodsman

created at: 04/16/2013

We've all seen that guy. The one who can split those fresh cut logs into neat stacks of firewood with a single burly stroke. This time of year, he's the hero who keeps the house warm and you need to learn to do the same. Split FirewoodHere's an easy primer on how to be that guy.  

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Jan 28, 2016

How to: Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs [with Gordon Ramsey]

created at: 01/28/2016

Every man should know how to cook a couple meals. Hopefully, most can at least cook a few eggs, but few men know how to cook eggs like this. Let Gordon… read more

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Jan 27, 2016

How to: Restore an Antique Pocket Knife

created at: 01/27/2016

I spent time over the holidays sorting through old boxes of knick nacks and came across some heirloom pocket knives I'd inherited from my grandfather that had fallen into disrepair. I considered throwing them out but figured it was worth looking into how one might go about repairing them. 

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Jan 27, 2016

Woodworking Done Right: You Gotta Check Out Janis Straupe's Carved Beetle Armoire

Beetle CabinetSometimes a craftsman has to branch out from the ordinary for a bit of fun. This Latvian woodworker built a massive cabinet in the shape of a beetle, and it's on the one of the most beautiful pieces you'll ever see.   … read more

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Jan 27, 2016

4 Ted Talks To Inspire You to Live This Life Well

created at: 01/27/2016

I'm a huge fan of Ted Talks. I know they have their detractors, but I think it's a phenomenal movement that brings the best of today's wisdom to the people who need to hear it most. They genuinely motivate me, and I learn something every time.

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Jan 27, 2016

Daily Inspiration: WWII Ship Hatch Turned Coffee Table

Ship HatchWhen I stumbled onto this excellent coffee table project, it completely inspired me to think about all the items I pass up. An only WWII Ship Hatch needed a second life and with a bit of creative making, it was transformed into a seriously awesome coffee table.   … read more

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Jan 26, 2016

Q: Do You Really Need a Chain Saw? A: Absolutely. Here's Why.

Picking a great chainsawThe chain saw. Love it or fear it, this workhorse has made its way into my DIY life after years of avoiding it. And?  I'm totally mad I waited this long! A chain saw is a great tool for even the most entry level of projects, and, if you use good technique and follow the right precautions, totally safe to use. 

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Jan 26, 2016

Fashion Made Affordable: 8 Money-Saving Style Tips for Men

If we were all millionaires, we'd all look stylish everyday. Not necessarily fancy, but we'd be able to afford whatever we needed to fit our particular body types and look our best, whatever that may be. 

created at: 01/26/2016

But, we're not. Well, I'm not. (If you are, feel free to email me at Chris @ manmadediy.com. I have lots of interesting ideas for you.) But in the days of the internet and online shopping, we've now access to all sorts of deals that we'd never be able to take advantage of years ago.… read more

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Jan 26, 2016

Why We Make: A Look Into a Furniture Maker's Mind

Walnut California tableIt's always interesting to hear why people have start down the road of becoming a maker. Jared Rusten talks about what inspired him to start making artisinal furniture that is built to last.   … read more

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Jan 25, 2016

How To: Make Custom Art from Your Own Fingerprints

created at: 02/02/2011

It's nearing Valentine's Day, and though my sweetheart and I don't usually do gifts, I wanted to make her something special. We're not big on the whole Hobby Lobby, scrapbook-y, shrine to ourselves approach to artwork, but I did want to incorporate a personal element. I recalled the custom DNA portraits I'd seen, and when searching, found the fingerprint prints offered by the same company. While I wouldn't even begin to understand how to go about visualizing DNA, I figured the custom fingerprint approach was probably pretty achievable.

And...it was.

I even figured out a way to make it seem a bit more handmade than the cold, tech-ier versions offered by the online companies. And, it only ended up costing me $6.00 USD. (I'm so thankful I've got someone who would be proud of me for creating an inexpensive DIY route, rather than impressed by how much I spent.)   … read more

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Jan 25, 2016

How to Build a Personal Wood-Burning Sauna

created at: 01/25/2016

With an eye toward saving  money and paying off student loans, jrytlews of Instructables.com decided he'd still find a way to have his own sauna even if that meant building one himself. After painstaking research and planning he decided on making this dream a reality, and even updated his design post with mistakes/fixes.   … read more

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Jan 22, 2016

How to: Use a Swedish Flame to Cook Up Some Cast Iron Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

fireside sea salt and vinegar potatoes

If you're a fan of salt and vinegar potato chips then you're gonna love this recipe for pan fried sea salt and basalmic potatoes. … read more

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Jan 22, 2016

Weekend Project: How to Inlay Wooden Shapes to Make Some Geometric Wall Art

Chevron wall hangings and artwork are apparently gaining in popularity in the current interior design scene, although I find myself drawn to pieces like this for their ability to appear either traditionally masculine or feminine depending on the surrounding decor.

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Jan 22, 2016

Man Builds Mini V12 Engine By Hand

created at: 05/28/2013

I've always been fascinated by the complexity of engines, so watching someone make a mini V12 engine by hand is just a great insight into what it takes to make something so amazing.  Mini Motorread more

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Jan 21, 2016

How to: Make a Swedish Flame

created at: 01/21/2016

What's a Swedish flame? Something you can buy at IKEA? No sir.

If you haven't seen one of these Swedish Flame logs lately, they definitely need to be the star of your next outdoor fire. Its genius design allows the fire to burn from the inside out which means little to no tending from you! … read more

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Jan 21, 2016

Quotes Brought To Life: My Favorites From Zen Pencils

Zen Pencils ClipZen Pencils has taken the time to turn my favorite quotes into illustrated pieces that somehow bring the message to life. Here's Teddy Roosevelt, Robert Frost, and Jacob Riis. Inspiration is just about guaranteed.   … read more

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Jan 21, 2016

4 Life-Changing Things You Didn't Know You Needed

4 Life-Changing Things You Didn't Know You Needed.

There's nothing more satisfying than hearing the phrase "Where'd you get that!?" Ok, maybe it's just me, but I consider that phrase to be the apex of achievement when you've truly found a cool item. Here's a round up of 4 unique, life-improving things that I use everyday and you should too!

 

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