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May 14, 2015

How to: Make This Leather and Wood Satchel

Leather and wood satchel

Check out this quick video showing you the steps to making an amazingly clean and simple looking satchel. I just love the wood accent that also acts as a sturdy frame for your… read more

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May 14, 2015

Wood That Works: Handcrafted Kinetic Sculptures

Wood that Works

When David. C. Roy got bored waiting for results from the mainframes in his late 1970s programming job, he started sketching whimsical mechanical wooden sculptures and toys. Though he had few woodworking skills, he soon began creating more and more complex sculptures, and within months had quit his job to launch his own business. Priceonomics has the whole story of this scientists-turned-art-trepreneur:

Though he constantly gets requests for custom pieces, he doesn’t build them -- mainly because it’s not practical. Every time he makes a new design, he spends six months finding weaknesses, making sure everything functions properly,
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May 13, 2015

Make 'Em: DIY Graphic Tequila Bottle Bookends

Graphic faceted bookends DIY

We took a current trend in graphic design as inspiration and we turned it into a super easy DIY project to create these lively bookends. Read on to make your very… read more

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May 13, 2015

Make This: Custom DIY Drawer Pulls

Drawer PullsIf you’ve ever replaced a set of cabinet pulls, then you know how fast the cost can climb for those tiny pieces of metal. Here are 3 DIY ideas that can upgrade those tired pulls on the cheap with something a bit more unique.  

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May 13, 2015

ManMade Guide: How To Make the Best Cold Brew Coffee at Home

created at: 04/16/2013

You can buy cold brew coffee at a coffee shop. But, if it happens to be from a certain Seattle-based java-serving monolith named after a Melville character, or an pink and orange East Coast chain known for selling fried rings of dough for, uh, "placing" into your coffee, then what you're actually getting is cold coffee...that is, hot coffee that's been iced down.

How to make the best cold-brew coffee

Cold brew is an entirely different beast altogether. And with the weather warming up, it's time to cool our coffee down. Or, more accurately, never heat it up to… read more

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May 13, 2015

How to: Build a Fire Like You Know What You're Doing...

Camping (and campfire) season is back, my friends. Knowing how to build a fire may sound like the most basic skill a guy could know, but mastering good technique is essential to keep you alive in trying circumstances, or to avoid looking like a zero on your next outdoor get-together with friends.  … read more

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May 12, 2015

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fountain Pens

I'm a big believer in pen and paper. I like apps just fine, but I'm a fan of having personal stationary - it makes me that much more likely to actually follow up with kind words and thanks. And a great pen is just as… read more

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May 11, 2015

10 Amazing Coffee Tables to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

If you drink coffee as much as I think you might, chances are you're in need of a good coffee table. Or could use a coffee table upgrade. Or just need a little design inspiration.   … read more

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May 11, 2015

Did You See This Article About the Two Key Traits that Identify Long Lasting Relationships?

created at: 05/11/2015

Sorry for the weird post title, but the origins of this piece are from last year, so perhaps you saw it when it was published.

But even if you did, this is pretty good stuff, and it's worth a… read more

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May 11, 2015

Spring Eats: How to Upgrade Your Homemade Nachos

NachosI happen to believe that every party gets better with a big plate of nachos. While the veggie platter is great, and bacon wrapped hot dogs are delish, there's something excellent about a fully topped mound of chips that just can't be beat. Here are 5 ways to make this excellent party staple a bit better.  … read more

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May 08, 2015

Good Songs and Where I Heard Them

A list of great songs.

You know...the ones that change your life.… read more

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May 08, 2015

Seriously Good Tips to Master Your Bandsaw

created at: 05/08/2015 Of all the "big" power tools, I think the bandsaw is my favorite. (I love you, too, router table.) It's the most creative of the bunch, and one of the more versatile, and with its relatively low speed and thin blade, it's among the least dangerous. 

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May 08, 2015

How to: Build a Catapult Bottle Opener

It's always worth it to make quality investments in your everyday tools. And let's be honest, a fair number of us use bottle openers on a regular basis. So why not make your quotidian experience a little more exciting?   

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May 07, 2015

10 Awesome Kitchen Items You Probably Don't Own...But Totally Should

created at: 05/07/2015

There are those basic, essential tools that everyone needs to cook awesome food at home. ManMade thinks there are a solid fifteen, and we've shared them here - The Essential Kitchen: The 15 Tools Every Man Needs to Cook Like a Pro

But then, there are those less obvious tools... The ones that make cooking a real pleasure, and allow you to turn out restaurant-quality food with the charm of… read more

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May 07, 2015

How to: Grow these 8 Herbs for an Amazing Cocktail Garden

mint plant with title of article

Oh, Summertime. The best time of year for delicious drinks made with fresh ingredients. In doing my research for this piece, I had a hard time not wanting to just make up a drink for each… read more

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May 07, 2015

DIY Inspiration: A Better (Modern and Wooden) Refrigerator Magnet

Wooden MagnetsThose old bottle-cap magnets on the fridge used to be cool, but it's about time to upgrade those to something a bit more in style like these smooth wooden knobs. Take a look.  … read more

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May 06, 2015

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts...That Will Still Arrive by Sunday

created at: 05/06/2015

We know you love your mom, but life gets busy and we all fall behind. Luckily for you it's not too late show that incredible woman how much you love her with these unique gifts from Amazon Prime that if you buy today, will still arrive in time for you be the favorite… read more

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May 06, 2015

Son Lux's "Change Is Everything" Features 1000s of Frames of Animated String Art

The music video for Son Lux's new single, "Change is Everything," features roughly 4,000 animated frames, crafted only from string and ball head pins on a foam core background. created at: 05/06/2015 As the video develops, you see the holes left from the previous shots multiply and multiply, giving an awesome ghosting effect to the moving line art images.   

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May 06, 2015

Shop Upgrade: Protect Your Workspace and Your Lungs with a DIY Dust Filter

Looking for a good way to upgrade the shop? Start with the nuisance dust that ends up coating everything (including your lungs). Here's a rundown on the ideas I'm looking at for taming that woodworking haze in my… read more

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May 05, 2015

How to: Make a Secret Door Bookcase

created at: 05/05/2015

Oh, you know the kind. Where you pull a particular book and the whole case opens to reveal a secret passageway and all kinds of mysterious and surreptitious doings and goods behind?

If you've got the space (and the secrets), you can have one,… read more

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