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Aug 14, 2015

The Perfect Southern Gentlemen's Recipes (Made On-The-Road)

This is the tale of a couple who met on Tinder and now travel across North America in a Sprinter van (aka Tinder to Sprinter) and the mouth-watering dinner they made when the boys at Huckberry promised to sponsor their meal if they made some recipes from a buddy's cookbook: A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen. Recipes included.
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Aug 14, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade on a Budget: How to Build Affordable Shop Cabinets

Laying Out the Cabinet PiecesIt's time to actually build something for the shop upgrade. First up, we take a look at how to build wall cabinets from scratch (sheet goods at least).… read more

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Aug 13, 2015

8 Men's Essentials under $25 to Help You Finish Up Summer with Style

created at: 08/13/2015

Don't let all the back-to-school sales fool you. We've still got weeks of summer left, and plenty of late evenings and warm weather to embrace. Keep the spirit going well into early autumn with these picks to prolong the season.    … read more

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Aug 13, 2015

Yes, You Can Shave with an Axe. Here's How to Do It.

You've seen it. Old movies, Looney Tunes cartoons, vintage black and white photos that at least look real. An axe is, after all, a sharp blade, and apparently, you can shave with it.    … read more

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Aug 13, 2015

How to: Print Professional-Grade Photos

Living in the age of social media as we do, it almost seems preemptively nostalgic to talk about a love for physical things, but I think we'd agree that there is beauty in the tactile. Hanging a physically framed photo shows intention and an eye toward design, so printing the best photos (and having a good frame) is key. Which is why Popular Mechanics took the time to put together this great how-to guide to help you print the best photos whether at home or online.    … read more

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Aug 12, 2015

How to Stencil with Fire: Making Large-Scale Typographic Wood Burn Art

Oh... we know you can imagine the possibilities. Giving a hunk of hardwood that classic "branded" Western look. Creating an original poster or piece of wall art with a natural woodgrain background. A sidewalk sign or marquee for a local store or event.

There are plenty of reasons you'd want to make a wooden sign with a burnt design. Here's how to do it:   … read more

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Aug 12, 2015

Mosquitos Bugging You? Get a Bat House

It may seem a bit strange to encourage bats to nestle down by your house, but if mosquitoes are cutting your evenings short, it's a natural resource worth considering.   … read more

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Aug 12, 2015

The Best Steak Grilling Trick You Haven't Heard Of

created at: 08/12/2015

Food writer Sherry Rujikarn calls this technique for getting tender, well-seasoned meat "the best steak grilling trick you haven't heard of." It's simple, takes about twenty extra seconds, and looks to be pretty promising.   … read more

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Aug 11, 2015

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Inner DIYer

created at: 08/11/2015

When you're new to the world of DIY, starting even the smallest of projects can be a daunting task. How much money will it cost me? How much time will I waste? Do I even know what I'm doing? Questions like these can easily deflate a well planned weekend of hard work when you're not comfortable with yourself and your abilities. … read more

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Aug 11, 2015

How to: Make a Simple and Rustic DIY Desk Organizer or Tool Holder

created at: 08/11/2015

Here's a simple way to add some functionality to a log from the the firewood pile or a score of driftwood you snagged by the local river. It's a easy project, but a sharp way to add a little outdoor texture and warmth to your computer desk or work area.    … read more

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Aug 11, 2015

New Features in Adobe Elements 13 - Win a Copy Of Your Own!


For the last few months, we've been teaming up with Adobe Photoshop Elements for a series of creative tutorials: a cool block-printed poster, a tin-type effect photography project, a customized 'Ex-Libris' stamp, and a fun, photographic DIY headboard. Today we're giving you another chance to win your own copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 13. Read on to find out how to enter.

At ManMade, we believe in process, craft, and creativity. Our goal is to help guys bring the art of 'making stuff' into their everyday life. And having the ability to digitally edit and compose photos is a huge part of that. Here are some of the new features in Adobe… read more

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Aug 10, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Slat Bath Mat

Wood in the bathroom? Sure, if you do it right. It's a great way to add a warm, rustic tone to all that tile and glass and porcelain and other hard surfaces. … read more

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Aug 10, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Getting Started In Leatherworking is Cheaper Than You Thought

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day.  

Leather StringLove the thought of making useful and beautiful pieces out of leather? Here are the first few steps to get started down the path of making your own essential carry pieces and everyday items from that timeless and durable material.

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Aug 10, 2015

How to: Build a Homemade Wood Lathe

What began as a simple conversation turned into a dare, which turned into a very long quest to design and build one man's very own lathe for his woodworking shop. Mike (the woodworker and designer of woodshopmike.com) was short in cash for the tool department and his machinist buddy convinced him that building a lathe would be relatively easy, so with a little research and a lot of hard work, they were off.     

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Aug 06, 2015

A Note to Self...

created at: 08/04/2015Note to Self: August 6, 2015      … read more

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Aug 05, 2015

How to: Make an Industrial and Practical Pipe and Concrete Shelf Unit

There's an awful lot of DIY posts around the web for building amazing industrial shelving with a raid of pipes from the local hardware store. This project takes it to the next level with some solid concrete shelves!

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Aug 05, 2015

Military-Inspired Men's Style Classics...That You Actually Wear Everyday

created at: 08/04/2015

Everything has history, and some of our daily accessories have stories you wouldn't believe. From the evolution of the world’s first t-shirt to the desert boots you probably own, this little ditty from Jack Threads breaks down the stories behind some of our most commonplace clothing items.   … read more

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Aug 05, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Lay Out a Woodworking Project in SketchUp

Cabinet LayoutSketchUp is a great program for getting a project started. From the 3D visualization, all the way down to generating cut lists here's an overview on how it works for us woodworkers.   … read more

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Aug 04, 2015

5 Simple Car Repairs Every Man Can Do

created at: 08/04/2015

…With a little help from some quality process videos of course. I’ve spent enough years with less-than-cherry cars that need constant TLC to keep them moving along, and I wish I’d actually taken the time to learn some of the easier maintenance processes that I could’ve done myself.   … read more

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Aug 04, 2015

Finally: Here's How To Pay Friends with Your Smartphone

Cash is boring. Use your smartphone.
Is it just me, or has the future turned out to be a bit of a disappointment? Hoverboards and jetpacks aside, I still can't beam anybody up, or down, or cook steak in my microwave, or have a sassy robot maid clean my house. But Square Cash is one area in which the future seems to have delivered, and I've been telling everyone about it for almost a year now. But, let me back up a bit and talk about the suckiness of non-future-money: paper currency.

Do you know what happens every third time I visit the drive-through ATM to get cash? I lose my card in the machine. Do you know how many armpits, waist bands, and god-knows-what-other sweaty… read more

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