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May 04, 2015

How to: Build a Vintage Transistor Radio (in an Hour)

created at: 05/03/2015If you've ever found yourself looking for a good project to MacGyver, building a transistor radio seems like a good place to start. This vintage design comes from 1956, and as advertised can easily be built within an hour.   

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May 01, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Get Yourself a Serious Pair of Cutting Pliers

created at: 05/01/2015 There are those tools that are exciting. The ones you look forward to using: table saws, routers, even hand planes. And then there are the tools that sit there on the peg board, unassuming, know they're perfect at the one task they were designed to do. And when you need them for that task, accept no substitutes.  … read more

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May 01, 2015

How to Dice an Onion Like a Chef (In 30 Seconds)

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With most things in everyday life, the ManMade argument goes: if your going to do something, you might as well do it right. And while the definition of "right" is variable, oftentimes, we look to the pros. I take care of my vehicle the way a mechanic would, I work on my garden and lawn with the tips I learned from farmers, and I try to prep and cook food in the same way as those who doing for a… read more

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Apr 30, 2015

8 Mesmerizing Manufacturing Videos You Should Watch Right Now

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I recently found myself falling down a rabbit hole on YouTube of "How It's Made" style videos and I just couldn't stop! Some of them were so fascinating I had to share them with you!man pulling iron ore from melting pot

It started with "Wooden Bowls" a short video showing the speed and accuracy one company uses to churn out beautiful hand-turned… read more

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Apr 30, 2015

Make This: Homemade Pop Tarts Revisited

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There's some seriously special memories a Pop Tart brings to in my mind. It's like, I love these things, but as an adult, I know I'm not supposed to eat them, but then I can make my own and control the ingredients, and ta-da! They're back in my… read more

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Apr 30, 2015

How to: Create this Stylish Coffee Maker from Copper Pipe

Like most adult Americans, we're big fans of coffee (and coffee made well). Personally, I make a lot of pourover cups of coffee and I love the statement of having a routine in a specialized preparation space. And here's an easy DIY solution from Homemade Modern that looks both elegant and masculine.    

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Apr 29, 2015

5 YouTube Channels Every Woodworker Needs to Watch Right Now

created at: 04/29/2015The internet is full of great content. Inspiration for DIYers doesn't get much better than these five excellent woodworking makers.  … read more

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Apr 29, 2015

The NY Times Field Guide to the American Sandwich

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Prepare yourself for this exhaustive exploration of the breath of diversity in the American sandwich market. The guide begins defining the parameters of the sandwich according to the United States Department of Agriculture and the famous 2006 court case, Panera v. Qdoba. In other words, the "product must contain at least 35% cooked meat and no more than 50% bread" and cannot be open-faced. Also excluded from this complete list are hamburgers, hot dogs, gyros, shawarmas, tacos, and… read more

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Apr 28, 2015

How to: Make a "Hold Everything" Tool Rack

When I was in graduate school, I taught guitar lessons to several neighborhood kids for some extra income. Inevitably, after a few months of convert's zeal, their practicing would slow down, and a parent would always ask me, "how can I get ______ to practice more at home?" I had some musical tips, sure, but my first answer was always: buy a guitar stand, and leave it out. No one is going to pick up an instrument that's locked in a case and placed under the bed or leaned against a wall in a closet. But, have it out and within a grasp in just a few seconds, and one can't help but just pick it up and rock out.… read more

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Apr 28, 2015

6 Ways to Freshen Up Stale Tortilla Chips and Give Them New Life

To be honest, we don't really have the stale tortilla chip problem at my house. Our conundrum is more along the lines of how-many-crumbles-are-at-the-bottom-of-the-bag-and-does-Chris-have-any-shame-about-eating-them-dowsed-in-hot-sauce-with-a-spoon-like-a-bowl-of-cereal-in-milk kinda problem. 

Nevertheless, in Mexican cuisine, the tortilla chip (a tostadita or totopos) isn't a think that scoops up melted cheese sauce, but an ingredient in all kinds of tasty dishes. So, if you've a stale bag lying around and don't expect me to come by anytime soon,… read more

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Apr 28, 2015

How to: Make a Wooden Sofa Sleeve with a Built-In Cup Holder

If it hasn't happened yet, it will. You set a drink on the arm of the sofa, perhaps a hot cup of coffee, perhaps an icy cold highball, and even though you know that's not where drinks should go, you go for it anyway, and it spills. It spills on you, on your laptop, on your upholstery, and it's bad. And I suspect, even though you've done it once, you'll likely do it all over again, because, well, it's really nice to be able to rest a tasty beverage on the arm of your sofa.… read more

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Apr 27, 2015

You Need to Watch: Mind of a Chef

I stumbled upon Mind of a Chef on PBS one saturday after my usual ritual of This Old House and Woodrights shop and completely fell in love. If you haven't yet, I highly recommend you add the first and second season to your Netflix list and binge watch the heck out of… read more

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Apr 27, 2015

A Retro Redesigned Adventure Bus

As a high-schooler I always had the dream of creating one of these homemade mobile RV units for me and my buddies like this 1959 Chevrolet Viking Short Bus Retro. Of course it turns out that lots of other DIY-ers share this enthusiasm and are out there everyday building awesome rides or restoring old ones.   

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Apr 27, 2015

How to: DIY Industrial Spool Table

Cutting a SpoolOne of the best Industrial tables I've seen comes from an old recycled wire spool. Here's a great DIY on making one yourself.  … read more

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Apr 24, 2015

30 Reasons Your Thirties are Better than Your Twenties

They say a fine wine only gets better as it ages. Guess what? So do you. Being a young adult is awesome. It's all about setting yourself up for success, and forming yourself into the kind of man you want to be. 

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But, at some point, you actually get to live out those commitments and really embrace the kind of grown-up you want to be. Whoever said "never trust anybody over thirty" must have never gotten there, cause being in your thirties, if you do it right, is freaking… read more

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Apr 24, 2015

Do This: Make a DIY Industrial Wire Organization Basket

DIY industrial basketI never seem to have enough containers around for my clutter. It spreads on my desk, dresser and counters. Tame the chaos with a few handmade wire baskets.  … read more

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Apr 23, 2015

Good Books and Where I Read Them

Good books and where I read them
Every book you read leaves two stories with you; the story told in the book, and the story of its reading. Here are some of my favorites:

The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk – sprawled atop luggage in train walkways on overcrowded passenger cars, traveling through Europe with my dad the summer I was seventeen. Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II classic about a sane man trapped in an insane system. ( Buy on Amazon, $12.89 )

Reading on trains through Europe.

It, by Stephen King – by flashlight, tent-bound, terrified, on rainy afternoons during my first trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, when I was thirteen. An evil creature assumes the form of a… read more

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Apr 23, 2015

The Ingenious Design of the Soda Can

I don't know about you, but I've never given a second thought to the process or reasoning behind one of the most ubiquitous product designs: the aluminum beverage can. We're constantly surrounded by them in the modern world, and the decision making process behind how the aluminum can began as a storage container and how its efficient shape has evolved over time turns out to be a fascinating… read more

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Apr 22, 2015

The ManMade Spring Style Guide

This is a commerce post in partnership with Frank & Oak

ManMadeDIY Spring Style Guide
I'm the sort of guy who holds on to super-comfortable, super-threadbare, moth-hole-ridden t-shirts for far too long, much to my wife's great chagrin. And while there is a place in your life for that favorite, falling-apart shirt, let's make sure it's just one. Recently, I cut down and donated a good portion of my wardrobe, editing out anything I hadn't put on in the last six months. Doing so allowed me to replace staples and add a few new pieces to my closet. 

I'm long-limbed and lanky, so I often have trouble time finding clothing that fits. Pants are too baggy, and… read more

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Apr 22, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Iced Coffee Soda

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Now that the days are warming up the thought of a hot latte with milk and cinnamon sure adds a drop of sweat to my brow. It's usually this time of year, I swap my typical addiction to hot coffee to sweet, syrupy iced coffee. I just can't get enough of the… read more

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