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Jan 12, 2015

4 Great Books for your DIY Library

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Outside the blogs like this one, books are a great way to get new ideas and sharpen your skills. All too often, I find nothing but outdated crafting and how-to books with black and white pictures and outdated power tools.… read more

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Jan 12, 2015

Stay Organized to Accomplish More This Year [Sponsored]

Brought to you by Brother International Corporation

Labeling to stay organized

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Jan 09, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: You Should Own a Pair of Calipers

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. 

created at: 01/09/2015

For the first entry into the ManMade Essential Toolbox, a set of calipers might seem like an unusual choice. They don't really cut anything, attach anything, fix anything, make holes, repair holes, or help with design or… read more

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Jan 09, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a DIY Leather Smartphone Flip Wallet

If you're more of a minimalist with your daily carry items, and prefer to keep everything in one front or jacket pocket, check out this leather smartphone flip wallet… read more

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Jan 09, 2015

Make This: Homemade Wood Butter

Wood ButterWhen it comes to cooking in the kitchen, I still like my wooden tools. Using spoons and cutting boards made from wood feel great, and even though they may not improve my cooking skills they make me look better doing it.  … read more

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Jan 08, 2015

Your Answer to Winter: Warm Up with this Rosemary Vanilla and Honey Coffee Syrup

Homemade Rosemary vanilla honey simple syrup

Rosemary is one my favorite cold-weather herbs. It really adds extra warmth to whatever you use it with. I love it in breads, soups, libations and even coffee! Here's a simple recipe with warming ingredients that is sure to brush off that winter chill in the air.  … read more

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Jan 08, 2015

This Is What Happens to Your Bike After It’s Stolen

created at: 01/08/2015

As you might have guessed, the folks who steal your bicycle don't really intend to ride it around.… read more

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Jan 08, 2015

How to: Make a "Retro Mad Scientist" Lightbox with Dimmer

Mad Scientist Light Box

This self-described "Mad Scientist" lamp has got me all sorts of excited. With four tube amp bulbs attached to a pine box with a retro-looking dimmer, it seems like a good, masculine addition that'd complement quite a few different decor styles. And the whole thing costs under $20 in… read more

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Jan 07, 2015

ManMade Recommended: Kreg Pockethole Jig Make Joints Fast... and Only Costs $20

Pocket HolesJoining wood can be as much art as it is skill, and beautiful joinery really defines a piece of furniture. But for the times when you just need to quickly join a few pieces of wood securely, try the pocket-hole.  

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Jan 07, 2015

Behold: The Stuffmaker

Mac PremoMeet Mac Premo, an award-winning artist and self-proclaimed "stuffmaker." A visual artist with an obsession about our relationship with death, his somewhat off-kilter yet entirely sincere artwork is made out wood, resin, pipes, knicknacks, glue, paper, photographs, and anything he finds laying around.  … read more

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Jan 07, 2015

When Crafts Collide: A Sewn Wooden Ottoman

Sewn wood veneer ottoman

Designers Anastasiya Koshcheeva and Oya-Meryem Yanik have done the impossible by creating a simple, stunning piece of furniture with a sewing machine. Ok, sewing wood isn't impossible, but it certainly is an incredible idea with possibilities that these two designers have only begun to… read more

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Jan 06, 2015

8 Seriously Tasty Reasons to Bust Out Your Slow Cooker This Week

I did not grow up in a "crock pot" family. We had one, an old avocado green job my parents got from their wedding registry. And, though I'm sure it got used, it wasn't something that characterized the food in our house. My wife's parents, on the other hand, were both doctors working day shifts, and according to her, nearly every thing her mom cooked came from the slow cooker. And, says my wife, protein + a mix of canned foods = dinners, all which tasted basically the same... like "crock pot… read more

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Jan 06, 2015

Craft Breweries are Running Out of Names to Call Their Beers

How many sound-alike ways can your local craft breweries incorporate "hop" or "rye" in their pun filled beer names? Apparently...not enough.… read more

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Jan 06, 2015

How to: Make a Simple Wallet from a Coffee Bag

Coffee WalletLast night I was in a conversation with some friends about wallets because we all remembered being in junior high, and the duct tape wallet was a pretty big fad... for eighth graders. None of us had the time, cash, or skills (most likely) to create awesome leather wallets like we might have liked, but I always was a fan of the DIY ethos, especially when it comes to such a personal item I tend to use everyday.  … read more

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Jan 06, 2015

How is Your Credit Score Calculated?

Brought to you by Bank of America: Better Money Habits

Knowing what credit is and how it affects you might be the most important thing you can do for your financial wellbeing. More simply put, your credit score is like your financial reputation - it helps lenders determine how trustworthy of a borrower you are, whether it's for a home mortgage, a car lease or even something as small as a cell phone. The lower your credit score is, the higher your interest rates will be, and the more money you'll have to spend over time.  

To get ahead of the curve, check out how your credit score is calculated below.

How your credit score is calculated  

Now that you know all the factors… read more

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Jan 05, 2015

The Best Inventions of 2014

created at: 01/05/2015

So it's a new year -- 2015 -- which as everyone knows means we're all dressing like this (... right guys? ...... guys?...). So, we're taking a look at some of the best inventions of 2014 with an eye toward the new year… read more

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Jan 05, 2015

DIY Inspiration: Handmade Wooden Tech Accessories

Oree Keyboard and TouchpadIt's not everyday you see something ordinary revisited so well. The Oree Wooden Keyboard is a piece of excellence that immediately inspires the maker in me. This custom wood keyboard and touchpad are incredible.  … read more

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Jan 05, 2015

Build Your Own Copper Still and Make Your Own Spirits at Home

If you're ready for a new kind of DIY challenge, consider building your own copper still, which will allow you to distill your own spirits for DIY whiskey, vodka, gin, or brandy. (Or tequila, I guess...if you can get your hands on a giant agave… read more

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Jan 02, 2015

How To: Make Wax Dipped Bottles

Wax Dipped Bottles

If you want to make that drinkable gift very personal, go ahead and add a wax seal to those bottles for a personal… read more

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Dec 31, 2014

My Year Will Be Excellent - 2015 Resolutions

Top Of The World

As we look back on an exceptional year, it's only fitting to look ahead and dream about what lies before us. Here are my 2015… read more

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