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Aug 04, 2016

How to: Make a Vintage-Inspired Shipping Crate... Perfect for a Bottle of Whiskey

created at: 08/04/2016

Ask any one who appreciates a fine sipping experience, and they'll confirm: a bottle of spirits makes for a great gift. But, it's a bit of a strange thing to hand over. Sure, you could use a gift bag (I guess?) or just pass it unwrapped to the recipient. But, why not make the whole thing a little special with a custom crate, which can be reused for storage, or regifted onto the next guy?   … read more

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Aug 04, 2016

ManMade Guide: Step Up Your Summer Drinks with Grown-Up Flavored Ice Cubes

created at: 04/16/2013

Around here, we've moved past the short glass - the whiskey in a tumbler, the shaken 3 oz. cocktails of spring -and opting for the long and tall. With sunshine comes all-day drinks: those mixed with plenty of ice and fresh ingredients to keep you cool.

How to make flavoured ice cubes

Of course, it's ice that keeps 'em cool, and when your glass sits around in the heat...well, ice melts. So, this summer, make that a good thing. We're sharing our technique and recipes to allow the ice to actually contribute to the flavor of a drink or cocktail, not just its temperature or dilution. Check it out!   … read more

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Aug 04, 2016

Crafting a Custom Bar Stool from Construction Lumber

created at: 05/28/2013

Evan is the crafter and store owner behind Mr. Lentz, a leather goods and wooden accessories shop. He's also a great story teller and tinkerer, and we love when he posts his narrative builds as a look into the creative process.

This time, he set out to build a bar stool from scratch, without plans or measured drawings and made solely from dimensional lumber (2x4s, etc) from the home center. … read more

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Aug 03, 2016

Why We Meditate (and We Think You Should, Too)

Why we meditate

This year Chris and I both started meditating, independently of each other. We got into the practice for different reasons, and with different approaches, but the thing we definitely both agree on is this: meditation is great. Since we're both newbie meditators who are getting a lot out of it, we thought we'd share a little about our experiences in hopes of encouraging a few of you out there to give it a try.

How did you start?

Bruno: I actually have tried meditation a few times over the last ten years or so, but never stuck with it for more than a couple of days. A few years back I picked up a copy of Mindfulness in Plainread more

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Aug 03, 2016

How to: Make a Rustic Reclaimed Wood Charging Block

slotting for a charging stationIt's a whole lot easier to remember to charge that phone when it's secured in a spiffy looking block. We made a simple cube charging station out of reclaimed pallet wood.… read more

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Aug 03, 2016

Back to Basics: How to Make a Perfect Bloody Mary

created at: 04/16/2013

These days, the Bloody Mary game is all about oneupsmanship. The goal in bars and brunch spots has become to adds so savory complements to the drink that they turn it into both a snack and a cocktail: spears and spears of pickled veg, whole shrimp, fried bacon, charcuterie, chicken wings, antipasti, mini cheeseburgers, firecrackers, tiny pizzas, everything.

created at: 10/31/2013

Which is fine, and fun, but takes away from the essence of the drink. Sure, it's a canvas for complementary flavors, but that canvas isn't blank in the first place...it's actually a perfectly balanced cocktail.

So, here are the basics on the Bloody Mary. If you're not one to drink vodka, well, then it also makes a darn fine amped-up tomato juice.… read more

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Aug 02, 2016

The ManMade Guide To Better Product and Tabletop Photography

created at: 04/16/2013

There are sorts of reasons a guy would wanna take great photos at home: an artist or crafter, online shop owner, Instagram power user, or just an everyday documenter extraordinaire.

Manmade Guide to Better Product Photography

 No matter your focus, these easy and affordable tips will help you dramatically improve your photography skills.

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Aug 02, 2016

Looking For Something Different? Make Some Leather Drawer and Cabinet Pulls

Leather DIYOne of the most distinctive features on a piece of furniture are the drawer pulls. Try something different with a leather pull to really make an impression.… read more

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Aug 01, 2016

How to: Charge Your Phone with a 9-Volt Battery

This is real MacGyver territory. I've been stuck in a handful of urban survival situations and the inevitably dying phone battery is by far one of the more pressing issues. Most important will of course be immediate safety, shelter, water and food, etc., but it's likely that the use of a phone will help you secure those things. And when the power is knocked out it can be a real challenge.   … read more

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Aug 01, 2016

Pesto 101: The Complete Guide to Making Summer's Perfect Condiment

A guide to making the perfect pesto

Pesto is a mighty Mediterranean-style sauce and condiment that’s super versatile and easy to make. It's amazing all warm weather season long, when the fresh ingredients are bountiful, and tastes fantastic on anything from the grill, on pizza or fresh pasta, or, as many will confess,  a spoon.… read more

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Aug 01, 2016

Make This: How To DIY Your Own Charcoal

created at: 08/01/2016

Charcoal. It's signature smokey flavor makes summer smell like...well, summer. But have you ever wondered how its made? Guess what. It's pretty straightforward, and with just a few ingredients you can make your own. Take a look.… read more

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Jul 29, 2016

How To: A Guaranteed Way to Deep Clean Your Water Bottle

created at: 07/14/2014

Anyone who regularly uses the same water bottles several times a week - runners, cyclists, hikers, athletes, or any general person-on-the-go that likes to stay hydrated - can attest: they can get nasty. Even if nothing but water and ice ever go in, the crud can still build up, and non-H2O fluids like sports drink or add-ins make the taste, odor, and junk even worse. … read more

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Jul 29, 2016

Try This Simple Trick Anytime You're Laying Out Cuts or Marks on Your Woodworking Projects

created at: 11/12/2015

Over the weekend, I was working in the garage when I found myself in a familiar position. I needed to transfer a pencil line from one face of a piece of stock to the one around its corner. Sounds simple enough to do with a square, but I've had this problem before. Sighting the line isn't accurate enough, and a traditional try or combination square isn't of much help here. Here's why:    … read more

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Jul 29, 2016

How to: Fund Your Own Epic Travels + Adventures

created at: 11/10/2014Five years ago I found a tiny grant through a journalism fellowship so that I could shoot a documentary short about sex-trafficking in South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Four years ago I found some small financial aids to help me study the Lakota language, and three years ago my brother and I found a grant through his college that helped fund our dream of rafting the entire Mississippi River.  

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Jul 28, 2016

This Should Be Your First Leatherworking Project: How to Make a Stylish Leather Wallet

If you've ever thought about making a leather wallet, but haven't for whatever reason, then here is the place to start. With a couple tools and about $10 in leather you'll lay the groundwork for greater leather-working projects and emerge with a stylish and minimalist wallet to boot.   

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Jul 28, 2016

Make This: 5 Upgrades for Your Welcome Mat

Wooden Door MatIs the first thing your guests see when they walk up to your front door a worn-out welcome mat? Make a good impression with one of these DIY wooden front door mats. Take a look:   … read more

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Jul 28, 2016

How to: Learn Another Language - Quickly

Most adults find learning a new language to be particularly difficult. In fact studies show that the number one way to increase your odds of picking up a new language is to already speak a couple languages. But don't lose hope! There are still some streamlined ways to get yourself self off the ground and immerse in a new culture's way of communicating...   

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Jul 27, 2016

How to Make a Set of Indestructible Concrete-Top Benches For Your Backyard (I Did!)

Finished BenchesThere are many reasons we DIY projects: saving money, customizing for the space, or to make something from quality materials without a particleboard heart. But never do we do it because we want it to look like a thrown-together project. 

I have had a corner of my yard that just feels like wasted space. It isn't horribly ugly, it just doesn't really do anything. That’s where the thought of a fire pit corner was born. It’s only a 10’x10’ area, but with some careful planning, the space could be transformed into an area that draws people in, that simply assumes a nightcap is in order.… read more

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Jul 27, 2016

Because It's Summer: You Shoud Make This Burnt Honey and Basil Ice Cream

Anyone who's ever concocted homemade ice cream knows the addictive joy that comes from originating new flavors for everyone to try. Heck, lately even standard ice cream manufacturers have expanded to include all sorts of weird flavors such as a peanut butter, jelly, and bacon ice cream I had the other day. If you want to try saving some money while expanding your palatte, then check out this BURNT HONEY AND BASIL ICE CREAM recipe from TheFoodInMyBeard.com...   

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Jul 26, 2016

How to: Make Your Own DIY Leather Belt from Scratch

DIY Leather Belt - Mr. Lentz

Mr. Lentz - the "modern cowboy of the creative revolution" - has created a very cool DIY project with very detailed steps to make a customized leather belt. … read more

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