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Sep 24, 2014

Famous Cartoonists Draw Their Iconic Characters... Blindfolded

In 1947, Life magazine asked the some of the most well known cartoonists and comic strip artists to attempt to draw their title characters - faces and lines they'd recreated for years - with a blindfold on. 

The results are pretty fascinating, and surprisingly consistent among the… read more

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Sep 23, 2014

How to: Build a Simple DIY Pegboard Shelf

created at: 09/23/2014

I love pegboard. I love organizing my workshop with it, I love using it in our office, I think it's cool when people do the Julia Childs-style pegboard pot rack thing...and I even like seeing it in store aisles, and noting all the clever and and adaptable industrial design things used to display items.

But...But! While pegboard is amazing for hanging stuff neatly on a grid, it does absolutely nothing for items without a hole… read more

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Sep 23, 2014

The Evolution of the Bicycle

I love this bicycle design evolution gif. It's awesome to see the wheels adapt, but my favorite is looping the handlebar/steering… read more

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Sep 19, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make DIY Modern House Numbers

I know it's a little cliche and HGTV-y, and like "man cave," I've vowed to try to avoid the phrase "curb appeal," at all costs, but...for real, switching out your house numbers can totally change how you feel about the entrance to your home.… read more

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Sep 19, 2014

Army Men Doing Yoga

created at: 09/19/2014

Yoga fan [and, ahem, ManMade reader] Dan Abramson created Yoga Joes, a re-imagining of iconic little green army men who've traded their battle poses for yoga positions. You know, like "Drop and give me 20 dogs. Downward-facing… read more

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Sep 19, 2014

Meat: Everything You Need to Know

If you're the type of guy who pays attention to food or restaurant type things, you know "America's most celebrated butcher," Pat LaFrieda. His story, philosophy, and technique don't take meat for granted, but instead honor the fact that 1) it's not a commodity product 2) meat is expensive, and deserves to be treated… read more

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Sep 18, 2014

How to: Make a DIY MP3 Player in an Old Cassette Tape

Apparently, you can get tiny little MP3 players for less than $5 now. So, there's no reason not to grab one and start hacking it up, taking out the essential parts, and putting it into a much cooler case - like this cassette tape.… read more

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Sep 18, 2014

Clever: Beer Labels Matched to Corresponding Pantone Colors

Spanish creative agency Txaber created a series of beer cans and bottles where the labels match the brew's actual color and corresponding Pantone number. The picture kinda sums it up, really.… read more

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Sep 17, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Cast Iron Skillet from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Search the ManMade archives, and you'll find no shortage of love for cast iron cookware. 

created at: 09/17/2014You'll also note lots of warnings about some of the pitfalls of buying new cast iron, and our recommendation to buy used or unseasoned pieces so you can indeed build that heirloom-quality non-stick surface that makes cast iron such a great investment and pleasure to… read more

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Sep 17, 2014

How to: Tie a Fly

With summer days going away, the season for serious fall activities has begun. For many, that means cool water fly fishing.

Note, I did not say "for me, that means cool water fly fishing." Because, I have never been fly… read more

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Sep 17, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: September 17, 2014

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.



Burger King has launched a "black burger" in their Japanese… read more

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Sep 16, 2014

5 Men's Style Staples to Help You Transition from Summer to Fall

created at: 09/16/2014

This is the time of year when no one's ever quite sure what's best to wear on any given day. The nights are cool, but the days are still warm, especially in the sun, but then a breeze or the clouds hit and everything changes. Multiple layers are usually overkill, but the sandals are gone, and some flexibility is certainly required to not only look the season, but the feel prepared for the day.

Make it happen with these five summer-to-fall transition… read more

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Sep 16, 2014

How to: Turn a Vintage TV into a Modern Media Center

created at: 09/16/2014

I'm a total sucker for stuff like this. We've all seen that old television from the post-atomic, retro-future design era with an awesome case, but less than stellar image quality by today's HD… read more

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Sep 16, 2014

Guy Tries Simple Living Experiment By Building a Home in a Dumpster

Dr. Jeff Wilson, professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, has been living in a 36-square-foot dumpster. It's part research, part social experiment, and part to learn how to "to gradually transform the dumpster into 'the most thoughtfully-designed, tiniest home ever constructed.'… read more

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Sep 15, 2014

How to: Build a DIY No-Weld Food Smoker from a 55-Gallon Drum

Made from an affordable 55-gallon steel drum and some easy-to-find parts from the home improvement store, this DIY smoker can produce excellent results, and unlike many DIY grilling projects you'll find online, doesn't require a welder or advanced metal working… read more

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Sep 15, 2014

The 99%: Rotten Tomatoes' Highest Rated Movies Every Guy Should See

Movies every guy should see

Cool Material recently used a clever rubric to assemble a collection of films, and created a new take of "must-see" movies guys will enjoy. Rather than opting for the same ten films that have been postered on college dorm room walls with each new freshman class, they looked… read more

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Sep 12, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Perfect the Perfect Burger

Burgers. They're a little bit art, a little bit science, and 100% iconic. There are plenty of styles, and most conversations on the topic talk about proper cooking technique, choosing a balanced collection of toppings, texture, etc.… read more

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Sep 12, 2014

The Surprisingly Fascinating History of the Tailgate

These days, the word "tailgate" conjures up images of cooler and pavement, jerseys and face paint, grills and foldable chairs. But, despite its current association with parking lots and sporting events, it's actually got quite a rich history. Like, older than you think. Like...… read more

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Sep 11, 2014

Restoring a Vintage "Eames" Lounge Chair and Ottoman

created at: 09/11/2014

An authentic Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) set by Herman Miller is, to me, the most iconic piece of furniture, ever. And, vintage models and new issues are - while amazing - super duper expensive. There have been a few companies who have produced copies - namely Plycraft and Frank Doerner from Canada - and they can be a bit easier to find. Though, due to their knockoff status, they haven't always been as well cared for.… read more

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Sep 11, 2014

Fresh Cuts: A Look at Barbershops Around the World

Conde Nast Traveler teamed up with Project Bly, "a travel and design website built on the philosophy that to know a city you must wander its streets" to create a new photo essay called "Fresh Cuts." There, they've shared candid shots of a cross-culture social hub: the barbershop. After all, basically everyone has hair, and most people need it cut.… read more

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