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Jun 12, 2015

How to: The Simple, Easy Trick to Improve Your Gin and Tonic

created at: 06/18/2013

For years, I didn't think I liked a gin and tonic. Actually, for a while, I thought it was gin in general that I couldn't stand, but some wiser friends helped me learn with some really stunning gin-centric cocktails, and I quickly moved away from vodka in favor of gin's special aromatic and botanicals qualities. So, then I figured I just didn't care quinine-heavy tonic water, but that didn't make sense, since I'm particularly drawn to mineral and bitter flavors in cocktails and other beverages. Maybe it was the combo of the two...but by this point, I was already committed, so I was determined to figure out what was going awry, once and for all.… read more

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Jun 12, 2015

Weekend Getaway 101: A Man's Guide to the Perfect Summer Trip

created at: 06/05/2013

Happy summer, ManMakers. Those three months where the days are long, and the weekends are time to just grab a bag and go. So, this is our handy guide to traveling: tips to plan, pack, and explore so you can get the most out of your… read more

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Jun 11, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Set of Metal Cutting Snips

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: 06/11/2015
Sometimes you need to cut paper, sometimes you need to cut wood, and sometimes you need to cut metal. And when that occassion arises, you need a pair of… read more

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Jun 11, 2015

How to: Make a Manly Gift Box

Clamping The CrateGiving another man a gift is hard enough already, but then picking the right wrapping paper or gift bag is altogether impossible. Here's a DIY project to hold that awesome gift… read more

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Jun 10, 2015

11 Seriously Good Gifts You'll Actually Want to Give Your Dad for Father's Day (and a Giveaway!)

Father's Day Gift Guide

What gifts did you receive from your father? Did he teach you to play chess? How to hike down a steep hill, feet turned sideways? How to go camping and sleep in the back of a 1977 Chevrolet Monza hatchback, looking up at the sky for shooting stars?

If you've got a dad, grandfather, husband, or even a son (who's a dad), you probably have lots of reasons to say thank you to that person. Here's a list of things I'd love to give (or receive) this Father's Day. 

For this gift guide, we teamed up with Duluth Trading Company, makers of quality apparel, backed by a No-Bull Guarantee. We've tried a bunch of their stuff, and are recommending some of it here, because we think it's worth recommending. Read on to the bottom to find out how to enter to win one of three Duluth Trading Co.read more

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Jun 10, 2015

Make This: Vintage-Inspired Flip Top Desk

Flip-Top Desk

Keeping homework in one place is a constant battle with kids. Make this dedicated flip-top desk that looks good enough to share the adult space and hides all the school-related clutter out of… read more

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Jun 09, 2015

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… read more

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Jun 09, 2015

Awesome Photo Tour of an Eclectic + Masculine British Apartment

A little loft can go a long way. Just ask Richard Dewhurst, the interior architect who designed this unique British apartment.   … read more

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Jun 08, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Leather Passport Wallet

Raise your hand if you're headed out of the country this week! Yeah... neither am I. So, in the meantime, to prep for my next international… read more

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Jun 08, 2015

Design Inspiration: The Nomad Chair on Kickstarter

Nomad ChairInspired by the classic British safari loungers, this modern design is both beautiful and functional as a lightweight yet comfortable portable chair.… read more

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Jun 08, 2015

How to Dress for The Summer: The 15 Essentials

Summer is officially upon us and so are the plethora of "summer style guides" that are inevitably kicked out. I've clicked my way through a couple and I've recently come across my… read more

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Jun 05, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part III: Bringing it All Together - The Big Reveal

How to Host an All Out Backyard Barbecue
This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. We've covered preparing your backyard and getting ready for guests, as well as some easy DIY tricks to improve the space and create the right vibe. Then, we shared some ideas for the food - moving beyond hamburgers and hot dogs to create some seriously tasty grilled goodies, as well as tips for finding the right wine to bring everything together.

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Jun 05, 2015

An Easy Project Finish: The Simple Whitewash

Whitewash FinishI've been building a few useful desk pieces lately to give my workspace a bit more livable at the office. I built them out of pallet wood with a nice rustic feel and didn't want to cover over that character so I decided to go for a simple whitewash. Take a look at how easy it is to get a rustic finish with a bit of watered down paint.  … read more

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Jun 04, 2015

How to: Build this Americana Coffee Table from Scrap Wood

created at: 06/04/2015

“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity-- intellect and resources-- to do something about them.” -- Henry Ford. And it's time to put that intellect to good use (even if your resources are limited) like this US Army serviceman did while on deployment in the Middle East.  … read more

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Jun 04, 2015

Life's Work: Six Conversations with Makers

created at: 05/28/2013

Raise your hand if you love process videos. Mine is definitely up - I'm always down to watch a slow tracked materials shot,  a lens flare coming in through a shop window, a cluttered benchtop scattered with tools and coffee cups. 

created at: 06/04/2015 So is Sam, a public librarian in California who sent me a link to this cool video series… read more

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Jun 04, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part II: The Food and Drinks

created at: 08/21/2014

This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. In Part I, we created the game plan: getting your outdoor space ready to go, invites, music and entertainment.

Part II is about the centerpieces of any get-together: food and drinks. To help, we partnered with Murphy-Goode, a Sonoma winery that makes great wines for occasions just like this one: good times, good friends, and good food. Read on for lots of tips and ideas to make it happen.   

How To Host an All Out Backyard BBQ

Table of Contents

Planning the Menu

Cooking for a Crowd: A cookout is not a dinner party. No courses, no place-cards, no roast-carving.… read more

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Jun 03, 2015

Hot Dogs of The World: 40 Distinctive Global Styles to Make This Summer

created at: 06/03/2015

Hot dogs were a huge staple of my youth and often the unit of measurement to describe how hungry I was ("Yeah guys I'm down to chill, I just need like three hotdogs first"). I usually opted for the standard ketchup and mustard, but when it comes to accessorizing this traditional American classic, it's a worldwide free for… read more

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Jun 03, 2015

How to: Make a Swedish Flame

Swedish Flame DIY

What's a Swedish flame? Something you can buy at IKEA? No sir.… read more

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Jun 03, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part I: The Plan

Being a party-goer is easy: you show up, eat food, drink drink, have fun, and go home. Nice. But sometimes you need to return the favor, do your part and be a good guy. Sometimes, it's gotta be your turn to host.

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue - Part 1

That's why we're creating the ultimate man's guide to backyard entertaining. We're skipping the burgers and hot dogs, but saving the grill-power and the open flame. This is no fancy dinner party with flowers and special place settings and specialized utensils. But it is an event for grown-ups (read: no kegs) who want to get together and enjoy a great evening of good grub, tasty wine and… read more

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Jun 02, 2015

Inspired To Write: Bull + Stash Leather Notebooks

B&S NotebooksI'm not saying you need an exceptional journal to become the next Hemmingway, but I'm pretty sure you'll be more inspired writing in something you love.  … read more

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