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Jul 10, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The Best Woodworking Clamps for Big Jobs

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. 

Bessey Pipe ClampLast week we talked about the 5 essential small clamps every DIYer should own. The post was an overview of the various clamps we use on just about every project. Today, we're going to focus on which clamps we grab for the large glue-ups where holding pressure and stability are important for a flat and solid glue-joint.

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Jul 09, 2015

IKEA Hack: Make a Mid-Century Bar Cabinet from a TV Stand

created at: 07/09/2015

IKEA products can solve a great many organizational issues in the home, and be none to visually offensive in the process. But, therein lies the problem; their ability to blend seamlessly into any space means they don't offer a lot in the way of personality. They don't take away, but they don't bring along to the table, either. 

Except, when they… read more

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Jul 09, 2015

How to: Read a Topographical Map

I've recently been burning my way through Band of Brothers for this first time since 8th grade social studies, and the amount of time they spend reading maps leaves me staggered and envious (lets be clear: they do lots of much more amazing other stuff… read more
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Jul 08, 2015

5 Essential Shoes Every Man Needs This Summer

created at: 07/08/2015

Newsflash, ManMakers: It's hot out. Like, super hot... the kind of hot where you can't quite pretend you're not roasting and just wear your standard uniform from the rest of the year. It's easy to dress well in the fall and winter. Every man looks great in boots and sweaters and layers and patterned button-downs. But, in summer, it's just too hot for those things, and you simply gotta embrace the shorts.  And with the shorts comes the question: well, what shoes do I wear with them?read more

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Jul 08, 2015

Make This: DIY Downdraft Sanding Table

Downdraft BoxIf you work with wood, you know how hard it is to keep the saw dust and wood chips in the shop, and not all over the rest of your life. This downdraft table helps capture that dust and keep it where it belongs.  … read more

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Jul 08, 2015

Upgrade Your Headboard with Peel-and-Stick Wood Boards

stikwood headboard

It's always a great deal when you not only stumble on a great project to tackle, you learn about new products at the same time. I recently found this amazing IKEA hack that featured a new product called Stikwood. I simply cannot wait to get my hand on some boxes of this… read more

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Jul 07, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Protect Yo'Self - The Best Gear for Staying Safe in the Workshop

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: 07/07/2015

My shop is a very useful place, it's full of tools to cut, shape, smooth and attach all manners of wood and metal together to create an endless line of projects. But with so many tools, come plenty of dangers. While these are not technically tools, and they're definitely not as fun as a big spinning sawblade, I consider them essential to the toolbox. I mean, name one other item you're going to use on every project. Not even a tape measure sees as much action as a pair of safety… read more

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Jul 07, 2015

A Century of Bicycling History in 17 Pictures

The 102nd Tour de France begin this week, and so far, this have been pretty interesting. (There was a quite intense crash on Stage 3 yesterday. where they actually stopped the race. See more here.)

To honor the event, National Geographic dove into their archives to find the best images of the power of bikes, and the variety of ways they've been used for the last 100… read more

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Jul 07, 2015

DIY Painting Made Easy

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Jul 06, 2015

Amazing Storage and Organization Solutions for the Small Workshop

Space-Saving Shop Projects

I work in a tiny, leaky, antique shed. Workspace is a precious commodity that keeps getting taken up by scraps and in-progress pieces and just plain junk.… read more

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Jul 06, 2015

How to: Maintain a Beard in Summer

created at: 07/06/2015Beard trends go in and out as they always do, and it's easy to think of beards as simply being bound to a single season. But as my bearded buddy Ian (pictured above) pointed out to me, this doesn't have to be the case.    … read more
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Jul 06, 2015

Four Questions With: An Indie Filmmaker

Indie Filmmaker John Kingman: gear bag
John Kingman is a video producer and independent filmmaker (and former ManMade contributor) whose first feature-length film, Pearl: The Assassin, is streaming now on Amazon. We thought it'd be fun to get a glimpse of what it's like make indie movies, so we caught up with John for the first of our "Four Questions With" series:

MM: Tell us a little about your background, and about Pearl.

John: 

My background is video production. I started out making comedy videos with my friends, and taught myself how to shoot, light, and edit. Now I run a boutique production company in NY, doing corporate video. Pearl came about around the time… read more

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Jul 02, 2015

How to: Create Light Paintings with Sparklers

If you're doing the holiday weekend right, you're gonna end up with some sparklers. Maybe because you're at some official bash with picnic tables and kiddie pools, maybe because your buddy grabbed a three-pack when he went to get ice, but let's face it - sparklers are awesome. And the Fourth of July isn't the same without… read more

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Jul 02, 2015

Design Inspiration: Wood As Art

Sonic Wooden headWhile most of the time I'm inspired by fine furniture and the skills needed to really make an heirloom piece, there are many other expressions of excellence that don't fit that category. Here are a few unique pieces of wooden inspiration that keep me inspired to make.  … read more

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Jul 02, 2015

Make This: Scrap Lumber Side Table

created at: 07/02/2015

Looking for a clever way to use up all that scrap wood? Here's a side table project that will turn that cluttered lumber pile into something useful. Quick and easy pocket hole joinery make it a project that's done in an… read more

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Jul 01, 2015

How to: Hack an Old Cigar Box Into a Vintage-Inspired Charging Station

created at: 07/01/2015

I got this idea soon after some friends visited and forgot their charger cords for their phones. Since I had my own to use overnight, we had to fish around for other solutions. One day, in my shop I was reflecting on this dilemma when I remembered there were these new USB wall sockets that would be perfect to turn into a portable charging station whenever I need… read more

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Jul 01, 2015

Skills 101: How to Use a Stiching Awl to Sew Heavy Duty Fabrics and Leather

created at: 07/01/2015

I once ran into a dude at the leathercraft supply shop, who was talking to his friend about all his big ideas, and telling his buddy what to get. He threw a wood handled stitching awl into the basket, and stated, "Oh, yeah, man. You definitely need this. It's like a handheld sewing machine." Not quite, overzealous and under-qualified… read more

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Jul 01, 2015

Of Clay and Wattles Made: Building a Primitive Hut from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

One of my all-time favorite poems is "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by W. B. Yeats about the simple cabin ("of clay and wattles made") that he plans to build along shore of the lake and the peace he hopes to find as a result. The poem is beautiful and striking in its simplicity, and so is this process video of a man building an actual primitive hut from scratch.   

created at: 07/01/2015

The video has no dialogue or narration, but is presented in a way so that you can actually watch it and reproduce it… read more

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Jun 30, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Workshop Needs a Great Oscillating Multi-Tool (and Which One to Buy)

 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: 06/30/2015

We've all heard: "I didn't know I needed it until I got it." It stands true for so many tools in my shop that streamline and tune up my jobs, but no tool has done more to make my life easier than the Oscillating Saw. Once you get your hands on one, I guarantee you'll… read more

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Jun 30, 2015

How to: Build a Backyard BBQ Smoker from Common Materials (No Welding or Metalwork Required)

I like smoked foods. More than the average bear, I think. I mean, sure, slow smoked barbecue meats like ribs and brisket, but I particularly like other proteins (like fish or turkey), vegetables (leafy greens, beets, carrots), and snacks (nuts, cheeses, olives). Evenread more

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