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Jul 28, 2015

Weekday Project: Make a Cedar Bench in Less Than 2 Hours

Weekday Projet: Make a Cedar Bench in Less Than 2 Hours

I recently lost a beloved church pew to several years of rot and water damage. Totally my fault, I didn't seal it properly. But, that's ok! It gives me a reason to build something new! On top of that, I thought I'd challenge myself. … read more

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Jul 28, 2015

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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Jul 27, 2015

How to: Turn Old Butter Knives into a Set of High-Quality Steak Knives

created at: 07/27/2015

In case you've never looked into it, a set of steak knives is, like, super expensive. Even a reasonably priced, high-quality set, like these six rosewood-handled knives from Victorinox, will set you back $130. Which, to be fair, works out to about $22 a piece, but, c'mon, if you were gonna spend $130 on some knives, would you really want to get a speciality tool you'll only you five or six times a year when you cook up some serious protein for guests?   … read more

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Jul 27, 2015

Mapping the Flow of Human Body Hair...In 1902

Any guy can attest. Whether it's your head, your beard, your chest, or, um, anywhere else, your hair has a grain to it... a natural flow that never shifts, no matter how much you have or how long or short it is. 

And, because of course he did, in 1902, Dr. Walter Kidd published "A Chart of the Human Hair Streams, Showing Their Lineage and History."   … read more

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Jul 27, 2015

Summer Grilling: You Should Totally Make Watermelon Pizza

Grilled Watermelon PizzaLooking for something new to grill for the next backyard gathering? Grab a Watermelon and try out this sweet and savory pizza recipe.   … read more

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Jul 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Must-Have Knives, Shears, and Cutting Blades for 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: 07/24/2015

When we think about tools that cut things in the workshop, we tend to focus on the big stuff: table saws, metal cut-off tools, or even a chainsaw. Or perhaps we think of tools designed for dedicated tasks: an angle grinder, or a jig saw. But, know what the two items I most regularly pull down off my pegboard, even more than a hammer? Whose little silhouettes remain most routinely bare and hooks unfilled?   … read more

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Jul 24, 2015

Check Out this Interactive Map of America's Most Epic Literary Road Trips

Whether you're planning your own adventure or just looking for a little literary escape to combat cabin fever, it's always great to learn the tales of those who have gone before you.    … read more

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Jul 24, 2015

You Gotta See the CIA's Vintage Spy Gear Collection

While we all know James Bond's sexy spy experience is a far cry from the lives of real life spies, you'd be surprised by how many cinematic spy gadgets were actually employed in the early days of the CIA. 

From miniature cameras in cigarette cases to hollow coins, the collection of cool gear is a testament to human ingenuity and the maker's ethos.    … read more

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Jul 23, 2015

Watch How L.L. Bean's Signature Boots are Made

created at: 05/28/2013

The team over at Gear Patrol captured a great inside look at the Legendary L.L. Bean factory in Brunswick, Maine and their process for making their iconic Bean Boots.

created at: 07/23/2015

If you don't already own a pair of Bean… read more

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Jul 23, 2015

Ian McKellen Teaches You How to Make the Best Scrambled Eggs in the World

created at: 07/23/2015

What's not to like about watching a consummate actor, humanitarian, and adorable t-shirt wearer teach you how to make the ultimate plate of scrambled eggs?   … read more

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Jul 23, 2015

Skill Builder: Getting Started with Google SketchUp for Woodworkers and Makers

created at: 07/23/2015

SketchUp is free, robust, and really helps to bring your projects to life. I stumbled through the basics for way too long, so here are a few steps to get you modeling faster.   … read more

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Jul 22, 2015

How to Sell Your Handmade Stuff at a Craft Fair

created at: 07/22/2015

If you’re like me your DIY obsession can get so out of hand you have to start selling your stuff to fund more stuff! One of the ways my wife and I do it is setting up a booth at local festivals, barn sales and craft fairs. With a little bit of business savvy and DIY ingenuity, you too can start turning a profit on your passions.

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Jul 22, 2015

Blow My Mindsday: July 22, 2015

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.

created at: 07/22/2015
Perhaps you've seen this go by this week, but I'm pretty fascinated with this theory on why time seems to go by so much quicker as you get older. … read more

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Jul 22, 2015

Take a Taxi Through Vintage New York City

created at: 07/21/2015If you're interested in the actual design, style, and swagger of a forgotten era, step into this time-capsule and see life as it really was in 1970's New York City. As someone who was once able to claim the moniker of a New Yorker, I found this footage engaging but I think any stranger to the land will as well. I feel like as modern men, most of our experience of the styles of the past are filtered through cinematic recreations, which is why I found this silent footage so striking. Just seeing the streets, the lights, and the people (especially void of sound) casts the whole nostalgic experience a different light. 

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Jul 21, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: 7 Must-Have Books Every Woodworker Should Own

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: 07/21/2015 

Here's the great thing about woodworking... it really hasn't changed much over the last few decades, even centuries. Sure, there are new tools and technologies that make things come together faster, light-weight power tools that cause less fatigue, and safety improvement measures like that table saw that stops if you put your tongue on it.    … read more

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Jul 21, 2015

Not Your Father's Pegboard

created at: 07/21/2015

This is the tool wall in the workshop of Rhode Island furniture maker Hank Gilpin. It places every hand tool used in the shop  - including saws, clamps, scrapers, drill bits, chisels, planes, and measuring tools - within an arm's reach of the shops two main benches.   … read more

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Jul 21, 2015

Make This: DIY Concrete Sphere Fountain

Lowes Concrete Sphere FountainConcrete is the ideal material for outdoor life. It looks great, holds up to just about anything, and blends well with wood and greenery. Here's a weekend project to make a concrete fountain that will class up any outdoor space.   … read more

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Jul 20, 2015

8 Tips for Taking Amazing Summer Travel Photos with Your Smartphone

Travel smartphone photo tips.

I've spent many vacations lugging high-end camera gear around to document my travels. But these days, my phone has replaced every piece of gear I used to carry; for their convenience and the decent quality photographs they can take, smartphone cameras are hard to beat. And  a little know-how will help you get the best images possible out of that little pocket-sized gadget. I'll walk you through some of my favorite composition tips, and show you a few ways to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to give your photos an extra boost. Here's how to do it. 

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Jul 20, 2015

How to: Properly Clean Canvas Shoes

I recently heard an episode of the NPR podcast, Selected Shorts, in which Sean Astin read Ray Bradbury's short story, "The Sound of Summer Running." The story tells of special place a pair of sneakers holds in the heart and imagination of a young boy, and how he passes along that imagination to those around him as he tries to acquire a pair. I don't know if it was Bradbury's genius or the nostalgia of hearing it read by Rudy / Samwise Gamgee, but the story moved me. I got the thinking about the sneakers I loved as a boy and how quickly I wore them out.    … read more

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Jul 17, 2015

13 Things You Didn't Know You Could Grill (That You Totally Should...)

Most men love some good summer-grilled meat, but that isn't the only thing you can grill...   … read more

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