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Jan 07, 2016

How to: Make a New Candle from All Your Spent Ones

Turn all your old candles into a new candle

As a man, I fully endorse candles. If you look beyond the Yankees and Bath and Body scents you can really find some invigorating scents. My personal favorites smell like camp fires, tobacco and patchouli.     … read more

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Jan 06, 2016

How to: Make Everything Taste Better this Winter with DIY Charcoal Salt

created at: 01/06/2016

In the summer, it's easy to get those deep, blackened and charred flavors in your weeknight meals. During grill season, you simply head outside, and cook your meal over an open flame.

And then comes January, where the produce is poor, and everything lacks that certain zing that the warm sun and fire-seared foods provide.   … read more

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Jan 06, 2016

The Process: From Timber to Tide

created at: 05/28/2013

This process video was one of Vimeo's Staff Picks and it's easy to see why. The five minute short is full of gorgeous cinematography as UK native and traditional shipwright Ben Harris discusses his lifelong love of woodworking and shipbuilding, and the kinship one feels with their craft when one starts at the very beginning with the rawest of materials.

 I'm a big fan of quiet, contemplative, maker-oriented short films, and if that sounds up your alley, this is one you won't want to miss.      

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Jan 05, 2016

10 Ideas for Organizing Your Workshop for the New Year

Hopefully, the new calendar has you motivated to take on some new projects. And we all know the key to working quickly, efficiently, and creatively is: organization. Keeping things where they need to be allows your work surface to stay clean and makes your tools easy to find. Plus, when well organized, you'll find you can actually fit a lot more gear and materials into a small space.   … read more

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Jan 05, 2016

How to: Build a Cheap Home Gym

Starting the new year, I'm guessing quite a few of us have new physical health goals that require some quality workout equipment. If you already have a gym membership or just joined one: ROCK ON. Personally, I've never been much of a gym membership guy for budgetary reasons, though I take daily workouts extremely seriously, so I know the hardship that can be trying to get in a full body workout in just your living room with limited equipment.   … read more

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Jan 05, 2016

What's the Deal with Bulletproof Coffee? (And how to make it...)

Bulletproof CoffeeYou've likely heard of it, especially if you read any men's lifestyle publication. Wherever the name comes from, the recipe for Bulletproof Coffee is simple: take some perfectly good and delicious coffee, and add a whole bunch of fat to it, usually as butter or lower cholesterol coconut oil. I'll admit, I've been hearing enough about Bulletproof Coffee that I really am tempted to try it. Who knows, maybe this will be the key to my best year yet?… read more

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Jan 04, 2016

10 DIY Ideas to Stay Occupied While You're Snowed In

10 man-made snow day projects

This week they're predicting record-breaking winter storms in my area which means, aside from braving my drive to and from work, I'll be stuck inside. So, instead of heading to the grocery store for bread and milk I'm headed to the hardware store to get some supplies to keep myself busy under the snowpack.

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Jan 04, 2016

How to: Build a Bike Repair Stand for $30 in Hardware Store Parts

Bikes have moving parts...it's precisely what they're designed to do. And things with moving parts need maintenance to keep them moving smoothly. And since a bike's very design is to move forward as it's parts move, you either need to a) get your bikes wheels off the ground while maintaining access to gear shifts and break levers and b) grow two more arms and hands.   … read more

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Dec 31, 2015

How to: Sew This Awesome Weekend Bag

I recently saw Spectre and was struck by how many amazing suits James Bond had (naturally), and that he somehow managed to fit them all into a single leather duffle bag (unnaturally). Now I'm a big sucker for quality duffle or weekend bags, even if they don't possess Mary Poppins magic. After scoping around the internet a bit for some cheap ones to purchase it occurred to me making one would be way cooler...   … read more

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Dec 31, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Beyond the Basics - Get Yourself Some Beautiful Tools

H.O. Studley ToolkitWe've spent the year highlighting the tools we love in the shop. From the functional to the specialized, there have been 51 posts on the best tools for tackling creative, DIY, or around the house projects. Assembled together, they're functional, long-lasting, and straightforward to use. But now, for this last post in the series, it's time to go beyond the basics to explore those are as beautiful as they are useful.   … read more

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Dec 30, 2015

15 High-End, Long-Lasting Goods that are Worth the Splurge

created at: 12/30/2015

Here at ManMade, "value" is all about getting a product which has a quality you're comfortable with at a price that you're comfortable paying. For us, that means we're rarely recommending … read more

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Dec 30, 2015

Come Prepared: Essential Carry Pocket Tool Kit with Room for Cards

Survival Card CaseLooking for a way to stay prepared no matter what? This survival credit card case is a good start to being the guy everyone knows is ready for anything.   … read more

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Dec 30, 2015

Home Upgrade: How to Install a Copper Windowsill

Copper WindowsillTo upgrade a boring windowsill, why not add a bit of character with a layer of something special like copper. Adding a layer of this warm material is unique, simple, and will age well for years to come.   … read more

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Dec 29, 2015

40 Ways to Be a Better Man in 2016

created at: 12/29/2015

A new year brings new opportunities to continue to grow. You don't have to tackle every item. Just pickfive that resonate with you, and see what good you can do.   … read more

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Dec 29, 2015

How to: Make Your a Wooden Handplane

Are you still feeling the lingering of the Christmas spirit? Keep it going by crafting some carpentry tools dating back beyond the first century. This DIY guide takes your old plywood remains and an old circular saw blade to combine them into a custom and sturdy hand plane.   … read more

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Dec 28, 2015

Make Your Year Great: 2016 Planned Out Right

Foggy ValleyThis week last year, I was writing about my 2015 goals. Looking back, I ticked plenty of things off my list. At the same time, I missed completely on a few big goals, specifically the outdoor side of things. Here's a new approach to set up this next year right.   … read more

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Dec 28, 2015

How to: Make the Perfect Cappuccino (from THE Expert...)

If you're a coffee snob/connoisseur, you know about Blue Bottle Coffee (check out the Wikipedia article on third wave coffee for an entertaining drop down the rabbit hole), and you know that they're known for their insanely specific guidelines to how they make their coffee. We're talking about measuring temperatures to fractions of degrees and using a digital scale to get an exact weight - to a tenth of a gram - for each shot.    

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Dec 27, 2015

Free Wallpapers: Inspiring Creative Resolutions Worth Keeping

The To Resolve Project is a different take on the New Year's Resolution: well-designed and inspiring creative mantras that give you a beautiful reminder everytime you switch on your smart phone or tablet. Whether you wanna read more, eat better, meet an exercise goal, or just be generally more creative and productive, you'll be good to go for the next fifty ringtone/wallpaper changes, at least.

Founder… read more

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Dec 26, 2015

Woody Guthrie Really Knew How To Do New Year's Resolutions

More than seventy years ago, folk singer and activist Woody Guthrie opened up his notebook to write down a set of "New Years Rulin's" his own self...complete with illustrations.    … read more

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Dec 25, 2015

Roundup: 5 Original Holiday Cocktails Using Ingredients You Already Have

created at: 12/13/2011

I love discovering new cocktail recipes, and unique ways to coax different, unique flavors with classic spirits.

But, these days, discovering "new cocktails" on the internet usually means "new fandangled drinks that use a bunch of specialty liqueurs and spirits you don't have and aren't gonna buy a whole bottle of to try a new drink."

So, with that in mind, I decided to come up with five tasty, holiday-ish cocktails using stuff you can find in an average liquor cabinet. Of course, that varies from home to home, but these stick to spirits you've heard of, I promise. Plus, each features a bit of festive pomegranate flavor courtesy of ourread more

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