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Mar 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need an Accurate Tape Measure... and Which One is the Best?

created at: 03/24/2015

The trusty tape measure. Trusty as in "often relied on," not trusty as in: you can trust it for accurate measuring. Cause, while it's definitely the go-to inch finder for the vast majority of us, it's really a contractor's tool, and better suited to lumberyard than a fine woodworking project. But, still, it's the one you (read: I) reach for nearly every time, and there are loads of DIY projects and household tasks for which rough measurements will do just… read more

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Mar 24, 2015

Unsplash: A Free Resource for Amazing and Stylish Downloadable Stock Photos

UnsplashOur remix culture is in this unique place where many of us feel comfortable finding great images online and then retouching/repurposing them to our liking, but our laws aren't quite as forgiving - especially when it comes to using images for commercial purposes. Worry no more...   

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Mar 24, 2015

A Helpful Beginner's Guide to Hunting and Cooking Morel Mushrooms

Gentlemen, I give you: spring. If it's not there yet, it will be. And with it, comes actual growth...not just the stuff that manages to survive over the snow covered winter (I'm looking at you,… read more

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Turn a Boring Photo into a Sweet DIY Block Printed Poster

Editor's Note: this post kicks off our 2015 partnership with Adobe Photoshop Elements. We're excited to be working with them again (remember our rustic wooden ornaments?) , because creating digital images is a part of our daily routine. We'll be sharing tips, tricks, and full-blown DIY projects for the next few months, so make sure to follow along!

They say a dog is a man's best friend. Like most pet owners, I have an unhealthy fondness for my hound, a full-blooded beagle. Is there anything better than a man and his dog? How about a cool, rustic-framed print of said dog? To do it, I dusted off my Art 101 skills and tried my hand again at block printing. Here's how I used Photoshop Elements 13 to turn my photo of Bailey into a timeless piece of… read more

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Mar 23, 2015

10 DIY Beard Oil Recipes

Anyone who's read ManMade for more than a week or so can attest: we're never gonna wax poetic about the beard. Some men look better with them, some do not. Some can grow a full one, and some can't. There's no magic in the beard. It's a choice, and if yours looks nice, it's good to have options. Personally, I tend to wear one in the fall and winter, and then go clean shaven in the warmer spring and summer. 

created at: 03/23/2015

What we do know is: having a beard is much more than just not shaven. You've got to care for it, clean it, trim it, and keep it… read more

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Clean and Look After Your Denim Jeans

created at: 03/20/2015 You've probably heard about raw denim and some of the contradictory advice about how to maintain it. In fact, you may even be wondering how best to care for your regular jeans. Check out this video of Michael Williams, the denim aficionado at men's style blog A Continuous Lean as he gives a nice breakdown on denim maintenance for both your regular and raw denim needs. Myths will be busted and knowledge will be gained.   

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Mar 22, 2015

Libraries of Famous Men: Jefferson, Douglass, Roosevelt, and Hemingway

created at: 03/15/2015The Cabinet of Invisible Counselors is a term coined by success-guru Napoleon Hill referring to the great thinkers and authors whose work he found influential, whom he would summon in his imagination to consider their opinions on the tasks before him. Similarly, you may have heard the statement that, "You are the sum of the five people with whom you spend the most time." Combining these two ideas has been one of the great decisions of my life.      

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Mar 22, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Ring from a Quarter

The coin ring is an internet DIY classic. I remember seeing an old video (on Makezine, perhaps?) on creating a nickle ring way back in the early days of the DIY and craft blogosphere. Like, 2006.

But, most tutorials simply harvest the coin as raw material, banging it and beating it until it looks like any piece of cool-colored metal. These pieces by Nicholas Heckaman, however, fully embrace the ring's origin, showing off that recognizable texture and type, giving the ring plenty of personality.… read more

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Mar 20, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Japanese Pull Saw

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.  

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I am, by no means, a traditionalist. I say the best tool for the job is always the tool that will produce the best results. Take my love for cast iron cookware: I don't prefer it because its old time-y, nostalgic, or because it's what my grandpa would have used. (My grandpa was kind of a jerk). I love it because it's often the best surface with which to cook; and when it's not, I'll gladly reach for a stainless steel pan or a piece of non-stick.

The same applies to woodworking and DIY tasks: I'm happy to use powered tools - saws, sanders, planers, jointers - in my projects if they allow me to work faster and smarter. And I do; I use them in almost everything I make.

But here's the deal: sometimes, the powered option is not the best tool for the job, and there are many cuts for which you should leave the table saw, the miter saw, or the jig saw behind. And in those cases, what you should grab is the Japanese… read more

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Mar 19, 2015

How to: DIY Geometric Test Tube Vase

As a child, I was under the impression that working with test tubes would be a bigger part of my adult life. Not only because I wanted to be astronaut/scientist, but I guess I just always pictured myself performing experience of some kind. If you happen to be in that boat, here's a fun way to do something useful with those unused test tubes, or if you missed that boat of impracticality, here's a potentially masculine way to display some single flowers.   

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Mar 19, 2015

Living Large in a DIY Tiny Room

Brett is a working artist and musician who was trying to cut his expenses to spend less time working, and more time focusing on his creativity. So, when he found a "room" for rent in house shared by a group of arists his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, he went for it. The only thing? The room was actually a closet. A large closet, but a closet nonetheless. So, he came up with this awesome hand-built solution using only the tools above to maximize his space, creating a space to sleep, work, and store all his… read more

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Mar 18, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Reclaimed Wood Storage Box from a Wooden Block

Making a bandsaw box is a great starter project for learning how to expand your talents in the shop. Just a few steps transforms a block into a great desktop or nightstand box. I had a used block sitting around from another project, and this just seemed like a natural way to make it into something… read more

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Mar 18, 2015

A Visual Tour Through Frank Lloyd Wright's First LA House - Restored

Hollyhock House

Considered to be the germination of what later became "California Modernism," the Hollyhock House was the first house designed in Los Angeles by Frank Llyod Wright in the 1920's for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. Barsndall never moved into it however, and eventually donated the house and its surrounding 12 acres to the city of Los Angeles where it fell into disrepair for decades. Finally, it's been… read more

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Mar 18, 2015

Simple Carry is Best: Dissident One-Piece Leather Wallet

Leather WalletRussia once again proves that the toughest people live in the North. This one-piece leather wallet is simple, strong, and deserves to hold my hard-earned cash. . . or ruples.  … read more

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Mar 17, 2015

How to: Install Your Own DIY Industrial Track Lighting on the Cheap

ManMade reader Mark Devlin, founder of the DIY site DesignsbyDevlin, came up with this great technique for an "open warehouse" -style industrial track lighting project that's easy to implement in your own home. So we asked Mark to walk us through the process, materials, and techniques. Here's what he had to say. 

Having low ceilings and zero crawl space makes for a challenge when designing lighting for the main room in the house. If you love a good DIY project that involves electrical and industrial lighting, I designed a cheap and unique way to install custom industrial track lighting using simple products from Amazon.com and the hardware… read more

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Mar 17, 2015

The Process: The Intricacies and Craft of the Watchmaker

created at: 05/28/2013

There are few things more zen than watching a master craftsmen perform nuanced work with delicate grace. This soothing video from Watchfinder & Co. features Watchfinder head Tony Williams taking apart and demonstrating the intricacies of the Rolex calibre 3135. 

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Mar 17, 2015

How to: Build a Bicycle-Mounted Bar and Drink Station

created at: 03/17/2015Cycling enthusiast and maker OddJob has created the "BAR T.A.B.," a "take along bar" mounted to the inside of a bicycle frame. It's basically all our favorite things in one simple project.    

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Mar 16, 2015

Timeless Inspiration: The Military Field Desk

Field DeskI've had a generally mobile office for years. What this looks like to me is a laptop, random notebooks, and a mass of cables. While I've set up my "office for the day" in a variety of spectacular locations,  I've always lusted after the campaign desks of old, which adventurers carried along to pen notes, history changing letters, and likely stash a bit of liquid courage.    … read more

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Mar 16, 2015

How to: 7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray

Billy Murray

Bill Murray has made a name for himself not just in Hollywood classics such as Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and Lost in Translation, but also as an all-around sweet guy with some playful eccentricities. Whether bombing wedding photos,  crashing college parties and staying late to do the dishes , or giving toasts at strangers' bachelor parties, the man seems to have kept a good head on his shoulders and is always doing something… read more

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Mar 16, 2015

Visit Walmart and Enter the “Old Spice Getaway” for a Chance to Win a Trip to the Lumberjack World Championships (and smell good doing it)

Win a trip to the Lumberjacks World Championships from Old Spice
What? Yes! The Lumberjack World Championships is a real thing, and it looks kind of amazing. In celebration of National Flannel Day and Old Spice’s new nature-inspired Fresher Collection, Old Spice is launching their “Old Spice Getaway” promotion - and you can enter to win a trip to see all the log rolling, pole climbing, ax swinging and hot sawing your little hearts can handle. 


Old Spice prize package

Available now at Walmart, the Old Spice Fresher Collection harnesses nature’s power to help guys smell manlier and fresher than the great outdoors. With three new masculine scents - Timber, Citron and Amber, the Fresher Collection helps guys get that fresh… read more

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