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Mar 02, 2015

The Best IKEA Hack I've Ever Seen

Laura and Craig from The Makerista take these Billy bookshelves that we've all seen before and transform them into what looks like an entire built-in wall unit. This really is the most impressive DIY IKEA renovation I've seen yet.   

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Mar 02, 2015

Redefining a Space: 3 Seriously Awesome Tiny Homes Built in Buses

converted busSometimes the traditional definition of a home just falls a bit short. These buses were converted into homes that move easily and fit in just about everywhere you want to be.  … read more

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Mar 02, 2015

How to: Make a Cutting Tool Sharpener from an Old Bread Maker

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Check this one out: Scott, a maker and woodworker from Vancouver Island, BC, figured out a way to hack an old, busted breadmaker into a turntable-based powered sharpening system. He… read more

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Feb 27, 2015

How to: Make a Rustic Reclaimed Wood Charging Block

slotting for a charging stationCharging that phone looks a whole lot sharper when it's secured in a spiffy looking block. We make a simple cube charging station out of reclaimed pallet wood.  … read more

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Feb 27, 2015

History, Sugar and Sex: Why Mixed Drinks Were Terrible for 30 Years

These days, the throwback "artisanal" cocktail scene can be easy to mock, what with its arm garters and ____ + ____ names and all. those. tinctures. But, don't forget that just a very short time ago, a "mixed drink" typically meant something frozen, blended, and saturated with sugar, with colors so unnatural they rivaled 90s candy aisles, and drinks named for sex acts and bizarro body parts. 

If our current cocktail culture is a throwback to the post-prohibition era of WWII and its aftermath, what exactly happened in the middle there?  What was going on with those three or four decades where baby boomers ordered neon slushies at airports and shopping… read more

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Feb 26, 2015

Six Origami Designs Every Man Should Know

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Origami is one of those unique pastimes that doesn't require much to handle the basics while leaving you with a fun party trick you can always whip out. I mean, you definitely don't want to be that guy actually making origami at all the parties, but I've definitely been out somewhere with friends and instead of absent-mindedly doodling on a piece of paper, I've folded it into something I learned at one point and people have been blown away. Mainly I think because people don't often take the time to learn something that, it always seems much harder than it is, despite the fact that reproducing them once you've mastered the technique is just like riding a bike. Here are six simple origami shapes I think all men would do well to… read more

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Feb 26, 2015

Sleek Desktops Made From Old Skateboard Decks

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I've seen my share of clever plywood edge furniture but nothing like these colorful desktops made from trashed skate decks. Looks like they're currently available in the Netherlands but that certainly can't stop you from taking the idea… read more

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Feb 26, 2015

How to Get Started with Outdoor Adventure Gear on the Cheap

I think we can all agree: a weekend spent outside is good for the soul. Whether the forest, desert, mountains, or beaches, spending a couple of days without walls restores a fellow. It can simultaneously energize and relax us. Just about everything John Muir ever said sums it up nicely. Here's a few: 

  • Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
  • Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
  • Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. 

 

And in order to make it happen safely while staying warm and dry,… read more

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Feb 25, 2015

20 Pieces of Advice Every Man Should Hear

Here are 20 tidbits of advice Esquire believes every man ought to hear from some incredibly successful men.… read more

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Feb 25, 2015

How to: Make a Custom Leather Key Cover

True personal style is all in the details, from little things like buttons and where you cut your sideburns to the texture and shape of your accessories and daily carry items. This easy leather key cover project is exactly that: a simple, DIY way to add a little personal touch to the things you use everyday.… read more

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Feb 25, 2015

Upgrade Your Business Cards: Thornwillow Makers Identity Cards

Business Cards In CaseLooking for a clean way to upgrade the way you handle your business cards? Thornwillow Makers have a great way to class up your calling… read more

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Feb 24, 2015

How to Make the Ultimate Masculine Office Space: 9 DIY Desk Design Ideas

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I recently had to move my desk at my design firm to a new space in the building and it got me thinking about how minimal—totally empty and sad—my desk space was. At the time I had a picture of my wife, a few books and a pencil holder.… read more

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Feb 24, 2015

How to Make Amazing Fried Chicken in a Cast Iron Skillet

There's a lot of myths and legends about construction perfect fried chicken at home: secret spice blends, brines and buttermilks, free range vs air chilled vs standard chickens, special sauces, even proper oil or fat selection. But never underestimate an essential component: the vessel in which you fry.    

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Feb 24, 2015

The Rise and Rise of The Spornosexual

Ever noticed how our images of leading men seem to be getting more and more jacked? Ripped? Swol? Esquire explores this trend (in what is perhaps my favorite article of 2014) as men's interest their bodies becomes more about seeming athletic than ever before. 

As an actor myself, I've talked with a number of… read more

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Feb 23, 2015

The Essential Things Every Man Should Own by the Time He's 30

30 Things Guys Should Own by Age 30

With age comes maturity, and usually a little wisdom. By the time a man hits thirty, that wisdom should be apparent in the company he keeps, the deeds he does, and the things he owns. ManMade advocates for those that are built to last; we oppose the culture of disposability. Here's our list of things worth owning.

This post is brought to you by Murphy-Goode Winery, a California winemaker that has supported us in creating great original content, like last summer's outdoor entertaining guideour holiday gift guide and our guide to simple gift wrapping techniques any guy can use. This year they're celebrating their 30-year anniversary, and they asked us to come up with 30 things guys should try to own by the time they're… read more

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Feb 23, 2015

The Evolution of Batman in Cinema

created at: 02/21/2015Watch this thrilling (and humorous) super cut of the cinematic Batman and his evolution through different era's of filmmaking. Created by Jacob T. Swinney, this video pulls from some of the more obscure early 40's serials (and the Lego Movie) while of course taking a good romp through the 90's and the Dark Knight Trilogy as well.   

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Feb 23, 2015

A Beer Glass with a Mountain in It

Mt Hood North DrinkwareMost of us get a bit disappointed when the glass goes dry. But these new pint glasses from North Drinkware make it awesome to drain that drink and see what's at the bottom.  … read more

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Feb 20, 2015

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden Chair from One Board (for $8!)

At its core, a chair is simply a seat with a back. And while they often have legs and arms and complex joinery for strength, sometimes, a little physics can accomplish the same thing.… read more

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Feb 20, 2015

A Weapon for Readers

created at: 02/20/2015Tim Parks, a scholar, novelist, and Associate Professor of Literature, offers a look at active reading; a way of achieving better attentiveness when spending time with a book. Want to have better understanding and retention when reading a book?… read more

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Feb 20, 2015

How to: Build This Vintage Tabletop for Two

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This single-unit lunch-table design was originally featured in a 1939 issue of Popular Mechanics and recently revamped with some hip new additions. Not to mention it can be built entirely out of scrap… read more

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