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Jun 23, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The Best Adjustable Wrench for Everyday Use

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: 06/23/2015
Real mechanics have a full fleet of designated wrenches in high-grade steel: open ends and box ends, standard and metric, each increasing by the millimeter and every sixteenth inch, accompanied by specialty items like pin and hook spanners, cone wrenches for bearing systems, and other exacting, designated tools.

And if you do a lot of work on cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and the like, you probably should have them, too. But for most homeowners, DIYers, tinkers, and woodworkers, a simple set of mechanical tools will work just… read more

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Jun 23, 2015

How to: Build a Map of America Wall Art from Scrap Wood

As I'm sure you know, DIY projects have a habit of starting with one intention, and occasionally becoming something else entirely. To avoid this, Michelangelo notoriously studied each piece of marble before carving it into a statue, claiming he was searching to find the secret sculpture latently hidden in the stone...   

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Jun 23, 2015

Sister Sausage, What Happened To You (Or, Why Isn't Your 4-Year-Old in a Punk Band Yet?)

Rock Band Land Band Camp
Do you wish your kids were in a cool rock band? Do you wish you were in a cool rock band? Well, Rock Band Land can help with one of those things. At first glance, the San Francisco-based youth band camp might seem like just another ridiculous example of the artisanal-string-cheese-eating, urban-outfitted, hipster parenting you love to hate. But actually, it's a pretty awesome way to get kids involved a creative, artistic, collaborative expression.

And songs about cockroach villains who turn humans into sausages so they can sell them for a… read more

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Jun 22, 2015

Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

In the winter of 1965, Gary Talese was flown out to Los Angeles with a assignment to profile the legendary Frank Sinatra. Sinatra at this point was aged and uncomfortable, with no intention of being interviewed. Rather than giving up, Talese decided to stick around and talk with Sinatra's assistants, valets, and even his personal toupee manager in the hopes that the Boss would come around. What resulted was a breakthrough piece of narrative nonfiction that spawned the birth of New Journalism and introduced America to the man behind the iconic voice and swagger.   

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Jun 22, 2015

Design Inspiration: The Art of the Camera

Pinhole CameraIt may look like some artistic centerpiece, or a European stereo piece, but it's more than that, it's the most beautiful pinhole camera you will ever see.  … read more

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Jun 22, 2015

Free Stuff! Win an Aeropress - The Best Coffee Maker on the Planet

created at: 02/12/2015
Earlier this year,  we posted about the fascinating story of the invention of the AeroPress, a $25 plastic device that makes the best single cup of home-brewed coffee we've ever tasted. Our readers seemed to like that post so much, so we reached out to Aerobie (makers of the AeroPress, and, yes, the amazing flying disc) and asked if they'd let us give away a few ... and they gave a very enthusiastic and caffeinated thumbs up. 

Can't wait to see if you win the giveaway? Or just want to read all the reviews? Click here for the full product listing at Amazon. It has a 4.6/5-star rating with 3,500 reviews!

Anyway, this isn't a… read more

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Jun 19, 2015

How to: DIY Wood Grain Flask Project

Looking for a last minute Father's Day gift? Just like to add a little texture and warmth to some everyday items? Check out this simple woodgrain flask tutorial.… read more

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Jun 19, 2015

9 Tips for Jumpstarting Your Morning and Improving Productivity

I've never been a morning person. Or rather, I've never been a waking up person. I've recently been trying to work my schedule forward because I've discovered firsthand how immensely more productive I can be when I take advantage of those early hours.   

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Jun 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Shaving Cream (from Basic Kitchen Supplies)

With summer getting into its swing, a lot of us are looking to clean up the beards we've let go through the spring. What better way to get into the spirit of a new smooth skin routine than with some DIY shaving cream tailor made to our favorite scents?   

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Jun 18, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Workshop Needs a Really, Really Good Jig Saw (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: 06/18/2015

Woodworking and DIY tasks are often about keep things straight. That is: flat, square, true, non-bowed, non-cupped, planed, and jointed. There's a half a dozen tools in the shop dedicated to doing one or a few of those things, with complex fences and tables to ensure everything stays square.

And my favorite power tool laughs in the face of all those things. It not only is intended to cut curves and complex shapes, but can do so not just in solid wood, but in metal, plastic, laminate, ceramic, and plywood. We're talking about the jig saw, which is, by far, the most fun tool in the shop, and surprisingly… read more

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Jun 18, 2015

A Modern Man's Guide to Bargaining: How to Haggle and Get the Best Price...without Acting Like A Jerk

created at: 06/15/2015Everyone loves to save their hard-earned cash. So spending as little as possible while getting the most value is always the best way to go. But how can you make that happen without acting like a jerk in the process? Here are a few tried-and-true tips.

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Jun 18, 2015

The Process: The Boxer-Tailor Makes Anthony Bourdain a Suit

created at: 05/28/2013

Working with your hands can take a lot of forms. Just take it from Anthony Bourdain as he visits Frank Shattuck, a boxer and tailor famous for his "bench-made suits" in this unique process video.   created at: 06/15/2015

The series is called "Raw Craft" and features great conversations about the dedication to craftsmanship and simply about how suits should… read more

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Jun 17, 2015

Father's Day Done Right: How to Make Your Own "Manly" Gift Crate

Finished and Packed Gift CrateSkip that wrapping paper and put together a memorable gift crate for Father's Day. Here's a hot sauce filled wooden crate that will make you his favorite kid for yet another year.  … read more

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Jun 17, 2015

How to: Turn an Old Shirt into a Handkerchief or Pocket Square

Old shirt lying on a table I have a few shirts I just can't seem to part with. They don't fit anymore (they're much too big) and I never wear them. Some are at least five years old, and barely holding together. 

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Jun 16, 2015

How to: Everything You Need to Create a Great Backyard Movie Experience

created at: 06/16/2015

Remember when you were a kid, and you never went inside during the summer, except to ask permission from your parents to run around the neighborhood with that new kid you just met, or to get another PB&J, which you promptly marched right back outside?

Let's all do that again. Let's embrace bare feet, and staying up too late, and smell like chlorine and sunscreen. Let's have a… read more

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Jun 16, 2015

Want to Get Promoted at Work? Take More Vacations this Summer

Guess what. Being at the office all the time does not impress your managers. In fact, it's exactly the opposite: getting away from work can actually increase your chances of a raise or a promotion. Truth.… read more

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Jun 16, 2015

Make This: Old License Plate, New Box

created at: 06/16/2015

Vintage pieces are always fun to work with. Aside from looking great, they tell a story through dents, scratches, and a style that once was. Here's a quick tutorial on how to turn a vintage license plate into a great snack box for the… read more

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Jun 15, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Rolling Grill Cart and BBQ Prep Station

created at: 06/15/2015

If I could, I'd never not grill in the summer time. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snacks ... all of 'em would be over the open flame. It's the flavor, sure, and those attractive grill marks, but what I really love about grilling season is just cooking outside. Why hang out in the kitchen next to the stove when you can be in the summer air, surrounded by lightning bugs and tiki torches, with music in the background? 
created at: 06/15/2015

So, I decided to take both the preparation and the cooking steps outside, and build this DIY grill cart and rollable prep station. It's got a large, counter-height top for slicing and prepping foods, two storage shelves to keep things organized, and collection of hooks and features to make for a great cooking… read more

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Jun 15, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Soap at Home... from BEER!

Interesting fact of the day: homemade soap is actually better for you than store-bought options. It's true! According… read more

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Jun 12, 2015

How to: The Simple, Easy Trick to Improve Your Gin and Tonic

created at: 06/18/2013

For years, I didn't think I liked a gin and tonic. Actually, for a while, I thought it was gin in general that I couldn't stand, but some wiser friends helped me learn with some really stunning gin-centric cocktails, and I quickly moved away from vodka in favor of gin's special aromatic and botanicals qualities. So, then I figured I just didn't care quinine-heavy tonic water, but that didn't make sense, since I'm particularly drawn to mineral and bitter flavors in cocktails and other beverages. Maybe it was the combo of the two...but by this point, I was already committed, so I was determined to figure out what was going awry, once and for all.… read more

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