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Jun 10, 2014

From School Bus to Cabin: A Traveling Vacation Home Makeover

created at: 06/10/2014

This isn't the first multi-person transit vehicle-turned-personal road trip travel home makeover project I've shared, and it probably won't be the last. Why? Cause I always think this is a great idea.… read more

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Jun 09, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Natural Hair Pomade

created at: 06/10/2014

I've admitted it before on ManMade: I'm a hair product guy. I have a very short forehead, and rather thick and heavy hair, and if I don't put a little hold in it to get it off my brow, I just look sad and like I don't know how to comb my… read more

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Jun 09, 2014

How to: Pack Your Bags More Efficiently + "Army Roll" Your T-Shirts

Here's a helpful tip for some serious upcoming summer getaways. Cause the more efficiently you pack, the easier you travel; and the easier you travel, the more places you can go.… read more

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Jun 09, 2014

DIY Inspiration: A Bottle Ceiling Light Installation

Shustov Brandy Bar

Now there's something else to look at instead of all those… read more

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Jun 06, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a Leather Wall-Mounted Knife and Tool Rack

Magnetic strips and drawers and knife blocks begone! This custom solution allows you to add some serious texture to your kitchen or workspace while protecting the edges of your tools - with a leather knife and tool rack.  … read more

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Jun 06, 2014

Happy Hour: Up Your Summer Gin Cocktail and Make "The Stolen Negroni"

Summer weekends are the perfect time to test out a new cocktail. Stop by the store on the way home from work, grab a new bottle and some citrus, and spend the rest of the weekend gathering with friends and nailing it down, just right. 

This weekend, I'll be trying out an update on my number one, very favorite, easy-to-order-cause-its-hard-to-mess-up-unless-they-shake-it cocktail, the Negroni, by cocktail blogger Emily Arden… read more

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Jun 05, 2014

The Masculine Home: 5 Ideas to Create Simple Vignettes

Kuu Lamps

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A vignette is a visual focus point that identifies the character of a room. These intentional areas are often the shots you'll see published in magazines, and you can achieve 'em at home, using mostly items you already have. Here are 5 ideas to get you… read more

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Jun 05, 2014

The Process: How to Create a Hand Carved Wooden Sign from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

ManMade reader Donal McKernan is an expert in graphic design and dimensional sign-making at Danthonia Designs, a hand-crafted sign shop in Inverell, Australia.

created at: 06/05/2014 Danthonia recently released a series of how-to videos, detailing the process to making a one-of-a-kind hand-carved wooden sign.  … read more

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Jun 05, 2014

Father's Day Blueprint: Win A $2000 Lowes Gift Card!

Win a $2,000 Lowes gift card

Yesterday I shared our plan for an awesome backyard father's day bash, and today I'm really excited to let you in on a huge giveaway. We've teamed up with Lowes and are giving away a $2,000 gift card. People, do you know how many ratcheting screwdrivers I would buy with $2,000? Power tools! USB-enabled power outlets! Those little rolly things you use to put painters tape down! Caulk guns! Shrubbery! I could go on and on, but I don't think you'd enjoy that as much as I would. So read on to find out how to enter the giveaway (I promise no more shopping-spree daydreaming from me)...

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Jun 04, 2014

How to: Make Gin and Tonic Sorbet

For many, the great treat of summer is a quality gin and tonic. For others, the warmer months mean ice cream season. And now, those two groups can hold hands as they sit outside in the long days and smell freshly cut grass after they barbecue amidst other summer tropes with some of this: gin and tonic… read more

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Jun 04, 2014

Father's Day Party Blueprint: A Complete Guide to Hosting A Backyard Bash

Father's day party blueprint
Father's Day is just a week away, and this year, we're throwing a big, manly bash to honor all the dads in our lives. Today we'll share all our ideas for the party, tomorrow we've got a HUGE giveaway for you, and next week, we'll share the pictures from our big celebration. Click through to see what we're cooking up!

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Jun 04, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: June 4, 2014

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.

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Is this the "most meta thing on the entire internet?" It's a "GIF of a Vine of a video of a flipbook of a GIF of a video of a roller… read more

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Jun 03, 2014

The ManMade Guide To Better Product and Tabletop Photography

created at: 04/16/2013

There are sorts of reasons a guy would wanna take great photos at home: an artist or crafter, online shop owner, Instagram power user, or just an everyday documenter extraordinaire.

Manmade Guide to Better Product Photography

 No matter your focus, these easy and affordable tips will help you dramatically improve your photography… read more

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Jun 03, 2014

DIY Inspiration: Penta-base Bookrest by TOC Studio

Penta-base Bookrest by TOC Studio

Give your favourite books and magazines the royal treatment with a "bookrest" that provides storage for your current reads while showing off their cover… read more

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Jun 02, 2014

Outfitted: Father's Day Gift Ideas for Guys That Make and Build Stuff (+ Giveaway!)

created at: 05/29/2014

Oh...Father's Day. Even if you don't remember it's coming, the barrage of ads will always remind you. The ads, the ads. The ads that seem to think the only thing you should ever buy your dad is either a lawn mower or a grill or power tools. Which, on one hand, isn't totally awful, because grills and tools (and lawnmowers?) are cool, but here's the rub: tools are a personal thing. They're bought for a specific project, or a skill set, or a desire to learn a new technique.

Duluth Trading Co. gift card giveaway!
(Yup, we're also giving away FIVE $100 gift cards to Duluth Trading Co. Read on to find out how toread more

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Jun 02, 2014

How To: Make a Simple Wooden Bench

An easy and super affordable way to add some extra… read more

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May 08, 2014

Note to Self...

created at: 05/07/2014

A Note to Self: Thursday, May 8th, 2014read more

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May 08, 2014

Shopping Guide: 7 Spring Style Essentials for the Modern Guy

spring lookbook

Hibernation season is officially officially over and it's time to transition into the warmer months of the year. So, we've gathered a few essentials that will help you feel like yourself while staying… read more

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May 07, 2014

How to: Start a Campfire with One Match

created at: 05/07/2014

Starting a fire is an essential life skill, for sure, and most of us have our preferred technique: the lean-to, the tepee, the log cabin. But, even though most fires aren't started in emergency, or even in one-match situations, that's part of the fun. Once you've learned how to do it without turning a gas knob or lighting one of those Duralast logs, lighting a fire with one match (or spark from a starter) becomes part of the game, even if you have a whole box at your side.… read more

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May 06, 2014

The History of the Pocket Knife

Most of us have a personal history of the pocket knife: that little folding multi-style you got after learning proper care in Cub Scouts, or perhaps a hand-me-down model from a relative. It went with you everywhere...well, everywhere it was appropriate for a little kid to carry a sharp object. And whether you still carry one everyday (I took nearly two decades off, but have recently moved it back into my daily carry items), there's no denying its proven utility...utility that's been appreciated for generations.

Cool Material takes a look at the complete history of the pocket knife. And by complete, I don't just mean the last few centuries of variations on a design...I'm talking millennia.… read more

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