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Mar 10, 2015

How to: Make a Pair of DIY Wooden Sunglasses from Scratch

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Whether spring has officially hit your town, or you just know the snow is gonna go away tomorrow, everyone of us is getting ready for sunglasses season. This year, why not add a little custom style with your own pair of handmade woodenread more

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Mar 10, 2015

3 DIY Book Press Designs Worth Checking Out

created at: 03/10/2015

I haven’t bound a book or pressed a paper for a few years, mostly because my old press broke and I never got around to fixing it. Well, I have the need for a few new journals and decided it was time to make another press. Here are three great presses I’ll be modeling mine… read more

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Mar 10, 2015

Some Seriously Good Life Advice on Taking Risks

Over the weekend, I was glancing through old screenshots on my tablet. See, I like to read magazines through the (very cool) app Zinio and free access to titles from my local library (yay libraries!). I will always take screenshots of interesting bits and photos I like, and store them in a folder...and then completely and entirely forget about them for the rest of time.

Or at least until I remember that I do that, and I go check out the archives.

Seriously Good Life Advice on Taking Risks

I stumbled across this one the… read more

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Mar 09, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Needs a Seriously Awesome Broom and Dustpan

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: 03/09/2015Oh...the clean up. In some ways, it's the least exciting part of any project. But it's an essential step to any creative DIY project or home repair effort, and, once you embrace it, it becomes part of the making efforts. It gives you one more chance to sort through the wood chips and saw dust or demo detritus, a perfect way to end a day of creativity. 

Of course, let's not get too poetic. It's not really about the process of cleaning; it's about having a clean shop or garage or office or basement so that your workspace is ready for you to tackle something else. So, clean up should be fast, it should be efficient, and it should be… read more

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Mar 09, 2015

How to: Make Desktop Planters Out of Wine Bottles

I may be behind the curve on this one, but I had no idea how easy cutting glass was if you have the proper tools (which are also surprisingly cheap). Ben Uyeda at Homemade-Modern.com posted this tutorial on how to make some streamlined desktop planters out of old wine bottles.    

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Mar 09, 2015

The Best Photos Ever Taken with an iPhone

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Okay, okay... that title might be a little hyperbolic. But Apple has released a new collection of images "Shot on an iPhone 6" and I'm amazed by the clarity and depth that this thing can pull off.… read more

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Mar 06, 2015

7 DIY Projects For Your Old Books

If there's a category of things I constantly have too many of, it's books. Stacks on stacks on stacks. I have to purposefully keep myself from entering used book stores since I know I already have literal piles of books at home begging to be read, not to mention stacks of books I've already read that I don't intend to hold on to. If you're past the book lamp or clock, here are 7 next-level DIY projects for those books ready to be recycled.   

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Mar 06, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Lumberjack Table

This weekend, consider making the ultimate tongue-in-cheek-yet-totally-serious rustic woodsman furniture: the lumberjack table. It's a big old tree slab with axe handles for legs. For real. Or not.… read more

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Mar 05, 2015

5 Men's Style Staples to Help You Transition from Winter to Spring

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The winter to spring is a time of contrasts: the days can be bright and sunny, but the air and wind still cool and bitter. Or the air warms up, but the fog and drizzle moves in, so that it feels like early summer but the trees are all still barren branches. 

So, it's the still the season of layers, but lighter ones; flexible systems that breathe, look sharp, and still keep you warm and dry during days that span lions and lambs and showers and flowers and those sorts of things. Here are five staples to invest in now (or pull out from the back of your closet) that will still be useful as the season develops, and you can snatch again come… read more

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Mar 05, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Food Smoking Gun for Under $20

A countertop cold smoking machine is a great way to add a depth of grilled or barbecued-style flavor to a simple weeknight meal, or to up the excitement of a standard cocktail or a less-expensive dram of whiskey. They're easy to use, relatively small to store, and really can bring a different level to simple plate of roasted vegetables or pan-seared protein, especially in the dead of… read more

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Mar 05, 2015

How to: Make This Crossbow Out of Office Supplies

Look, sometimes Bill from work gets outta hand and you need to up your game. If the whole Office Space smashing the printer thing, isn't exactly an option, why not opt for the more practical pen-firing crossbow made from simple office supplies? Everyone will know you mean business.   

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Mar 04, 2015

Seriously, These are the Best Affordable Ear Bud Headphones You Can Buy

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I'm kinda hard on ear buds. I wear them a lot - when doing household tasks like cleaning and cooking dinner, when crafting in the workshop, on long bike trail rides... I even use them when not connected to anything, à la ear plugs, to drown out ambient noise when working from the coffee shop. As an introvert, I wear them in the airport and the grocery store and the book shop not so I can avoid others, but because I like being out and moving about in the real world listening to things that inspire me.

And, I'm kinda hard on them. I used to buy pricier ones, but no matter how careful I'd be, they'd get caught on something or the contact points would fray, and they'd simply go kaput. I don't think of them as "disposable" but I am certainly a heavy user, and its hard to justify $50 or $100 on something you know is gonna need replaced at least once a year.

I experimented with a few styles, and then Bruno, ManMade's publisher, recommended a pair of these to me. And they're the best pair of ear buds I've ever owned. They sound great, they fit great, and they cost less than… read more

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Mar 04, 2015

How to: Make Your Own DIY Woolen Insoles

Cutting Out Boot InsolesThose winter boots not keeping you quite warm enough? Maybe it's time to upgrade the insoles with a fresh set of thick woolen comfort.  … read more

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Mar 04, 2015

Hey, ManMakers: We Should All Hang Out on Instagram

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Hi everyone - Chris here. I'm the founder, editor, etc, of ManMade, and here's the deal: Lately, I'm really into Instagram. Yeah, yeah, I know. It took me awhile. I can be a bit of a late adopter with some of these things. I still don't really care about many other (let's have them go unnamed) social networks, but Instagram? That's a good one.… read more

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Mar 03, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Needs a Serious (Actual) Toolbox

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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So far in the ManMade Essential Toolbox series, we've named tools that actually do things; tools that cut stuff, measure stuff, tighten stuff, hold stuff, and clean stuff up. And after today, we'll do more of the same.

But no series on toolbox essentials is complete without, you know, the actual… read more

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Mar 03, 2015

Snag The Style: Indiana Jones

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If you haven't heard, Spielberg is currently eyeing an Indiana Jones reboot with Chris Pratt. In that spirit, here is a look at some of Indy's favorite apparel to start working into your… read more

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Mar 03, 2015

How To: Make A 2x4 Wooden Coffee Table

2x4 Wooden Coffee TableLooking for an easy piece of furniture that will clean up the look of your bachelor pad? This simple DIY project will turn a few boards into a sturdy memorable piece of furniture.  … read more

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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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