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Feb 18, 2015

Skill Builder: Four Essential Steps to Exceptional Raised Panel Doors - Part III

Raised Panel Doors Part 3This is the final part of our 3 part series on making raised panel doors. We’ve looked at my $400 raised panel set-up and the anatomy of a raised panel door, so with those in mind we’ll run though the steps and highlight a few items that will result is exceptional doors.  … read more

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Feb 17, 2015

10 DIY Ideas to Stay Occupied While You're Snowed In

10 man-made snow day projects

This week they're predicting record-breaking winter storms in my area which means, aside from braving my drive to and from work, I'll be stuck inside. So, instead of heading to the grocery store for bread and milk I'm headed to the hardware store to get some supplies to keep myself busy under the… read more

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Feb 17, 2015

How to: DIY Burned Wood Finish

Burned Wood TableOne of the most dramatic finishing effects is burning wood to bring out the grain. Here's a quick and fast project that highlights this distinctive technique.  … read more

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Feb 17, 2015

Workspace Inspiration: Surf While You Work

FluidStance If, like me, you spent a fair amount of your junior high years in detention for constantly leaning back in your chair, then creating something like the FluidStance might be just what you need.   

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Feb 13, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Should Own a Random Orbit Sander

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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It's always a big step when you move from the manual version of a technique to the powered option. The miter box becomes a compound miter saw, you reach for a pneumatic finish nailer instead of a hammer, the #2 Phillips screwdriver a Li-Ion impact driver. 

And while there's still a great deal of pleasure from using hand tools, certain hand saws, bench planes, and hand drills, sanding by hand doesn't even come close. It's monotonous, tedious, and time consuming. It's the least creative aspect of any project or repair ... the "paperwork"… read more

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Feb 13, 2015

Weekend Project: Give a Kettle a Hardwood Makeover

Here's an interesting take on a makeover project. Ben took his Hario gooseneck kettle, noted its striking shape, and decided the black plastic handles would like quite a bit better in a bold solid walnut.

And? He was totally… read more

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Feb 12, 2015

This is the Only Cocktail You Need to Make for Valentine's Day

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To be honest, we're firmly in the "don't make dinner reservations for Valentine's Day" camp. Especially on a year like this, when the date falls on a Saturday. Save the special evenings for anniversaries, celebrations of achievements or special events, or heck, any random Friday night. Those are guaranteed to be more "romantic," memorable, and special.  

So, if you wanna do something fun on the 14th, spend the day outside - go for a snow hike, a bike ride, or visit a museum. Then, come 5:00pm, head home and either cook together, or snag some takeout and allow the time to make the day special, not the prix fixe menu. 

Oh, and since you're home and not driving, you've totally gotta make this… read more

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Feb 12, 2015

Things My Uncle Taught Me: A Ship-Guiding Dolphin, Dictators Renaming Months, and Giving All You've Got.

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I have an Uncle John, and I imagine (statistically) most of you do as well. My Uncle John was a fantastic uncle to me growing up (and still is), but in particular, I remember him showing up on random occasions in my childhood with strong opinions and obscure stories that I took as the golden truth for much of my young life. As I got older, I was shocked to discover: 

They were actually true. Well, more orread more

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Feb 12, 2015

The Coolbox: The World's Smartest Toolbox

CoolboxIn addition to offering your standard toolbox storage features, the Coolbox features an internal battery to charge or run small power tools, a 12ft extension cord with 3-way splitter, bluetooth speakers, a double-sided and removable whiteboard, a tablet stand, two USB charging ports, and a built-in clock. The Coolbox frame itself features handles on both sides as well as wheels to easily maneuver it on the go.   

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Feb 12, 2015

Win an Aeropress: The Best Coffee Maker on the Planet

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Last month 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. Well, you guys seemed to like that post so much, 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 guess what? They said "coffee". Ok, no they said "yes", but I presume they're pretty caffeinated over there most of the time.

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… read more

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Feb 11, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Rustic State Map Wall Art from a Broken Pallet

Busted Up Pallet One of the great things about living in Northern California is the wide open spaces. There are so many great places to hike, climb, swim, and just enjoy in the expansive outdoors up here. Only a true Northern California resident can really understand how frustrating it is when people tell me how Northern California is San Francisco and then right above that is Oregon. Nope, there are hundreds of miles between SF and the border, and that expanse is my home.

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Feb 11, 2015

"God Made A Farmer": Is this the Manliest Superbowl Ad in History?

God Made A FarmerFor many design-oriented men, the best part of the Super Bowl is the commercials themselves. So I figured it was about time to highlight what is perhaps the "manliest" ad I've ever seen. Rugged and heartfelt, it'll make you itch to build things with your hands.   

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Feb 10, 2015

How to: Bind Your Own Book

Perhaps you want to make your sweetheart a little something special. Perhaps you've got an idea that you want to share with the world in paper form. Perhaps you simply haven't found the right notebook size and style. 

Then you, my friend, should learn how to bind your own… read more

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Feb 10, 2015

100 Years of National Geographic Maps: The Art and Science of Where

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This year, the cartographic department at National Geographic celebrates its 100th anniversary. And this write-up by Cathy Newman, and its choice image selections, is one of the more fascinating things you'll read this week. Especially for lovers of graphics and all things… read more

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Feb 10, 2015

Dapper Up Your Wrist with a Wooden Watch

The Garwood Angeleno

When I think of watches I think of crystal faces, stainless steel, and maybe just a bit of rugged rubber. But when it's time to relax a bit, why not strap on something a bit more organic, like a wooden… read more

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Feb 09, 2015

How to: Make Her a Simple + Elegant Hardwood Necklace for Valentine's Day

Handmade Olive Wood Necklace for Valentines

Fellas, it's that time of year! Skip the single-origin chocolate bars and organically sourced roses and get your hands to work on this elegant, modern necklace that is sure to stun your special someone.  … read more

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Feb 09, 2015

These Two Kickstarter Projects are Aiming for the Stars

Space Launch PhotoKickstarter is an incredible funding resource for the masses. With so many projects posted almost daily, it's easy to find something worth throwing a few coins towards, especially when the projects involve space travel.  … read more

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Feb 09, 2015

Gift Guide: 14 DIYable Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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The best gifts come from the heart, and it's infinitely better if they can come from human hands as… read more

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Feb 06, 2015

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Army Canvas Headboard

This DIY headboard project makes a very fine way to add a little rustic texture to your sleep space. It uses a 5x7' canvas tarp (twenty bucks!) and, the best part, no sewing. Just some 2x4s, a bit of plywood, and some staples and screws to hold it all… read more

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Feb 06, 2015

Is Antique Cast Iron Cookware Really Better than New?

The presence of cast iron has changed in the United States over the last one hundred years. Once the dominate form of cookware in any kitchen, it's been replaced by high-ply clad stainless, anodized aluminum, and all sorts of Teflon-coated beasts that let your food slip around freely. 

Likewise, the manufacturing process of cast iron cookware has changed quite a bit over the century as well. Enthusiasts claim that modern pans are thicker, with 'pebblier' surfaces, and made of a lower-quality iron. Add that to the high-heat preseasoning that doesn't make for a reliable coat, the question stands: is the vintage stuff better than new… read more

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