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Aug 30, 2016

How to: Make Fractal Art With High Voltage

It's always satisfying to burn your initials or insignia (or whatever you choose as your calling card) on a newly completed woodworking project, but why not take that a step further with some high voltage to create a unique fractal design? Perfect for a coffee table, end table, or even as stand-alone art...    … read more

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Aug 30, 2016

This 2016 "Shed of the Year" is Made from 90% Recycled Material and It is Amazing

So the first thing to know is that, yes, there is such a thing as the Shed of the Year. It's a (literal) giant crown of an award for the best shed in the UK given during the final episode of Channel 4's Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year. This year's finale had a record-breaking 2,825 entries and 12,292 public votes, and was described as, "nail-biting" and I can honestly understand why...   … read more

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Aug 30, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Rolling Work Bench with Storage

created at: 04/01/2013

I chat with lots of ManMakers who would love to get started with bigger, more in-depth projects, but lack a dedicated place to work on them and the storage space for all the tools they'd like to acquire. So, here's a perfect project for them: a small-footprint workbench that's sturdy enough to do real work, and includes lots of built-in storage and plenty of accessories. … read more

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Aug 29, 2016

Make This: A Metalworking Anvil from a Piece of Upcycled Train Track

Anvil FinishedIf you're getting serious about working with metal, an anvil is an essential part of the shop. Here's how to use an old piece of train track to make your own.   … read more

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Aug 29, 2016

What's Good for August 2016: What We're Reading, Watching and Listening to This Month

What's Good - August 2016

We're back with some of our favorite media for you to devour as the summer draws to a close. Here's what's good:

Reading

Chris:

I'm about two-thirds of the way through A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. It's a fictional exploration of the shooting of Bob Marley in December 1976, and the following decades of political, social, and criminal aftermath. I won't lie - it's intense. It has 50+ characters (and one of those little dramatis personae keys at the beginning, which I reference about every three pages). It feels like reading Joyce's Ulysses ... Biblical in scale, and I'm looking up some fact or… read more

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Aug 29, 2016

How to: Make a Simple, Rustic Folding Magazine Rack from Wood and Fabric

This is a guest post from Mike at The Crafty Gentleman blog – a site dedicated to original DIY and craft projects. 

created at: 09/23/2015

Yeah, we're living in the digital age, but I still enjoy a magazine or newspaper with my morning coffee. To keep them tidy and at hand, I designed this minimalist magazine holder, which would fit neatly alongside any table or sofa. The raw wood and denim look gives it a rustic, rugged feel – but you could easily paint the wood or use different fabric, to customize it perfectly for your space.… read more

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Aug 26, 2016

This Weekend, You Should Make: Frozen Whiskey Lemonade

created at: 08/26/2016

We have absolutely zero reservations about hanging onto the summer season as long as possible. With temps outside the ManMade HQ topping 99° today, it seems Mother Nature is on our side, regardless of what all the back-to-school sales say.

And as far as ways to enjoy the season and keep cool, we have but three words for you: Frozen. Whiskey. Lemonade.   … read more

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Aug 26, 2016

Make Your Own Tomahawk Survival Axe...That Also Opens Beers

A survival axe built to cover anything the average camper might need: hacks firewood, saws most anything, and comes with a bottle opener. A weekend of mountaineering and carrying multiple tools led to its invention Bennewho passes on his wisdom in this full-on how-to...

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Aug 25, 2016

This is the Insanity Burger. And Here's How to Make It at Home

There are the traditional burgers - the griddle-cooked patties and toasted buns and standard fare toppings described in Jimmy Buffet songs. And then there are the pub burgers, the thicker brother, covered in everything from coleslaw and pulled pork to onion rings , cranberry sauce, and duck confit.    … read more

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Aug 25, 2016

The Light Collector: The Man Behind 4500 Cameras

The Light CollectorWe all have a small collection of something in our lives. It's a hobby and can be fun, but what happens when it grows into a lifelong journey? Meet a guy with 4500 cameras.   … read more

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Aug 24, 2016

Skillet Skills: 7 Meals You Can Make In a Single Cast Iron Pan

Chicken Honey Mustard Rosemary ChickenHave you been cooking with cast iron lately? A skillet is definitely worth the investment with it's durable versatility. Take a look at these 7 ways you can make a meal with yours.   … read more

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Aug 24, 2016

A Handy-Dandy Guide on How NOT to Be a Jerk at Restaurants

Dining out is one of life's simple pleasures. You shouldn't do it all the time, but it's a great treat when the time is right. But it's also a dialog - between you and the restaurant; between your table and the kitchen; between your server, your tablemates, and the rest of the dining room. 

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Aug 24, 2016

How to: Build a Set of Classic Cornhole Boards for The Backyard

Cornhole is the perfect backyard game. It's got a leg up on other lawn games like croquette since it's you can play it one-handed with a drink in the other, without ever having to actually leave your conversation. On the other hand, it also lets you to get as competitive as you want with it (unless you're me and your brother-in-law has to limit how excitable you're allowed to get for the onlooker's sake)...   … read more

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Aug 23, 2016

5 Things I Learned About Money From My Dad (Plus A Few More)

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My dad taught me many things when I was growing up. Here are five important standards I  took from what he had to say about money, and a few I've learned on my own.    … read more

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Aug 23, 2016

How to: Make Your Own Shorts from a Pair of Pants...No Sewing Required

How to make your own shorts

Quick! There are only a few weeks left of summer, and clearly, you're not going to spend money on buying a brand new pair of shorts. So today we present you a super easy, super affordable, super badass way of making your own. This project is awesome (if I do say so myself), 'cause you customize the length to your personal preference, and you don't have to know how to use (or have access to) a sewing machine.… read more

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Aug 23, 2016

Is This the Perfect Workbench for the DIYer?

created at: 08/25/2016

Troy spent a few weeks researching and comparing workbench designs, and he thinks he's done it. This is, as he calls it, the perfect workbench.

His argument is thus:   … read more

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Aug 23, 2016

How to Improve Your Sleep Schedule: A Man's Guide to Feeling Rested

created at: 12/07/2014  I developed pretty intense insomnia during my junior year in college. Admittedly, I was a way-too-involved workaholic at the time, but even when my life chilled out a bit more, I still had lots of trouble sleeping. Like, intense months of sleep issues. So I've spent a lot of time investigating ways to improve my sleep schedule and here are some of the top tips I've found…      … read more

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Aug 23, 2016

An Original History of the Baseball Bat

From Roy Hobbs' “Wonderboy” in The Natural to Tom Cruise’ thinking bat in A Few Good Men, baseball bats hold a special place in the American masculine consciousness. A versatile weapon on the field, the baseball bat embodies an element of the American dream wherever it goes. The lone batter, a man himself against an entire team, hoping to hit it big.   

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Aug 22, 2016

The Easiest Way to Repair a Split Zipper

It happens to the best of us. On a jacket, pair of jeans, backpack. Zippers are moving parts, and as the ManMade Fourth law of physics goes, anything with moving parts will eventually wear out or break. 

created at: 08/22/2016

But, no worries. When a zipper splits, you don't need to toss your goods. It's a simple, one-tool repair you can complete in five minutes.   … read more

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Aug 22, 2016

How to Eat, Exercise, and Live Like Walt Whitman

Guys guys guys-- did you know Walt Whitman published a fifty-thousand word serialized guide to "Manly Health & Training" that has recently been compiled by a PhD candidate? It started in 1858 in the New York Atlas but was pushed deeper and deeper into the newspaper with each issue due to lack of interest. However, it's great for both its practicality and its utter impracticality,… read more

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