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May 29, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: How to Assemble the Perfect Set of Driver Bits

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: 05/29/2015 When is a drill not a drill? When it's a driver, used for securing hardware into material, rather than simply boring a hole into it. If you're anything like us, your cordless drill gets pressed into service much more often as a way to drive or remove fasteners than making holes with twist bits. And to get the most out of this versatile tool, you've gotta have the right bit for the job. Here's how to build a complete arsenal to allow you to take on any task.

 

created at: 05/29/2015

Quick-Change Slotted and Phillips Head

Your standard screwdriver bits that make quick work of standard… read more

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May 29, 2015

My Big Kitchen Upgrade: Two Mouth-Watering Recipes for You To Try

Steak with Wasabi Cream SauceDuring the last few weeks, I've been hard at work remodeling our kitchen with some simple DIY upgrades, and brand new pro-grade appliances from Frigidaire Professional. Now that I've worked up an appetite, my wife and I put our heads together and came up with two delicious recipes to test out on our new equipment. Read on for the full recipes, and some palette pleasing food photos.

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May 28, 2015

How to Make a Folding Farmhouse Table from Reclaimed Wood

Make your own folding farm table

On the side, my wife and I sell some of our handiwork at craft fairs, barn sales and vintage markets. When we got started, we had mostly folding plastic tables and white table cloths. And as you know, nothing, except maybe a grilled hot dog on a paper plate on the Fourth of July, looks its best on a folding plastic table and white table… read more

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May 28, 2015

The Last Mac and Cheese Recipes You'll Ever Need

Mac & Cheese Jalapeños Poppers. Mac & Cheese Meatballs. Deep Fried Mac & Cheese. One-Pan Taco Mac & Cheese. Mac & Cheese Waffles. Mac & Cheese Burritos. Mac & Cheese Sushi. I honestly… read more

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May 28, 2015

Make This: Geometric Concrete Bookends

Poured Geometric BookendsWe all have a bit of extra concrete left over in the bag after a project. Why not make it into something useful and interesting for your bookcase. Take a look at how to make these great concrete bookends with just a few scraps of… read more

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May 27, 2015

David's DIY Kitchen Upgrade - The Final Reveal

 

created at: 05/27/2015

The kitchen is the center of the home. It's arguably the most important room in the house, and, for many of us, it's the room that gets the most use. Unfortunately, my kitchen was kind of a bummer. Like the weird roommate you got stuck with your freshman year of college - you know, the one who never left the room and sort of started to blend into the beige cinderblock walls after awhile - that was my… read more

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May 27, 2015

The ManMade Guide to Sunglasses: 5 Stylish Pairs Under $100

created at: 04/03/2012

In case your A/C bill hasn't told you yet, it's summer time. Well, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. And summer is the season of sunscreen and short sleeves and socks as little as possible, and...to wear sunglasses. Unfortunately, many men consider sunglasses to be more fashion accessories, and therefore optional, or even frivolous. But there are actually several health benefits to wearing sunglasses, particularly polarized lenses, when spending a day outside: they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and blue light, as well as protecting the skin around your eyes and preventing wrinkles and "crow's feet." Furthermore, they allow you to see better when outside, helping you to better operate a car, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, lawnmower, backhoe, grill, etc.

So, we at ManMade think they're an essential, and while we're advocates for stepping up from the $3.99 pair from the gas station, we don't think you've got to drop a whole week's worth of pay, either. So - five classic, masculine pairs of sunglasses, all under $100. Enjoy the… read more

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May 27, 2015

How to: Pack the Perfect Overnight Bag for a Weekend Away

Weekend Drive Gear

This time of year, I almost always find myself looking for a reason to drive.  There's something exceptional about the spring foliage, misty weather, and changing of the seasons. I like to keep a simple bag of gear packed up in case my wanderings turn into an overnight… read more

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May 27, 2015

3 Spring Grilling Recipes To Start The Season Off Right

created at: 05/27/2015As spring comes around, it's time to get the grill dusted off and fired up. Here are 3 grilling recipes to really welcome in the season. These easy meals are a great way to stay close to the conversation without having to babysit the food.  … read more

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May 26, 2015

How to: Make a Mini Grill from an Altoids Tin

The rectangular, hinged-top Altoids tin has been an inspiration for DIYers and makers since...well, probably since Altoids hit the shelves.

The updated and sleeker round Altoid Sours tin has a removable lid, which allows for a whole heap of clever reuses...such as an ash catcher for this tabletop… read more

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May 26, 2015

5 Apartment Improvements You Can Do in an Hour

Presented by Apartments.com

When looking for a new apartment, it's hard not to notice the improvements (on large and small scale) needed prior to moving in. While your landlord may be taking care of new carpeting, cleaning the central air vents, and fresh paint on the walls, there may be some additional improvements on your list that you can take care of on your own. Here are five quick improvements you can check off your list before the big move.  Apartments.com

1) Slap on Those Switch Plates

With no furniture in your new apartment, it’s way easier to spot any and all inconsistencies around… read more

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May 26, 2015

Building Six-Story Bamboo Houses: Testing Boundaries and Creating Magical Experiences

created at: 05/24/2015 Elora Hardy grew up in the world of imaginative actualization, and when her architect parents built a home off of the "fairy mushroom house" drawn by their nine-year-old daughter, Hardy didn't realize that it was unusual. Now a innovative architect herself, Hardy is building beautiful and immersive living spaces most people couldn't dream up, out of bamboo with Bali locals in a desire to increase infrastructure with sustainable resources.   

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May 22, 2015

The Complete Guide to Making Pulled Pork Sandwiches at Home

Sure, you could go for burgers and dogs this holiday weekend, grilling to order like many a man on Memorial Day before you.

Or you could eat one of… read more

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May 22, 2015

5 Easy Handmade Outdoor Games for Your Next Cookout

Step up your next backyard barbecue with these amazing yard games. I totally flipped out when I saw all these ideas! I didn't even think of making giant wooden dice to play Yatzee or whipping up a bunch of dominoes to play a huge game of crows… read more

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May 21, 2015

Drink a Tree: How to Make Pine, Spruce, or Fir Tip Syrup

created at: 05/21/2015 During spring time, pine, fir, and other evergreen trees grow by producing new tips at the end of each branch. The new growth is a lighter, vibrant green, and you can (and should) eat it. The tips have a wonderful citrus-y, woodsy flavor that tastes awesome in all kinds of sautes, seafood, and roasted dishes. But the easiest way to preserve their flavor is steep them gently in a syrup, which will last in your fridge for weeks. 

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May 21, 2015

Make It: DIY Scrap Wood Dining Table

You know those random lengths of leftover hardwood stock and plywood that you collect project after project, never knowing what you'll do with them, but knowing they're too great to get rid of.

You should turn 'em into a… read more

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May 21, 2015

American Dreaming and The Golden Age of Auto Design

The 1950's and 1960's were the golden age of auto design at a time when Americans identified more than ever with the cars they drove. Auto designers encapsulated the spirit of American adventure at a time when America was dreaming intently and looking forward to the future, but most of their designs were never released to the public. Until now...   

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May 20, 2015

David's DIY Kitchen Upgrade: How He Did It (Step by Step)

David's kitchen remodel process
They say the kitchen is the heart and the soul of any house, and mine didn't really have much of either. Made from builder-grade materials and outfitted with the most basic appliances, it was time to upgrade my kitchen and add a lot more personality to it. Follow along as I walk you through the transformation.

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May 20, 2015

One Thing You've Probably Never Changed in Your Vehicle...But Really, Really Should

created at: 05/20/2015

Before I headed out on a short road trip this weekend, I did a quick checkup on my car. I had been having some issues with my engine rattling when my air conditioning was on. I'm really not much of an auto-DIYer, but YouTube has certainly helped me become a better mechanic than I once… read more

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May 20, 2015

The 10 Commandments of Typography

The first rule of typography is never use Comic Sans. The second rule of typography is NEVER USE COMIC SANS.      

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