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Mar 27, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Sturdy Pair of Sawhorses

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The sawhorse is a familiar sight in on construction sites, or in the bed of a contractor's pickup. There, the use for those banged up concrete and paint encrusted beams is obvious: they're portable workstands, designed to be moved around from task to task and job to job. But at home, they're often forgotten for dedicated surfaces such as benches or worktables. And for good reason: traditional sawhorses, those that were big and sturdy enough to take on real work, take a lot of room to store; valuable space that could be filled work much more exciting things like table saws and drill presses and raw materials to make awesome… read more

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Mar 27, 2015

Make Your Mark: DIY Custom Concrete Letters

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Want to make something that looks sharp and lasts for a long time? Try this dual-colored concrete letter for a hefty personalized bit of manly… read more

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Mar 27, 2015

How to Pack Your Backpack Like a Pro

With a bit of technique and pre-planning, it's pretty amazing how much stuff you can actually carry, safely and non-exhaustingly, in a backpack. On the other side of the coin, it's also true that you need almost as much stuff for a single night in the backcountry as you do for a weekend trip. created at: 03/27/2015The gear doesn't change much for one night or seven... just add some more food, first aid supplies, and you're off.  

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Mar 26, 2015

An Edible History of the Hamburger

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The world loves American hamburgers. Because, of course they do. They're the world's most perfect food. (Sorry, bananas). But few really know where and how they… read more

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Mar 26, 2015

The Process: Crafting a Handmade Backpack from Reclaimed Materials

created at: 05/28/2013

Truce is a handmade design company that creates all-weather backpacks and duffels from recycled sailcloth and drysuit nylon (used for cold water SCUBA diving). Each bag is created upon order from the reclaimed sailing and sporting materials, giving each piece a unique look and overall color scheme. 

created at: 03/26/2015 Truce's founder, Luke Mathers, "learned to sew industrial-grade fabrics while repairing sails and making boat covers at North Sails Oregon. He took a shining to experimenting with the loft’s scrap bin, which became his first source of materials for after-hours projects: making messenger bags, tote bags and accessories for friends and… read more

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Mar 26, 2015

Snack Smarter for Lasting Energy in the Office

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Mar 26, 2015

How to: Make Grandpy's Rocking Chair

If you grew up with a father figure in your life, odds are he had a favorite chair or place to sit. My dad certainly has one, and even my friends growing up knew where to find him in the evenings after work. This man from Instructables.com inherited this homemade rocking chair from his grandfather (who in fact inherited the woven patterns from his mother's chair) and decided to recreate one of his very… read more

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Mar 25, 2015

Freshen Up: 3 Steps For a Better Date Night

Badger Hair BrushLooking like a scrub on the first date certainly won't win you a second one. Take the time for a great first impression and you're (almost) guaranteed a call-back.  And, even if you're relationship is more "we're already married" than first date, everyone benefits from a night out. Here's how to do it, and some of our favorite products to get you there. … read more

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Mar 25, 2015

How To: Make Your Own High Protein Energy Drink

Chia Seed Energy DrinkA few months ago, we bought a huge bag of chia seed and have been adding it to just about everything for a great protein boost. The small seeds pack a big chunk of energy, so mixing up this drink is a great way to keep up with the day minus the over-caffeinated jitters.  … read more

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Mar 25, 2015

Building a Bookshelf From a Single Sheet of Plywood

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Steve Ramsey's Woodworking For Mere Mortals is one of my favorite YouTube channels. Not only is he funny, he's honest. This is a great example of a simple idea and the challenges you face in the middle of a… read more

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Mar 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need an Accurate Tape Measure... and Which One is the Best?

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The trusty tape measure. Trusty as in "often relied on," not trusty as in: you can trust it for accurate measuring. Cause, while it's definitely the go-to inch finder for the vast majority of us, it's really a contractor's tool, and better suited to lumberyard than a fine woodworking project. But, still, it's the one you (read: I) reach for nearly every time, and there are loads of DIY projects and household tasks for which rough measurements will do just… read more

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Mar 24, 2015

Unsplash: A Free Resource for Amazing and Stylish Downloadable Stock Photos

UnsplashOur remix culture is in this unique place where many of us feel comfortable finding great images online and then retouching/repurposing them to our liking, but our laws aren't quite as forgiving - especially when it comes to using images for commercial purposes. Worry no more...   

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Mar 24, 2015

A Helpful Beginner's Guide to Hunting and Cooking Morel Mushrooms

Gentlemen, I give you: spring. If it's not there yet, it will be. And with it, comes actual growth...not just the stuff that manages to survive over the snow covered winter (I'm looking at you,… read more

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Turn a Boring Photo into a Sweet DIY Block Printed Poster

Editor's Note: this post kicks off our 2015 partnership with Adobe Photoshop Elements. We're excited to be working with them again (remember our rustic wooden ornaments?) , because creating digital images is a part of our daily routine. We'll be sharing tips, tricks, and full-blown DIY projects for the next few months, so make sure to follow along!

They say a dog is a man's best friend. Like most pet owners, I have an unhealthy fondness for my hound, a full-blooded beagle. Is there anything better than a man and his dog? How about a cool, rustic-framed print of said dog? To do it, I dusted off my Art 101 skills and tried my hand again at block printing. Here's how I used Photoshop Elements 13 to turn my photo of Bailey into a timeless piece of… read more

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Mar 23, 2015

10 DIY Beard Oil Recipes

Anyone who's read ManMade for more than a week or so can attest: we're never gonna wax poetic about the beard. Some men look better with them, some do not. Some can grow a full one, and some can't. There's no magic in the beard. It's a choice, and if yours looks nice, it's good to have options. Personally, I tend to wear one in the fall and winter, and then go clean shaven in the warmer spring and summer. 

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What we do know is: having a beard is much more than just not shaven. You've got to care for it, clean it, trim it, and keep it… read more

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Clean and Look After Your Denim Jeans

created at: 03/20/2015 You've probably heard about raw denim and some of the contradictory advice about how to maintain it. In fact, you may even be wondering how best to care for your regular jeans. Check out this video of Michael Williams, the denim aficionado at men's style blog A Continuous Lean as he gives a nice breakdown on denim maintenance for both your regular and raw denim needs. Myths will be busted and knowledge will be gained.   

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Mar 22, 2015

Libraries of Famous Men: Jefferson, Douglass, Roosevelt, and Hemingway

created at: 03/15/2015The Cabinet of Invisible Counselors is a term coined by success-guru Napoleon Hill referring to the great thinkers and authors whose work he found influential, whom he would summon in his imagination to consider their opinions on the tasks before him. Similarly, you may have heard the statement that, "You are the sum of the five people with whom you spend the most time." Combining these two ideas has been one of the great decisions of my life.      

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Mar 22, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Ring from a Quarter

The coin ring is an internet DIY classic. I remember seeing an old video (on Makezine, perhaps?) on creating a nickle ring way back in the early days of the DIY and craft blogosphere. Like, 2006.

But, most tutorials simply harvest the coin as raw material, banging it and beating it until it looks like any piece of cool-colored metal. These pieces by Nicholas Heckaman, however, fully embrace the ring's origin, showing off that recognizable texture and type, giving the ring plenty of personality.… read more

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Mar 20, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Japanese Pull Saw

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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I am, by no means, a traditionalist. I say the best tool for the job is always the tool that will produce the best results. Take my love for cast iron cookware: I don't prefer it because its old time-y, nostalgic, or because it's what my grandpa would have used. (My grandpa was kind of a jerk). I love it because it's often the best surface with which to cook; and when it's not, I'll gladly reach for a stainless steel pan or a piece of non-stick.

The same applies to woodworking and DIY tasks: I'm happy to use powered tools - saws, sanders, planers, jointers - in my projects if they allow me to work faster and smarter. And I do; I use them in almost everything I make.

But here's the deal: sometimes, the powered option is not the best tool for the job, and there are many cuts for which you should leave the table saw, the miter saw, or the jig saw behind. And in those cases, what you should grab is the Japanese… read more

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Mar 19, 2015

How to: DIY Geometric Test Tube Vase

As a child, I was under the impression that working with test tubes would be a bigger part of my adult life. Not only because I wanted to be astronaut/scientist, but I guess I just always pictured myself performing experience of some kind. If you happen to be in that boat, here's a fun way to do something useful with those unused test tubes, or if you missed that boat of impracticality, here's a potentially masculine way to display some single flowers.   

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