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Jul 28, 2016

This Should Be Your First Leatherworking Project: How to Make a Stylish Leather Wallet

If you've ever thought about making a leather wallet, but haven't for whatever reason, then here is the place to start. With a couple tools and about $10 in leather you'll lay the groundwork for greater leather-working projects and emerge with a stylish and minimalist wallet to boot.   

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Jul 21, 2016

How to: Make the Ultimate Workbench for Your Basement or Garage

created at: 07/21/2016

I don't think I've mentioned this on ManMade, but earlier this year, my wife and I bought our first (and hopefully last) home. It was a big deal, both emotionally and financially, and looking in one of the wildest and fastest changing real estate climates in the country, we got pretty lucky that our first offer was accepted. It's a solid home that we can afford, and it sits in a close-in neighborhood that's super liveable and great for walking, commuting by bike, and public transit. I totally love it. 

And...of course, when you own your own home, you get to mess with it. No more landlords to tell you what to do, no more wasting time and money investing in customizing a place that you'll only be in for a little while. And of course, as a DIY blogger, I had my sights set on the two most important spaces in the house: the garage and the basement.    … read more

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Jul 05, 2016

How to: Make a Gigantic Solvent Transfer

created at: 10/24/2011

I've been on a "big art" kick lately. And when I say "big", I mean gigantic (check out The World's Largest Wood Type for further clarification). There's something about a traditional art or craft done at a mind-blowingly large scale that just tickles my magic beans. So I'm going to file this 15' x 10' solvent transfer sign + tutorial in my enormous folder for all things awesome.

The creative folks at The Mandate Press applied this Beatrice Warde quote to a big ol' sheet of canvas that is, hands down, the largest solvent transfer I have ever seen. If you're not familiar with solvent transfers, the process is actually quite simple: … read more

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Jun 15, 2016

How to: Make a Stylish, Multi-Purpose Wood Roll-Up Tray

Make a multi-purpose roll-up wood tray

I recently saw an image of something like this guy on Pinterest and after many minutes of searching, I couldn't find where I could buy it. So, I made my own! It's a roll-up wood tray you can drape over the arm or cushion of your couch to create a flat surface for all kinds of good stuff. … read more

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Jun 07, 2016

Make This: 1 Board DIY Beer Flight Holder

Beer Flight DIYPerfect for a summer outside, this simple beer flight holder let's everyone try out those new craft brews in style. This simple but stable holder is made from a single board and will likely be a centerpiece of many summer get-together in the near future.   … read more

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Jun 06, 2016

How to: Make a Reusable Leather "Paper" Bag

Leather opens up all kinds of creativity, but it can be an intimidating material to for beginners. It requires a different sort of tool kit than regular sewing projects, and many guys don't even know how to use a sewing machine in the first place...though ManMade does its best to remedy that.

The solution? Don't sew anything!   … read more

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May 26, 2016

9 Awesome Podcasts for Makers, Crafters, Artists, and Designers

created at: 05/26/2016

Podcasts. You know 'em. You listen to 'em. You're moved by them. You laugh and are entertained by them. But are you inspired by them? Do they light a fire under your butt and make you want to get into your work space as fast as possible? Do they make you want to complete your workout faster so you can get home and make stuff? Do they make you thankful for your creative bent, and the creative work of others?   … read more

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Apr 27, 2016

Watch This: Chess Pieces Crafted On A Metal Lathe

There are some things that just make me stop and stare. If you're like me this video of a CNC lathe crafting a chess piece from a metal blank is about 4 minutes of mesmerizing relaxation. Rook Being a diehard maker at heart, this video makes me happy.… read more

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Mar 30, 2016

How to: Make a Custom Leather Roll to Organize Your Hand Tools

There's no better way to introduce this blog post than to say: I think it's a really, really good idea. The look is classic, and it helps protect your tools edges and handles by encasing them in soft, sturdy material, and it helps protect your hands by keeping the business ends covered. And, since you're making it from scratch, you can create custom slots and pockets to hold exactly what you want, and keep things where they need to be. And did we mention it looks great? Yes? Okay, great. Let's make one.    … read more

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Mar 29, 2016

How to Glue Anything to Anything

created at: 03/29/2016

One time, in an interview, I was asked, "What's the connection between all the styles of crafts and projects you feature on ManMade? What makes them of a kind?" After thinking for a second, it occurred to me that most of the things I'm interested in involve a similar process: take some materials, cut them up into different shapes and sizes, and then put them together in a more interesting way. Sometimes we do that with joinery, or hardware, or a sauce, but often, that work involves the magical power of....… read more

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Mar 21, 2016

How to: Make Easy and Stylish DIY Concrete Coasters

created at: 06/11/2013

So...if you're anything like me, you'll often see cool items in stores, you'll say to yourself, "I could totally make that." Which I do, all the time, and nine times out of ten, I'm totally wrong.  But when I saw a set of concrete coasters in a cool little boutique, I knew it was worth a try. So, I gave it a shot. And? it was beyond easy to do.  Here's how:   … read more

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Mar 18, 2016

How to: Make a $10 DIY One-Hour Upcycled Fire Pit

Yep, that's a lot of adjectives, and every single one of them gets me jazzed to make one: DIY  (check), upcycled (check), one hour (double check), and only ten dollars? Done!   … read more

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Mar 10, 2016

How to: Make a Custom Leather Luggage Tag

created at: 06/11/2014

Working with leather can be as complicated as you want it to be. You can get involved in stitching ponies and floral stamps and swivel knives, or you can keep things simple with pre-cut shapes and the alphabet.   … read more

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Mar 09, 2016

How to: Dye Your Own Minimalist Easter Eggs

As far as holidays go, Easter isn't the most stylish. I mean, with all the pastels and baby birds and neon plastic grass, it's definitely not a season for the design-minded.

Unless, of course, you break things down into their most simple parts. Take the Easter egg; its ovoid shape is the definition of nature's penchant towards efficiency, and the dyeing with natural, real world colors gives the whole thing an amazing sense of organic texture. 

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Mar 08, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Leather USB Drive

If you're going to tote something around with you every day, you might as well make it look great and reflect who you are.   … read more

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Mar 08, 2016

How to: Make the Ultimate Homemade Tonic Water

Finished Drink Want to up your entertaining game? Start with some homemade tonic water and you'll be sure to make an impression. The ingredients are a bit hard to find, but they're definitely worth the effort.   … read more

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Mar 08, 2016

How to: Print a "One Sheet of Paper" Book By Hand

Artist, writer, and teacher Andrew Salomone came up with this creative way to print an eight-page book from a single sheet of paper. … read more

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Mar 07, 2016

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.   … read more

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Mar 02, 2016

How to: Make a Six-Pack Craft Caddy or Project Organizer

Maker and craft book author Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman came up with this clever way to keep track of those various projects-in-process: create a reusable "caddy" from a bulked-up six-pack beer carrier.   … read more

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Feb 29, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Daily Travel Tech Organizer from an Old Book

In our elementary school days, packing your bag was easy: books, folders, pencil, lunch bag, done. But, as grown-ups, especially for those who work in a non-traditional office setting, making sure you have all the goodies you need for the day or a work trip can be tough - do you have all the right power and syncing cables… read more

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