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Jan 17, 2017

DIY Idea: Large Scale Outdoor-Inspired Wall Art

Sometimes, you need a little inspiration. Something to remind you to get off your phone, get outside, and soak up all that nature has to offer. 

And sometimes, you simply need something to fill up that blank wall you've been ignoring.    

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Dec 28, 2016

Make This: Wooden Mountain Key Rack

Anyone who has grown up near in the mountains knows what it means to see the ridgeline. Being tucked in nearby some exciting geological features has a comfort and appeal, and, of course, great views. It's safe, secure, constant. The mountains invite adventure, and simplicity. To honor my own local Cascade range, I built this simple key rack that takes a bit of that wild adventure and brings it home.   

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Dec 09, 2016

Inspired: Some Favorite Quotes to Get You Moving (and Keep You Sane) This Weekend

If you hadn't noticed, I'm kinda into quotes as of late. (See my how-to for creating a wooden desktop inspiration holder) For some reason, this season, I'm touched by the power of keeping a few mantras in the front of my mind. It's been helpful as I meet new people, work to improve old relationships, and just get through the daily grind. Here are a few of my favorites this week. 

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Dec 07, 2016

Make It: Build a Stylish Copper, Wood, & Leather LED Desk Light

Photo: darbinovar

I've recently been doing a bunch of woodworking and lamp-making for Luke Hobbs Design here in Los Angeles, so it wasn't long before I found myself looking at what else is out there in the DIY lighting universe. Instructables user darbinovar didn't seem to have too much of a plan when she started in on this industrial-looking copper and leather lamp, but the final result really is beautiful.   

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Dec 02, 2016

A Dark Basement Becomes the New ManMade Workshop (+ Giveaway!)

This post was sponsored by KILZ, a brand that believes in makers and dream-shop builders everywhere. Thanks for supporting the brands that support ManMade.

A few years ago, if you'd asked me which tool I thought was the most important, I'd probably have punted, wavered a bit, and never decided on a single item. There are too many cool tools, and too many essential ones I use on every project. But if you'd asked me the same question last month, my answer would have been decidedly clear, and much more informed by a different kind of personal experience:  

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Nov 21, 2016

50 Gifts Under $50 For Men

Perhaps you've drawn a name for the office Secret Santa and it's time to pony up for a solid gift that won't break the bank. Maybe it's for your brother-in-law, a buddy who helped you move. Perhaps, even though you're thirty-two, your mom keeps on insisting you give her a complete wishlist from which she'll select her favorites. Whatever the reason, it's gift giving season. Here are 50 options to find something they (or you) will love.   

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Nov 14, 2016

How to: Build This Mesmerizing Lamp Out of Birch Strips

So I saw the movie ARRIVAL this weekend and loved it. Definitely check it out. A large part of the movie deals with language construction and trying to understand alien semantics, which got me diving down a Fibonacci sequence, which led me to looking and fractal imagery, which led me to geometrical design, which led me to these beautiful wood lamps...   

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Nov 10, 2016

This 4K Video Tour Through The ISS Will Give You A New Appreciation for Design

It's no secret I'm a huge space nerd, but I definitely thought this was worth sharing. Released last week, this 4K (Ultra HD) fly-through tour of the entire International Space Station is sure to turn your interior design sense upside down.  

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Nov 08, 2016

How "Man Caves" Took Over America's Basements

How do you feel about the term, "man cave?" I have mixed feelings on it myself. One the one hand - like "girlfriend" or "foodie" - it's easy to use it colloquially since everybody has a general sense of what you mean when you say it. On the other, I haven't really worked out for myself all the connotations that come with its use, since it sometimes seems to me like it implies that one can't be a man outside of his man cave (or at least that its a necessary domicile of rejuvenation), Or that the rest of the home is then outside of his purview. Or, all spaces for men must be themselves a cave, involving sports memorabilia and beer signs. In that way, I mostly see the term "man cave" as potentially condescending. Now obviously that's a drastic oversimplification, but I've been thinking about the word recently a fair amount.

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Oct 20, 2016

Idea to Steal: Use Firewood as Decor

created at: 01/13/2014

Simple idea, tons of texture...

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Oct 14, 2016

How to: Make Your Own Typographic Illustrations and Artwork

Everyone likes a nice motivational quote with a fine adventurous backdrop and some nice typography that reminds us to get outside.   

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Oct 14, 2016

The Process: A DIY Wooden Cheeseburger (Free Downloads Inside)

created at: 01/07/2014

A few Christmases ago, when I first got my band saw, I made my [now] wife this wooden cheeseburger for her office desk. The whole thing was made from old wooden flooring and other scraps, and each of the colors comes from the natural wood tones of a variety of species.   

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Sep 13, 2016

How to: Custom Branding Iron Using a 99¢ Disposable Lighter

created at: 09/13/2016

Here's a project that deserves to be checked out both for its utility on your own projects, but also for its simple, inspired creativity.  This is why the DIY, craft, and maker movement continue to grow; there are super smart, thoughtful folks figuring out how to help other keep making stuff.   

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Sep 08, 2016

How to: Build this Beautiful Bandsaw Box for Tiny Storage

David Picciuto is THE FAN of bandsaw boxes -- the man literally wrote the book on them. This bandsaw box design of his is simple enough for a novice to produce with limited materials, but also offers enough opportunities for more experienced woodworkers to take challenging risks. Not to mention the final product has a gorgeous, mid-century modern look...   

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Sep 02, 2016

The Process: Making A Unique Cutting Board

created at: 05/28/2013

Sure, you can make a cutting board from those scraps in your shop, but how about making something a bit more memorable? Unique Cutting BoardTake a look.   

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Sep 01, 2016

How to: Make this Rustic Storage Box From an Old Pallet

A rustic storage box is frankly good for just about anything. Storing tools, carrying picnic supplies, or even piling up in a corner for decoration, you can do just about anything with them. And if you build them with enough quality and intention you can always sell them if they're in your way (honestly, I once saw legitimately janky old crates being sold in Brooklyn for $45 apiece).   

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Sep 01, 2016

How to: DIY Dining Table for a Crowd from Reclaimed Wood

created at: 08/31/2015

A simple but functional DIY table for eight, made from reclaimed materials loaded with character? What's not to love?    

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Aug 31, 2016

How To: Customize Your Apartment without Angering Your Landlords

created at: 05/26/2011

As you might imagine, I'm sorta of lease-limit pusher. I mean, I do read them. I do take their advice to heart, and sometimes, when I'm breaking it, I do recall, "Oh, yeah. I think I'm specifically not supposed to do this."

But those moments are rare. See, I try to find ways to customize my space that aren't direct violations of my lease. Whereas it does say, "Don't paint," it does NOT say "Don't Mod Podge hundreds of little paint samples to the wall." So, I did. (See above)

See, what my landlord's don't seem to understand (they're an elderly retired couple, not a corporation) is that this is my home. It's an investment to you, but I live here. I work here. I entertain here, have holidays here. And while it might be funny to you that I had to pull everything two feet from the wall so you could "treat for pests," [read: have a 6.5 ft tall 80-year-old man spray some Raid around] and then tell me you'd do it again two weeks later, only to change your mind and not come for 13 more days, my entire life was shrunk by 65% for nearly a month...

What was I saying? Oh, right. There are lots of things you can do to customize your rented space without violating your lease. Except, ingnore the holes in the wall thing. All can be fixed. Email me if you don't know how.  

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Aug 31, 2016

How to: Tame Household Clutter with a DIY Home Landing Strip

We don't like to admit it, but it's beginning to be that time of year when the things we bring into the house start to get bigger and bulkier. In the warm months, it's a bag or briefcase, your phone, and a few essentials for work, but in the cooler months, enter the coats, boots, hats, gloves, snow shovels, in addition to the magazines, mail, your keys and all the other things that come inside with you. 

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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...   

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