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May 26, 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 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 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 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 18, 2015

How to: Make an Adjustable Glass Bottle Cutter

created at: 05/18/2015

You can buy new bottle cutters online (here's a good roundup of options) but their ability to cut different sizes, angles, and bottle shapes are severely limited.

Of course, there are loads of potential projects to be had, so instead of buying a bottle cutting jig, let's make… read more

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May 18, 2015

Free Poster: NATO Phonetic Alphabet Chart

How about some free stuff to start off your week?

Outside Open is offering a free poster featuring the NATO phonetic alphabet chart (you know, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) for use on all your International Radiotelephony needs. It'll certainly come in handy on your next call with tech support and all future covert military operations, and also features semaphore delineation (pre-electronic flag letter signals for naval communication represented in a circle),… read more

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May 14, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The 3 Hammers Every Man Should Own

created at: 05/14/2015

Think of a hammer as a primitive tool? Think again. Though it sorta performs the same function as some Cro-Magnon fellow bashing stuff with a rock, it's actually a remarkable piece of industrial design that dates back thousands of years, and has been relatively unchanged since.… read more

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May 11, 2015

Did You See This Article About the Two Key Traits that Identify Long Lasting Relationships?

created at: 05/11/2015

Sorry for the weird post title, but the origins of this piece are from last year, so perhaps you saw it when it was published.

But even if you did, this is pretty good stuff, and it's worth a… read more

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May 08, 2015

Seriously Good Tips to Master Your Bandsaw

created at: 05/08/2015 Of all the "big" power tools, I think the bandsaw is my favorite. (I love you, too, router table.) It's the most creative of the bunch, and one of the more versatile, and with its relatively low speed and thin blade, it's among the least dangerous. 

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