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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 24, 2015

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

created at: 03/24/2015

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

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

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. 

created at: 03/23/2015

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 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.  

created at: 03/20/2015

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

Living Large in a DIY Tiny Room

Brett is a working artist and musician who was trying to cut his expenses to spend less time working, and more time focusing on his creativity. So, when he found a "room" for rent in house shared by a group of arists his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, he went for it. The only thing? The room was actually a closet. A large closet, but a closet nonetheless. So, he came up with this awesome hand-built solution using only the tools above to maximize his space, creating a space to sleep, work, and store all his… read more

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Mar 17, 2015

How to: Install Your Own DIY Industrial Track Lighting on the Cheap

ManMade reader Mark Devlin, founder of the DIY site DesignsbyDevlin, came up with this great technique for an "open warehouse" -style industrial track lighting project that's easy to implement in your own home. So we asked Mark to walk us through the process, materials, and techniques. Here's what he had to say. 

Having low ceilings and zero crawl space makes for a challenge when designing lighting for the main room in the house. If you love a good DIY project that involves electrical and industrial lighting, I designed a cheap and unique way to install custom industrial track lighting using simple products from Amazon.com and the hardware… read more

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Mar 17, 2015

How to: Build a Bicycle-Mounted Bar and Drink Station

created at: 03/17/2015Cycling enthusiast and maker OddJob has created the "BAR T.A.B.," a "take along bar" mounted to the inside of a bicycle frame. It's basically all our favorite things in one simple project.    

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Mar 13, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Need a Complete Brad Point Drill Bit Set

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: 03/12/2015

Here's a little bit of weird DIY trivia: you know those drill bit sets that they sell at every hardware store and home improvement center? The ones that you buy the full set of and use until they break, or until you lose them? The ones you place in you awesome cordless drilldriver and use to drill holes in all kinds of wood?

They're not made to drill into wood.     … read more

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