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Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Cabinet from Upcycled Flooring Scraps

created at: 04/18/2013

For any DIY enthusiast, the clearance bin at the DIY store is a regular stop. This project, the Oddstock Floored Wardrobe was designed and built to take advantage of that bin. Brazilian teak prefinished hardwood flooring was found on clearance for an irresistible price. The box had apparently been returned from a large flooring job.

To make use of all the boards, they were cut to short, mitered pieces and arranged in a chevron pattern. Metal tile flooring dividers were used to hide the board edges, trimming out the doors. A simple box deep enough to house clothes on hangers was placed on Queen Anne legs for a romantic look. After many searches for the right door handles, utilitarian garage door handles were chosen because of their large size and casual appearance. A coat hook and mirror were added to the inside of the door for accessories.

You can change the look to be more modern by using straight legs instead. Fill the bottom with shoes or boxes and add shelves if you like, or try other types of wood flooring and experiment with different patterns. 

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Apr 16, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Wood and Leather Pendant Lamp

created at: 04/08/2013

The Konkret lamp by Danish designer Jonas Edvard has some serious potential to add that missing cool/Scandinavian factor to your space.

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Mar 19, 2013

Wake Up Your Bedroom: 7 Tips to Create a Modern Masculine Retreat

A bedroom is often the most overlooked room in the house. You spend the big money on the rooms your guests will see - quality, lasting furniture for the living room, a dining table for hosting - or on practical pieces, like small appliances in the kitchen, or setting up your media gear for music all over your home.   

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Mar 14, 2013

How to: Make a Vintage Book Lamp

created at: 03/14/2013

A few years ago, I read a piece by designer Frank Chimero called "What Advice Would You Give a Graphic Design Student?" where he suggests, "Keep two books on your nightstand at all times: one fiction, one non-fiction." I've always been a big book guy, but I always keep Frank's advice in mind...though sometimes, one or the other is a magazine. (One of the good ones.)   

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Mar 06, 2013

Inspiring Photos of Neatly Arranged Collections

Portland, Oregon-based photographer Jim Golden photographs these compelling collections of themed objects. You might have seen a few similar "things organized neatly" pieces floating about the internet, but I think Golden's work contains more than just thoughtful spacing and color themes:   

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Mar 04, 2013

How to: Make a Modern Industrial Concrete Pendant Lamp

I'm always a sucker for unlikely materials used in surprising places, so I'm all kinds of inspired by this concrete pendant lamp project by Ben Uyeda.

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Feb 20, 2013

Video: Crafting a Handmade Chair from Scratch

My friend Jamie of Design Milk got an awesome chance to share this look at designer/maker Daniel Moyer crafting a custom chair from a huge slab of walnut milled just for him. The video strikes a perfect balance: it's just long enough, the music's great,

and each scene walks you through the process of tree to final finish. With just enough workshop envy. Watch it below:   

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Feb 11, 2013

How to: Give a Flea Market Bar Cart a Modern Makeover

created at: 02/11/2013In an ideal world, we'd all have fantastic kitchens and dining rooms, with enough cabinet space and hidden storage for all the food, tools, and utensils one could ever need, all out of sight. But, most of us don't, and we're forced to leave some items out for view, particularly urban apartment dwellers.

If you're without an adequate home bar or liquor cabinet space, a great solution is

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Feb 04, 2013

10 Quick and Easy Tips to Step Up Your Apartment or Home

Men often get pegged as "utilitarian" decorators - they choose things that are comfortable and work, and don't worry about how they appear. But, I'm a firm believer that we're affected by the places we inhabit, work, and live, and so your environment should be a place you're proud of.   

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Dec 04, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Mid-Century Modern Atomic Wreath

created at: 12/04/2012

This season, I was excited to team up with DIY Network to create a series of original how-to projects with the theme of "Christmas at The Jetsons." The rest of the

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Dec 03, 2012

We Love: Bicycle Taxidermy

created at: 12/03/2012U.K.-based designer Regan Appleton came up with this brilliant idea while a student at the Royal College of Art.  

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Nov 30, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Wood Dowel Holiday Wreath

This easy wreath project is festive and inexpensive, with warm woodtones and

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Nov 28, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: November 28, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

"Errors in Production" is a new website by Heike Bollig that features a fascinating collection of consumer products with manufacturing malfunctions.    

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Nov 27, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Menorah

created at: 11/27/2012

There are two of us here at ManMade. There's me, Chris, and I handle the content of the site, publishing the daily posts and projects. The other half is my compadre Bruno, who works behind-the-scenes keeping everything running smoothly. It's a great team, and we compliment each other well. I'm a dedicated Christmas fan, and Bruno...well, his last name is Bornsztein. Guess which winter holiday he grew up celebrating...

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Nov 26, 2012

How to: Make DIY Triangle Shelves

Creative couple Josh and Sarah whipped up these colorful geometric shelves using some clever cuts and basic lumber, and happily shared their how-to so you can whip some up at home.  

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Nov 07, 2012

How to: Make DIY Wall-Mounted Succulent Shelves

created at: 11/07/2012

I've lived in my house for three years, and I have but one giant blank white wall left: the one across from my bedroom headboard, the first thing I see when I wake up. For the past thirty-six months, I've been slowly filling my walls with DIY art projects, screenprints from my favorite artists, even a full-on collage of colorful paint samples glued to the plaster (which are never coming off, by the way). But this guy...taunts every morning. Or, had been.  Cause last weekend, I decided to do something about it.  

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Oct 25, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Chalkboard State Map

created at: 10/25/2012

The use of chalkboard paint in design and decor projects has been seen over and over again since it became available, but I think this graphic map is particularly great example. Rather than covering

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Oct 24, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Industrial Shelving Unit from Hardware Store Supplies

Nothing beats a stylish DIY project that's made from easy-to-find supplies from the home improvement center, comes together in an afternoon, and provides extra storage space.  

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Aug 21, 2012

How to: Make Wood Veneer Pendant Lights

Wood veneer are thin pieces of full woodgrain, which are sold in flexible roles, so you can glue them onto core panels for the look and finish of hardwood grain pattersn without the expense of solid wood.

Because veneer is so thin (around 3mm), it's quite flexible and easy to work, 

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Aug 07, 2012

The Process: Interview and Studio Tour with Bread & Badger, Makers of Manly Etched Pint Glasses

created at: 05/28/2013

Last week, I sat down (well, you know, on the internet) with Bread and Badger, a husband and wife team from Portland, Oregon, who make excellent etched pint glasses, coffee mugs, and other drinkware, all with graphic, manly imagery.

created at: 08/07/2012

Tell us the story of Bread and Badger. What do you make? We etch glass and ceramic cups with my original artwork, focusing on designs that appeal to men. We mostly sell barware like pint glasses and scotch glasses, but our new line of ceramic coffee and travel mugs has really taken off. 

created at: 08/07/2012

From where did the idea for etched glasses

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