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Nov 10, 2015

Make It: DIY Sofa Table With Outlets

PlugsI'm always looking for a place to set my glass when I'm sitting at the couch. Build this simple table with outlets that fits between the wall and the sofa so you can keep your drink close, and no more digging around behind the couch to plug in your laptop.

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Oct 26, 2015

Turning An Old Car Into An Electric Car (while doubling the horsepower or tripling the torque)

Michael Bream has a motto: "If you work on any car, you have to make it faster." A bold statement considering the stigma against electric vehicles for being sissy or potentially unreliable, on top of the fact that he helps run a company specializing in outfitting old cars with high performance electric drive trains.      

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Oct 21, 2015

How to: Make Cheap Bourbon Taste Like a Million Bucks

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By simply accenting the varietals in bourbon with similar ingredients you can easily move a bottom shelf brand up a level. All you need is three simple ingredients!

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Aug 18, 2015

IKEA Hack: Make a Super Simple Window Herb Garden

Sometimes, a plant and gardening project can be big and complicated, designed as a major focal point or landscaping effort that's intended to last for years and many harvests. See this guy.

But most of my favorite plant projects are the simple ones. The quick and easy efforts that allow you to spread a little life all around your space.   

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Jul 27, 2015

How to: Turn Old Butter Knives into a Set of High-Quality Steak Knives

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In case you've never looked into it, a set of steak knives is, like, super expensive. Even a reasonably priced, high-quality set, like these six rosewood-handled knives from Victorinox, will set you back $130. Which, to be fair, works out to about $22 a piece, but, c'mon, if you were gonna spend $130 on some knives, would you really want to get a speciality tool you'll only you five or six times a year when you cook up some serious protein for guests?   

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Jul 17, 2015

How to: Modify an Inexpensive Tool Cart to Organize All Your Hand Tools

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My buddy and colleague Timothy spied this great video tutorial for turning this affordable three-level tool cart into a full-on organization system for all of your tools. 

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Jul 08, 2015

Upgrade Your Headboard with Peel-and-Stick Wood Boards

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It's always a great deal when you not only stumble on a great project to tackle, you learn about new products at the same time. I recently found this amazing IKEA hack that featured a new product called Stikwood. I simply cannot wait to get my hand on some boxes of this product.

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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 barbecue grill.

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May 05, 2015

How to: Make a Secret Door Bookcase

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Oh, you know the kind. Where you pull a particular book and the whole case opens to reveal a secret passageway and all kinds of mysterious and surreptitious doings and goods behind?

If you've got the space (and the secrets), you can have one, too.    

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Apr 28, 2015

How to: Make a Wooden Sofa Sleeve with a Built-In Cup Holder

If it hasn't happened yet, it will. You set a drink on the arm of the sofa, perhaps a hot cup of coffee, perhaps an icy cold highball, and even though you know that's not where drinks should go, you go for it anyway, and it spills. It spills on you, on your laptop, on your upholstery, and it's bad. And I suspect, even though you've done it once, you'll likely do it all over again, because, well, it's really nice to be able to rest a tasty beverage on the arm of your sofa.    

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Mar 31, 2015

How to: Make a Secret Lip Balm Storage Safe

I've said this many times on ManMade, but, just to confirm: I'm really into bicycles. I use them for transport, and for exercise, and for recreation, and, hopefully soon, for travel. (Let's go bike touring!) And in order to get more time on the bike, I've been trying to streamline the process for prepping for rides.

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Because when you're out in the middle of nowhere, there's actually a lot of stuff you gotta carry and prep so you can get home safely. So, I'll take anything to speed up the shorts - jersey - HR monitor - sunscreen - socks - shoes - food - water bottle - spare tube and patch kit - tire levers - pump - multitool - computer - grease the chain - fill the tires - and GO! - process for a standard 35 mile ride. 

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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 possessions. 

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Mar 11, 2015

11 DIY Photography Equipment Hacks

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Most of us at ManMade have at some point had to create our own makeshift photography studio, and I imagine a lot of you have had to as well. Thanks to the team at DIYReady.com, here are some easy DIY hacks you can do at home for anything from a DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere to your very own tilt shift lens…   

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Mar 05, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Food Smoking Gun for Under $20

A countertop cold smoking machine is a great way to add a depth of grilled or barbecued-style flavor to a simple weeknight meal, or to up the excitement of a standard cocktail or a less-expensive dram of whiskey. They're easy to use, relatively small to store, and really can bring a different level to simple plate of roasted vegetables or pan-seared protein, especially in the dead of winter.   

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Mar 02, 2015

How to: Make a Cutting Tool Sharpener from an Old Bread Maker

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Check this one out: Scott, a maker and woodworker from Vancouver Island, BC, figured out a way to hack an old, busted breadmaker into a turntable-based powered sharpening system. He says,

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Feb 02, 2015

How to: Make a "Groundhog Day" Alarm Clock

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In honor of Groundhog Day, the holiday (?) occurring every February 2nd (that's today), and the 1993 cult film Groundhog Day, Randy of the Instructables Design Studio managed to created his own take on Groundhog Day alarm clock. The hack results in a DIY'd version of the one of the film's most iconic images, the clock radio on Phil's nightstand that awakes him each morning at 6:00a, playing Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe."

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Dec 23, 2014

7 Netflix Hacks You've Probably Never Heard Of

Netflix Hacks The holidays are a perfect time to catch up on all those movies and TV shows you've been waiting to binge watch. But as everyone knows, it's hard to find something everyone in the family wants to watch and it's easy for things to spiral out of control when facing the paralysis of endless options provided by Netflix. No more.   

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Nov 06, 2014

How To: Make Your Car Feel Like The Future

Transportation Technology Incorporated People MoverMany of us would love to live in the future. And with the exception of the fact that we're still waiting for Jarvis to arrive and put Siri to shame, there's so much incredible technology out there that it isn't hard to feel like we already do.   

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Oct 14, 2014

How to: Repair a Damaged Electric or Power Cord

Credit: Ethan Hagan

Whether it’s by accident or misuse, chances are you’re going to need to repair a power cord on something you own. I can’t count how many times I’ve almost cut my circular saw cord while ripping a board or yanked a lamp line and ripped it clean off. The good news is you don't have to toss out your expensive tools to a severed cord. Instead you can repair it yourself!    

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Oct 01, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Tastier and Healthier Instant Noodle Meals

They're a go-to lunch for people everywhere: office workers, college students, older children looking for something to fuel their growth spurts. And...I'll admit it - they're delicious. I love just-add-water noodle packs, particularly the Southeastern Asian brands that supply Indonesian or Korean flavors. Add a bit of frozen veg, some fresh herbs, some leftovers or a broth-poached egg, and you've got a legit meal. 

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