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Sep 21, 2016

Build Yourself a Classic Masculine Workspace with these 5 Rustic DIY Projects

Inspired OfficeMy best work is done when I'm inspired. These 5 DIY projects will make your office a place you want to spend the next 8 hours in.   

1. DIY Paneled Wall - This one is for those that can make some pretty substantial improvements on their space. The $100 price tag for a wall is pretty approachable for such a huge change in the space.

Engineering Map Prints2. Engineer Printed Maps - Large, detailed, and affordable prints from vintage maps or other inspiring pieces.  These interesting pieces are a great way to bring some interesting details to a space that will catch you eye and serve as a unique focal point for the workplace.

Acrylic wall calendar3. DIY Acrylic Wall Calendar - Ditch

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Sep 01, 2016

How to: Build Shop Cabinet Doors on the Cheap

Half Lap JointsThere are plenty of shelves in my shop that need doors to keep out the dust, and to keep the look of the shop more streamlined. These cheap doors are made from 2.5" pine boards and affordable 1/4" plywood. They still look great and function well, and they have enough heft to feel strong in your hand.  

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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 29, 2016

How to: Make a Simple, Rustic Folding Magazine Rack from Wood and Fabric

This is a guest post from Mike at The Crafty Gentleman blog – a site dedicated to original DIY and craft projects. 

created at: 09/23/2015

Yeah, we're living in the digital age, but I still enjoy a magazine or newspaper with my morning coffee. To keep them tidy and at hand, I designed this minimalist magazine holder, which would fit neatly alongside any table or sofa. The raw wood and denim look gives it a rustic, rugged feel – but you could easily paint the wood or use different fabric, to customize it perfectly for your space.

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Aug 19, 2016

How to: Build a Vintage Towel/Coat Rack from Scrap Pipe

Shop27vt of Instructables.com is a professional remodeler who's constantly on the lookout for ways to upcycle his old scrap metal and turn them into beautiful and functional household utilities. I'm personally a huge fan of his rustic/steampunk aesthetic that I'm sure you won't want to miss.    

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Aug 17, 2016

Seriously, This is the Best $5.00 I've Spent on DIY Projects in Years

created at: 08/17/2016

You know those things that prove to be so useful, and become so quickly integrated into your projects and processes that you can't believe you didn't know about it before?

I just found another one. And it might be the best $5.00 I've ever spent. (Sorry three taco special at Los Michoacanos).    

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Aug 11, 2016

How to: Make a Custom Wall-Mounted Tool Rack for Your Workshop

created at: 08/11/2016

There are lots of ways to store your hand tools. Tossed into a portable tool box, or organized in bins, totes, or the drawers and racks of a chest. I've always been a fan of getting things up on the wall where you can see them, find them, use them, and then put them back when you're done. (Plus, let's face it... they do look cool.)

If you're over the limitations of pegboard, but not quite ready to invest the time and resources into a tool cabinet, we suggest one of these: a tool rack. You can make some in an afternoon, and each space and slot is customized to fit exactly what you need to organize.   

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Jul 18, 2016

5 Warning Signs Your Morning Routine Is Broken (And How To Fix It)

Morning CoffeeI’m pretty sure it’s just the season, but lately I’ve been in a perpetual rush. From the moment my feet hit the floor each morning, it seems I’m already late for life. It's a bit of overachieving, and just lot of seasonal activities that have left my life in a jumble.

It’s time to take back some control. Do you feel like this too? Read on.   

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Jul 05, 2016

Make This: DIY Saw Blade Storage Box

Saw Blade HolderHere’s a quick shop project that will give you a simple and dedicated way to protect your blades in the workshop. So keep them close but out of the way for a cleaner, more organized place to work with this multi-use storage box.

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Jun 30, 2016

14 Genius Garage Organization Ideas

Summer is a good time to let things go. Have fun with friends and family -- enjoy the sunny weather. But that doesn't mean you need to let that garage go as wild as you will. With these 14 organization ideas, you can streamline your summer fun and still be sure that everything will be in place come the autumnal cleanup.   

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Jun 21, 2016

How to: Make a Rustic Shelving and Media Unit from Hardware Store Materials

You've no doubt familiar with that one aisle in the home center with the track shelving: the tracks and brackets that can be assembled in a variety of sizes. Which are great, except the finished product looks like a bunch of stuff from that one aisle in the home center with all the track shelving. 

Molly from Almost Makes Perfect figured out a cool way to update these easy-to-find affordable materials and give them a warm, rustic industrial look you'd actually be happy to have in your home.   

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Jun 16, 2016

DIY Idea: Make a Rustic Copper Pipe Pot Rack

If your kitchen needs more storage space, and you cupboards are full and can't stand countertop clutter, it's time to hit the walls.    

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Jun 15, 2016

How to: Make a Stylish, Multi-Purpose Wood Roll-Up Tray

Make a multi-purpose roll-up wood tray

I recently saw an image of something like this guy on Pinterest and after many minutes of searching, I couldn't find where I could buy it. So, I made my own! It's a roll-up wood tray you can drape over the arm or cushion of your couch to create a flat surface for all kinds of good stuff. 

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Apr 18, 2016

DIY Idea: Make These Simple Rustic Wooden Crates to Use...Everywhere

This simple wooden box is part of the Crate series by London designer Jasper Morrison. It's made of Douglas fir and, as the designer suggests, "is suited to many applications such as a bedside table, storage or occasional table."   

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Mar 30, 2016

How to: Make a Custom Leather Roll to Organize Your Hand Tools

There's no better way to introduce this blog post than to say: I think it's a really, really good idea. The look is classic, and it helps protect your tools edges and handles by encasing them in soft, sturdy material, and it helps protect your hands by keeping the business ends covered. And, since you're making it from scratch, you can create custom slots and pockets to hold exactly what you want, and keep things where they need to be. And did we mention it looks great? Yes? Okay, great. Let's make one.    

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Feb 23, 2016

A New House Gets a New Workbench

created at: 02/23/2016

ManMade reader Alan recently bought his first home, going from a one-bedroom apartment in a busy urban neighborhood to a three-bedroom house just south of downtown Portland, gaining lots of space and a new sense of quiet. 

On the top of his list for the new spot? The same as many a ManMade reader: a new place to work on his own household, creative, and DIY projects. First step - a new workbench in his new garage to provide a solid surface to bang around, and keep his tools organized.     

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Feb 22, 2016

12 Things You'll Be Happy You Started Today

BridgeWhat were you doing a year ago? Do you remember what you were doing that day? What if that day, you started something great that changed your life for the better? Here's your chance to start something new.  

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Feb 19, 2016

How to: Make a "Hold Everything" Tool Rack

When I was in graduate school, I taught guitar lessons to several neighborhood kids for some extra income. Inevitably, after a few months of convert's zeal, their practicing would slow down, and a parent would always ask me, "how can I get ______ to practice more at home?" I had some musical tips, sure, but my first answer was always: buy a guitar stand, and leave it out. No one is going to pick up an instrument that's locked in a case and placed under the bed or leaned against a wall in a closet. But, have it out and within a grasp in just a few seconds, and one can't help but just pick it up and rock out.     

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Feb 05, 2016

How to: Make a Masculine Treasure Box (with a Secret Hidden Compartment)

We've said it before, and we'll say it today: every man needs his own keepsake box. You know, all the trinkets and masculine things that enchant you as a child that your father probably had thrown into an actual box...or in my dad's case, a tiny dresser drawer. But now here's a stellar guide to not only crafting your collection, but building your own sliding tray box to keep all your treasures that includes a built-in, hidden compartment for the super-secret gadgets.  

On quality keepsake boxes, Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his autobiography:

We used to wait in the library in the evening until we could hear his key rattling in the latch of

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Feb 02, 2016

How to: Make a Wooden Bedside Phone Rest

created at: 11/16/2014

Don't you hate it when you're ready to plug in your phone for the night and the dang cable has fallen off your night stand and into the void between your bed and the wall? Yea, so did I until I invented this lovely walnut Phone Throne!    

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