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Aug 10, 2018

How To: Rebind a Vintage Paperback Book

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I love reading. It's a passion and a pastime, a comfort when I'm stressed out, and a total compulsion—ask my wife and she'll confirm that if there's written material anywhere in my vicinity, I'll scan it. I read books from the bookstore and the library, I read articles on my phone, I print out PDFs of friends' screenplays for annotated reviews.

I also really enjoy buying vintage books, especially while traveling. My trade of choice is artisan printing, particularly in letterpress, so I love examining the craft that goes into these old books.

Most books come to me in decent condition, but every once in a while I'll come across one in a Charlie Brown Christmas tree state. Today I finally sat down to work on this 70-year-old German paperback, and I'd like to share my DIY book binding process with you.

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Sep 13, 2016

Clean Out Your Scrap Pile with These 10 DIY Project Ideas

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I am a total scrap hoarder. Whether it's wood, metal or other trinkets, I can't help but think to myself that one day I will use some of these. From time to time, I search the depths of Pinterest to find some really good uses for all the junk I collect. Because if I don't I might not have a workshop to work in anymore!

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Sep 01, 2016

How to: Make this Rustic Storage Box From an Old Pallet

A rustic storage box is frankly good for just about anything. Storing tools, carrying picnic supplies, or even piling up in a corner for decoration, you can do just about anything with them. And if you build them with enough quality and intention you can always sell them if they're in your way (honestly, I once saw legitimately janky old crates being sold in Brooklyn for $45 apiece).   

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Aug 30, 2016

This 2016 "Shed of the Year" is Made from 90% Recycled Material and It is Amazing

So the first thing to know is that, yes, there is such a thing as the Shed of the Year. It's a (literal) giant crown of an award for the best shed in the UK given during the final episode of Channel 4's Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year. This year's finale had a record-breaking 2,825 entries and 12,292 public votes, and was described as, "nail-biting" and I can honestly understand why...   

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Jun 13, 2016

DIY Idea: Make Vintage Suitcase Shelves

These vintage suitcase shelves were created by Ki Naussauer, a designer known for her commitment to flea market pieces and upcycling. This wall is from her actual living room, which means: she made them herself, and you can too. Here's how it'd go:    

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Mar 07, 2016

How to: Turn a Vintage Wooden Box into an Upcycled Bicycle Crate

Have you ever stumbled across an old wooden crate at your local flea market and wondered "what can I do with that"?  Here's one option - turn it into a unique and functional accessory for your around-the-town cycling.

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Mar 07, 2016

7 DIY Projects For Your Old Books

If there's a category of things I constantly have too many of, it's books. Stacks on stacks on stacks. I have to purposefully keep myself from entering used book stores since I know I already have literal piles of books at home begging to be read, not to mention stacks of books I've already read that I don't intend to hold on to. If you're past the book lamp or clock, here are 7 next-level DIY projects for those books ready to be recycled.   

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Mar 02, 2016

How to: Make a Six-Pack Craft Caddy or Project Organizer

Maker and craft book author Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman came up with this clever way to keep track of those various projects-in-process: create a reusable "caddy" from a bulked-up six-pack beer carrier.   

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Feb 29, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Daily Travel Tech Organizer from an Old Book

In our elementary school days, packing your bag was easy: books, folders, pencil, lunch bag, done. But, as grown-ups, especially for those who work in a non-traditional office setting, making sure you have all the goodies you need for the day or a work trip can be tough - do you have all the right power and syncing cables

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Feb 02, 2016

22 Ingenious Ways To Repurpose Old Junk

With a great series of before and after photos, Popular Mechanics is rocking a host of new ideas for turning old junk parts into practical, masculine decor.   

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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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Feb 05, 2014

How To: Turn an Old Tire into a Rustic Ottoman

When you think about it, a tire is a perfect place to rest your feet. It's round, plenty sturdy, and soft enough to easy accept hardware while being rigid enough to maintain it.

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Jan 28, 2014

Quick and Easy Winter Project: How to Make a Wine Cork Trivet

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The wine cork trivet is a DIY staple, putting perfectly good materials to clever reuse. 

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Oct 31, 2013

The $500 DIY Glass Home

The $500 DIY Glass Home

Meet Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz, a young couple from West Virginia who built this woodland retreat from (mostly) upcycled materials. Nick, a photographer, and Lilah, a clothing designer, embarked in their DIY adventure after from a desire to be "closer to the elements," and used as many materials found on the property that they could. 

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Jul 11, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Side Table Out of an IKEA Hamper

We never tire of a clever IKEA hack, and this is one of our faves. What used to keep track of your dirty socks can now hold your coffee and magazines.

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May 23, 2013

How to: Make a Simple Wooden Ring

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Caitlin from The Merry Thought shares this awesome tutorial for turning very small pieces or scraps of hardwood into natural wooden rings. 

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Aug 08, 2012

Kiel Johnson's Amazing, Intricate Paper Metropolis

Artist and all around ManMaker Kiel Johnson uses paper for more than just sketches and designing ideas: it's the essential building block of his work. Recently, he's been constructing an entire paper cities from chipboard, tape and glue. The "cities are fully realized with stadiums and police chases, power lines and Times Square like culture zones. They have thousands of little stories contained in one piece and are just incredibly fascinating."   

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Aug 06, 2012

How to: Make a Rustic Wood and Leather Hanging Shelf

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Often, the hardest part of creating and designing DIY projects is sourcing the right materials. Finding something strong yet workable, with just the right amount of visual character can actually be harder than you think. So, what I love about this rustic storage project is its embracing of its worn materials

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Jul 30, 2012

Designer Turns Hoarding Obsession into Actual Art

Sara Cwynar, a designer at the New York Times magazine, is an admitted hoarder. Well, maybe not a category-level, unhealthy amasser, but certainly someone on the spectrum with some significant "hoarding impulses."

She recently sorted her collections in her Brooklyn apartment and for a new series called "Accidental Archives." The installations feature only items Cwynar actually owned (no new objects purchased), arranged by color.  

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Jul 19, 2012

How to: Make a Beer Bottle Tiki Torch

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This fun project has everything I'm looking for on a day like today: it's summery, recycled, keeps all these wretched bugs away, and, most importantly, to execute it properly, you have to drink at least one beer. Win, win, win, win.  

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