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Jul 15, 2016

How to: Pack the Perfect Overnight Bag for a Weekend Away

Weekend Drive Gear

This time of year, I almost always find myself looking for a reason to drive.  There's something exceptional about the spring foliage, misty weather, and changing of the seasons. I like to keep a simple bag of gear packed up in case my wanderings turn into an overnight trek.   

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Jul 13, 2016

You Need A Solid Kitchen Knife: How To Choose The Right One

KnifeA dull knife makes everything a bit harder, and when it comes to mastering that meal a sharp edge really makes all the difference. Here's how to pick a knife that will up your culinary chops immediately.  

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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 21, 2016

10 Great Southern Beers You Should Be Drinking this Summer

created at: 06/21/2016

The southeast has a lot of great things about it -- beaches, mountains, iced tea, southern hospitality -- but it isn’t necessarily considered a hotbed of the craft beer world. There are great craft beer cities, sure, but it doesn’t have the respect of a Michigan, Oregon, or upstate New York. The past decade has seen an explosion of breweries in the southeast, though, and these folks have mastered brewing for summertime. These breweries don’t just know heat. They live it, and they make beer that suits it. With that in mind, here are ten favorites to help you beat the heat next time you’re having friends or family over this summer. 

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Jun 21, 2016

We Thought These $12 Aviators Might Be Perfect for Summer. They're Not.

Cheaters Tomcat Aviator Sunglasses review

A few weeks ago, we recommended the Gamma Ray Cheaters Wayfarer-style sunglasses, saying they would become "your new pair of standard, inexpensive sunglasses". We liked the Wayfarers because they fit well, looked good, and were reasonably well-made (for a $10 pair of shades). So when I noticed the same company offers an aviator-style set of sunglasses for $12, I decided to try them out. Could they possibly be as good, cheap, and solidly-built as their wayfaring cousins?

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Jun 20, 2016

7 Essential Tools for Cooking Meat Like a Pro

Here's the thing with cooking up a flavorful piece of protein: it's kinda expensive. Especially if you get the good stuff from a butcher you trust. Mess up a carrot? It's pretty easy to peel and cook up another one. Mess up a 48-day aged Frenched crown roast of prime beef? You're out nearly a Benjamin.    

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Jun 17, 2016

Make This: The Always Helpful Shopmade Featherboard

created at: 06/13/2016Working in the shop often requires a second set of hands. But what happens when you're working alone? Que the helpful feather board. Here is a simple project to make your own helping hands.

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Jun 07, 2016

5 Essential Shoes Every Man Needs This Summer

created at: 07/08/2015

Newsflash, ManMakers: It's hot out. Like, super hot... the kind of hot where you can't quite pretend you're not roasting and just wear your standard uniform from the rest of the year. It's easy to dress well in the fall and winter. Every man looks great in boots and sweaters and layers and patterned button-downs. But, in summer, it's just too hot for those things, and you simply gotta embrace the shorts.  And with the shorts comes the question: well, what shoes do I wear with them?    

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Jun 01, 2016

Your New Favorite Sunglasses: An Under $10 Pair that Fits Every Man, Every Time (and How to Make Them Better)

created at: 05/31/2016

There's definitely a case to be made for the investment pair of sunglasses. That classic, quality pair that works with everything from a tuxedo to swim trunks and sandals. That pair that you're a little hesitant to spend the money on at first because you're used to losing your gas station glasses all the time, but find, once you own them, that you actually seem to keep track and take care of them at all times

We love that pair of sunglasses. But we also know that summer brings a lot of real adventures. Like, if you're doing these long days and warm temps right, there are actually dozens of times where a high-end pair doesn't make sense. Like any time you're in the woods, a mountain, the desert, on a bicycle or other human-powered transportation, or any time you're moving about near, on, or in a large body of water.

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May 16, 2016

How to Find a Suit that Fits

Measuring tapes and helpful sales associates are great. But what looks great in the fitting room mirror doesn't always work out in real life. So, if you're in the market for a new suit - perhaps for the upcoming summer wedding season - looks to these few measure-free tips to make sure you get a suit that will stand up to real world wear, and look great while doing it. These would be especially helpful if you're ordering from an online retailer like SuitSupply or Indochino, and you want to make sure you've got a great fit once the box shows up.    

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May 13, 2016

The Ultimate Cycling Library: The 8 Essential Bicycle Books Every Man Should Read

created at: 05/02/2016

If you search for a list of best books about bicycles, you'll find several... and among them, you'll notice a definite trend. They're all about "cycling" - the competitive racing of road bikes - rather than "bicycles" - the thing with two wheels and a chain and handlebars.

Not that we have anything against competitive cycling (we love it), but only true dedicated fans of the sport need a list of biographies and recaps of historic Tour de Frances, and the like.   

So instead, we set out to create our own cycling library that encompasses all aspects of the simple, brilliant machinery that is the bicycle, and all the fun that comes with it.

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May 12, 2016

10 Things Every Man Should Own [Spring Edition]

created at: 05/08/2013

Some of the most frequent kinds of questions ManMade receives are inquiries like, "I just graduated college and finally have a real income and I'd like to start investing in some long-lasting goods..." or "my fiancée's birthday is coming up, and I'd like to buy him something every guy should have..." In 2013, I've been giving my take on those essential items, offering a new collection of ten each season:  winter spring summer, and  fall .    Some of these you might already own, some of these you might need to upgrade to a quality version, and most of these apply to women and households too. Please let me know what you think, and what you'd add or take away in the comments below.    

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May 10, 2016

Make This: Shop Made Thread Cutter

Thread Cutting JigThere is always a place in the shop that needs a set of threads. Shop made threads can work with clamps, adjustable workbenches, and handles, so take a look at how to make your own cutter here.  

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Apr 22, 2016

How to: Sharpen A Pocket Knife

Odds are if you're reading this blog, you're already taking good care of your kitchen knives with a home sharpener of some sort. But are you keeping as good an eye on your pocket knife or other daily-carry type knife? I recently realized that I hadn't quite noticed how dull the knife I often carry had become and set out to buy a good whetstone to take care of it. So here's a brief guide on how to give your pocket knife the TLC it desperately needs.   

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Apr 20, 2016

How to: Make a Clock from Scratch in Your Home Shop

'O let not Time deceive you / You cannot conquer Time,' wrote W. H. Auden, and what better way to feel the constant crushing weight of your impending mortality than watching the gorgeous hands go round on a clock that you spent hours endeavoring to make? Thanks to Clickspring who produced this 16 part YouTube series on How To Make A Clock In The Home Machine Shop you too can have a continual reminder of the ravishes of time in your very own home! [But seriously, it's a magnificent-looking clock]   

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Apr 18, 2016

Breathe Easier - You Need A Shop Air Filter

Filter BoxI'm a fan of making some sawdust, and I produce plenty of it in my shop every chance I get. While it might be fun making the mess, breathing those fine particles is a major problem for your health. That's where shop air filters come in.  

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Apr 04, 2016

10 Tips From Shop Class You Should Never Forget

created at: 04/04/2016

Chris Lyons is the master craftsman behind Clyons Creations, where he specializes in handcrafted guitars and other DIY woodworking projects. He's also a "technology education instructor" at a local junior high, but he prefers the old school title of "shop teacher." And as such, here are his 10 Tips From Shop Class You Should Never, Ever Forget...   

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Mar 29, 2016

Shopping Guide: 7 Spring Style Essentials for the Modern Guy

spring lookbook

Hibernation season is officially officially over and it's time to transition into the warmer months of the year. So, we've gathered a few essentials that will help you feel like yourself while staying cool. 

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Mar 28, 2016

6 Pairs of Shoes Every Man Should Have in His Closet

This ManMade guest post was written by Jay Howard
 
Building a wardrobe can be a bit confusing for the fellas out there, especially when it comes to the most expensive items in your closet: your shoes.
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You want to have some great options to wear with different outfit styles, but you also don’t want to drop thousands of dollars on two dozen pairs of shoes. Here’s the secret: you don’t need every shoe variation in the book to be able to adequately match your outfits. You just need the right shoes in your closet to make it work.

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Mar 28, 2016

Belt Driven - A New Kind of Bicycle

Belt Driven BikeOne of the worst parts of a bike is the chain. It's loud, greasy and has ruined quite a few pairs of my jeans. If you're looking for a better way, try a belt driven bike.  

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