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Mar 20, 2016

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Japanese Pull Saw

ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. Today: the Japanese saw.

Japanese saw - this Dozuki saw is fast, safe, and accurate

I am, by no means, a traditionalist. I say the best tool for the job is always the tool that will produce the best results. Take my love for cast iron cookware: I don't prefer it because its old time-y, nostalgic, or because it's what my grandpa would have used. (My grandpa was kind of a jerk). I love it because it's often the best surface with which to cook; and when it's not, I'll gladly reach for a stainless steel pan or a piece of non-stick.

The same applies to woodworking and DIY tasks: I'm happy to use powered tools - saws, sanders, planers, jointers - in my projects if they allow me to work faster and smarter. And I do; I use them in almost everything I make.

But here's the deal: sometimes, the powered option is not the best tool for the job, and there are many cuts for which you should leave the table saw, the miter saw, or the jig saw behind. And in those cases, what you should grab is the Japanese pull saw.    

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Mar 03, 2016

The Essential Kitchen: The 15 Tools Every Man Needs to Cook Like a Pro

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Look - I'm not implying I only have fifteen things in my kitchen. I love to cook, to the point that I ask for new tools and gadgets for Christmas and birthday presents. But, I also cook three meals a day at home, and for 90% of them, it's with the same basic handful of utensils and cookware.   

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Mar 03, 2016

Upgrade: You Need a Quality Set of Shades

created at: 02/29/2016With spring around the corner, and plenty of sunlight in our future it’s time to take about those glasses. Sure, cheapo glasses served us well in our 20s, but now we’re responsible enough to get a bit more sophisticated. Here are a few reasons to upgrade those shades.  

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Feb 23, 2016

Dudes and Decor: An Interior Design Primer for Guys

We all know the stereotypes for the ways guys "decorate" their spaces: outdated recliners, a nest of media and electronics cables, and movie posters tacked to the walls. 

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Feb 09, 2016

Gifts for Your Girl on Valentine's Day

ManMade Valentine's Day gift roundup
Whether you're into it or not, Valentine's Day is 'round the corner and now's the perfect time to make a plan. Let's be clear: you don't have to do gifts for Valentine's Day. But you should do something thoughtful, caring and personal. If romantic expressions aren't your forté, a nice gift can go a long way instead. 

To help you out, we've rounded up a few Valentine's Day favorites we think will be a hit this year. If there's a woman to tell I love you, then these are a good way to go. 

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Jan 28, 2016

4 Simple Upgrades To Make Your Work Shop More Enjoyable

Shop MatsSpending time in the shop is a special kind of escape for me. It's a time to get some things done, to be creative, and to unwind in my own way. But this time of year it can be hard to enjoy the space. The cold wind and cloudy skies can make it dark, cold, and just not worth the time I want to give it. Here are a few simple upgrades to make your shop a place you can escape to year round.  

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Jan 11, 2016

4 Classic Books Every DIYer Should Have on Hand

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I want to give props to the internet for almost single-handedly fueling the DIY movement across America. If you need to know how to do anything, a search engine will lead you to the answer. Heck, it might even bring you here!   

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Jan 08, 2016

Attention Woodworkers: This is a Really Good Deal on Adjustable Bar Clamps

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Most articles on the value of clamps will begin with the old adage, "You can never have too many clamps." This one, apparently, does too. (See what I did there?) Because the truth is: you really can't.   

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Dec 30, 2015

15 High-End, Long-Lasting Goods that are Worth the Splurge

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Here at ManMade, "value" is all about getting a product which has a quality you're comfortable with at a price that you're comfortable paying. For us, that means we're rarely recommending

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Dec 18, 2015

Your Shop Lights Don't Have To Look Like Shop Lights

Hanging Beam LightTired of the boring lights hanging from your shop ceiling? Why not take the time to make something that reflects your personality a bit more. Here are three inspirational designs that will give you a new outlook on shop lighting.  

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Dec 04, 2015

Worth the Splurge: Quality Gifts to Invest In

 Gift guide: 10 heritage gifts that will stand the test of time

Look, I'm about to admit a deep, dark secret, so if you're not into that, you may want to move along. I am terrible at giving gifts. Maybe it's because I didn't get a ton of them when I was growing up, or maybe I'm just a cheapskate at heart and don't want to admit it. But when faced with investing in a gift of truly high quality, somehow my brain falls back to, "Wouldn't you rather have three or four of these crappy, cheaper things?"

No. Nobody wants those crappy, cheap things. One hundred gifts from the dollar store might be good for a few laughs, but they are - at the end of the day - just a hundred little pieces of junk. So, here are some ideas for gifts you can give (or, if you're lucky, receive) that are timeless, extremely well-made, and will have an impact no quantity of worthless chotchkies could ever have.

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Dec 01, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Vodka Under $25?

There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.  

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Throughout the rest of the year, ManMade is seeking out the best affordable bottles of a variety of spirits that work well in your home bar, but know you can grab at the store the next time you head to a friend's house or a party.       

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Nov 25, 2015

Give This, Not That: 11 Holiday Gift Upgrades Every Man will Love

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The holiday season is upon us and it's time to stray from the usual gift-giving fare. So here are 11 truly unique gift ideas that are worth some serious consideration.   

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Nov 25, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You're Going to Like Having a Good Ratcheting Screwdriver

Why you should buy a ratcheting screwdriver

You know we here at ManMade always have praise for specialized, high-quality, long lasting tools. Chris went in-depth on screwdrivers earlier this year, and I second his opinion: 
"a high-quality set of wood handled screwdrivers are a true joy to use." But let me also put in a plug for the less-glamorous cousin, the ratcheting screwdriver. It probably won't last a lifetime, and it's certainly not hand-crafted, but it can be a joy to use, in the right circumstances, and I think every guy should own one (or two, or three).

Throw one in your toolbox, another in the trunk of your car, and a leave a third in your desk drawer at the office. Make

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Nov 24, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Bourbon under $25?

created at: 11/24/2015 There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.  

Throughout the next few months, ManMade is seeking out the best affordable bottles of a variety of spirits that work well in your home bar, but know you can grab at the store the next time you head to a friend's house or a party.      

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Nov 24, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Awesome Gift Ideas for the Outdoors Guy

created at: 11/24/2015We all have that guy in our lives, the one that can't resist the call of the wild and spends all his spare time chasing trails and posting nature selfies. Or, for many ManMade readers, it's us. Get him (or you) something he'll bring along on the journey. 

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Nov 23, 2015

How to: Build a Minimal and Versatile Wardrobe

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Most of us want to look good and don't like excessive things that just take up space. Hence the pull to simplify one's wardrobe and put an emphasis on curating limited goods that offer quality and versatility. Thankfully, we're not the only ones feeling that. Below is a great roundup of two Art of Manliness posts touching on that very subject.

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Nov 23, 2015

Amazon's 8-Day Black Friday Sale Items You Actually Want to Know About

The Black Friday arms race isn't good for humanity, but it can help the price-conscious consumer. Amazon is gearing up for an 8 day Black Friday sale and here are all of the deals you may want to check out from electronics to home renovation equipment to outdoor gear.   

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Nov 13, 2015

How to: Buy A Motorcycle (For Real)

Most men I know like motorcycles, at least in the abstract. My friends and I often talk about which bikes we want and in what order, all to varying degrees of seriousness since none of us actually own any bikes (I did briefly have a motorcycle license though, which I felt was a step in the right direction). However if you’re interested in pursuing the prospective-first-motorcycle-purchase conversation a little further,

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Nov 09, 2015

The Best Turntable for Every Budget

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The digital library and streaming services are great for checking out new stuff, singles, and the mighty, might playlist, but the only real option worth pursuing if you're interested in building a music library is one of recording's oldest formats: the vinyl record.    

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