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Oct 27, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade: Building a Custom Tool Island and (Finally!) Cleaning Up...

Tool IslandA few months ago, I completely destroyed my shop. I pulled everything off the wall, tools off the countertops, and it just . . . imploded. My workshop need an upgrade and it's true - you need to break it before you can fix it.  

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Oct 20, 2015

Try This Simple Trick Anytime You Use Wood Glue on Your Woodworking Projects

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Whenever you're working on a bigger woodworking project that involves milling and preparing stock for parts, you often have to work on several parts at once in order to maximize efficiency. For example: dimension, plane, and joint all the wood at once while the tools are set up, cut all the joinery while the dado stack is installed in the table saw, etc. 

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Oct 16, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: You Need A Router, But Where Should You Start?

Palm RouterAside from the table saw, one of the most useful tools in my shop is the router. This large, loud, powerful tool can be intimidating to work with, but once you know the basics I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a tool worth learning to use.   

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Sep 25, 2015

What's the Deal with the 5th Pocket on Your Denim Jeans?

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Ever wonder why your jeans have that little fifth pocket on the right side? 

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Sep 14, 2015

This Project is Easier Than You Think: How to Make + Install Wall-Mounted Air Compressor Lines

Hooking Up An Air CompressorWorking in my small shop, I've tripped over my air hoses countless times. And many times an air hose has snagged on something a pulled a tool off the work bench (dangerous!). That ends today with wall-mounted air lines.  

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Sep 08, 2015

The Traditional Art of Vegetable Tanned Leather

created at: 09/08/2015Bole Tannery has been making their own reindeer (!) and cattle leather goods from vegetable tanned leather in their Swedish workshop for generations. Take a look at what it means to create vegetable tanned leather goods from hide to final rucksack.   

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Aug 21, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Workshop Needs a Really, Really Good Rotary Tool (and Which One to Buy)

Each week in 2015, 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. 

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There comes that time in every project. The point where you know what needs to happen, but aren't quite sure how to get there. When you've got the time and the energy to make it work, but that bolt or screw is just a little too long and the hardware store is closed. When you're ready to shape it, cut it, sand it, but you just don't know how to do it safely.    

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Aug 13, 2015

8 Men's Essentials under $25 to Help You Finish Up Summer with Style

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Don't let all the back-to-school sales fool you. We've still got weeks of summer left, and plenty of late evenings and warm weather to embrace. Keep the spirit going well into early autumn with these picks to prolong the season.    

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Jul 29, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade on a Budget: Step 2 - Breaking it into Phases

Before Pic of WorkshopI'm finally re-vamping my cluttered, dark, dis-organized shop on a budget. Big projects need to be broken into manageable pieces. Here's the process I'm going through to make sure my budget shop upgrade comes together right.  
I've been thinking about my shop upgrades for a while now. I've sketched, measured, dreamed, and worried about it for years, and now that I'm actually starting the build it's time to break it into pieces manageable enough to get done without going bonkers.  My uncle told me a few months ago "make sure you design it for when you're in the middle of a project, not for when everything is all neat and tidy." That's

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Jul 15, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade on a Budget: Step 1 – The Master Plan

Cluttered ShopI’ve been working in my shop several days a week for a few years now, and it shows. When it’s polished up, it’s useable, but the whole thing seems to unravel into chaos within minutes of starting a project. The main problem, as in most things in life, is a lack of organization. I tell my kids daily that “every toy has to have a home”, but I have a lot of orphan tools in my shop that simply occupy the nearest shelf.  

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Jun 18, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Workshop Needs a Really, Really Good Jig Saw (and Which One to Buy)

Each week in 2015, 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. 

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Woodworking and DIY tasks are often about keep things straight. That is: flat, square, true, non-bowed, non-cupped, planed, and jointed. There's a half a dozen tools in the shop dedicated to doing one or a few of those things, with complex fences and tables to ensure everything stays square.

And my favorite power tool laughs in the face of all those things. It not only is intended to cut curves and complex shapes, but can do so not just in solid wood, but in metal, plastic, laminate, ceramic, and plywood. We're talking about the jig saw, which is, by far, the most fun tool in the shop, and surprisingly versatile. 

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Jun 18, 2015

A Modern Man's Guide to Bargaining: How to Haggle and Get the Best Price...without Acting Like A Jerk

created at: 06/15/2015Everyone loves to save their hard-earned cash. So spending as little as possible while getting the most value is always the best way to go. But how can you make that happen without acting like a jerk in the process? Here are a few tried-and-true tips.

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Jun 12, 2015

Weekend Getaway 101: A Man's Guide to the Perfect Summer Trip

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Happy summer, ManMakers. Those three months where the days are long, and the weekends are time to just grab a bag and go. So, this is our handy guide to traveling: tips to plan, pack, and explore so you can get the most out of your trip.

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Jun 11, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Set of Metal Cutting Snips

Each week in 2015, 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. 

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Sometimes you need to cut paper, sometimes you need to cut wood, and sometimes you need to cut metal. And when that occassion arises, you need a pair of snips. 

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May 14, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The 3 Hammers Every Man Should Own

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Think of a hammer as a primitive tool? Think again. Though it sorta performs the same function as some Cro-Magnon fellow bashing stuff with a rock, it's actually a remarkable piece of industrial design that dates back thousands of years, and has been relatively unchanged since. Respect.  

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May 04, 2015

15 Handmade Leather Goods for Every Kind of Guy

Fashion trends come and go, but true class never tires. And unless it's a suede jacket with fringe on the sleeves or a pair of bondage pants, investing in quality, handmade leather goods is always a wise decision for every guy. They'll last for decades, look better with age, and simply make you look like a guy. I've rounded up fifteen quality leathergoods that particularly hit the spot this week.

1. Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots

2. Leather Beer Carton by WalnutStudiolo   

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May 01, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Get Yourself a Serious Pair of Cutting Pliers

created at: 05/01/2015 There are those tools that are exciting. The ones you look forward to using: table saws, routers, even hand planes. And then there are the tools that sit there on the peg board, unassuming, know they're perfect at the one task they were designed to do. And when you need them for that task, accept no substitutes.    

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Apr 22, 2015

The ManMade Spring Style Guide

This is a commerce post in partnership with Frank & Oak

ManMadeDIY Spring Style Guide
I'm the sort of guy who holds on to super-comfortable, super-threadbare, moth-hole-ridden t-shirts for far too long, much to my wife's great chagrin. And while there is a place in your life for that favorite, falling-apart shirt, let's make sure it's just one. Recently, I cut down and donated a good portion of my wardrobe, editing out anything I hadn't put on in the last six months. Doing so allowed me to replace staples and add a few new pieces to my closet. 

I'm long-limbed and lanky, so I often have trouble time finding clothing that fits. Pants are too baggy, and shirts are too

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Feb 23, 2015

The Essential Things Every Man Should Own by the Time He's 30

30 Things Guys Should Own by Age 30

With age comes maturity, and usually a little wisdom. By the time a man hits thirty, that wisdom should be apparent in the company he keeps, the deeds he does, and the things he owns. ManMade advocates for those that are built to last; we oppose the culture of disposability. Here's our list of things worth owning.

This post is brought to you by Murphy-Goode Winery, a California winemaker that has supported us in creating great original content, like last summer's outdoor entertaining guideour holiday gift guide and our guide to simple gift wrapping techniques any guy can use. This year they're celebrating their 30-year anniversary, and they asked us to come up with 30 things guys should try to own by the time they're thirty.  

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Feb 23, 2015

A Beer Glass with a Mountain in It

Mt Hood North DrinkwareMost of us get a bit disappointed when the glass goes dry. But these new pint glasses from North Drinkware make it awesome to drain that drink and see what's at the bottom.  

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