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Feb 13, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Should Own a Random Orbit Sander

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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It's always a big step when you move from the manual version of a technique to the powered option. The miter box becomes a compound miter saw, you reach for a pneumatic finish nailer instead of a hammer, the #2 Phillips screwdriver a Li-Ion impact driver. 

And while there's still a great deal of pleasure from using hand tools, certain hand saws, bench planes, and hand drills, sanding by hand doesn't even come close. It's monotonous, tedious, and time consuming. It's the least creative aspect of any project or repair ... the "paperwork" of DIYing.   

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Jan 28, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: You Should Own a Serious Cordless Drill/Driver

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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I'm not going to insult you. You know the cordless drill/driver is the most useful, popular, and can't-live-without-it portable power tool in the DIYer's arsenal. It can do everything from drilling holes to driving screws to twisting wires to drilling bigger holes, and mixing paint, all in with a completely cord-free, clip-it-to-your-tool-belt ease. I wouldn't hang a picture or a shelf without one (or two) and its certainly a tool that gets touched on nearly every project.

Right? Right. 

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Jan 16, 2015

An Beginner's Guide to [Affordable] Single Malt Scotch

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When it comes to something as potentially elitist as single malt scotch, it never hurts to hear what the experts have to say.   

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Jan 15, 2015

Organization Inspiration: Wooden Socket Holder

Wooden Socket Holder

One day my shop will be so organized that I will have the time to start classing it up. When that day comes, I will build this exceptionally classy wooden socket holder.  

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Dec 09, 2014

Solid Holiday Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman

Hi ConsumptionWith the holiday music beginning its rapid descent upon us, I figured it was time to put together a good holiday gift list for myself and maybe even come up with something to share with all of you. 

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Nov 05, 2014

ManMade Recommended: The Kreg Multi-Mark - A Super Useful Tool for Under $15

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I recently picked up this neat little tool after some raving reviews from fellow DIYers. It's quickly become a tool that I cannot live without and after you see what all it does, it'll become  an essential to your projects.   

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Nov 03, 2014

The Art of Sports Architecture

Target Field PrintFrom the Roman Colosseum to the new Levi's Stadium, sporting arenas with all of their sights, smells, and local flavors, are a major part of the sports experience. Ballpark Blueprints LTD creates these original artistic renderings in an attempt to capture the beauty of sports stadiums.   

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Oct 13, 2014

5 Awesome Fall Beers You Should Try this Season

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Fall is officially upon us, with its cool evenings, warm and windy days, and the exceptional flavors of my favorite season. As the weather cools down, we heat the kitchen up with long-cooked roasts, simmered soups, and plenty of spiced deserts. But the changing of seasons also rouses a plethora of fall-flavored beers to compliment the heavy meals the cooler weather inspires.

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Oct 09, 2014

Make a Table Instantly with Floyd Legs

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If you’re just now getting into building things on your own, buying pre-made legs is a great way to keep your focus on building and finishing a flat surface, like a tabletop, without worrying about the mechanics of leg structures. I can definitely say when I started building things I didn't trust the weight of a coffee mug on my tables. Thankfully, we now have an inventive product like The Floyd Leg to the rescue!   

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Sep 19, 2014

Army Men Doing Yoga

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Yoga fan [and, ahem, ManMade reader] Dan Abramson created Yoga Joes, a re-imagining of iconic little green army men who've traded their battle poses for yoga positions. You know, like "Drop and give me 20 dogs. Downward-facing dogs."   

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Sep 19, 2014

Meat: Everything You Need to Know

If you're the type of guy who pays attention to food or restaurant type things, you know "America's most celebrated butcher," Pat LaFrieda. His story, philosophy, and technique don't take meat for granted, but instead honor the fact that 1) it's not a commodity product 2) meat is expensive, and deserves to be treated well. 

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Sep 17, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Cast Iron Skillet from Scratch

Search the ManMade archives, and you'll find no shortage of love for cast iron cookware. 

created at: 09/17/2014You'll also note lots of warnings about some of the pitfalls of buying new cast iron, and our recommendation to buy used or unseasoned pieces so you can indeed build that heirloom-quality non-stick surface that makes cast iron such a great investment and pleasure to use. 

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Jul 31, 2014

Maximizing the Bare Minimum: A Primer on Ultralight Backpacking

One of the single most direct ways to get outside more this summer, take more trips, and spend more time exploring: take less stuff. After all, the point of hiking, camping, and backpacking is to get away from material things in the first place. And whether you want to spend a few nights in the woods, or tackle a specific, well-loved thru-hiking route - you don't need 75 lbs worth of stuff on your back (and your feet) to do it. 

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Jul 01, 2014

Video: The Craft of Creating Handmade Scissors

Scissors are a simple tool. When the work, they work beautifully, doing exactly what you ask, as they've done since you learn how to work a pair in Kindergarten. Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, England is one of the last remaining hand-manufacturer of scissors - high-quality shears crafted from the best materials and designed for a lifetime of use.    

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Jun 02, 2014

Outfitted: Father's Day Gift Ideas for Guys That Make and Build Stuff (+ Giveaway!)

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Oh...Father's Day. Even if you don't remember it's coming, the barrage of ads will always remind you. The ads, the ads. The ads that seem to think the only thing you should ever buy your dad is either a lawn mower or a grill or power tools. Which, on one hand, isn't totally awful, because grills and tools (and lawnmowers?) are cool, but here's the rub: tools are a personal thing. They're bought for a specific project, or a skill set, or a desire to learn a new technique.

Duluth Trading Co. gift card giveaway!
(Yup, we're also giving away FIVE $100 gift cards to Duluth Trading Co. Read on to find out how to enter!) 

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Mar 25, 2014

Stylish Illumination: 6 Masculine Lighting Choices To Brighten Your Space

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Time to come out of the dark ages of winter and shine some light in your home with some sleek, yet guy-friendly lighting options.

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Mar 18, 2014

An Excellent Bargain Bottle: Our Pick for the Best Budget Liquor

created at: 03/18/2014Like many things, the world of spirits and liquor is a spectrum. On one end, there's the only-there-for-ABV stuff that college kids drink, on the other, the collections and high-end bottles of fine connoisseurs, with plenty of options in between. And while there are the days when something special is the only way to go, there are also plenty of time when you want a budget bottle that works: something for mixing, something to bring to a party, or a good-enough bottle to share with guests.    

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Mar 14, 2014

How to: Take Care of Your Tools

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The older I get, the more I'm convinced by the "but the right thing once, use it for the rest of your life" approach to supplies. Yes, it might mean waiting a little longer and saving up to get the best option, but it's a better investment of not only your money, but your storage space and your time. This rings especially true for tools: woodworking and DIY tools, kitchen tools, art supplies, etc. Getting the right one first guarantees you won't outgrow it later, unless your needs change.   

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Mar 05, 2014

Get Fit: 5 Running Shoe Options under $100

5 running shoes under $100

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It's time to shake off the snow and head back outside. Whether you're a seasoned runner, or someone looking to start adding some jogging to your fitness routine, proper footwear is essential to preventing injury. 

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Mar 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Shop Brush Desk Organizer

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A few days ago, I stabbed myself. By accident, I mean. A misplaced X-Acto knife rolled under some paper scraps, and I jammed my left index finger right into the tip of its blade. 

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