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Dec 06, 2016

How to: Care for Your Leather Goods (and Keep Them Looking Sharp)

The best part of investing in quality leather goods is how well they age. But how your leather ages really depends on how well you treat it. Treat them poorly and they’ll fall apart, but if you’re sure to take care of them and give them a quick clean up about every 6 months, not only will they age beautifully, they’ll also last you a life time.

But before we jump in and talk about the right way to care for your leather goods, it’s important to know a few basic things about leather.

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Nov 30, 2016

15 Gifts Under $50 for Women

 

Not every guy is in a relationship with a woman, but between sweethearts, siblings, parents, and friends and family, almost all of us will be buying something for the women in our lives this holiday. They're special, in a million different ways; here's a solid set of gift ideas that will let them know you care.      

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Nov 21, 2016

50 Gifts Under $50 For Men

Perhaps you've drawn a name for the office Secret Santa and it's time to pony up for a solid gift that won't break the bank. Maybe it's for your brother-in-law, a buddy who helped you move. Perhaps, even though you're thirty-two, your mom keeps on insisting you give her a complete wishlist from which she'll select her favorites. Whatever the reason, it's gift giving season. Here are 50 options to find something they (or you) will love.   

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Nov 10, 2016

Check It Out! All Sorts of Cool New Stuff in the ManMade Store for Fall

It's our favorite time of the year, and to celebrate, we've added a bunch of new items to the ManMade Store. There's a solid mix of creative tools, things to do during colder weather, and plenty of reading and inspiration. And if you're looking to get a little bit of an early start on your holiday shopping, we're thinking the hand-selected items in our store are a reliable place to start.    

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Oct 11, 2016

Designated Sippers: 6 Whiskeys You Should Drink This Fall

created at: 09/30/2014

And it came to pass that the season for sandals and gin subsided, leaving in its place jackets and layers, autumnal aromas, and whiskey season. 

So, this is a collection not for the kind of guy who finds a label he likes and sticks with it. Cause, those sort of fellows already know what they're enjoying this season. Instead, these are the best-bang-for-your-buck bottles, those that have a great relationship between their price and their flavor.

And by that, we don't mean these are value whiskeys that are simply tolerable or "good for the price." Instead, they're solid, investment whiskeys; some of our favorites that will make you

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Sep 26, 2016

31 Classic Style Staples Every Man Should Know

created at: 09/26/2016

Curious about the camp moc? Pondering about pinstripes? Speculating on selvedge?

Then it's time to check out this collection of classic men's style items from the past century.   

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Sep 23, 2016

Five Presidential Biographies Every Man Should Read

created at: 09/22/2016

Six years ago, my father decided he wanted to read one biography of every American president before he dies. He’s fallen a little behind (I think he’s currently on Madison) but it’s made it easy to think up go-to presents when gift-giving holidays come around. Scouring the internet for the most definitive biography of each president has rubbed off a little and now I’ve got some serious must-reads to recommend…   

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Sep 22, 2016

Q: Do You Really Need a Chain Saw? A: Absolutely. Here's Why.

Picking a great chainsawThe chain saw. Love it or fear it, this workhorse has made its way into my DIY life after years of avoiding it. And?  I'm totally mad I waited this long! A chain saw is a great tool for even the most entry level of projects, and, if you use good technique and follow the right precautions, totally safe to use. With autumn officially here, we're taking a look at this essential piece of gear. 

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Sep 19, 2016

How To Dress Taller: 5 Easy Fashion Tips for Short Men

created at: 09/19/2016
This ManMade guest post was written by Ben Robbins of Silas Jackson

It ain’t easy being a short guy. Women “swipe left” on our dating profiles based on height alone, we don’t make as much dough as their taller peers, and there’s no shortage of nicknames that seek to box us in (“shrimp,” “small fry”…I could go on and on). This isn’t fair, of course, but you as a fellow shorter dude actually have some power to fight back –  it’s called the ability to “dress taller.” Now, I didn’t coin this term, but I do have some unique insights into how shorter guys can share in some of the benefits that taller guys take for granted. All you have to do is follow these five simple tips for making tweaks to what you wear and how you wear it:   

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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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May 19, 2016

New in the ManMade Store: Father's Day Picks

Father's Day Update on ManMade Store

Here's the best gift you can give the dad in your life: make him some breakfast (eggs Benedict and strong, hot coffee, please), tell him you love him, and then give him the rest of the day to enjoy as he sees fit (maybe it's a nap in a hammock, maybe it's a pick-up basketball game with friends ... he'll figure it out).

If, on top of that (totally sufficient) gift of a day, you want to give him something else, we totally understand. Giving gifts is fun! Especially if they're good ones. So we updated the ManMade store with a new section full of five years worth of our favorite picks for Father's Day gifts. Hopefully you'll find something

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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 06, 2016

Introducing the ManMade Store - The Products We Think Are Totally Worth Your Money

Announcing the ManMade Store

ManMade is, essentially, a blog about making stuff (it's in our name ... DIY ... even though we often leave that part off). We try to offer our readers a perspective on masculinity that about doing it yourself. But we also care a lot about well-crafted, long lasting tools, clothing, and accessories. So you'll find us doing a lot of research and having lots of conversations about the things we think are worth buying (see our Essential Toolbox series, for example).

That's why we decided to launch the ManMade Store. It's our way of putting all those product recommendations in one easily-accessible place. Now, if you want to know which tools

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Mar 24, 2016

April Showers Don't Have To Mean Soggy Shirts: Your Guide to the Ultimate Spring Jacket

Wet JacketEven as spring starts to bloom, there's still a bit of rain left in the sky. Grab a jacket that can hold up to the weather without letting you down. Here are a few things to look for in your spring shell.  

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Mar 24, 2016

Good Deal of the Day: Shop Apron and Safety Glasses Combo from Hand-Eye Supply

created at: 03/24/2016

We're huge fans of workwear, gear, and tool purveyors Hand-Eye Supply, and we regularly cruise their online shop whenever we're in the market for some new goodies. (And if you're ever in Portland, OR, their brick-and-mortar shop is full of inspiration. Also, if you're ever in Portland, OR, come say hi to me!)

From now until the end of March (or while supplies last), Hand-Eye Supply is offering a great bundle deal on their signature shop aprons and classic safety glasses combo.    

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Feb 11, 2016

4 Great Books for your DIY Library

[Image Credit] ManMade DIY

Outside the blogs like this one, books are a great way to get new ideas and sharpen your skills. All too often, I find nothing but outdated crafting and how-to books with black and white pictures and outdated power tools.    

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Feb 04, 2016

Dappered on a Dime: How to Get a Great Suit without Breaking the Bank

Suiting UpEvery man needs a suit. There are many times in our life that dressing up calls for a bit more than a collared shirt and sneakers. But dressed to impress can mean shelling out a huge chunk of change. Here are some tips to get yourself a suit without breaking the bank.  

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Jan 11, 2016

4 Classic Books Every DIYer Should Have on Hand

created at: 01/19/2015

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

created at: 01/04/2016

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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