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Oct 20, 2010

Quick Tip: Lessen Your Dusty Drill Spill with a Post-It

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As a how-to maker and writer, I regularly drill holes in walls to set up photos to try to make things look their best. And it regularly creates lots of dust and a huge mess. So, when I saw this photo make the blog rounds yesterday, I thought I'd give it a try.

The idea is obvious: the post-it note captures the dust at the source (more or less), before it goes everywhichway. The walls along the perimeter of my house are concrete, and the internal walls are gypsum (drywall), so I gave it a full run-through.

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Oct 18, 2010

How To: Make a Hand-Tooled Leather CD Case

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We love the idea of putting something cool and digital, like a CD, inside a rustic, hand-hewn leather home. As the designer and author Elizabeth says, " This is an instance when my excessive love for prettiness wins out over practicality, utility, and common sense. I already had a CD case - a perfectly good one I'd had since high school. But its cover was nylon and plastic and - well, not hand-tooled leather. This is a makeover, and an impractical one at that - not a made-from-scratch project - but it sure is nicer to reach for a 'How to speak Italian' CD in the car now." 

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Jul 07, 2010

Peter Buchanan-Smith and the Urban Ax

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Both a completely functional "manly" tool and objet d'art, the perfectly crafted axes of Peter Buchanan-Smith have totally exploded over the last year.

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The New York Times Design Notebook recently visited Peter's Tribeca studio, where Peter and a few interns and employees handpaint each ax. Over the last year, the axes, sold under Best Made Co., have landed in the hands/galleries of Andy Spade, author Seth Godin, and filmmaker David Lynch.

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" 'With the ax, I wanted to do something simple and sweet,' he said. 'It was like an invitation to this world I wanted to create. The world of making things where notions of courage and fortitude

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Jun 24, 2010

How To: Turn Your Own Handwriting into a Digital Font, Easily and For Free

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There have been several make-your-own-handwriting-into-a-font apps that have popped up over the last few years, but none have actually convinced me to try it until this new solution from Pilot. See, I actually like my handwriting...when I take the time to do it well. Most of the time, if I find myself actually needing to use pencil and paper,  I just end up getting whatever down as quickly as I can. So, it's pretty inconsistent, and I always figured it'd take me twenty-five tries and lots of white-out to come up with a complete alphabet worthy of digitizing.created at: 06/24/2010

But, Pilot Handwriting's approach is a bit different. The template looks easy to use, and then you can capture it with your built in webcam, and then edit each letter digitally, within the software itself, so no need for the whole scanner and photoshop song-and-dance.  

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Mar 11, 2010

ManMade Video How-To: Make a Custom, No-Sew Tool Belt from Repurposed Fabric

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The most efficient way to get your creative work done quickly is to keep your tools and gear within an arms reach. And if YOU move around, then so do your arms, so the best soiutions keep your goodies ON your person...like a tool belt.

And if your project is framing a house, then a traditional Bob Vila-style tool belt will do just fine. But if your arsenal involves items other than a hammer and drill, its often tough to find the perfect place to put  your tools.

So, make that perfect place. A tool belt is only as useful as its ability to store the things YOU use on your projects. ManMade went to hang out with fabric master Amy D. to see if we could create a durable, customized tool belt on the cheap.  

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Feb 04, 2010

ManMade Top Ten: Non-Powered Workshop Tools

created at: 2010/01/12

I do indeed love the sights, sounds, and smells of a razor-sharp sawblade ripping through a two-inch block of hard maple, or a router-bit whizzing at 23,000 rpm creating a perfect 1/4" roundover.

But, for as much as I embrace the strength and speed of power tools, I find myself spending even more time with those tools that DON'T require ear plugs. Of course, you need hammers and screwdrivers and wrenches, but here's a list of ten items you can find in your hardware store that'll help you turn out great work, without the need for batteries or electricity.

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1. All Sorts of Clamps. There's an old saying in the woodworking community..."You

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Feb 03, 2010

Handmade Haiku: My Dearest 109 Lb. Circuit Overloader

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February 3rd, 2010: My Dearest 109 Lb. Circuit Overloader

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