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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 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Must-Have Knives, Shears, and Cutting Blades for the Workshop

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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When we think about tools that cut things in the workshop, we tend to focus on the big stuff: table saws, metal cut-off tools, or even a chainsaw. Or perhaps we think of tools designed for dedicated tasks: an angle grinder, or a jig saw. But, know what the two items I most regularly pull down off my pegboard, even more than a hammer? Whose little silhouettes remain most routinely bare and hooks unfilled?  

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Jul 17, 2015

How to: Modify an Inexpensive Tool Cart to Organize All Your Hand Tools

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My buddy and colleague Timothy spied this great video tutorial for turning this affordable three-level tool cart into a full-on organization system for all of your tools. 

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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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Jul 14, 2015

You Can Build This House for $4,000

4k house

I've always been a fan of small houses. In small spaces, everything has a purpose, and everything is so easy to organize because you can't fit much in there to clutter it up. Here's the plans and instructions to build your own very small (cozy) cabin for about $4k.  

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Jul 13, 2015

Every Item in Grandfather's Tool Shed

Illustrated tools

Illustrator and artist John Lee Phillips has set out to draw every single item in his late grandfather's tool shed. 

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Jun 30, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Workshop Needs a Great Oscillating Multi-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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We've all heard: "I didn't know I needed it until I got it." It stands true for so many tools in my shop that streamline and tune up my jobs, but no tool has done more to make my life easier than the Oscillating Saw. Once you get your hands on one, I guarantee you'll agree.  

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Jun 26, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The 5 Clamps Every DIYer Should Own

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. 

created at: 06/26/2015There's an oft-heard saying among woodworking DIYers. The requisite "Measure twice, cut once," "A sharp tool is a safe tool," and the like. And today, we're exploring the adage that "You can never have too many clamps," which, as anyone who makes stuff from wood can tell you, is absolutely, undeniably, 100%, unequivocally, and most certainly, very, very, VERY true.    

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Jun 23, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The Best Adjustable Wrench for Everyday Use

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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Real mechanics have a full fleet of designated wrenches in high-grade steel: open ends and box ends, standard and metric, each increasing by the millimeter and every sixteenth inch, accompanied by specialty items like pin and hook spanners, cone wrenches for bearing systems, and other exacting, designated tools.

And if you do a lot of work on cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and the like, you probably should have them, too. But for most homeowners, DIYers, tinkers, and woodworkers, a simple set of mechanical tools will work just fine.   

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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 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

Essential Toolbox: Why You Should Have Bike Multi-Tool and Patches

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This happened: my brother and I were out for a bike ride (mountain bike; single track) early this spring. It was the first day of open trails, so the place was packed. And it was my brother's first time on a mountain bike, so we were going a little ... um, slow. Dudes in latex gear on fancy bikes were passing us left and right, as if we were going in reverse. We felt a little like rookies, but we were still having fun. 

Then a guy with tree-trunk-sized quads flies by us on a cross bike (y'know, skinny tires), and 20 seconds later we come across him stalled on the trail with a flat. He was getting ready to walk all the way back out to the

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Apr 15, 2015

A Complete Toolbox Set Hand Crafted Entirely from Paper

A stylished-yet-realistic set of tools, made by hand from paper? What's not to love?   

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Mar 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need an Accurate Tape Measure... and Which One is the Best?

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The trusty tape measure. Trusty as in "often relied on," not trusty as in: you can trust it for accurate measuring. Cause, while it's definitely the go-to inch finder for the vast majority of us, it's really a contractor's tool, and better suited to lumberyard than a fine woodworking project. But, still, it's the one you (read: I) reach for nearly every time, and there are loads of DIY projects and household tasks for which rough measurements will do just fine.   

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Mar 13, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Need a Complete Brad Point Drill Bit Set

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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Here's a little bit of weird DIY trivia: you know those drill bit sets that they sell at every hardware store and home improvement center? The ones that you buy the full set of and use until they break, or until you lose them? The ones you place in you awesome cordless drilldriver and use to drill holes in all kinds of wood?

They're not made to drill into wood.               

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Mar 03, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Needs a Serious (Actual) Toolbox

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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So far in the ManMade Essential Toolbox series, we've named tools that actually do things; tools that cut stuff, measure stuff, tighten stuff, hold stuff, and clean stuff up. And after today, we'll do more of the same.

But no series on toolbox essentials is complete without, you know, the actual toolbox.   

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Mar 02, 2015

How to: Make a Cutting Tool Sharpener from an Old Bread Maker

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Check this one out: Scott, a maker and woodworker from Vancouver Island, BC, figured out a way to hack an old, busted breadmaker into a turntable-based powered sharpening system. He says,

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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 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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