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Jan 14, 2014

Making a DIY Scroll Saw from a Vintage Sewing Machine

Simon had a sewing machine. A well-built, vintage Brother - built, as he says, "to survive an atomic attack. Everything is shiny stainless steel or molded aluminum."

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But Simon didn't really need a sewing machine. He needed a scroll saw. Guess where this is going...   

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Dec 11, 2013

How to: Make DIY Wooden Geometric Wine Stopper

DIY Geometric Wine Stopper

Since you're probably going to be popping some bottles for the holidays, why not making this geo wine stopper to keep all your spirits fresh and boozy, yes? You can use 'em yourselves, or give as party gifts.

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Dec 10, 2013

The Chart of Hand Tools

We're always big fans of Pop Chart Lab's work, but we get especially jazzed when they start talking about a most ManMade of subjects: hand tools. 

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Nov 12, 2013

How to: Build a Workbench for Every Craft

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Artist, maker, and friend of ManMade Mr. Lentz details his process for making a sturdy and efficient workbench designed for all kinds of crafts and projects. The more projects I finish, the more I realize how essential a strong flat work surface is to every kind of endeavor, and that it should be among the first projects any creator takes on.

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Oct 17, 2013

How to: Make a Hand Carved Wooden Spoon

In most kitchens, including mine, wooden spoons are treated as more of an ingredient than an investment piece of cookware. Sure, we hop to get a year or two of meals out of them, but they get burned, or stained with wine or beets or turmeric and the wood gets all fuzzy and we toss them after some use and then

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Sep 16, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Reclaimed Wood iPad Stand

Ipad Easel by PegandAwl

Stop using your pillow or that pile of library books  and upgrade to something modern and handmade like this totally DIYable iPad easel!

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Aug 26, 2013

How To: Make a Super Simple DIY Wood Shelving Unit

DIY Shelving Unit by Scandi-Home [http://scandifoodie.blogspot.ca/2013/04/diy-shelf-system-for-study.html]

An easy way to add some extra shelving space to your studio or bedroom!

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Aug 15, 2013

DIY Inspiration: Top Drawer Stair Storage

Storage / Interior design. Photo by Osamu Abe

When it comes to smart, minimal design, Japan often takes the cake. If you are going nuts due to the lack of storage space, you gots to take at look this!

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Aug 15, 2013

Video: Turning a Fallen Tree into a Handcrafted Skateboard

ManMade readers and filmaker Josh Brine created this cool video featuring Jacob and Luke Cowdin, two brothers who turned a tree that fell in their backyard into something they could skate.  

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The wood appears to be a a trunk of spalted

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Jul 29, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Puzzle Board - Perfect For Summer Snacks

Puzzle board

The perfect board that will allow you to eat, mingle, and hold your drink, all at the same time. We want 10 please.

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Jul 08, 2013

How to: Hammer Nails Like a Pro

created at: 07/08/2013

Even in the days of impact drivers, cordless, battery-powered nailers , and more kinds of screw heads that one can name, sometimes a hammer is still the best tool for the job. And while the process seems simple, anyone who's ever used will tell you: there's a lot to go wrong.   

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Jun 12, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Wooden Entryway Organizer for Your Daily Use Items

Postfossil Bike Rack [http://www.postfossil.ch/en/products/17/]

Those who live in small places or without a dedicated mud room or home landing pad can attest: it's hard to keep those things you take in and out of the house everyday organized. Especially if one of them is a bicycle.    

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Jun 04, 2013

How to: Build an Outdoor Bar Cart

This summer, move beyond cans and a cooler of ice, and create a sturdy, portable bar cart for your outdoor cocktail parties and grill-filled get-togethers. This option is made from cedar dimensional lumber, so it can not only stand up to the elements, but it's a great project for those without a table saw and a bunch of fancy woodworking tools.    

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May 23, 2013

How to: Make a Simple Wooden Ring

created at: 05/23/2013

Caitlin from The Merry Thought shares this awesome tutorial for turning very small pieces or scraps of hardwood into natural wooden rings. 

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May 21, 2013

The Portland Press Turns a Mason Jar into a French Press for Coffee

To date, I have broken four of the glass beakers from my Bodum French Press. Well, I've broken one and my wife broke three, but same/same. It's beautiful glass, but it's thin, and with daily use and cleaning, these things break. And cost at least $20 to replace.

The makers of the Portland Press know exactly what that's like, and seek to remedy it, by creating a new design of French Press that uses a standard (and very affordable) Mason jar

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Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Cabinet from Upcycled Flooring Scraps

created at: 04/18/2013

For any DIY enthusiast, the clearance bin at the DIY store is a regular stop. This project, the Oddstock Floored Wardrobe was designed and built to take advantage of that bin. Brazilian teak prefinished hardwood flooring was found on clearance for an irresistible price. The box had apparently been returned from a large flooring job.

To make use of all the boards, they were cut to short, mitered pieces and arranged in a chevron pattern. Metal tile flooring dividers were used to hide the board edges, trimming out the doors. A simple box deep enough to house clothes on hangers was placed on Queen Anne legs for a romantic look. After many searches for the right door handles, utilitarian garage door handles were chosen because of their large size and casual appearance. A coat hook and mirror were added to the inside of the door for accessories.

You can change the look to be more modern by using straight legs instead. Fill the bottom with shoes or boxes and add shelves if you like, or try other types of wood flooring and experiment with different patterns. 

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Apr 11, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Outdoor Table with a Built-In Cooler

Last summer, I shared this cool photo from Sonoma winery Medlock Ames, which featured an old picnic table, into which a recess had been cut to accept a cooler to keep drinks cold. A great idea, but know what's even cooler? 

Building the table from scratch without a bunch of fancy woodworking tools, and incorporating the built-in cooler from the beginning.    

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Mar 27, 2013

Bottled History: Crafting a Ship in a Bottle from Scratch

I love this peak inside the studio and process of Ray Gascoigne, a 60-year veteran and master   craftsman of ships in bottles.

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He's worked as a shipwright and a merchant sailor, and now designs, carves, and creates his stunning pieces completely from scratch, with just a few tools. Oh, and he looks like this:    

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Mar 18, 2013

How to: Make a Modern DIY Acoustic Smartphone Amplifier Dock

Maker and crafter Timothy Wikander designed this awesome passive amplifying smartphone dock, and gladly shares the full how-to so you can make your own at home.   

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Mar 11, 2013

How to: Roll Up an Extension Cord Like a Pro

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I use extension cords on nearly all of my projects: powering tools in my outlet-starved basement workshops, plugging in task lights for fine handwork like cutting stencils or sewing, or snaking it through my kitchen to use outside for extra messy projects. And the rest of the time, my extension cords sit in a hopelessly bundled and tangled lump in a corner of my shop.   

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