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Sep 19, 2018

How to Make an Amazing Old Fashioned... On an Airplane

Whether you're flying for business or pleasure, airline travel should never be a drag. Sure, there are luggage fees and long lines and you somehow always end up in the last zone to board. But once you're settled in your seat, you are flying 20,000 ft in the air. And while the in-flight meal seems to have gone the way of airline peanuts and flight attendants who wear those little hats, that doesn't mean you should have to drink poorly while you cruise at altitude. 

So, what should you get? Overpriced mini-bottles of mediocre California red blend? An $11 macrolager? Of course not. If you're wise, you can turn out a perfectly respectable cocktail for the price of a single miniature. With a few complementary items from the drinks cart, you can make a fine Old Fashioned that honestly doesn't cost more than a comparable cocktail from your neighborhood bar. 

So sit back, relax, and actually enjoy your flight. 

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Aug 28, 2018

These Military Packing Secrets Will Make You a Better Traveler

The solar calendar has finally acknowledged what we've all know for a few weeks: it's summer. And with that most blessed of seasons comes the opportunity to get out of town and see the world in all its sun-soaked splendor.

The trick for making all this happen as easily and frequently as possible. Pack lightly, my brothers and sisters.    

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Jan 19, 2018

11 Things to Do Before Leaving Town for a Long Weekend

When I was younger, my mom always gave us a list of chores to do before we left town for an extended weekend.  At the time, I didn't fully understand why my clothes needed to be put away or why all the dishes needed to be washed if we weren't going to be home, I just wanted to get to the hotel so I could jump in the pool.  Luckily for me, my older brother is an absolute neat freak and he would get up early and finish most of the tasks on the checklist before I even got out of bed.  Fast forward 20+ years, and I completely understand why my mom always made us complete that list of chores before we left town.  Being older and slightly wiser than my 8-year old self, now I make sure to always do these 11 things before departing for my next adventure:   

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Oct 18, 2017

ManMade Recommended: You Should Invest in the Classic Leather Briefcase from Mr. Lentz

This was the year I finally outgrew IKEA. There's still several pieces in my house, but I'm ready to move on from them as soon as possible. I imagine its the byproduct of being a new homeowner, and knowing that I can finally buy intentional pieces to fit in specific spaces, and that – when I do – they'll work there for as long as we decide to keep them.

It's not IKEA's fault. And I still think that their attractive, clean-lined particleboard furniture is better than the faux-Tuscan and laserprinted woodgrain particleboard furniture from the discount store. But, while it worked in my twenties, I'm ready to surround myself with things that will last.      

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Nov 01, 2016

How to: Make a Custom Leather Luggage Tag

created at: 06/11/2014

Working with leather only needs to be as complicated as you want it to be. You can go deep, and get involved in stitching ponies, floral stamps, and swivel knives, or you can keep things simple with straightforward shapes and basic tools.   

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Sep 27, 2016

The Best Way to Pack a Suit or Blazer in Your Suitcase

created at: 10/02/2014

Suits are a common sight on an airplane. Sure, there are the business travelers who made be going straight to a meeting as they arrive, but just as likely - guys wear suits on a plane because they're impossible to put in your luggage without becoming a wrinkly, creased mess. 

Except, there is a way to do it, and its worth a shot if you've a long flight ahead and would much rather snuggle down in something more comfortable.   

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Jul 15, 2016

How to: Pack the Perfect Overnight Bag for a Weekend Away

Weekend Drive Gear

This time of year, I almost always find myself looking for a reason to drive.  There's something exceptional about the spring foliage, misty weather, and changing of the seasons. I like to keep a simple bag of gear packed up in case my wanderings turn into an overnight trek.   

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Dec 31, 2015

How to: Sew This Awesome Weekend Bag

I recently saw Spectre and was struck by how many amazing suits James Bond had (naturally), and that he somehow managed to fit them all into a single leather duffle bag (unnaturally). Now I'm a big sucker for quality duffle or weekend bags, even if they don't possess Mary Poppins magic. After scoping around the internet a bit for some cheap ones to purchase it occurred to me making one would be way cooler...   

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Dec 10, 2015

Travel and Packing Tips You Should Actually Employ

I used to get free/discounted flights through a relative who worked at the airlines, which meant I spent a lot of time traveling. While I’m back to being an airline plebeian now, I’m always on the lookout for good packing and travel tips, and this is one of the better ones I’ve seen, and just in time for the holidays.   

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Jun 12, 2015

Weekend Getaway 101: A Man's Guide to the Perfect Summer Trip

created at: 06/05/2013

Happy summer, ManMakers. Those three months where the days are long, and the weekends are time to just grab a bag and go. So, this is our handy guide to traveling: tips to plan, pack, and explore so you can get the most out of your trip.

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May 14, 2015

How to: Make This Leather and Wood Satchel

Leather and wood satchel

Check out this quick video showing you the steps to making an amazingly clean and simple looking satchel. I just love the wood accent that also acts as a sturdy frame for your bag. 

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Mar 26, 2015

The Process: Crafting a Handmade Backpack from Reclaimed Materials

Truce is a handmade design company that creates all-weather backpacks and duffels from recycled sailcloth and drysuit nylon (used for cold water SCUBA diving). Each bag is created upon order from the reclaimed sailing and sporting materials, giving each piece a unique look and overall color scheme. 

created at: 03/26/2015 Truce's founder, Luke Mathers, "learned to sew industrial-grade fabrics while repairing sails and making boat covers at North Sails Oregon. He took a shining to experimenting with the loft’s scrap bin, which became his first source of materials for after-hours projects: making messenger bags, tote bags and accessories for friends and family."   

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Jan 14, 2015

Turn a Suitcase Into a Pop-Up Picnic Table and Portable Stereo

created at: 01/14/2015

It's getting to be a balmy 25 degrees in my neck of the woods. I can't help but think of warmer days and summer activities. Here's a really unique project that turns an old suitcase into the ultimate picnic wingman.

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Oct 31, 2014

Vintage Favorites: The Classic Rucksack

Ogio Ruck 20

I've always been a fan of vintage designs. Just a few decades ago, almost everything was made by hand and it showed. Designs were simple but durable, and had solid features without the flash. One of my favorite pieces of vintage gear is the simple rucksack.  

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