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Make This: DIY Fire Brick Blowtorch Forge

I've been looking at making a small forge for a while now. The main goal is to dip my toe into metal working just a little bit, so something that can heat up about 6" stock is all I want. This weekend, I gathered up some basic materials and made myself a small forge. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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May 26, 2017, 2 p.m.

How to Smoke Cocktails at Home...No Specialized Equipment Required

Four years ago, I shared an introduction to making smoked cocktails on ManMade, exploring the techniques and ingredients that would allow you to create woodsy, rich drinks at home. I offered several ways to create and capture smoke, but admitted that I preferred a specialized, $100 tool desi...
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May 24, 2017, 5:30 p.m.


How To Handle Someone Else's Win (And How You Can Win Too)

It's the classic finish to every story. The hero overcomes the odds, beats the villain, and rises victorious from the ashes of his enemy. But is that how life really works? The real world doesn't seem to support such a clear-cut approach to how we "win". My experience so far tells me a very different story, and we'd all be better off if we marched to a much different rhythm. … Continue reading ...
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May 23, 2017, 4:26 p.m.


Amazing Storage and Organization Solutions for the Small Workshop

Space-Saving Shop Projects

I work in a tiny, leaky, antique shed. Workspace is a precious commodity that keeps getting taken up by scraps and in-progress pieces and just plain junk. … Man Made DIY
May 23, 2017, 3:28 p.m.


If You're a Man that Uses Hair Product, Please Read This.

created at: 08/27/2015

First, apologies to the young man who stood in front of me at the post office yesterday. He was trying, but not trying too hard. He was going for a slightly updated classic New England collegiate look: blue button down oxford, dark green chinos, killer brown leather boots, 60's-inspired glasses. His hair was parted pretty traditionally, the kind of clipper/scissor combo cut you can get at any modern barbershop. He didn't ask to inspire an article about hair product. … Man Made DIY
May 22, 2017, 3:30 p.m.


42 Awesome Father's Day Gifts You'll Actually Want to Give (or Receive) This Year

This post is in partnership with Murphy-Goode Winery.

I don't think any gift you can purchase can ever really capture the way you feel about your dad. It's just too complex a relationship; the feelings run too deep. But you can buy something that shows you know him, know what his interests are, and took the time to get him a gift you thought would matter to him. That's what we're here to help with. This guide contains all the stuff we'd...
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May 19, 2017, 3:54 p.m.


ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Should Own a Speed Square

created at: 02/03/2015
I always like a tool whose name indicates its purpose. Oh, what's a screwdriver do? A citrus squeezer? How about a box cutter? The function is all right there in the name.

In many ways, a speed square falls right into the category. It tells helps you determine "square" - that is, when one edge or line is exactly 90° to another, and it helps you do it quickly. Done...
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May 18, 2017, 3:28 p.m.


Eat This: 5 Authentic Cowboy Recipes to Make in a Cast Iron Skillet

Cowboy Stew Man Made DIY
May 18, 2017, 1:30 p.m.


8 Things I'm Totally Obsessed with This Month (May 2017 Edition)

These are thoughts, the artwork, the news stories, the tools, the food, the conversations, and whatever else we just can't get out of our heads this month. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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May 17, 2017, 7:54 p.m.

Get Ready for Summer: How to Calibrate Your Grill Thermometer in Time for Barbecue Season

created at: 05/24/2016

Turning out perfectly grilled foods in your own backyard requires balancing two important variables: time and temperature. Too hot, and the food gets overly blackened and burnt before it's cooked through. Too short, and the surfaces don't have enough time to caramelize, brown, and develop that characteristic charred flavor that makes grilling worth the effort in the first place.

A solid grill thermometer can help, but here's the bad news: st...
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May 17, 2017, 4:30 p.m.


The 7 Best Apps for Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, and Other Outdoor Adventures

Most of the time, the whole point of going on a hike or camping trip is to get away from technology. We couldn't agree more. But the truth is, most of us still carry our smart phones for emergency calls, wayfinding, and camera possibilities, all in a single package. Our vote? Turn off the email and the Twitter alerts, and take advantage of the way your phone can enhance your trip. Just make sure your protect it from the weather.

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May 16, 2017, 7 p.m.


Make This: A DIY Sophisticated Leather Mouse Pad for Your Office

If you’re looking to make your leather work look a little classier, one of the easiest ways to do it is by adding padding.

Think of the watches you own or have seen that have a leather strap. Those straps will either be flat and made up of two… Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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May 15, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

Seriously, This is the Best Way to Close a Paint Can

created at: 05/16/2016

It's a problem we can all relate to. Anyone who has ever opened a paint, finish, or stain can knows the problem: if you don't use it all, you have to close it again. Hammers provide too much direct force, and can bend the lid, the lip, or the can itself. A rubber mallet is better, but you could shoot paint or finish out at you, and you'll cover the mallet in the material, which could get transferred to another project. Plus, if you're like me, the mallet always seems to ...
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May 15, 2017, 2:45 p.m.


Weekend Project: How to Make a Ring from a Quarter

The coin ring is an internet DIY classic. I remember seeing an old video (on Makezine, perhaps?) on creating a nickle ring way back in the early days of the DIY and craft blogosphere. Like, 2006.

But, most tutorials simply harvest the coin as raw material, banging it and beating it until it looks like any piece of cool-colored metal. These pieces by Nicholas Heckaman, however, fully embrace the ring's origin, showing off that recognizable texture and type, givi...
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May 12, 2017, 3 p.m.


How to: DIY X-Style Trestle Table

Here's the problem many intermediate-level woodworkers face: you want to take on a big project, a truly ambitious one. Say, a dining table that will be the centerpiece of your home and can fit eight to ten people. And you do the research, figure out some techniques, and their a little bit of a stretch and you'll be trying them for the first time in the middle of a big project. And then you start shopping for the wood, realize how much it's going to cost, and all of a sudden, that next-level ...
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May 11, 2017, 4:51 p.m.


Bedroom Inspiration: 3 Ideas to Create a Statement Headboard

Credit: ST Interior Design [http://www.tollgard.co.uk/]

Need to spice things up in the bedroom? (not like that). Adding a statement headboard to your space can help you revamp the look in your bedroom by making it look "full" without having to invest tons in other furniture pieces. Take a look!

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May 11, 2017, 4:45 p.m.


5 Traits Of A Life Well Spent

A few days ago, I listened to a eulogy for someone I didn't know. He was a friend of a friend, and passed away much too young. But it was clear from the message at his service that in his short life, he made an amazing impact on those around him. He was dealt a truly short hand in life, with serious obstacles, but through the words of others, his story made me, someone he never met, experience amazement and ultimate respect. His short, hard life was thoughtful, impactful, and a direct ...
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May 10, 2017, 7 p.m.


How to: Make Your Own Iced Coffee Soda

coffee soda

Now that the days are warming up the thought of a hot latte with milk and cinnamon sure adds a drop of sweat to my brow. It's usually this time of year, I swap my typical addiction to hot coffee to sweet, syrupy iced coffee. I just can't get enough of the stuff!

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May 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m.


We Will Never Get Tired of Watching These Hand-Lettering Videos

Penmanship

Oh my, the art of writing. Handwritten notes are always the classiest way to correspond, but here are a few people that take it up a notch with some of the most amazing hand drawn type you'll ever see. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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May 10, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

How to: Make Your Own Shiplap

I've had a corner of my yard that has been a bit of an eyesore. It used to hide my pool pump, but the cheap stapled grid fell apart in the sun. I wanted to put something up there that would hold up well, and also contain a bit of the pump sound. Of course, it had to look great too. Take a look at what I came up with. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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May 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m.