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How to: Make DIY Rustic Masculine Candles

How to make a reusable rustic candle. Photos: Gabriel Cabrera

Can't get into the floral smells and garish artwork of storebought candles? Nope, us either. So we came up with our very own DIY version to make a reusable rustic candle that any guy can be proud to burn in his home. (Or log cabin?)… Man Made DIY
Sept. 19, 2017, 9 p.m.


How to: Build a Bike Repair Stand for $30 in Hardware Store Parts

Bikes have moving parts...it's precisely what they're designed to do. And things with moving parts need maintenance to keep them moving smoothly. And since a bike's very design is to move forward as its parts move, you either need to a) get your bikes wheels off the ground while maintaining access to gear shifts and break levers and b) grow two more arms and hands. … Man Made DIY
Sept. 19, 2017, 5:30 p.m.


When I Make Something For You, I Am Offering You My Humanity

Earlier this year, I agreed to complete a woodworking project for my wife. Actually, I offered and volunteered myself to do it. She has a particular storage need in her office, and because of the weird layout, access issues, scale, etc, it's not something that exists anywhere. It has to be custom built, and installed in the space.

The truth is, I've been avoiding it. It's a big project, and it was easy to move to the bottom of the project list when it was the height of summer. We had houseguests coming ...
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Sept. 18, 2017, 7:53 p.m.


How to: Make a DIY Leather and Wood Paper Towel Holder

There are a couple standard household items where their never seems to be a reasonably attractive option. Tissue boxes are a big one; there, it's always about choosing the least of the evils. I'd also throw paper towel roll holders in that category. Head into any big box or discount store, and you'll be hard pressed to find anything that matches a style other than "I buy all my home decor items at big...
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Sept. 18, 2017, 1 p.m.


How to: Stay Clean and Organized During DIY and Craft Projects

This weekend, I made a mess. A cover-the-entire-room-in-tiny-little-scraps-of-paper and a get-out-every-marker-and-cutting-tool kinda mess. It's still on the floor, on my office chair, on the main work table, on the computer desk, on my cutting mat, and its trail has seeped into the hallway. See, I've always been the kinda of maker that...
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Sept. 15, 2017, 6:35 p.m.


7 Common Mistakes to Avoid Whenever You Use a Random-Orbit Sander

The random-orbit sander is one of the first tools any maker or DIYer should own. In fact, I can't think of another powered tool that I use more, on nearly every project involving wood. The design is simple, and right there in the name - they… Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Sept. 14, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Make a Modern Cedar Slat Composting Bin for Your Backyard

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Composting. Maybe you've heard of it? It's kind of a thing. It's no longer the sole purview of hippies, weirdos, and 7th-grade science teachers Composting has gone mainstream, and that's a good thing… Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Sept. 14, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Perfect Fall Project: How to Wax Canvas Pieces for Better Weather Resistance

created at: 09/26/2014

In summer, light breathable cotton works wonders to keep you cool, but as fall and winter weather approaches, it's time to turn to more heavy duty fabrics to keep the wind and water out - wool, leather, synthetics, and canvas. … Man Made DIY
Sept. 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m.


Never Buy It Again: Three Ways to Make Your Own Killer Ginger Beer

Dark and Stormy Ginger Beer

One of my favorite cocktail mixers is the spicy ginger beer, used for the summer favorite "Moscow Mule", or evening sipper, the "Dark and Stormy." But I've had enough of the spendy, over-sweetened bottles from the supermarket, so I figured: it's time to make our own. Here are three ways to make an extremely tasty version happen at home. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com...
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Sept. 12, 2017, 7:45 p.m.


How to Build a French Cleat Organizing System for Your Workshop

created at: 08/27/2015 A well organized shop is a productive shop. But we all know that as our skills and interests grow and change and our projects vary, its nice to be able to switch out grab-able tools and organization systems to meet the needs of what we're currently working on. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Sept. 12, 2017, 6:15 p.m.

How to Make a Rustic Phone Charging Stand from a Slab of Hardwood

DIY Wood slab phone charger dock
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I love the idea of combining modern technology with natural textures. I keep my tablet in a case made from an old linen-covered notebook, and my sleek and shiny DSLR in a worn brown leather bag. So, I wanted to make a simple place to house my smartphone, while warming it up a bit. I went with the most natural thing I could think of: a big slab of forest tree.

I like this design for a DIY...
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Sept. 8, 2017, 6:30 p.m.


5 Men's Style Staples to Help You Transition from Summer to Fall

created at: 09/16/2014

This is the time of year when no one's ever quite sure what's best to wear on any given day. The nights are cool, but the days are still warm, especially in the sun, but then a breeze or the clouds hit and everything changes. Multiple layers are usually overkill, but the sandals are gone, and some flexibility is certainly required to not only look the season, but the feel prepared for the day.

Make it happen with thes...
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Sept. 6, 2017, 6:08 p.m.


Note to Self...

A Note to Self: Thursday, August 31, 2017: … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Aug. 31, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

How to: Make Simple Wooden Triangle Shelves

Executing a well-designed project doesn't always have to involve high-end materials, elegant shapes, and complicated techniques. Sometimes, the most affordable wood will do, and to bring it together: just a little math. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Aug. 30, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

7 Idioms, Adages, and Old Sayings That Are Actually Pretty Good Pieces of Advice

You know the ones. Those classic, advice-supplying stock phrases that might be from Shakespeare but could be a religious text and/or folk wisdom, yet we all seem to absorb nonetheless. Those simple, stock phrases that are always shared by well-meaning people in sometimes appropriate, but often in irrelevant situations that don't actually apply.

But, I suspect that we all have a few of these things that actually do make sense to us. True, "a penny saved is a penny earned," doesn't really resonate with or mo...
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Aug. 30, 2017, 4:30 p.m.


How to: Make a DIY Surplus Ammo Can Speaker Box

Okay, begin witty caption contest for this rugged DIY speaker system...now! "You can play your explosively good music?" "For use only when you really need to blast your tunes?" "Only plays songs that charted number one with a bullet?" "Solder up this stereo, soldier?"… Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Aug. 29, 2017, 4 p.m.

7 Idioms, Phrases, and Classic Sayings That Are Actually Pretty Good Pieces of Advice

You know the ones. Those classic, advice-supplying adages that might be from Shakespeare but could be a religious text and/or folk wisdom, yet we all seem to absorb nonetheless. Those simple, stock phrases that are always shared by well-meaning people in sometimes appropriate, but often in irrelevant situations that don't actually apply.

But, I suspect that we all have a few of these things that actually do make sense to us. True, "a penny saved is a penny earned," doesn't really resonate with or motivate ...
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Aug. 28, 2017, 9 p.m.


Yes, Kolache are the Ultimate Breakfast Food. Here's How to Make 'Em.

Kolaches: the ultimate breakfast food

Lately, I've been on a quest to find better breakfast foods. Without getting into much personal, and overbearing, health details, most breakfast foods just aren't all that great for you. Whether it's a pile of dried wheat or a sugary toaster pastry, grabbing something good on the go can be so dang hard! Well, no more! Kolache to the rescue!

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Aug. 24, 2017, 6:45 p.m.


6 Simple Tools Every DIYer Needs

created at: 11/16/2014

Have you ever had to cook dinner at a friend's kitchen only to find out they don't even own a cutting board? Not only have I had that happen for me, I've noticed this kind of thing happening in my friend's workshops. It's easy to get caught up in… Continue reading on ManMadeDI...
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Aug. 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m.


Shop Update: Rehabbing & Fixing Up My New 8" Delta Jointer

For the last couple of years, I've been mostly set on woodworking tools. I've been collecting my large, stationary machines for nearly ten years now, and although I do plan to upgrade a few of them, I've been able to accomplish most of what I've set out to do with a little creativity and patience.

The one standard machine that's been missing from my shop is: the jointer. I knew I didn't want to buy a tiny benchtop machine, or even a too-small 6" model. I'd always told myself I'd wait un...
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Aug. 23, 2017, 10:15 p.m.