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How to Clean Your Entire House in 45 Minutes: A Modern Man's Guide

Your bachelor pad. Your family home. That apartment with all the architectural detail and the amazing view. Wherever you live, houses get messy. And they stay that way, until you clean them. When your plans to let someone inside ends up happening before your hopes of getting your home back to normal, then it's time to clean it. Quickly.

created at: 09/02/2015

You don't have the time to deep clean and scrub, so make the little bit you have count. If you're smart...
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Nov. 21, 2017, 4:30 p.m.


27 Essential Tips to Totally Nail Thanksgiving This Year

This post brought to you in partnership with Ballast Point Brewery

Thanksgiving has two of my favorite English words in it, so it's not surprising it's among my favorite holidays of the year. It's infinitely adaptable, both in terms of what you eat, and what you do during the holiday. Plus, it's a long weekend off during a period of the year when most of us sorely need it (a break from the cold, grey skies of early winter). This is...
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Nov. 19, 2017, 5:15 p.m.


8 Legitimately Good Thanksgiving Movies to Watch While You Digest

Halloween has its horror and December its infinite loop of sparkle-strung classics. Good or bad, they're the established traditions of their seasons.

But, if you will, allow me to make the case as November as perhaps the prime month for festive film watching. We can't all relate to being chased by ax murderers nor having the carolers sing as we find our soulmate under the mistlet...
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Nov. 17, 2017, 6:45 p.m.


It's Easier Than You Think: A Simple, Straightforward Guide to Getting Started in Leatherworking

My journey in leatherworking started with disappointment. Disappointment in a pair of leather boots. I had purchased a pair of Steve Maddens from DSW for about $100. They didn’t last long... and I mean, they really didn’t last long. After a month of pretty irregular use, the grommets had fallen out, the surface of the leather had started to rip, and the dye was already starting to rub off. And as my shoe angst built, I thought, ‘I could make something better than this.’
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Nov. 16, 2017, 4 p.m.

How to: Make Your Own Fire Cider to Cure a Cold, Allergies, and Boost Your Immune System

Like many of you, I suspect, I'd never heard of Fire Cider until a few weeks ago. It's a homemade tonic, and it wasn't historically something you could buy, and it wasn't a tradition in my family. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Nov. 15, 2017, 3 p.m.

How to Convince Yourself to Do That One Task You Always Seem to Avoid

Dirty dishes in the sink. Putting your clean socks away. Replying to that one email that's been sitting at the top of your inbox for longer than you'd be willing to admit out loud.

We all have that small handful of tasks and chores that weigh the heaviest on our souls and our to-do lists. Most often, they're the things that occur multiple times a week, so that when you look at them, you think, "Didn't I just do that? And doesn't it take forever?" … Man Made DIY
Nov. 13, 2017, 5:15 p.m.


8 Inspiring TV Shows for Makers, Crafters, Artists, and DIYers

We all need a little inspiration. When you make something, you are producing output: a physical object or idea that draws on your inner well of creativity. And just like any set of reserves, overtapping the well can leave you with diminished resources. When that happens, the single best way to restock your inspiration stores is to simply experience other people being creative. Books are great, and listening to your favorite music is always energizing, but sometimes, the best thing to do is simply watch other people make stuff. Like, on an episode ...
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Nov. 9, 2017, 10:15 p.m.


What Cultural Icons Did You Experience Too Late to Appreciate?

I burned out early on Halloween movies this year. I watched mostly duds with a few mediocres sprinkled in, and realized I'd spent enough time in shaky camera land for one season. Not being even remotely ready for the annual sacrament of candy cane-fueled holiday classics (it's too early, even for me), I decided to spend this season of limbo - cold enough to need to be inside at night, but too early for Christmas merrymaking - raiding the public library, and watching that list of films I've been meaning to ...
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Nov. 8, 2017, 10:32 p.m.


ManMade Recommended: Let's All Check Out the Classic Leather Wallet from Mr. Lentz

I can recount eras of my life in wallets. My first was a black trifold at age nine, a Christmas gift from my grandparents. High school and undergrad entered the era of canvas, which would wear hard at the corners where cards hit. In my twenties, I carried a thick oxblood-colored job I found on clearance at a department store. It was the model that signaled the end of the era; the first that didn't come with that little plastic sleeve for photos, because the smart ph...
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Nov. 7, 2017, 6:46 p.m.


Try This Simple Trick Anytime You're Laying Out Cuts or Marks on Your Woodworking Projects

created at: 11/12/2015

Over the weekend, I was working in the garage when I found myself in a familiar position. I needed to transfer a pencil line from one face of a piece of stock to the one around its corner. Sounds simple enough to do with a square, but I've had this problem before. Sighting the line isn't accurate enough, and a traditional try or combination square isn't of much help here. Here's why: … Man Made DIY
Nov. 6, 2017, 2:30 p.m.


How to Smoke Cocktails at Home...No Special 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 specializ...
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Nov. 3, 2017, 6:15 p.m.


How to: Make a Custom Leather Case for Anything

This tutorial from Matt Pierce for A Continuous Lean is a winner. It walks you through the process of using stiff leather to create a stylish and protective case for small items, kits, and gear. Here, Matt designs his case for a compass and some other wayfinding goodies, but you could scale and adapt the project to fit your needs. … Man Made DIY
Nov. 3, 2017, 3:57 p.m.


7 Things You Absolutely Must Do When Restoring a Classic Car

Editor's note: From time to time, we like to feature the voices of ManMade readers on the site. We love hearing what you're up to, what you're making, and how you stay creative. When ManMade reader Scott Huntington wrote in share his love of classic cars and the work that goes into restoring them, I asked him to share his experience.

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Nov. 2, 2017, 9:11 p.m.


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. … Man Made DIY
Nov. 1, 2017, 6:19 p.m.


How to Drill a Perfectly Straight and Square Hole without a Drill Press

Sure, every once in a while, you choose to intentionally drill a hole at a specific angle. Perhaps your compound joinery demands it, or you're going for a stylish, contemporary look on a project.

But most of the holes we drill — I'd hazard to say a good 99% of them — are intended to be drilled straight on, perfectly perpendicular to the surface. You can do this precisely with a drill press, but many makers don't have one, and they require specific set up and work tha...
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Oct. 31, 2017, 5:45 p.m.


How to Restore a Vintage Chisel

Unless you're a millionaire, I always recommend going with used hand tools when getting started in woodworking. (To be fair, however, no millionaires have yet to ask my advice.) They're plentiful, much less expensive, and depending on their age, usually a better, longer-lasting tool than you can buy at your local big box store. Vintage tools are more likely to be made in the USA or Europe, and are crafted from higher quality steels than modern tools from the home improvem...
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Oct. 30, 2017, 11:45 p.m.


These are the Best Bottles of Whiskey Under $20

There are times for spending on an investment bottle, but there are even more times for enjoying something perfectly good that cost less than an Andrew Jackson. None of them are going to blow your mind, but you know that already. But - seriously - if you're having fun and it's more about the conversation than what's in the glass, twelves drinks of anything palatable for less than twenty bucks is money well spent. … Man Made DIY
Oct. 26, 2017, 5 p.m.


How to Make: Crazy Tasty Spiced Pumpkin Butter in Your Slow Cooker

created at: 10/19/2015

You know those little pumpkins you practically trip over in the supermarket this time of year? It turns out: they're good for more than just Instagram props. With, like, no work, they make a really tasty pumpkin butter you’ll want to have in the fridge all year long. I’m talking about pumpkin butter with the magical spice flavor of pumpkin pie, but simple, less sweet and much more, well, pumpkin-y. … Man Made DIY
Oct. 26, 2017, 4:15 p.m.


Hey, Do You Want to Work with ManMade? We're Hiring!

Hello to all our favorite people out there in ManMade land. We have a pretty exciting announcement to share:

ManMade is currently looking for new contributors. Kaboom. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Oct. 25, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

If You Have Any of These 11 Items in Your Closet or Dresser, You Should Probably Get Rid of Them

Spring had traditionally been the time for deep cleaning and purging, but we say fall is better suited. It's the one time of year when all your layers are on display. You've pulled out your wool sweaters and heavy coats for the season, but your short sleeves are still viable options. Every single item you own is in the same place. Only then can you truly assess what you have, and to what you can say goodbye. … Man Made DIY
Oct. 25, 2017, 6:37 p.m.