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How to Make a Table from a Whiskey Barrel

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Pete Sveen. It originally appeared on his website, diypete.com.  A while back, a buddy of mine came across a few old whiskey barrels and called to tell me we had to do a project with them. So, we pondered a few ideas and decided to make a […]

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How to Make a Drinking Glass From a Bottle

by Jeremy Anderberg

I’ve often admired the artwork on beer bottles, liquor bottles, even craft soda bottles. And I’ve often wondered how to capture some of this artwork in a way that doesn’t involve simply collecting the bottles. When I stumbled across a shop in Vegas that sold beer and wine bottle drinking glasses, I knew I found […]

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How to Turn a Book Into a Handsome Clock

by Jeremy Anderberg

From pocket watches to grandfather clocks, men have long held a fascination with keeping time in stylish and classic ways. What better way to do so than turning a handsome hardcover book into a working clock? This project is similar to what Brett did a couple years back with turning a hardcover book into a […]

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20 DIY Gifts for Men [Updated for 2013!]

by AoM Team

Buying any of the items from our holiday gift guides will surely make some man’s Christmas. But in my experience, the gifts that mean the most are the ones people make for you. Anyone can open their wallet and plop down cash for a nice present. But knowing someone spent their time crafting something just […]

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How to Make a Wooden Tool Carrier

by Darren Bush

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. If you need to carry a few tools around, an open-top toolbox is great, especially if you are a visual person and need to see things for them to exist. Plumbers love these boxes, as pipe wrenches are long and awkward to carry. I just laid out a […]

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How to Build a Secret Backyard Fire Pit

by Brett & Kate McKay

When Kate and I bought our first house two years ago, one of its biggest selling points was that it sits on a little over an acre of land. That may not sound like much if you live out in the country, but in suburban Tulsa, it’s like having a small farm. Most of the […]

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On Turning Your Garage Into a Blacksmithing & Woodworking Shop

by Darren Bush


This post is sponsored by Ram Trucks. Do you have a garage in need of an overhaul? Enter here for your chance at being one of three lucky winners. What’s this? How to turn your garage into a blacksmith and woodworking shop.

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How to Make a Sheath for a Knife (Or Anything Else)

by Darren Bush

Sometimes you want an item close at hand: not in a pocket, but right there where you need it. A pocket watch, compass, knife, cell phone, or any other item you don’t want to dig for are all great candidates for a leather sheath. You might want to make something to hold a multi-tool or […]

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How to Make a Knife from an Old Saw Blade

by Darren Bush

Making a knife is a satisfying project on a number of levels. You’re creating a fundamental tool — one of the first tools ever made — and every time you pick it up, you’ll think, “Wow, I made this with my own hands.” And because you’re making the knife, you’ll be able to adjust its […]

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How to Sharpen a Reel Mower

by Darren Bush

It’s 1968. I’m sitting on the front step of my grandfather’s little house in San Diego. Gramps is pushing a reel mower across his front yard, wearing a Pendleton shirt and a pair of khakis. I hear the snickety-snickety-snickety of the blades. I smell cut grass. He lets me carry the grass catcher and dump […]

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How to Make a Coat Hook from a Tree Branch

by Darren Bush

It’s so satisfying to create something out of nothing — to add value and purpose to something once considered worthless. This project will show you the hidden treasures in your weed or brush pile. The crotch between a trunk and a branch is a very strong part of a tree. This strength makes a hook […]

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How to Make a Wallet That Will Last the Rest of Your Life

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matthew Pisarcik & Sebastian Sandersius, the founders of Bison Made. Nothing is manlier than making something with your own two hands. It’s a source of pride to build something that you can call your own. However, nothing is more frustrating than purchasing something expensive with your hard-earned […]

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How to Make a Cribbage Board

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. I love a good card game, and some of my favorites include Spades, Hearts, Hand and Foot, and Euchre. Poker, however, never quite goes my way. Believe it or not, I’ve never played cribbage before. However, when Brett challenged me to make a […]

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How to Make a Handsome and Handy Wooden Bottle Opener

by A Manly Guest Contributor

This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. You can make a bottle opener out of just about anything. I’ve seen lighters, rings, shell casings, hats, sandals, and I’m sure you can add to the list. All those openers probably work just fine. However, making your own bottle opener is a […]

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Strong, Durable, Collapsible, and Versatile: How to Build a Better Sawhorse

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. Check out some of his other manly contributions to AoM like repairing drywall and building a workbench. As I continue to expand my workshop, I quickly discovered the need for some good sawhorses. Sawhorses are great for setting up a temporary […]

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How to Restore an Heirloom Axe

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Josh Tucker. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” –Abraham Lincoln Whether Honest Abe used his axe as a potent metaphor to illustrate the primacy of preparation or as his trusted weapon in a covert […]

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How to Turn an Old WWII Field Phone Into a Bluetooth Handset

by Brett

Command your forces with the same field phone used by WWII soldiers by following this Bluetooth mod.



This post is sponsored by Bing. What’s this?

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How to Make a Nifty Shoe Shine Box

by Brett

How to make your own shoe shine box in less than an hour.



This post is sponsored by Bing. What’s this?

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DIY Weekend Project: How to Make a Slingshot

by Brett & Kate McKay

Imagine the idealized rough and tumble boy depicted in literature, movies, and TV shows. Go ahead. Do it. Done?  Whether you imagined Tom Sawyer, Dennis the Menace, or Bart Simpson, chances are you pictured him with a handmade slingshot dangling from his back pants pocket. The humble slingshot has been a fixture among boys across […]

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