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How to Easily Create Your Own Rope Ladder

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This post was written by Bryan Black and originally ran on ITS Tactical. If you lived on the second floor as a boy, you probably spent some time thinking about how you’d get out the window and onto the ground if there was a fire, and how cool it would be to climb down […]

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How to Make an All-Purpose Work Bench

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editors note: This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. A Quick Intro In the video, I share that you’re about to learn how to make “the only workbench you’ll ever need.” That’s a bit of an overstatement, especially for woodworking enthusiasts who will need features like an integrated vice and […]

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Weekend DIY Project: How to Make a Wooden Sword for Your Kid

by Brett

Last year, I went to the Craftsman Experience shop in Chicago for a blogger summit. I played with tools and learned how to make several easy projects, such as a sawhorse. The project that was the biggest hit among all the participants, however, was definitely the demonstration on how to make a wooden sword, put […]

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Blacksmithing Basics: How to Make a Hook

by Darren Bush

Awhile back, we covered the fundamentals of blacksmithing. Those fundamental are interesting in concept, but now let’s try out some real-life applications to make something simple and useful for around the house. So we’re going to make three hooks.  That’s because a hook is often the first thing you make when you start to become […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Whittling

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Yankee boy, before he’s sent to school, Well knows the mysteries of that magic tool, The pocket-knife. To that his wistful eye Turns, while he hears his mother’s lullaby; His hoarded cents he gladly gives to get it, Then leaves no stone unturned till he can whet it; And in the education of the […]

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Make a Dining Room Table by Thanksgiving

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tuck Oden. If you’re like me, every time you wander through a big-box furniture store, you feel a little insulted. Here you are, a man, staring at relatively simple furniture, being asked to lay down large sums of money for a bookshelf, dining set, or desk. And […]

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How to Build a Quick and Easy Sawhorse

by Brett

A few months ago, Craftsman  flew me up to Chicago to visit their Craftsman Experience shop for a blogger summit. (If you’re ever in Chicago, I definitely recommend stopping by the Craftsman Experience and checking it out. It’s free and open to the public.) I spent the day playing with tools and learning how to build […]

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How to Make Your Own Canoe Paddle

by Darren Bush

This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM. For more information about RAM Series trucks visit us at: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/guts_and_glory/. What’s this?Making something with your hands is a rewarding experience no matter how you do it. When it comes to making a canoe (or kayak) paddle, it’s a very personal thing. Here’s a step-by-step photo guide on how to make your very own canoe paddle.

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Working Iron: A Primer on Blacksmithing

by Darren Bush

This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM. For more information about RAM Series trucks visit us at: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/guts_and_glory/. What’s this?
We discuss the very basics of getting started in blacksmithing. You probably won’t be able to start blacksmithing right after reading this, but hopefully it will pique your interest enough to look more into this manly skill and trade. First, we’ll take a look at the basic tools you need to get started with blacksmithing. We’ll end by showing you the three fundamental ways of hitting hot metal in order to shape it.

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How to Make Your Own Manly Bar of Soap

by Bryan Schatz

“A paste of lye and water can burn through an aluminum pan. A solution of lye and water will dissolve a wooden spoon. Combined with water, lye heats to over two hundred degrees, and as it heats it burns into the back of my hand…on the lap of my bloodstained pants…” -Passage from Fight Club, […]

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Weekend DIY Project: How to Make a Leather Wallet

by Bryan Schatz

“What ordinary people once made, they buy; and what they once fixed for themselves, they replace entirely or hire an expert to repair, whose expert fix often involves installing a pre-made replacement part…so perhaps the time is ripe for reconsideration of an ideal that has fallen out of favor: manual competence.” -Mathew B. Crawford, author […]

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22 Manly Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin

by Brett & Kate McKay

Altoids have been freshening bad breath since the turn of the 19th century. But while they are touted as “Curiously Strong Mints,” perhaps the real curiosity is not the allure of the mints themselves, but the popularity of turning the tin in which they’re packaged into all sorts of truly handy, and just plain fun, […]

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How to Make a Secret Book Safe

by Brett & Kate McKay

I love anything with secret compartments. From the big (secret passageways) to the small (a secret pocket in a jacket), there’s just something delightful about things that are hidden away. Which is why I’ve always been drawn to book safes. They combine my love for secret compartments with my love for books. And they’re just […]

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How to Make a Corn Cob Pipe

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from by Bryan Schatz. Pipe smoking is the oldest form of smoking tobacco, developed during an era in which men would make time to sit at the end of a hard day’s toil, to rock back and forth in their favorite chair and observe the rotation of life. […]

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How to Build a 1st Place Pinewood Derby Car

by Brett & Kate McKay

When it comes to father/son bonding experiences, few can match the satisfaction of working on a pinewood derby car together. Most Cub Scout packs have an annual pinewood derby race. Little Scouts turn blocks of wood into super fast racing machines. In the process, they get a basic lesson in physics, tool handling, and competition. […]

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How to Make a Moleskine PDA

by Brett

Image by Starbuck Guy Editor’s Note: On Tuesdays, we’ll be featuring an excellent article or video that was originally posted in the Art of Manliness Community by a community member. Today we’ve selected a post from Stephen Young about pocket notebooks that makes a great companion to the “What’s in Your Pocket Giveaway” we have […]

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