manmadediy The older I get, the less I want to sleep in on the weekends. There's just too much cool stuff to do to stay in bed. 1w

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manmadediy There are many good feelings in this world. Needing to punch a new hole in your belt is definitely one of them. 1w

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manmadediy Ever wonder why the bottom button is sewn with a different thread color?

If you look, you'll also note: it's sideways, as is the top collar button. This makes them harder to button (ever notice that?), but reduces the likelihood that the button will come undone. This is especially important since the bottom button is usually tucked into your trousers, where it experiences more stress from being pulled side-to-side. Traditionally, this meant reinforcing the button and the buttonhole with a thicker thread, which was either done on a second sewing machine, or as a last step when finishing a job. Hence, a different thread and different color.
#TheMoreYouKnow
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manmadediy Hey Portland, OR - This weekend, I'm hosting a #DIYWorkshop at @HomeDepot on Saturday, April 11th. We'll be making a sweet modern vertical garden project, so come by and use some power tools with me. Check it out: http://thd.co/1CZbslF 2w

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manmadediy Hello, everyone - this is my brand new bicycle. I don't know how exciting that is to other people, but I saved for more than a year to buy it, and I'm gonna ride one million miles on it. And if you want to come over, I'll let you ride it, too. 3w

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manmadediy Alright. I need to get myself outta here before I get into any more trouble. 3w

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manmadediy Measure twice.
Cut once.
Realize you messed up.
Say some swear words.
Go back to the store.
Measure twice.
Cut once.
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manmadediy I found my old Kodak Brownie Starflex when digging through boxes this morning. I'm definitely not nostalgic for the days of film, but I'm kinda itching to use this thing again. 4w
  •   mike_loveland I feel the same. The convenience is too great with digital + good filters but I also don't want the film option to die. 4w

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manmadediy You guys. Nature just MAKES these things. 1mon

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manmadediy You can NEVER have too many tape measures.
Never.
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  •   judsonmeherg Ever. 1mon
  •   neigsti @manmadediy Do you have a favorite that you might recommend? I've been eyeing that Dewalt fatty. 1mon
  •   braveelement @neigsti you should check out fastcap.com - they have the best tape measures! 1mon
  •   manmadediy @neigsti I do! It's the Starrett (red one). My "review" on the matter is up now at ManMadeDIY.com 1mon

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manmadediy Good times at @hellosessions speakers brunch. Never say no to an opportunity to meet new people and eat free breakfast foods. 1mon

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manmadediy Good morning.

Breakfast fire shot from our weekend backpacking trip in Mt. Hood National Forest.

Stay warm. Stay dry.
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manmadediy This isn't my workshop, but I wish it were.
It's a reproduction shop from the 1880s, producing period furniture and goods. They use no power tools or electricity, and only natural light from windows. #ZOMGHandtools
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manmadediy A seriously awesome productive Tuesday needs a seriously awesome soundtrack. Am I right? 2mon

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manmadediy Brew days are the best days. 2mon
  •   chrs.prkr What's that in the upper left? I working on boozy things myself. Got a nice fat batch of Meyer Lemon bitters infusing away! 2mon
  •   manmadediy @chrs.prkr It's "light" Belgian candi sugar. It gives the yeast a little more to munch on without having to add more malt and increase the body of the beer. Are you sharing the bitters? I'd love to get a taste of those :) 2mon
  •   chrs.prkr They're for my wedding in June as favors for our guests. We'll be bottling them in dram bottles with dropped and ideas for use since most won't know what to do with them. I can email you and send you some if you'd like. It's been a lot of fun to make 2mon
  •   chrs.prkr *droppers 2mon
  •   therealmarkyates Hi. 2mon
  •   manmadediy @chrs.prkr congrats on the wedding! Id love to check some out if you have any left after the event. Feel free to contact chris@[siteurl]. Best of luck, man 2mon

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manmadediy Shop cleanup time. 2mon

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manmadediy Favorite #DIY trick: always buy those $3-5 vintage steel tool boxes, tackle boxes, and lunch pails at the flea market or secondhand shop. You can use them for all sorts of tool and project storage, and they look way sharper (and last longer) than modern plastic ones. 2mon
  •   mariahdanielsen We've got a bunch of these at my antique store.. Never thought to stock pile em for a rainy day. 2mon
  •   cafeotter Nothing like a good ole toolbox. 2mon
  •   dannyjj1013 Been following your blog for a long time! Big fan and I recommend it everyone! 2mon
  •   few.bits Hey Chris, saw your post about joining Insta. Welcome! 2mon
  •   few.bits I guess not joining, but being INTO insta. Lol 2mon
  •   manmadediy @few.bits Into, indeed. Thanks! 2mon
  •   thederekadams I do this also! I use them to hold art supplies. Love the blog. 2mon
  •   oleanderandpalm @allyswen check out this blog!!!! 1mon

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manmadediy Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.
Stack it up in a pile and make it look nice.
Store it to the left of that rad vintage vise.
And if you try to move that anvil, your back will need ice. - Henry David Thoreau... Oh, and Chris Gardner :) Happy Friday. Go do something awesome.
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  •   jonathantunisia Your website is so inspiring and makes me want to build and DIY more. Your photos are really cool too 2mon

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2mon manmadediy
Normal Chris Gardner
manmadediy Everyone should own a cast iron skillet. Everyone.

See more of our essential items every man should own by age thirty at ManMadeDIY.com. Thanks to @murphygoodewine for collaborating with us on this post.
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manmadediy The mountain is out. 2mon

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