Man Made DIY


Jan 20, 2011

Vintage Suitcase Doggy Bed

Brian started out with a red vintage suitcase very similar to the one Chris used in Make It! Secondhand Chic:

But he ended up with a very different result!

A couple of 1x4s for reinforcement and some stylish cone-shaped legs give this dogged old suitcase a new leash on life (sorry):


Jan 17, 2011

The Beginner's Guide to Beards

created at: 01/17/2011

We at ManMade are big fans of beards, and as such, realize that sporting one is way more than just not shaving.

So, we love Valet magazine's "Beginners Guide to Beards" which contains helpful, real advice for managing facial hair of all sorts of lengths.

A seriously… read more


Jan 14, 2011

Art Imitates the Butcher Shop: Meat America

created at: 01/14/2011

The Urban Grocer reports, "Sculpted, tweaked, and photographed. Nope, we’re not talking about the latest super model; we’re talking about meat. Raw cuts of red meat that Philadelphia-based artist Dominic Episcopo took as his muse for his latest inspired project, Meat America.


Channeling the inner butcher within us all, Meat America includes an impressive collection of photographed meats fashioned to look like everything from Elvis and Ben Franklin, to New Jersey and Texas. Through this work, Episcopo intended to celebrate his own unabashed love for meat and “the American appetite for decadent and iconoclastic… read more


Jan 13, 2011

The United States of Food: Your Home by a Signature Dish

created at: 01/13/2011

Of course you've heard of Georgia peaches, Alaskan king crab, and Idaho potatoes. But how about Rhode Island coffee milk? Or South Dakota… read more


Jan 13, 2011

Things Real People Don't Say About Advertising

created at: 01/13/2011

Advertising, whether you like it or not, is essential to the way we experience media. It allow things like radio stations and alternative newspapers to be free, keeps the internet alive, and really can help you find out about new products and services. And when its done well, its seemless and helpful, and perhaps even creative and enjoyable.

created at: 01/13/2011

But sometimes, PR firms and ad agencies have pretty unrealistic expectations concerning user reception and social media. Enter Things Real People Don't Say Aboutread more


Jan 10, 2011

Mike's Masculine Vintage Home Tour

created at: 01/10/2011

As a professional interior designer, Michael Murphy has had plenty of time to curate and cultivate his own style, so named masculine vintage. "It is a design philosophy that explores the ideas of color and shape with materials and patterns. The palette is cool and controlled. The shapes are formed and in scale. The objects are found and weathered with time and use. The overall effect is a warm space that will allow control in its clutter and comfort for it inhibitor. The word masculine I define not as man, but as a sense of being. I welcome the entire color palette but it’s the control of the world being created with the use of wood and objects that define what “Masculine vintage” is to me as a… read more


Jan 06, 2011

Typography and the World of the Royal Tenenbaums

created at: 01/06/2011

Over the holiday break, I spent most of my free time in my basement workshop, learning to use my new planer, and raiding my DVD library. (I hardly buy them anymore, but have a hefty collection from my days of working of the video store in college). One afternoon, I put in The Royal Tenenbaums, and saw something I'd never spied before: the abundance of the typeface Futura. It's on the poster, sure, and in the credits, but there it was on the school bus:

created at: 01/06/2011

And at the… read more


Jan 04, 2011

The Greatest Film Scenes of 2010

created at: 01/04/2011

I'm thinking this is my favorite 2010 top ten roundup of the season. I love that they don't make any claims about the most successful films, but delve into the DNA of what great filmmaking can be. Plus, they actually provide the scenes within the article itself, so you can remind yourself of the ones you've seen, and learn new things about those you haven't… read more


Jan 03, 2011

The 20KRKR...Or, How to Make a Rocking Chair from Shipping Pallets and Cardboard

created at: 01/03/2011

"Every year, the Rural Studio, a program of Auburn University's architecture school, located in Hale County, Alabama, pursues a research project called the 20K House.  [They] build a house on a budget of $20,000 that can be a sustainable, safe, spacious, dignified replacement for the mobile home. Each prototype is then documented and will hopefully become a model that can be replicated across the rural south for low-income homeowners."

created at: 01/03/2011

This year, the 20K house featured a fine front porch, a staple of Southern culture, and Wholman wanted to create a porch-worthy rocking chair with the same spirit of the 20K challenge. He came up with this incredible design, which forms the chair from upcycled shipping pallets and cardboard… read more


Jan 03, 2011

The Quest for a Beard of Every Type

created at: 01/03/2011 has collected the very fine beard type chart below, and its founder, Jon Dyers, has embarked on a quest to sport each and every one.created at: 01/03/2011

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Dec 31, 2010

Welcome 2011

created at: 01/03/2011

Enjoy your holiday weekend, friends. Have fun, be safe, and be resolute to creativity.


Dec 30, 2010

Dress Up Your Dip - The Ultimate Bacon Tomato Guacamole

created at: 12/30/2010

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was Rick Bayless's new book, Fiesta at Rick's. And the very first recipe inside? Bacon and Tomato Guacamole.

Though you made not have thought of it, it certainly makes sense. The BLT is a classic, and salty bacon and creamy avocado are some of the staples of California cuisine. 

So, last night, I tried it. And it's definitely better than I thought it would be. It doesn't just taste like regular guac with some crumbled bacon. The addition of the bacon makes the tomatoes, even crummy December tomatoes, stand out, and the use of canned chipotles is a welcome switch from fresh… read more


Dec 29, 2010

Fourteen Famous "Man Caves"

created at: 12/29/2010

As we've remarked before, guys simply love to have a space of their own. Tree houses, workshops, garages, bars... being a man brings a strong sense of place. And it's true for all kinds of men, from average guys to some of the world's best known.

So, here's a collection of some of the working and relaxing spaces of some of Western society's most well known gents: presidents, famous authors, inventors, scientists...all of whom have made a pretty big impact.

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Dec 29, 2010

Crazy Close-Up Images of Snowflakes

created at: 12/29/2010

On first glance, what do you make of these photos? The remains of an abandoned alien planet? A forest of mutant broccoli? The stuff in between your couch cushions?

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Dec 28, 2010

The Twenty Worst Songs of 2010

created at: 12/28/2010

The Village Voice team have assembled their thoughts on the twenty worst songs of the year.

On top, Train's "Hey Soul Sister" which is the only "rock" song to be on Billboard's Top 100 list for theread more

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