Man Made DIY


Oct 06, 2015

How to: Maneuver an Army Surplus Store and Save on Camping Supplies

Last week a dear friend of mine moved to another city and bequeathed me a bunch of camping gear, which got me thinking about where I should be looking to complete this lovely cache of camping items. Thankfully the team at Outside Online put together this guide for the best deals to look for when building your basic camping supplies.   … read more


Oct 02, 2015

How to Drink That Whiskey The Right Way: An Introductory Guide

created at: 10/02/2015Enjoying a glass of something strong is a good way to end the night every now and then. But do you know how to actually get the best out of the experience? Here's a quick and dirty take on how to get the most fun, flavor, and enjoyment.… read more


Sep 30, 2015

5 Fall Cocktail Recipes Guaranteed to Keep You Warm This Season

Heated Affair

As the leaves change color and the nights cool down, it's time to take a look at a few of our go-to hot cocktails to keep the party going into the cold fall nights.   … read more


Sep 29, 2015

Make This: Rustic and Stylish Concrete Candleholders

DIY Cement CandleholdersHave a little cement and metal left over after a project? Turn them into something much more interesting than a pile of clutter in the corner of the garage.   … read more


Sep 29, 2015

You Want to Make This: The Best Campfire Breakfast Enchiladas

Breakfast burritos and enchiladas are high high high on my list of foods in general and they really can't be beat on the camping trail. Especially as we move into the crisp autumn season, some toasty breakfast foods can make all the difference on how the day goes. I'm looking at trying this at home as well.   … read more


Sep 22, 2015

How to: Pick a Lock like a Pro... Cause You Never Know When You're Gonna Need It

Last Wednesday I committed the absentminded sin of locking myself out of my apartment with the only spare key also locked inside. It was late at night and the realization of the struggle that was about to be rest of my evening was bordering on overwhelming. Luckily I’d left the bathroom window slightly ajar and after some clever thinking and a little jimmying, my buddy and I were able to take off the screen and slip through.    … read more


Sep 18, 2015

How to: Make The Perfect Irish Coffee

I love coffee and I love whiskey, and here's the perfect recipe to combine them both in a drink with a history as rich and manly as its taste. Irish coffee as we know it was originally conceived by Joe Sheridan, the head chef at what later came to be Shannon International Airport in west Ireland. A flying-boat-full of American passengers disembarked after a particularly rough storm on a cold winter evening in the 1940's and Sheridan spiked their coffees with whiskey and some other ingredients to warm them up as fast as possible. When the passengers noticed the difference, they asked if they were drinking Brazilian coffee but were told instead… read more


Sep 17, 2015

Make This: Repurpose A Saw Blade Into a Knife

Laying out a SawbladeInterested in starting down the road of metalworking but not sure where to start? Try this project to make a knife from a sawblade to get your hands a bit dirty.   … read more


Sep 14, 2015

This Project is Easier Than You Think - Wall-Mounted Air Compressor Lines

Hooking Up An Air CompressorWorking in my small shop, I've tripped over my air hoses countless times. And many times an air hose has snagged on something a pulled a tool off the work bench (dangerous!). That ends today with wall-mounted air lines.   … read more


Sep 11, 2015

How to Prepare for a Day Hike

How to Prepare for a Day Hike

As autumn cools the air here in the south you will quickly find all the campgrounds and nature centers booked up from September through November. It seems like everyone comes out of their humidity-soaked habitats and are starved to trek all the great mountains and valleys all across the southeast. Hiking season is upon us!

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Sep 10, 2015

How to: Build a Rustic Flickering Electric Lantern

I've always been a sucker for rustic decor, and the tasteful ambiance provided by lanterns are solidly in that category. However, if you opt for a lantern in your interior (or exterior) design, it really ought to be functional (and therefore probably electric) but still keeping the charm of the flickering, homey light. Enter this design from "dtt900653" that meets all the criteria.   … read more


Sep 10, 2015

Yes, You Need a Dust Collector in Your Workshop. Here's How to Get Started.

created at: 09/10/2015

You spend so much time in your shop, isn't it about time to spend a little time on it? Here's a solid upgrade that will get you breathing easier while out there making cuts.   … read more


Sep 02, 2015

Build This: Make a DIY Wooden 3D Pantograph

I've seen a few of these interesting contraptions over the past few years, and really had no idea what they did. All I understood was that it created a copy of something at a smaller or larger ratio. Today I came on a plan to build a trim-router based pantograph that looks simple enough to tackle.   … read more


Aug 28, 2015

Weekend Project: Make These DIY Copper Tiki Torches (with Some Mid-Century Modern Pizzazz)

Tiki torches are hit or miss for me. They can be tacky and, but if done right they can class up the aesthetic of your summer barbecue  in a whole new way. The design is as simple to make as the aesthetic is clean. … read more


Aug 28, 2015

Happy [on the] Trails: Three Gourmet Backpacking Desserts for Your Next Hike

After a long day hiking, there are few things more exciting than the promise of a good hearty meal and dessert. Now, sitting in the comfort of your home, you might be thinking that trail mix will be fine, but get out on that trail and you’ll start craving some sweeter fair. To solve this problem, jdorenbos has compiled three stand-out recipes: Turtle Rice Pudding, Orange Mango Angel Food Cake, and a Lemon Berry Parfait (seen above).… read more

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