Man Made DIY


Nov 24, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Copper Pipe Bike Basket

The bicycle basket is a long standing accessory that's great for carrying anything from picturesque picnic supplies to laptops to bulldogs apparently. The copper piping makes for a slightly antique or hipstered look and could be all the makeover your bike needs. Alternately, just build the basket and keep it around the house, fill it with plants, fill it with dogs, etc.   … read more


Nov 23, 2015

How to: Build a Minimal and Versatile Wardrobe

created at: 11/23/2015

Most of us want to look good and don't like excessive things that just take up space. Hence the pull to simplify one's wardrobe and put an emphasis on curating limited goods that offer quality and versatility. Thankfully, we're not the only ones feeling that. Below is a great roundup of two Art of Manliness posts touching on that very subject.… read more


Nov 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Headphone Organizer

Ahh...the pocket earbud tangle nest. You've seen it, you hate it, and you promise yourself not to do it again next. We say, this weekend, do something about it.   … read more


Nov 19, 2015

You Can Make This: Modern DIY Internet Radio Player

Finished Internet RadioI'm a big fan of internet radio. It's customizable, high quality, and increasingly easy to use. Here's a project for those with a bit of tech savvy mixed in with your DIY prowess.   … read more


Nov 13, 2015

How to: Buy A Motorcycle (For Real)

Most men I know like motorcycles, at least in the abstract. My friends and I often talk about which bikes we want and in what order, all to varying degrees of seriousness since none of us actually own any bikes (I did briefly have a motorcycle license though, which I felt was a step in the right direction). However if you’re interested in pursuing the prospective-first-motorcycle-purchase conversation a little further, … read more


Nov 12, 2015

How Bread Actually Works...Or, How to Bake Bread Like the Pros Do It

created at: 11/08/2015You’ve heard it said that baking is a science and cooking is an art, but the science behind baking something as simple as bread is such a mind-boggling stream of interconnected processes all working together to finish in one harmonious piece, it makes you question the adage. … read more


Nov 10, 2015

DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Her a Simple + Elegant Hardwood Necklace

Handmade Olive Wood Necklace for Valentines

Fellas, it's that time of year! And by "that time," we mean: time to start thinking about getting a head start on your handmade gifts for the season. Skip the lines and the nonsense and get your hands to work on this elegant, modern necklace that is sure to stun your special someone.    

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Nov 10, 2015

Make It: DIY Sofa Table With Outlets

PlugsI'm always looking for a place to set my glass when I'm sitting at the couch. Build this simple table with outlets that fits between the wall and the sofa so you can keep your drink close, and no more digging around behind the couch to plug in your laptop.… read more


Nov 05, 2015

Make This: DIY Electric Camp Lantern

created at: 10/19/2014

Autumn is the perfect time of year for camping, pumpkins, crunchy leaves and hurricane lamps. Ok, maybe it's just me, but I love these lamps. They bring a certain sense of camp-like nostalgia to my heart and I have a couple around the house.    … read more


Nov 03, 2015

Style How-to: DIY Elbow Patches to Class Up Any Jacket (or Sweater)

If you’re opting for a tweed or corduroy suit jacket, you don’t necessarily need to shell out the big bucks since you're going for the more worn-in, collegiate appearance. A thrift store jacket in your correct size can be tailored and DIY-ed into a nice alternate statement.

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Nov 02, 2015

Wool and the Art of Sweater Maintenance: 5 Tips to Care for and Make Your Sweaters Last

created at: 12/14/2012The cooler months bring boots, jackets, and best of all: sweaters. Worn well, they echo the classic men of yesterday. Investing in one or two quality pieces made from 100% wool is preferable than several from acrylics or blended fabric, as they'll stick around for many falls and winters to come, and look better in the process. (Not to mention keep you warmer.) If you take care of them well, they'll last until your beard goes gray, and you can pull off the weathered fisherman with a warm heart look of Mr. Hemingway here.

1. Don't dryclean or machine wash.  Not only does hand washing keep your wool clean, it'll actually make your sweater… read more


Oct 30, 2015

How to Eat Sushi...or, 7 Things You're Probably Doing Wrong

created at: 10/30/2015

The act of eating sushi is as much of an art form as the sushi-making itself. Sushi restaurants have proliferated across America in recent decades, but unfortunately sushi etiquette hasn't always migrated as well. If you want to look like you know what you're doing (not to mention actually knowing what you're doing), … read more


Oct 27, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade: Building a Custom Tool Island and (Finally!) Cleaning Up...

Tool IslandA few months ago, I completely destroyed my shop. I pulled everything off the wall, tools off the countertops, and it just . . . imploded. My workshop need an upgrade and it's true - you need to break it before you can fix it.   … read more


Oct 26, 2015

Turning An Old Car Into An Electric Car (while doubling the horsepower or tripling the torque)

Michael Bream has a motto: "If you work on any car, you have to make it faster." A bold statement considering the stigma against electric vehicles for being sissy or potentially unreliable, on top of the fact that he helps run a company specializing in outfitting old cars with high performance electric drive trains.      … read more


Oct 22, 2015

Never Buy It Again: Three Ways to Make Your Own Killer Ginger Beer

Dark and Stormy Ginger BeerOne of my favorite cocktail mixers is the spicy ginger beer, used for the summer favorite "Moscow Mule", or evening sipper, the "Dark and Stormy." But I've had enough of the spendy, over-sweetened bottles from the supermarket, so I figured: it's time to make our own. Here are three ways to make an extremely tasty version happen at home. … read more

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