Man Made DIY


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Jul 29, 2010

How To: Cereal Box Marble Run and Other Awesome, Handmade Toys for Kids

Joel Henriques is a Portland-based artist that seems to be the best dad in the world. His blog, Made By Joel, features awesome, one-off toys, games, and activities that he makes for his two children, and usually includes some steps towards making your own.

I'm not a parent, but I'm pretty sure most of these are happening in my house this weekend, especially the cereal box marble run pictured above, and this zip-line toy:

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Jul 27, 2010

How To: Measure Your Body for Perfect-Fit Clothing

created at: 07/27/2010

Until we're all totally rich and can afford custom suits or have perfected our own tailoring skills, most of us will have to make do with off-the-rack traditional men's clothing: suits, dress shirts, pants, etc. And since there's like a trillion little pins and plastic things all over every item in the department store, it helps to know your basic measurements before you begin to try things on.

Every man should know a the following measurements: chest, sleeve, neck, shirt size, waist, inseam, and shoe sizes. And, in order to get these things to fit properly, you need to measure yourself… read more

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Jul 26, 2010

Free Papercraft Download: Build Your Own Stubby Paper Rocket!

created at: 07/26/2010

Tor.com is a website devoted to science fiction and fantasy short stories and other writing, and they've long been identified by the site's logo, a rocket named Stubby. Recently, they enlisted master paper model maker Robert Nava to make a free, downloadable PDF so you can create your own Stubby rocket, which we think is pretty cool whether you get to reference to Tor or not.

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Jul 26, 2010

How To: DIY Yourself an In-N-Out Burger

created at: 07/26/2010

Folks in California have a pretty fine food setup - they can grow avocado and citrus trees in their backyards, some kinda of winery is alway a day's drive away, and when you decide it's time for an In-N-Out burger, it's time for an In-N-Out burger.

And what are the rest of us to do? Why, make them at home, of course. To get the recipe just right, Serious Eat's writer Kenji Alt (of McDonald's French Fries at home fame) had four flash frozen burgers shipped from California to his home in NYC, busted out the scales, and got down to some serious reverse engineering.

Admittedly, I haven't tried the results yet, but with the detail and sheer reading-pleasure of Kenji's full walkthrough, you better believe its on my list of things to do this… read more

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Jul 22, 2010

How To: Make a Felt Wine Rack from a Mailing Tube

created at: 07/22/2010

Kate and I seem to have the same problem - extreme procrastination when it comes to framing artwork... And by extreme, I mean upwards of a decade, like so long, the print seems tirelessly outdate.

But here's a bit of motivation - once you actually get the art on the wall, you're can make something sweet out of the mailing tube. Like, perhaps enlist the help of some bold duct tape and felt, and create a wine rack you'll be proud to leave out to display, even if your vintage is more supermarket than sommelier.   

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Jul 21, 2010

How To: Build a Mid-Century Inspired Wireless Audio System

The mission? Make a moveable, wireless audio speaker system that can be controlled by an iPhone and blends seamlessly into an impeccably curated mid-century modern decor.

Mission accomplished. Joel Pirela created a custom wood cabinet that sits atop a Tulip-style base (from an old Bose 901 speaker), and can be used anywhere close to a power outlet. The cabinet houses a computer speaker system and an Apple Airport Extreme, which streams iTunes wirelessly to any location. The outside is covered with a speaker grill attached with magnets, and an inexpensive walnut… read more

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Jul 21, 2010

Make Cold-Brewed Ice Tea in the Fridge

created at: 07/21/2010

When I was a kid, my parents always made iced tea in this vintage sun tea jar, complete with big 70s yellow poppies and a broken spigot. I never really realized what they were doing by sitting that thing on the back porch...besides making us chase extra fast to grab missed catches and tags during our neighborhood kickball game.

It's a pretty clever idea, the sun tea...when its this hot outside, the last thing you want to do is boil a big kettle of water and cool it down for hours to make a cold drink. But know what's even awesome-r, and quicker? Simply making great ice tea in your refrigerator… read more

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Jul 20, 2010

The Ultimate Guide: How to Create Audiobooks in iTunes

created at: 07/20/2010

Apple's iTunes allows you to purchase audiobooks formatted specifically for your iPod, allowing you to enjoy some literature on the go. But simply importing an audiobook from CDs or an mp3 leaves you with hundreds of poorly labeled, two-minute tracks that make it very difficult to pick up where you last listened.

But, with a little knowhow, you can create your own audiobooks from CDs (ones you may already own, or have borrowed from the library or a friend) or mp3 files and take advantage of bookmarking, avoidance on shuffle mode, and clear chapter organization, and the special "Book" category in your library.

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Jul 19, 2010

How To: Make a Retro-Inspired, 8-bit Cork Board

created at: 07/19/2010

We're so over drab bulletin boards and memo keepers. There are simply too many cool DIY options that a simple natural cork in a blonde wood frame simply won't do anymore - try  this for a double duty dry erase board, or this for the standard cork and pushpin combo.

Or, perhaps you'd like a bit of a narrative in your reminder and inspiration substrate. If so, we recommend this Pac-Man cork board project by Dominator 24. He used the free, open source photo software GIMP to create the templates, then transferred the image onto cork tiles, and cut them out with… read more

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Jul 15, 2010

How To: Clone Yourself...In Paper

Project: Paper-CloneThe Roman poet Ovid tells the story of Narcissus like this: the mountain nymph Echo falls in love with the vain young hunter Narcissus, and follows him into the woods. When he hears here, she shouts "Who's there?" She's so afraid, she only repeats after him, "Who's there?" This continues until she rushes towards him, but he rejects her embrace. She's so heartbroken, she spends the rest of her life in the glen, praying to Aphrodite to right Narcissus' buff, and longing for her lost love until only her voice remains...hence, an echo.

Aphrodite heeds Echo's request, and punishes Narcissus by having him take a drink at a river, and fall in… read more

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Jul 14, 2010

The Perfect Pour - An Infographic for Any Coffee Drinker

created at: 07/14/2010

Design studio Plaid has created this mod infographic illustrating perfect coffee drink recipes. Click through for a full sized, printable… read more

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Jul 13, 2010

How To: Affordable Wall Art Idea

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Guy couldn't decide what color to paint his wall...so he went with all of them.

Inspired by  Amirko’s ‘Change It’ Wall Design Concept, Guy used a bit of clear tape (we're thinking something like this) to mark off the squares, and then filled them in with a total of twenty-seven shades. We love how it's not just a straight, blended spectrum, but how the pixels vary in tone, in an awesome controlled… read more

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Jul 12, 2010

How To: Tie a Traditional Necktie into a Bow Tie, No Cutting or Sewing Required

created at: 07/12/2010

I don't own any bow ties (heck, I hardly own any normal ties), but I'm a bit curious to know what I'd look like in one. Orville Redenbacher or Kanye? PeeWee Herman or this precious hipster?

But, again, I don't own a bow tie, and short of buying one just to experiment, I guess I'll never know.

Or, perhaps i will. Turns out, you can indeed tie a traditional, long necktie into a bow tie. My bet is that a skinnier tie made of light fabric will work best, to compensate for the extra length, but the end results look pretty… read more

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Jul 09, 2010

How To: USB Bike Generator that Charges Your Gadgets with Infinitely Renewable Energy...The Human Body

Final ResultsModern technology has made cycling a fantastic experience - you can plan and check routes with your smartphone, and bring along tiny digital still and video cameras to catalog your experience. I use the great EveryTrail app on my iPhone to calculate routes and speed, but keeping it connected to GPS is a huge battery drain. Wouldn't it be great if you could not have to worry about killing the batteries of these guys whilst on your ride?

Turns out - you can, and power lies in your own two feet. With a little DIY muscle flexing, you can build a USB generator that's 70% efficient in converting your pedals into the energy needed for powering and charging your devices.Final Results

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Jul 06, 2010

How To: Fold Origami Post-It Boxes

Origami Post-it boxBored at work with access to the office supply closet?

Well, then, you, my friend, need to grab a few sticky notes and whip up some of these Post-It note origami boxes. Perfect for storing staples, paper clips, thumbtacks, or just looking adorable there on your… read more

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