Man Made DIY


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Mar 02, 2010

How To: Knit a Pair of Men's Socks

As last week's Handmade Haiku intimated, I haven't yet mastered the skill sets to make myself a super - knitter, but when I do, oh, buddy, am I going to make a pair of socks for myself.

Warm, snuggly, and with the moisture - wicking power of wool! I especially love all the details: the contrast color in the toes and heels, the fun 70's racing stripes, and the cuff on the… read more

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Mar 01, 2010

How To: Recreate the Very Manly Home of Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong - the U.S. cyclist who has become a household name for his Tour de France performance and ubiquitous yellow bracelets - has retired into a Spanish colonial outside Austin, Texas. It's pretty gigantic, and contains all the elements of traditionally masculine decor - lots of wood, leather, and warm colors.

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Feb 26, 2010

How To: Sew a Pair of Boxer Shorts

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During Valentine's Day season, a whole bunch of craft and style blogs did round-ups of special, handmade ladies undergarments. I kept my eyes open for an article on underwear for the gents, but it never surface.

So I did some research, and this is best of the free how-tos out… read more

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Feb 26, 2010

How To: Dress Like You Know What You're Doing

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Here's a different sort of "how to" for ManMade...instead of actually creating something, it's a more of a "what to aim for...:"

But a creative guy has every chance to be a sharply dressed guy, and this very thorough article from LifeHack.org offers some pretty helpful tips, like

  • Pants should almost touch the ground without your shoes on
  • Shirts with button-down collars are not dress shirts.
  • You need more than one pair of shoes, but not toread more
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Feb 25, 2010

How To: Upcycled Tape Dispenser.

As it turns out, a standard 14 - 15 ounce can of veggies or tomato sauce has nearly the same diameter as the internal cardboard ring of a roll of masking tape. So, it makes a perfect roll on which to build all kinds of DIY tape dispensers.

3 Roll Masking Tape Dispenser

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Feb 24, 2010

How To: Fold a Paper Pinhole Camera

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In 1979, the Czechoslovakian magazine ABC mladých techniků a přírodovědců [An ABC of Young Technicians and Natural Scientists] published a cut-out paper camera known as the Dirkon - from dirk- the Czech word for pinhole, with -kon, from the Japanese photo masters… read more

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Feb 23, 2010

How To: Make an Eight Pack of Crayon Rockets!

John Coker loves rockets, and couldn't help but notice the similarities between a rockets aerodynamic shape - long skinny body, pointed nose cone, etc - and a classic Crayola crayon.

So he got to thinking...And after ten years, he finally figured it… read more

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Feb 18, 2010

Wood Whittling 101

Whittling \ˈhwit-liŋ, ˈwit-; ˈhwi-təl-iŋ, ˈwi-\ trans. verb.

a. to pare or cut off chips from the surface of (wood) with a knife.

b. to shape or form by so paring or cutting

c. One of those cool old school dude things that should totally come back into fashion.

  

Knife wielder Kyle Stetz offers some tips on the gentlemanly craft of… read more

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Feb 15, 2010

How To: Water Bottle Pocket

I'm still on the search for the perfect day-to-day bag. I admit, I ask alot: I need something that carries and protect my computer and my DSLR, as well as fits my collection of things I use daily - books, paperwork, notebook, cables, glasses/contacts, multitool, etc, etc - that's carriable when I walk, bike, or ride my scooter.water bottle holder

And I think I've found the almost perfect option - with the almost hinging on the lack of external pocket to carry my water bottle or a drink. But, this quick and easy hanging bottle carrier from Between the Lines seems like a great… read more

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Feb 12, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Moleskine-Like Notebooks.

In the era of smart phones, tablet pcs, and very useful, well-designed computer-based to-do apps, there's still something quite organic and almost human about scraping a pencil across the fibers of a piece of paper. So, even the most wired-up creative set still keep a notebook around - for speed, accuracy, and sometimes, inspiration.

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The Moleskine has become the standard, due in large part to a clever marketing approach at the Barnes and Noble superchain, who entice would-be highbrow superstars to use the same notebook used by Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway. But despite their beauty, Moleskines are ludicrously overpriced. And...we never buy what we can… read more

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Feb 11, 2010

How To: Tailor a Button-Down Shirt for a Perfect Fit

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Men's shirts are sized in crazy ways - sometimes its sleeve length and neck dimensions, sometimes they're in chest dimesions (like a suit), and often, just the unpredictable small-medium-large. So, men, too, often have to buy for certain body measurements - length, sleeve, neck sizes, chest girth - and have other aspects not fit. It's why most men's button down shirts are baggy with big sleeves, and that weird muffin-top thing that billows out when we tuck them in.

So, next time you find that perfect vintage buttondown at the second hand shop, but it's flows around you like you're swimming in a gingham plaid Superman cape, pay the… read more

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Feb 10, 2010

How To: Create a Dorodango, a Japanese Mud Sphere



Dorodango - 泥 (どろ doro) "mud" and だんご (dango) "rice dumpling" - is a traditional pasttime for many Japanese school children. Dirt is mixed with water, then slowly shaped into a perfect, shiny or textured sphere.  … read more

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Feb 09, 2010

Two Options for Quick and Easy Image Transfers

Sometimes, hand painted just isn't the look you're going for, and you long to add some machine printed accuracy to your latest project. Here's two easy ways to add printed images to canvas, plastic, glass, paper, and whatnot.

Materials:

  • Image from a magazine or book, or printed via laser printer or photocopier. (Inkjet printers will not work)
  • Warm water
  • Large bowl or pie plate
  • Credit card or bone folder
  • For Process #1: Clear packing tape
  • For Process #2: Acrylic Gel Medium (or gesso, paint, or anything which states "polymer acrylic medium")
  • Paintbrush (a sponge brush will… read more
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Feb 09, 2010

How To: Snag Stuff with a Whip

"There are few tools that can break the sound barrier while fetching the TV remote. But throw a whip right and its tip can travel 900 mph (producing a sonic boom), then curl back to snare the object of your desire."

Why?

Why not, friends...why… read more

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Feb 08, 2010

How To: Sew a Necktie

Don't tell my mom, but I don't actually mind wearing a tie...Granted, with my job and social circles, it's a rare occassion when it's appropriate, so when I find my self needing to rock the half-windsor, it's kinda fun.

Every North American man has plenty of connections to the necktie: As kids, we learn to knot them. As teenagers, we learn to hate them. But as grown-ups...as grown-ups, my friends...

Well, we can learn to sew our… read more

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