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Jun 21, 2010

How To: Super Easy and Strong DIY Bike Stands

created at: 06/02/2010

Like all things with moving parts, bicycles need maintained, adjusted, and repaired. But to work on something whose very job is to move foward, you've gotta get it off the road and into the air in order to assess your good work.

So, here's a collection of DIY bike stands that you can trust to get your cycle at working height, and make sure it stays there.

DIY Bicycle Repair Stand

Here's an option using 1/2" galvanized pipe

Adjustable & Portable Bicycle Stand

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Jun 18, 2010

How To: Make a Cardboard Animal Bust

Assemble your bust!I've been eyeing the assemble-at-home laser-cut cardboard animal busts from Cardboard Safari for the last few months. I've been trying to figure out a way to do it on my own, but could never quite get how to get that exploded-diagram look while still creating a supportive structure.

But, thankfully, young Instructables member and juggler TheGnome54 has figured out a fine method, and has shared it with the DIY community. "I had a large cardboard box lying around that I really wanted to make something out of, and I happened across this website: http://www.cardboardsafari.com/ Inspired by their products, I decided to design and create my own cardboard animal bust.  It was a pretty fun process with a satisfying result, so I thought I'd share my experience. I decided to make a giraffe because their horns and head shape are iconic and would hopefully be recognizable even if I messed up a bit.  In order to create the bust, you'll need to have a good concept of the 3-d shape of the animal head.  I just looked at lots of pictures of giraffes from different angles, until I felt that I had a good idea of what they were shaped… read more

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Jun 18, 2010

The Only Men's Shirt Pattern You'll Ever Need

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Author and blogger Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy and the two books Stitched and Time and the Embroidery Companion shares this recent buttondown she made for her husband's birthday.

The pattern she used is McCall's M6044, and it comes with five different options in a variety of styles. Given the adaptibility, something tells me this is the only from scratch men's shirt pattern one will ever… read more

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Jun 15, 2010

How To: Make Low Cost Pop Art

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ManMade reader Jordan sent in this great how-to from the music website The Needle and the Groove. Frustrated by the ubiquity of poster images and the high pricepoints of original artwork, the two bloggers/friends got creative. " I’ve always been ridiculously frustrated trying to find posters for my dorm room – everyone has the same posters (sorry, but John Belushi is a bit played out) and none of the posters really depict artists I want to hang on my wall.  So when preparing for Duke a couple of years ago, I hit eBay (the greatest site of all time) to find some posters of Outkast, Talib, and Dizzee Rascal.  I… read more

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Jun 15, 2010

How to Tie a Bowline - A Good-to-Know Knot for All Occassions

A ManMade man is a resourceful man, and while we don't buy into the lone-ranger-ish, solely self-reliant masculine stereotypes, we do believe that classic skills always belong in one's repertoire.

One such skill is tying effiecient knots, those that effectively and safely attach one thing to another, hold it still while you want it there, and then are easily released when you don't.

The quick-tie bowline knot seems to be a perfect one… read more

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Jun 14, 2010

How To: Build a Desktop Zen Garden

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When I need a break from work, I tend to go for today's crossword puzzle, but I certainly appreciate the daydream-inducing liltiness of keeping a mini zen garden on one's desk.

Instructable author Obbitz has created one of the finest DIY zen garden options that'll inspire you to keep your desk clear. It's created from scrap wood and a bit of glue, and filled with ordinary sand and… read more

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Jun 11, 2010

How to Make A Turn Signal Cycling Jacket

created at: 06/02/2010

Pop quiz - do you know your standard street hand signals? They're quite easy. Left arm up for right turn, left arm straight out for left turn, and down for a stop.

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And important as they are (and essential! Please use them! It's the law.), I can't help but get super excited about the next stage of signaling technology - namely, actual… read more

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Jun 10, 2010

How to Make Hand Printed Mouse Pads

created at: 06/10/2010

Here at ManMade, we're always on the lookout for craft and home décor projects that’ll work from a masculine perspective, but to be honest, the stuff that gets us the MOST excited are gender-neutral projects – you know, those that can be customized to suit any taste, and are accessible to anyone.

created at: 06/10/2010

So, with that in mind, here’s an easy way to whip up a hand-printed mouse pad that avoids all the effort and special equipment of silkscreening, thus fitting another of my favorite crafting categories – quick and easy. If you’re not in need of a mouse pad, no worries – this technique can be translated to all sorts of media, empowering you to put anything you can write, draw, or type onto any surface you… read more

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Jun 10, 2010

How To: Make Organic Vegan Twinkies!

Organic Vegan Twinkie Recipe

Some people would say "absolutely not..." but I'm convinced.

Instructables Living editor Scoochmaroo  has done it again. "The best of all the homemade Twinkie recipes we tried, these organic vegan twinkie cakes will knock even the most conventional meat-eater's socks off...It's no small undertaking, but the resulting cakes are so delightful, you won't begrudge a moment of effort, and your friends will be begging you for more."

Tofu cream… read more

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Jun 10, 2010

Make A BBQ Apron from a Canvas Tote Bag

Master Seamstress Betz White writes, "I was trying to come up with a fun Father's Day project when I spied my pile of canvas totes. Nice durable canvas...handy cotton webbing straps...then it hit me. These would make great utility aprons!"

And she was right. Minimal sewing, maximum coverage, and if it happens to get unsightly soiled from too many splatters, you can easily whip up another… read more

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Jun 09, 2010

How To: Make DIY Removable Bike Panniers from Backpacks

created at: 06/02/2010

Instructable-maker Greg Clarke came up with a great way to make DIY bicycle panniers from backpacks that allows you to maintain the backpack's functionality... meaning you can remove the pannier and then strap it onto your back, and no one's the wiser.

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Jun 09, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Moleskine Pen Holder

DIY Moleskine Pen HolderEven if you've created your own Moleskine-style notebook, you're still stuck with the eternal problem - how to you stick a pen in this sleek, perfectly compact and engineered stack of pre-inspiration?

Well - you make an external pocket, of course, and Gnat Gnat has created a PDF to show you how to do it.

"Iʼve followed several pen hacks posted online though none have really worked well for me. My Mam came up with the following solution... Big fan of my Mam!

You will need:

  • Approx 4cm wide x 63cm long black elastic ribbon
  •  Use of sewing machine (or someone to sew for you)
  • Black thread, tape measure and scissors… read more
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Jun 08, 2010

Make Perfect Thin and Crisp French Fries at Home

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I'm with Good Eats author Kenji on this one - a perfectly cooked and seasoned fresh McDonald's french fry is the epitome of everything a fry should be. Great, right? 'Cept there's a few problems... 1) it's rare that a McDonald's franchise produces perfectly cooked and seasoned fries, or that when you get them they're guaranteed to be fresh; and 2) I don't eat at McDonald's. Ever.

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So this is the kind of helpful article that simply makes my toes curl and rush to the grocery store immediately. Hamburgling a few frozen McDonald's batches to dissect them with great scientific inquiry, Kenji came up with four 'perfect fry factors:

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Jun 08, 2010

How To: Build a Bicycle Side Car

created at: 06/02/2010

Steve Bodiley had something he needed to carry with him whilst atop his velocipede, presumably another person or pet, or perhaps some groceries or supplies. And rather than taking the behind-the-bike cart option, he took a hint from the motorcycle crowd and created a side car.

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Jun 08, 2010

How To: Make a Laptop Riser for Watching Movies and TV in Bed

created at: 06/08/2010

In the era of streaming videos, Hulu, Netflix, and the like, folks are cancelling their cable packages left and right and opting to recieve all of their television and watch many of their movies on computers. Our old CRT televisions are dying, and instead of replacing them, we just head to the computer instead.

And it's great...except watching films and engaging television is supposed to be about relaxing, and that can be difficult to do when you're trying to consume a feature length film at your desk. Many of us have wi-fi connected devices on our TVs, or even connected whole computers to televisions in our living and family… read more

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