Man Made DIY


Nov 11, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Barbecue Mop from Scratch

If you've ever watched an old school pitmaster, or read a single book or recipe on slow smoking and barbecue technique, you're no doubt familiar with "the mop." It's a flavorful combo of liquids that gets regularly added during a slow cook to help aid smoke absorption and the creation of a great bark.

Some will add the mop with a spray bottle, but the mop, the liquid ingredient, comes, of course, from its application - an actual mop.    … 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 09, 2015

Groomed For Fall: How To Upgrade That Morning Prep Routine

Grooming ProductsAs we move into the cooler weather, it's time to take a hard look at your daily groom and throw out those empties for something a bit better.  There are places in life to save a few dimes but when it comes to your morning prep, go a… read more


Nov 06, 2015

Everything You Need to Know (and Own) to Build the Ultimate Home Bar

created at: 10/27/2015

We love a night out as much as anyone, but the truth is: you don't have to get dressed up to deal with noise and crowds and drop $12 plus a 20% tip to enjoy a great cocktail. Heck, you don't even technically have to be dressed at all to experience a balanced, well-presented drink. A sidecar tastes just as good in your hole-y PJs as it does with your shirt tucked in. No judgment here.

The truth is, the properly stocked home bar is part of our American tradition. It got lost a bit in the blended neon slushies and pitchers of the 70s, 80s, and 90s (we're looking at you, Baby Boomers), but from the original speakeasy cocktail days of the 1930s to the space-age swinging bachelor pad of the 50s and 60s, part of being a grown man meant asking "Can I get you something to drink?" and meaning it.   … 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 05, 2015

Closer Look: An Interview With Hand and Eye Letterpress

created at: 05/28/2013

A generation or two back, everything we read was printed with individual letters, hand picked and positioned in a tray by a patient and highly experienced printer. Hand Eye LetterpressYou've definitely seen many things printed by letterpress, but perhaps never understood or really appreciated the skill and effort it took to place row upon row of small letter blocks and hand ink the plates for pressing. 

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Nov 04, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: If You Don't Have a Proper Set of Marking and Layout Tools, Now's the Time to Get One

Marking GaugeSo you’ve figured out what you want to build, bought all the wood, and have a fresh cup of coffee in hand. Now it’s time to start marking lines and making some sawdust and shavings. When it comes to accurate fits and great looking pieces, it’s essential to have quality marking tools.   … read more


Nov 04, 2015

How to Wax Canvas Fabric

You've probably seen common menswear or outdoor items made from "waxed canvas" in your favorite Etsy shops or outfitter sites. It's a traditional means of making fabric weather-resistant, allowing your goods to repel water rather than just soak things in, and dates to hundreds of years before the advent of Gore-Tex and other DWR materials.  

But you don't just head to the fabric store and pick up a bolt of waxed canvas. Instead, … read more


Nov 04, 2015

Fact: This Early 20th Century Swedish Tool Chest is Super Cool

Get ready to grab a bucket for all that drool...   … read more


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


Nov 02, 2015

Style Tips to Steal From Wes Anderson and His Movies

You can’t talk about Wes Anderson movies without talking about style. His movies drip with it, from the limited color palettes of the mise-en-scene to Anderson’s uniquely boxed sets and cinematography to his subtly grounded yet utterly original costume choices that seem to exist just a slight world away in the pantheon of Anderson cinema.   

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Nov 02, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Holiday Wreath Trio? Join Us for a Free Workshop!

It's not quite time to start ManMade posts with " 'Tis the season to make stuff" but it'll be here plenty soon. Two weeks sounds about right.

created at: 11/02/2015

Which is perfect, because exactly in two weeks, we're teaming up with… 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 30, 2015

How to: Best Prepare Your Yard For The Winter

Deciding when to start your end of year yard work is a delicate decision: too early and likely you'll have to keep reworking until the snow comes, too late and your yard will be a mess come spring. Or you can take my father's route which seemed to be just working on it all the time. The best path however would be to listen to the advice of professional landscapers about how they prepare their personal lawns for winter.   … read more


Oct 30, 2015

Because It's Fall: 5 Apple Flavored Desserts You Should Make This Weekend

In case you haven't seen the signs, it's fall. That's great news for many reasons, but most importantly it means we now have more reasons to get together and eat great food. Here are five apple-packed desserts to bring those nights of good food to a satisfying close.   … read more


Oct 29, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Step Up Your DIY Game with the Ladders Every Home Should Own

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

created at: 10/29/2015

For many people, there comes an act of ownership that signifies true adulthood. For some, it's that first car when you're a teenager. Others it could be an elective retirement account, a first home, or that dream electric guitar.

For me, it was a ladder.   … read more


Oct 28, 2015

5 Seriously Good Productivity Tips that Aren't Just About Getting More Stuff Done

I'm not a multitasker. At least, I shouldn't be. And when I am, I'm not at my best. I won't go into a whole thing about the distractions of the internet and multiple browser tabs and social media and our whole plugged-in life; you've read those articles, and you believe them, or you don't. 

These aren't ideas to get more stuff done. They're ideas to get good stuff done, and get it done more quickly and with less stress. If that frees up time for you to try more things, that's great. If it only helps you meet your goals without feeling insane, that's good enough.   … 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 27, 2015

How to Remove Rust with Electrolysis: It's Easier than You Think

created at: 10/27/2015

We'll always prefer steel and wool tools to plastic and fiberglass ones. They simply have a heritage quality and classic look that inspires us to want to make stuff, and keep them on display. 

But steel contains iron, and if you're a fan of older tools made from higher quality steels, can contain a lot of iron. Which, we all remember from science class and every visit to the antique store, causes rust.   … read more

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