Man Made DIY


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Mar 28, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a DIY Hanging Garden

This weekend project combines the best of both worlds: it's functional, providing plenty of space to grow small culinary herbs or succulents or a safe place to start seeds indoors while it's still frosty outside, and its large scale allows it to fill a whole wall, providing color, texture, and a bit of pattern.    … read more

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Mar 27, 2014

How to: Make Custom 3D Paper Letters

If you've been in the craft store during the last few years, you've seen the walls of chipboard or basswood letters. Which are cool, except for one thing: the typefaces are, at best, limited, and at worse...awful. (Curlz… read more

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Mar 26, 2014

How to: Make a Large DIY Worktable or Multi-User Desk

I'm digging this one: by embracing very affordable materials (OSB subfloor panels, pine 2x4s and 2x6s), this project pulls off a high/low aesthetic that actually benefits from its low cost.… read more

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Mar 26, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: March 26, 2014

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.


I have no idea what the torque conversion is on these smiley face screw heads… read more

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Mar 25, 2014

DIY Idea: Make a LEGO Utensil Organizer

created at: 03/25/2014

There's nothing new to say about LEGO: they're awesome, they're fun, and they're surprisingly strong...as long as you don't ask them to bear much… read more

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Mar 24, 2014

How to: Properly Pour Beer in a Glass

created at: 03/24/2014

A beer "head" of foam is, like most things in life, an example of perfect balance; too much and its undrinkable, and if not enough, you can't full experience the unique compounds of a given… read more

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Mar 24, 2014

10 Ways to Improve Your Style Without Spending a Dime

There are times to add new pieces...to make investments, to research, to spend a couple hours in the dressing room. (Turn, turn, turn.) And then, there are times to get creative with what you already have, and improve your wardrobe and own personal style without spending a single cent.… read more

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Mar 24, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Geometric Photo Display For Your Wall

created at: 03/24/2014

Most of us have one: that big blank wall that you're saving for just the right piece to add some color, texture, and a bit of… read more

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Mar 18, 2014

An Excellent Bargain Bottle: Our Pick for the Best Budget Liquor

created at: 03/18/2014Like many things, the world of spirits and liquor is a spectrum. On one end, there's the only-there-for-ABV stuff that college kids drink, on the other, the collections and high-end bottles of fine connoisseurs, with plenty of options in between. And while there are the days when something special is the only way to go, there are also plenty of time when you want a budget bottle that works: something for mixing, something to bring to a party, or a good-enough bottle to share with guests.    

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Mar 18, 2014

Make Your Own DIY Leather Tablet Sleeve

created at: 03/18/2014

Protect your tablet from dust and scratches (or pet attacks) and make this super snuggly, stylish… read more

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Mar 17, 2014

How To: Make a DIY Dining Table and Matching Bench

created at: 03/17/2014

No more eating your dinner on the couch. Even if you can't afford, or have space for an heirloom quality dining table, you can outfit what ever space you've got with a proper eating space,… read more

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Mar 17, 2014

8 Ways to Take Care of Your Sneakers and Make Them Last Longer

Spring is the time for taking a break from your boots and embracing something much lighter and easier to wear: sneakers. Or tennis shoes, or whatever you call them where you're… read more

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Mar 14, 2014

How to: Take Care of Your Tools

created at: 03/14/2014

The older I get, the more I'm convinced by the "but the right thing once, use it for the rest of your life" approach to supplies. Yes, it might mean waiting a little longer and saving up to get the best option, but it's a better investment of not only your money, but your storage space and your time. This rings especially true for tools: woodworking and DIY tools, kitchen tools, art supplies, etc. Getting the right one first guarantees you won't outgrow it later, unless your needs… read more

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Mar 13, 2014

How to: Make Your Own DIY Wooden Sunglasses

created at: 03/13/2014

There are a couple of great small companies making wooden sunglasses - most awesomely Shwood - but I love this DIY tutorial from Norwegian… read more

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Mar 12, 2014

DIY with a Purpose: To Clean Drinking Water, All You Need Is A Stick

I hate starting blog posts this way, but I'ma exercise my one or two a year: I freaking love this idea.… read more

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Mar 12, 2014

How to: Make Your Own DIY Upcycled Plant Markers

DIY Plant Markers

Spring is just around the corner...kinda. While we're waiting a little longer to get seeds in the ground, here's a fun indoor project to prep for the season.… read more

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Mar 11, 2014

The Cocktail Every Man Should Be Drinking This March

created at: 03/11/2014

Some guys have their go-to libation: no matter the time, no matter the place, they want this beer or that drink, and the matter really isn't up for discussion. Others are constantly switching up their poisons, perusing the menu for familiar flavors, taking the advice of the bartender, or simply having what everyone else at the table… read more

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Mar 11, 2014

How to: Make a Custom, Heavy Duty Tool Roll to Carry Your Tools Anywhere

95% of the time, a tool box is overkill. Whether taking some items to help a friend with a project, or just working on something in my own home two floors above my basement shop, the act of dragging out the toolbox, selecting the items from the pegboard and arranging them appropriately, and then lugging the whole thing around is simply… read more

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Mar 06, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Build a Rustic Headboard with Built-In Hidden Storage

Weekend project? On a Thursday? Yep, and for two reasons: one, I'll be out of town tomorrow, doing a weekend intensive course and dive program to get my SCUBA certification. But two, and most importantly, this storage headboard project is exactly the sort of thing you could put together in a… read more

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Mar 06, 2014

Best of Both Worlds: How to Make Bahn Mi Tacos

When you think about it, a great bahn mi sandwich and a perfect taco are pretty similar: a small amount of super flavorful meat topped with crunchy veg, something spicy, and plenty of aromatic cilantro and lime, all wrapped up in a tender, toothsome baked starch thing that brings it all… read more

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