Man Made DIY


Oct 05, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Yes, Every Man Needs a Blow Torch. Here’s What to Know.

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. 

Blow TorchThere's always room for a flame in the workshop... or the kitchen. Here's the run-down on blow torches and how they can be extremely useful on your next project.   … read more


Oct 02, 2015

Seriously...This is the Best Drinking Snack of All Time

created at: 09/09/2014

There is bar food and there is drinking food. Bar food tends to center around the deep fryer and the reheating of frozen goods within, and it can certainly be delicious, and also horrible.

Drinking food, on the other hand, is designed to be a foil against your beverage, a complement. The beverage enhances the food, the food the beverage, and everyone has a good time. 

This is not a recipe for chicken wings, or for putting pretzels in a bowl. But it is an amazing, and unbelievably simple, snack that you certainly need to make the next time you bust out the bottle opener. … read more


Oct 02, 2015

How to Drink That Whiskey The Right Way: An Introductory Guide

created at: 10/02/2015Enjoying a glass of something strong is a good way to end the night every now and then. But do you know how to actually get the best out of the experience? Here's a quick and dirty take on how to get the most fun, flavor, and enjoyment.… read more


Oct 01, 2015

Yes, You Can Carve Your Own Stone Bathroom Sink

stone sink

Even as an avid DIYer, stonework has always been something I thought was completely unattainable. Thinking it required a mess of tools and well-studied skill, the art of carving and shaping rock for my own DIY projects found itself at the bottom of my to-do until I saw this great project from the Samurai Carpenter.

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Oct 01, 2015

On Building Boats: Three Unique Tales of DIY Watercraft

Some of you may know that I built a raft and traversed the Mississippi River a few years back, having no prior knowledge of boat building. Believe it or not, it was remarkably easy to do if you're willing to plan ahead and put in some good labor hours. Here are three bizarre stories of different DIY boats from True Almanac, each constructed for different purposes, such as the "disaster-proof" boat designed to survive a tsunami pictured above.   … read more


Sep 29, 2015

Make This: Rustic and Stylish Concrete Candleholders

DIY Cement CandleholdersHave a little cement and metal left over after a project? Turn them into something much more interesting than a pile of clutter in the corner of the garage.   … read more


Sep 29, 2015

You Want to Make This: The Best Campfire Breakfast Enchiladas

Breakfast burritos and enchiladas are high high high on my list of foods in general and they really can't be beat on the camping trail. Especially as we move into the crisp autumn season, some toasty breakfast foods can make all the difference on how the day goes. I'm looking at trying this at home as well.   … read more


Sep 28, 2015

Clean Out Your Scrap Pile with These 10 DIY Project Ideas

Wood Pile

I am a total scrap hoarder. Whether it's wood, metal or other trinkets, I can't help but think to myself that one day I will use some of these. From time to time, I search the depths of Pinterest to find some really good uses for all the junk I collect. Because if I don't I might not have a workshop to work in anymore!

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Sep 25, 2015

Maker Series: Premium, Artisanal, Handcrafted Firewood from This is That

I'm a fan of doing things yourself. I love how much goes into creating something unique with quality materials, and the ability to customize it for the space it will live. But I can't make everything and I still appreciate a well-made product. That's where the market for artisanal pieces comes in.   … read more


Sep 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every DIYer Needs a Solid and Strong Workbench Vise

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. 

ManMade Essential Toolbox: workbench vise

No matter how experienced you are with DIY having a helping hand can sure make completing your projects a breeze. If you don't own a bench-top vise then you need to add this little helping hand to your toolbox.

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Sep 24, 2015

How to: Custom DIY Dining + Work Table Made from Repurposed Wood Scraps

"There's a lot of wood out in the world free for the taking," says Will Holman. So much, in fact, he was able to cobble together a wide variety of materials found "in dumpsters, back alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings, recycling yards, and architectural salvage centers."  The results? A 10'x30" dining/work table constructed entirely from the free, repurposed lumber, and a little elbow grease and ingenuity.    … read more


Sep 24, 2015

Salad Dressing 101: An Every Man's Guide for Making the Perfect Vinaigrette

created at: 04/15/2013

Why anyone would pay for a bottle of vinegar and oil-based salad dressing is beyond me. Homemade vinaigrettes should be a staple in every kitchen, and they're super easy to make. It's simply a matter of memorizing one easy recipe, then adding and adjusting seasoning to fit any meal.

So, the anatomy of a vinaigrette... and some other nerdy facts that will leave you feeling like a true gourmand.

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Sep 23, 2015

How to: Make a Simple, Rustic Folding Magazine Rack from Wood and Fabric

This is a guest post from Mike at The Crafty Gentleman blog – a site dedicated to original DIY and craft projects. 

created at: 09/23/2015

Yeah, we're living in the digital age, but I still enjoy a magazine or newspaper with my morning coffee. To keep them tidy and at hand, I designed this minimalist magazine holder, which would fit neatly alongside any table or sofa. The raw wood and denim look gives it a rustic, rugged feel – but you could easily paint the wood or use different fabric, to customize it perfectly for your space.… read more


Sep 22, 2015

DIY Idea: Make Your Own Wooden Pegboard Storage Panel

Check out this sharp-looking and functional from Kreisdesign: a large-scale wooden pegboard panel with a variety of shelves, pegs, and hooks for some stylish storage in your office, kitchen, or workshop.   … read more


Sep 22, 2015

How to: Pick a Lock like a Pro... Cause You Never Know When You're Gonna Need It

Last Wednesday I committed the absentminded sin of locking myself out of my apartment with the only spare key also locked inside. It was late at night and the realization of the struggle that was about to be rest of my evening was bordering on overwhelming. Luckily I’d left the bathroom window slightly ajar and after some clever thinking and a little jimmying, my buddy and I were able to take off the screen and slip through.    … read more


Sep 15, 2015

A Closer Look: New Life From Old Barn Wood

Wood ShavingsI always like to hear from other craftsmen about how they came into wood working, and their approach to the projects as they go. It’s always interesting to read or hear about what compels us to make, to create, to bring life to a pile of raw materials.  … read more


Sep 14, 2015

This Project is Easier Than You Think - Wall-Mounted Air Compressor Lines

Hooking Up An Air CompressorWorking in my small shop, I've tripped over my air hoses countless times. And many times an air hose has snagged on something a pulled a tool off the work bench (dangerous!). That ends today with wall-mounted air lines.   … read more


Sep 11, 2015

How to Prepare for a Day Hike

How to Prepare for a Day Hike

As autumn cools the air here in the south you will quickly find all the campgrounds and nature centers booked up from September through November. It seems like everyone comes out of their humidity-soaked habitats and are starved to trek all the great mountains and valleys all across the southeast. Hiking season is upon us!

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Sep 11, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Simple Wooden Drawer Unit

created at: 09/10/2015

This is my kind of woodworking project. It solves a practical problem (it's a monitor stand and desk storage unit), and it's built with solid technique and classic materials, treated minimally to show off their natural beauty.   … read more


Sep 10, 2015

How to: Build a Rustic Flickering Electric Lantern

I've always been a sucker for rustic decor, and the tasteful ambiance provided by lanterns are solidly in that category. However, if you opt for a lantern in your interior (or exterior) design, it really ought to be functional (and therefore probably electric) but still keeping the charm of the flickering, homey light. Enter this design from "dtt900653" that meets all the criteria.   … read more

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