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Jul 22, 2010

How To: Make a Felt Wine Rack from a Mailing Tube

created at: 07/22/2010

Kate and I seem to have the same problem - extreme procrastination when it comes to framing artwork... And by extreme, I mean upwards of a decade, like so long, the print seems tirelessly outdate.

But here's a bit of motivation - once you actually get the art on the wall, you're can make something sweet out of the mailing tube. Like, perhaps enlist the help of some bold duct tape and felt, and create a wine rack you'll be proud to leave out to display, even if your vintage is more supermarket than sommelier.   

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Jul 21, 2010

How To: Build a Mid-Century Inspired Wireless Audio System

The mission? Make a moveable, wireless audio speaker system that can be controlled by an iPhone and blends seamlessly into an impeccably curated mid-century modern decor.

Mission accomplished. Joel Pirela created a custom wood cabinet that sits atop a Tulip-style base (from an old Bose 901 speaker), and can be used anywhere close to a power outlet. The cabinet houses a computer speaker system and an Apple Airport Extreme, which streams iTunes wirelessly to any location. The outside is covered with a speaker grill attached with magnets, and an inexpensive walnut… read more

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Jul 21, 2010

Make Cold-Brewed Ice Tea in the Fridge

created at: 07/21/2010

When I was a kid, my parents always made iced tea in this vintage sun tea jar, complete with big 70s yellow poppies and a broken spigot. I never really realized what they were doing by sitting that thing on the back porch...besides making us chase extra fast to grab missed catches and tags during our neighborhood kickball game.

It's a pretty clever idea, the sun tea...when its this hot outside, the last thing you want to do is boil a big kettle of water and cool it down for hours to make a cold drink. But know what's even awesome-r, and quicker? Simply making great ice tea in your refrigerator… read more

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Jul 19, 2010

BigDog: The Car-Crushing DIY Bicycle Monster Truck

created at: 07/19/2010

Any urban cyclist can tell you - even the smallest, two-door coupes can seem monstrous while they're three inches from your handlebars and whizzing past you at forty-five mph.

So, the possibility of this 600-pound, four-person-powered bicycle (quadcycle?) that can roll over a car is certainly...interesting.

The Big Dog is "a wonderfully impractical assemblage of bicycle, go-cart, and golf-cart pieces and parts, drainage pipe, steel tubing, and patio chairs. This four-wheel vehicle allows four passengers to travel in minor discomfort at speeds approaching a brisk walk, for relatively short distances, on completely flat… read more

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Jul 14, 2010

The Perfect Pour - An Infographic for Any Coffee Drinker

created at: 07/14/2010

Design studio Plaid has created this mod infographic illustrating perfect coffee drink recipes. Click through for a full sized, printable… read more

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Jul 12, 2010

How To: Tie a Traditional Necktie into a Bow Tie, No Cutting or Sewing Required

created at: 07/12/2010

I don't own any bow ties (heck, I hardly own any normal ties), but I'm a bit curious to know what I'd look like in one. Orville Redenbacher or Kanye? PeeWee Herman or this precious hipster?

But, again, I don't own a bow tie, and short of buying one just to experiment, I guess I'll never know.

Or, perhaps i will. Turns out, you can indeed tie a traditional, long necktie into a bow tie. My bet is that a skinnier tie made of light fabric will work best, to compensate for the extra length, but the end results look pretty… read more

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Jun 30, 2010

DIY Customized Concrete Bookends

Concrete Bookends

Last week was my birthday, and I vowed to do three things at twenty-eight - learn to make great Thai food at home, become at least moderately proficient in Adobe Illustrator, and learn to make stuff from concrete.

I've been meaning to, and I've played a bit with it for outside stuff, but I just haven't found a great way to apply it to something small-scale.

But, having seen these cool DIY concrete bookends, I think I've found my project.

First, they're bookends, and who doesn't need more of those. Second, they use tiny found objects as reliefs or ornaments. The article's author, Benita, opted for a serif-y, Roman B, but… read more

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Jun 25, 2010

Ultimate Napping: A How-To Guide

http://www.toonpool.com/user/648/files/zzz_hammock_150145.jpgWhether you opt for the post-work siesta, the late morning catch-up, or the classic Sunday afternoon in a hammock, don't hide your napping tendencies. The mid-day nap is scheduled into the daily life of many cultures, and it's routine for most other mammals.

But, if you're gonna take the time to do it, you might as well make sure its efficient. Thankfully, Psychology Today has created the ultimate "snore-by-snore guide to the most efficient, most effective naptime… read more

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Jun 22, 2010

How To: Play the Vuvuzela

For the last two weeks, the vuvuzela has been all over the news, social networks, and blogosphere. And if they're not already available at your local discount store, they're gonna be. Soon. Guaranteed.

And you're either gonna be that guy with the vuvuzela, or the friend of that guy. Either way, you might as well learn how to actually play it… read more

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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 16, 2010

ManMade Video: How to Make the Ultimate Pair of Bike Pants for Urban Cycling

 

created at: 06/16/2010

Agreed:  there's plenty of expensive bicycling clothing out there, designed for aerodynamics and for staying out of the way while peddling. But many of us use our bikes for much more than recreation and racing...namely, from getting from one place to another. So, here are several ways to customize an existing pair of pants for maximum usefulness while cycling, but which you can still wear once you've arrived at your… read more

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Jun 14, 2010

How To: Build a Desktop Zen Garden

Finished Zen garden

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 09, 2010

ManMade in the Current Issue of SewHip Magazine!

created at: 06/09/2010

SewHip - "The UK's No. 1 Sewing Magazine" has an article called "Men Do It Too!" in their current issue (no. 17), featuring two male crafters and bloggers, Paul from Dudecraft and yours truly. The five page spread features lots of ManMade original projects and photos, including several from Make It! Mid-Century Modern, the circuit board picture frame, the free Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun poster, and the mid-century birdhouse: created at: 06/09/2010

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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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Jun 07, 2010

Make Your Own Cycling Cap

created at: 06/02/2010

The casquette - cycling cap - is styled to keep the sun out of your eyes and the rain off your face while not obstructing your vision.

created at: 06/07/2010

While they were plenty available in the 80s, they're a bit harder to find in the U.S., and often come plastered with team names or advertisements. So, our vote, as per usual, is to make your own.

Flickr user Panda Face has created a pattern that allows you to use whatever sort of fabric you'd want.Cycling Cap Pattern by Panda Face.

"Here is a basic pattern for the cycling cap I made. I have a big head so pull in the seams untill it fits you, then hem the length and stich the bill on. Cut on the thick lines, sitch… read more

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Jun 04, 2010

How To: Popsicle Stick Guitar

Finished guitar

The popsicle stick is a craft supply staple - it's often one of the first media into which children break out after they've mastered crayons and construction paper, and it's certainly many a ManMakers first introduction to working with wood.

Finished guitar

One of the popsicle stick's great achievements is its infinite flexibility, which has never been demonstrated more greatly than in this guitar, the body, neck, and headstock of which is made completely from 2000 regular ole' popsicle sticks.

Bracing

Busupholstery says, "I decided it was time for someone to build a guitar completely from popsicle sticks........Ordered 4,000 on ebay and… read more

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Jun 02, 2010

Customize Your Cookies With DIY Cookie Cutters

Cookie Cutter DIYIf pushed to declare a gender-neutral food, I'd nominate the cookie. Free of stereotypes, affiliations, and boosting and infinitely adaptable color palette, the cookie belongs on everyone's plate, if they make it that long.

But, the cookie's adaptability also allows for some intense customization, particularly in the classic cutout. But the next time you check out the cookie cutter section, you'll find yourself swimming in the limited palette of teddy bears and Easter baskets. Cookie cutters should be available in as much diversity as men and women come - from powder puffs to power tools.

So, looks like we'll have to make our own.… read more

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May 25, 2010

Classic Cocktail How To: The Tom Collins

created at: 05/03/2010

There's a really weird origin story that surrounds the Collins. And by really weird, I mean some sort of hoax that I'm not quite sure I get. The Wikipedia article leaves me quite confused, but this post at Mental Floss explains a bit better:

created at: 05/25/2010

"The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874...begat The King of Cooling Drinks, the Tom Collins. The hoax kicked off with a prankster telling a group that they were being talked about by the loose lipped Tom Collins, and then sending them on an angry goose chase to find him. 
In 1874, the Steubenville Daily Herald reported that the hoax “belong[ed] to New York, where it was played… read more

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May 24, 2010

How To: Turn Your Computer's CD/DVD Drive into an iPod Dock

ipod docked DVD drive iPod dock

In the days of streaming Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and the ability to watch feature films on your mobile phone, your computer's CD and DVD drive doesn't get as much play as it used to. But you certainly WILL still use it, so you don't want to ax it altogether.

This how-to by Tim Schiesser combines the best of both worlds - he's created an iPod dock that sits in your computer's rarely used CD/DVD tray, but is easily removable for when the time comes.

Tim says: "I noticed recently that my DVD drive wasn’t getting much love, but my iPod Nano was getting loads of use and needs charging all the time. An idea came to me… read more

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May 17, 2010

50 Downloadable Papercraft Robots

created at: 05/17/2010

Botropolis has assembled this massive collection of papercraft robots that you can download, print, cut and assemble. I love projects like this because they're active and crafty, but the inspiration is built-in and they don't require tons of materials and time.

created at: 05/17/2010

Bots include everything from retro atomic imagery to characters from classic sci-fi movies to contemporary takes on mechanical mans - there's even one featuring… read more

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