Man Made DIY


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Mar 12, 2013

Recipe: Roasted Carrot and Tomato Habeñero Hot Sauce

I love hot sauce as much as anyone...except my wife, who eats it on bread. We keep plenty around, particularly since I work from home and it helps transform my mishmash of fridge leftovers and pantry staples into a flavorful, work-at-your-desk breakfast and lunch (see also: smoked salt).

But, most are a variation on a theme: chiles, vinegar, spices. Some add a bit of garlic, or smokiness, or additional sweetness but most of the… read more

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Mar 11, 2013

Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee at Home: The Complete Guide

I'm a big advocate of brewing your own tasty cup of coffee at home. It saves you lots of money and possibly over the coffee shop, tastes much better than the stuff from the gas station or bodega, and allows you to have a hands-on experience of a true pleasure.    … read more

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Mar 11, 2013

How to: Roll Up an Extension Cord Like a Pro

created at: 03/11/2013

I use extension cords on nearly all of my projects: powering tools in my outlet-starved basement workshops, plugging in task lights for fine handwork like cutting stencils or sewing, or snaking it through my kitchen to use outside for extra messy projects. And the rest of the time, my extension cords sit in a hopelessly bundled and tangled lump in a corner of my shop.   … read more

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Mar 08, 2013

How to Make a DIY Vintage-Inspired Sawhorse Trestle Desk

When I came across this awesome vintage-inspired trestle desk this week, it struck all my favorite things: warm wood tones, a modern industrial vibe, and nothing extraneous, just a nice big surface and some shelves. It was "inspired by an antique French architect's table," and it's just all kinds of industrial cool. 

Except there's one problem...   … read more

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Mar 07, 2013

10 Tasty Recipes to Cook In Your Cast Iron Skillet

At ManMade, we're big fans of cast iron cookware, particularly the must-own skillet, which you can use from everything from cooking your breakfast bacon and eggs to cornbread to setting on your grill or an open fire for a safe, efficient way to cook outdoors. A 10" or 12" skillet is one of our ten items every man should own, and in my opinion,  one of the best $20-30 anyone can spend.… read more

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Mar 06, 2013

How to: Make Your Haircut Last 2 Weeks Longer

created at: 03/06/2013

The ultimate at-home method for adding a couple weeks to the life of your latest cut.

There's nothing like a fresh trim to keep you looking bright and well-kempt, but maintaining regular every-three-week appointments can get expensive and be quite tough on your free time.   … read more

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Mar 05, 2013

Life Advice from Ron Swanson: "People Who Buy Things Are Suckers"

created at: 03/05/2013

Ron Swanson - TV's favorite craftsman - offers some tongue-in-cheek inspiration for makers of all sorts. 

Click play to watch the video below:   … read more

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Mar 04, 2013

How to: Make a Modern Industrial Concrete Pendant Lamp

I'm always a sucker for unlikely materials used in surprising places, so I'm all kinds of inspired by this concrete pendant lamp project by Ben Uyeda.… read more

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Feb 20, 2013

Video: Crafting a Handmade Chair from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

My friend Jamie of Design Milk got an awesome chance to share this look at designer/maker Daniel Moyer crafting a custom chair from a huge slab of walnut milled just for him. The video strikes a perfect balance: it's just long enough, the music's great,

and each scene walks you through the process of tree to final finish. With just enough workshop envy. Watch it below:   … read more

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Feb 14, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Leather eReader or Tablet Cover

 

My friend Ryan had a problem; a problem with stealing his wife Chelsea's Nook eReader so as to gorge on the entire Game of Thrones series. So, he snagged his own Nook Simple Touch, and figured out a way to make a custom leather case and cover with no special sewing or leatherworking skills, and he didn't even have to pay for materials.… read more

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Feb 11, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Leather Wrapped Flask

created at: 02/11/2013

There's nothing wrong with a classic stainless steel flask, but in my experience, a basic, clean-faced model is sorta hard to come by. Instead, I frequently see flasks with printed phrases, weird iconography, or overt brand names. Which is just fine, with this easy project that shows you how to customize them in a classy way with some basic leather scraps.   … read more

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Feb 11, 2013

Knitting Behind Bars: How Crafting is Transforming the Lives of Male Convicts

created at: 02/11/2013

Here's a little man-crafting feel-good story for your Monday morning: Good.is reports on how knitting has had an incredible positive impact on a group of male prisoners. Whether you're well-versed in the fiber arts or not, this can't help but make you smile.   … read more

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Feb 11, 2013

How to: Give a Flea Market Bar Cart a Modern Makeover

created at: 02/11/2013In an ideal world, we'd all have fantastic kitchens and dining rooms, with enough cabinet space and hidden storage for all the food, tools, and utensils one could ever need, all out of sight. But, most of us don't, and we're forced to leave some items out for view, particularly urban apartment dwellers.

If you're without an adequate home bar or liquor cabinet space, a great solution is … read more

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Feb 08, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Dodecahedron Pendant Light

created at: 02/08/2013

I'm a big fan of geometric shapes in DIY projects, but when it comes to woodworking, it can be difficult to anticipate all the math when working with angles other than 90-degrees.    … read more

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Feb 07, 2013

The Secret to Making Perfect Nachos at Home

Yeah, the Super Bowl is over. So what. Nachos are the perfect indulgent food and one of those things where if you know a few tricks, the homemade version will blow the pants off of the soggy ones at the local pub.   … read more

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Feb 07, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Laptop Sleeve from a Secondhand Wool Sweater

I'm always a fan of warming up technology with cases and accessories made from organic materials like wood, leather, and natural fabrics. By day, my phone lives in leather (this one), and by night, charges on tree branches. So, this DIY laptop case project made from an old 100% wool sweater… read more

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Feb 06, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: February 6, 2013

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. 


Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi uses clothing and composition - not Photoshop trickery - for "Transform," a series of… read more

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Feb 05, 2013

How to Match Your Shirt and Tie: A Cheat Sheet

created at: 02/05/2013

The patterned shirt/patterned tie combo isn't going away anytime soon, and when it's right, it's right. But, matching non-muted colors and patterns isn't always obvious, so be sure to bookmark this helpful cheat sheet.   … read more

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Feb 04, 2013

10 Quick and Easy Tips to Step Up Your Apartment or Home

Men often get pegged as "utilitarian" decorators - they choose things that are comfortable and work, and don't worry about how they appear. But, I'm a firm believer that we're affected by the places we inhabit, work, and live, and so your environment should be a place you're proud of.   … read more

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Feb 01, 2013

How to: Make Barbecue Sweet Potato Chips at Home

created at: 02/01/2013

There are few things in life I have trouble resisting...and barbecue potato chips are on the very top of that list. Bad ones are awful, but great bbq chips have a perfect blend of salty, smoky, sweet, and savory, all bound in a great crunch. I'm a total sucker...   … read more

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