Man Made DIY


Sep 23, 2015

A Closer Look: 1926 Hamilton 902 Pocket Watch

Hamilton 920 Pocket WatchWe all have a few vintage mementos in our collection. Things we collect or gather along the way, that we know well, and every now and then, take out for a closer look. … 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 18, 2015

The Bizarre History of The Flying Car

The dream of driving a flying car is something most of us associate with the Jetsons or Star Wars, but in reality their conceptions begin way way back. In fact, William Samuel Henson and John Stringfellow patented the flying car design seen above in 1841.. over 60 years before human flight was possible.    … 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 15, 2015

31 Style Terms (and History) Every Man Should Know

This is the most informative collection of men's fashion terms and history that I've found on the internet so far. Each fashion icon comes with some quick facts (Corduroy gets its name from the French "cord du roi" or the cord of the king, and has been around since ancient Egypt), but then each item breaks out into an extensive history if you click on it. And all this comes from GQ, so you know they know what they're talking about.   … read more


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 09, 2015

Blow My Mindsday: September 9, 2015

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. 


This excellent collection of coffee blogs, news sources, and social media accounts worth following will make you wish it was already tomorrow morning.    … read more


Sep 09, 2015

Be Prepared: The Essential Things Every Man Should Keep in The Car

created at: 09/07/2015Living in Los Angeles, I spend and unbelievable amount of time in my car everyday, so I have an intense appreciation for the conveniences that every man should have on the go. Some are truly life-saving and some just feel life-saving, but here's an… read more


Sep 09, 2015

How to: Flatten and Thickness Large Slabs of Wood with a DIY Router Bridge Planer

Router SledNeed to make something flat and smooth? This Bridge Planer will get smooth, even results on pieces too wide to fit through your normal planer.   … read more


Sep 08, 2015

How to: Make These DIY Rustic Floating Plant Boxes

created at: 09/08/2015

Plants, my friends. Plants. Succulents, ferns, ivies, flowers, cacti, sedum, even tiny trees are all an awesome way to bring some life into any space, indoors or out. These simple, rustic boxes allow you to get the plants off the floors and flat surfaces and onto the walls, where they can be seen and get the light they need. The boxes make it easy to combine a variety of pots, containers, and hanging planters, and maintain a cohesive vibe.   … read more


Sep 08, 2015

The Traditional Art of Vegetable Tanned Leather

created at: 09/08/2015Bole Tannery has been making their own reindeer (!) and cattle leather goods from vegetable tanned leather in their Swedish workshop for generations. Take a look at what it means to create vegetable tanned leather goods from hide to final rucksack.   … read more


Sep 04, 2015

Manmade Essential Toolbox: Why You Should Definitely Own a Really, Really Good Circular Saw

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. 
Get the saw blade up to full speed before entering the material
A circular saw is one of those essential toolbox items I'm guessing a lot of you already have. It's often the first powered saw for many DIYers. But do you have a really good one that you love and trust using? And if not, why should you care?
For years my circular saw was something that had been handed down to me in a dusty milk crate by a friend's dad. Yours may have been picked up for next-to-nothing at a garage sale, or even found on the side of the road, or bought cause it was the cheapest option at the home center. Hey - no judgement here. Some of those old tools are awesome and solid. But a circular saw is powerful, versatile and potentially dangerous, so using one of poor quality, or in poor condition, is bad practice, and can actually lead to serious injuries. … read more

Sep 04, 2015

Weekend Project: Make a Sturdy Lounge Chair from a Pallet...That You'll Actually Want To Sit In

Furniture made from pallets is always awesome in theory but I've definitely sat on some rickety and scratchy attempts that never really turned out the right way. So with that out of the way, I'll say that it looks nearly impossible to go wrong with this one. It's simple, sturdy, and has a limited number of steps.   … read more


Sep 03, 2015

How to: Build Shop Cabinet Doors on the Cheap

Half Lap JointsThere are plenty of shelves in my shop that need doors to keep out the dust, and to keep the look of the shop more streamlined. These cheap doors are made from 2.5" pine boards and affordable 1/4" plywood. They still look great and function well, and they have enough heft to feel strong in your hand.   … read more


Sep 03, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Get Started In Screenprinting

Screen PrintingWe all come in contact with screenprinted goods every day... there's a good chance you're wearing something screenprinted right now. It's is an impressive way to personalize just about anything you can think of, and it's really not that hard to start. Here are a few starter kits to help start down the road to making your own art and customizing everything you can get your hands on.   … read more

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