Man Made DIY


Nov 16, 2015

Build A $50,000 DIY Mobile Home of Luxury

We've seen a couple of these incredibly designed tiny houses popping up over the last year and they never cease to amaze me. The stories people have about living in them and the desire to simplify one's lifestyle has great appeal to my nomadic bones, but I particularly wanted to point out this one for both its charming aesthetic and its use of space.   … read more


Nov 16, 2015

How to: Make a Super Simple DIY Wreath Trio in Under 30 Minutes

created at: 11/16/2015

Okay. It's official. The sugarplum fairies have struck, and once again, the holiday season is back. And I'm looking for ways to embrace the spirit. … read more


Nov 13, 2015

The Best Cross-Country Craft Beer Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

It goes without saying that drinking and driving don’t mix. But how about cross-country driving and hitting up the best craft breweries in the same area all in one go? Not a bad plan, but how would you decide which breweries are worth you time (there are currently over 4,000 craft breweries in America)? 

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Nov 12, 2015

Try This Simple Trick Anytime You're Laying Out Cuts or Marks on Your Woodworking Projects

created at: 11/12/2015

Over the weekend, I was working in the garage when I found myself in a familiar position. I needed to transfer a pencil line from one face of a piece of stock to the one around its corner. Sounds simple enough to do with a square, but I've had this problem before. Sighting the line isn't accurate enough, and a traditional try or combination square isn't of much help here. Here's why:    … read more


Nov 12, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: A Hammer Is Not Enough - A Guide to Other Must-Have Mallets and Striking Tools

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. 

Drilling HammerWhile it's great when pieces fit nice and tight, sometimes you need a bit more . . . persuasion. Enter the mallet. A mallet is generally larger than a traditional framing hammer, and adds a bit of heft right where it's needed. Plus a mallet's striking surface usually isn't metal, which allows you to knock-together pieces or strike wooden-handled chisels without damaging them. Remember, the rule is: metal strikes metal, wood strikes wood. (Or plastic and rubber). … read more


Nov 11, 2015

Poor Man's Pappy: How to "Make" Your Own Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon... No Waiting List Required

If you know anything about bourbon, you've no doubt heard the fables of Pappy Van Winkle, one of the most hard-to-find and sought-after bottles on the market. It's become the stuff of legend, perhaps better known for its rarity than its flavor. Or, if reports are to be believed, perhaps not. People say it's pretty amazing.   … read more


Nov 11, 2015

Check It Out: Read the 1st Issue of "Fine Woodworking" Magazine for Free

created at: 11/11/2015

Fine Woodworking magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary this fall, and is sharing all kinds of cool stuff from its archives. Like... re-sharing its first issue ever, from Winter 1975, when it looked much, much different than it does today.   … read more


Nov 11, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Barbecue Mop from Scratch

If you've ever watched an old school pitmaster, or read a single book or recipe on slow smoking and barbecue technique, you're no doubt familiar with "the mop." It's a flavorful combo of liquids that gets regularly added during a slow cook to help aid smoke absorption and the creation of a great bark.

Some will add the mop with a spray bottle, but the mop, the liquid ingredient, comes, of course, from its application - an actual mop.    … read more


Nov 09, 2015

Groomed For Fall: How To Upgrade That Morning Prep Routine

Grooming ProductsAs we move into the cooler weather, it's time to take a hard look at your daily groom and throw out those empties for something a bit better.  There are places in life to save a few dimes but when it comes to your morning prep, go a… read more


Nov 09, 2015

The Best Turntable for Every Budget

created at: 11/09/2015


The digital library and streaming services are great for checking out new stuff, singles, and the mighty, might playlist, but the only real option worth pursuing if you're interested in building a music library is one of recording's oldest formats: the vinyl record.    … read more


Nov 06, 2015

Everything You Need to Know (and Own) to Build the Ultimate Home Bar

created at: 10/27/2015

We love a night out as much as anyone, but the truth is: you don't have to get dressed up to deal with noise and crowds and drop $12 plus a 20% tip to enjoy a great cocktail. Heck, you don't even technically have to be dressed at all to experience a balanced, well-presented drink. A sidecar tastes just as good in your hole-y PJs as it does with your shirt tucked in. No judgment here.

The truth is, the properly stocked home bar is part of our American tradition. It got lost a bit in the blended neon slushies and pitchers of the 70s, 80s, and 90s (we're looking at you, Baby Boomers), but from the original speakeasy cocktail days of the 1930s to the space-age swinging bachelor pad of the 50s and 60s, part of being a grown man meant asking "Can I get you something to drink?" and meaning it.   … read more


Nov 05, 2015

Closer Look: An Interview With Hand and Eye Letterpress

created at: 05/28/2013

A generation or two back, everything we read was printed with individual letters, hand picked and positioned in a tray by a patient and highly experienced printer. Hand Eye LetterpressYou've definitely seen many things printed by letterpress, but perhaps never understood or really appreciated the skill and effort it took to place row upon row of small letter blocks and hand ink the plates for pressing. 

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Nov 05, 2015

The Science of Facial Hair

It’s the official first week of No-Shave-November, Novembeard, etc. and I imagine a lot of us are hitting that grind full-on. Beyond the manly feeling a hearty beard can bring, have you ever considered the social benefits/cost of sporting the scruff? The Science of Facial Hair dissects the social aspects of having a beard and its implication in the workplace and dating market, as well as the personal benefits/costs.   … read more


Nov 04, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: If You Don't Have a Proper Set of Marking and Layout Tools, Now's the Time to Get One

Marking GaugeSo you’ve figured out what you want to build, bought all the wood, and have a fresh cup of coffee in hand. Now it’s time to start marking lines and making some sawdust and shavings. When it comes to accurate fits and great looking pieces, it’s essential to have quality marking tools.   … read more


Nov 04, 2015

How to Wax Canvas Fabric

You've probably seen common menswear or outdoor items made from "waxed canvas" in your favorite Etsy shops or outfitter sites. It's a traditional means of making fabric weather-resistant, allowing your goods to repel water rather than just soak things in, and dates to hundreds of years before the advent of Gore-Tex and other DWR materials.  

But you don't just head to the fabric store and pick up a bolt of waxed canvas. Instead, … read more

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