Man Made DIY


Mar 14, 2013

Pantone Pairings: Classic Flavor Combinations as Color Swatches

David Schwen, a Minneapolis-based designer and art director, has been experimenting with a new theme on his Instagram feed, featuring commonly paired ingredients as Pantone swatches.    … read more


Mar 13, 2013

10 Highball Recipes Every Man Should Know

created at: 04/16/2013

A cocktail is a mixed drink that contains at least one base spirit and a modifier (liqueurs, bitters, fortified wines) mixed with something to give the cocktail a little flavor, such as another spirit, fruit juice, etc.

created at: 03/18/2013

A highball, on the other hand, is much more basic. It's a single spirit and a non-alcoholic mixer, and rather than being built in a shaker or a mixing glass, they're typically assembled in the very vessel in which you'll drink it. … read more


Mar 13, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: March 13, 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.

Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner creates this stunning images by… read more


Mar 12, 2013

How to: Make a Simple, Rustic Wooden Bench (In Under an Hour)

Artist and designer Josh Rhodes came up with this quick and easy project: a warm and rustic piece of furniture, made in a single afternoon for less than $30 in easy-to-find materials. Done, done, and done!   … read more


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


Mar 11, 2013

New National Geographic Blog Features Unseen Rare and Amazing Photos from Their Archives

National Geographic has launched a new Tumblr blog - Found - which shares some seriously incredible vintage photos from the magazine's vast archives.   … read more


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


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


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


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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