Man Made DIY


May 31, 2012

The Process: The Art and Science of Building a Handcrafted Guitar

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Alma Flamenca is a short film that condenses, "pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work," into three minutes, detailing the beautiful process of building a flameco-style guitar.

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May 31, 2012

How To: Make a Book Cover Disguise for Your Wireless Router

created at: 05/30/2012

Now this is a brilliant, but incredibly simple, DIY idea. Chances are most of us have a wireless router. And if you do, you probably know already that it's the ugliest gadget in your home (seriously, why can't the folks who invented the Nest thermostat redesign the router?!). Some of us can tuck our routers away, but others need to keep theirs out in the open.

Well fear not, because with a little (and I mean minimal) amount of handiwork you can transform an old hardcover book into a disguise for your wireless router!   … read more


May 31, 2012

It's Time to Be Less Productive. No, Really.

"Productivity — the amount of output delivered per hour of work in the economy — is often viewed as the engine of progress in modern capitalist economies." But, what if, our drive to be more productive, to generate more output with fewer people, actually has met its ilmitations. What if it's time to actually shoot to be less productive? What if we can actually improve the quality of our lives, the professions of others, the economy, and our relationships, by seeking to be less efficient?   … read more


May 30, 2012

Father's Day Gift Guide: Design-y Gifts for Dads

created at: 05/30/2012

There's not much help out there for poor souls seeking advice for Father's Day gifts. Stores and advertisers haven't really gotten over the golf and/or grilling card, the necktie, the crummy multi-tool set, or the everpresent aftershave.

Your dad does not want these for Father's Day. I promise.   … read more


May 30, 2012

How to: Make a Banana Peel Hat (for a Banana)

Cause honestly, how can you NOT make one of these the next time you enjoy a banana?   … read more


May 30, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 30, 2012

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.

Beijing-based artist Wang Zhiyuan created this thirty-six foot tall, multicolored tornado of trash, built… read more


May 30, 2012

Cactus Made of 20,000 Thumbtacks

created at: 05/29/2012

When I was a little kid I was obsessed with cacti. In fact, I had quite a sizable cacti collection, unfortunately all of them died one night when my family was moving. I left them outside one night and, lo and behold, a thunderstorm came along and drowned them all. I was devastated.

I've since recovered from the infamous cactus massacre, but I still love those prickly plants. So when I came across this cactus made out of thumbtacks I was immediately smitten.   … read more


May 30, 2012

The Process: How Josh Finkle Makes His Beautiful Handwood Toys

created at: 05/28/2013

The work of Ohio-based artist and designer Josh Finkle ambles beautifully between the digital and the physical, the sketch, the prototype, and the manufactured product. He created these stunning hardwood toys of extinct animals, using a variety of wood species to add color and detail. He captured the creation process … read more


May 29, 2012

Free Download: Life Advice from Ron Swanson

Quick, master the Command+P keystroke… read more


May 29, 2012

The No-Fuss Dessert Generator

ManMade favorite Mark Bittman, who previously brought us The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator, offers a new tasty flowchart: the No-Fuss Dessert Generator.    … read more

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