Man Made DIY


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May 26, 2011

ManMade Joins the 2011 True Value Blog Squad

When the people at True Value got in touch with us about joining their DIY Blog Squad for 2011, we were psyched. Last year's group included some heavy hitters like DesignMom, DIYdiva, and The Lettered Cottage, so I knew we'd be in good company.

Chris and I have a list of fun projects lined up for the summer, including, but not limited to, so don't hold us to this list in court, ok?:

- A Nelson-inspired slatted bench
- Raised garden beds
- Etched copper plant labels
- A sloped garden re-lanscaping project
- Some other miscellaneous fixer-upper projects

Of course, if there's a particular project you'd like to suggest, please let us… read more

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May 25, 2011

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Pennant

created at: 05/25/2011

Last week, my friend Kelly shared these awesome wooden pennants on her site, Design Crush. I loved the way they evoked such a classic shape, but avoided the cheap felt look, and opted for woodgrain.

The designs there weren't really my style, so I decided to have a go at making my own.

You should, too!… read more

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May 25, 2011

World's Weirdest Looking Bike is Also the Fastest

The SplinterBike is made of nothing but wood - no screws, metal, gears, rubber, etc. It also kinda looks like a cow.

But, apparently, it's hella fast. The creator, Michael Thompson, "says that because some hardwoods are known to naturally excrete oils, certain components will effectively be self-lubricating. For example, the "metal bearings" are made from the naturally-oily ironread more

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May 25, 2011

How To: Create A Letterpress Effect in Photoshop

Letterpress is certainly one of printmaking's most beautiful techniques: the textures of the embossed letters, the way the ink interacts with the fibers of the paper.

But, it's also one of the least easy printmaking processes to get into. Whereas stencils, stamps, and even screenprinting can be approached with supplies from the art store, letterpress requires, well, a giant, heavy press, cases of type, and fancy metal plates concocted for each specific project. 

In short: one does not dabble in letterpress.

So, what's left to do, especially if you design intends to end up online? Recreate the effect in… read more

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May 25, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: May 25, 2011

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.

The Neon Boneyard is where lighted signs go to retire. The photos are… read more

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May 24, 2011

How To: Make a Stylish, Masculine Industrial Table

First, big ups to my mom who found this for me. She took photos with her new iPhone, and emailed me, like, every page from the Lowes circular from which they come. (The giant, 8.5MB versions. She's still learning.)

Anyway, I'm always into making cool stuff from hardware store staples. I think these could be made even more refined and contrasty with a higher grade, non OSB plywood. Edge banding optional.

I took a similar approach when I made this… read more

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May 24, 2011

Pencil vs. Camera

created at: 12/01/2010

It's been said that some of the best songs are those that sound like you've heard them a thousand times upon first listen. Reliable, fresh, yet totally familiar and I-wish-I-thought-of-that invoking.

Belgian artist Ben Heine's series "Pencil Vs. Camera" is sorta the visual equivalent. We've all played with subsituting objects in photos, but it's never been done like this, or thisread more

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May 24, 2011

Dog Hats Made from Dog Hair on Dogs

So, apparently, there's a sustainable/local/handmade/ (read: hippie) movement to use dog hair as a legitimate source of yarn, textiles, etc. The Wall Street Journals reports, "For nearly two decades, dog owners craving a memento of a canine buddy...have been able to send hair brushed from their pet to any number of artisans who advertise online that they will spin the piles of fluff into a soft yarn. Some dog-hair spinners have months-long backlogs of orders. The thriving cottage industry was spurred by the publication of a how-to guide titled "Knitting With Dog Hair: Better a Sweater From a Dog You Know and Love Than From a Sheep You'll Never Meet." "

Fascinating, right?! Wanna get more meta? How about dog items made from dog hair on actual dogs!? Like the hat above, or this adorable little guy in a… read more

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May 23, 2011

Free Music Alert: Kill Rock Stars' Best Sampler Ever

created at: 05/23/2011

At some point today, I snagged a Twitter link to record label Kill Rock Stars' latest free, downloadable sampler, aptly entitled "Best Sampler Ever." It's been blaring for the last hour or so, and it's gotten not one but two volume bumps. So, whatever that means.

Anyway, it's good and you should listen… read more

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May 23, 2011

How to: Deep Fried Strawberries with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

I'm not above admitting it - I've eaten some crazy stuff that spent a minute or two in the deep fryer. I worked in restaurants all through high school and college, and, well, get a bunch a people with teenage/young adult metabolisms and sense of adventure and give them access to a deep fryer, and batter-coved hijinks ensue, no doubt.

But I regret to never having tried fresh fruit. Strawberries seem particularly apt, and they're pretty firm, and not terribly sweet, and taste amazing with basically any dipping sauce you could come up with (save for remoulade, although now that I think… read more

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