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 22, 2015

How to: Pick a Lock like a Pro... Cause You Never Know When You're Gonna Need It

Last Wednesday I committed the absentminded sin of locking myself out of my apartment with the only spare key also locked inside. It was late at night and the realization of the struggle that was about to be rest of my evening was bordering on overwhelming. Luckily I’d left the bathroom window slightly ajar and after some clever thinking and a little jimmying, my buddy and I were able to take off the screen and slip through.    … read more


Sep 21, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: You Will Never Regret Owning a Good Shop Vacuum

essential tool: shop vacA good 'ole dusty mess in your garage or shop is a sign of a very productive weekend. But it's also a sign of a time-consuming cleanup. That's why I love my trusty shop vacuum for picking up and blowing out all kind of debris from my biggest projects. If you don't already own a heavy-duty vacuum, you definitely need to add one to your list.

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Sep 21, 2015

The Beautiful Lost Art of Bookmaking, Revitalized [with Anthony Bourdain]

created at: 09/21/2015"There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing," so says Google CEO Eric Schmidt. While the truth of the matter is a little more nuanced, but as the world begins to flood itself with content, the quality of its delivery is becoming increasingly important. … 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 18, 2015

How to: Make The Perfect Irish Coffee

I love coffee and I love whiskey, and here's the perfect recipe to combine them both in a drink with a history as rich and manly as its taste. Irish coffee as we know it was originally conceived by Joe Sheridan, the head chef at what later came to be Shannon International Airport in west Ireland. A flying-boat-full of American passengers disembarked after a particularly rough storm on a cold winter evening in the 1940's and Sheridan spiked their coffees with whiskey and some other ingredients to warm them up as fast as possible. When the passengers noticed the difference, they asked if they were drinking Brazilian coffee but were told instead… read more


Sep 17, 2015

Make This: Repurpose A Saw Blade Into a Knife

Laying out a SawbladeInterested in starting down the road of metalworking but not sure where to start? Try this project to make a knife from a sawblade to get your hands a bit dirty.   … 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

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