Man Made DIY


Sep 29, 2015

You Want to Make This: The Best Campfire Breakfast Enchiladas

Breakfast burritos and enchiladas are high high high on my list of foods in general and they really can't be beat on the camping trail. Especially as we move into the crisp autumn season, some toasty breakfast foods can make all the difference on how the day goes. I'm looking at trying this at home as well.   … read more


Sep 28, 2015

Clean Out Your Scrap Pile with These 10 DIY Project Ideas

Wood Pile

I am a total scrap hoarder. Whether it's wood, metal or other trinkets, I can't help but think to myself that one day I will use some of these. From time to time, I search the depths of Pinterest to find some really good uses for all the junk I collect. Because if I don't I might not have a workshop to work in anymore!

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Sep 27, 2015

If You've Never Wanted to Live in a Church Before, You Will Now...

I studied in London for a semester while I was in college, and a friend of mine stayed with a family who lived in a house that was once convent smack dab in the middle of London. I remember walking though the house with an odd feeling since the house was at once extremely home-y and chill, but at the same time carrying a sense of excitement that only comes from getting unrestricted access to a public place.    … read more


Sep 25, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Irish Whiskey under $25?

created at: 09/25/2015

There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.      Throughout the next few months, ManMade is seeking out the best affordable bottles of a variety of spirits that work well in your home bar, but know you can grab at the store the next time you head to a friend's house or a party.

Now that it's officially fall, it's time to put away the gin and tequila of summer, and embrace the ultimate cool weather spirit: whiskey. Over the next few weeks, … read more


Sep 25, 2015

Maker Series: Premium, Artisanal, Handcrafted Firewood from This is That

I'm a fan of doing things yourself. I love how much goes into creating something unique with quality materials, and the ability to customize it for the space it will live. But I can't make everything and I still appreciate a well-made product. That's where the market for artisanal pieces comes in.   … read more


Sep 25, 2015

What's the Deal with the 5th Pocket on Your Denim Jeans?

created at: 09/25/2015

Ever wonder why your jeans have that little fifth pocket on the right side? 


Sep 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every DIYer Needs a Solid and Strong Workbench Vise

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. 

ManMade Essential Toolbox: workbench vise

No matter how experienced you are with DIY having a helping hand can sure make completing your projects a breeze. If you don't own a bench-top vise then you need to add this little helping hand to your toolbox.

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Sep 24, 2015

How to: Custom DIY Dining + Work Table Made from Repurposed Wood Scraps

"There's a lot of wood out in the world free for the taking," says Will Holman. So much, in fact, he was able to cobble together a wide variety of materials found "in dumpsters, back alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings, recycling yards, and architectural salvage centers."  The results? A 10'x30" dining/work table constructed entirely from the free, repurposed lumber, and a little elbow grease and ingenuity.    … read more


Sep 24, 2015

Salad Dressing 101: An Every Man's Guide for Making the Perfect Vinaigrette

created at: 04/15/2013

Why anyone would pay for a bottle of vinegar and oil-based salad dressing is beyond me. Homemade vinaigrettes should be a staple in every kitchen, and they're super easy to make. It's simply a matter of memorizing one easy recipe, then adding and adjusting seasoning to fit any meal.

So, the anatomy of a vinaigrette... and some other nerdy facts that will leave you feeling like a true gourmand.

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Sep 23, 2015

How to: Make a Simple, Rustic Folding Magazine Rack from Wood and Fabric

This is a guest post from Mike at The Crafty Gentleman blog – a site dedicated to original DIY and craft projects. 

created at: 09/23/2015

Yeah, we're living in the digital age, but I still enjoy a magazine or newspaper with my morning coffee. To keep them tidy and at hand, I designed this minimalist magazine holder, which would fit neatly alongside any table or sofa. The raw wood and denim look gives it a rustic, rugged feel – but you could easily paint the wood or use different fabric, to customize it perfectly for your space.… read more


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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