Man Made DIY


Sep 08, 2015

How to: Make These DIY Rustic Floating Plant Boxes

created at: 09/08/2015

Plants, my friends. Plants. Succulents, ferns, ivies, flowers, cacti, sedum, even tiny trees are all an awesome way to bring some life into any space, indoors or out. These simple, rustic boxes allow you to get the plants off the floors and flat surfaces and onto the walls, where they can be seen and get the light they need. The boxes make it easy to combine a variety of pots, containers, and hanging planters, and maintain a cohesive vibe.   … read more


Sep 08, 2015

The Traditional Art of Vegetable Tanned Leather

created at: 09/08/2015Bole Tannery has been making their own reindeer (!) and cattle leather goods from vegetable tanned leather in their Swedish workshop for generations. Take a look at what it means to create vegetable tanned leather goods from hide to final rucksack.   … read more


Sep 04, 2015

Manmade Essential Toolbox: Why You Should Definitely Own a Really, Really Good Circular Saw

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. 
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A circular saw is one of those essential toolbox items I'm guessing a lot of you already have. It's often the first powered saw for many DIYers. But do you have a really good one that you love and trust using? And if not, why should you care?
For years my circular saw was something that had been handed down to me in a dusty milk crate by a friend's dad. Yours may have been picked up for next-to-nothing at a garage sale, or even found on the side of the road, or bought cause it was the cheapest option at the home center. Hey - no judgement here. Some of those old tools are awesome and solid. But a circular saw is powerful, versatile and potentially dangerous, so using one of poor quality, or in poor condition, is bad practice, and can actually lead to serious injuries. … read more

Sep 04, 2015

Weekend Project: Make a Sturdy Lounge Chair from a Pallet...That You'll Actually Want To Sit In

Furniture made from pallets is always awesome in theory but I've definitely sat on some rickety and scratchy attempts that never really turned out the right way. So with that out of the way, I'll say that it looks nearly impossible to go wrong with this one. It's simple, sturdy, and has a limited number of steps.   … read more


Sep 03, 2015

5 Ways to Wear and Layer Denim Jackets for Fall

created at: 09/24/2013

If you only think of a denim jacket as something to throw over a t-shirt, we hope this post will change your mind. Just as blue jeans can be dressed up and down, denim jackets are actually quite versatile. Paired with basic black pants and trench coat, a denim jacket can feel casually sophisticated. Throw a denim jacket over a camo blazer to give a peek of on-trend pattern. And since they work perfectly for fall,… read more


Sep 03, 2015

How to: Build Shop Cabinet Doors on the Cheap

Half Lap JointsThere are plenty of shelves in my shop that need doors to keep out the dust, and to keep the look of the shop more streamlined. These cheap doors are made from 2.5" pine boards and affordable 1/4" plywood. They still look great and function well, and they have enough heft to feel strong in your hand.   … read more


Sep 03, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Get Started In Screenprinting

Screen PrintingWe all come in contact with screenprinted goods every day... there's a good chance you're wearing something screenprinted right now. It's is an impressive way to personalize just about anything you can think of, and it's really not that hard to start. Here are a few starter kits to help start down the road to making your own art and customizing everything you can get your hands on.   … read more


Sep 02, 2015

How to Clean Your Entire House in 45 Minutes: A Modern Man's Guide

created at: 04/16/2013

Your bachelor pad. Your family home. That apartment with all the architectural detail and the amazing view. Wherever you live, houses get messy. And they stay that way, until you clean them. When your plans to let someone inside ends up happening before your hopes of getting your home back to normal, then it's time to clean it. Quickly. 

created at: 09/02/2015

You don't have the time to deep clean and scrub, so make the little bit you have count. If you're smart and focused, you can pull it off in the running time of your favorite record.    … read more


Sep 02, 2015

Build This: Make a DIY Wooden 3D Pantograph

I've seen a few of these interesting contraptions over the past few years, and really had no idea what they did. All I understood was that it created a copy of something at a smaller or larger ratio. Today I came on a plan to build a trim-router based pantograph that looks simple enough to tackle.   … read more


Sep 01, 2015

Great Cooking is All About Good Technique and Ingredients. Here are Two Solid, Standby Recipes to Win Dinner Every Time

Two recipes that highlight quality ingredients and essential techniques.
By the time you're thirty, there are a few things you really should know how to do, like fixing a flat tire, fixing a leaky faucet ... and fixing a meal. You don’t have to be an amazing cook, but every man definitely needs some standbys to pull out when guests are coming around. A dish or two he knows well, with ingredients and techniques he understands.

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Sep 01, 2015

19 Seriously Stylish and Complex Control Panels that Will Make You Want to Flip All the Switches

Back before we had the intuitive computer interfaces we have today, the men in the control booths had to rely on looming control panels full of switches, levers, buttons, and all sorts of intimidating and archaic devices. The physical industrial design had to be both wholly practical (in a lot of cases) and as user-friendly as possible, resulting in a wealth of unique control panels.   … read more


Aug 31, 2015

How to: DIY Dining Table for a Crowd from Reclaimed Wood

created at: 08/31/2015

A simple but functional DIY table for eight, made from reclaimed materials loaded with character? What's not to love?    … read more


Aug 31, 2015

The Tallest Mountain in the United States is Getting Its Name Back

President Obama is visiting Alaska today, and before he leaves, he'll have renamed a mountain. That peak, the tallest in the United States with a summit elevation of 20,237 ft, has been officially known in the United States as Mount McKinley since 1917, having been dubbed so by gold prospectors in the late 1890s who wished to promote their favorite presidential candidate.    

This week, the mountain will be officially designated Denali, meaning "the great one" in the Athabaskan languages of the Alaska Natives who live there, and the name that locals have used for the peak for centuries.   … read more


Aug 31, 2015

Make It: Simple and Stylish Leather Smartphone Flip Wallet

If you're more of a minimalist with your daily carry items, and prefer to keep everything in one front or jacket pocket, check out this leather smartphone flip wallet project… read more


Aug 31, 2015

Decoding the Secret Language of Street Signs and Fonts

Words words words, as the Bard said. All around us and packed with meaning despite the fact that many of us never stop to think about the other design aspects of the world around us. But that's where this little city exploration tour from Quartz comes in to unpack the hidden meaning behind everyday street signs. 

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Aug 28, 2015

If You're a Man that Uses Hair Product, Please Read This.

created at: 08/27/2015

First, apologies to the young man who stood in front of me at the post office yesterday. He was trying, but not trying too hard. He was going for a slightly updated classic New England collegiate look: blue button down oxford, dark green chinos, killer brown leather boots, 60s inspired glasses. His hair was parted pretty traditionally, the kind of clipper/scissor combo cut you can get at any modern barbershop. He didn't ask to inspire an article about hair product.    … read more


Aug 28, 2015

Weekend Project: Make These DIY Copper Tiki Torches (with Some Mid-Century Modern Pizzazz)

Tiki torches are hit or miss for me. They can be tacky and, but if done right they can class up the aesthetic of your summer barbecue  in a whole new way. The design is as simple to make as the aesthetic is clean. … read more


Aug 28, 2015

Happy [on the] Trails: Three Gourmet Backpacking Desserts for Your Next Hike

After a long day hiking, there are few things more exciting than the promise of a good hearty meal and dessert. Now, sitting in the comfort of your home, you might be thinking that trail mix will be fine, but get out on that trail and you’ll start craving some sweeter fair. To solve this problem, jdorenbos has compiled three stand-out recipes: Turtle Rice Pudding, Orange Mango Angel Food Cake, and a Lemon Berry Parfait (seen above).… read more


Aug 28, 2015

Make This: DIY Pocket Notebook from a Beer Case

DIY Pocket Notebook6 pack cases - we all have a few of those around, the remnants of a night with friends and now the perfect cover for your pocket notebook.   … read more


Aug 27, 2015

How to Build a French Cleat Organizing System for Your Workshop

created at: 08/27/2015 A well organized shop is a productive shop. But we all know that as our skills and interests grow and change and our projects vary, its nice to be able to switch out grab-able tools and organization systems to meet the needs of what we're currently working on.   … read more

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