Man Made DIY


Nov 04, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: If You Don't Have a Proper Set of Marking and Layout Tools, Now's the Time to Get One

Marking GaugeSo you’ve figured out what you want to build, bought all the wood, and have a fresh cup of coffee in hand. Now it’s time to start marking lines and making some sawdust and shavings. When it comes to accurate fits and great looking pieces, it’s essential to have quality marking tools.   … read more


Nov 04, 2015

How to Wax Canvas Fabric

You've probably seen common menswear or outdoor items made from "waxed canvas" in your favorite Etsy shops or outfitter sites. It's a traditional means of making fabric weather-resistant, allowing your goods to repel water rather than just soak things in, and dates to hundreds of years before the advent of Gore-Tex and other DWR materials.  

But you don't just head to the fabric store and pick up a bolt of waxed canvas. Instead, … read more


Nov 04, 2015

Fact: This Early 20th Century Swedish Tool Chest is Super Cool

Get ready to grab a bucket for all that drool...   … read more


Nov 03, 2015

Keeping Warm: 5 Masculine Blankets Worth the Investment

created at: 02/21/2013

I have no shame in saying it: I think blankets are great. If that's not manly, I don't care. Being cold is stupid, and being stupid definitely isn't manly either. I work from home, in a city that gets quite cold in the winter, and there's absolutely no reason to heat the whole house when it's only occupied by me, crunched up with my laptop. But you know what else I like? Picnics. And not freezing in case I have car trouble in the winter, or when I go camping. And snuggling up with my wife. (And pretending my urban townhome is a mountain cabin retreat...but, you know, personal preference). The common factor: blankets. So, I like 'em.   … read more


Nov 03, 2015

Sand Casting on The Beach: Artist Makes Furniture from Molten Metal and Sand

Pewter DeskSometimes we just love to see a craftsman have some fun with a design. Most of the time all we see people make on the beach is a sagging sand castle. A designer decided to take some time to craft a pewter desk using sand on the beach as the mold and it turned out amazing.   … read more


Nov 03, 2015

Style How-to: DIY Elbow Patches to Class Up Any Jacket (or Sweater)

If you’re opting for a tweed or corduroy suit jacket, you don’t necessarily need to shell out the big bucks since you're going for the more worn-in, collegiate appearance. A thrift store jacket in your correct size can be tailored and DIY-ed into a nice alternate statement.

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Nov 02, 2015

Wool and the Art of Sweater Maintenance: 5 Tips to Care for and Make Your Sweaters Last

created at: 12/14/2012The cooler months bring boots, jackets, and best of all: sweaters. Worn well, they echo the classic men of yesterday. Investing in one or two quality pieces made from 100% wool is preferable than several from acrylics or blended fabric, as they'll stick around for many falls and winters to come, and look better in the process. (Not to mention keep you warmer.) If you take care of them well, they'll last until your beard goes gray, and you can pull off the weathered fisherman with a warm heart look of Mr. Hemingway here.

1. Don't dryclean or machine wash.  Not only does hand washing keep your wool clean, it'll actually make your sweater… read more


Nov 02, 2015

Style Tips to Steal From Wes Anderson and His Movies

You can’t talk about Wes Anderson movies without talking about style. His movies drip with it, from the limited color palettes of the mise-en-scene to Anderson’s uniquely boxed sets and cinematography to his subtly grounded yet utterly original costume choices that seem to exist just a slight world away in the pantheon of Anderson cinema.   

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Nov 02, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Holiday Wreath Trio? Join Us for a Free Workshop!

It's not quite time to start ManMade posts with " 'Tis the season to make stuff" but it'll be here plenty soon. Two weeks sounds about right.

created at: 11/02/2015

Which is perfect, because exactly in two weeks, we're teaming up with… read more


Oct 30, 2015

How to Eat Sushi...or, 7 Things You're Probably Doing Wrong

created at: 10/30/2015

The act of eating sushi is as much of an art form as the sushi-making itself. Sushi restaurants have proliferated across America in recent decades, but unfortunately sushi etiquette hasn't always migrated as well. If you want to look like you know what you're doing (not to mention actually knowing what you're doing), … read more


Oct 30, 2015

How to: Best Prepare Your Yard For The Winter

Deciding when to start your end of year yard work is a delicate decision: too early and likely you'll have to keep reworking until the snow comes, too late and your yard will be a mess come spring. Or you can take my father's route which seemed to be just working on it all the time. The best path however would be to listen to the advice of professional landscapers about how they prepare their personal lawns for winter.   … read more


Oct 30, 2015

Because It's Fall: 5 Apple Flavored Desserts You Should Make This Weekend

In case you haven't seen the signs, it's fall. That's great news for many reasons, but most importantly it means we now have more reasons to get together and eat great food. Here are five apple-packed desserts to bring those nights of good food to a satisfying close.   … read more


Oct 29, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Step Up Your DIY Game with the Ladders Every Home Should Own

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. 

created at: 10/29/2015

For many people, there comes an act of ownership that signifies true adulthood. For some, it's that first car when you're a teenager. Others it could be an elective retirement account, a first home, or that dream electric guitar.

For me, it was a ladder.   … read more


Oct 28, 2015

5 Seriously Good Productivity Tips that Aren't Just About Getting More Stuff Done

I'm not a multitasker. At least, I shouldn't be. And when I am, I'm not at my best. I won't go into a whole thing about the distractions of the internet and multiple browser tabs and social media and our whole plugged-in life; you've read those articles, and you believe them, or you don't. 

These aren't ideas to get more stuff done. They're ideas to get good stuff done, and get it done more quickly and with less stress. If that frees up time for you to try more things, that's great. If it only helps you meet your goals without feeling insane, that's good enough.   … read more


Oct 28, 2015

Let's All Go to Deer Cabin

Deer cabin

It must the sense of fall wanderlust settling, cause there's no place I can imagine I'd rather be on this grey, wet autumn day than… read more


Oct 27, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade: Building a Custom Tool Island and (Finally!) Cleaning Up...

Tool IslandA few months ago, I completely destroyed my shop. I pulled everything off the wall, tools off the countertops, and it just . . . imploded. My workshop need an upgrade and it's true - you need to break it before you can fix it.   … read more


Oct 27, 2015

How to Remove Rust with Electrolysis: It's Easier than You Think

created at: 10/27/2015

We'll always prefer steel and wool tools to plastic and fiberglass ones. They simply have a heritage quality and classic look that inspires us to want to make stuff, and keep them on display. 

But steel contains iron, and if you're a fan of older tools made from higher quality steels, can contain a lot of iron. Which, we all remember from science class and every visit to the antique store, causes rust.   … read more


Oct 27, 2015

Your Specs Can Save Your Life: How to Survive with Eyeglasses

Old stereotypes deemed the bespectacled the weakest of the bunch, but in case of an emergency, your glasses may make you into the fittest for surviving.   … read more


Oct 26, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Typographic Illustrations and Artwork

Everyone likes a nice motivational quote with a fine adventurous backdrop and some nice typography that reminds us to get outside.   … read more


Oct 26, 2015

Workshop Inspiration: The Woodgrain Wall and Workbench

I spied this rather droolworthy workbench and storage area through some pin of a pin of a Tumblr of a magazine...… read more

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