Man Made DIY


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.

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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


Aug 27, 2015

5 Simple Beginning Leather Projects to Help Grow Your Craft

Leather Tool CaseA few weeks back we talked about some of the basic, essential tools for getting started in leatherworking. Once you're set up, its time to put them into practice. Here are a few projects to hone those skills, and end up with some great practical pieces you can use everyday   … read more


Aug 26, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: In Praise of the High-Quality Screwdriver Set

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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Let's be clear: I'm not here to share the basics of what a screwdriver is, or what it can do. Its purpose is clear. It's right there in the name.

Nor is it important to discuss all the different varieties of tasks it can perform. Because it can't do much.  If you use them properly, they're not a paint can opener. They're not a punch, or a chisel, or a pry bar. They do two things: tighten hardware, and loosen hardware. … read more


Aug 26, 2015

How to Build a Better Barbecue

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Fact: Food tastes better when enjoyed outside. It might not show up in a scientific journal, but all the anecdotal evidence supports the superior flavor of eating in the open air, whether it's a restaurant patio, your backyard deck, or a neighborhood block party. … read more


Aug 25, 2015

How to: Make DIY Rustic Masculine Candles

How to make a reusable rustic candle. Photos: Gabriel Cabrera

Can't get into the floral smells and garish artwork of storebought candles? Nope, us either. So  we came up with our very own DIY version to make a reusable rustic candle that any guy can be proud to burn in his home. (Or log cabin?)… read more


Aug 25, 2015

Make This: A Leather Wallet from an Old Cowboy Boot

It happens to me regularly. I'll be cruising down the aisles of a secondhand shop or antique market, and I'll stumble across a great pair of warm and worn cowboy boots. I'll do the mental exercise in my head... "Can I actually pull off a cowboy boot? And would I even wear them if I bought them?" I'll shuffle around a bit, and then commit to at least trying them on, and usually… read more


Aug 25, 2015

Every Single Thing a NASCAR Team Does During a Race Weekend

I’m from about as North as American North gets, so understanding (much less appreciating) NASCAR was never been thing for me or really anyone I knew growing up. But I've been getting to know more fans of car racing, and seeing movies like Rush have slowly beenteaching me to appreciate the skills, mechanical inventiveness, and the energy that comes from a finely executed race. … read more


Aug 25, 2015

The Art of the Dovetail

Beautiful JointI recently picked up a new dovetail jig to make some drawers. After getting the basics under control I took a look around at some of the more artful joints out there. I definitely have a ways to go.… read more


Aug 24, 2015

How to: Make a Really, Really Durable Dog Toy

How to Make a Really Durable Dog Toy

My dog absolutely loves to tear apart toys. It's almost a fun challenge to see what toy he can't tear apart. That list is pretty short. So, I thought I'd take a stab at making a really durable toy that he might actually have a hard time chewing through. 

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Aug 24, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Hanging Planter Project? Join Us For a Free Workshop!

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I mean, who doesn't love a hanging planter project? It brings some life into your home, gives your walls a fresh look, and provides and excuse to use some power tools!   … read more


Aug 21, 2015

This is the Breakfast I Eat Every Morning. You Should Too.

Inspired by Bryson and David's post this week on their favorite breakfasts that make morning bearable, I thought I'd share the simple, nutritious plate that I eat most mornings. I can put it together in just around ten minutes, and it keeps me full, satisfied, and energetic well into (my typically late) lunch time.

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Aug 21, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Workshop Needs a Really, Really Good Rotary Tool (and Which One to Buy)

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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There comes that time in every project. The point where you know what needs to happen, but aren't quite sure how to get there. When you've got the time and the energy to make it work, but that bolt or screw is just a little too long and the hardware store is closed. When you're ready to shape it, cut it, sand it, but you just don't know how to do it safely.    … read more


Aug 20, 2015

Yes, Kolache are the Ultimate Breakfast Food. Here's How to Make 'Em.

Kolaches: the ultimate breakfast food

Lately, I've been on a quest to find better breakfast foods. Without getting into much personal, and overbearing, health details, most breakfast foods just aren't all that great for you. Whether it's a pile of dried wheat or a sugary toaster pastry, grabbing something good on the go can be so dang hard! Well, no more! Kolache to the rescue!

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Aug 20, 2015

No Sweat: The Basics of Bicycle Commuting and How to Get Started

We love biking, and I'm guessing a lot of you do as well. Over 800,000 Americans currently commute to work via bicycle and that number just keeps climbing as people are realizing the physical, emotional, and environmental benefits.   … read more


Aug 20, 2015

This Colorful Basketball Court is Sandwiched Between Two Parisian Aparments

In a little old neighborhood in Paris, nestled between two apartment buildings, lies this perspective-bending basketball court, straight out of a geometric abstract artist's fever dream. The court is named after the Rue Duperre on which it stands and was created as a dual project between French fashion company Pigalle and Nike in 2009.    … read more

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