Man Made DIY


Oct 13, 2015

Looking for a Unique Gift? How About a DIY Ring Made from Colored Pencils?

Colored Pencil RingWe all love to give unique gifts. The kind that are handmade but striking, and memorable enough to stand out next to that coffeehouse giftcard. Make this polished ring from colored pencils and you're sure to leave an impression.   … read more


Oct 13, 2015

25 Homemade Granola Recipes You'll Crave at Any Time

I go in waves health-conscious eating. I'm currently in the middle of one and so granola is factoring in pretty heavily. It's a great (and INSANELY versatile) food option that can be fairly healthy like the Blueberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Granola bars above, or something on the most desert-y end like the Raspberry Granola Energy Bars seen below.   … read more


Oct 12, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Every DIYer Needs a Simple Set of Chisels. Here's Why.

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Chisels

For many centuries, from wood to stone, chisels have literally chipped away history to reveal some of our most lasting and beautiful artwork. Do I need to give you any other reason to get yourself a set?

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Oct 12, 2015

How to Make a $1,500 Sandwich from Scratch


Talk about going all in for a DIY project! Andy George of How to Make Everything goes the whole nine yards to make a chicken sandwich from scratch. 

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Oct 10, 2015

Giveaway: Tell Us About Your Perfect Backyard BBQ and Win a Big Green Egg (a $500+ Value)

created at: 10/01/2015

Let's be clear: we love our ManMade readers. We appreciate your loyalty, your comments, your ideas, your feedback, your readership, your images, and the community that we've built together that allows us to keep doing this for more than five years (!). 

You guys are great, and we hope we say it enough. … read more


Oct 08, 2015

Where Does the Phrase "Made from Scratch" Actually Come From?

created at: 10/08/2015

I was reading Justin's piece from earlier today on building an electric guitar from scratch, and the title got my wheels spinning. What does "made from scratch" actually mean? Is it slang for some cheap material like sticks or straw? Is it related to using "scratch" as colloquialism for money? 

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Oct 08, 2015

El Sueño Americano: Artful Photographs of Objects Seized at the US-Mexico Border

El Sueño Americano, "The American Dream" is a photo series by Tom Kiefer that showcases collections and items belonging to migrants that were apprehended by customs and border officials along the United States-Mexico border in Arizona. … read more


Oct 08, 2015

How to: Build an Electric Guitar From Scratch

created at: 10/08/2015

Ok, it's not entirely from scratch (where do you even get scratch nowadays?) but this unique guide will walk you through the entire guitar-making process from choosing and sculpting your lumber through wiring the electrics to the finishing touches. Most DIY guitar guides will prescribe a repurposed neck, but here you'll be making it all yourself.     … read more


Oct 07, 2015

How to Make Pumpkin Spiced Liquor for Seriously Tasty Fall Cocktails

created at: 10/07/2014

I'm not much for lattes. In general, they don't do much for me, but I especially can't stand the overtly frothy, foamy ones that demand all that sugar and syrup and whipped cream to cover up the fact that the coffee is burnt in the first place. 

But, I'll admit it: I get jealous that people get so excited about these pumpkin spice coffee drinks this time of year. I like seasons, especially fall, and I wish I could grab a scarf and march right down to the burnt coffee shop… read more


Oct 07, 2015

Mend Your Clothing the Japanese Way

Japanese Textile Mending

If you have a few wardrobe items that haven't seen the light of day due to some wear and tear. Take a look at the Japanese method of mending textiles, especially denim, with unique, stylized stitchery.

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Oct 07, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The Key to Keep Yourself from Going Crazy in the Workshop

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Bin Storage

Small-parts storage is one of the biggest steps you can take in creating the perfect workshop zen. When all those little fasteners, nails, washers, odds and ends all have a home you can work in peace, not pieces.

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Oct 06, 2015

12 Ways to Add Texture to Your Woodworking Projects

created at: 10/06/2015

Gives a whole new meaning to the concept of "finish coat," right?

Woodworker Rob Brown invites us to look at our hand tool collection in whole new light... not simply using the tool only for tasks it was intended for, but as opportunities to see these common items beyond their typical use.… read more


Oct 06, 2015

How to: Maneuver an Army Surplus Store and Save on Camping Supplies

Last week a dear friend of mine moved to another city and bequeathed me a bunch of camping gear, which got me thinking about where I should be looking to complete this lovely cache of camping items. Thankfully the team at Outside Online put together this guide for the best deals to look for when building your basic camping supplies.   … read more


Oct 06, 2015

How to: DIY Floating Concrete Shelves from Scratch

ManMade reader Ruben van Dijk sent us his most recent DIY project: a set of stylish concrete shelves. His girlfriend had asked for a clean and simple solution for displaying
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Oct 05, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Yes, Every Man Needs a Blow Torch. Here’s What to Know.

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. 

Blow TorchThere's always room for a flame in the workshop... or the kitchen. Here's the run-down on blow torches and how they can be extremely useful on your next project.   … read more


Oct 05, 2015

A Simple Life is the Happiest

Ocean View We all need a reminder that life is too short to spend inside. Here's a fantastic video by a man who decided to live a life outside and as he says: "A simple life is the happiest".   … read more


Oct 02, 2015

Seriously...This is the Best Drinking Snack of All Time

created at: 09/09/2014

There is bar food and there is drinking food. Bar food tends to center around the deep fryer and the reheating of frozen goods within, and it can certainly be delicious, and also horrible.

Drinking food, on the other hand, is designed to be a foil against your beverage, a complement. The beverage enhances the food, the food the beverage, and everyone has a good time. 

This is not a recipe for chicken wings, or for putting pretzels in a bowl. But it is an amazing, and unbelievably simple, snack that you certainly need to make the next time you bust out the bottle opener. … read more


Oct 02, 2015

How to Drink That Whiskey The Right Way: An Introductory Guide

created at: 10/02/2015Enjoying a glass of something strong is a good way to end the night every now and then. But do you know how to actually get the best out of the experience? Here's a quick and dirty take on how to get the most fun, flavor, and enjoyment.… read more


Oct 01, 2015

Yes, You Can Carve Your Own Stone Bathroom Sink

stone sink

Even as an avid DIYer, stonework has always been something I thought was completely unattainable. Thinking it required a mess of tools and well-studied skill, the art of carving and shaping rock for my own DIY projects found itself at the bottom of my to-do until I saw this great project from the Samurai Carpenter.

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Oct 01, 2015

On Building Boats: Three Unique Tales of DIY Watercraft

Some of you may know that I built a raft and traversed the Mississippi River a few years back, having no prior knowledge of boat building. Believe it or not, it was remarkably easy to do if you're willing to plan ahead and put in some good labor hours. Here are three bizarre stories of different DIY boats from True Almanac, each constructed for different purposes, such as the "disaster-proof" boat designed to survive a tsunami pictured above.   … read more

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