Man Made DIY


Aug 19, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Tequila under $20?

created at: 08/19/2015

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.      … read more


Aug 19, 2015

Make This: Cast Iron Skillet Cinnamon Rolls

created at: 08/19/2015

That skillet isn't just for dinnertime...

In honor of breakfast week on ManMade, I decided to share one of my favorite early morning treats, a tasty recipe for cinnamon rolls cooked in the cast iron pan.   … read more


Aug 19, 2015

5 Table Saw Jigs Every Woodworker Should Have

taper Cutting jigI spend quite a bit of time setting up for projects on the tools. It’s amazing how much time it takes to make a few simple yet complex cuts. For the type of cuts that happen often, it makes sense to make a few go-to jigs to help with those annoying set-ups.   … read more


Aug 18, 2015

IKEA Hack: Make a Super Simple Window Herb Garden

Sometimes, a plant and gardening project can be big and complicated, designed as a major focal point or landscaping effort that's intended to last for years and many harvests. See this guy.

But most of my favorite plant projects are the simple ones. The quick and easy efforts that allow you to spread a little life all around your space.   … read more


Aug 18, 2015

A Man's Guide to Making a Hearty Breakfast in No Time

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Making a delicious and hearty breakfast can be a chore when you're still trying to decide which pants to wear with your cap-toe shoes. Until recently, this was my daily struggle. Most days, I walked out the door with just brewed coffee and a piece of toast. No fun.

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Aug 18, 2015

DIY Inspiration: Make a Custom Stand Up Paddleboard

Clearwood PaddleboardAs summer gives us just a few more weeks of dependable warmth, I’ve been hitting the water as much as life will allow. But soon enough it will be much too cold for getting wet and so here’s a project to get on now so when spring comes back around, we’ll be ready to once again enjoy a day on the water.   … read more


Aug 17, 2015

Restoring a Classic Desk Fan with New Leather Blades

created at: 08/17/2015

When Sean came across this model 94646-E “Northwind” oscillating electric fan by Emerson Electric, dated to about 1955, he knew it'd be a stylish, character-filled replacement to his recently busted cheap plastic box fan. So, he got it home, plugged it in, and it whirred "like a cheetah." 

And within ten minutes, he totally cut himself on the sharp, spinning metal blades. Yikes.    … read more


Aug 17, 2015

Build This: DIY Affordable Dining Table for Six

X-Table PB InspiredA few years ago my wife handed me a catalog and told me she "must have" the table inside. After I took a look at the design (and the price tag), I was inspired to build it myself.   … read more


Aug 17, 2015

The Shape of Things to Come: How an Industrial Designer became Apple’s Greatest Product.

created at: 08/17/2015

Jonathan Ives is perhaps best known as the British man with the soothing voice who's been featured in the Apple ads of the last couple years. He's currently the Chief Design Officer at Apple and one of the most influential designers alive. Steve Jobs called him his "spiritual partner at Apple" and… read more


Aug 14, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Need a Full Set of Hex Keys (Allen Wrenches). Here's What to Get.

created at: 08/14/2015 If you're anything like me, your first set of hex keys came with some generic tool kit someone gave you before heading off to the freshman dorm. They were wrapped in wire and wrangled around a key ring. They worked, kinda; they were constantly tangled and forever frustrating, but they sorta got the job done, and so they stayed.   … read more


Aug 14, 2015

The Perfect Southern Gentlemen's Recipes (Made On-The-Road)

This is the tale of a couple who met on Tinder and now travel across North America in a Sprinter van (aka Tinder to Sprinter) and the mouth-watering dinner they made when the boys at Huckberry promised to sponsor their meal if they made some recipes from a buddy's cookbook: A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen. Recipes included.
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Aug 14, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade on a Budget: How to Build Affordable Shop Cabinets

Laying Out the Cabinet PiecesIt's time to actually build something for the shop upgrade. First up, we take a look at how to build wall cabinets from scratch (sheet goods at least).… read more


Aug 13, 2015

8 Men's Essentials under $25 to Help You Finish Up Summer with Style

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Don't let all the back-to-school sales fool you. We've still got weeks of summer left, and plenty of late evenings and warm weather to embrace. Keep the spirit going well into early autumn with these picks to prolong the season.    … read more


Aug 13, 2015

Yes, You Can Shave with an Axe. Here's How to Do It.

You've seen it. Old movies, Looney Tunes cartoons, vintage black and white photos that at least look real. An axe is, after all, a sharp blade, and apparently, you can shave with it.    … read more


Aug 13, 2015

How to: Print Professional-Grade Photos

Living in the age of social media as we do, it almost seems preemptively nostalgic to talk about a love for physical things, but I think we'd agree that there is beauty in the tactile. Hanging a physically framed photo shows intention and an eye toward design, so printing the best photos (and having a good frame) is key. Which is why Popular Mechanics took the time to put together this great how-to guide to help you print the best photos whether at home or online.    … read more


Aug 12, 2015

How to Stencil with Fire: Making Large-Scale Typographic Wood Burn Art

Oh... we know you can imagine the possibilities. Giving a hunk of hardwood that classic "branded" Western look. Creating an original poster or piece of wall art with a natural woodgrain background. A sidewalk sign or marquee for a local store or event.

There are plenty of reasons you'd want to make a wooden sign with a burnt design. Here's how to do it:   … read more


Aug 12, 2015

Mosquitos Bugging You? Get a Bat House

It may seem a bit strange to encourage bats to nestle down by your house, but if mosquitoes are cutting your evenings short, it's a natural resource worth considering.   … read more


Aug 12, 2015

The Best Steak Grilling Trick You Haven't Heard Of

created at: 08/12/2015

Food writer Sherry Rujikarn calls this technique for getting tender, well-seasoned meat "the best steak grilling trick you haven't heard of." It's simple, takes about twenty extra seconds, and looks to be pretty promising.   … read more


Aug 11, 2015

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Inner DIYer

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When you're new to the world of DIY, starting even the smallest of projects can be a daunting task. How much money will it cost me? How much time will I waste? Do I even know what I'm doing? Questions like these can easily deflate a well planned weekend of hard work when you're not comfortable with yourself and your abilities. … read more


Aug 11, 2015

How to: Make a Simple and Rustic DIY Desk Organizer or Tool Holder

created at: 08/11/2015

Here's a simple way to add some functionality to a log from the the firewood pile or a score of driftwood you snagged by the local river. It's a easy project, but a sharp way to add a little outdoor texture and warmth to your computer desk or work area.    … read more

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