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.   

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May 29, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: How to Assemble the Perfect Set of Driver Bits

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: 05/29/2015 When is a drill not a drill? When it's a driver, used for securing hardware into material, rather than simply boring a hole into it. If you're anything like us, your cordless drill gets pressed into service much more often as a way to drive or remove fasteners than making holes with twist bits. And to get the most out of this versatile tool, you've gotta have the right bit for the job. Here's how to build a complete arsenal to allow you to take on any task.


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Quick-Change Slotted and Phillips Head

Your standard screwdriver bits that make quick work of standard screwdriving tasks.

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Aug 15, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Custom Drill Bit Rack

created at: 08/15/2014

As any DIYer knows...the longer you've been making stuff, the more stuff you gather. But not just tools - all the accessories and add-ons that make tools into mutil-tasking, multi-purpose creative machines.

No tool represents that versatility like the drill/driver. And nothing else racks up extra parts: twist bits, brad-point bits, hole saws, Forstner bits, spade bits, hex drivers, sanding drums, and the like. There are a lot of things that work by being chucked in and spinning at 1000s of RPMs. 

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Jul 22, 2014

DIY Idea: Make a Simple Wooden Tool Organizer

This morning, I was scanning a studio tour of Natalie Davis, who runs Canoe, a leather working shop in Austin, Texas. 

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Mar 15, 2012

Artist Puts a Camera on a Spinning Drill to Capture Some Far Out Video

created at: 03/15/2012

French designer and artist Oscar Lhermite secured a compact digital camera to a cordless drill and filmed the results of the lens spinning. Since the camera is capturing about fifteen frames per second and the spinning at 1,200 f.p.s., the resulting blurred video becomes what the artist calls, "seeing the world in a circular gradient."

When I first saw the setup, I imagined the resulting images to be some kind of whirly, wacky video, but it's exactly the opposite. The difference in speed produces an evolving, ethereal kaleidoscope-like pulsing orb that changes as the light and colors are altered.

Be sure to watch through until Lhermite takes the camera outside and captures the streetlights:  

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