Man Made DIY


Jul 11, 2012

How To: Make Tiny Rockets from Matches

Steve Hoefer from Grathio Labs has shared a fun, easy tutorial for making launchable mini-rockets from three materials you probably already have lying around: a matchbook, a paperclip, and aluminum foil.  Since matches are basically "solid fuel on a stick," and a rocket is a stick that needs some's kind of a DIY no-brainer.… read more


Jul 02, 2012

The NYC Subway Stairs that Make Everybody Trip [Video]

created at: 07/01/2012

New York City's subway system is full of unpredictable excitement. Most of the action happens inside the trains, or at least on the subway platforms. Dean Peterson, however, decided to explore a quirk that people encounter as they're leaving the subway station: a single step on a stairway that's a fraction of an inch higher than the others. It's just high enough so everyone trips on it.   … read more


Jun 26, 2012

How to: Practical Advice for Wearing a Suit

created at: 06/26/2012

Austrailian tailor and bespoke designer Patrick Johnson gives some solid, practical advice on buying and wearing a suit, including choosing a versatile option that can be worn in multiple ways, and adding your own personality to such a relatively blank slate.   … read more


Jun 19, 2012

The Process: How Major League Baseballs Are Made

created at: 05/28/2013

It seems strange to say it, but the process of creating baseballs that conform to Major League Baseballs standards is actually a pretty secretative process. Certainly, anyone whose played with a ball to deconstruction can admit that it's a leather exterior wrapped around a bunch of string and a bouncy ball in the center. But it's the precision cutting, curved stitching, and precise size … read more


Jun 18, 2012

Legacy of Cool: A Film about the Versatility, Ruggedness, and Ubiquity of Denim

The Legacy of Cool is a new film about all things denim: its longevity, pervasiveness, cultural impact, and the fact that it's basically the coolest fabric of all time.   … read more


Jun 12, 2012

Bottle Cap Blues: Unique (and Dangerous) Ways to Open a Beer

What do a nail gun, machete, wheelchair, dead animal skull, holiday tinsel, and your belly button all have in common?

Easy. They're all clever and potentially very, very unsafe ways to open a bottle of beer.

Filmmaker Chris Sumers got together with his buddies and filmed dozens of unlikely ways to pop a bottlecap.… read more


May 31, 2012

The Process: The Art and Science of Building a Handcrafted Guitar

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 05/31/2012

Alma Flamenca is a short film that condenses, "pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work," into three minutes, detailing the beautiful process of building a flameco-style guitar.

created at: 05/31/2012

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May 23, 2012

Video: Turning a Giant Jawbreaker on a Lathe

created at: 05/23/2012

To be filed in your "I Didn't Know This Was Possible" folder - you can turn a jawbreaker on a lathe with traditional woodworking skews and chisels.

Doing so highlights what's so fun about eating jawbreakers in the first place: the many laminiated layers of color, which slowly get revealed as the candy is removed.… read more


May 15, 2012

Kids Recreate the "Sabotage" Music Video by the Beastie Boys

created at: 05/15/2012

To pay tribute to Beastie Boys Adam "MCA" Yauch, filmaker James Winters, along with wife, kids, and nephew, made a shot-by-shot recreation of one of the 90s most iconic music videos, the Spike Jonze-directed "Sabotage"...starring children.   … read more


May 10, 2012

How a Bicycle is 1942

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 05/10/2012

May is National Bike Month, and I found this fascinating video of how bicycles were built in 1942. It's always awesome to watch old timey craftsman at work.

The best part? It's pretty… read more


May 02, 2012

How to: Make Salted Margarita Cream Popsicles (with Tequila!)

created at: 05/02/2012

There's an ice cream shop in my neighborhood with a "margarita sorbet." I tried it once. By "margarita," they mean lime. Perhaps a bit of orange...but basically only one of the essential flavors that make this classic cocktail continue to stick around.

This recipe for salted margarita cream pops, on the other hand, has all the goods: lime, yes, but also plenty of tequila and salt.

It's May 2nd today, so you've got a cool three days to whip these up for Cinco de Mayo.   … read more


May 01, 2012

A Postcard-Writing Rube Goldberg Machine in a Vintage Suitcase

"Melvin the Mini Machine" is a suitcase- (well, two suitcase-) sized Rube Goldberg machine that, when executed, creates a postcard, sending well wishes from Melvin himself.

It is, like all kinetic art, better viewed in motion, so take a look at the video to see it in all it's adorable action.   … read more


Apr 19, 2012

Stupid Things Happening in Super Slow Motion

created at: 04/19/2012

If you've ever wondered what it'd look like to grill an aerosol can over high heat, cut a soda bottle in half with a chainsaw and pitchfork, or microwave a bottle of red wine (this one's particularly insane) all in slow motion, then simply click play on the video below.

created at: 04/19/2012

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Apr 13, 2012

How to Start a Fire: By Hand, No Matches

created at: 04/16/2013

created at: 04/13/2012

You can imagine the scenarios: extra-minimalist camping trip, Joseph… read more


Apr 02, 2012

The Originals Factory: A Paint-Dripping Robot that Makes Abstract Paintings

The Originals Factory is a work by Tel Aviv-based artists Liat Segal & Assaf Talmudi. It's essentially "a DIY robot, built and programmed to create landscape paintings in the style of American abstract expressionism." This work-in-progress seeks to fuse together and "[question] digital, mechanic and plastic approaches to art, abstraction and originality."

Click play to watch a video of these thing in action:   … read more

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