When Swiss designer Till Könneker moved into his new apartment, he loved the clean, minimalist design...but not the fact that it had zero built-in storage place. So, he came up with this clever storage cube to house his bed, book and record collection, and shoes and clothing. Oh, and this is the best part:
Makers Simon Blazer and David Bakker shows you how to turn a simple block of wood into a super quick and easy tablet dock. The process? A single drilled hole and a quick saw cut. That's it.
Hopefully, the new calendar has you motivated to take on some new projects. And we all know the key to working quickly, efficiently, and creatively is: organization. Keeping things where they need to be allows your work surface to stay clean and makes your tools easy to find. Plus, when well organized, you'll find you can actually fit a lot more gear and materials into a small space.
Here's a simple and awesome looking idea for a family calendar that will actually look good on the wall in our house. Made from reclaimed shop wood and painted with a clear chalkboard paint, this simple weekend project will have plenty of use for years to come.
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.
For many people, there comes an act of ownership that signifies true adulthood. For some, it's that first car when you're a teenager. Others it could be an elective retirement account, a first home, or that dream electric guitar.
For me, it was a ladder.
A few months ago, I completely destroyed my shop. I pulled everything off the wall, tools off the countertops, and it just . . . imploded. My workshop need an upgrade and it's true - you need to break it before you can fix it.
First impressions count, and the first few moments someone spends in your doorway do too. You want the entrance to be welcoming and efficient for coats, shoes, etc., while also giving a sense of the rest of the house to come. And if your friends are of the Minnesota Goodbye persuasion, you inevitably spend a good deal of time chatting at the door before anyone leaves.
Perhaps the most essential tool for any ManMaker is your mind. However, if you're like me, it can be really hard to keep your mind on track. That's why I have to write everything down!
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
Check out this sharp-looking and functional from Kreisdesign: a large-scale wooden pegboard panel with a variety of shelves, pegs, and hooks for some stylish storage in your office, kitchen, or workshop.
You spend so much time in your shop, isn't it about time to spend a little time on it? Here's a solid upgrade that will get you breathing easier while out there making cuts.
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.
There's an awful lot of DIY posts around the web for building amazing industrial shelving with a raid of pipes from the local hardware store. This project takes it to the next level with some solid concrete shelves!
SketchUp is a great program for getting a project started. From the 3D visualization, all the way down to generating cut lists here's an overview on how it works for us woodworkers.
My buddy and colleague Timothy spied this great video tutorial for turning this affordable three-level tool cart into a full-on organization system for all of your tools.
IKEA products can solve a great many organizational issues in the home, and be none to visually offensive in the process. But, therein lies the problem; their ability to blend seamlessly into any space means they don't offer a lot in the way of personality. They don't take away, but they don't bring along to the table, either.
Except, when they do.
They say no man is fully finished dressing if he's not wearing a belt (or suspenders, I guess), and, for some reason, that small strip of leather or weaving ready does bring a whole look together. I've always been a coil-them-up-in-the-sock-drawer kinda guy, but as someone with more closet space than dresser real estate, I'm definitely interested in hanging them up long and easy-to-find.
It's June, baby. Which means: it's officially grilling season. Not that it ever went away, but summer's the time to move from "I'm gonna fire up the grill cause it's cold outside and I really need some of warm weather flavor" to creating entire feasts outdoors and over an open flame.
And to be successful, you gotta stay organized, and have a place to work. So, let's build this DIY grill cart complete with a work surface, storage shelves, tool hooks and racks, and lots more.