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May 08, 2012

The Periodic Table of Meat

Jeff Wysaski, the author/humorist behind A Handy Map of Hell and The United States of Scary Things, offers The Periodic Table of Meat.  

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Apr 16, 2012

30 Alternatives to the Traditional Nightstand

The nightstand or bedside table is an essential. Regardless of how minimalist-y you live, everyone needs a place to store a few essentials: your alarm clock, your glasses, a glass of water, some books and magazines. Except, it's pretty rare, at least among young adults, to have a pair that actually match your bed as set. So, you've gotta find ones that are similar in wood tone and details and hardware and trim...or you can just skip the traditional nightstand altogether, and opt for one of these alternatives instead.  

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Apr 12, 2012

Handmade Wooden Nintendo Controller Coffee Table, Actually Works

Venice, CA-based woodworker Charles Lushear has completed a noble undertaking: he's built a 42" x 18.25" all hardwood coffee table in the visage of an original NES controller. Maple, walnut, and mahogany provide for natural color variation (light, dark, and medium, respectfully), and the whole case is held together by strong, perfectly cut dovetail joints.

Oh, and it also functions as a WORKING NES CONTROLLER.   

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Feb 16, 2012

How to: Make a Penny Desk!

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I've long admired this floor tiled with pennies, and prayed for the guts to create a similar installation in my house. First step: save some pennies. Second step: buy a house. Until then, I might try the technique on something a little less permanent, like a tabletop...or my desk!    

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Jan 16, 2012

A Table Made of Secret Compartments

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What could possibly be cooler than secret compartments? Ok, maybe secret passageways, but we'll have to save those for another post. The Kai Table, designed by Naoki Hirakoso and Takmitsu Kitahara, is an incredible object constructed almost entirely of secret compartments.  

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Nov 01, 2011

Incredible Upcycled Table Made from a Vintage Door

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I'm not gonna lie…I haven't been this excited about a table in a long time. Don't get me wrong, I am often excited by tables and other assorted pieces of furniture, but this one, which is made from an antique door, is different. It's something I could actually make!

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Sep 15, 2011

How to: Make a Modern Industrial Coffee Table

Though its the element that we use the most, and usually the largest, the tabletop isn't really the tough part when it comes to building DIY furniture. It is, most of the time, something solid and flat, that likely comes from a solid, flat sheetgood product that is then simply cut to size. The challenge is always in the other stuff: the legs, the base, etc. It's pretty easy to cut and glue wood or acrylic materials. But shaping, bending, and welding metal is a whole 'nother skill set that's way bigger than just picking up a circular saw.  

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Sep 02, 2011

How to: Build a Custom Craft Table

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My friends Lish and Nick are one of those couples that just make sense. They're a great fit - he's a hacker, she's a crafter - and you can tell they really just like each other. Their home has gotta be just one of those places you wanna hang out, especially now that they just built this custom crafting table to house and work on all their projects.  

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Jul 20, 2011

How to: Build a Rustic Wooden Coffee Table (from Scratch!)

I know, I know. Your $20 Ikea coffee table is fine. But, the thing is, I'm old now. I just turned 32, and 32-year olds have beautifully crafted, handmade, coffee tables. I think it's something we're legally compelled to do. Look it up on Wikipedia.

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To start out our project, we needed some pretty wood to form the top and second shelf of the table. While at an antiques fair in Massachusetts, my lovely wife found three sets of wooden cigar rollers. Since they came in sets of two, we'd have three for the two levels of coffee table goodness.

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Next, we needed the rest of the crap to put it all together. It's best, when doing a build from

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Jul 15, 2011

Weekend Project: How to Make a Succulent Table from a Recycled Pallet

This straightforward DIY table has all the essential elements: upcycling, pallets, woodworking, plants, power tools, all wrapped up in a perfect mid-summer vibe.

Megan says, "Can you believe that our latest DIY project was once just a couple of junky pallets and some scrappy table legs?  Crazy…if I didn’t have photos, I wouldn’t believe it myself.  Not too long ago, we whipped out a coffee table sized succulent table out of an old shipping crate.  Now we scaled it up."

 

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May 24, 2011

How To: Make a Stylish, Masculine Industrial Table

First, big ups to my mom who found this for me. She took photos with her new iPhone, and emailed me, like, every page from the Lowes circular from which they come. (The giant, 8.5MB versions. She's still learning.)

Anyway, I'm always into making cool stuff from hardware store staples. I think these could be made even more refined and contrasty with a higher grade, non OSB plywood. Edge banding optional.

I took a similar approach when I made this credenza:    

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Feb 21, 2011

How To: Make a DIY Nakashima-Inspired Coffee Table

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George Nakashima was a Japanese-American craftsman and furniture maker who was a powerhouse influence in 20th century furniture design. I've been fortunate enough to sit on and explore many of his actual pieces;the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has several, and you're welcome to actually use them. His mastery of fine joinery mixed with rustic unfinished edges are as good as handbuilt furniture can get, and he's by far the my woodworking idol. (Sorry, Norm...)

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Nakashima's signature coffee tables feature flat, finely finished tops with raw or "live" edges, resulting in a natural modern look that's pretty much as awesome

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Feb 17, 2011

How to: Make Your Own Möbius Table

 

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A Möbius strip is a looping figure with only one side and edge. The Möbius table takes its inspiration from that mathematical surface with a continuous, undulating base, which "flares and narrows in six arcs, creating a look of poised animation." 

Maker and furniture designer Sean Michael Ragan created his own version of the Möbius table from hardware store parts and without resorting to fancy woodworking techniques or complex geography.  

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Nov 23, 2010

How To: Make a Tree Branch Table

created at: 11/23/2010

I'm a huge fan of bringing in natural elements whilst maintaing a modern aesthetic, so I think this tree branch coffee table is as cool as it gets. Especially since its handmade, and super easy to DIY.

At first, it appears to be a collection of solid branches, but the step-by-step photos reveal its a lot easier (and less expensive) than it seems.  

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Nov 19, 2010

How To: Make an Industrial Modern Coffee Table from a Shipping Pallet

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We love an inventive furniture how to project, especially those that are super inexpensive, take just a few hours, and result in the perfect space to simultaneously put your feet up, display your fave magazines and books, and keep your beverage within reach.

So, as you might imagine, this coffee table made from a free shipping pallet is about as good as it gets.  

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Nov 05, 2010

Massive 58-inch MultiTouch iPhone Table

I'm still young, so I haven't yet had trouble seeing things on or manipulating my iPhone. Thought, that doesn't mean I wouldn't like a giant 58" version of it as my dining table.

"Table Connect for iPhone is a superb project which makes an exact copy of the iPhone onto a huge 4 feet 10 inch table.  All of the same mulitouch movements (swipe, pinch, etc.) apply.  We have seen some epic DIY furniture before, but nothing comes close to this fully functioning 58″ capacitive multi-touch surface."

Check out the video:    

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Sep 29, 2010

A Periodic Table of Creative Influences

If you read ManMade, its likely you consider yourself a creative person, or at least a connoisseur of all things awesome. And as all creative types know, inspiration comes from darn near everywhere. Photographs influence songwriting, movies translate into poetry, philosophy makes for amazing sculpture, etc. 

The folks at Mat Dolphin agree, and they've constructed a list of inspirational people modeled after the Periodic Table of Elements. "In the list are Film Directors, Musicians, Designers, Artists, Writers and anyone else that has inspired us." 

Click through to see the expanded version and find your favorites.  

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Jul 13, 2010

The Periodic Table of Swearing

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"By" is for Bloody, "St" is for Sod this, and that's about all it's safe to share...

Tongue-in-cheek design studio Modern Toss brings us the "Periodic Table of Swearing," an helpful info graphic that organizes blue language from heavy metals to light gases, according to their offensive atomic weight.  

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May 13, 2010

The Zombie Table: A Product You Can Really Get Behind

created at: 05/13/2010

Sooner or later you're gonna find yourself in this situation:

You're at home, watching educational programming or perhaps reading up on the latest antics on ManMadeDIY.com, and BANG! BOOM! The zombies have already chewed through the font door.

What to do? What to do?

It's simple, says the "Safe Bedside Table." Simply untwist the removable leg that serves as a club and weild the top like a shield, and consider yourself defended.

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Mar 03, 2010

How To: Create a Basic Work Table

No matter what your medium - art, illustration, sewing, knitting, soldering, voodoo doll making - you gotta have someplace to do it. Many of us work in basement, garages, offices, closets, kitchen tables, and from boxes in couches.

But, as I've advocated before, a designated workspace to store and organize your supplies, whatever they are, can help one be more productive and inspired.Basic Work Table

I'm really digging this design by Randofo, which was built, in his words, as a
"simple work table for my home studio so that I could have a surface upon which to work and document projects. I tried to keep the design as simple as possible as I only have a limited arsenal of power tools, a small vehicle for transporting materials and little patience for woodworking."

I especially like the white surface - which is great for documenting and taking step-by-step photos. I wonder if the effect could be recreated with a secondhand, white dry-erase board supported by 3/4" plywood.

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