Like any true DIYer, designer and artist Ben Uyeda likes to have his tools on hand for quick fixes and tinkering. So, he came up with this original coat rack/storage project that incorporates a functioning set of screwdrivers into the design.
I use extension cords on nearly all of my projects: powering tools in my outlet-starved basement workshops, plugging in task lights for fine handwork like cutting stencils or sewing, or snaking it through my kitchen to use outside for extra messy projects. And the rest of the time, my extension cords sit in a hopelessly bundled and tangled lump in a corner of my shop.
They say, "It don't matter if you've got a lot, you can't be happy till you're happy with what you've got." And that's true. But getting free stuff never hurt, either, so why not enter this week's True Value giveaway! Read on to see how to enter! THE PRIZE:
- Two, yes ¡TWO! $100 gift cards to True Value.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks for entering.
As part of our membership in this year's True Value Blog squad, I was asked to try out the Master Mechanic Swift Driver, a dual drive ratcheting screw driver. Now, I've had my share of gadgety, gimmicky screwdrivers, and ratcheting ones almost always fall into the category of 'cheap'. Usually they're shoddy affairs, not fit for a real toolbox.
The great Dutch thinker Erasmus once said, "“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” And for most ManMade readers, I imagine it's the same. First things first: books, records, and, in particular, tools and supplies for making stuff and completing projects. And then the rest.
Today, we wanna help you with that, so we teamed up with True Value to give you a hundred bucks to spend on tools, materials, and other goodies so you can execute all those great ideas in your head.
Best Made Co., the New York-based design company known for producing rustic yet infinitely stylish accesssories and tools with a modern masculine feel, first gained attention for their colorful (designer?) axe and tool handles. And now, they've created a how-to that gives you full, step-by-step instructions to customizing your own tools.
Andy DuCett is a Minneapolis-based artist and maker, who works in a variety of media, and has created an awesome space for all his tools and other goodies to live and work together.
Oh, and by "other goodies," I mean hundreds of toys and action figures, mixed in with high tech design gear, power tools, and all sorts of art supplies.
This week, my pal Gregory, tech editor at the always amazing Apartment Therapy, invited me to participate in their My Tech Top Ten, where writers, artists, designers, and other creatives share the gear and tools that help them do their work and stay organized.
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.
Whenever I'm at a cocktail party, get together, or other small talk-conducive occassion and I tell people what I do, the first question I always get asked is, "Okay...so how do you make money from that?" But the second question I always get asked is for a recommendation of what are my top ten essential tools that everyone should have/buy for their niece who's getting their first place/try to get their husband to use.
The answer, of course, is "well, depends on what you're trying to do with them." I usually come up with some combo of measuring devices, handsaws, clamps, and fasteners, but I always think..."maybe I should come up with a list of essentials for the average homeowner or artist/maker at some point."
"Just because something makes you smile or laugh ... doesn't mean it's a joke."
Word to the skeptical: don't be. Artisinal pencil sharpening is a very real thing. You may have heard of David Rees, a political cartoonist who also runs ArtisinalPencilSharpening.com, a site where you can send in a pencil (or David can provide one) and he'll sharpen it by hand, for $15.00.
Now, David has released a book How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants (with a forward by John Hodgman), and is currently on tour with workshops and sharpening services, often on the same bill as some awesome comedians.
If you get the idea of a hand sharpened pencil, but aren't quite down to pay $15.00 for the service, David has graciously provided his technique. For free.
It's the kind of thing you simply gotta see.
Whether you're framing a house or just framing a picture, a miter saw is a pretty essential power tool to own. And this week, we'd like to help you get your hands on one! We're giving away a Craftsman MiterMate 10" miter saw ($199 value), a really cool, innovative product that reduces setup time, and achieves results with fewer miss-cuts.
Read on to see how to enter, but first, here's some info on the prize...
The Studley Tool Chest, built by piano and organ maker Henry O. Studley is surely one of the greatest records of U.S. craftsmanship. Built in the early 20th-century, this masterpiece is only 39x20x9", built stows and organizes more than 300 hand tools.
Check out this video tour by New Yankee Workshop host Norm Abrams:
For me, summer is that most creative and productive of seasons. It's a good 10° in my basement workspace, so it's not tough to head down there and start making stuff. Plus, the long days, good light, and warm weather means you can work outside more, paint dries faster, and everything's just a bit more inspiring.
When we last left my tiny 4x4' backyard, it was, well, a box of dirt. A nice, square, painstakingly measured box of dirt and with flush joints, but a box of dirt nonetheless.
So, for my next project as part of the True Value Blog Squad, I needed to outfit it to support the plants, keep out the pests, and then actually start growing something!