02689

Sep 25, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: September 25, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 

 


Ask any guy what's the single personal care item he spends the most money on? 

Continue Reading

02516

Jun 10, 2013

How to: Make an Easy DIY Screwdriver Coat Rack

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.   

Continue Reading

02364

Mar 11, 2013

How to: Roll Up an Extension Cord Like a Pro

created at: 03/11/2013

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.   

Continue Reading

02322

Feb 04, 2013

The Man Ring: A Titanium Band with Built-In Tools

While the name is a little...uh, overt, the concept behind "The Man Ring" is pretty much brilliant: a more-or-less traditional metal band with

Continue Reading

02246

Dec 03, 2012

ManMade Giveaway: Win a $200 Gift Card to True Value Hardware

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.

 

Continue Reading

02151

Oct 08, 2012

Review: Master Mechanic Swift Driver Ratcheting Screwdriver

Master Mechanic Swift Driver Review
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.

Continue Reading

02148

Oct 08, 2012

ManMade Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to True Value Hardware

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.

created at: 10/08/2012

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.  

Continue Reading

02133

Sep 20, 2012

An Epic Rap Battle of Manliness

created at: 09/20/2012

Viral video masterminds Rhett & Link have turned their sites on the nostalgic hyper-masculine trend, creating a man-posturing rap battle of epic proportions.  

Continue Reading

02129

Sep 18, 2012

How to: Make Your Own DIY Painted or Stained Axe

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.  

Continue Reading

02051

Jul 31, 2012

Studio Tour: Andy's Nerd Cave

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.  

Continue Reading

02031

Jul 19, 2012

Behind the Scenes at ManMade: My Top Ten Tools and Tech

created at: 07/19/2012

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.  

Continue Reading

01962

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.

Continue Reading

01815

Apr 12, 2012

50 Tools Everyone Should Own

created at: 04/12/2012

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."   

Continue Reading

01805

Apr 10, 2012

Brass Knuckle Meat Tenderizer

created at: 04/10/2012

Truth: I've never punched another human being. Been punched? Yes. Did it hurt? Yes. But made a fist and landed it on human flesh? Never. And don't plan to. I'm a maker, not a fighter.  

Continue Reading

01792

Apr 04, 2012

How to: Sharpen a Pencil...Like a Champ!

created at: 04/04/2012

"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.  

Continue Reading

01561

Jan 12, 2012

Free Magazine: Makers in the Modern Era

Hand-Eye Supply, the Portland, OR/online store selling "tools for making, designing, building, doing" have released their first magazatolog, called Makers in the Modern Era, which you can get can...for free.

   

Continue Reading

01324

Oct 03, 2011

ManMade Giveaway: Win a 10" Compound Miter Saw from Craftsman ($199 value)

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.

The Craftsman MiterMate 10" miter saw

Read on to see how to enter, but first, here's some info on the prize...

Continue Reading

01323

Sep 30, 2011

The Studley Tool Chest

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:  

Continue Reading

01148

Jul 07, 2011

Creative Gift Guide: 77 Tools and Design Gifts for Makers and Artists

created at: 07/07/2011

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.  

Continue Reading

01092

Jun 14, 2011

How To: Make an Awesome Small Footprint, Can't Fail Garden, Part II

created at: 06/14/2011

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!

Continue Reading