It's our favorite time of the year, and to celebrate, we've added a bunch of new items to the ManMade Store. There's a solid mix of creative tools, things to do during colder weather, and plenty of reading and inspiration. And if you're looking to get a little bit of an early start on your holiday shopping, we're thinking the hand-selected items in our store are a reliable place to start.
Countersinking hardware, such as screws or flathead bolts, is key to a sleek surface and a quality, finished look. But it doesn't always go smoothly, and the multiple bits can lead to tearout and misshapen holes.
Recently, I was making a jig from some hard maple that required precise countersunk holes for hardware alignment. I needed the hole to be placed exactly for registration, so I first drilled out the hole, and then the countersink. But every. single. hole. gave me fits. Once I finished one side of the jig, I was determined to come up with a better solution.
Like many of our readers, I’m a huge audiobook and podcast guy. I actually have to set aside intentional space to just sit alone with my own thoughts and think, because if I’ve got any mundane tasks to do around the house and nobody else is home, I’m rocking some auditory learning…
Leather is strong, durable, and extremely workable. But stitching leather involves some specific two-handed, two needle techniques, some specialized gear, and some definite knowhow. So, what to do when you want to make a custom piece, but aren't ready to invest the time and materials to learn to hand sew it?
You make no-sew project: just as strong, just as customizable.
The chain saw. Love it or fear it, this workhorse has made its way into my DIY life after years of avoiding it. And? I'm totally mad I waited this long! A chain saw is a great tool for even the most entry level of projects, and, if you use good technique and follow the right precautions, totally safe to use. With autumn officially here, we're taking a look at this essential piece of gear.
There are some very impressive makers out there. not only can they craft amazing projects for the home and shop, but they even go a step further an make their own power tools. Take a look at five impressive projects from start to finish.
One of the last steps in the shop on any project is sanding. It can be a long, drawn out process to get the final shape and then smooth it all out but this drum makes quick work of it.
In a post-apocalyptic future, a wrench is actually a fairly good weapon of choice, but what if you could augment it a bit by, you know... forging it into a tomahawk? Well that's exactly what Miller Knives did in their recent YouTube tutorial and it's definitely worth checking out...
I'm a huge Legends of the Fall fan, to the point that I was actually embarrassed when I saw it for the first time in my early twenties because I realized I'd spent much of my life emulating a character I hadn't known existed. While I did take the time to study a Native American language, I have yet to make forge my own antler-hilted blade like Brad Pitt's iconic weapon of choice...
I chat with lots of ManMakers who would love to get started with bigger, more in-depth projects, but lack a dedicated place to work on them and the storage space for all the tools they'd like to acquire. So, here's a perfect project for them: a small-footprint workbench that's sturdy enough to do real work, and includes lots of built-in storage and plenty of accessories.
A survival axe built to cover anything the average camper might need: hacks firewood, saws most anything, and comes with a bottle opener. A weekend of mountaineering and carrying multiple tools led to its invention Benne, who passes on his wisdom in this full-on how-to...
Every shop needs a bit of extra temporary workspace. Build these solid shop horses to bone up on you joinery and come out with something you'll use often in the shop.
You know those things that prove to be so useful, and become so quickly integrated into your projects and processes that you can't believe you didn't know about it before?
I just found another one. And it might be the best $5.00 I've ever spent. (Sorry three taco special at Los Michoacanos).
There are lots of ways to store your hand tools. Tossed into a portable tool box, or organized in bins, totes, or the drawers and racks of a chest. I've always been a fan of getting things up on the wall where you can see them, find them, use them, and then put them back when you're done. (Plus, let's face it... they do look cool.)
If you're over the limitations of pegboard, but not quite ready to invest the time and resources into a tool cabinet, we suggest one of these: a tool rack. You can make some in an afternoon, and each space and slot is customized to fit exactly what you need to organize.
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. Today: the best woodworking books.
Here's the great thing about woodworking ... it really hasn't changed much over the last few decades, even centuries. Sure, there are new tools and technologies that make things come together faster, light-weight power tools that cause less fatigue, and safety improvement measures like that table saw
In 1997 a team of roughly 70 historians, archaeologists, and craftsmen set out to build a 13th century style castle in a forest two hours outside of Paris using only period appropriate tools. Every stone, tile, and brick is handmade, every tree is hand-felled, and even the trebuchet-looking construction set-up was hand-crafted.
Summer is a good time to let things go. Have fun with friends and family -- enjoy the sunny weather. But that doesn't mean you need to let that garage go as wild as you will. With these 14 organization ideas, you can streamline your summer fun and still be sure that everything will be in place come the autumnal cleanup.
In a world where more and more things exist in the digital realm, it's always fun to take a stroll back through the analog world. The music world has already gone through a bunch of iterations from walkmans to discmans to iPods to Spotify, so I think it's safe to take apart that old walkman now and turn it into something rather fun...
One of the great joys of completing any quality woodworking project is that final moment when you get to put your own unique stamp on the finished piece. That "stamp" can range anywhere from tiny engraved initials to a bookplate-sized brand, and it's how you show the artist's link between a variety of different projects. And if you don't have your own branding iron, then here are two great ways to make your own -- one very high quality, and one down and dirty solution (made out of a disposable lighter).
Here's the thing with cooking up a flavorful piece of protein: it's kinda expensive. Especially if you get the good stuff from a butcher you trust. Mess up a carrot? It's pretty easy to peel and cook up another one. Mess up a 48-day aged Frenched crown roast of prime beef? You're out nearly a Benjamin.