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Aug 11, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Corn Cob Pipe

First things first: ManMade does not condone, support, or encourage smoking of any kind. In fact, we find it entirely irrational in 2010, and encourages everyone to take good care of themselves. Still, these are pretty cool, and a fun skill to learn. Cause we do get it; we just think sucking some corn-scented air is plenty enough fun.

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Aug 09, 2010

IKEA Hack: Beautiful Spherical, Wooden Wireless Speakers

Upon completing this project, Charles couldn't sleep...and for good reason. Birch salad bowls from IKEA house hacked wireless speakers to create amazing modern and moveable music blasters for outdoors or in.

"On Friday I had the idea. I was thinking about the christmas in July party and how it was such a pain to not only wire up the lights but also the speakers.  So, I went about searching for wireless speakers and I found these ones made by Rocketfish.  Suddenly the idea hit me.  I can’t remember where I first saw it, perhaps the MAKE blog, but on the internet I came across an image of this speaker sphere.  Somebody had taken two red salad bowls and installed numerous speakers around it.  I always thought it was a great idea for a party.  I decided it was time for me to do something similar."  

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Jul 13, 2010

Your Message Here: Awesome Mobile, Community Art Project

created at: 07/13/2010

This morning, we're totally inspired by "Your Message Here," an ever-changing mobile art project that brings beauty to the words of the masses.

Created by Shauna and Stephen of my new favorite blog, "Something's Hiding in Here," "Your Message Here" is a wooden marquee sign that moves from store window to sidewalk to the middle of nowhere, and includes a new, simple saying wherever it lands. The work was "inspired by industrial letter signs, multi colored text, and everyday sayings," and it nails each of those on every account.created at: 07/13/2010

And the best part? The pair has included step-by-step photos of their building the whole thing from scratch, including creating the basic frame from wood, installing the lights, and adding the vinyl (?) letters to the wooden blanks.

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Jun 14, 2010

How To: Build a Desktop Zen Garden

Finished Zen garden

When I need a break from work, I tend to go for today's crossword puzzle, but I certainly appreciate the daydream-inducing liltiness of keeping a mini zen garden on one's desk.

Instructable author Obbitz has created one of the finest DIY zen garden options that'll inspire you to keep your desk clear. It's created from scrap wood and a bit of glue, and filled with ordinary sand and pebbles. Insulation and paint   

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Jun 04, 2010

How To: Popsicle Stick Guitar

Finished guitar

The popsicle stick is a craft supply staple - it's often one of the first media into which children break out after they've mastered crayons and construction paper, and it's certainly many a ManMakers first introduction to working with wood.

Finished guitar

One of the popsicle stick's great achievements is its infinite flexibility, which has never been demonstrated more greatly than in this guitar, the body, neck, and headstock of which is made completely from 2000 regular ole' popsicle sticks.

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Busupholstery says, "I decided it was time for someone to build a guitar completely from popsicle sticks........Ordered 4,000 on ebay and used about

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Apr 20, 2010

ManMade Video How-To: Make a Faux-Wood Deer Head Silhouette

created at: 04/19/2010

Inspired by a conversation with a close friend, who maintains that no masculine decor is complete without a) wood, and b) taxidermy, I decided I did indeed want a mounted deer head in my space. But I like making stuff, and to be honest, I'm not really keen on all the steps that go into actually making my own mounted ten-point bust...namely, killing a deer and stuffing it.

So, I improvised.

 

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Feb 18, 2010

Wood Whittling 101

Whittling \ˈhwit-liŋ, ˈwit-; ˈhwi-təl-iŋ, ˈwi-\ trans. verb.

a. to pare or cut off chips from the surface of (wood) with a knife.

b. to shape or form by so paring or cutting

c. One of those cool old school dude things that should totally come back into fashion.

  

Knife wielder Kyle Stetz offers some tips on the gentlemanly craft of yore: wood whittling.

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Feb 17, 2010

Fire Up - A DIY Campfire Kit?

Fire Up is a campfire do-it-yourself-kit designed by Evelien Stamhuis to help you build a roaring fire in no time. Everything one would need is in the bag.

I have no idea how much it costs, or whether its actually for sale...but I wonder what the functionality is? Are open campfires legal and encouraged in the Netherlands? Can anyone - namely someone who doesn't know anything about building fires - just plop down and set these things ablaze? Or, would someone bring this with them on a camping trip?

I really do get it as a design project, and I'm sure it works wonderfully. But though I'm not sure of the environmental impact of burning

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Feb 04, 2010

ManMade Top Ten: Non-Powered Workshop Tools

created at: 2010/01/12

I do indeed love the sights, sounds, and smells of a razor-sharp sawblade ripping through a two-inch block of hard maple, or a router-bit whizzing at 23,000 rpm creating a perfect 1/4" roundover.

But, for as much as I embrace the strength and speed of power tools, I find myself spending even more time with those tools that DON'T require ear plugs. Of course, you need hammers and screwdrivers and wrenches, but here's a list of ten items you can find in your hardware store that'll help you turn out great work, without the need for batteries or electricity.

created at: 2010/02/04

1. All Sorts of Clamps. There's an old saying in the woodworking community..."You

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Feb 03, 2010

Handmade Haiku: My Dearest 109 Lb. Circuit Overloader

created at: 2010/01/13

February 3rd, 2010: My Dearest 109 Lb. Circuit Overloader

created at: 2010/02/03

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