A few weeks ago, I declared ISOTunes the best headphones for woodworkers and DIYers. They include both audio drivers for sound and 27 dB of OHSA-compliant hearing protection from machine noises in the same package, and after spending all summer testing them out in real world situations, I can't think of a better investment to improve your shop time.
So, I'm pretty excited to share that I've collaborated with ISOTunes to give away three pairs of ISOTunes PRO headphones to ManMade readers.
Last week I shared a project that I'm really excited about: my makeover of a dark, dingy basement space into a bright, professional workshop. A big part of making that project come together was using the right tools and materials for the job. So I'm equally exited to remind you that we have a great giveaway going on right now!
That's right, thanks to our project sponsor, KILZ, we're giving away five gallons of primer to a lucky ManMade reader. It's easy to enter, you just need to leave a comment on this post (no, not the one you're reading, the one I'm linking to in this link) telling us what you plan to do with your prize, or just saying "I want to win!".
Here at ManMade, we love working with wood. It's versatile, strong, and, done right, it looks fantastic. However, working with wood means making joints, and fitting joinery requires real finesse. That's where having a good jig comes in handy. Kreg Tool woodworking jigs are the best in the business and an absolute must-have for any woodshop. So here it is: Our Ultimate Kreg Jig Giveaway! One lucky winner will get:
- 1 Kreg Shelf Pin Jig
- 1 Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig
- 1 Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig
- 1 Drawer Slide Jig
- 1 K4 Master System, Kreg's do-it-all jig for making perfect joints
Read on to learn how you can win!
There's no better way to say it: we're big fans of the Biolite stove technology. We like the wide variety of local, found fuel sources it can accept, and we really love the mission to bring efficient, clean combustion cooking options to homes in developing countries where smoky indoor fires are the norm. And, it can charge your portable electronics while boiling your water or grilling your dinner? Done!
Let's be clear: we love our ManMade readers. We appreciate your loyalty, your comments, your ideas, your feedback, your readership, your images, and the community that we've built together that allows us to keep doing this for more than five years (!).
You guys are great, and we hope we say it enough.
Earlier this year, we posted about the fascinating story of the invention of the AeroPress, a $25 plastic device that makes the best single cup of home-brewed coffee we've ever tasted. Our readers seemed to like that post so much, so we reached out to Aerobie (makers of the AeroPress, and, yes, the amazing flying disc) and asked if they'd let us give away a few ... and they gave a very enthusiastic and caffeinated thumbs up.
Can't wait to see if you win the giveaway? Or just want to read all the reviews? Click here for the full product listing at Amazon. It has a 4.6/5-star rating with 3,500 reviews!
Anyway, this isn't a sponsored post
Last month we posted about the fascinating story of the invention of the AeroPress, a $25 plastic device that makes the best single cup of home-brewed coffee we've ever tasted. Well, you guys seemed to like that post so much, we reached out to Aerobie (makers of the AeroPress, and, yes, the amazing flying disc) and asked if they'd let us give away a few ... and guess what? They said "coffee". Ok, no they said "yes", but I presume they're pretty caffeinated over there most of the time.
Can't wait to see if you win the giveaway? Or just want to read all the reviews? Click here for the full product listing at Amazon. It has a 4.6/5-star rating
This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
I use a lot of sharp things in my projects ... and I have the scars on my hands to prove it. See, most of my creative work involves taking some raw material, cutting it, shaping it, and then putting it in relation to other cut and shaped materials. A piece of hardwood through the table saw, paper cut by scissors, a carrot chopped by a chef's knife, a linoleum carving block sliced away for printmaking. Each uses different techniques, but are all, at their core, intentional material manipulation.
Hey, don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to learn how you can win your very own Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer!
Yesterday I shared our plan for an awesome backyard father's day bash, and today I'm really excited to let you in on a huge giveaway. We've teamed up with Lowes and are giving away a $2,000 gift card. People, do you know how many ratcheting screwdrivers I would buy with $2,000? Power tools! USB-enabled power outlets! Those little rolly things you use to put painters tape down! Caulk guns! Shrubbery! I could go on and on, but I don't think you'd enjoy that as much as I would. So read on to find out how to enter the giveaway (I promise no more shopping-spree daydreaming from me)...
Oh...Father's Day. Even if you don't remember it's coming, the barrage of ads will always remind you. The ads, the ads. The ads that seem to think the only thing you should ever buy your dad is either a lawn mower or a grill or power tools. Which, on one hand, isn't totally awful, because grills and tools (and lawnmowers?) are cool, but here's the rub: tools are a personal thing. They're bought for a specific project, or a skill set, or a desire to learn a new technique.
(Yup, we're also giving away FIVE $100 gift cards to Duluth Trading Co. Read on to find out how to enter!)
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.
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.
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...
ManMade Giveaway: Win a Sprocket Rocket and Fritz the Blitz Flash Camera Kit from Lomography ($150+ Value)
In the world of DSLRs and Instagram followers, panaromic stitching software, and Hipstamatic apps, it's easy to forget that the world of contemporary photography still seeks to be endless exposure interpretation of traditional analogue photography.
"The evolution of mankind has brought with it a whole host of technical achievements; the light bulb, the first car, the power of flight and even putting a man on the moon – but none of these can be compared to the unveiling of the Sprocket Rocket! ...Lomography is proud to present to you a sleek and retro miracle in analogue photography! We're pushing the boundaries of technical evolution with the world's first panoramic camera dedicated entirely to sprocket holes.
But wait, there's more! The Sprocket Rocket is the first analogue camera to be fitted with a reverse gear, allowing you to rewind and remix your photos! Travel back in time with our ultra-convenient dual scrolling knobs. Feel like overlaying a brand new moment on top of that beautiful shot you took last week? The Sprocket Rocket can make it happen! Dance, dart and flutter between frames to your heart's content. As if this wasn't enough, it's also fitted with a super wide-angle lens enabling you to open up your world and snap those breathtaking panoramas. Don't be fooled by its small and compact shape, the Rocket can fit more in a single frame than you ever thought was possible!"
There's no better motivation to get started on a new project than some fresh materials, waiting to be cut up, glued, painted, or whatever awaits. And there's no better way to get fresh materials than for free!
So, ManMade is pumped to be joining up with HGTV to giveaway a $100 American Express Gift Card so that you can buy the things you need to get creative.
This week, I'm excited to be giving away two impact drivers from Craftsman! I've been playing with both of these models for the past few weeks, and have been plenty impressed.
A powerful cordless drill/driver is an essential tool for basically everyone, and this latest generation of dedicated drivers compliment them perfectly. They're more lightweight than a drill, and are able to focus all their power on the torque needed to drive fasteners, rather than sharing it with another function like drilling holes. Plus, it's great to have two tools so you don't have to keep switching out bits. Your drill bit or counter sink can stay in the
This year, I've watched a total of twenty-one Christmas movies and Christmas specials. So far. There are still three essentials to come in the next few days.
I don't normally watch that much TV in three months, but there's something about seasonal specials that turns me into a couch potato, with a candy cane in my mouth, festively lit by my spinning light wheel.
I guess like I feel it's okay, cause I presume everybody does it.
So, I'm hoping you'll prove me right, and I wanna give you something to say thanks. So, between right now and 11:59pm on December 25th, 2010, just tell us your favorite Christmas movie or television special, and you'll be entered to win one of five free copies of one our publications, Make It! Hardware Store Decor.
Movie quote quiz: name the film. First one to get all five right in the comments wins a free copy of Make It! Hardware Store Decor. No Googling.
1. "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead."
2. "I'm not even supposed to be here today."
3. "Down here, it's our time."
4. "Donny, you're out of your element."
5. "The power of voodoo." "Who do?" "You do." "Do what?" "Remind me of the babe."
If you got even one of those, you'll definitely want to check out Jerod Gibson's new series of movie quote posters, artfully arranged in the shape of an iconic image from that film.
Over the past few months, I've been working on co-authoring the third installment of the Make It! Series, Make It! Hardware Store Decor. It features twelve, very ManMade-ish projects that show you how to create furniture and home decor pieces using only items from your local, big-box home improvement center.
Here's a peek at some of the projects:
To celebrate, we're giving away five free PDF copies! To enter, simply leave a comment in the section below. You could show us something you've created with home center supplies, tell us a favorite hardware store story, let us know why you'd love to win this prize, or simply say "Hi
Margaritas are simple drinks, though most of us wouldn't know it. We've been weaned on the sweetened, frozen, bright green slushies that replaced the classic margarita in Tex Mex restaurants in the 1970s.
But a real margarita, made not from a mix but 100% pure agave tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juce, is all about brightness and freshness. As such, use a silver or blanco tequila, so the oak-aged flavors of a reposado or an añejo don't interfere with the high-end crispness of the Cointreau and the kick of fresh-squeezed lime. If you do need a little sweetener, dissolve just a touch of sugar in the lime juice before shaking...but try the original, at least once, and see what you think.