I love using the internet to find inspiration, design ideas, and cool materials for my next big project. But, I still think there's a lot of value in a simple, compact physical volume to invite both new makers and folks looking to step up their game into growing their craftsmanship.
So, I want to recommend to you a new book Handmade: A Hands-On Guide. It's a primer full of beginner and intermediate level projects from all across the makersphere, many of which are provided by some of your favorite bloggers, YouTubers, and online content creators. (Including, full disclosure, yours truly.) It's written by my friend and colleague Asa
There's a great adage in the home decor and organization field...you've probably heard it on one of those room makeover TV shows. The phrasing varies, of course, but the central idea, "When you run out of floor space, you've got to go up."
As this point in the DIY movement evolution, no one is surprised to learn that the strength and construction toy-like versatility of plumbing pipe makes it awesome fodder for building all sorts of projects. You've probably even seen it applied to lighting and lamp projects before. But, there's still room to improve on a classic, and we think this piece by Alyssa does exactly that.
Bikes have moving parts...it's precisely what they're designed to do. And things with moving parts need maintenance to keep them moving smoothly. And since a bike's very design is to move forward as its parts move, you either need to a) get your bikes wheels off the ground while maintaining access to gear shifts and break levers and b) grow two more arms and hands.
I am in love with coffee. I'm not ashamed. I think, probably, coffee has been secretly dictating the course of human affairs for many centuries now. Think of any great woman or man, and I suspect coffee was right there, in the thick of it, driving them to get up in the morning, or work late in the evening.
Teddy Roosevelt got by on only about a gallon per day, and Voltaire downed 40-50 cups daily, which sounds great to me, if I didn't have to do anything else that day, or interact with people, or operate a moving vehicle.
Me, I enjoy just one good cup in the morning. And that's the important part: it has to be good. Like, really
I am a total scrap hoarder. Whether it's wood, metal or other trinkets, I can't help but think to myself that one day I will use some of these. From time to time, I search the depths of Pinterest to find some really good uses for all the junk I collect. Because if I don't I might not have a workshop to work in anymore!
Shop27vt of Instructables.com is a professional remodeler who's constantly on the lookout for ways to upcycle his old scrap metal and turn them into beautiful and functional household utilities. I'm personally a huge fan of his rustic/steampunk aesthetic that I'm sure you won't want to miss.
Do you spend much time behind a desk during the day? Here's a healthier way to clock the hours with a few standing desk projects you can do this weekend.
There's all sorts of reasons you might need to hang your bike inside your home: perhaps you live in an urban area, and it's really the only place to put it. Or maybe, you just love cycling so much you wanna pay homage to its design, and you'll proudly display your ride as a piece of functional art.
There's an awful lot of DIY posts around the web for building amazing industrial shelving with a raid of pipes from the local hardware store. This project takes it to the next level with some solid concrete shelves!
Here's a cool, space-saving idea with plenty of style: a floating media shelf featuring beautifully grained hardwood contrasted with warm copper pipe.
This warm and rustic yet contemporary copper planters are killer. They'd work in any kind of space, whether you live in a lush home or a modest apartment.
On cold, winter-ish mornings like these, when everything is quiet, I like to put on a button-down sweater, palm my tea mug, stroke my beard (I have one now, for the next ten days or so), and get into the vibe of the great writers of yore. Not that I think blogging is the same as writing, but there's still plenty of blank page staring. And sometimes, I think, "Man, I should get a pipe."
Who wouldn't wanna participate in a movement who dub themselves an "Open Source Laboratory for the Development of Sustainable Furniture?!"
Dosuno Design is a collective that maintains, "We as industrial designers have been privileged to recieve a great education, and we feel it is our personal responsibility to give back to the community. In this case the return comes in the form of our intellectual capital which we push forth to develop low cost furniture solutions that anyone can manufacture for themselves."
And give back they have! They've release a PDF including step-by-step instructions for creating three original pieces of DIY furniture from scratch.
Over the last few months, I've seen several sets of super cool lights created from plumbing parts at always reliable sites like Design Milk and Boing Boing. In the midst of redoing my own office, I realized I needed a desk lamp to shed a little extra light on smaller tasks. I went to the office supply and home furnishing stores, but I couldn't find anything that'd work. So, I recalled the pipe fitting lamp I'd seen, and decided to make my own.
This year, Chanukah starts on December 1st, this Wednesday night. As for most holidays, we wanted to find appropriate decor to match the ManMade goals - guy-friendly, contemporary, and handmade.
We found it in this industrial menorah, or chanukkiah, which was assembled entirely from pipe fittings easily found at the hardware store.
Here's how its done:
I mentioned yesterday that we'd just released the third Make It! publication, entitled Make It! Hardware Store Decor. It aims to help folks create home design pieces using only items from the home improvement store. So, as you might imagine, my eyes and ears have been tuned to looking for creative use of materials and hardware supplies.
So, I'm definitely digging this wall unit made only from black pipe and pine 1x stock. Inspired by a piece at the Ace Hotel, Morgan created this installation for around $200. "The other side of the living room needed something large. A statement piece I think real designers would call it. Well, I fell in
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.
Like all things with moving parts, bicycles need maintained, adjusted, and repaired. But to work on something whose very job is to move foward, you've gotta get it off the road and into the air in order to assess your good work.
So, here's a collection of DIY bike stands that you can trust to get your cycle at working height, and make sure it stays there.