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HEART BIRD HOUSE E-PLAN

  • Size - 13 1/2" x 11" x 8"
  • Creative heart design
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Step-by-step instructions and a complete materials list will help you construct this creative heart design. Finished product size: 13.5-by-11-by-8 inches.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$20.00

Beans are among the healthiest, most delicious foods on earth—and The Better Bean Cookbook is the essential modern guide to preparing them. This stunning volume features an illustrated guide to all dried beans, chickpeas, and lentils, along with advice on buying and cooking them to achieve the utmost flavor and nutrition. Vegetarians and carnivores alike will enjoy the enticing dishes, from fritters and soups to mains.

    Recipes include:
  • Indian Stuffed Pancakes
  • Californian Black Bean Burger
  • Green Pea and Mint Soup
  • Pan-seared Scallops with Chorizo and Pea Purée
  • Iberian Lentil Salad
  • Sprouting Bean and Quinoa Salad
  • Steamed Edamame and Broccoli with Ginger Dressing
  • Refritos (Refried Beans)
  • Pasta with Chickpeas and Lemon
  • Seven Vegetable Tagine
  • Moroccan Chickpeas and Meatballs
  • Cassoulet
  • and more!
$24.95

POLE BUILDING - MACHINE SHED E-PLAN

  • Width: 40'-0" Depth: 64'-0"
  • Building height - 20'
  • Ceiling height - 12'
  • Roof pitch - 4/12
  • Two 8' x 10' sliding doors on two sides of building
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 573KB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$250.00

  • Width: 10'-0" Depth: 12'-0"
  • Standard Foundation - Wood floor on 4x4 runners
  • Three popular sizes - 10' x 12', 10' x 16', 10' x 20'
  • Height floor to peak - 8'-8 1/2"
  • Ceiling height - 7'
  • 4'-0" x 6'-4" double-door for easy access
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

This convenient storage shed can be constructed in any of three popular sizes: 10-by-12, 10-by-16 or 10-by-20. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 584KB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$60.00