DIY

Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

Know Your DIY Limits: Safety on the Homestead

By John Atwell

Not everyone who has the time and inclination for DIY projects should necessarily engage in such endeavors on every level. Some completed self-done projects have function and form, some exhibit neither, and some are outright dangerous. Knowing your limits and when to trade your skills and products for those of others is a fundamental safety issue on a homestead. Sustainability, stewardship, and homesteading are much more than DIY.


5 Easy Options for Restoring Old Furniture

By Nicholes Ammons, Austin Furniture Repair

In general terms, refinishing refers to the act of repairing or reapplying a wood finishing coat on a furniture object. Refinishing can be applied to a variety of surfaces or materials, including metal, plastic, wood, glass with the help of varnish, lacquer, paint or wood finish. Here are five options for refinishing furniture in your home.


The Many Benefits of Refinishing Old Furniture

By Nicholes Ammons, Austin Furniture Repair

In context of furniture, “refinishing” refers to applying a protective coating to a furniture item that has lost its original or previous protective layer. A typical furniture refinishing involves sanding, staining, sealing, and application of protective layers. Here are five reasons to take on the task.


Homemade Soap for Laundry and Gifts

By Anna Twitto

I used to think of soap-making as one of those cool things I’d love to try someday, but for a long time it seemed too complex and intimidating. Then, one day it so happened that I had all the necessary ingredients – namely, a box of lye crystals and a bottle of non-food-grade oil I had absolutely nothing else to do with. I took a deep breath and dove in. Even a beginner soap-maker can produce simple, multi-purpose, natural soap at home.


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Chimney Pipe Installation for Wood Stoves Through a Flat Ceiling (with Video)

By Jaquelin White, Rockford Chimney Supply

How to install chimney pipe through a flat ceiling can be done by any do-it-yourself homeowner. Transitioning from Rock-Vent insulated double wall Class A chimney pipe to black single wall stove pipe through a flat ceiling.


Combining Intuition and Skill to Create Healing Dolls

By Blythe Pelham

Healing dolls can help bring peace, joy, and solace to a loved one. These dolls are an age-old tradition that anyone can create. Read this blog to find tips on making one of your own.


5 Easy Ways to Recycle Wooden Pallets

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores

Not only is recycling your used wooden pallets helpful for the planet, but it can help you stay young in brain and body by encouraging you to learn new skills. You can also have great fun as a family working on wooden pallet recycling ideas.


Turn Unreturnable Bulk Bags into Potato Planters

By Judith Docken

When I first started building my garden and raised beds, I ordered several bulk bags of garden loam and bark mulch. The bags are made of a sturdy, heavy-duty fabric, and I didn’t want to just throw them away, so I had to give some thought as to how I could use them. I decided to recycle the bulk bags into flexible raised beds in which I could grow potatoes and carrots. What this gave me were three extra raised beds with very little effort.




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