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

Why Hand Planes Still Make Sense

By Steve Maxwell

Learn why hand planes are part of quiet, simple woodworking, and how to choose and use a plane that will really work for you. 40 years of woodworking insights here for you.

Introduction to Tanning & Skinning Tools

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

If you’ve ever been interested in wanting to learn more about tanning hides and furs, this article will discuss some of the basic tools to get started.

Why All-Foam Basement Subfloors Make Sense

By Steve Maxwell, Bailey Line Road

A field trial report on the first of a new type of all-foam basement subfloor panel. Lighter weight and easier installation are two new advantages.

Beginner’s Guide to Installing Crown Molding

By Steve Maxwell

Learn the five essentials for installing your own crown molding like a pro. Great results are easier than it looks, especially if you use crown anchoring hardware.


How to Rescue a Smelly Soft Chair

By Kristi Nebel

You can save a stinky soft chair by removing and washing its cushion and cushion-cover at home. How to take a rescued chair from start to finish with removal of odors.

Turn Garden Abudance Into Handmade Soap

By Sarah Hart Morgan

Summer is winding down and there is always an abundance of veggies that need preserving, why not turn some of your garden abundance into soap!

DIY Homestead Well Pump Replacement, EVERYTHING You Need to Know About a Well System!

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

Learn about how a homestead well works and how to fix it. We replace our 100 foot deep well pump ourselves.

Basic Tree Care: Assessing Root, Limb and Trunk Health

By Monica White

Basic details of successful tree c.are.

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