DIY Building Projects

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

A Wood-Cutting Rack Makes Cutting Wood Easier

By Ole Wik

Build this wood-cutting rack to make cutting wood easier, save time, energy, and stress. Includes diagram, instructions, and wood rack specifications. Originally published as "The Alaskan Firewood Cutting Rack" September/October 1987 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

A Tale of Two Sawbucks: Designs for Firewood Cutting Racks

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Two readers share their designs for stands that make cutting firewood go more smoothly: the folding wood rack and the log rollway.

Converting a Refrigerator to a Cheese Cave

By Kat Ludlam, Willow Creek Farm

A cheese cave is necessary to properly ripen your aged cheeses. They are available to purchase, but it is very easy, and much less expensive to make one yourself.

Winterizing Your Tractor

By Billy Clark

Follow these simple steps now regarding fluids and storage to make your spring startup easier and less expensive.


How to Build a Winter Shelter

Learn how to survive blizzard conditions by crafting a winter shelter out of snow, space blankets, fallen branches, cave openings and more.

Make Your Own Tools: Home Forging a Handcrafted Economy

By Brian Kaller

Movie blacksmiths look like bodybuilders slamming white-hot metal with sledgehammers. In reality, handmade tool-making involves a lot more frantic and often delicate metal fabrication.

How to Make an Axe

By Bill Coperthwaite

Axe making can pose challenges, but follow these lessons learned to simplify this rewarding DIY tool project and learn how to make an axe.

The Forge: Master the Ancient Art of Metalworking

By John Vivian

John Vivian's guide to mastering the ancient art of metalworking takes you from basic tools to working with metals as various as bronze and high-carbon steel.

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