DIY Building Projects

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

How to Choose a Router Table

By Steve Maxwell

Blogger Steve Maxwell offers tips and a video explaining how to choose and use a router table.

Homesteading Community: Bartering For Sewing Lessons

By Claire E.

While livestock and gardening are part of homesteading, it's not all there is. At its core, homesteading is about learning new skills to increase your self-sufficiency.

Chimney Sweeps vs DIY

By Bruce McElmurray

Should you do it yourself or hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney?

Make A Reclaimed-Wood Table Using Copper Pipe

By Vicky Knoop

You can build your own industrial-chic reclaimed-wood table with only a few hand tools, spending about $120 on copper pipe.


A Short History of Woven Boats

By Brian Kaller

Cultures around the world wove boats: Tibetans floated in Ku-Drus of woven wood and yak skin, Eskimos lashed sealskin around their long umiaks, Arabs traversed the Tigris and Euphrates in quffahs, and the Celts of the British Isles — Irish, Scots and Welsh — had an amazing variety of coracles for fresh waters and curraghs for the sea.

Be Your Own Chimney Sweep

By Bruce McElmurray

Learn how to clean your own woodstove and chimney.

Turn an Old Camper into a Recycled Hen House

By Karen Denman

A thrifty homesteader from Oregon transformed an old, junky camper into a snug hen house.

Make Homemade BBQ Wood Chips From Fruit Tree Cuttings

By John Atwell

After you read this handy tip, you’ll never need to buy expensive BBQ wood chips again.