DIY Building Projects

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

How to Convert Standing Dead Trees to Lumber

By Bruce McElmurray

How we convert standing dead trees to usable lumber.


Putting Up Basil and Pesto

By Douglas Stevenson

Fresh pesto is great in the summer, but it's even better in the middle of winter!


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.


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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.



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