DIY Building Projects

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

Homemade All-Natural Paw Balm Recipe

By Josh Brewer

Protect your cat’s and dog’s tender paws with this all-natural, homemade paw salve recipe.


Homemade Live Edge Walnut Side Table

By Bob McCray

This craftsman created a simple, beautiful, and unique natural-edge side table from wood harvested from a walnut tree in his own backyard.


Homestead Hacks: DIY Radiant Heat with a Rocket Stove Boiler

By Tim Luce

This “Homestead Hack” shows how to build a rocket stove boiler to power DIY radiant heat in your house.


How to Make a Homemade Automatic Chicken Waterer

By C. Hope Clark

This automatic chicken waterer is cheap and easy to make, so your hens will have access to fresh water, even when you go on vacation.


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How to Make Homemade Suet for Birds

By Theresa Sinclair

Make your own suet cakes to keep your birds fat and happy throughout the winter.


How to Make Hot-Process Soft Soap

By Susan Verberg

This step-by-step article explains the process, tools, and benefits of making your own natural, homemade soap using wood ash lye and a slow cooker.


Make a Mobile Workstation from a Wheelchair

By Stephen Balazs

Turn an old wheelchair into a handy, multipurpose mobile workstation that makes moving your tools quick and easy.


7 Things I Learned Installing an Off-Grid Woodstove

By Jamie Leahy, North Ridge Mountain Guides

I began to install the stove pipe on the chimney before I cut the dreaded hole out through the wall. As I worked my way towards the wall, I placed the wall thimble in the appropriate spot and traced around it. I grabbed my trusty recip saw and began to cut the hole. As the sawdust flew, I thought to myself, “ damn I’m good.”



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