Post by: Scott

Buildings and Renovations

The Quest for Running Water Inside our Cabin

18 Aug , 2017  

This project was started just after the roof ice ripped off the main water supply pipe. Instead of replacing it and having the same problem again in a few years, I decided to take the water barrels off the roof and bring them inside and under the cabin. Due to the lack of resources, I […]

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Food, Other, Wildlife, Woodworking

Build a Storage Box (or for Bears) Garbage Cans from Yellow Cedar

15 Aug , 2017  

The solar kiln for the firewood had to go. It did its job and dried the firewood, but now my spouse wants it gone. She now wants a bear proof box for the rolling green waste/garbage cans. Since we get more bears at our city slicker homestead (go figure) it has to be a be […]

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Heat and Cooling, Power generation

Wood Stove Generator – Part 1

15 Oct , 2016  

The goal was to generate a few watts of power from a woodstove. It would charge a 12-volt battery or run a small circulating water pump. The project came about when I was waiting for some parts for the Cowboy Hot Tub project, I thought I would mess around with some ideas for generating power […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Heat and Cooling, Relaxing

The Cowboy Hot Tub Project – Part 2

16 Sep , 2016  

Lots of changes to the project, but the end results was a hot bath in an off-grid situation. The first was to move the tub to a better location for my family. The old tub was located down at the lake, which can be tiresome walking up and down the hill to use the washroom, […]

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Heat and Cooling, Relaxing

The Cowboy Hot Tub Project

19 Aug , 2016  

Since it was super hot at the cabin (and no campfire ban), though it would be a good plan to “test” the Cowboy Hot Tub Project. The goal was to place a hose/copper pipe in the campfire and run it back into the tub. The water would be pumped through the hose and come out […]

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Wedding Projects, Woodworking

How to Make Lawn Dice for Yardzee

5 Aug , 2016  

A fairly easy project that takes a little bit of time to make, but fun to play with friends. Ideal summer BBQ game or an activity for an outdoor wedding. It’s basically 5 cubes of wood with a shallow hole bored on each side to resemble large dice. Use a cedar 4″ x 4″ x 8’ […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects, Woodworking

2nd Attempt at Making Plywood Gears

30 Jul , 2016  

Have not been to the cabin for a few weeks. There have been too many household projects that need to get done first. But, in between the daily chores, I’ve been messing around with gears made from plywood. Also wanted to incorporate more woodworking into the projects. The plan for this project was to mount […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Hauling, digging, etc

Getting Stumped in July- Digging out a Tree Root

29 Jul , 2016  

Part 1- The project for July was to remove a stubborn Douglas Fir tree stump. The tree was diseased at the top and had to be cut down last February. The stump had to be removed. The plan was to install wooden step leading down to the lake. Started digging on the side of the […]

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Wedding Projects, Woodworking

Late Night, Quick Fix for a Croquet Set

24 Jul , 2016  

The plan was to repair an 8-piece croquet set. The time frame was 3 hours to complete the project. The set was too be rented for a wedding the next day. It was to be one of the many lawn activities for the outdoor reception. When the project first started a few weeks earlier, I thought […]

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Food, Woodworking

DIY Veggie Planter Box Project

21 Jul , 2016  

This is an easy All the materials were made from scrap lumber and plywood. A standard 8 feet long by 2 feet wide planter can be constructed over a weekend.For this project, a 2’ x 8’ planter was made for the back wall of our home and an “L” shape planter was made to edge […]

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End Cuts, Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 3- Experimental Wind Turbine Tower – Black Night Flesh Wound

4 Jun , 2016  

In a previous video, the support tower was raised up into place. The 23-foot support tower would make the process of erecting the towers easier and safer. The plan was to come back, lower the tower for maintenance and remove some of the blades. But, as life goes, we had some commitments on the home […]

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Hauling, digging, etc, Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 2- Experimental Wind Turbine Tower Project- New Support Pole

15 Apr , 2016  

A video shot through a week early April. It’s about a concept I thought about for servicing the large wind turbine. It was how to erect a support pole for the existing big wind turbine tower. It’s one of the steps required to raise and lower the big wind turbine. The support pole was from […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 1- Experimental Wind Turbine Tower Project – Using a Tall Tree

2 Apr , 2016  

A video about raises up a super tall tree into the air with a bunch of pulleys and then see how it functions as a wind turbine tower. The goal of the project was to source materials for a 50-foot tower, in this case, a skinny, tall, dead tree. Then use a living tree as the […]

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