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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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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Firewood

Splitting Big Cedar Logs with a Ryobi 7-Ton Electric Splitter

16 Feb , 2016   Video

The solar firewood dryer project needed more wood before it was to be closed up. Had a few hours on the weekend to split some of the large logs. The large pile of Western Red Cedar logs under our deck was an eyesore and getting in the way. Since it was raining like crazy, had […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Relaxing

“Dress Up” an Old Dock with Cedar Decking

30 Jul , 2013  

The next door neighbours 20-year-old floating dock was about to be sunk and donated to the fish, when I intervened and negotiated ownership for a 12 pack of beers. It’s an antique jewel, 4 feet wide by 32 feet long. Composed of three 12 inch in diameter Pine logs that were cut 32 feet long. […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Relaxing

Upgrading Floating Swim Platform Project

23 May , 2013  

The 20-year-old floating swim platform was starting to show its age. The 8′ x 12′ platform was used for docking boats, swimming and the morning coffee. Constructed from three 14″ dia. by 12′ long spruce logs. Empty 5 gallon water buckets helped with the flotation and three sheets plywood were used for the deck. Once […]

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Other, Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Generate Power from a Hockey Puck!

12 Apr , 2013  

This video was part of the Garage Door Motor Conversion for Wind Turbine series. Decided to make a stator out of a hockey puck. The stator (in this case, a hockey puck) was drilled with eight, half inch holes. Then 3 sets or rare earth magnets would be inserted into the holes. The modified stator […]

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Power generation, Solar Power Projects, Woodworking

Roof Top Solar Panel Mount Made from Scrap Cedar Lumber

17 Jan , 2013  

After finishing the four DIY solar panels, I wanted  a quick mount for the the top of the cabin roof. The idea location was to mount it to the water barrels on the roof. The plan was to aim the panels to the south (and through a gap in the trees). As usual, my choice […]

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