Random Earth Day Stuff

Today is Earth Day. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. I am very thankful He did that.

Just picked my salad from the garden.

Big list of Earth Day Instructables here. http://tinyurl.com/dc9wnx

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
~Greek proverb

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God .
~Thomas Jefferson

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Rain water collection/filtering system

A good idea from Aquascape. More information here.

Three wooden boards=$58

Who can be happy about spending $58 on three wooden boards? Woodworkers, that’s who. I just came back from our local WoodCraft store with three boards in hand. I had a gift card left over from Christmas. It’s a cold and windy day today. I needed a comfort purchase. That’s similar to comfort food, but tastes differently. I’ve been planning this trip since Christmas. I’m working on an idea, have been for a few months. I’m making mental sketches and actual paper ones of wooden briefcase designs. I’ve got a few different styles in mind. I’ll probably make each of them eventually. To begin with, I am settling on one that is a little less involved, both in terms of design and in terms of wood requirements. Using nice (read exotic) wood can be pricey. I just pulled myself away from some very attractive $200 boards at the wood store. I’m going to go with a design that uses finger joinery finished with a roundover bit in the router, and simple rod through holes as a hinge joint. I’ll be doing some hopefully final drawings tonight, using the specs of the actual boards I just purchased to figure the dimensions, and to factor the weight, which will constrain/guide the design. I’ll post pictures when I finish the case. Be forewarned, it could be a while. There are three people here, ages 5, 4, and 3 years, who say I have more important things to do that working in the garage (my woodshop).

Homemade Car Launcher

My kids (and I) are enjoying it. Some scrap wood, a polycarbonate sheet, 4 hook screws, a rubber band, some vinyl electrical tape, and a sheet of felt…homemade fun ready in about an hour.

Fresh Homemade Butter from Raw Jersey Cow Milk

Yummy. Just made it ten minutes ago. Goes well with sourdough bread.

Thanks to Krampf and his how-to make butter video.

More Homemade Christmas Presents for My Family

Here are a couple more presents I made for family members this Christmas.

More Homemade Christmas

Here is a lacewood and bubinga valet tray I made as a present for my dad this Christmas.

Here is the completed robot toy I made for my kids this Christmas. It has a magnetic hand and a 360 degree swivel head. It rolls fast too.

Abbie’s Homemade Bunny Puzzle for Christmas

This is one of my little girl Abbie’s Christmas presents. I finished it yesterday. I slipped and cut my finger and nail on the scrollsaw blade…my first bad cut. I hope she likes it. It’s darn near unbreakable because the wood I chose, Makore, is so dense. I finished it with linseed oil.

bunny puzzle

Growing Playlists of Videos On Our YouTube Channel

I’ve been gathering onto our YouTube channel a great selection of homestead-related videos from across the YouTube world. I realize one can search directly on YouTube for these. However, I find it easier to have many of them on one site…thus our YouTube channel. Eventually, I will be uploading some homemade videos too.

So far, I have selected over 120 videos. Here are the playlists on the channel so far.

  • Canning
Learn how to can food, so you have real healthy food in your pantry to last you all year.
  • Construction Methods
If you are inclined to make a go at building your own home, here are some different methods to consider.
  • Contraptions & Art
I have a fondness for finely crafted unique wooden creations. Here are some great ones, along with other fascinating pieces.
  • The Good Life
It’s a must visit for anyone interested in British sitcom. On his 40th birthday to be precise, Tom Good decides that he’s had enough of the rat race and that he and wife Barbara will become self-sufficient.
  • Homemade Toys
A topic dear to my heart and my children’s hands. Here are some wonderful examples of homemade toys. Also of note here, are discussions of important legislation and the efforts of the Handmade Toy Alliance.
  • Homestead Inspirations
Seeing others’ homesteading efforts is inspirational and informative.
  • More Homestead DIY Skills, Tools, & Tech
There are so many skills to learn and enjoy. We are capable of doing so much for ourselves. Often it is more fulfilling than paying someone else to do it.
  • Real Food versus GMO
If we don’t take back control of our food supply we and future generations will suffer the loss of food diversity, our health, and personal independence. Find out what really is going on behind the scenes in our food supply.

Toy Robot Under Construction

Making some presents this year. Here is a robot under construction. It will be a toy for one of my sons. It still needs many parts, sanding, filing, painting, and sealing. Just a sneak peak.

robotunderconstruction

UPDATE…

Here is the finished product.

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