Posts tagged: diy

08-Apr-2013
Harlan Hubbard on gardening by hand and the best use of one’s time

Harlan Hubbard on gardening by hand and the best use of one's time

From “Payne Hollow: Life on the Fringe of Society”:


28-Dec-2012
I make bookshelves out of discarded wooden pallets. They don’t require book-ends. I tilt the entire shelf.

I make bookshelves out of discarded wooden pallets. They don’t require book-ends. I tilt the entire shelf.


25-Sep-2012
Cheap shelter/off-grid inspiration: PODS container and a few awnings

Spotted while walking the dogs the other day. Enough to spark the imagination and get the ideas flowing.


20-Jun-2012
“Surely refinement of living does not consist in gadgets and machinery, but in such elements as leisure, contentment, lack of confusion, small niceties.” — Harlan Hubbard, ‘Shantyboat’

Amazon.com: Shantyboat On The Bayous 9780813117171: Harlan Hubbard: Books.


05-May-2012
Wind damage to the tin roof on my workshop

Wind damage to the tin roof on my workshop

Must have happened during the previous night’s thunderstorm. It passed through the Metroplex with 60-mile-an-hour wind gusts and pea-sized hail. Probably came through Sulphur Springs, too.
Not too dramatic, I suppose, but when I arrived at the cabin this morning one of the tin slats was bent backward and wrapped around the power line that [...]


16-Apr-2012
Writing desk made from recycled wooden pallets

I needed a writing desk/dining table for the cabin. It would have been easier and less time-consuming to just buy a cheap-ass folding table from one of the big-box office stores or scrounge one from a local thrift shop, but as I was leaving work one day I discovered a pile of wooden pallets out [...]


03-Apr-2012
Global Portable Buildings – Ultimate 8′ x 40′

Global Portable Buildings - Ultimate 8' x 40'

Some people daydream of sunshine and pretty flowers, fame and fortune, or long walks along the beach and candle-lit dinners. I’ve been daydreaming of living in a shipping container for the past ten years.
Now that I’ve got the property, it’s just a matter of saving up enough cash to buy the damn thing. Easier [...]


16-Jan-2012
Keith Thompson: Totally Off The Grid

This guy is my hero.

Keith Thompson: Totally Off The Grid – YouTube.


06-Jan-2012
Setting up a tarp tent shelter in the backyard (somewhat clumsily and mostly failing)

But I finally got it looking right in the end. Anyway, it’s good to practice. A few things I learned: 1) Need 6 or more tent stakes (two to stretch out the sides), 2) On warm days, that thing’s an oven. It probably helps to raise the back part up a little to let in [...]


08-Jun-2011
fence made from wooden pallets holds in goats and pigs





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