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Fountain and Pond Design

I’ve always been fascinated with ponds but a huge, in-ground pond wouldn’t fit or work well with our simple backyard landscaping, so I came up with the idea of adding a pond in the middle of our raised beds with the same look and layout to complement them. Hence the stained wood frame. Building a pond is not really that difficult, but it does require a good part of a Saturday and quite a bit of digging. It doesn’t look deep in the picture, but it goes down below ground …

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Sunbeam Flashlight

I’ve been wanting a slightly more powerful flashlight for a while now. I’ve got some brothers-in-law that have built their own flashlights and they are crazy bright and crazy small. I also wanted it to be inexpensive, so mine definitely didn’t end up being small. Its 18″ long and weighs about 2lbs. But it is CRAZY bright. Like it puts my car headlights to shame. Total cost for me was about $25, but I had some parts lying around. (metal grates, screws, wire, superglue, battery) You’ll need some tools to …

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Notification Board

So my wife and I share a google calendar, and she does a pretty good job of putting things on there that we have scheduled to do, but my main problem with the system is that I forget to look at the calendar app in the mornings and am generally reminded about an event when its time to go. So I needed something that could help me stay on top of our calendar without putting in more effort than the bare minimum to do so. So I did a project …

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Side Burner Alcohol Camping Stove Build

A couple weeks ago, we went camping with some friends. Which is my jam. But in the interest of not spending all our money on cool camping gear, I decided I wanted to try my hand at building a small alcohol stove. I did a lot of research on which types of stoves are best and there are a lot of pro’s and con’s for each type, but in the end I settled on a basic sideburner design.   This stove can burn denatured alcohol (ethanol), HEET, and pure rubbing …

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Spring 2016 Update

pring is here! And with it comes an end to all the sad, empty landscape that is our yard. All the old perennials are popping up and flowering, the birds are chirping a little louder, and the bunnies are multiplying. I’m a huge fan of plants that come back year after year, and since this is our second year in the home, we finally have big bushy flowers! We’ve lavender lining the front walkway, rosemary and raspberries along the chicken fence, and strawberries in the garden. With all the rain …

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Magnetic Key Holder and Elastic Sunglasses Holder

have this bad habit of coming home and putting my keys, wallet, and sunglasses in a different spot every time, and I’d always spend 5 minutes looking for those things before I walked out the door again. So I needed a solution. And this is what I came up with. On the left is a simple block of wood that has 40 rare earth magnets embeded in holes in the back. I used a 1/2″ forsner bit for 1/2″ magnets that I bought on amazon in a pack of 50. …

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Rabbits : Raising and Care

originally wanted to get into rabbits because their poop is just the best fertilizer. You don’t have to compost it. You can just gather it and spread it on the garden. I had intended to breed them and raise them for meat as well, but we haven’t quite gotten there. My wife is still pretty opposed to the idea because they are so dang cute and we’ve gotten friendly with them. So here’s what I’ve learned about caring for rabbits. Rabbits really do have a knack for making more rabbits. Female …