Youtube is my “go to” site for DIY videos. It’s is an awesome resource for DIY information. I have bookmarked my favorite DIY channels – the videos that help us save money, learn new skills, or just plain entertain. Check them out:
Steve Ramsey (channel link) has several videos for the home woodworker. He keeps things simple – and uses readily available materials. Check out this inexpensive and awesome bench made from standard 2×4′s:
Wranglerstar (channel link) has one of the coolest Youtube channels. He lives with his family on their homestead and has videos about everything from beekeeping to building a ram pump. I really enjoyed his series about building a greenhouse for his family. Here’s part 1:
Down To Earth Woodworks takes his time and goes into detail when describing his projects. I always look forward to each of his new videos.. He goes into detail and takes his time. Videos provide a balance of information with demonstration. Check out part 1 of building a miter saw stand:
Have a favorite DIY channel? Leave a comment and let us know about it! Be blessed.
I am a big fan of DIY projects. Over the past few months, I have built a picnic table, replaced our garbage disposal unit, and repaired our clothes dryer. I tackled all of these projects using two sources of information – my Dad, who is an awesome handyman – and youtube.
I have a couple of projects planned for the coming months, so I thought I would share the videos I’ve bookmarked for both information and inspiration. You can click on the links to view the individual videos or stream them from this site.
I plan to build a cabinet / desk unit for my son’s bedroom, which means I will be dealing with sheet goods. First, I am going to build the awesome I-beam based work support system from the video below. I love the fact that this system can be built using a single sheet of plywood and a few scraps. This video is from the Down To Earth Woodworking youtube page.
My favorite new DIY tool is the SKIL 1830 120-Volt 2-1/4 HP Combo Base Router Set. It’s a great little router – especially for someone like me, who doesn’t need a super high-end power tool, but is looking for enough power to get the job done. Check it out, if you are looking for both a fixed-base router and plunge router, for less than $100.
I will be using both the router and a plate (biscuit) joiner to build face-frames for my son’s cabinets. I really learned a lot from the Beachside Hank youtube channel, including this video about the triangle marking system, which helps to organize stock. I also learned a lot from Hank’s other videos, especially the ones about using the biscuit joiner.
I am also planning to build a greenhouse. When I do, this video from the Wranglerstar channel will come in handy. I love the fact that materials, both recycled and new, are used to create a functional AND attractive place to start a garden. The video below is part 1 of a series.
These are just a few of the videos that I have bookmarked. Over the coming weeks and months, as I work on various projects, I’ll share my progress – and the videos / websites which inspire. Be blessed.
Throughout the spring and summer, we had fresh strawberries, butter beans, and onions.
This year, I plan to expand my garden. I will be adding a couple of raised beds – and trying my hand at growing watermelons, potatoes, and assorted beans.
My goal is to be healthy – and frugal. Here are some tips for planting a garden, without breaking the bank.
Place your garden in a convenient location.
This is crucial. Take in to consideration sunlight, soil conditions, and proximity to water. If you are dragging hoses back and forth, watering the garden will become a real chore.
Buy tools at yard sales – and borrow / share with friends.
Depending on the size of your garden, you will need various tools (rakes, shovels, tillers, etc.) You may need these tools once or twice a week – or once or twice a year. Shop discount-bins, yard sales – and borrow / share when you can.
Use raised-beds and square-foot gardening.
I am a big fan of raised-bed gardens – and this year I’ll be using the techniques from the book Square Foot Gardening to create my own square-foot garden. Basically, square-foot gardening allows for maximum production from a smaller space. I built my own raised-beds out of scrap lumber.
Make and use your own compost.
I built a compost bin out of some old pallets. The pallets were free and the compost that I made was rich and filled with good stuff for our soil.
This is something that I will be doing this year. Here’s a great video – with tips for growing plants indoors. It takes a few minutes to watch, but the information is easy-to-understand and very practical.
Plant what you like to eat.
Here in the South, tomatoes are extremely easy to grow. I don’t like tomatoes, so I don’t plant tomatoes. Spend your time and resources growing the things that you know your family will eat. Should I need a tomato or two for a sauce or a soup, I can trade / swap / share with others in our neighborhood.
Be prepared to store vegetables.
This is extremely important. At harvest time – you will have more than you can eat. We freeze a lot of vegetables – and we are thinking about canning some for next year. Here’s a video explaining the process – complete with awesome accent!
Save your seeds.
I am relatively new to gardening, but the sites I have visited and the books I have read always suggest saving seeds from the healthiest vegetables that you harvest. This sets you up for the next planting season. When I do not have seeds from a previous growing season, I will purchase them from our local hardware store, online, or even on eBay.
Talk to experienced gardeners.
This may be the most important tip. Find a neighbor or friend who loves to grow things – and strike up a conversation. Most folks who love gardening also love to talk about gardening. Learn from the mistakes and successes of others.
Planting a garden can be fun – and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
If you have tips or techniques to share, please do so in the comments section. Be blessed.