The Saw Mill

I know.  I’m supposed to be living cheap.  But my homemade chainsaw sawmill wasn’t sturdy enough.  And although I could weld steel the sawmill is aluminum.

And I found a new one on sale for a great price.  Nothing fancy, but neither is my little chainsaw.

Just as I finished putting it together a thunderstorm rolled through.  I’ll make a video when I try it out


I made a jig for holding the logs as I cut them.

The old sawmill will not be wasted.  I will use the parts to make a wood lathe.


The new, new shed begins

The tarp shed made from scraps didn’t last long.  So I decided to get all the lumber I need.  This doesn’t include the roof and siding.

Fitting it all in or on top of the Jeep to get it here was an adventure.

I plan on it being an 8 by 8 workshop, with a roof overhanging 3 feet on one side and 1 foot on the other.  Just big enough to work in but small enough to easily heat in the winter.  I actually plan on building another later just for storage.

Updated.  I finished the frame in 4 hours.



The Jeep

Good news.  After all my work, repairs, bruises, cuts, aches and pains my Jeep has passed inspection for another year.  145,000 miles and 15 years old.  Hope it keeps going.

Vehicles. It’s always something

While I had the Jeep up replacing the ball joints I noticed the rear differential leaking very fast.  The differential cover was rusted through.  So today I replaced it.  The new one is shiny but won’t stay that way long.

Here’s the old one.  The leak was on the top right of the picture.  The hardest part was removing the old rusted and crumbling bolts.

Don’t be a pig

Almost every day I pick up trash along the road near my cabin.  Not just on my property but any where I walk.  Too many people are pigs!

Here’s one days collection.  Not all new.

So I have made a sign.  Now I just need to get it printed.

Somebody is obviously regularly sitting in their car in one spot drinking Bush and Michelob Ultra and tossing out the empties.  I pick them up and soon there are more.  Since my cabin can’t be seen from the road I guess they feel safe to be pigs.

April Fools Garden

So I’m starting my garden a little later than I planned.  But winter is holding on pretty long this year. I purchased non-hybrid seeds so I can get more seeds for next year.  If they grow.  Today I started some of the plants indoors.

Living On The Land