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The Do It Yourself World
Join us and follow along as we strive to become fully self sufficient and off the grid on our 18 acre homestead in the woods. My wife Melanie, our daughter Michelle, and I moved in the spring of 2017 to our new homestead in Northern lower Michigan.
We are surrounded by wild State forest land teaming with wildlife. For many, this is vacation paradise. For us, this is home. There are very few full time people around, which ads to the wildness and the beauty of the area. This also leaves us pretty much alone in the quiet and peaceful forest.
We are raising chickens for meat, eggs and for some extra money to help pay the bills. We grow our own food to help offset the cost of groceries. We hunt and fish for meat as needed and to stock up for the harsh winter months.
We hope to become more and more independent of the grocery stores with time and eventually become fully self sufficient.
We are putting up solar panels and battery backup systems to power our meager needs in our off grid tiny house. We use primarily wood heat to keep us warm in the cold winter months.
I made a bandsaw box using reclaimed lumber and solar powered tools.
I got out an old piece of lumber which is about 2.5 inches by 6 inches and aged for many years outside. It is full of worm holes and other flaws which give it character.
It was so thick that I could not cut it with my circular saw so I had to use my reciprocating saw. This is a battery powered tool and I keep it charged using solar power.
Inside the off grid wood shop I used the chop saw to get a nice, straight cut for the bottom of the box.
To power the wood shop I use two 200 watt solar panels to charge up six deep cycle batteries. I run power through an inverter to the wood shop to power my tools.
I set up a fence on the band saw using a simple 2x6 and then cut off a sliver from the box. This will be the back side of the box.
Next I drew a line on the inside of the box where I will cut out the drawer and then cut it on the band saw.
I put the fence back on the bandsaw and cut a sliver off the front and the back of the drawer.
Then I drew a line where I will cut out the inside of the box. I cut this on the band saw. Then I sanded the pieces some and glued the drawer all back together.
Later in the day, after the glue had dried, I sanded the drawer first with a belt sander, then a hand sander and then by hand to smooth it all out. I shaped parts with a rotary tool and a sanding disc.
I also sanded the box frame inside and out.
Finally I glued the back side onto the box frame and let it sit for a while to cure.
I later sanded the back of the box as well. When I was satisfied with all the parts sliding together and back apart again, I was done for the day. It was getting late in the day.
I will finish the bandsaw box tomorrow. I have to make a handle for the drawer and sand it one more time then give it a coat of varnish.
Stay tuned for the next video.
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