DIY Building Projects

Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

Pressure Washer Secrets: Ways to Use These Tools Correctly

By Steve Maxwell, Bailey Line Road

Learn new ways to use your pressure washer and how to get the most from this machine. Find pressure washing options that you’ve probably never heard of before.

To Plant a Tree


We plant sixteen eldarica pines and our homestead is instantly transformed!

Building Closet Shelves with Medium-Density Fiberboard with Video

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

The video shows you how to make a simple set of closet shelves starting with a full sheet of ¾-inch MDF and cut multiple shelves from a single sheet.

Video: How to Make a Raccoon Fur Bag

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

You’ve just finished tanning a raccoon hide, but what’s next for that project? This how-to article and accompanying video explain how to turn the fur into a bag you can carry with you in the woods!


Video: Building a Headboard from Materials in the Barn

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

It is amazing to see what treasures lay beneath old dust and paint! Join me on this adventure as I show you how to turn old, re-purposed material into a custom headboard.

How to Build a Natural Stream Pond

By Tim Matson

Tim Matson provides a guide to building a natural stream pond for your property, including pond advice and building diagrams. Originally published as "The Digger" March/April 1986 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Country Lore: Good to the Last Drop


Reader tips on topics from monster zucchini bread to pickle poles

Basic Portable Sawmill Maintenance: Blade Care

By Monica White

Quality sawmill results start and end with sharp blades. This post covers sawmill blades for homesteaders using portable sawmills.

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