The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture [NOOK Book]

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Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. Most of the projects are suitable for complete ...

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The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture

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Overview

Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. Most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and standard building materials.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603428460
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 152,168
  • File size: 38 MB
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Meet the Author

Spike Carlsen has been building, designing, and writing about outdoor and home improvement projects for over 35 years. He ran his own construction and remodeling company for over a decade, then joined the ranks of Family Handyman magazine as Executive Editor, writing hundreds of articles and overseeing the creation of dozens of books. Carlsen is the author of Woodworking FAQ and the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Carleen Madigan

Introduction


Chapter 1

Tools, Materials & Skills

My Go-To Hand Tools

Safety and Safety Equipment

Lifting and Moving Heavy Stuff

Woods and Plywoods

Glues and Caulks

Exterior Fasteners

Drilling Holes and Driving Screws

Tool Sharpening and Maintenance

Digging Holes and Setting Posts

Circular Saw Basics

Measuring, Leveling, and Squaring

Paints and Finishes


Chapter 2

For the Garden

Two-Wheel Garden Cart

Cold Frame

Compost Bin Trio

Critter-Proof Fence

Shadow Box Fence Panel

Deep Irrigation Basics

Simple Hose Guides

Garden Marker/Stepping Stone

Super-Simple Path

Sitting and Kneeling Garden Stool

Five Raised-Bed Gardens

Five Simple Plant Supports

Bent Rebar Pergola

Golf Cart Garden Dolly

Rain Barrel Basics

Potting Bench

Hoop Greenhouse

Rustic Trellis


Chapter 3

Harvesting & Food Preparation

Harvesting Tote

Foldaway Countertop Rack

Harvest Trug

Shoulder Bucket Yoke

Outdoor Workbench

Multipurpose Produce Rack

Fire Pit Grilling Station

Root Cellar

Root Cellar Storage System

Flowerpot Smoker


Chapter 4

Storage & Workspaces

Overhead Storage Cradles

Sawbuck Bench

Firewood Storage and Splitting Station

Knockdown Sawhorses

Stand-Up Tool Rack

Patio Storage Chest

Wall-Hung Tool Rack

Mini Tool Shed

Modular Shed

Homestead Emergency Cart

Ultimate Yard Shed

Hose Headquarters


Chapter 5

Animal Shelters & Feeders

Nesting Box Buckets

Rabbit Hutch

Bat House

Animal Shelter

Chicken Ark

Outdoor Outlets, Switches, and Lights

Rain-In Shelter

Classy, Classic Chicken Coop

Coffee Can Bird Feeder

Top Bar Beehive


Chapter 6

For the House & Yard

Boot Scraper and Jack

Leopold Bench

Firewood Cradle and Carrying Sling

Lawn Bag Stand

Backdoor Storage Locker

Punched Tin Jelly Cabinet

Clothes Pole Trellis

Spice Planter

Rustic Garden Table

Concrete Planter

Seedling Rack

Outdoor Shower

Pickin' and Grinnin' Chair

Solar Window Heater


Recommended Reading

Resources

Index

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    Before buying this great book, I found the publisher's YouTube video on how to make the Leopold Bench - which is just one of the many projects shared by author Spike Carlson. It was nice to see the video because it gave me a good sense of what his teaching style is like. With some carpentry experience under my belt, this is a book I feel confident diving into. My wife and I are planning to build a small house someday soon, but until then, we are taking baby-steps with projects that we can take with us. I'm excited to make the root cellar storage system for storing this summer's produce.

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