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How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener. Quick & Easy Homestead Uses For Plastic Bottles (PET) In the not too distant past, you would buy milk, sodas, etc. in glass bottles which you would return to the store to be sterilized and used again. Now, with our disposable culture, plastic bottles have replaced this system and have consequently become one of the many banes of the landfills.

We need to rectify this wasteful and eco-nomically expensive practice. The current popular solution to the problem is recycling. However, recycling requires additional energy to process the material into something usable, not to mention the fact that the process itself can have harmful side effects. So a better solution, if you can't avoid the disposable containers altogether, is to reuse them. That said, here are 10 simple ideas on how to reuse plastic bottles around the homestead.

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Oil Press. By Jeff Cox -- from Organic Gardening, April 1979, Rodale Press IN 2,500 SQUARE FEET, a family of four can grow each year enough sunflower seed to produce three gallons of homemade vegetable oil suitable for salads or cooking and 20 pounds of nutritious, dehulled seed -- with enough broken seeds left over to feed a winter's worth of birds.The problem, heretofore, with sunflower seeds was the difficulty of dehulling them at home, and the lack of a device for expressing oil from the seeds. About six months ago, we decided to change all that.

The job was to find out who makes a sunflower seed dehuller or to devise one if none were manufactured. And to either locate a home-scale oilseed press or devise one. No mean task.Our researches took us from North Dakota -- hub of commercial sunflower activity in the nation -- to a search of the files in the U.S.

Patent Office, with stops in between. Tools Required 1. DIY Crampons Give Feet Traction In Ice & Snow.

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How To Sharpen Tools: The Family Handyman. Sharpening your tools Years ago, I drove by a storefront with a hand-painted plywood sign. It read “Tool Sharpening.” Curious, I gathered a boxful of dull old handsaws and circular saw blades in my garage and carried them up to the store with the hope of getting them sharpened. Inside I saw a lean old fellow with wisps of gray hair curling from the backside of an old hunting cap. He was hunched over his vise illuminated by a single 150-watt bulb hanging from the 12-ft. ceiling. A week later when I walked into the store, he asked me what my name was and started rummaging through a pile of bags and boxes. The next day I gathered my garden tools and brought them down to the same shop.

A moment passed, then he looked me in the eye and said, “Why don’t you do it yourself?” That afternoon changed forever how I look at tools. Do It All with Three Simple Tools A Grinding Wheel, a Mill File and a Sharpening Stone You can sharpen most garden tools with a simple 10-in. mill bastard file (Photo 5). An Easier Way To Chop Wood: Leveraxe Vipukirves 3. An Ax to Grind: A Practical Ax Manual, 9923-2823-MTDC, Getting the Hang of It (continued) Sharpening "Putting your nose to the grindstone" implies tedious, repetitious, and unending work. You will find that sharpening a dull or abused ax is indeed tedious and repetitious, but to do it right you have to do it slowly (Figure 62). Along the way, you'll learn the value of patience, and appreciate the differences in steel tempering and ax quality as you sharpen different axes.

Best of all, you will appreciate the usefulness of a razor-sharp ax, and the importance of doing everything you can to keep it sharp. Figure 62-The right way and wrong way to use a grinding wheel (drawings by Frederic H. Kock). Never use an electric high-speed dry bench grinder to sharpen your ax. If you don't have a pedal grindstone, your options are limited to a file and whetstone. Fit your file with a guard to protect your hands (Figure 64). Figure 64--File guards help keep your fingers away from the sharpened ax blade. Clamp the ax to the bench at a comfortable height (Figure 65).

Wildflower Seed Processor / Leaf Shredder. Honey Extractor. Got Bee's? I knew this day would come. One day all those bees would make some honey then I would have to make a honey extractor-anator and extract all the honey in the tri-state area. After all what could go wrong? I have been a city bee keeper for two years now and this will be my first harvest. I couldn't afford a commercial honey extractor and borrowing the local clubs extractor seemed like a lot of work planning ahead and rushing to go get it extract and then return. This project went together by solving one problem at a time in sort of a hap hazard way and getting a bit of luck every know and then.

Sorry if some of the pictures seem out of order I just went building the parts as i thought of them then wrote this trying to put them in a logical order. The theory behind the extractor is to spin the frames of honey flinging the honey out and leaving the wax intact. I noticed that a frame from my hive fit in a food grade bucket that i had for making beer. Country Living Grain Mill Review. Rating: 6.8/ 10 (33 votes cast) Country Living Hand Grain Mill is one of the must have appliances for hand grain milling.

Buy Country Living Hand Grain Mill on If you are looking for a short-term mill, the Countr Living Grain Mill shouldn’t be your choice because it has been designed to last a lifetime. It is a grain mill that can be passed down from one generation to another in near-perfect condition as if it was bought directly from the manufacturer. This explains the reason why the manufacturer is so confident in the grain mill to provide a Lifetime limited warranty. Now, what makes this grain mill different from all the others that we have seen? It features double industrial sealed bearings, carbon steel grinding plates, stainless steel shaft, and has a solid I-beam construction made of cast aircraft aluminum.

Some of the Notable features include: Country Living Grain Mill , 6.8 out of 10 based on 33 ratings. How To Build A Cider Press - DIY. Related Content Cider Press Plans Want fresh cider? Make your own cider press using these free plans. Click on the corresponding thumbnails in the Image Gallery (accessible on Page 1 of this article) for referenced figures and diagrams. Before the advent of the pop bottle and urban sprawl, just about every farm had a cider press. Nowadays, it's well nigh impossible to come by an old-fashioned barrel press. Now, I'm not a cooper (heaven forbid!) You Can Build a Cider Press My little cidermaker's not at all difficult to build. Use Hardwood for the Press You'll notice that in the "List of Materials" (Page 6) I've specified hardwood for the basket's slats. Bear in mind, as you build the basket, that the spacing between slats (on the inside of the hoop looking out) should be very close to 1/16" after everything has been assembled.

The slats on my machine's basket are 5/8" thick (a thickness, I've found, that can be cut from most breadboards). The Support Frame The Trough and Drain OK. OK. Whizbang Cider: Whizbang Cider Photo Gallery. My 46-page planbook, Anyone Can Build A Whizbang Apple Grinder And Cider Press tells you exactly how to build the grinder and press shown in the pictures below.

If you don't yet have a copy of the book, these pictures will provide you with an excellent idea of just how simple and practical the Whizbang cidermaking system is. For those who have the book with it's many illustrations, these pictures serve to bring the line drawings to life. That is the Whizbang apple grinder, setting in my kitchen. The grinder is a souped-up food waste disposal (a.k.a., a garbage disposal) mounted in a convenient stand. Chapter Three of my planbook tells you everything you need to know to make the apple grinder. That's ground-up apple mash flowing out the grinder drain pipe. A bushel of apples (42 pounds) renders a pail of mash, like you see here. Here we have washed apples on the kitchen table. My son is feeding apples into the grinder. Here's another view of the grinder and mash-filled buckets. Wow. Dust Goggles: How To Make Your Own. How to make Dust Goggles Tim Elverston design and process © This somewhat instructional page was made by Tim Elverston .

This is our studio blog and this is our main gig, repairing kites. I have decided to add to this page after all the interest it has garnered. This page has been featured on BoingBoing, Make and Gizmodo too. Safety of these? Notes about the safety of this design. These do have a few things going in their favor. These goggles are not necessarily designed to be used in a high-impact sport, they are just to keep dust out and have great visual clarity while doing it.

Any eyewear that uses glass uses tempered glass - the only difference is that they are tested with a ball bearing drop test to see if there is an error in the tempering process - but it's still just tempered glass. Have fun, Tim. DIY Anaerobic Glass Fermentation Vessel. Build A Glass Anaerobic Fermentation Vessel March 6, 2013 from left to right: empty 5-gallon vessel, 2-gallon vessel with unground idli batter, 1-gallon vessel with water kefir Building an all glass, anaerobic lacto-fermentation vessel is extremely easy. All it takes is the creation of single 5/8″ hole, an objective simply accomplished with a hand drill. If (for some reason) you have access to a drill press, this already rudimentary project is made even easier! 1) 5/8″ diamond grit drill bit 2) electric hand drill from left to right: 5/8″ diamond grit drill bit, diamond bit installed in cordless electric drill Diamond grit drill bits are common pieces of tooling and run about $20. From left to right: 5-gallon Fido jar as purchased, jar with rubber gasket installed, jar closed from left to right: one-piece airlock, three-piece airlock from left to right: size 2 rubber stopper with hole, silicon grommet (McMaster-Carr part number 1061T27) Sur La Table is a source for Fido jars.

. - Go slow. Handy Farm Devices And How To Make Them. Machete Or Knife Handle Made From Old Tires. Old Sewing Machine Maintenance. According to the old Singer parts lists, that big spokey wheel on the end of your vintage Singer is the balance wheel. According to most folks who use a vintage Singer it’s the handwheel, so it’s the handwheel as far as we’re concerned here, and we’ll be looking at its removal and replacement, with a bit of a detour on the way. But why, pray, would anyone want to take the thing off? Well, you could be taking a machine apart because it’s in a disgusting state and cleaning it will be so much easier if you take off some of its bits. Or maybe you want to change the handwheel for a different one? You’re bored and it might be more interesting than cleaning the oven? Who knows.

“The clutch?” Well, the clutch is what lives behind that big chromed knob in the middle of your handwheel, and without the clutch your machine would be nowhere near as user-friendly as it is. That upping-and-downing is the motion, which you stop by unscrewing the stop motion clamp screw when you want to wind a bobbin. Antique sewing machines-identity. -- 1,000's Of Homemade Tools. Antique Farm Tools - Introduction (home-page) How To Clean A Rusty Table Saw. How to Resurface A Very Rusty Tablesaw.