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I like to travel, I like using my hands, I like to read, I am a lifetime student (for which this site helps greatly). Just paid off the land in Alaska, will build the cabin after I retire. Then rustic furniture, a wood shop, a boat....

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  • TheUglyBarbarian commented on byMarthe's instructable LIFE HACKS for Lazy People1 day ago
    LIFE HACKS for Lazy People

    I thought I had some lazy tendencies..... I'm a fricken dynamo!

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  • TheUglyBarbarian commented on RussPNW's instructable Ledge Style Gypsy Wagon5 days ago
    Ledge Style Gypsy Wagon

    very nice work. There are several things I would do differently (for instance your under ledge framing, if I have to do undersized framing I'd use plywood as it will still have great strength in the narrow strips, better than softwood), but still a great end product.I am wondering why you made several glue lam beams, instead of using wider boards to start and just building up one beam and cutting it into several beams using a table saw or bandsaw?Now that it is a few years old, are there any portions which you would do differently or changes you would like to make? I am considering making a vardo, and am looking for clues from previous builders as to what they believe their mistakes were, if any.Thank you.

    a bit late, but here goes.1-mount tables/benches to walls and floors using through bolts using both lock washers and nuts with loctite (use blue, red will make it hard to undo if you ever need to rearrange table positions.)2-mount tools to benches also using throughbolts and loctite (again, blue loctite, not red).Don't forget to waterproof where you put the throughbolts through the exterior, I recommend rubber gaskets and/or a good silicon caulk.

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  • TheUglyBarbarian commented on Doc Wyoming's instructable Tiny Traveling Tea House5 days ago
    Tiny Traveling Tea House

    cost?Bathroom/toilet?Total weight?I love the shou sugi ban; hate the clear roof (too easy to turn whole room into solar oven).

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  • Tiny Traveling Tea House (II)

    interesting concept. Movable structures always have issues, which do you think has been your biggest PITA so far in building/using this structure?

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  • TheUglyBarbarian commented on CraftAndu's instructable Big Wardrobe in a Tiny House6 days ago
    Big Wardrobe in a Tiny House

    great instructable. I would like to see more pics about the shower and kitchen, but what I am seeing looks phenomenal.How much did the original flat cost and are there anything like HOA fees that you still have to pay monthly for building upkeep? (As someone that travels the world often, I like to know the various costs to live and thrive elsewhere in case I decide to make a change).I still haven't been to the Baltic states yet, but high on the bucket list next to Magdeburg Bridge and castles of Dracula.Have a great day!

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  • How to Build a 12x20 Cabin on a Budget

    wow.....so much about your comment is......not true.First and last thing I will address, you talk about the USA as if it is a singular entity concerning construction, which is completely false. The Federal Government stays out of it; each individual state either ratifies a building code put forth by a non-government entity or they don't, then they make changes to suit their area, weather, populace....or they don't; then counties also pass building codes specific to their areas, or they leave it alone for either the state, cities or nobody to worry about; then there are cities which, just like the states and counties, either adopt various codes or not, and make changes or not....... there are still counties in this country where there are no building codes adopted at any level, if you ...

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    wow.....so much about your comment is......not true.First and last thing I will address, you talk about the USA as if it is a singular entity concerning construction, which is completely false. The Federal Government stays out of it; each individual state either ratifies a building code put forth by a non-government entity or they don't, then they make changes to suit their area, weather, populace....or they don't; then counties also pass building codes specific to their areas, or they leave it alone for either the state, cities or nobody to worry about; then there are cities which, just like the states and counties, either adopt various codes or not, and make changes or not....... there are still counties in this country where there are no building codes adopted at any level, if you want to ensure your building doesn't fall on your head, build it right and build it yourself, because some of the shoddiest work in house construction is done by licensed contractors that know 90% of their customers will have already sold the house before the problems are found and they'd rather risk your life than do a good job.....because that is all it is to them, a job. Are there great contractors out there that do wonderful work? Yep, just like there are DIY builders who won't do any research and will build a POS that will fall with the first good snowfall or earthquake... YOU must research YOUR requirements for YOUR area and YOUR construction type (stick, brick, timberframe, log, etc.)......or gamble with the lives of the people that will be in your building.

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  • How to Wax Your Clothing and Gear

    it depends on what you mean by "hot". In a location where it only gets 80 degrees Fahrenheit, it shouldn't feel sticky. I live in Las Vegas, it has been 116 degrees recently, the waxed canvas tarp I leave in my Jeep was "tacky" feeling....Also, you can make your own wax by combining paraffin (too brittle by itself), bees wax (by itself feels tacky when mildly warm), and oil (I use walnut as it is a naturally drying oil).

    just melt them, cut pieces as small as possible to get it to melt quickest. Be careful of temperatures you heat to, paraffin flashpoint is 390°F; beeswax flashpoint is 400°F. If you just heat until melted, stir together and remove from heat there won't be an issue, but you shouldn't be walking away while the wax is on the heat.Easy to do, have fun.

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  • TheUglyBarbarian commented on WoodPlusMore's instructable Walnut Handle Chisel Set2 months ago
    Walnut Handle Chisel Set

    I have a few files that have no handles, think I'll make my own; I have some purpleheart and walnut I've been holding onto.Thanks for the easy instructable.

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  • Off-Grid Stealth Cabin Plans

    put new mattress (still in plastic) up in the loft before walls are on....

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  • A Cabin in the Woods...a Work in Progress........

    nice build, color me jealous.

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  • Discovering Oxford Sandy and Black Pigs. Scottish Organic Smallholding. Highland Homestead Part 1. Fermette écossaise - cochons de race rare. Granja escocesa - Los cerdos de raza rara

    heritage breeds are the backbone of homesteading AND industrial agriculture; but the companies involved in industrial agriculture mostly ignore the heritage breeds when not actively trying to adjust the physical traits of their current stock through breeding. That means that it is up to the modern homesteader to utilize heritage breeds, or nobody will and they will go the way of the dodo. I look forward to getting my homestead set up and being able to raise some of my own food; chickens, pheasant and maybe pigs too....

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  • How to Build a Wood Sailboat

    A very well done instructable, and a very nice looking boat. I had been thinking about either a Grand Banks style dory or a Norwegian Pram, and after seeing yours I'm pretty sure I'm going with the Pram for the first go. I had been looking at the 15 or 17 foot model due to needing space for crab or shrimp pots and fishing gear. what do you think, the 8 or 10 foot models look like there wouldn't be room for two adults and 10 pots as well as gear, but you actually have one so what do you think?Thanks.

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  • Harley Quinn Baseball Bat Pepper Mill

    she has both, great movie, Margot really channels her inner psycho chick...

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  • Cheap betel nut tree (Areca catechu tree) footwear

    I voted for you, really like the use of an unused biological waste to create footwear. Good luck.I hope I remember to make a couple pair of these next time I am in Southeast Asia(next year).

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  • TheUglyBarbarian commented on jrytlews's instructable Wood Burning Sauna DIY1 year ago
    Wood Burning Sauna DIY

    very inspiring. I am retiring soon, I hope to build a sauna next to my cabin (after I build the cabin, lol). You (and your commenters) have brought up several good points to consider for the project.Thank you.

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  • Step by step construction of a log cabin

    very well done, thank you for showing us your cabin.

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