Posts Tagged ‘wood’

Egg Incubator

Posted: July 18, 2011 by emphelan in Around the Homestead
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Egg incubators can be expensive. We made ours using the parts out of one of those cheap Styrofoam ones (that had been crush and a friend gave to us), reclaimed wood, and screws. We purchased the egg turner for around $30.

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Be sure not to seal it until after you have gotten a temp reading. And remember that eggs need oxygen to hatch.

The box is one of our tools as well as a repurposed item. Surprisingly enough, it is a relatively inexpensive item to make. Here is the run down.

prepping the seedling box

You will need;
We have very little money into this box, most of the things acquired where given to us, or we had laying about.
3 1/2 sheets of plywood
We had 4 sheets of 3/8 plywood 6 feet tall given to us (one reason for the shape of the box) 1 for the front, 1 for the back and 1/2 for each side, and 1/2 for the top.

2x4s in the corners and across the top

You can use a variety of light sources or heat mats with low light water bed heater, just keep the air moving so you don’t turn your box into an oven. We run 400 watts in ours using a grow light

1x material

reclaimed door hinges, screwshinges

A reclaimed squirrel cage squirrel cageand dryer vent, and metal coffee can help vent out the heat so we don’t scorch our plants. A small fan that can be turned on to regulate any heating issues, and keeps the carbon dioxide levels up by exchange old air for new. The height helps with temp regulations as well.

Mylar or anything reflective is used on the walls and the doors (glossy white house paint works, and is the cheapest of all the materials that could be used unless you have stuff laying about that you could use). The reflective stuff is used for light refraction, keeps the light bouncing around the box, maximizing your lumins.

Drip trays are need for any condensation or over watering.

What to do:

Split one sheet of plywood in 1/2 for the doors. door the 1/2 sheet of plywood for the top. This gets you the basic box. In one side cut a hole that you metal coffee can can sit in. vent with coffee canMount the squirrel cage in the opposite corner, attaching the dryer vent to the cage and to the coffee can. Mount the fan on the same side but different corner of your coffee can.fan

Then use 1x material for the door seem over lap and the hinge mountings on the doors. Attach the doors. Use your reflective material either before you put it together (as in the paint) or after (as in the Mylar). Hang the lamp.

We also use two reclaimed floor vents that have been placed on the bottom sides (either side) to help with air circulation.

Dimensions of our box is 6 foot by 4 feet wide 34 inches deep. and hidden behind our bedroom door (so don’t give me that, I don’t have the room). Using the egg cartons we have 264 seedlings, if we used the seedling flats, we could have close to 500 seedlings in our available space (egg cartons were readily available at this time).

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You can scale the box way down, we just used what we had instead of chopping everything up. 4x2x4 can be accomplished with 2 sheets a plywood, doing seed flats. (they are about 1ft wide 2 ft long)

You can do this in the corner of your garage, just make sure the temperature is regulated, between 80-90 f

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The Linen Closet.

Posted: May 2, 2011 by emphelan in storage
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We live in a single wide trailer. The single most thing I hate about the homestead. We have finally resigned ourselves to the fact that because of the lay off we will be unable to build our dream house for a few years. Because of this fact we have decided to customize the aging mobile home. First is my linen closet. I do have a set of cabinets in the bathroom. Not enough room! Not only in the cabinets but also cramps up the bathroom.

Using old window sills and warped wood flooring, we created this.

Hallway

Very simple and a wonderful solution to space.

Hi! I am Lisa from The Dilletante Proprietor

I just love Girl’s Gone Trashy and am a regular lurker over here so I was absolutely thrilled that I was asked to do a guest post!

I asked myself at least 50 times what was the most important and the most expensive obstacle to “farming”…”homesteading”… when you already have your property?

FENCING!

Fencing was the single most important thing to me when I wanted a garden and to start off raising my own food… but couldn’t afford it…

I only have ½ an acre to fence…but when it comes down to it? I can’t afford 25ft of what it would take to fence this property…

The solution? I used recycled cedar “posts” from a torn down building and $2.00 landscape timbers…the timbers are 4×4 treated lumber… they are not exactly 4×4 as they are round on one side and flat on the other but they make awesome posts!

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For rails? I asked permission to walk through the woods at several places and gather fence “poles”…the ones that were already on the ground…I did glean some posts there also…

To attach the rails to the posts…I drilled a 1 inch hole in the end of my rail…pounded another 2 inch piece of re-bar into that hole and then drilled another hole into my post…it is just like a dowel rod.

This fence is surprisingly strong…you can sit on it…although I only use it to fence in my garden… I bet it would be hardy enough to keep a cow in or a horse and with closer placement of the poles? Maybe a goat or a hog…well, maybe not a hog..I have had plenty of those in my life time and they are terrible escape artists! It has already been through to Northern winters with 7 feet of snow sitting on it and no sign of damage… It is actually very nice looking too…for a free fence!

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I am working on a really great project from a huge shipping crate I got next to a college dumpster. Its not finished yet so that project will be next Wednesdays post. Until then I will share some of my favorite links of some very awesome trasy ladies! Check them out and see all the fantastic things they make from other peoples trash and be sure and tell them Peggy sent you.

Gail from Repurposed Life has lots and lots of projects from trash finds. You can spend days just drooling over her archives. Go on check it out but be sure and save time to visit Rose over at Confessions of a Curbshopaholic. She has a post up right now about her dogs but please scroll on down and see the most unique and beautiful things she makes from trash. She loves to travel around the neighborhood and pick up things people put by the curb. I have gotten lots of ideas from her and spend hours just going through her archives and dreaming and making notes. These two ladies make me want to become even more trashy than I already am! So please check them out and have a look see. I promise you won’t be disappointed and I bet you come away with some new projects you just can’t wait to get started on yourself.