Coydon Wallham wrote:
Phil Swindler wrote:In my personal opinion, there is no personal problem that can't be handled with proper application of high explosives.
I trust you aren't offering your services to any veterans suffering from PTSD...
Crystal Stevens wrote:
Tim Osborn wrote:My wife likes flowers. I like to eat. I know there are several varieties of flowers that are edible. Please, tell me what your favorites are, what growing conditions they like best, and any known sources for them.
I live in central KY.
Thanks for your input.
Our favorites are calendula, nasturtium, pansies, borage, marigold, squash blossoms, chive blossoms, and day lilies.
Anne Miller wrote:The only flowers that I have eaten are squash and nasturiams.
They make pretty salads but not too filling.
Jesse Glessner wrote:You have one photo (from the Web) that shows gourds growing.
A suggestion is to grow hard shell gourds in one of your arbors. That keeps the gourds growing in good shape, especially long neck gourds, extra long handle gourds, martin houses, and Tennessee Spinners, ect.
Nicely grown gourds bring prime prices at Gourd Shows and through Internet Sales.
Phil Swindler wrote:This was a re-build from a broken bench.
The single screw holding the cross brace to the legs couldn't handle the stresses of daily use.
The screws came loose. This let the bench go askew and the tongue and grove joint one one end broke.
Some of the rebuild was done with power tools. Some of the work was done with simple hand tools.
Shortening the bench and re-cutting the tongue and grove was done on a table saw.
The mortises were cut with a chisel and mallet.
The tenons were cut with a hand saw.
The old brown finish on the bench top was removed with a hand plane.
The draw peg was cut, tapered, and inserted with hand tools.
The parts that were done with the table saw were much quicker and easier.
The parts done with hand tools felt much more satisfying.
The purple stain was the juice from a red cabbage.
Tom Hooper wrote:Never posted here but... just fyi almost the best tool for seeding grass in all those little out of the way places is a manually operated handled tool called a "Garden Weasel" cultivator. And we use handtools almost exclusively for our woodwork and boatbuilding. Be well.
Kevin David wrote:The topic of this thread has been on my mind a lot lately. I plan on building a practice cordwood shed/cabin before winter for temporary living. I have no building experience so I’m trying to make everything as easy as possible. I’ll be using timber framing a la Rob Roy’s ‘Timber Framing For The Rest Of Us’. But in the case of prepping the cordwood, I’m not exactly sure what “easy” is. I’m wondering if I should stick with hand tools or use a chainsaw to prep the cordwood. I have no experience with a chainsaw and would like to take a course if I end up deciding I should use one.
Rob Roy has a setup he highly recommends in several of his books which uses a chainsaw to make cordwood prep fast and efficient. Personally, I would prefer to stick with hand tools to prep the cordwood even though I know it will drag the process out. For one thing, I feel much safer using hand tools. My mind gets a little spacey at times due to some health issues.( To be clear, there are times when my mind isn’t spacey too.) I like the idea of gaining experience with hand tools. I just don’t know if I’ll have time get all the wood ready since I haven’t even bought land yet. The biggest factor will be how it takes to find land I suppose.
How big of a time difference could it make for a shed a little under 200 square feet? I’m thinking in the time it takes me to learn to use the chainsaw, build this setup for the chainsaw, and become reasonably efficient with it—it might not be worth the time. But I have no idea what I’m talking about, so any observations would be appreciated.