A Hair-Shaving Sharp Knife from Old Leaf-Spring Steel

Posted by Nick  | 27 Nov 2020  | 0 comments

There’s lots of old treasures to be found buried on the homestead. Came across some 100 year old spring steel and wanted to try my hand at crafting a little rustic utility blade from it. Mostly done with hand tools (a LOT of filing) and without a proper forge. The hardness turned out well enough to take a good edge and resist chipping. Hair-shaving sharp! Smalls steps towards learning more about metalwork and blacksmithing.

DIY Workshop Stairs – Finally!

Posted by Nick  | 16 Nov 2020  | 1 comment

We figured out how to build stairs, yay! We added the finishing touches to the front of our workshop by finally adding a set of stairs to our matching deck and doors. The old stairs were just as shoddy as the old deck and doors – a narrow and steep ascent up slippery and rotting wood. It’s a small alteration, but every little improvement to our old homestead brings a smile to our faces whenever we see it or take pleasure in using it. Project compete, skills gained, and XP FTW.

Replacing Wonky Old Workshop Doors & Deck

Posted by Nick  | 20 Oct 2020  | 0 comments

They’ve been a long time waiting, but our workshop doors we built a year ago have finally been hung! Out with the old, gappy, rotten, dragging doors. We did away with the equally shite deck as well, and build a slip-free one on top of the still-sturdy bearers. Looks a bit too nice for the old workshop – but we tell ourselves that one day we’ll take off the old tin, too, and replace it with some sweet board-and-batten.

Check out our video of our deck-build to see how tricky it is customising for wonky old buildings. Good practice for our upcoming house build. The wisdom of trial and error! We love this kind of stuff, can’t get enough of it.

We’ve also built some stairs for the deck – stay tuned for the next video!