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I melted some scrap roofing lead into ingots. It was my first experience with melting and molding metal. I netted 32 lbs of ingots with roughly 35 pounds of scrap left to melt another day.
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Woo Hoo not just today but over the last couple of days, hubbie had a few days vacation, we put a shelf unit in our dinning room closet. Now we have some place to stock food. Picked up a few non-food buckets for "stuff". Been acquiring some large coffee cans and stashed candles and coffee filters, we have been gathering batteries. Oh we do have a 250 gallon water tank in the garage that we picked up last year. Baby steps.......
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I make a lot of things sewing wise, and from tapestry mesh and thought it would be a good idea to expand my knowledge to making furniture, cat trees and the like but I know absolutely nothing about carpentry or wood work.

Can anyone suggest a good website/book for carpentry/woodwork that does a step by step course/guide for total beginners from scratch?

Also what sort of tools do I need to get? I have a basic DIY tool kit with screw drivers, level, hammer, CAT scanner etc.

PS I would love to do this without using electricity tools if I can.
Purdy secondhand stores generally have quite a few books on this kind of thing. Todays generations are not that interested in doing it for themselves so when parents pass they generally throw out all these skills books.

The Readers Digest have a particularly good one on the basics of doing everything around the home. Its about 2 inches thick with huge amounts of illustrations. As they have gone bankrupt I think the only place you will find it now is in an op shop or secondhand bookstore.
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Drug out my chick brooder, replaced the heat lamp, bought some starter feed and got everything ready for a new set of chicks next week
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I bought some walkie talkies that I've wanted for quite a while. Very excited to test them out.
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Ordered two dutch mil surplus duffle bags from major surplus. Less than 24.00 ea. including the shipping.
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It was a bargain day! 7 lbs of rice for $2.80, two week supply of peanut butter and granola bars to add to the stock, 4 stocking caps and 4 pairs of gloves for the BOBs for .50 each.
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I dry canned 20 pounds of flour in mason jars with o2 absorbers. First time ever!
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Harbor Freight was having their tent sale today, so I bought some misc. stuff for prepping, daily living, and work.

They had magnesium firestarters for $2 each. I bought 2.

I bought the 8 inch survival knife for $9. I found out that the compass doesn't work worth a darn, but I REALLY like the saw blade on the back and the knife itself is heavy duty enough to be darn useful useful.

I bought two 7-led flashlights for $1 each. They have the batteries included so I have these sturdy little flashlights everywhere. In my bags, in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom. I really recommend these for long term use. They'll provide 20 hours of constant light on a single set of batteries.

I also found an 18 inch magnetic tool holder to be used in my kitchen for $3. I love being able to stick my knives where I can find them every time.

For work, I bought four packs of soapstone sticks to be used as slate pencils in the 19th century school at the state park where I work. The kids will find these very useful and it cost a LOT less than buying commercial "slate pencils" at a museum store. .99 cents on sale for a package of five 8 inch soapstone sticks and they actually work much better than "slate pencils." They cost about $2.00 each for commercial slate pencils.

For my husband, I bought two pair of the rubber coated work gloves that he likes for $4 a pair.

Have a great day!

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Bought 500 rounds of winchester PDX1, 9mmHP+p, 124 gr at $12.99 per 20, from my brother in laws cousin who works in a gun shop in livermore, ca. He held onto them for me. Also got a text from my brother in reno who got 4 20 round mags and 3 30 round mags for a sig522, which i own. He is holding them for me if i ever need to fight my way to him.
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Transplanted 2 tomatos, 2 cucumbers and 6 rows of corn.


NVRDONE......Good luck with your hunt.
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I scored another $5.00 CB radio this afternoon at a thrift shop. The power wires had no accessory plug so I found one of those for $2. in with the electrical cords and such. I wired it up as we drove around shopping and then plugged it in. Works good. A couple of weeks ago I scored a couple of tunable fiberglass 11 meter whips and a mount ($3. for the two). One of them was a full wave antenna. I checked the SWR's and they're still tunable. I'm going to try to create a portable base antenna system from the full wave mobile whip. Create a high performance portable antenna system that I can set up for ourselves at a bug out location or give it and a radio to a TEOTWAWKI buddy so we can communicate and monitor with the grid down.
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It was a good day.
Made our first trip to the lds cannery close to us.
Picked up 75lbs of powdered milk, 50 lbs of white beans, and 50 lbs of black beans.
Plus o2 absorbers.
The lds cannery is the way to go for stuff. You can't beat the price and everyone there was very nice. Really great place to go. I'll for sure be back there soon.
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12 topsy turvey's for 5 bucks at Big Lot's. 5 for straberries and cukes, the others for tomatoes.
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I got some ammo -- does that count
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50 Rds of 30-30, 50 pounds of basmati rice. Money is getting too tight to prep well.
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200 rounds of .45 yesterday
60 rounds .223 today.

And a nice suede leather skirt, for $3 at a rummage sale.

The skirt will make lots of nice leather draw string bags, and various other leather projects.
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Did a CPR refresher class. 'Technically' legal for another 2 years and more importantly got me back into that mindset.
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Over the last week, we bought 2 coleman propane heaters (they run on the little bottles) for $45, 5-gallon food safe buckets (2) for free, and someone gave my husband a 1980 Dodge D50 that he drove off the showroom floor and it is in perfect condition, with all the service records. Also, added more bottled water to our stores. In the middle of inventory here at the house right now.
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Went to a local gun show.

Ammo was way too expensive so I picked up:
1000ml IV saline
2 syringes filled with saline for irrigation.
1 SAM splint in OD
1 pack of 1/2 wide Steri-Strips
3 14g IV Catheters
2 surgical scrub brushes
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