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Fresnel Lenses can be a Useful Tool for Preppers

The other day a friend gave me a Fresnel lens that he removed from a projection television.  It is huge, it measures 50 inches by 37 inches.  We took and installed it in a wooden frame and have been experimenting …

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What Type of Knife do You Carry?

One question that always intrigues me is what kind of knife people carry?  I normally always carry at least three knifes.  They consist of a Leatherman Wave, an older Gerber multi tools and a Spyderco.

I have been carrying the …

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Alternate Uses for Things Like Pencils and First Aid Dressings in Your Bug Out Bag can Save Your Life

The simple items you carry in your seventy-two hour kit, bug out bag or get home bag (whatever you want to call it) can make a big difference.  Take a simple thing like, do you carry a pen or a …

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How to Replace an Ax Handle

This is a Forest Service technical bulletin it is the best article I have seen on how to replace a ax handle.  In a real emergency knowing how to replace tool handles can be the difference between success and failure.  …

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How to Fix Loose Ax or Hammer Handles

Loose ax or hammer handles can be a very irritating and dangerous problem.  So what do you do to solve this issue?  Years ago, I used to soak the ax or hammer in a bucket of water, the handle would …

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How to Make a Shaving Horse

Here are the instructions for making a shaving horse to use with your drawknife. The diagram is from the book “Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them”, a farm manual dated 1912.  See yesterdays post Do You Need A

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Do You Need A Drawknife?

In the past, before the easy availability of lumberyards and finished materials, a drawknife was an important tool.  They can still be purchased new and found in garage sales and antique shops.  If you intend to do any woodwork after …

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The Care and Maintenance of Ropes

Unlike what many people think ropes are not something that you just throw in the corner letting them get wet and dirty.  They require maintenance and care.

Ropes are not all the same.  Climbing ropes are dynamic – they are …

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A Good List of Hand Tools You Need to Work Without Electricity.

I have been reading a book on farm devices from 1909; the following list is the recommended contents for a farmer to have in his tool kit.  Notice the difference between then and today, no power tools and almost all …

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Why You Need a Good Set of Files

In the past when you had to depend on hand tools, files were very important.  They were used to sharpen everything from your shovels to your axes.  Our tools had too last and a sharp tool makes the work easier.  …

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