Hand tools, power tools, old tools, new tools; they all have a place and purpose. Here at MAN about TOOLS you’ll find tool reviews and other projects we have created on our little homestead farm in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. We will be posting these projects regularly on this site and on YouTube. Subscribe and see all our videos here..
RECENT POSTS ||
This is the simplest concrete garden boxes yet. Using only a few simple tools you can make your own forms and cast these link-together long-lasting concrete garden box panels.
In this Second Part we prepare the forms for casting the concrete garden box panels that make up the garden beds.
I test the deflection strength of CSA concrete garden box panels under a point load. These panels link together to make long lasting rot-proof garden boxes. I test 1 lightweight panel made from CSA Mortar…
HIGHLIGHTED POSTS ||
Make your own Concrete Garden Boxes! Build the forms and precast your own 36" reinforced concrete panels that lock together to make long lasting and durable concrete garden boxes. See the complete build video that…
In this part of the series I make my first attempt at simplifying the forms for pouring the concrete garden box panels. I use standard framing lumber instead of plywood. And finish with mineral oil…
I've received countless requests to make the concrete panels lighter. So in this part I try three lightweight concrete formulas.
TOOL REVIEWS ||
Time to get the wood stove ready for winter. We have a high-efficiency wood stove and need to sweep the chimney of creosote and clean the ash buildup inside the stove. This year we tested…
For my Timber Frame Style Woodshed project and Garden Pavilion Build, I used this jigsaw to cut curved profiles in the ends of 6" x 6" beams and in rafters. This Bosch Jigsaw model JS470EB…
In our YouTube Video we quickly show a tool review of the DeWalt Cordless Reciprocating Saw, model #DCS380B, 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion. A Reciprocating Saw has many uses around the farm and workshop. It's traditionally…
RECENT DIGITAL PLANS ||
Concrete Garden Bench ONE – Digital PlanUSD$ 6.00
Concrete Garden Box Panels Version I – Digital PlanUSD$ 6.00
Concrete Garden Box Panels Version II – Digital PlanUSD$ 6.00
Concrete Garden Box Panels Version III – Digital PlanUSD$ 6.00
Concrete Garden Box Panels Version IV – Digital PlanUSD$ 6.00
Concrete Garden Box Plan BundleUSD$ 15.00
Curved Rafter Pergola – Digital PlanUSD$ 6.00
Firewood Cutting Jig – Digital PlanUSD$ 6.00
Simple Cedar Pergola – Digital PlanUSD$ 6.00