How to Build a Goat Milking Stand

  This Goat Milking Stand video is an older one that I thought I published here, but in writing a goat raising post for my new downloads section, I realized I skipped it.  I found that you cannot really milk goats easily unless you build one of these milking stands. However, I did not use … Read more

How to Make an Inexpensive PVC Target Stand

How to Make an Inexpensive PVC Target Stand   The following guide shows how to make a PVC target stand construction should help you make a portable inexpensive option that is easily made at home with common tools. One of the troublesome aspects of shooting can be finding a place to staple up your targets. All too often we as shooters compromise … Read more

How to Make Tool Markings Stand Out


How to Make Tool Markings Stand Out
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As I get older and the room gets darker I find it harder and harder to read the sizes on things.  This is worse on things  like wrenches, sockets, drill bits, and taps.  I find that tool marking with paint makes it much easier to see.  I have always wanted to know how to make tool markings stand out.

This post is a quick and simple method to mark stampings

  • Paint your tool with a can of spray paint (black is nice, but white or other bright paint will work better on darker metal)
  • Once the paint dries, you can then rub it off – depending on the finish, a dry rag, a rag with a SMALL amount of acetone, or (if you are not picky about scratches) steel wool can all be used.

Just like scrimshaw (or the AR-15 marking post) you are putting paint in recessed areas.  This allows a level of distinction between the colored areas and the out metal.

There really isn’t much more to say about how to make tool markings stand out with ink.  Once you get the idea on tool marking you can easily adapt the process using different materials – I have even seen people fill the markings in with colored sugru.

Speaking about tools, I found toolsinsider that has a lot of other good tool information. I particularly like their article on sharpening drill bits..

How to Make a Improvised Cooking Stand from Shelf Brackets

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This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” posts – I first saw this on Stealth Survival and later on pinterest.

By repurposing shelf brackets you can make a really cool improvised cooking stand for any pots that do not have handles to hold over your campfire.

Somewhere I acquired a couple boxes of metal shelf brackets that were in need of a use, so I jumped on trying this out.

I will say that using 4 brackets and have each end rest on the next bracket makes a very study platform, but using three in a triangular setup works if you don’t have that extra bracket.

The brackets are designed to nest, so that they don’t take a lot of space in your bug out or camping kit, and you can throw in some nuts and bolts to connect them together so you don’t spill the beans…

Two other nice things about this is that you can push the brackets into the ground before building your fire to make it even more sturdy, and because most brackets have a long leg and a short leg, you can experiment with different configurations to fit your pots.

As with all of my heating methods, stay tuned and we will try this without survival still to see how study this is…

How to Build a Cheap Beehive Stand

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Its no secret I am an internet commando.  When the good idea fairy sprinkles the little light bulb dust on my head its off to the races.  I try to see if anyone else has been blessed (or cursed) with the same idea.

The other day on YouTube I saw a video by TheOhioCountryboy and modified his awesome idea to build a cheap beekive stand that perfectly fit my needs.

Basically I wanted to get my hives off of the concrete blocks they were on as well as make them sit more level (my yard is on a hill). All I used were two 2x4x8 boards, a 5 ft piece of rebar, and some paint.

How to Build a Cheap Stand for Multiple Beehives

  • I cut each board into a 5 ft section and 3 1 ft sections.
  • Next, I nailed the 1ft boards every foot of the long boards making what looks like a ladder.
  • I then drilled 4 holes slightly smaller than the diameter of the rebar.
  • After cutting the rebar into 4 18 inch sections, I pounded the rebar into the holes.
  • Lastly, I gave the whole thing a coat of white paint.

My idea of using the rebar as legs was to be able to keep animals from being able to climb up onto the stand, but I did not take into consideration the weight of the hives. I had about 6 full medium hive bodies and 4 more in various stages of honey storage. Each full 8 frame medium super of honey weights around 40 pounds, so it should NOT have surprised me when the rebar began sinking into the ground (but it did). If I did this again, I would have used 2×4’s as legs.

To tell the truth, if I did this again, I would have just made two of the hive stands like TheOhioCountryboy and just bought another hive (even though the wife would question the need for 5 beehives).