Many of us dream of being able to live in our own cozy cabin in the woods. One man was able to build his own tiny retreat for only $500.

This adorable home was built in the northern woods of Canada on a piece of private property. Because the house is such a small size, no permits were required, which kept building costs and time constraints low. He was able to recruit friends and members of his church to help build the cabin over the course of eight months.


Do-It-Yourself projects are a cultural trend that has been around for a long time. There’s something about creating things with your hands that appeals to a lot of people. And in recent years, some have taken to building their own houses from scratch. The Internet is a great resource in that people can find guides and how-to videos to inform them on each stage of the process. It’s not rocket science, but it’s also not something you’d think a 13-year-old boy would be interested in doing.

Luke Thill is a 13-year-old from Dubuque, Iowa. Like any other teenage boy, he has lots of energy and is easily bored. But here’s where he sets himself apart: to cope with his boredom one summer, he decided to build a house in his parents’ backyard. The end result of this endeavor became so much more than he originally expected.

Luke set out to find the money and materials to complete his project, and first went to his parents for help. Though they approved of his efforts, they decided to let him do most of the work by himself. “It was a chance for a kid to do something more than play video games or sports,” said his dad Greg. “It teaches life lessons.” So how did Luke manage to get it done?

The teen cut neighbors’ lawns, raised funds online, and ran errands for people in his community as a trade-in for work or supplies. For example, a family friend who was an electrician helped him install the wiring in exchange for cleaning out his garage. Finally, he was able to gather enough money and materials to start building. Though it took him a lot longer than he anticipated…

One year later, Luke had raised $1,500 and collected enough stuff to begin building. He ended up using reclaimed or recycled materials for 75% of the house. In the process, he helped friends and neighbors get rid of unwanted things, like his uncle’s friend’s front door and many leftover items from his grandmother’s garage. Once building was firmly underway, he realized something that caught him by surprise.

Word of mouth had spread around town about the teen’s little venture. People were eager to know how he was doing so he decided to create a YouTube channel, where he kept viewers updated on his progress and also answered questions about the process. Before long, everyone in school knew his name, which might not have been the best thing for Luke at the time.

As his commitment and skill became clear to everyone, Luke was turning heads everywhere he went. Then, out of the blue, his principal called him into his office one day. “I don’t go there very often,” Luke said in one of his videos. “I’ve never gone there for anything bad.”

As it turned out, the principal was friends with a newspaper reporter from Indianapolis, who wanted to talk to the teen for a story. Despite the attention, Luke had to focus on finishing the project, and he still had obstacles to face before construction was done.

When creating the kitchen area for his tiny house, the teen decided to make a homemade countertop, using pieces of stained glass and liquid glaze. He researched the technique and studied YouTube videos of the process. But when time came to do it himself, the glaze leaked all through the mold. Though his idea failed, Luke did not let this deter him, and soon his perseverance paid off as he got an unexpected invitation.

The teen was contacted by a representative of TinyFest Midwest, a festival celebrating tiny houses and small living. They not only wanted Luke to attend, they also asked him to speak about the experience of building his tiny house. He was excited about preparing his speech since he’d recently earned a public speaking merit badge. And with the house almost finished, he’d soon be able to move in… except for one small detail.

Luke’s tiny house was finally done, as it had everything he would need to sleep, eat, and go about his day. Still, no house is complete without a few homely touches. After ensuring that his house was fully operational, he made sure the place looked warm and inviting. It had to look flawless. Afterall, now was the time to expose a year of hard work, not only to his family but to his entire fanbase and beyond.

Except he had one problem: the house had no toilet. The teen realized that installing plumbing was more than he could manage, but in the end he didn’t mind. “I liked the minimalism,” he told the Des Moines Register. Once the house was ready, he made a video tour that wowed everyone.

Turn salt water into fresh water with this simple survival hack

It’s never a bad idea to bone up on some basic survival skills.

Fresh water, shelter, and a positive attitude are the most important factors required to survive in the wild. Here’s a great way to make fresh water if you have access to salt water.

The idea is fairly simple, boil off the salt water and capture the fresh water as condensation.

If you’re planning ahead, the supplies for this hack will cost you less than $10. If it’s an apocalyptic situation or a simple natural disaster, most of these supplies will be readily available near civilization.

If you’re trapped on an island with no supplies, you’ll need to be more inventive.

Source: americangg

50-year-old Farm Girl shows how survivalists cook without using gas or electricity

Jennifer “Farm Girl” Saucier, the 50-year-old survivalist and fitness fanatic, is back again with another great video.

It’s always important to be prepared for a natural disaster. Hurricanes, snow storms, floods, and earthquakes are just a few of mother nature’s little quirks that can rob us of our easily overlooked luxuries like gas and electricity.

Fortunately, you can still prepare a hot meal the old fashioned way. Survival “rocket” stoves like this one can work with a variety of fuel sources and can be purchase or easily built if you know how to weld.

Let Jen show you how they get dinner ready on the farm with the video below.


Simple steak trick turns any cut into incredibly tender “poor man’s filet mignon”

Jack Scalfani from the Cooking With Jack Show shows us an incredibly simple trick to turn almost any cut of meat into a tender and juicy steak.

Using nothing more than a simple $1.99/lb steak, Jack makes a tasty meal he calls the “poor man’s filet mignon.”

The secret is coarse grain Kosher salt.

According to Jack, “The salt is going to pull the moisture out of this meat, and it’s also going to do something to the protein molecules. It’s going to break them down. I don’t know the science to it, I just know it works!”

Even if he doesn’t have a degree in Chemistry, Jack’s knows what he’s talking about.

Don’t believe him? Watch him demonstrate the effectiveness of this trick on two identical cuts of meat in the video below.


How to make Key Rings using a Shotgun Shell

***Obviously the shells/cartridges have been used. Never cut into or heat live ammunition.

For the key rings Eamon used some off cuts of wood to create a dowel that would fit into end of the shell. I used a block plane and sand paper for this. I used a hot iron to separate the plastic and the metal of the shell. The wood is stained in a walnut stain and finished in lacquer which is not shown in the video. The wood is attached to the shell part with gorilla super glue.

Always be safe and careful when using tools and machinery!!

Source: Eamon Walsh DIY

How To Make A Swedish Log Stove

If you didn’t have the opportunity to see a Swedish flame log before, you will be amazed by its originality. This kind of outdoor fire will revolutionize the way you cook your meals when you go camping. You don’t need to bring with you too many tools or utensils because all you need to to is to find the perfect log. Make sure that it’s dry because the fire will last longer this way.

You also have to make sure that you carve it right. But don’t worry if you don’t know how to do it; these photos will teach you the right steps to follow in order to make one beautiful Sweedish flame log all by yourself. Give it a try!

As the name suggests, a Swedish log stove is an improvised instrument or a cooking method. It is also known by the name of “Swedish Fire Torch”. Try making it once and I promise you that you’ll do it again.

What you can also add to this original invention is a stovetop, but this is only up to your choice. If you don’t have one, just use the top of the log as it is.

What you’re going to need in order to be prepared and have a successful first experience, are the following items: a medium sized log, a chainsaw, a lighter or matches and kindling. You can also crack the log open with an axe.

Before we get into it, safety must come first. A chainsaw safety equipment is required: eye protection, hearing protection and a dust mask. If you’re used to chopping wood and you think that you can do it in a matter of minutes, you can only use some protection for your eyes.

The first step is setting your log in a vertical position and making sure you are placing it on a fire-safe place. Don’t set it too close to the tents.

After you get equipped with your safety gear you’re ready to begin step number two. Start your chainsaw and cut from top to bottom approximately ¾ of the log. Leave about 6 inches at the base.

Step three: create a bundle of kindling in the middle of the log and start a small fire. It already looks awesome!

Step four: as the small fire is slowly burning, continue to stoke it until the bundle of kindling start to descend into the log.

Step five: make sure you add some more kindling in the center of the long in order to keep the fire burning. It has to be strong enough so it won’t go out.

Step six: stop adding kindling once the log starts burning by itself without any outside help. Now you know for sure that it will burn for a few hours.

Step seven: you will observe that as minutes pass by, your fire will grow and create the finalized form of the Swedish Torch.

Step eight: once you reach this level, you’re ready to place the pot or pan with the food you want to cook. Pay attention because you might burn it! The fire won’t be the same as when you’re cooking at home. Like comment and share, Enjoy!

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You can’t carry a toilet around with you, but you CAN carry the business bucket around pretty easily. Here is how to make it.

The Business Bucket is a pretty simple little DIY poop bucket to take hunting, camping or where ever you might not have access to a nice toilet to sit on. Now granted, most men don’t mind just popin’ a squat in the wood line, but the wife, girlfriend or your extremely metrosexual buddy that you’re trying to teach how to hunt on the other hand might not be to excited about that. That’s where this bad boy comes in. Imagine all of the complaining you could avoid having to listen to if you build one of these and take it with you. The Business Bucket works way better than a MRE box and a trash bag BTW.

Source: The funny beaver