Makes 3 ½ quarts of soap mix
1 cup Dr. Bronner’s 18-in 1 Hemp Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Soap
1 cup Washing Soda
½ cup Epsom Salt
12 cups warm water
Mix Washing Soda, Epsom Salt, and warm water until all dry ingredients are thoroughly dissolved.
Then add Dr. Bronner’s 18-in 1 Hemp Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Soap (this makes a really mild, skin friendly soap). I wouldn’t hesitate to use any of the Dr. Bronner’s natural scented soaps to add a fresh scent to the wash.
Wisk the whole mixture until thoroughly incorporated. Bottle immediately, I use quart canning jars.
Instructions for use:
Shake the bottle thoroughly as the mixture will harden and settle with storage.
I add ½ cup of soap mixture and ¼ cup OXI CLEAN FREE (no dyes or perfumes) to a large load of laundry. It works fine with cold water for me.
Start with 6000 series 1″ dia. aluminum rod cut to fit your hand.
Slot one end and drill one 5/32″ dia hole to receive reciprocating saw blade. Drill three 1/4″ dia holes and tap all the way through the rod. These will receive 1/4″ x 1/2″ long stainless steel grubbing point set screws to hold reciprocating saw blade or other tool that will fit the slot. I disassembled some old pocket knives that I mount the blades to this end.
The other end I drill a 1/2″ diameter hole to remove some weight and mount a 1/2″ dia x 6″ long ferrocerium rod. Drill one 1/4″ dia hole and tap all the way through the aluminum rod. This will receive a 1/4″ x 1/2″ long stainless steel grubbing point set screw to hold ferrocerium rod.
This is a Mora Norse King Knife that I bought in the 1960’s. It had stamped brass end pieces on the birch handle that were chrome plated. I thought that it looked cheap and didn’t look like a bushcraft knife.
I removed the chrome and birch handle and made a hickory handle that I designed to fit my hand. I drilled a hole large enough to receive the small end of the rat tail tang. I then slotted the hole to receive the tapered tang on the blade side of the handle. After achieving a good fit I epoxied the blade into the handle with 5000 psi two part epoxy.
The next day I formed and finish sanded the handle. Then I made several applications of a homemade beeswax and raw linseed oil paste wax.
I then modified the existing sheath to receive the wider handle.
This knife is now ready for another 50-60 years!
I wish to thank OUTDOORS55 from YouTube for this concept.
This is a very aggressive cutting hand saw which should last a long time.
I made a sheath to protect myself from the saw teeth.
12″ carbide tipped reciprocating saw pruning blade
Old paint scraper handle cut to fit my hand
5/16″ dia. threaded rod with slotted end with 1/8″ hole to connect blade with 1/8″ brass rod
Fender washer drilled to fit 5/16″ rod; ground or filed to match handle size
5/16″ hex nut
1/8″ brass rod
My new favorite weeding hoe.
This replaces my hula hoe which I have used for over 40 years.
The point on this hoe with the wider flat surface makes it easier to skim close to the surface of the soil. The angled cutting surfaces cut weeds more easily than the flat face of the hula hoe.
When I am finished using the hoe I reshape both edges with an M.T.D. 100 grit triangular diamond file. I like the rough edge that the 100 grit triangular diamond file leaves on the cutting edge. This rough edge makes it cut through very fibrous material more easily than with a polished edge.
I used a piece of an old file as my Steel. The Flint are various stones found in small creeks: agate, granular quartz, crystalline quartz, jasper, and chert.
The tin contains charred 100% cotton cloth and charred loblolly pine punk wood. I wait for the woodpeckers to tear the old log apart; when they can tear chunks out of the log it is good punk wood.
This is a 1/2 ” x 6″ long ferrocerium rod mounted in a piece of aluminum conduit. The conduit guides the sparks to the bottom of the tube so more sparks go where you want them to. I call it my “Ferrocerium Cannon”.
Saw for processing wood. I prefer a fixed blade pruning saw. This is one of the kind that commercial arborists use. It will saw a 10″ diameter log. It is a Japanese style saw that cuts on the pull stroke
Handmade leather sheaths which were made totally with rivets, no stitching.
Stamped “Vaughan Value Brand” Double Bit Cruiser Axe.
Cruiser: one who estimates the potential lumber yield from the standing timber on a specific tract of land and may mark out routes for accessing the area. (also: estimator)
Cruiser’s axe: a small version of a double bit axe designed to make markings by slashing the bark such as when blazing. (also: timber cruiser’s axe)
My wife found this beauty at a yard sale and brought it home for me.
It weighs 4 lbs. on the nose; with a new 22″ long handle which has been shortened from standard length. I swing this one handed like a hatchet or tomahawk. One edge is a slim profile for chopping the other is blunt for splitting.
I will drive one bit into a fallen log and baton wood into it to split it.