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What was your most interesting recent non solar project?

My wife and I have made arrangements for some Nigerian Dwarf milking Goats, they will arrive in June.
So off to cut some lumber and get ready for the new members of the homestead. Luckily we have an 11-year-old girl here interested in being the one to look after them, and make some spending money from the milking part.
My wife is looking into making her own cheese. Will be interesting for sure, since we don't have anyone in our trading group that does this locally.
Gotta go and get to work - will take some pics later when there is something to show, in case anyone is interested.
 
My wife and I have made arrangements for some Nigerian Dwarf milking Goats, they will arrive in June.
So off to cut some lumber and get ready for the new members of the homestead. Luckily we have an 11-year-old girl here interested in being the one to look after them, and make some spending money from the milking part.
My wife is looking into making her own cheese. Will be interesting for sure, since we don't have anyone in our trading group that does this locally.
Gotta go and get to work - will take some pics later when there is something to show, in case anyone is interested.
homesteading is always interesting... except when its a profit driven utube channel.
 
Nope, we just did a visit to check them out, be sure they are healthy and good natured, I have young grand-kids that come to visit, so I wanted to see the goats and get an idea of how tame they are. Actually these are very nice well trained goats, and the 11-year old liked them immediately so that was a positive sign, since it will be her job to look after them. LOL. We will pick them up in a few weeks after I get a pen ready and build a small shelter for them to sleep in at night - we have wolves and bears around sometimes at night.
A tree fell onto my bandsawmill over the winter, didn't do a lot of damage but needed to do a few repairs to get it back into working order. Once the saw was fixed, I used it to cut up the offending tree - irony that the tree that tried to kill the saw ended up getting sawn up into boards for the new goat pen and shelter LOL. Our usual process: lower tree-trunk sections go through the sawmill, then slabs and upper sections go to fire wood processor. Lumber and fire wood as a result, win win. and no tax.
 
homesteading is always interesting... except when its a profit driven utube channel.
yeah I hear ya,
I have never been interested in making videos, and our work on the homestead is purely self-reliance interest. That was part of our motivation to learn about solar as well. We run a successful business, and there is no shortage of work in that regard, but there is more to life than work, and money, one day we will be gone, may as well enjoy living while we can. Couple new projects this year, including a bigger greenhouse, and new barn. Lots to do, while I am still able to do it! one day soon I think I will not be able to do as much, so better keep moving as long as I can. Besides, spring arrived about 3 weeks earlier than normal, so trying to take advantage of the weather.
 
My dad bought a 24ft RV last week, so replacing the lead with LFP, installing a tablet in the van to monitor OBDII info, wifi camera to said tablet so he has a rear view when towing, fix his aircon, just pimping out the camper a bit.

Family camping trip for the next week!

Next year will be solar panels, 3kw AIO, and a couple 304ah DIY batteries. For now though, no solar so it counts!
 
Most recent is the 11th version of my diy lathe for changing tips and ferrules on cue shafts. This is a photo of the 7th version.
I am going to start an electric foundry next. Those cast iron brake discs are not going to melt by themselves...
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Foundry would certainly make a change from all the hot water heater diversion stuff most resort to :)
 
Foundry would certainly make a change from all the hot water heater diversion stuff most resort to :)
I do some castings from time to time. The connectors you see in the legs of the modular table in that photo are aluminum castings of my own design. I have some kanthal SiC heating elements i got from ebay.that can get to 1600 ºC. If you can do cast iron casting you open up a world of possible projects, is also a way to dump a tremendous amount of solar energy production into something usefuld during the summer.
 
Sauna??!!?? Yeah, when you're sweating gallons in the heat, the best idea is to build a box where you can sweat bullets in the heat??

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Yeah man, the idea is to get your skin pores open and really clean and help you recover from physical activity. I hear it has a lot of benefits for your body. I am over forty and i am starting to pay more attention to all this stuff.
 
I live in humid south louisiana. If my pores get more open you'll be able to see right through me.
Yeah up in the Nordic countries you need to build a box for the experience you get for free walking out the door.
 
I do some castings from time to time. The connectors you see in the legs of the modular table in that photo are aluminum castings of my own design. I have some kanthal SiC heating elements i got from ebay.that can get to 1600 ºC. If you can do cast iron casting you open up a world of possible projects, is also a way to dump a tremendous amount of solar energy production into something usefuld during the summer.
Ut Oh !!...I can feel a brand new distraction coming on.... gotta go and Meditate (don't spend any money, don't spend any money, don't spend any money...)
 
How do you cast a complex shape unless first you build a mold...one that can take the temperature of this liquid metal?
For example, these are 3 aluminum plates i casted to test the Whitworth method to create flat surfaces. Look at the interferences fringes in the last pic, how straight they are, i got that cast to be less than 2 micron across flatness.
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For example, these are 3 aluminum plates i casted to test the Whitworth method to create flat surfaces. Look at the interferences fringes in the last pic, how straight they are, i got that cast to be less than 2 micron across flatness.
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I saw this from a documentary of the Parthenon in Greece. That is how they got the different sections of the columns flat enough to mate with nothing but wooden plugs to center them.
 
Crap! I really should stop watching this thread.
You all have already fueled my addictions enough with the solar batteries and enough blue going into my RV to make @sunshine_eggo feel like a proud papa smurf.

Now my wife caught me surfing the web looking at 3D printers, which I tried to change tabs only to have it go to metal casting. Oops! 😬
Now, instead of getting to go to sleep tonight, I know we are going to have "the talk" a about "projects" and why no cars (meaning her car) can fit in the garage.

I don't think she likes this forum. We already had to deal with a week of my kids trying to figure out how they can get their hands on a prehistoric bison skeleton!
Crap. Stop doing so many cool things!
 
Now my wife caught me surfing the web looking at 3D printers, which I tried to change tabs only to have it go to metal casting. Oops! 😬
Now, instead of getting to go to sleep tonight, I know we are going to have "the talk" a about "projects" and why no cars (meaning her car) can fit in the garage.
I swear hon, it was just pr0n!

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I saw this from a documentary of the Parthenon in Greece. That is how they got the different sections of the columns flat enough to mate with nothing but wooden plugs to center them.
I didnt knew that. I know that the 3 plate method is very old and Whitworth popularized it. Today is commonly referred with his name.
I went through a phase of obsession with lapping plates a couple of years ago. Now i am almost cured.
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The museum borrowed an ice age mammoth tusk for our latest display. In exchange for the loan we had to do a little restoration. My job was to glue all the pieces back together. My next job will be to get it out of the sand box without breaking it again.
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