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The fixer upper homestead. Part 1: demolition!

Surprise! We bought a house! Overall I think it's a very very good starter home for a couple like us. It's a fixer upper, however, but tt will be a great fixer-upper for first-time fixer upper-ers. 

fixer upper house demolition

Walnut & Oak finish comparison: Boiled linseed oil (BLO) vs. Tru-Oil, plus rottenstone grain filler

http://amzn.to/2nbJH6TI'm getting ready to finish some walnut live-edge slabs and I wanted to test some different finishes and techniques on a scrap piece first. 

walnut wood oil finish with rottenwood grain filler test comparison

Project CheroKeep

The Jeep -- which I'm now calling the ChroKeep because it's a keeper ;) -- is finally in my hands! Just as suspected, it has the venerable Christler 8.25" rear end w/ 29 spline axles and np231 transfer case. The mechanicals are in vertually perect worked order. I took it on it's first ever off-road excursion and I was actually surprised at how smooth the jeep conquered those rather large ditches and mud holes. The 4wd worked flawlessly and there was even a little mud to play in but those street tires are absolutely awful. Can't wait to replace them! I'm thinking Falcon Wildpeak AT3W's. Will need 2 or 3 inches of lift to fit those... stay tuned!!

jeep cherokee xj stock flex offroad 4x4

New project! A '97 Jeep Cherokee XJ with 244,000 on the clock

I'm buying a site-unseen '97 Jeep Cherokee XJ for $1,500! This thing was owned and garage kept for the last 19 years by a nice, older lady who never abused it and maintained it religiously via the dealership, and the Jeep comes with a stack of service receipts as thick as pea soup. That's the only way I would buy any vehicle with 244,000 miles on the odometer...

DIY coffee table made out of pallet wood

I made a coffee table!

Here's how I did it...

diy coffee table made with old pallet wood, homemade and hand made

The "Hola Hoop Tunnel" for growing veggies all winter!

Last week, my girlfriend and I decided to pick a project out of my collection of Mother Earth News magazines and just do it. Last month, they published an article on cold frame gardening, and that's what we choose. We went to the hardware store, gathered some supplies, and proceded to get our hands dirty! 

Motorcycle Wheel Restoration

The old rims on my 1974 Honda CL200 had seen better days. They were dented, out of true, scratched, a little rusty, and no longer safe. So I ordered some new rims: shouldered aluminum ones. Here's how I installed them.

lacing motorcycle while rims spokes

How to paint/restore motorcycle or bike spokes

This is how I painted my old, used motorcycle wheel spokes. The same process should work for bicycle spokes as well. The bike is a 1974 Honda CL200. The spokes are cadmium plated steel (I think).

restored motorcycle rim spokes

New project! A 1978 Honda CB750

Just picked up this awesome bike! A 1978 Honda CB750. And a box of parts to go with it.

honda cb750 project bike motorcycle old

Exporting/migrating a Joomla website to Drupal7, with code

After building the new webiste for Kansas Public Radio using Drupal 7, I needed a way to export all of the old articles from our Joomla website to the new website. I could have experimented with the Feeds module for Drupal or another Joomla to Drupal solution, but our installation of Joomla was sooooo old and outdated that I couldn't trust anything. I decided to write my own bit of code.

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