How to Build a Column Footing

Back in ancient Greece, the column was the pinnacle of stature. The wealthy adorned their houses in them. They were made out of marble, granite, and other soft rocks. What held these monoliths was the “footing”. Without the footing of the column, the weight would press through the floor and topple the building. Creating a function footing was quite a feat and required precise measurements to distribute the weight. But today, we are going to create a not as functional footing that we can display our art on. The Greeks would use these footings as a medium to depict elaborate battles, as well as stories from their mythologies. We can make our own in a garden or inside our home and depict our own battles! Required Materials/Tools Wood (about 2×4″ plywood) Water Cement A...

How to Build a Log Cabin

Log cabins have definitely made a comeback in today’s energy-aware world. Any design is possible and the project is easy for an experienced do-it-yourself person. The basics are simple, and the finishing touches can be left to your imagination. Required Materials/Tools Logs 2×4″ stock Insulation material Spikes Chainsaw Grabbers Sledge hammer Nails and screws Pry bar Hammer Drill with full bit set Crane Level Instructions Just as every house needs a good plan and foundation, your log cabin too needs them. You need to mark out the area of the home. Dig out the foundation and pour cement into the area. Add rebar to the mix to give it added stability and support. Make sure to place rebar about 6″-8″ out of the cement in the corners for wall supports. Affix the plumbing...

How to Build a Seesaw

A seesaw is a great, fun project to create for your child. You can place seesaws in relatively small spaces and set them up pretty quickly. Your children will have many fond memories of playing with the seesaw! Required Materials/Tools Metal tubing or 2×8″ stock and post stock 10+’ metal perforated strap Bolts Spirit Level Tape measure Plain cement Padding Staples Staple gun Post anchors U-clamp Wood Shovel Hammer Instructions You will first need to prepare the foundation for the seesaw. Find a level space and lay out the length of the see saw. Find the middle ground for the two foundation holes. They need to be around four feet deep and one foot wide. Be sure you dig deeper if you are in a frost zone (about 6 feet). Place concrete tubes into the holes. The tubes should...