Top 5 Bushcraft Projects at My Log Cabin Camp | Overview of a 30 Day Summer Expedition

Hello friends! I'm Max
and this video is an overview of my accomplished projects
and bushcraft activities during the last summer vacation
spent at my log cabin camp during that month
I improved the creek's dam assembled a water wheel powered mill
made a bushcraft tool rack fastened and tested a diy
cloggers knife repaired the cabin's door that was broken by an intruder
established a small garden as well as milled flour and coffee for
more bushcraft culinary experiments because it would be impossible to
publish a detailed video showing every project this video will be
an overview compilation the primary project
that I worked on during this 30-day stay was building a water wheel-powered mill
I finally fulfilled my old dream to bake hearth bread
using homegrown wheat de-husked and milled on the spot as soon as I arrived to my log cabin
camp and brought a few basic tools from the boat
I began to work on establishing a mini garden to grow lettuce
radish and other fast growing vegetables I fenced the raised garden bed using
bird cherry branches and filled it with sapropel a dried
organic sludge collected from the bottom of my pond
that I mixed with leftover compost used at my tree nursery last season
this is some onion that re-seeded itself from last year's crop
I didn't bring my fishing landing net this season
so I had to make one to collect the pond's sludge
to make a makeshift landing net i used an old polymer bag
and a spare kayak's rib bent from a fur branch
to prepare the polymer bag for assembly I first pulled out some threads
to make the fabric more water permeable this primitive contraption helped me to
clean the pond and to fertilize the vegetable bed all
in one step now it is time to plant seeds knowing
that I'm pretty far North I use the fastest germinating vegetable
seeds for risky agricultural zones however I only managed to grow a
mediocre crop by the end of the stay as the summer was
particularly cold that year the night temperature dropped to 45
degrees Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius)
once done with the immediate task of seeding plants
and clearing the passage to the lakeshore I continued to move
tools and supplies from my boat to the cabin camp
in fact I was doing it on and off for the rest of the week as I approached the cabin I noticed that
my bear proof door was challenged by a two-legged
antagonist armed with a pry bar as evidenced by these pry bar marks
the intruder only managed to partially break the door
as it was a bear-proof door after all I can see how the door was damaged but I
can't understand why someone would want to break an
unlocked door perhaps someone has an explanation I am
at my wit's end in any case I plan to take out the door
from its frame to tighten the gap between the two slabs
this season when building the door I knew the wide
slabs would fully dry in a year which would result in a gap
widening even though I hammered the spline
between the slabs this is why I installed dowels only on
one end of the door's dovetail rails in order to take my pin-hinged-door out
for repair I had to lift the door frame's header
along with the whole roof using a post and two wedges this roof
lifting procedure is not complicated I've done it more than once when
installing the door I even kept the original wedges unexpectedly the next step was more time
consuming it took me about 20 minutes to hammer
out the rails' dowels the dovetailed door
rails came out easier the intruder most likely came here in a
snowmobile and had some tools with them since then there was enough time for
tampered slabs to slightly warp which means I will need to correct the
door's geometry a repair I didn't count on doing
luckily I had my giant two-hand chisel with me
it is a perfect tool to shave cut and even smooth large surfaces if you
don't have a hand plane with you once done with correcting the dovetailed
joints' geometry I joined the door's surfaces using a
scrap plane a present for my friend Alex Siegfried
Alex thank you for such an excellent German
tool then I inserted a new spline into the
grooves between the slabs assembled the door and hammered in two
dowels into each horizontal rail lastly we need to install a door handle
I made the handle's metal part from an old railroad spike
in advance back home making the door handle is a very basic blacksmithing
project while the final result looks quite
advanced as long as you have a place to heat up a
railroad spike you can easily make such twisted door
handle that has an illusion of a fancy design
I foresee a question about its ergonomics
even though my door is quite heavy the handle's twisted edges
don't cause any discomfort during its use to make the handle go along with the
cabin's rustic design I made the rest of it from curvy pine
branches before fully installing the handle I
smoothened the doors surfaces with a hand plane to complete
the restoration procedure I'm also planning to finish it with oil
so it won't look much lighter than the aged cabin's logs because I'm
right handed I decided to install the handle slightly
counterclockwise for better economics now with the new
handle in place the door carrying task has become much
easier in order to install the door back all
you have to do is insert the pin hinges into the round mortises and hammer out
the wedge the header will drop back under the
roof's weight securing the door's upper pin hinge when I
installed the door and published a video about it some
people warned me that the pins will wear off fast however
after using it for two years I haven't noticed
any wear on the wooden hinges at all it looks like the handle fits the
surrounding style I'm also thinking about making a metal or
wooden latch for the door as a functional decoration
I would appreciate getting any design ideas from you guys
as I couldn't decide on its style for quite some time
lastly I finished the door with an end grain wax finish
mostly for looks as the roof's extra long overhang
provides a good rain and snow protection I hope that
next time nobody will try to break in through my unlocked
door with a crowbar but rather just use the handle as a courtesy instead
after about a week after the door was finished with oil it got noticeably
darker and no longer stood out against the old
logs meanwhile I have to get ready for my
main project of this season the waterwheel powered
mill I prefer to start such large projects
with time-consuming meticulous preparation
it will require making special tools jigs
and setting up a workspace i made a wooden mallet and rebuilt an
old workbench once I roughly shaped its head with a
chainsaw I decided to use my homemade cloggers knife
the huge knife requires a base with a properly attached
pin to operate I haven't made a dedicated base yet
and to save time I decided to install it on my shaving horse for now
to do that I installed the metal pin on the side of the shaving horse
the pivoting knife has a hole that is coupled with a metal pin
fixed to the shaving horse this is not a traditional solution
but I decided to make it like this anyway
usually a cloggers knife is attached to a base
through its upper ridge extension that is shaped as a hook the clogge's knife topic is pretty
broad and interesting if there is enough interest from my
viewers I will make a separate video about it note the knife's pin attachment will not
interfere if the shaving horse is used as a vice
I use the draw knife to shape my mallet's head
just to prove that point the scrub plane actually works faster
and cleaner for such tasks as for shaping or cleaning the mallet
head's face the cloggers knife is a perfect tool it
literally takes a minute to clean up a smashed or chipped mallet's
face using it lastly I shaped a slightly tapered maple
handle so that its one end is slightly thicker than the mallet head's eye note the handle's thicker end shouldn't
be cylindrical but rather oval so that it spreads the head cylindrical
eye along the grain if the handle is wedged
across the mallet head's grain it will just split it as a last step I drilled a one and a
quarter inch (32 millimeter) heads eye and assembled
the mallet now I have a much needed tool that you will soon see in use in my
upcoming projects such as making a topsy-turvy workbench building
a water wheel making a bushcraft tool rack building a
primitive lathe from a log and more and a few words about restoring and
modifying my workbench made from a fallen tree
that I used as both a lathe and a workbench to make most
parts of my water wheel you might remember I milled three long
slabs from this fallen pine and then used it as a workbench under a
canopy even though I protected this improvised
workbench against rain it dried out and slightly
warped over the years it is time to straighten its surface I
didn't have a jointer plane which would be an ideal tool for the task
so I used my trusty scrub plane to flatten the workbench's surface
as much as I could you might have noticed
a bunch of round openings on the workbench's top
and sides they significantly expanded the workbench's functionality
some of the openings were used as bench dog holding holes
while others were used as a part of an improvised lathe
I used the modified workbench to make most of the parts for my water wheel
project this lathe-looking contraption was
necessary to make precise axial holes in my water wheel's shaft to
prevent the shaft's deflection run out and
vibration by manually rotating the massive
octagonal shaft on the improvised lathe I drilled two
perfectly centered axial holes this water wheel project was a case
that proved thorough preparation pays off
it was later quite easy to properly install the water wheel on a dam with no
shaft runout or vibration this is the preliminary story about my
summer projects that I organized chronologically as most
of them are interconnected you can suggest what project you would
like to see in more detail in the next episode this is Max Egorov from St Petersburg
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