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Adding YouTube to the Blog

As I am venturing into keeping a digital interactive journal, I am creating a YouTube channel as well. Just as with the blog, I believe I can share any knowledge with the few or the masses, depending how the Welcome To Freedom brand will grow. I have all sorts of ideas and concepts, I just need to get started.

As far as my blog, I am 2 months into it, 24 posts (before this one), and 270 followers. I have had fun doing this, and planning on keeping the blog up and going and growing the blog. On Facebook, most of the shares I do receive are good feedbacks. After all, feedback is something that fuels a blog. I believe that “Food Storage: Prepper Style” has had the most conversation on Facebook, but I would like more feedback or comments on the blog. Why? So everyone who has access to it (on facebook -all groups, WordPress, and Twitter).  The most viewed  was my “Outdoor Dining Table.” I had some good comments on it, but mostly people looked at it and liked.

How many people read the current and don’t visit the rest of the posts?

I believe most get bored going through and reading posts. With a YouTube Video Blog, I can post to wider audience and entertain while presenting my information.

I have some ideas for posts and you will see them as the do come. I am learning how to edit video, so my videos to YouTube will catch people’s eyes. I will have multiple channels on YouTube. The first one will be for uploading videos of my family. The second will be for this blog. I thought about leaving them together, but I want to be able to allow people searching for Welcome to Freedom material versus videos of my family.

Well, let me know what you would like to see or hear about. Please comment on the blog and follow.

Go, live life and enjoy your freedom.

Outdoor Dining Table

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Over the weekend I made a table (mostly done). My wife wanted a table for the backyard so we have a main table when hosting things at the house. The table is made to allow people to use folding lawn chairs to sit at the table without too much trouble. I will be adding a cross piece underneath, and end caps (after thought and hope it works). The tabletop is 7.5 ft long as is and 3ft wide. It stands 30 inches to the tabletop. I found various lengths of 2×6’s at the local construction site (and their dumpster) and found almost enough wood to make all the pieces. I am missing 3 6 ft boards to finish it out. I need to go around to find them in order to finish the base.

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Even though the legs and cross members are hollow, they are plenty heavy. I ripped the 2×6’s down to get rid of the imperfections on the edges and the round over edges that they come with from the mill. The wood was weathered, muddy, and dinged up but with my planer, the wood looks great! After the small amount left to finish, I will stain it. I will also will be building a bench for the table, but that will be another weekend project.

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Christmas Décor

The lighter side of being self-sufficient is I that build or create decorations for our yard, especially at Christmas time. Even in the time of chaos and uncertainty, you have to have something you enjoy. We always have people stop to view the scene, and at times, little ones want to take pictures with the characters. If I put the smile on people’s faces with my display, then it was all worth it. Also, the boys help as they can.

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At Christmas time, I love to decorate the yard. I may not be Clark W. Griswold, but I do put out lights and characters. Picture above shows some of the yard art I did this year in various stages of completion. My boys painted the snowman. Of all the names, they named him Bill.

Bill, The Snowman, was completed this last year (2016) along with the pallet Christmas tree that was lit up. Schroeder, Lucy and Snoopy (Charlie Brown and Linus not shown) were completed years ago. These show the purity of Christmas. My boys, pictured with the art, loved going out and turning the lights on every night.

I scavenged all the material to make these happen. pallets made the snowman and the Christmas trees. Pallets have many uses and basis for most of my projects. I found the plywood for the Peanut gang in the middle of the road one night and threw it in the back of my truck. Most of the paint is from the ‘Oops’ paint section at the home improvement stores or paint that was left by the old owners of our home. We have a fraction of the cost in what I made than what you can buy in the store, and my stuff is way nicer than the things I see in store.

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Dinner Table Build

 

My wife wanted a round table to go in our newly refreshed kitchen. My wife wanted a table that would match our countertops without taking too much room in the kitchen. I scavenged wood from new home work sites. I always ask if I can take wood, which most will say yes.

The base was ripped down from 2×8’s. The pedestal was made from 4 2×8’s ripped down and screwed together. I braced the hollow center with square discs to keep it rigid.

The top was ripped down from 2×6’s and attached with wooden dowels and TiteBond III. I use this glue anytime I am gluing up projects to keep from having multiple glue bottles opened, even if waterproof glue is not needed. I used a circular saw to rough cut the top. Then set up a jig on the table saw to finish the round top. The top measures 42″.  I could buy a 3 foot roundtop or a 4 foot roundtop from our local Lowes Home Improvement, but it was either too small or too big. 42″ is just right. I used a planer to smooth out the rough surface of each board. I then used 80, 120, and 220 grit sandpaper to get it to a dining room table to a quality finish. I later stained it with dark walnut and put a polyurethane coat on it. The base is white-washed. I may go back and just paint it white to match our cabinets.

For my first furniture grade table, I think it turned out quite beautiful. Leave a comment on what you think.