Planing Rough Cut Lumber For Your Tiny House

Using a variety of saws and woodworking equipment can indeed be intimidating. From planers to scrolls to chops to shapers, the arsenal is lengthy. But nothing looks as good (or smells as good!) or presents as well as nice, home-milled, rough cut lumber.

Espresso ShotIn building the Tiny r(E)volution tiny house we used no less than three species of rough cut. We used some beautiful 108-year old Yellow Pine, some Eastern Black Walnut, and a very few pieces of 30-year old Cedar. It was truly a wonderful learning experience for us and produced some of the most beautiful and original components of any house we have ever lived in.

 

In this video I take a few minutes to show how to get a nice, workable piece of lumber from an ordinary rough cut from a tree.

 

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

Creating Summertime Shade For Your Tiny House

I am an unabashed music theatre fan and anytime the mercury rises I can hear File and company from Harvey Schmidt’s ‘110 In The Shade’ singing:

Overhead the sun is shining /
Not a cloud across the sky /
Not a sign on the horizon /
And it’s gonna be another hot day /
Yes, it’s gonna be another hot day

for the TINY HOUSELast I checked few people truly like the hot sun. In fact, throughout history humans have constructed hats, worn bandanas, taken siestas, rubbed clay masks on, and more, just to ward off the sun. But truth be told there is something poetic about the warmth that beams down on our weary faces and we enjoy sitting out in it even if coaxed by sweet tea or lemonaide and the promise of blossoming flowers and green grass. How much more pleasant would it be though if we could do so under the shade of an awning or porch roof? Just because we live in a tiny house doesn’t mean we can’t. Scores of THOW’s have found ways to take shade and there may be several more ideas just waiting to be employed. Continue reading

Add A Closet Office To Your Home

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Guest Post by John Miller

Having a home office to stay organized and focused is one of the many ideas that may have come to your mind, but many of us don’t have an extra room in our houses to convert into a dedicated office. If you are one of us with tiny house, I have a great idea for you – converting a closet into a home office can be your best solution.

Since we do not use many closets in our homes to their optimum level, converting one into your home office can help you in organizing your work, staying functional and properly managing your business from home. Now that you are thinking to convert that poorly utilized hall closet into a home office, we have some tips to help you. Continue reading

Using Wheel Chocks With Your Tiny House

I don’t quite know what there is to say about wheel chocks. They keep your trailer from rolling down a hill. Fact. Stick them in front of your wheel and behind your wheel, give them a little snugging, and that is it. Gravity does the rest.

Using Wheel Chocks With Your Tiny House

But it is important to note that there are several styles of chocks on the market ranging in price, weight, and material. Each one targets a different type of trailer and each one is better suited for one trailer over another. Don’t forget there are also a few cheaper and more atypical solutions to the problem of trailer rolling as well.

In today’s video I introduce you to several different styles of chocks that range in price and function.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

How To Level And Stabilize Your Tiny House

Perhaps there is nothing truly worse than sleeping in a sort of gravity inversion position wherein your feet are elevated far above your head. To put it more simply though…how you gonna sleep when your head is crunched up against the wall, your feet keep sliding towards your knees, and your head is pounding because every unit of blood in your body has found its way northward? And what makes matters worse is that morning in your tiny house on wheels or your travel trailer when you wake up to find that the fridge is warm because you chose a gas powered fridge that won’t operate when off kilter. Thus is the stress induced by not having a level tiny house.

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