Woodworking Help And Tips
Can Woodworking Skills Help You in a Crisis?
How are you at handling a hammer? Or a carving knife? Can you do either?
You never know what you might end up needing in a crisis, and the more self-reliant you are, the better. Not to mention that more experience leads to more creativity.
And when you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, a little woodworking help and creativity is what will save the day!
Emergency Woodworking To Save Your Life
Whether you felt right at home in wood workshop classes, or did everything you could to get out of them, as a survivalist there are many reasons to learn essential
You got to know how to work with your hands if you want to be a little more comfortable or god forbid you just need some basic skills to keep yourself and your family alive.
Following are some basic ideas on how the knowledge of using basic hand tools could help you and your family in an emergency situation.
The most basic thing a man or woman could ever learn to build out of wood is also the most important: a shelter.
There are many different kinds of shelter, from an elevated platform hut down to the super simple slanted roof lean-to that only cuts wind and rain from one direction.
You will probably only need to repair what you are already living in. However, a catastrophic event such as a fire or tornado, etc. could basically wipe out that shelter you once called home.
Ideally, you should be able to make a few different types of shelter, depending on your need as well as what time and materials you have available.
* Braces and first-aid woodworking
When you are bugging out, or otherwise stuck in the wilderness, some first-aid woodworking could definitely save your life.
Imagine that you are far from safety, all alone. You have fallen, and you appear to have broken your leg
You now need to support your leg and find a way to walk.
Making a leg brace can be as simple as cutting all of the twigs off a pair of branches and tying them around your leg. No one said the woodwork had to be award-winning!
Your next step may be to carve yourself a crutch or two, or maybe a walking stick is enough. It doesn’t have to be terribly difficult; it just has to help you keep going.
Nonetheless, without those things, you might not get anywhere, much less arrive before it’s dark, cold and all the more dangerous.
* Cooking tripods
If you are going to be stuck in the wilderness longer than anticipated, if you have lost your gear, or even if you are home but your only option is to cook over an open fire………you may need to be able to make a cooking tripod!
This too is quite a simple woodworking skill, one that will ensure that you can survive. A tripod will provide means to cook your food and boil water.
All it takes is three large and very sturdy branches, a knife or small saw tool to cut them with, a knife to clean off twigs…and some rope to tie them together and from which to hang your cooking pot, of course!
* Utensil carving
Right now you might be thinking: “When has a wooden spoon ever saved a life?”
Don’t worry, it’s not going to be quite that far-fetched!
Hopefully, whenever you are out in the wilderness of any kind, you are not going to be without a container for collecting water.
But, let’s imagine you are.
If you don’t have a container, you can’t filter or purify your water, of course. Then again, if you don’t have a water container, you probably don’t have the means to filter or purify anything.
So let’s imagine that you want to drink from a seemingly clean stream. You could just put your hands down and lift some water up!
If you could use your survival knife – you do have your survival knife on you, right? – you could carve a drinking cup and use it to bring water to others in need.
* Weapons and hunting tools
Ah, yes, the ultimate survival woodworking skill! What could be harder than knowing how to make weapons and hunting tools?
For immediate survival, you might be making spears and rods for fishing, sharpened sticks, and cudgels for protection, and traps for hunting.
* Home repairs
Let’s face it, hardcore survival techniques are far cooler than home repair skills, but the reality of a survival scenario is you are more likely to hunker down at home than you are to bug out.
And if you are going to shelter in place, you are going to have to make sure that your shelter is safe to be in. Some types of emergencies can make a death-trap out of a home!
If you keep animals, knowing how to repair their enclosures is on the list of home repairs to learn and to learn well.
If you are in a situation where you might need your animals to survive, whether for food, for trade or for protection, you can’t afford to lose them!
* Home security implementations
Knowing how to use woodworking skills to make your home more secure against intruders goes hand in hand with home repair skills.
At the very least, learn how to add reinforcement panels and wooden bars to doors and windows.
As you start to look further into the future, surviving a long-term disaster and starting over in a new world, you will find that many tools are necessary for survival. They range from spades to wagons, food storage to anvils
However, that is for extra credit only. Unless you can already build a shelter, repair your home, fortify your doors and do some rudimentary carving, there is no reason to learn to make a wagon. Not for survival reasons, anyhow.
After all, you need the skills to survive the night, before amassing the skills to survive the winter.
What Supplies You Should Have On Hand
With some basic tools and your woodworking knowledge, you should be well prepared to tough out some basic repairs and building projects.
Just make sure that you have the materials before disaster strikes. These basic supplies will not take up a lot of room in the corner of a garage or basement.
Just make sure you do your shopping now instead of waiting till the last minute.
- Tarps and or clear plastic sheeting. These are essential for quick repairs to damaged roofs and broken windows.
- 1×2 furring strips. They are essential to help keep that tarp or plastic in place. Just nailing into the plastic is not enough to keep it down in the wind.
- Nails of various sizes. They do not take up much room and you will be kicking yourself if you need them and none can be found. It’s these simple ideas that will help you save that day!
- Gasoline. This is something that I make sure I have right when the hurricane season starts. I don’t wait for the storm to be right on top of me when I would have to get on a long line at the gas station. And praying the gas does not run out before I get to the pumps. You are going to need gas to run a generator or your car if the power is off for an extended period of time. After the season, I just dump it into the gas tank of my car.
- And speaking of generators, you do not know how uncomfortable you will be after days or weeks without power. Buy one now while they are available.
- Do not forget the extension cords. Not those cheap indoor varieties. Those heavy duty outdoor types of 50 t0 100 feet in length. How else are you going to get that power from the generator to the inside of your house?
- Did I mention duct tape yet? That should have been #1. Duct tape should be required by law to be owned by everybody who faces a repair situation. Look how it helped the Apollo 11 astronauts.
- Some wire ties and some basic hardware such as nuts and bolts could help you out in some situations.
Those are a few simple supplies you should always have on hand.
Not when impending disaster might strike but for when it will, unexpectedly or with just a few days notice.
Consider your new found woodworking skills your “get out of jail pass”.
Because know you may use the new found knowledge and tools to help yourself and your family survive the chaos.
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