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Mike Haasl

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Mike is a homesteader, gardener, engineer, wood worker, blacksmith and most recently a greenhouse designer. He heard about permaculture in 2015 and has been learning ever since.
Northern WI (zone 4)
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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Metal Working.

For this BB, you will be making a chicken feederfrom sheet metal!

Here are a few different ways to make chicken feeders.  Chick feeders would also be fine:


(source: Amazon)



Minimum requirements:
 - Chickens can't easily perch on or poop in feeder

To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - The supplies you're starting with
 - Partway through the build
 - The finished chicken feeder
48 minutes ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Metal Working.

For this BB, you will be making a grain scoop from sheet metal!

Here's an idea of what it looks like.


To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - The supplies you're starting with
 - Partway through the build
 - The finished grain scoop
52 minutes ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Metal Working.

For this BB, you will be making a urine diverter from sheet metal!

Here's an idea of what it looks like (only make yours from sheet metal).


(source:Permaculture Magazine)

To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - The supplies you're starting with
 - Partway through the build
 - The finished urine diverter installed
53 minutes ago
Yup, and when you do want to post it, please put all the photos in one post so that the approver only has to look through your stuff once.
1 hour ago
My buddy builds log saunas here in zone 4a and uses the Diamond Piers.  
1 hour ago
Hi Rob, I'll take a shot at your questions.

When drafting the BB threads, the person writing them has to find the best (or quickest) photos or youtube videos that get the idea across.  So while it might show things that don't match the requirements, the general idea is what we're usually after.

From the Dimensional Lumber Woodworking Badge (which is the parent badge to this BB):

Projects involve dimensional lumber, either from a sawmill or purchased.   No plywood, waferboard or particle board.    Includes construction, cabinetry and fine woodworking.

Power tools, nails, screws are used, but hopefully less than in most construction.   A little more emphasis on good joinery.

Much less glue than most construction these days.  

No paint. possibly some tung oil or linseed oil - but just a little.  A lot of emphasis on untreated wood.  



1)  Our "target" for this is probably a piece of furniture made 200 years ago in a utility woodworking shop - not for a castle or what would become a $100,000 antique today.  
2)  Some pocket screws are probably reasonable but not the whole thing held together with them.  The "man-made materials" it's talking about is OSB, plywood, waferboard and other wood-like substitutes.  
3)  Some protection is fine but we're after healthy-to-apply ones.  So some oils would probably be called for.  I'm guessing a homemade natural paint would be just fine.
4)  I suspect drawer slides slide through the current requirements.  But I'm guessing the hope would be that you'd have the drawers undersized from the face frame slightly and sliding on the dust frames with maybe a bit of beeswax or other wax lubricant.  I'm guessing that, or something similar, is what they did in the olden days before drawer slides.

Hopefully that made it a bit clearer?
Thanks David!  I'm not sure how important it is to measure the air temp up at the ceiling (17 feet off the ground) for heat storage mode and at hip level for heat delivery mode.  That looks like a neat device and quite affordable for what it does...
2 days ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Metal Working.

For this BB, you will be repointing and hardening/tempering a pointy tool (pick, mattock, etc) without removing any metal!

To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - The pointy tool that needs repointing and tempering
 - Partway through the repointing and tempering
 - The finished repointed and hardened/tempered a pointy tool
 - The tool used for 10 minutes in its normal conditions and then show the tool still pointy (evidence of decent hardness)
2 days ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Metal Working.

For this BB, you will be making a lamp shade out of sheet metal!

Here are some ideas to get you going:




To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - The supplies you're starting with
 - Partway through the build
 - The finished lamp shade
2 days ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Metal Working.

For this BB, you will be making a small bowl, spoon or the like by "sinking" sheet metal!

Here is one way to do it:


The points range from 2-6 depending on complexity and size.  You will have to make something amazing to get more than 4 points.

To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - The supplies you're starting with
 - Partway through the build
 - The finished small bowl or spoon
2 days ago