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An easy DIY project we all could at least try and get some sort of blacksmithing skills before SHTF.
I love the simplicity of this forge set up. I think having a little knowledge of this old skill could come in very handy if SHTF. Not only is this skill a valuable trade today, in a SHTF situation, but you could also use these skills to barter with and make some pretty strong defensive weapons. Heck, you could even make small skinning knives to swords to barter with too.
On this setup, one sink is filled with cold water to quench the metal, but if you can only find a single stainless steel sink you could just fill a bucket of water and still be good. In fact, that may be easier, as finding a double sink may be difficult. I would check your local classifieds and maybe even the scrap yard and pick one up for free 🙂
A quick tip:
Low-carbon steel is fine for most projects, but high-carbon, S7 tool steel is better for shaping implements that need to hold an edge. here are a couple of great books on blacksmithing I would recommend. The Backyard Blacksmith by Lorelei Sims or Blacksmithing Basics for the Homestead by Joe DeLaRonde. I found a really great blacksmith 101 article that can explain the basics and also shows you how to build the pictured forge.
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
Do you remember the old root cellars our great-grandparents used to have? In fact, they probably built it themselves, right in their back yard.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then you need Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also reveal how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.