Tool Review: Hyper Tough Orbital Sander

A sander is an indispensable part of our tool lineup here at Apple Valley Farm, and in virtually any woodworking shop. So when our old Ryobi Random Orbit Sander finally died, we had to grab a quick replacement. 

We decided…

Cleaning Up Your Bandsaw Cuts

The band saw is an almost indispensable tool in the shop. But it can be hard to use well without a little experience. If you’re like us, the band saw blade can tend to wander, especially on those tough cuts.…

AVF Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

AVF Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

  • 1 Fels Naptha Laundry Soap Bar 
  • 1 Cup (roughly) Powered Borax 
  • 5 Gallons Hot Tap Water 
  • Essential Oils (optional) 
  • 1 Clean 5 Gal Bucket with Lid 
  • 1 Cheese Grater (any style) 
  • 1 Transmission Fluid Style…

Top 10 Fall Gardening Chores For The Homestead

For homestead or hobby gardeners, Spring and Summer are the glory days. Everything’s blooming and growing and warming up, and it’s just a great time to be in the dirt. 

Fall sort of gets a bad rap though. We…

Turn a Storage Bin Into A Mini Greenhouse

To recount some of the greatest moments in human history, you’d have to include the ability to start a fire. And the invention of the wheel. Maybe the development of the automobile or achieving flight. But I would also say…

Making Homemade Chicken Broth in the Instant Pot

I don’t know about you, but we use a lot of broth here on the AVF. Mostly chicken broth. And I confess, we buy most of it in the grocery store. (Horror!) 

But after today…no more! We have made our…

Laundry Detergent For $2 Per Year!

Today, we started a little homestead project that I’ve been wanting to try for years. Homemade Laundry Detergent

Let’s face it. Laundry Detergent is dadgum expensive! $10-15 for a gallon of some chemical-packed, perfume-laden slime in a fancy bottle…

The World's Only Buckshot Distressed Sign

When we first started making hand-painted signs, back in 2015, we really didn’t have a clue. I mean really. We had no idea what we were doing, and we certainly had no idea about what people actually wanted. 

So part…

How To Build a Simple Wooden Solo Cup Holder

How many times have you gotten together with friends or family, and struggled to keep everyone's plastic drink cups in order? Or worse yet, tried to keep up with a Sharpie so everyone can write their name on their cup…

Building A Simple Affordable Carpenter Bee Trap

One of my favorite things is when friends and customers send us suggestions for things to make. I don’t always trust myself when brainstorming project ideas, so getting it straight from the horse’s mouth is always best! 

With Spring in…

How to Give Wood A Weathered Look

Here at Apple Valley Farm, we use a LOT of reclaimed wood. And in case you don't know, that means we rarely have a lot of control over how it's going to look before we paint on it!

But one…