While working in an off grid log cabin in the forest, I was happy to hone my self reliance skills to hand-make the DIY sink for the rustic wood kitchen from copper. Click on http://www.audible.com/myselfreliance or text “myselfreliance” to 500-500 to get your free Audible download with a 30 day trial.
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Cali, our Golden Retriever, joins me as I build the sink from copper, hand forming it from a 3′ x 8′ sheet of 20 oz copper that a kind subscriber gave me for this project, David Oxley from Precision Fabrication in Parry Sound, Ontario. Thanks David!
Soldering the sink with an old fashioned, antique soldering iron that I heated up on the woodstove was challenging since I had not done this type of work for 20 years or more. But, I think the final results are going to be well worth the effort. As with all of the projects on the log cabin, it’s more work doing this alone and with hand tools, but it’s very rewarding once the work is done. Speaking of that, in my self reflections at the end of the video, I talk about how I always make sure that I live each and every day to the fullest and that I’m happy if I get even the smallest thing done, but that I also spend time with people that I love and/or take time out to do things that make me happy.
Making a rustic kitchen out of rough sawn lumber is very enjoyable without the limitations and extra stress of a modern home where everything must be perfect. I like the simplicity of using nails, rough pine boards, metals like copper and the free form design of the kitchen counter, cabinets, sink and other components. This cabin really is a DIY project, and I was relieved that my wife and I came up with this idea to make the sink out of copper rather than use a modern, prefabricated sink, even if it was from my old cabin.
Tune in next week as I complete the kitchen, installing a finished countertop, a cistern pump, metal catch basin, copper backsplash, a storage bin that doubles as a bed for my dog, and doors on the cabinets.
As usual, this video includes scenes of me making dinner on the stove, kale and spinach soup with homemade sourdough bread to dip into it.
Links to gear used in this video:
Solar LED light bulb 15W
Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw
Copper Fairy lights
Solar String Lights
Banneton 12″ round
Lodge Dutch Oven
Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees
Rocksheat baking stone
Wall Lantern (candle lit)
DJI Mavic Pro
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