Getting started on a homestead means you will be doing most of or all of
the work. For you to do this, you will need to buy land with or without buildings.
An old farm is one of the best choices for a homestead. In our case, we.
Bought raw land and had to clear it. Document everything you do.
This helps for future valuation and gives you a record for your own
peace of mind. I would want as close to 5 acres of land, but I have gotten by with as little as
three acres. 10 acres or more is ideal. If you are looking to get a Farm tax credit, you will need a minimum amount of land. Look for a post on farm credits (Case Study) in an upcoming blog post.
Step 1 may be: map and clear the land.
Step 2 may be: put in a roadway or drive way
Step 3 may be: establish a well or water.
Other Needs: Plant Fruit Trees, Make a Garden, Plant Vines or Berry Bushes,
Make / Put up Fences, Live Stock Areas, Build a Coop, Build Hutches
Build a work shop, Build or renovate a barn
This tool list will get you started:
Safety Ear Muffs
Chainsaw Safety Hard Hat and Face Shield
5000 Wat or larger Generator
Chainsaw 18″ (a second saw is needed – Same or Smaller)
Chainsaw Scrench – Screw diver and Wrench
Post Hole Digger
3 and 5 # Hammer
I used a Laser Level a Lot – A Cheep one works at dusk.
Tool Kit for construction — It’s in the Pouch
Not Everything will go in your pouch but hey you can try 🙂
Tool Pouch With left and Right Pockets
Padded belt (suspenders if desired)
Claw hammer 16 Oz (12 oz. is also OK)
Carpenter’s pencil or Sharpie
Paint Scraper (9-in-1 Painter’s Tool)
Utility knife (Retractable Razor Knife)
Flat wood chisel
Adjustable Crescent Wrench 6”
Flex Measuring Tape 12—30’
Duck-bill Vice Grips
A Cloth – Nail Apron
15 In. Flat Pry Bar
Folding Wood Ruler
Plum Bob for Chalk Line
5 gal pails
Cement mix container – Large Tub or a Mixer.
Put the tools in a pouch as you need them.
Don’t Carry More than you need and never carry less than you need.
A Five-gallon pail works great as a tool container.
But you need to have a pouch for the tools to be used in an efficient manner.
These Tools are not in the Pouch:
Stanley 20-045 Fat Max Hand Saw 15″ Length
Cross Cut Hand Saws – 26″ Length
Back Saw w/ Plastic Miter box
Rip Hand Saws – 24″ Length
Compass Saw 12″ Length
Cordless Impact Type Drill / Driver – (Can Charge in Truck or Car with 12 V Inverter)
Drill Bit Set
Hole Saw Blades
2X – Saw Horses ( 1/2 Sheet Ply-wood for a work Table on the Saw Horses).
A pipe stand or wide saw horse with a vise.
A Bumper Vice that fits into a Towing receiver on your Vehicle is Awesome.
Grinder and Face Shield
12 gag extension cords
If you Saw Dick Proenneke’s tool kit – This is a list from the Show, Books
and a few add ons from John Elden
|Augers, with T Handle 1-1/2 inch ( 1-1/4″, 3/4″)|
|Brace and Bits – Various sized Bits|
|Chalk and Chalk Line|
|Chisel Handles out of spruce on site|
|Combination square (one-foot)|
|Double Bladed Ax|
|Files, Flat, Round, 1/2 Round – (Small, Med, Large of each)|
|Flat Socket Chisels|
|Folding Pocket Knife|
|Folding ruler and Pencil Folding ruler|
|Framing claw hammer|
|Hand ripsaw 26″ to make boards|
|Hoe, for mixing mortar for his fireplace|
|Large Crosscut saw 36 to 40 inch, tree saw – One Person|
|Large Dividers with Pencil holder|
|Paint brush, to apply glue|
|Panel Saw 12″|
|Rotary Hand Drill with bits – Small drill bits|
|Round Point Shovel|
|Screwdrivers Flat Blade (Small, Med, Large)|
|Screwdrivers Philips (Small, Med, Large)|
|Short hand Crosscut saw|
|Small Block Plane|
|Smoothing Bench Plane #4 Stanley|
|Snow Shovel – Hand Made|
|Soap Mug and Brush for Shaving|
|Spud Bar for Rocks|
|Strait Razor – Shaving|
|Thin Bladed Wide Chisel|
|Thin Bladed Wide Chisel|
|Vise Grip Pliers|
|Wide bladed chisel|
|Wide-bladed small cold chisel|
|Wood Mallet – made in the field|
|Woodworking Dividers (Large, Small)|