Guest Post series continues: Welcome Eric from Crosby/Deerwood, 20 minutes from Brainerd, MN and a couple few hours from Minneapolis, MN, USA
I have a sauna Story to share. I have 8 children and we are, needless to say, always tight on finances. The past few years my family and I have built several items from re-purposed wood and garage sale nails. This year I figured it was time to build a sauna in our garage. During the summer my sons and I reclaimed some free wood from friends and neighbors who were re-modeling their homes. We bought nails and screws from garage sales and borrowed a friends planer to take the top layer of paint off some cedar boards from a free reclaimed deck advertised on craigslist.
My wife found a 9 kw electric sauna heater for $75 at the Habitat Re-sale store and a contractor-friend wired in the correct 220 wire.
The most expensive items were the wiring and the vapor barrier (which I figured I needed to actually purchase). The final product was finished in November at a cost of $350. It is rustic looking and works great. Now we take a weekly sauna with my small children and my wife and I use the sauna 4-6 times/week. It has become a big part of our evening routine, made sentimental because of how we worked together to build it.
I am glad to tell our story. Working and planning with patience on a very limited budget was well worth it. It was also cool how friends helped when they found out what I was making. A man from church found an oak door on the side of the road and it became my sauna door. My brother-in law helped frame it in. My wife bought a how-to book for father’s day. (Insert DIY sauna book plug here).
I am also a terrible carpenter with limited tools. But we made this with only hammers, drills, skill saw and a planer. And I had to be creative to make my wood last. We had some mis-matched pieces. But it all worked and actually looks alright.