Build a grain mill, grind flour at home
There are some great grain mills out there that you can purchase. Both the Grainmaker and the Diamant look like great mills.
So, why would you want to build one? I think there are a bunch of reasons.
First off, you get a great mill – one I think you’ll find is equal to those other two great options you could buy. I don’t think you give up anything in terms of performance. Fundamentally that is what you are after right.
The cost of the materials though is a fraction of what it costs to purchase one of the commercial mills. Even if you have to purchase the tools – the principal ones being a welder, an angle grinder and a 3/8″ drill you’ll still likely find yourself ahead financially.
If you build more than one grain mill or already have some of the tools you’ll be even further ahead – and you’ll have the start of a nicely equipped metal working shop.
But more than that you’ll have gained the experience and insight needed to use those tools productively, and that is a pretty cools skill set to have in my book, and you’ll have gained those while building something very useful.
Now if you are a true novice to metal working you might want to tackle the tortilla press first. You’ll use many of the same skills but turnaround is much faster. It should serve as a good confidence builder.