Monday, August 8, 2011

Building the !#(*&_$ Coop!!!

So we've spent most (all but one day) of the last week building the mother flippin' coop! The plans beyond suck, we should have bought a table saw... and the darn thing just aint fitting together as it should! So instead of carrying on about it, here are the pics of the evolution.
The front of the "barn" minus the door. Some parts had to be cut after most of the front was done... took 3 days Wednesday Aug 3

Barn Shed brought to you in part Muscol! Every day of the week!

The back was so much easier since we had most of the measurments for the front Thursday Aug 4

And up go the side walls & back wall Saturday Aug 6

The front and ridgeboards are up, rafters are next Saturday Aug 6th

Rafters are in place, lets not talk about them Sat Aug 6th

Roof part 1 Sunday Aug 7

Roof part 2 and side walls... it's almost kinda done Sunday Aug 7
 it's been a long week, a very long week. Late starts, short materials, in need of tools, impossible angles... Had to cut boards at a 21 degree angle, with what exactly???? the Mitre saw doesn't cut angles that steep, using a skill saw or jig saw really bad idea!!!!! We got it done but not without much frustration. I have to say, the sander also came in to great use! Sure we are partially to blame for lack of experience but I'm also blaming warpped wood for straight cuts not fitting where they should!!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Coop Building Day One

Update Update Update!
There are a few things that occured since I last posted. We had originally decided to put the dog house together and use the 3 segments of roofing from the kennel as the enclosure. Well the plans didn't exactly work out...

Here's the chainlink/chicken wire fence segments

On July 1st I went to Home Hardware to purchase a "Barn Style" 8 X 8 Shed kit. The lady at home hardware is truly one of the worst employees I've ever encountered. She sold me the shed, no plans, I asked that the materials be delivered to the house and it was like I was asking for the moon. After some "discussion" she said it would be delivered on the Monday instead of that Saturday. The shed, well I should say the lumber was delivered, not where I asked for it to be put, no hardware and still no plans. The next day, Lee and I rushed to Home Hardware to get the plans and the hardware. The same lady argued with me that the hardware had been delivered. I think it was delivered that day.

The Shed...

Mid July we took a quick trip to Calgary we were in need of a few tools... Obviously. We got a smokin' deal on a DeWalt 12' Double Bevel Mitre Saw & Stand. We also bought a few "toys" for around the house. Lee and Danny set-up the saw

The Saw
For the last few days we've had the chickens out in the creates (minus the plastic bottom) They've grown fast in the last month...


It's been a hot weekend! Even the pups didn't have the energy to do much!

Day one... Building the frame and joists for the floor, placing the pavers... Starting way toooo late! ad the Home Hardware "detailed" plans for their Barn Style stick shed SUCK! They are not complete in any way, shape or form! We should sue them for false advertizing!!!! they only have the complete plans for how to build the floor and 2 side walls. Even their OWN builders said that they would never sell that shed! Nor could they provide any more detail. We will be posting the plans and  the cut list.measurements once we are done. Who cares what they say about copy right, I'll simply rename the project and add WAAAAAAAY more detail.

Placing the pavers

Cutting 2X4 (which by the way are really 1.5 X 4 )

Lee screwing in the frame for the floor

Yupp, almost level!

Ready for the plywood to complete the floor!

Well that's the update for day one. Day two and maybe three will be posted tomorrow.