Practicing my carpentry skills

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  1. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I don't really have any carpentry skills :D But that didn't stop me!

    To back up in my story a little, when I went out to check my chickens yesterday before work I noticed there were only 4 hens. And there were feathers everywhere. I'm supposed to have 6, so I went out into their run to see if the others were hiding somewhere and found this:

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    This ain't good. When our dogs were still here, we didn't worry about varmints, but now the dogs are gone. By this time I was already dressed for work, but I knew I wasn't going to be able to work on anything this weekend. So I called in to work and said I'd be late, changed into my work clothes, and hunted down my drill and screws.

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    You can see we have a problem - it's half miscommunication and half somebody getting lazy. The guy who built the coop made the door full height, so we couldn't just put wire across the top of the pen. The guy who finished the run apparently didn't think we needed a top. I wasn't sure I could tackle it, so it's been left alone for a long time. But that's not going to work, obviously. So I built that box that goes around the door so we can put up wire and still get the door open.

    It's rough, but it's solid! It'll be a challenge to get the wire attached real good, but it's progress :) I've never built anything before, except a simple rabbit cage once, so I'm pretty proud of myself :D

    We'll close the coop door every night until I can get the run finished. The chickens were pretty nervous last night, but they were happy to get out this morning :)

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  2. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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  3. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Thank you! Every now and then when I work on stuff like this I have to laugh and think to myself, I have no idea what I'm doing! My solution is more screws!!
     
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    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    You are smart, you’ll figure it out.
    Just think about how you would sew it...;)
     
  5. Brew-Jitsu

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    Great job! I'm jealous of all of the fresh eggs you'll get. Can't beat that flavor.

    The screen above the door did make me giggle a bit, only because I run into something like that during every home improvement project.
     
  6. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I knew all those years of watching people do stuff would come in handy :D I used to like watching people more than I liked doing things myself!
     
  7. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I guess nobody wanted to build something that ridiculous - so I built it myself :)
     
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    I think that must be where the term " Ahh, screw it!" comes from.

    Sorry about the chickens.
     
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  10. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Thank you!

    Hopefully I can find some to replace the ones we lost :) It's flea market season, after all!
     
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    I used to work with hardware cloth a lot to line the bottom of our raised garden beds. I put it on when I was building the beds, and therefore was working with it horizontally. If I were to hang it vertically, like you will be doing, I would get several clamps and clamp it across the top. Then use either poultry staples or fence staples to attach the hardware cloth where the clamps are, then work down the sides. Great work! You are inspiring me to build canoe racks in the garage.
     
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    So, you're going to put a "lid" of hardware cloth on your chicken area in addition to the uprights?
     
  13. HannahT

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    Yep! Critters climb right up that hardware cloth if the run's not covered. Gotta sew it up pretty tight! I think I'll have to dig around the edges and bury a few inches of wire, too.
     
  14. gohammergo

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    Very nice @HannahT . Every bit as good as I could have done. :)
     
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    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I dunno about that - I didn't get all the bent nails in the pictures :D
     
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    Bent nails are a rite of passage.
    At least you didn’t whack your thumb...
     
  17. HannahT

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    It's really a wonder I didn't :D Some spaces were tight, I can't hammer left-handed, and my hammer head's getting loose :34:
     
  18. MrFixIt

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    Sounds like another good project to tighten up the head...;)
     
  19. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Years ago "clinching" nails was a part of construction. You used a long nail, pounded it all the way through the two boards, then bent it over on the backside, pounding the excess nail with the grain.

    So, you are like an old time crafts-person. :)
     
  20. SpookyPistolero

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    Looks a lot better than I'd have been able to make it, great job.
     
  21. HannahT

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    There we go! That's my excuse :)

    Thank you!
     
  22. Stone

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    I was doing the bottom of my raised beds and the entire garden area to keep the pocket gophers from pushing up.

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  23. HannahT

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    Good idea! We have a whole city of gophers/moles under our yard :mad:
     
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    I had them critters pretty much licked after battling them for 20 years...then three months after I got the cloth down and barked over in between all the beds (12, 4x8') I moved halfway across the country. We now have one galvanized 4x12' raised bed and we haven't quite planted it yet. But no gophers...just deer and rabbits...
     
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    I'd be proud of that. It's neat and look sturdy and finished well.
     
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    Good job. Been in construction my whole life and my chicken pen was still a little "rough". The chickens don't seem to mind.
    Wait until you find out it was an inside job. ;) Those hen's can be ruthless. :)
     
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    That's a nice job and awesome you looked at a situation and got it done yourself. I agree the roof is necessary. Sometimes people forget that certain chicken munching critters can climb.

    Kudos to you again.
     
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    Not only climb, but fly. We have had hawks swoop down into the pens, and even an owl once.
     
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    Nice work. Any construction errors can be passed off as "a rustic design feature!"
     
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    :dblthumb: I'm an expert at rustic.

    Yep - we've had a lot of owls around lately.

    Thanks!

    Murderous lot they are :D
     
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    Drywall screws are the best invention since sliced bread.
     
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    That hardware cloth can get steep. I was buying 48" wide 3/4 inch cloth in 50 foot rolls.

    I guess they were 1/2 inch mesh cloth...
     
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