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Hermit House Woodworking - Starting from Scratch #2: My First Wood Order

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Blog entry by Ted Ewen posted 06-27-2015 01:15 AM 756 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: And So I Begin: Starting on the Road to Woodworking Part 2 of Hermit House Woodworking - Starting from Scratch series Part 3: My Second Order: Screws, braces, hinges, and gate bolts. »

So, not terribly exciting on the face of it, but I’ve placed my first order for wood:

16×4.2 meters of 45mm x 95mm, untreated
20×4.2 meters of 38mm x 57 mm, treated

Thats enough for 8 sawhorses (though I will only be building 4) and an unknown number of coops, but at least I get to play around now. At 69 cents per 4.2m, I can afford to be profligate.

Yay!

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.



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Paul Bucalo

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#1 posted 06-28-2015 02:54 PM

I’m sure I will find out as I catch up on your posts, but for now: why untreated and treated lumber mix? Why not one or the other, instead of both?

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#2 posted 06-28-2015 08:29 PM

Oh, it’s just what they had in stock in the 37mm x 58mm stock I am using. I would have preferred to use treated stock only for the additional base frame – the one that sits directly on the ground. (As an aside, I will probably put dedicated gravel beds under the coops – eventually). This means I only have to replace that base frame and should extend the life of the main coop. ‘They’ say use untreated wood where possible, but painting is treating too, isn’t it? I guess weatherproofing is more toxic than paint these days?

The 45mmx95mm I got untreated cause I didn’t think I needed it treated. I’m using it for sawhorses. Would treated have been better?


I m sure I will find out as I catch up on your posts, but for now: why untreated and treated lumber mix? Why not one or the other, instead of both?

- Paul Bucalo

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#3 posted 06-28-2015 11:02 PM

I think I misunderstood what you meant. I was thinking kiln or air dried versus fresh cut lumber. My bad.

There is some discussion on whether pressure treated lumber is safe for organic contact. I would say don’t use it anywhere where the chickens can walk on it, peck at it, or possibly consume water that has be on it. There is even concern about the vapors, so think about your design and use your best judgment. You are going to eventually eat the fruits of your labors, after all.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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