Hermit House Woodworking - Starting from Scratch #9: HHWW: Post-Project 001/2 Stock Take and Post-Mortem

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Blog entry by Ted Ewen posted 09-27-2015 08:21 AM 1265 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our story so far…
Well. After a flurry of activity, we now have four Heavy-Duty Sawhorses and two 6’x2’x5’ PooperPeeper Hutches. We also have our spare room back and the house no longer smells of the wrong sort of chicken.

I have enough sheet material (of two thicknesses) to make one more PooperPeeper Hutch, but I am wondering if I wouldn’t be better off using them to more completely finish the first two – enclose one half and provide a perch and nesting box – which would allow us to use them as permanent homes for breeding flocks.

One of the many jobs awaiting, well, doing, was breaking down the wooden cages our firewood comes in. We get through 4 cages or so a winter and last seasons’ are still standing outside. We’ve decided that instead of breaking them down, I will be skinning them with metal fabric, reinforcing them with some framing, cladding a third with reclaimed pallet wood, and turning them into coops. A lot more work, but more fun than just breaking them down too.

Lessons Learned

The Devil is in the details
I am going to need many, many more screws, nails, staples, blades, bits, and bobs than I allowed for in my initial thinking. These are also a bit more expensive than I’d expected. Of course, I didn’t think to check on such things in the pre-planning. Blind spot much? :D

Damned Hippies!
I never thought I’d say it, but I want to be square. Unfortunately, I do not have a workbench so all my constructions thus far are not. This suggests the next project needs to be a workbench. I’ve a couple of basic candidates in mind. Materials will be a little more problematic, because moneys.

Ever Changing Directions
While trying to figure out a temporary shop solution and realising I couldn’t afford to build anything this year, She Who Must Be Obeyed and I decided that the room we were using as a bedroom was the best short term solution. We moved things around, and the new shop is a glorious place to work. It has abundant natural light from dawn to dusk. It has double doors opening on the back patio and yard so I can assemble the PooperPeeper Hutches inside and move them out complete. Very nice. SWMBO likes the new bedroom too. It is actually dark enough to sleep in of a morning.

The new shop also opens up onto the much larger living room, again with double doors. The shop and living room are a straight shot from the front door, and the lr also has a very large window on the long axis which opens onto the back yard. There is a three panel picture window on the back patio side with a glorious view:

It makes sense to both of us to use the now LR as a workshop, the only problem is what we do for living space. The answer, we think, is a small house. We do not actively use most of the space we have. So, it makes sense to make a small house out back which serves our (really pretty basic) living necessities and to use the house more productively. If we keep it under 50m2 we don’t even need planning permission. Once again, I’ve a number of candidates in mind, but more research is required.

So, that’s where the thinking is at the moment. As ever, it is subject to change.

-- 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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