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Chicken coop from pallets- we all gotta start somewhere!

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Project by Mydaddysshadow posted 04-08-2016 08:10 PM 1230 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know that this project is no where near the cool, beautiful and useful items shown on here. But this was my first real project that I did with wood of all kinds. I also made many phone calls to my Dad for guidance on how to make certain things for the coop.
I had originally planned for a beautiful rustic Dutch door but by the time I got the bottom part of the door built, it was too wide and way to heavy! lol. So I have other plans for the door which, when completed, I will be so excited to share with your!
In looking at the pictures, if anyone has any advice for this novice about anything, please let me know. I want to learn all I can so that I can make beautiful items like so many of you!
Thanks for looking!!

-- The lessons taught to me by my Dad, will never be forgotten...





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pottz

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#1 posted 04-08-2016 09:22 PM

your right its not the prettiest thing on here but a start is a start.youve come too the greatest place to learn and eventually make pretty things.i encourage you to explore this site and not hesitate to ask any of the jocks how they did what they did,thats why i joined to learn from some of the best woodworkers anywhere.welcome to lumber jocks,ill be watching out for you.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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farmerdude

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 10:47 PM

Looks good to me! Just remember, you’re building a chicken coop, not a church. I’m betting the chickens don’t much care what it looks like. As pottz said, you can get plenty of information here. Great job, and welcome to lumberjocks.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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DonSol

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#3 posted 04-08-2016 11:16 PM

If I was a chicken I’d use it. A good use for pallet wood, better than going to the dump.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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robscastle

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#4 posted 04-08-2016 11:41 PM

OK you wanted some advice, so here we go
Assessment advice:-
The structure
The build follows traditional wooden clad building techniques, the selection of timbers is suitable for the task
Foundations look sound, without an engineers report, and from most inspections if it looks OK in most cases it is.
The roof pitch conforms, window openings are compliant

Interior design is of a standard to complement the occupants, load bearing chains eyes and frame work appear suitable.
A lack of curtains and pricacy items appears lacking, evident by a sticky beak looking in.

Floor coverings fit for purpose
Plumbing and sanitation appear to be considered.

I see DonSol’s comment and its supported

otherwise simply ignore rubbish above and its a great Job!

Recycling of materials is a must these days

When you have your feet up and are not collecting eggs, have a look at all the recycling projects on this site, any questions, just ask and you will get many replies, pick the one which best suits you and go for it.

I was going to add
Dont forget to ring your Dad back and say a special extra thank you!
but deleted comment after reading about your workshop

-- Regards Robert

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robscastle

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#5 posted 04-08-2016 11:50 PM

Duplicate post deleted

-- Regards Robert

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harum

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#6 posted 04-08-2016 11:53 PM

Great project! Too bad it’s only allowed to have three chickens around where I live. Looks good, but a bit confusing… What is the relation between the pictures? Is it the same project at different stages of construction? Or is it several different coops? Someone bombed the image number 3, not sure who it was.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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Mydaddysshadow

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#7 posted 04-09-2016 03:03 AM



your right its not the prettiest thing on here but a start is a start.youve come too the greatest place to learn and eventually make pretty things.i encourage you to explore this site and not hesitate to ask any of the jocks how they did what they did,thats why i joined to learn from some of the best woodworkers anywhere.welcome to lumber jocks,ill be watching out for you.

- pottz


Thank you so much, I’m really looking forward to making beautiful items from wood and learning as much as I can from everyone!

-- The lessons taught to me by my Dad, will never be forgotten...

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Mydaddysshadow

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#8 posted 04-09-2016 03:08 AM

Great project! Too bad it s only allowed to have three chickens around where I live. Looks good, but a bit confusing… What is the relation between the pictures? Is it the same project at different stages of construction? Or is it several different coops? Someone bombed the image number 3, not sure who it was.

- harum

Thank you! Only three chickens! I’m so sorry. Sorry about the confusing pics, I wanted to show the use of the pallets as walls, then the finished interior and finally the finished coop with run attached. The photo bomber is my llama, Nutmeg. She loves chicken feed.

-- The lessons taught to me by my Dad, will never be forgotten...

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Mydaddysshadow

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#9 posted 04-09-2016 03:17 AM

OK you wanted some advice, so here we go
Assessment advice:-
The structure
The build follows traditional wooden clad building techniques, the selection of timbers is suitable for the task
Foundations look sound, without an engineers report, and from most inspections if it looks OK in most cases it is.
The roof pitch conforms, window openings are compliant

Interior design is of a standard to complement the occupants, load bearing chains eyes and frame work appear suitable.
A lack of curtains and pricacy items appears lacking, evident by a sticky beak looking in.

Floor coverings fit for purpose
Plumbing and sanitation appear to be considered.

I see DonSol s comment and its supported

otherwise simply ignore rubbish above and its a great Job!

Recycling of materials is a must these days

When you have your feet up and are not collecting eggs, have a look at all the recycling projects on this site, any questions, just ask and you will get many replies, pick the one which best suits you and go for it.

I was going to add
Dont forget to ring your Dad back and say a special extra thank you!
but deleted comment after reading about your workshop

- robscastle

You are too funny! Thanks for taking time to look and writing such a great comment! I will definitely check out the recycling projects. No worries, I tell my Dad thank you many times through out the day and I know he hears me. Again, thanks for your comment, I loved it!

-- The lessons taught to me by my Dad, will never be forgotten...

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Mydaddysshadow

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#10 posted 04-09-2016 03:19 AM

If I was a chicken I d use it. A good use for pallet wood, better than going to the dump.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

- DonSol

Well, thank you DonSol, I consider that a great compliment!

-- The lessons taught to me by my Dad, will never be forgotten...

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 04-09-2016 03:21 AM

Great job

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Mydaddysshadow

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#12 posted 04-09-2016 03:22 AM

Looks good to me! Just remember, you re building a chicken coop, not a church. I m betting the chickens don t much care what it looks like. As pottz said, you can get plenty of information here. Great job, and welcome to lumberjocks.

- farmerdude

Thanks Farmerdude. I look forward to learning all I can.

-- The lessons taught to me by my Dad, will never be forgotten...

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 04-09-2016 12:13 PM

First of all, WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS. you’ll find this the friendliest and most helpful woowworking website on the net..

That Chicken coop is a good start. You should have seem my first wood project that I did before I learned to use a square!!!!!!! you made a good functional project right off the bat!!

Keep the projects coming!... and don’t be shy about asking questions of all of us!

Have a great day…..............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 04-09-2016 01:30 PM

This is a good practical project and what better way to make a practical project out of than salvaged wood. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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GerardoArg1

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#15 posted 04-09-2016 01:55 PM

Beatiful. Nice job and like a lot. OCngratulation. Hope to see the door!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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