|Project by Garret D., Level Timber Co.||posted 11-17-2016 12:34 PM||1495 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
The Boss Lady at the farm museum pulled me aside, and said that her hens had no place comfy to lay. “Oh no!” I said, “We can’t have that for my girls!” And it was time for a new build.
I wanted to go ship lap, because great grandpa Johann, on the family farm, ship lapped just about everything that needed siding. Sure, he would tongue and grove a panel door, but for any sort of siding, ship lap was good enough. And if it good enough for ol’ great granddad Johann, you can be sure it is good enough for me.
So after cutting the ship lap grooves into some planks, I rabbeted and notched my way into a frame. Next with the help of assorted clamps and the Mrs. I glued up my fabri-cobbled frame, and then nailed in the ship lapped planks with a brad nailer. Now Great Granddad Johann was pretty tight with a nail, but I figured, I need to finish this thing…
Then I pin nailed some cedar shingle on the roof, over some felt. This was by no means a good job, and I really needed to have gotten more of them on then I did (my spacing was wrong, but live and learn, that was the first time). But anyhow, the roof is good enough for chickens I figured.
Last I finished up with a ramp for my girls. Though, they don’t know how to use it, and when you see them coming down, it is with them flapping their wings vigorously and feathers every-which way all the way down. So mostly the ramp serves a comedic function, not a particularly practical one.
So long story short, cozy hens, Happy woodworking ya’ll!