Outhouse (deluxe) For "Goog"

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Project by rainman posted 10-31-2010 05:41 PM 4740 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve built a few outhouses in my day and its fun to try and make each one a little better, a little different! My buddy Goog needed to replace the outhouse at hunting camp. It was functional but very basic. You had to climb one step to reach the “throne”, your feet would dangle and it was awkward completing your “paperwork”. This new privy would be custom built to his specs! I used rough lumber on a 4ft square foot print. A green metal roof . Commercial grade floor covering on floor and bench, for ease of cleaning and maintanence. One inch thick board and batten on the outside with two different sized metal screen on front and back eaves to vent and keep out bugs. My old pal Goog added the elegant features on the interior, framed pictures , S.S. container for Lime, t.p. holder and magazine rack. The only re-used item from the old house was the door. I used a scrap piece of flooring to line the inside of the bench to keep anything from sticking to the inside, protecting the wood componenents and keeping odor to a minimum. Just look at ol Goog sittin there proud as a Peacocock, it fits him like a glove! Another fun project!

-- So much wood, So little time

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#1 posted 10-31-2010 05:45 PM

Nice job! Reminds me of the one we had on the farm. Hated to go in there because my brothers would shake it and all that. We called our outhouse “The pit.” It a a sign that said, “The pit.” Haven’t thought about that in a lonnnnnnnnggggggggg time. :) Glad Good saw fit to keep his pants on for that pic. :) And the screen vent was a nice touch.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 10-31-2010 06:00 PM

Very nice!!! if he was a really good buddy, you would have built him a 2 seater so you could keep him company. hahaha

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#3 posted 10-31-2010 07:18 PM

We used one of these until I was in 7th grade!

Apologies to Billy Edd Wheeler

They passed an ordinance in the town
They said we’d have to tear it down
That little old shack out back
So dear to me

Though the Health department said
It’s day was over and dead
It will stand forever in my memory

Don’t let ‘em tear that
Little brown building down
Don’t let ‘em tear that
Precious building down
Don’t let ‘em tear that
Little brown building down
For there’s not another like it
In the country or the town

It was not so long ago that
I went tripping through the snow
Out to that house behind
My old hound dog

Where I’d sit me down to rest
Like a snowbird on his nest
And read the Sears and Roebuck catalog

I would hum a happy tune
Peeping through the quarter moon
As my daddy’s kin had done before

It was in that quiet spot
Daily cares could be forgot
It gave the same relief
To rich and poor

[Repeat CHORUS]

Now it was not a castle fair
But I could dream my future there
And build my castles to
The yellow jacket’s drone

I could orbit around the sun
Fight with General Washington
Or be a King upon a golden throne

It wasn’t fancy built at all
It had newspapers on the wall
It was air-conditioned
In the wintertime

It was just a humble hut
But it’s door was never shut
And a man could get inside
Without a dime

[Repeat CHORUS]

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 10-31-2010 07:54 PM

Dad built ours with a concrete floor, so that thils time of year, the rowdy older boys could not tip it over or
move it back those terrible few feet. The wood house was securely fastened to the concrete with heavy
tin galvanized straps. We had it until the city extended the sewer out to our area when I was in the
seventh grade. Since I did not have a steady job, I got to dig the trench from the house to alley, Dad
laid the pipe and I filled it back in. Sold the outhouse to a farmer who needed it. Halloween just seemed
to be unkind to outhouses. One mean rich guy, would not let us hunt pheasants or deer on his land, had
his fancy new one swapped for an old decrepit one from down the road. Took him a while to find it, and
a little longer to get it back. Oh the good old days.

As ever, Gus the 71 yr young laborer, trying to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 10-31-2010 08:26 PM

I love your instructional sign on the appropriate number of scoops, per visit.

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 10-31-2010 08:33 PM

a great Looking privy. But I didn’t think it was deluxe unless it’s a two holer :)

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 10-31-2010 08:48 PM

In my country it was called the ‘das’.
I remember this as yesterday, with old newspapers, in Sweeden as a kid.
But it was better than when we were boy scouts and only had a stick to sit on and one to lean the back on, and then we were four guys in a row, pressing…
So this one is real luxury, I love it!
Can almost smell the -
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 10-31-2010 10:08 PM

It’s just not the same without a sears catalog hanging from the wall. We had one till I was 5. My grandfather made a short seat for me so I wouldn’t fall in.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 10-31-2010 10:31 PM

Well we grew up on a farm in Minnesota and we had a 3 seater! Big hole, medium hole and small hole that was low to the floor for the wee ones. Can remember it fondly but not in the cold Minnesota winters! Can also remember sharing it with my brothers. Thanks for posting and bringing back memories!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 10-31-2010 10:37 PM

Well, well, well ,the things that amuse anyway very well made now bring in the spiders and creepy crawlies.
I second rivergirls remarks re the trousers or pants as you Americans call them.Pants over here are underpants.or knickers. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 03:10 AM

very nice I help build an outhouse about 6 years ago in shop class at high school. We used ruff cut lumber and cut nails to give it an old look. I still remember the teacher siting down in it and tracing around him self and then telling me to cut that hole out lol.

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 05:44 PM

Lumberjocks will have to add an “Outhouse” tag on the project page now! lol!

Looks nicer than a brick——house.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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