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Another farm project- a feed trough

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Project by Jim55 posted 02-27-2013 04:37 PM 2000 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another farm project for my friend. I hope someday to be ale to make some of that beautiful stuff you other guys make. But, I still haven’t even finished getting my shop together yet! In any case, I’m nor of a rough, jack-leg kind of wood worker. At least for now. I don’t aim to leave it at this. But, things are needed and I have to do what I can w/in my disabilities limitations. So, this is sturdy and solid, if rough, and serves the purpose to the satisfaction of the guy I built it for so, within those limitations I’m proud of it.

It’s just, I look at some, many, of the things others bring here and feel humbled. Still, this is good for me so, I share it.

For the record, the trough boards aren’t treated.





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Grandpa

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 05:00 PM

A Friend indeed

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 05:24 PM

Nice work. IĀ“like all about farm and cow. Yeaaa!!.
How is added the legs? With screw?

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

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Jim55

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 05:48 PM

The legs- a 2×4 was passed under the trough and cut into the sides of the legs so that wood supports wood instead of just letting screws or nails holding everything up. I used two screws from the outside of the legs through into the ends of the 2×4s. The 2×4 and sides of the legs were fastened from inside the trough out.

One of the pics show the leg construction.

I used either screws or spiral nails throughout.

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 05:55 PM

Always woodwork to do on the farm.

Not everyone makes fine furnishings all the time. Plenty of us do this stuff as well. I am sure the livestock consider it fine woodwork. :-)

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

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 06:22 PM

As a guy who had farmed about 25 trs of my life, I appreciate this feeder. It is well built and well planned. I really do like it alot! And don’t think that because someone else makes a fine chair that takes 2 months in their shop on the weekends that you aren’t a great woodworker also. In my eyes functional projects like this are very important. Some guys may decide to go on to superfine projects, but some stay doing very simple and useful projects. We need both types. And I think both types are equal. It is our love of wood and building things that make us ALL great woodworkers. So Jim55, I think your work is very nice and look forward to seeing many more projects from you.

-- Dennis Reynolds

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Jim55

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 10:51 PM

Thanks VERY much Dennis.

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 02:09 AM

Very cool design. I like the way the legs are used to keep it from spreading out. I’m contemplating building a similar structure to use as a raised vegetable garden bed to save our aching backs. I might just borrow that leg detail. Thanks for posting.

-- Tom

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Jim55

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 07:30 AM

You know, a raised plant bed IS a good idea! My wife has been wanting to make a boxed garden plan for some time. Something like this never occurred to me but, this might be just the thing. The only flaw I can think of is that the wood wouldn’t last very long, 2-3 seasons at most, maybe?

Maybe, line the box with cement board (aka ‘backer board) like they use for bathroom and shower walls?

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 01:29 PM

My plan is to use cypress, and to line it with visqueen or pond liner.

-- Tom

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Jim55

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#10 posted 03-01-2013 04:02 PM

There’s a catch to cypress. To be bug and rot resistant, it has to be cut from a tree older than 300 years. I live close to an area that has a major cypress tree population. There are precious few trees over 150 years old because they were cut down for the timber then. In recent years, a few old timers were found and their locations are closely guarded secrets.

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 12:06 AM

I love this trough and want to make one for an upcoming wedding and line it with galvenized metal. Can I get the exact measurements and list of everything I will need. My bridesmaids and I are going to try and build it! i sure would appreciate it.

-- Nan

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Tnt111

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 12:07 AM

Oh btw It will be used to hold drinks , then I thought after could put a removeable board over it and multipurpose it as a bench! Thank you in advance for any help and details you can give us.

-- Nan

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