I run a dairy farm as well as my land clearing business and have recently started to wonder how this would work…...
My idea is to build a new freestall shed for that cattle, but I’m not real interested in the multiple thousands of dollars required for the construction. Currently I have many acres of boxelder and elm that I can choose from for custom sawmilling to get the needed materials, but I really don’t like the idea of using boxelder due to it’s inherent weaknesses. The Elm on the other hand is a stronger wood and my thoughts were to cut the trees, let them dry and season before milling and cut to 2by4’s 6’s and 8’s. Then use them for contruction of the shed in place of some of the purcahsed material.
Now….my questions….has anyone ever used Elm for construction purposes? and is it a stable enough wood not to warp and twist after the shed is constructed?
I will be using commercial rafters and treated 8by8 posts for the main frame. but certain aspects of the shed seem to be a little rediculous to be buying all high dollar lumber. Especially the ribbons, stringers and etc.
As for other aspects of the shed I can justify using home milled lumber for gates, panels and fences as cattle tend to break these portions regularly anyway but I wonder to what extent I can utilize my resources without going in to deep to the bank.
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