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Taking Shape

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We are getting close. This weekend we got wallboard nailed on the frame of the chicken coop. That closed it up except for the people-door (because we ran out of pieces long enough to use for that opening).dscn5294e

Elysa and Ande stopped by, surprising us with a visit yesterday. They provided some key assistance toward getting all the gaps filled. It was a bit of a Tetris game to match the boards and the spaces over the studs.

Just having additional hands to hold something in place or hand me another nail helped immensely to keep things humming along. My process involves a lot of pauses to plot several steps ahead and then measure, mark, and cut the pieces.

I had a limited number of large boards that I was trying to match with the best possible spaces. When we didn’t have a long enough piece available, the alternative was to use multiples of the shorter boards. There were a lot more of them from which we could choose.

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In one of our design-on-the-fly decisions, Cyndie and I decided to have two horizontal hinged openings on the wall of the nest boxes. The lower one will open downward and create a little shelf to place cartons while collecting eggs. I decided to use the space above the nests, where there will be a slanted board to keep the chickens from perching, as a small, angled storage area.

The upper opening will be hinged at the top and swing upwards to provide full access to the cubby space.

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When we excitedly got one of the boards mounted on the backside, I realized I’d forgotten about cutting the slot opening for the access door to the poop-board. Now I’ll be doing that after the fact.

That’s the kind of thing that happens when you are making things up as you go along.

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Written by johnwhays

October 17, 2016 at 6:00 am

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  1. It is looking great!

    Liz

    October 17, 2016 at 8:40 am

    • Thanks. I’ve arrived at another phase where I have no idea about the details of finishing boards and installing hinges for the access doors.
      Another learning opportunity!

      johnwhays

      October 17, 2016 at 9:55 am


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