For a change of pace, a few photos from around the garden.
Another day working on the new chicken coop.
In case you’re wondering, I’m not spending all day on this (it’s Thursday; aren’t I supposed to be working?!). I spend a bit of time in the morning doing Dejal support, then I spend a few hours working on the coop, with a break for lunch, then some consulting work in the evening. Definitely slower than if I were devoting all of my time to one or the other, but keeping everything moving forward. Being self-employed definitely has pros and cons, but being able to arrange my time as I wish is certainly a big plus.
Cutting OSB gussets for the rafters:
Construction adhesive on a gusset:
The gusset nailed to the rafters:
Today I cut the seven rafters for the roof trusses. The coop will have an interesting “saltbox”-style roof, spanning between a 6′ wall on the back to a 8′ wall on the front, with a 10′ peak.
It may seem counterintuitive to make the trusses as the next step after the floor, but it makes sense; easier to work on them on the floor than later when the walls are in place, and I can use the floor as a template for the sizing.
You may notice that three of the left-hand (back) rafters have extra bird-mouth notches in them; those three will go on the two end walls and the center wall, for a little extra support:
Today I built the floor of the new chicken coop.
Here I’m marking where the joists are to be attached on the two long rim joists:
Measuring corner-to-corner to check that it’s square:
All the joists in place:
A joist hanger:
Me carrying one of the plywood floor panels with the handy Gorilla Gripper:
Floor in place and nailed down:
Covered against the anticipated rain:
Today I built the potato planters. My first project with the new table saw and nailer; they certainly made the job easier.
I made three planters, for three different varieties of potatoes. I basically stuck to my design, except I decided the interior pole wasn’t needed, since the boards stay in place quite well without, more so with dirt inside the box.
The loose filler boards were cut a bit longer than the sides, to make them easier to grab and remove when harvesting potatoes. I kinda like the interlocking look, too. The boards will be slotted in as the plants grow.
Now we just need to get some dirt!
Today I re-stacked the materials delivered yesterday, so I can reach the various bits in the order I need them.
Footings, roofing, Lexan for windows, etc in the foreground, and the big 8x lumber pile in the background:
Lumber, plywood & OSB:
Flooring joists in the foreground, and floor plywood exposed in the background:
Trim and 1x4s:
Fence posts, siding, furring for potato planters: