I'm designing a 5X5 raised coop with a 5X6 attached run. I've gotten great ideas for the design, windows etc, but our biggest question is how to use the probably 1000 square feet of extra tongue and groove solid bird's eye maple left over flooring that we bought 13 years ago at a very very good price from a mill in Minnesota. It has been stored inside and is in great condition. They are 2 inch and 3 inch widths of assorted lengths and 3/4 inch thick. We are going to use pressure treated wood for the 4 X 4 buried posts and bottom 2 X 4. We are wondering if we use the flooring in place of the 2 x 4's that you would have going vertically at the corners, roof supports, etc. We were also thinking about using the tongue and groove flooring for the roof with metal over top and the nice side of the floor showing on the inside of the ceiling. We were also going to use the flooring as the walls, trim etc. It doesn't take much to cut the tongue and groove off and still have 1.5 or 2.5 inch wide to use for trim. We also have a bunch of Kitchen Maid solid wood door fronts that were not stained properly and left for us when the new ones came in. I can use these for doors and windows. We were hoping to just use some sort of varnish vs paint as the wood is so pretty. It kind of goes against our natural instinct to put interior wood outside, but I figure it's maple which is hard wood. Wouldn't it hold up to Ohio elements, sitting in the shade and no contact with the ground. It seems a crime to use such nice wood outside, but as I said we have had it in our house for 13 years and have used it for numerous projects and would like to make use of it. Does any one have any input on using it. Any suggestions for treating it or see any potential problems that I am missing.
Chicken owner wannabe in Ohio