Another New Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AtholCoop, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. AtholCoop

    AtholCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I've outgrown our cheap crate coop and need another 4 season coop.

    List of materials so far...
    24-2x2x8'
    2-3/4" Sheets of Plywood
    1-1/2" Sheet of OSB
    2-Sheets of T-111

    First off the floor. I've learned a few things about coop construction starting with the fact that the floor dictates size, everything starts from there. So I build my floors smaller than the end panels by the thickness of the sheathing (more on that later)

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    Next thing is the end walls. I cut one sheet of T-111 in half, then screw the two halves together and cut the roof angles off of both sheets at once, you know so they match. [​IMG]

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    Now I start framing up the end panels. You can see here how I marked the floor dimensions on it and only brought the 2x2 to that line. Also I keep the 2x2's on the side inside the panel by the thickness of the T-111 siding.

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    End panel framed and mounted to the floor.
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    Here's the reason I carry the end panels past the sidewalls. By doing it this way there is no need to cut the top of the sidewalls at an angle to get a nice tight fit with the roof

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    Roof is now framed.

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    One side panel mounted. This one has the joint in the middle because I'm going to have two doors on this side.

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    If you look closely you'll see that on this side I moved the joint in the side panel to make room for my nest boxes, which are now framed up.

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    Nest boxes built.

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    I've got to cut out all my doors and build all my windows yet but I'm moving along nicely.
     
  2. vyshtia

    vyshtia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent instructions! Can't wait to see more! [​IMG]
     
  3. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    love the detailed play by play. Looking good!
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    you're AWESOME!!! and look at that your from Idaho!
     
  5. kassy68

    kassy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Way cool.. very well thought out and put together.. You have just moved to top position in my book for my 2 extra coops I need in the spring.. this one will so do the trick and its affordable and something I can build.. (cuz theres no way hubbies gonna even think about helping after the one he built me this year)

    Are there any new pictures yet??? come on, were soooooooooooo waiting for phase 2... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2009
  6. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Wow! You actually make me think I could do this by myself!!! Thank you!!
     
  7. kassy68

    kassy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what are the overall dimensions of the sweet little coop?
     
  8. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to live in C'dA. Folks are still there.

    DigitS, where are ya buddy?

    Thanks for the great step by step photos!
     
  9. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    very nice coop [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. AtholCoop

    AtholCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:4'x6' Originally I went with the 6' dimension because I wanted 1' of overhang of the roof on the gable side with a single sheet of plywood. But after putting the roof on I decided it was clunky looking and ended with 3" of over hang, so in theory (and in practice when I build the next one) this could go 4'x7'6" easy
     

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