Easy framing kits

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by NTRotty, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. NTRotty

    NTRotty Hatching

    Jul 6, 2009
    Anyone use either the Quick Framer or Fast framer kits for coop or greenhouse construction ??
  2. peepswiththepoof

    peepswiththepoof Songster

    May 19, 2010
    Rougemont, NC
    I haven't tried them myself...although I've considered it. If you do decide to use one, please let me know how it goes! [​IMG]
  3. SSO202

    SSO202 Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hartwood, VA 22406
    My wife and I used it to build our first coop. It is really easy to do if you follow the materials list and directions. The hardest part is getting it "square" and doing the roof. I have very little building experience and I think it went very well.
  4. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    I used the "easy up" framing kit (picture on my BYC page). The connectors are made of heavy plastic...I'm not sure how durable they're going to be. All in all, I wouldn't use a kit again.

    The other kits are metal connectors, although I've read some reviews suggesting the metal might not be that thick or heavy duty. Home improvement stores carry Simpson Strong Tie connectors which serve the same function. You could do a price comparison to see whether it's cheaper to simply buy the connectors you need yourself rather than buying them as a kit (that's all the kit consists of, just connectors).
  5. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    I think the connectors are worth looking into- I am certainly going to do it if I build again- I had a HORRIBLE time trying to figure out angles, and my coop is a travesty. I am surprised it's standing, actually.
  6. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    I used a Kreg jig to build my coop. It makes it extremely easy to join wood using pocket holes and screws. The joints are rock solid. You can see how it looks on my BYC page.
  7. Rozzie

    Rozzie Songster

    Jul 14, 2010
  8. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Quote:Me, too! The only thing that stops me is the realization that you have to cut a lot of triangular pieces to cover the structure, either with wire or wood or whatever. I don't use power tools, so that's a lot of work with the wire cutters or hand saw.
  9. Pineywoods Peepers

    Pineywoods Peepers Certified Poultry Accruer

    Quote:My husband got one of those Kreg jigs a few weeks ago (he's been wanting one for years but just never pulled the trigger), and he LOVES it! And it has come in VERY handy in coop construction. He used it on the screen door between the storage area and the chicken area. On the hardware screens that will cover the windows. On the nest box doors. Just about anything he can think of to build with pocket screws, he's doing it. [​IMG]

    He even built a kitchen island (though it's not mine [​IMG] ) with it last week. Pretty handy little gadget...

  10. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    We used this one:


    It turned out pretty well. The connectors are fine (sheet metal) although the directions are more 'pictoral' than explanatory. Our shed coop is a little rickety but it's much better than we could have managed without a list and some connectors. Here's the inside, painted with OOPS paint (thus the wonderful color):
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2010

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