As a professional carpenter, I just wanted to write a note of encouragement for all of the non-carpenter people out there. Take your time and you can build whatever you want. You might have to back up sometimes and start again, but you can do it. Dont be afraid of power tools either. Just have a healthy dread of them. If you get tired while using your tools, take a break. You will only hurt yourself when you are rushing yourself, forcing a tool, or are tired. Dont be afraid to ask for scrap material at construction sites. Just find out who is in charge and ask them. If it is a commercial construction site, don't enter it without a hard hat. Just ask where the office is. You will find the boss there and it is usually outside the hardhat zone. You would be amazed what you can get for free if you just ask. Now, they might tell you to get lost, but most people on constructions sites are just normal folks like us. You would be sick to see the amout of waste that gets hauled off from a commercial construction site. At Home Depo you can get "Oops paint" too. That is a real bargain, and paint covers a multitude of sins. Anyway, I just want to encourage those of you who think you will struggle building a coop. You might struggle, but you can do it! "Caulk and paint make a carpenter what he ain't!"