I never like to build anything without a plan- it’s so difficult and something always turns out wrong. BUT- is it really a scrap wood challenge if you use a plan? It’s still challenging, but building on the fly is a whole ‘nother level of challenging. It’s aggravating.
I knew from looking at a neighbor’s chicken coop about what design I wanted. So I started by creating the bottom with four four by fours cut at 30 inches long. I cut my 1x4s to 24 inches and built a frame. I then used two 1×12 shelf boards to build the nesting box. I cut the sides and the divider to 12 inches and cut one to 30 inches to form the back of the nesting box. I also added a 1×4 board frame to the bottom of the legs for stability and to add the wire later on.
I then added plywood to the bottom, top, and added a floor to the inside of the nesting box. I also created a small door for the coop.
Then, I added a 1×4 frame “chicken run” to the outside of the coop. I also added a plywood roof to the top.
And my youngest daughter decided she should try out the chicken run. 🙂 We started adding wire to the outside until we completely covered the open areas with wire.
And then we added hardware to the doors and egg hatch.
Three coats of paint and several shingles later, we ended up with the final product…which I will show you next week 🙂
Have a wonderful week!! We will see you Wednesday for school lunch ideas and on Friday for Farmhouse Friday.
This week we are once again sharing a scrap Wood challenge, but as my husband pointed out, is it really a challenge to build something from an Ana White plan? After all, she makes it so easy.
And what is a group of Adirondack chairs without a side table? I truly did challenge myself with this one, as I did not use any kind of plan. I simply figured out how big I wanted the table and went from there. I didn’t really think I’d need a plan, as a table really isn’t hard to build.
You will need:
4 2×4’s cut to 15 inches (45 degree angle on each side)
5 1×4’s cut at 17 inches
4 2×2’s at 18 inches
2” wood screws
1. I began by cutting my 2x4s to 15 inches at 45 degrees on each end.
2. Make a “picture frame.”
2. Flip it over and attach the slats at 1/4 inch apart.
3. Flip it back over and attach the four table legs.
4. Flipyour table over
And now you can sand or paint it any way you like!! Hope you enjoyed!
My husband and I are in the midst of cleaning out our garage. While most of the “clean up needs” are simply a matter of putting things away, my scrap wood pile is a pretty big issue.
Maybe I should change my blog name to “Lumber freaking everywhere.” Seriously, my scrap wood pile has gotten a little out of hand. With the cost of lumber these days, you can’t throw it out or waste it. I decided instead I’d build something from the scrap wood instead. My dad and I did a lot of woodworking projects together, I always enjoyed it, and I really miss it. And since we are quarantined, it isn’t like I have tons of things to do.
I wanted some wooden adirondack chairs for our new firepit patio, but I didn’t want to pay for them. Also, a lot of wooden adirondack chairs are overpriced, not real wood, and not very sturdy. If you aren’t familiar with Ana White, you should be. She is a blogger in Alaska who does tons of woodwork projects. She also publishes very thorough plans with diagrams and pictures, step by step instructions, a shopping list and even a cut list so you will know how long to cut your boards. They’re also 100% free!! I flipped through her plan catalogue and found an adirondack chair plan I thought I could build.
See how easy she makes this? Her plans are phenomenal.
I happened to have enough scrap wood to build two chairs. I only needed to buy the screws. I quickly cut out all the pieces I’d need for two chairs.
Begin by taking your front and back legs and attaching your stringer piece to them. I chose to attach the top of the stringer piece at 11 inches. This will be one side of your chair- two legs and a seat support.
2. Flip over your chair and attach your 2×2. This is your arm rest support. You will want this on the opposite side of your stringer piece.
3.Then, you will mirror this on the other side .
And now you have both sides of your chair base completed.
4. Join your two sides of your chair base together with a 2×4 stretcher piece.
5. Now you attach five chair slats to your seat support at 1/2 an inch apart.
6. Get yourself a really cute shop cat to follow you around and meow at you while you work. Actually, that step is optional.
7. Build the back of your chair. Connect your back slats using two 2×4 bracers. I did mine at 1/4 inch apart.
8. Flip it over and secure the 1x4s to the 2×4 bracers using 2 inch wood screws.
9. Attach your back brace to your chair frame, and secure the chair back to the brace.
10. And finally, attach your arm rests to the chair.
And then you have a comfy adirondack chair, made from real, solid wood. Shop cat approved!
I ended up building two of these chairs from scrap wood, and purchasing lumber to build two more. I’ve now built four of these chairs altogether and one side table. I still need to fill in the holes with wood filler, sand them, paint them, and put them out by our fire pit.
I can’t wait to show you the finished product, and next week I will show you how I built the side table.
Last weekend, I posted this picture on Instagram, leading my followers to wonder what I’m up to.
I’m going to go ahead and tell you that this project will take several posts, and I’ll be talking about it for the next few weeks…but I’m happy to scratch the surface today.
This absolutely lovely antique mantle has been in my garage for almost two years. I knew what I wanted to do with it but just couldn’t find the time. Story of my life. I knew I wanted it done by December so I felt compelled to stop dragging my feet and just do it.
Then, there was a whole lotta strippin’ going on, and not the sexy kind. At least this kind of stripper doesn’t smell bad. Just brush it on with a paintbrush and wait thirty minutes. Then, scrape that paint right off. You may have to repeat the process, if there are several layers of paint to remove. I had to do this three times.
Plus, the stripper gives everything a pinkish hue, which is also lots of fun.
I used low grit sandpaper and a plastic putty knife to scrape away the paint. I’ve almost got all the paint off.
And if you’ll tune in next week, I’ll show you the second installment. Come see us next Tuesday to see what I’m doing with this mantle.