We have alot of that at our farm.
So lets get started!
Our animals can be seen by visting the link below
Barn Yard Life
Step 1: Intro
Step 2: Materials
1= 1 x 6 x 8 board (NOT pressure treated)
1= 1 x 4 x 8 board (NOT pressure treated)
Carpenters square or Speed square
30= 2 exterior grade screws
Drill with a #2 phillips head driver
Table saw (optional: if you have a table saw you will not need to buy the 1 x 2)
Saw horses or solid work bench
Safety glasses (You only get one pair of eyeballs!)
Step 3: Materials Dicussion
You can get the lumber at any hardware store, or if you are lucky enough to have a local sawmill, get your wood from them. Lumber purchased at local sawmills is generally sized the exact dimensions you order.
Lumber from your hardware store is commercially sized and is smaller in dimensions than what you pay for. Either way, the results will be work just fine.
Next, you will need to pick up 30 screws to keep the chicken feeder intact. These can be purchased at any hardware store. I do recommend that you use an exterior grade screw, but a typical drywall screw will also work. At the size specified ( 2) you will get about 99 screws to a pound.
Step 4: Cutting the Pieces
The feeder consists of:
2 side walls (1 x 4) cut to 12 in length
1 base piece (1 x 6)cut to 12 in length
2 end caps (1 x 6 ) cut to 6 in length
1 handle ( 1 x 2) cut to 12 in length (needs to ripped to 2 wide if not purchasing a 1 x 2 board)
Start by measuring the first sidewall piece to 12. Using the carpenters square, make a straight line. Make sure you cut the first piece on the outside of the line you drew so the 12 in length. The outside will be on the long side of the board.
Great, now just repeat that process 2 more times and you will have both side walls and the base. Be sure you only measure and cut one at a time or you will have different lengths of wood.
Step 5: Measuring End Caps
Start at the top of the board and measure in 2. Make a mark at the top of the board at 2 line. Then repeat this process on the other side of the board so that you have two marks on the top edge of the board, both at 2 from the outside edge.
Now place your square with the angle edge facing the top of the board and slide it up until the edge of the square is touching the 2 mark you just made. Draw a line down the edge of the square. Then flip the square to the other side and do it again.
Using the circular saw, cut the two lines you just drew. Then repeat the whole process on the second end cap.
The final cut is the handle. Using the 1 x 2 x 6, cut off a piece 12 long making the cut on the outside edge. Be sure to cut on the outside of the line so the board will be 12 in length.
Step 6: Adding End Caps
Using 4 screws/nails, start at one end and screw/nail the base into the sidewall, working your way to the opposite end. Be sure to keep the edges even. Repeat these steps on the other side until the base is secured to both sidewall pieces.