The website said building this chicken coop was, “so simple, my wife could do it.” I’m capable of holding two opposing ideas in my head, so all at once I thought this statement was
I know, this reveals that at first I doubted my own ability and Mr. So-and-so’s apparently incompetent wife helped me believe that even an apparently incompetent woman like me could do it…but that’s basically the case.
But the great thing about trying things is that you try things. I needed a project in October, and after several full days (and then letting it sit for a month) and then several more days, I had an amazing testimony to trying something completely new and getting it mostly right.
At times I thought “Who is this wife of his? Is she a genius?” Figuring out this guy’s directions was hard, mostly because I didn’t know what a miter saw was, hadn’t ever used an air compressor hooked up to a nail gun (kind of scary at first) [Dave's note: I recommend screws to nails for this project. The coop will hold together better], and didn’t know the basic vocabulary around woodworking. I took Woodshop in junior high, but it’s one thing to use the electric jig saw in the shop, it’s another to use a handheld jig saw while balancing a twelve foot piece of wood between the patio table and an old door you set up on saw horses. And while trying not to accidentally take off a finger.
Now that I’ve learned about all kinds of wood, sliced and diced every cut combination possible on a miter and a circular saw, measured and re-measured, drilled and re-drilled, and improvised when nothing fit correctly, I have a new-found confidence in my ability to
I can’t build you a new set of kitchen cabinets, and you shouldn’t enlist me to make anything needing excessive measuring (I’m not as interested in precision as I probably should have been) but I have a new home for six chickens right in my own backyard.
Many, many thanks to David Bissette of Catawba ConvertiCoops (www.catawbacoops.com) for the amazing plans. Check out his site to download your own plans or read about chickens and coop building–and you can see a picture of my coop on his site, too.
Also, thanks to Cameron, who lent me all his tools and helped me get out of tight spots.
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