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Building a Goat Barn #18: The Hobbit Door

12-10-2014 03:01 PM by David Bareford | 6 comments »

At long last, the only thing remaining was the door. Now, as I have mentioned earlier, my daughter Eleanor (10 yrs old) has read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and she really wanted me to put a round door on the barn like a hobbit hole. Well, as luck would have it, I found a free Craigslist posting for a company that had what appeared to be a side of a massive construction spool: it was a huge circle, 7-1/2 feet in diameter and 1-1/2” thick, made of of 1” x 6” pin...

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Building a Goat Barn #17: Windows!

11-13-2014 03:40 PM by David Bareford | 3 comments »

My daughters wanted the barn to be “hobbit-style,” complete with a round door. So, for the wall on the “human side” that will be visible from most of the property, I wanted to find a round window to match. Again through a free find on Craigslist from a floor and door company, I managed to acquire 2 beveled half-round and two rectangular door lites, double -paned: For the “goat-side” window, I was also able to get 6 15” double-paned squares from...

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Building a Goat Barn #15: Cordwood Walls at last!

11-11-2014 05:19 PM by David Bareford | 6 comments »

My wife and I have been interested in building with cordwood for almost 5 years now. Initially, we planned to use the technique to build our Washington home ourselves but we found great home that was already built that saved us the work. Cordwood masonry is a centuries-old technique that uses short, debarked logs (like you might use for firewood) set in mortar to form structural walls or else fill in a timber frame structure. It’s a great way to use woods that otherwise would not be ...

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Building a Goat Barn #14: Covering the Roof

11-11-2014 04:14 PM by David Bareford | 2 comments »

If you’ve been following this blog series at all, you’ll know it’s been a lo-o-o-ong time since my last entry. Rest assured, I haven’t been idle—quite the contrary, I’ve been too busy to think about documenting and photographing a lot of the work. But, here’s a catch up of the roof. Rafters and purlins make a great roof for a gazebo, but a lousy roof for a barn to keep out rain. The covering starts with burlap. While not strictly necessary, the fir...

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Building a Goat Barn #9: Attached Chicken Coop

08-01-2014 02:34 PM by David Bareford | 0 comments »

One of the design goals with the barn was to able to care for the goats, chickens, and the livestock guardian dog from inside the structure, without necessarily tromping around outside in the often-wet Washington weather. To that end, one of the back (uphill) walls of the octagon will therefore be common with one of the walls of the coop and provide access to nest boxes for egg collection as well as food and water containers. After a few free Craigslist lumber finds, I was ready to proceed...

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Building a Goat Barn #7: The Henges Go Up

07-31-2014 02:38 PM by David Bareford | 2 comments »

To start building the lower retaining wall, I needed to have two of my wall posts in place as the outer anchor points. I quickly realized that I couldn’t just drop a post in a hole: I needed to build the whole henge and install it as a unit. Why? Because of the mortise-and-tenon diagonal braces, I had to make sure that the mortise was the right height and angle to mate with the overhead beam and its adjoining post. Even though timber framing doesn’t have to be to the thousand...

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Building a Goat Barn #6: The Retaining Wall Saga Continues...

07-31-2014 01:30 PM by David Bareford | 3 comments »

So as I finished digging the hill back to the necessary perimeter for the barn, I also continued trying to find an alternate kind of retaining wall a bit less heavy than seventeen tons of stone. My trusty Home Depot Outdoor book included the suggestion of a post-and-board wall. Since I happened to have a fair amount of treated 2×6 boards from my friend’s demolished deck, I decided to sink my upper four posts into the ground (rather than sitting on padstones), cement them in place, ...

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Building a Goat Barn #4: Finally Some Woodworking!

07-30-2014 07:21 PM by David Bareford | 1 comment »

As May rolled around and the weather grew nicer, I could finally get to work in earnest making the timber wall frames. I was planning for a barn raising sometime in later June, hopefully getting a dozen or so friends and family to help me set the wall frames up and to wrangle the 8 rafters for the roof. Through a co-worker who was tearing out her deck, I got a good pile of usuable 2×6 boards, some pressure-treated 4×4s, and some concrete footing blocks. I used the 4×4s and 2...

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Building a Goat Barn #2: Harvesting Timber

07-30-2014 04:57 PM by David Bareford | 2 comments »

Rather than buying posts from a big box store or even purchasing 6×6 timbers from a local sawmill, I wanted to use some of the alders and maples that cover most of my property. Without a broadaxe or adze, I have limited means to hew the timbers square, so I’ll be using them as roundwood. Fortunately, Ben Law’s book on Roundwood Timber Framing provides a great resource to plan it out. I am planning to rest the eight upright posts on prepared padstones rather than sink them ...

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Building a Goat Barn #1: The Crazy Idea

07-30-2014 03:32 PM by David Bareford | 6 comments »

In 2012, my wife and our two daughters and I moved from Chicago to southwestern Washington state, outside the small town of Woodland where we bought a lovely five-acre rural property with a small but lovely house. We wanted a change of pace from the city and a chance to be more connected to the land and our food supply. It was this change that also got me into woodworking, after I inherited my grandfather’s hand tools. He was a building contractor in the 1920s and 30s, and his 1909 Diss...

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