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Project by bent posted 07-26-2009 05:59 AM 2234 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this project started out as an old chicken house that needed torn down at my parents’ farm. they still refer to it as “the chicken house”. notice in the 3rd picture, i carved out a sign to go above the door kind of as a joke. the last 2 pictures are what it looked like before. they wanted to reuse the slab foundation to build a storage shed and screened in porch. they had a contractor picked out and asked me to come up with a design for it. that in itself would be enough of a challenge, but i wanted to build it too. i can still hear my mom’s reaction, “what?!, you can’t do that! you don’t know how.” after hearing that, i was even more determined to do it. we came up with a deal, they’d buy/pick up the material i ordered(i live 100 miles away), and help me when needed. i gave them a really good price on my labor (ended up getting something better, keep reading). i knew how bad my mom wanted this building, and what they could afford. if they went with original contractor, there’s no way they could get what they wanted. as for my payment(in addition to gained knowledge) i got an amazing deal! my dad found a farm auction that had some wood for sale, and asked if i’d be interested in some of it as part of my payment. we checked it out, and bought all of it. i got 2400 bdft of beautiful black walnut, for $675!! no, that was not a typo. plus, he gave me an old farm truck that he was looking to get rid of. it’s not a pretty truck, but it runs decent and is big enough to hold 4×8 sheets of plywood, so it’s a real handy addition to my workshop. it was alot of work, but it sure turned out being a great deal for everyone, and they love their new building.

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Pat Cavanaugh

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#1 posted 07-26-2009 06:03 AM

It’s official. I hate you. 2400 bd ft and a truck for $675. OMG. BTW, the building looks great and I’m sure they love it.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#2 posted 07-26-2009 06:33 AM

Very nice job! I would be proud to have built that “chicken house.” Do you have enough room to store all of that fine walnut?

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#3 posted 07-26-2009 06:36 AM

Nice job….......I would like to also see the pics of the walnut!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-26-2009 12:31 PM

Well done Bent! I know they are proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#5 posted 07-26-2009 03:43 PM

Great job! And what a steal on the walnut. Wow!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 03:55 PM

Nice job, and the walnut is a great bonus.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 04:38 PM

Great Job and super deal

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#8 posted 07-26-2009 05:08 PM

The walnut was a good deal. What you did for your parents was a greater deal. Thanks for appreciating you parents. Also the Chicken House is another feather in your bonnet.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#9 posted 07-26-2009 06:06 PM

Doing something nice for the folks is something they and you will always treasure. Hope you gave them a real good deal after scoring on that wood gloat.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 07-26-2009 06:14 PM

What a wonderful son you are! Congratulations on a couple jobs very well done!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 07-26-2009 07:01 PM

Great Job all the way around. I’m sure your parents are really excited about their new “Chicken House”, probably almost as excited as you are about the walnut. Super deal for everyone. Thanks for the post.

-- John @

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Will Mego

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#12 posted 07-27-2009 08:35 PM

um, you can’t post this without including pics of the walnut…AND the truck!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#13 posted 08-13-2009 12:23 AM

Nice work.

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#14 posted 10-09-2010 12:00 PM

What a terrific job! Your little “Chicken House” is terrific!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#15 posted 11-19-2011 10:13 AM

In the Seattle area I am looking at a C.List ad “Only $3.00 a board foot!” for Walnut “some boards over 10’ long!”

You got well paid, for a job very well done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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