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10-14-2017 06:59 AM

Hello, all,

Recently I’ve purchased DYI chicken coop plan with an included material list, but I’m not so sure if it’s made according to the US standards and if I’ll be able to find all materials in some shop in Houston where I live.

Please check the pictures I’ve attached. Can anyone help me on this issue?

Thanks a lot in advance!

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#1 posted 10-14-2017 12:03 PM

You’ll most likely have to do some cutting to get the timber sizes called for in the list. Aside from that, you should be able to find the rest at a good building supply place or home center.

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#2 posted 10-14-2017 01:56 PM


The description in the far left column is the material along with its nominal thickness x width. The far right column labeled “Size” is the length required in the plans. The nominal thickness x width appears to be standard softwood lumber sizes. As Jonah says, the purchased lumber will have to be cut to length since dimensional lumber is generally available in lengths of 8’, 10’, 12’ and 16’ (some dealers may carry 14’).

Here is a chart of nominal and actual dimensions of softwoods, which may be helpful. The “nominal” sizes are used when ordering the material. The “actual” size is the measured thickness and width…

It may not matter for the chicken coop, but plywood is sold according to imperial thickness but manufactured to metric thicknesses, making the measured thickness less than the actual thickness. Additionally these measurements also vary based on whether the plywood is thickness un-sanded or thickness sanded. As a result 3/8” and ½” thick plywood often measures less than 3/8” and ½”. Here is a chart showing sanded plywood thicknesses commonly found…

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#3 posted 10-14-2017 02:54 PM

Hello Senator
After teaching adult woodworking for close to 12 years I find that many plans & cut list are not accurate nor do they use logical sizes of material. Since I don’t know the design or size of your chicken coop I can’t tell if the sizes are correct or not, but I would say the cedar is a much better choice for outdoor use than pine. As for meeting code, many states do not require permits for structure 250 sq ft. or less so, therefore, they don’t have to meet code at all.


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#4 posted 10-17-2017 06:28 AM

Thank you!

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