Friday, December 4, 2015

How to Furnish a Barn

Nobody ever complained that their barn was too big or their tractor too powerful.—Trish

Side of barn. Front has two more overhead doors.
(All photos by author except where noted.)

“What are you going to raise?” was the first question people asked upon learning we were building a barn on the New Hampshire home site. Given Doug’s long professional association with dogs and cats, they were expecting an aspirational leap to sheep, goats, alpaca, or at least some breed of exotic chicken. Sorry to disappoint, but sawhorses and bench dogs are as close as we will come to animals in the barn.

Doug organizing a workbench.

Horses at work.
Let’s start with the horses. We have four right now, designed and built by Doug, after a little research courtesy of YouTube videos. Nine pieces of 2 x 4s plus a 1 x 3 brace (nearly 26 feet of board) along with 50 screws make each horse very strong. With a pair of these versatile trestles Doug proceeded to cut lumber for two workbenches using the sawhorses to support plywood or 2 x 6s for legs. The sawhorses conveniently do double duty as a coffee table, coatrack, or pedestal to hold a something small for painting.

Bench dogs holes.
(Photo courtesy
The bench dogs have not yet taken up residence in the barn. When they do, there will be at least a pair of the clamp-like devices that will work with 18 holes in the workbench ¾ inch wide, evenly spaced; 12 in a parallel set and 6 perpendicular. They will be used to hold wood, working in tandem with router, drill, or hammer.
None of the barn critters need walking or feeding; some clean-up, however, is required.

Chickadee nest box ready
for occupancy.
Other furnishing for a well-appointed barn: table saw (I used it to build a bluebird nest box), miter saw (quick and handy for short cuts), drill press (bird house entrances), router (advanced wood working projects), vice (hey, everybody has one or to or they aren’t human), and circular saw, just for starters. And, of course, the full complement of shelves organized into departments that echo hardware store aisles—paint, electrical, automotive, plumbing, cleaning, lumber, gardening, and hand tools, hand tools, hand tools.
I can see myself getting into these power tools. For starters, I will be applying my beginner skills with the table saw and miter saw to building a bench.
Meanwhile, I am looking forward to my own new power tool, on its way for my birthday—a heavy duty sewing machine. It may not be able to handle wood but it is supposed to be able to rip through, wool, fleece, and denim, all necessary to keep warm in a barn on a mountainside.
P.S. First snow on the mountain; two inches yesterday.
View from behind barn toward Mount Cardigan.

1 comment:

  1. I love a woman with power tools, even if it is a sewing machine! :) Are you into quilting?