Building a door, Part 1

Matt installs a piece of wood for the top frame of the coop door.

Matt installs a piece of wood for the top frame of the coop door.

So our work on the chicken coop today lasted about 45 minutes.

Pre-stained wood for the door.

Pre-stained wood for the door.

I swear we started out strong.

Of the two doors we still need to build on the coop, I decided the one leading into the run area would be easiest to build. Or so it seemed.

We did everything right. We measured the door opening like a gazillion times. We subtracted a 1/4 inch all around to allow for clearance. We cut the 2x4s that I stained the day before to size. Everything was going according to plan. Smooth even.

Then we started putting things together. The screws were 2 inches long. I had concerns that they were too short, but Matt and I  pushed on. We set up the wood pieces on the floor, and I held the ends together while Matt drilled screws into them. Then the wood started splitting. So Matt pre-drilled the holes, then we got on the floor again to finish screwing everything together.

Pre-drilling the wood pieces.

Pre-drilling the wood pieces.

We were making progress. Serious progress. We were almost done with the basic  frame. But then something went wrong. Matt lifted the frame, and we heard a snap. A corner on the other end had come undone. The 2-inch screws simply were not long enough.

That was it. There would be no more work on the door today.

Instead I drove Matt to Home Depot, where we bought 3-inch screws.

Matt and I agreed we would finish the door tomorrow morning. I’m hopeful that we’ll finish the project. Or, at the very least, that we’ll make it past the 45-minute mark!

The stinking broken frame. I know we needed longer screws!

The stinking broken frame. I knew we needed longer screws!

Advertisements

2 Comments on “Building a door, Part 1

    • Thanks Sam. We had the brackets, and just had not gotten around to installing them yet. We aborted the mission very early on. We now have longer screws, too, so I think our next effort will work much better. Cheers to you!!

      Like

What the cluck?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: