Another Door Hole

Welcome back to the build! It’s going to be one of these days, I think. There’ll be some pretty decent visual progress and some decent non-visual progress.

Yesterday we started adding the tails to this side, and getting the side wall in line and plumb. Jack and I are going to go around and finish up the last tails on this side, then we’ll come around to the other side and do the same thing. We won’t be straightening that side, because in theory it should be straight, assuming that we’ve pulled everything in here correctly. 

Meanwhile, Donavan is going to be building the ladders for the cable ends that will go under the overhang. I’ve gotten some questions about different things I’m doing to “dress up” the barn, and the only thing I’m doing is the soffit. A lot of the other things, like a cupola, can pretty easily be added later if I decide that I want that. We are going to be framing all of the windows now, because it’s easier to do that now than later. So we will have seven windows and a door on this building. 

Our truck load of the metal for the building arrived. This is all of the metal for the whole building. 

Next up I’m going to work on the grade board, which is that piece down at the bottom. It’s a treated 2×8 that goes all the way around. 

We’re all done with tails, so we are turning our attention to this side wall. This is the wall that’s going to get all the windows, the door, and in the future, a lean-to porch. We are going to add another girt at 10 feet, which will be the top of our first section of tin. Then we’ll have a second section higher up, which will be removable. That way, when we add that porch, we can pull that top section off, put our new trusses into the post, and then the porch wall is already sided and ready to go. 

Donavan just laid out all the windows. They’re going to go centered in every opening, which makes the layout super duper easy. These windows are three feet wide and five feet tall, so they should give us a good amount of light going in there. 

And to wrap up the day, Jack and I are going to install these 2x12s above the door, which will give us some meat to attach all of the door hardware to.

So at the end of the day, we have some more holes. There’s seven window holes and another door hole. I think it’s going to be a really nice space with this wall of windows in here. So we ticked a lot of little things off the list today: the grade boards are installed, the tails are done, and the windows and door are set up and ready to go. Another productive day!

So there is the structure as of today! Thank you as always for joining, I greatly appreciate it. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave me a comment. As always, I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. And until next time, happy woodworking.

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