The bent chickens come home to roost

Today is the forth day building (not counting pouring the cement and waiting for it to dry). We made good progress in the first half of the day getting all the eight lower 45’s and the two long 5.4 metre 5×8’s along the sides at the top in place.

Things got a bit tricky in the afternoon though, the whole second half of the day was spent just getting the final two top 2.7 metre 8×5’s on! It seems like all the pent up energy created by the cunning placement of all the other pieces to compensate for each other’s bending was all focussed into these two final pieces! We had to use G-clamps to get the tops of the vertical L’s lined up and then get them bolted, and one of the L-pairs were bent outwards with such force I needed to pull them together with fencing and a long metal pole (the trusty post hole borer) as a lever.

But we got them in place in the end, and the whole thing’s looking reasonably square considering the state of the wood – it’s hard to tell in the pictures due to the curvature of the lens!

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