Farm Sugar Shack

mecoastie

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Next year the plan is to finally build me a sugar shack. 12 x 16 timber frame with a storage loft for my bee equipment. I will have the evaporator as well as a wood cookstove in there to finish on. Going to have a couple stainless tables and be able to use it to process our deer in the fall. All the timbers and probably the boards are coming off my property. I am super excited as I will finally have a specific area to extract honey and finish my syrup. Getting the whole process out of the house will make my wife very happy.
 

West

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Picked up a stainless table (3'×5') on wheels and under shelf at yard sale for only $25 last year. Also picked up a nice 2'×2' butcher block at same sale for another $20.

Hopefully I get a butcher shack built soon too. For now I'm taking care of butchering business in my shop. A walk in medium temp (under 40f) attached 16'×20' add on cooler to the shop would be idealistic.
 

mecoastie

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We start building the frame this week. I had to bite the bullet and order the wood. I was never going to have the time to cut and mill it this summer.
 

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20Gauge

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I am liking it.

Yep, we have determined that any concrete pour over 5 * 10 is just not worth the effort to do by hand. Better to buy it.
 

Jackpine Savage

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Nice work.

I just helped a neighbor pour a garage apron. Both mixers broke down, then it started raining. Reinforces my tendency to hire out concrete work :)
 

summerthyme

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Nice! Timber framed, and seriously overengineered! Love it...

And if you get it done in time, it's going to be wonderful inside in 3 months (hard to believe Spring is just 3 months away!)... warm, steamy and smelling wonderful!

Summerthyme
 
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mecoastie

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Nice! Timber framed, and seriously overengineered! Love it...

And if you get it done in time, it's going to be wonderful inside in 3 months (hard to believe Spring is just 3 months away!)... warm, steamy and smelling wonderful!

Summerthyme
All pegged except for the rafters which we screwed in. Most of the beams were handwork with the chisel and the boring machine. It was a lot of work and fun to build. The plan came from a book called Timberframe by William Beemer and it is way over built for the size. Those long top beams weighed a ton lifting them into place.

I hope to have the roof and cupola on in a couple weeks weather permitting. Wont get the sides on for this season as I need to buy good stove pipe. That and the roof will tap out the budget. But I will be boiling in it this season. I can stand in it and see where everything is going to be. My goal is that it will be all buttoned up before my next honey harvest in July.
 

mecoastie

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Your wife will probably start looking for a new man once she realizes she has lost you to the shack.....
Ha. Nope she will just be happy to have the projects out of the house. Still scraping beeswax off the corners of the counter from making Christmas candles!! That is shack bound.
 
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