There are lots of new things here at the farm. We're always keeping busy...
Work has begun on the Sugar Shack. We decided that since we really enjoy the outside aspect of sugaring--especially on those sunny late-winter noons--that we'd build an open building. The idea is to make a pavillion style building that is attached to the barn. We'll have a roof to allow us to suger through the rain and snow, but we'll also be open to the air around us.
I started this project by setting four posts into the ground just off the rear of the barn. This is a pole building, meaning it will not have a foundation; rather, it will be secured to the ground by the corner posts. I used some of the larger cedar logs that I had remaining from my fencing projects.
Yes, I'll have to move that pallet of bricks YET AGAIN...This will be the third time that I'll have picked those up, one by one...It is handy to have bricks around, though, so I can't complain too much. They should be added to our official list of necessary farm items.
Next, I used some large threaded rod to secure the back posts to the barn for extra stability. The roof of the shack will peak perpendicular to the barn and I'll also attach the ridge pole to the roof of the barn.
I had to buy an extra-long drill bit to make it all the way through the post and the barn. I also used it to drill through the posts at the top where I mounted the beams with 12" carriage bolts. Using bolts results in a much tighter and more secure connection.
Here is a picture of one of the beams that I constructed out of 2 x 6 dimensional lumber. I made four beams in total. Two 10 footers and two 12 footers. The size of the building will be 12 x 9 when finished. We'll have plenty of room to upgrade to a larger evaporator in a year or two.
I have mounted the beams and am ready for the next step: to install the ridge board and rafters. I still need to figure out the best way to vent the chimney pipe and have to also construct a cupola which can open to allow the steam from the evaporator to escape. Luckily, I have some great books on contruction and sugaring.
Stay tuned for more updates as the warm weather ends. This project needs to be done before it snows!
Posted by Chris
@ 04:02 PM EDT