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Barn Sills

February 29th, 2008


Thanks you God for my in-laws, who are always willing to come for a visit, leaving behind their garden, and their comfortable home, to sleep in our lumpy guest bed, in our noisy house full of rowdy grand and help us with our crazy projects, bringing homemade bread and a helpful hand to do a load of laundry, cook a meal and babysit. What would we do without them?

Their most recent visit was to help us work on the barn. The Country Doctor and his dad built the barn sills and trimmed out the barn windows.


Here is a brief account of what the Country Doctor and his dad did to create these beautiful sills.

Snap a chalk line on the siding to create a guide of where you want to cut the window out. The window is already framed up on the inside of the barn, but the country doctor brought the siding all the way down over the window openings to save a little time.

Next – cut the opening.

Joe stood on the inside and yelled to the country doctor when he was off course.


Then place the sill in the opening. This step takes FOREVER!!! There is a lot of fussin’, and cussin’, and whittlin’ and fiddlin’ to make it fit just right.

Then cut the remaining trim pieces to size.

Now look at those sills! Have you ever seen anything prettier than that? It’s like we are Amish or something. Thanks Joe and Rita for coming down and helping us out. Now…next weekend – we were thinking about putting on that barn roof…

Barn Raising

February 29th, 2008

Little Bit of Building…

Little Bit of Jigging…


Little bit more building…

Little Bit of Partying on the Porch

A Barn is Born

February 29th, 2008


We decided to save some money and build the garage ourselves. Except that we aren’t calling it a garage – we call it the barn. I guess it is because it is as big as a barn.


And no, we didn’t build all of it ourselves. Dennis and his crew framed it. But the country doctor and I and the country doctor’s brother Jed – but mostly the country doctor have been doing everything else – which includes the siding and the roof and a lot of other things I would never have imagined. Like nailing up these super long 2X4s on the gabled ends.

The siding consists of twelve inch wide boards of cottonwood, a tree native to our area. You put the boards up tight together and after a few days they start to shrink and “cracks” appear between the boards. Then you take a long thin board and nail this over the “cracks” – thus you have board and batten siding.

The design for our barn was inspired by the barns at Country Carpenters They build beautiful post and beam barns with a real classic look. Hopefully when we are finished we will have something similar.