This step by step diy woodworking project is about goat stand plans free. The project features instructions for building a sturdy goat stand for making milking a lot easier. You will need 2×4 lumber and 3/4″ plywood to get the job done. Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long, 3 pieces – 17″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 20″x36″ long FLOOR
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12″ long LEGS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 3 1/2″ long BRACES
- E – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 27 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23″ long, 1 piece – 20″ long SUPPORTS
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 27 1/2″ long HEAD CATCHER
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x48″
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
Building a milking goat stand
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the goat stand. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the rim components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the edges are flush and the corners square.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood and attach it to the frame. Align the edges and secure the floor to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Align the edges with attention.
Next, you need to attach the legs to the frame of the goat stand. Cut four pieces of 2×4 lumber at 12″. Alternatively, you can adjust the size of the legs to suit your needs. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to the frame.
In order to enhance the strength of the joints, we recommend you to install 2×4 braces to the corners. Cut two pieces of 2×4 lumber at 3 1/2″. Afterwards, cut the pieces on diagonal. Secure the braces into place using 2 1/2″ screws.
Next, you need to assemble the frame for the head catch. Build the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes and secure the adjacent supports together by inserting 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints. Plumb the supports with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame of the stand.
Next, attach the horizontal supports to the stand, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical components. You can adjust the height at which you place the bottom support to suit your needs.
Build the head catchers from 2×4 lumber. Use a jigsaw to make the notches to the components. Use a router to round the exposed edges and smooth the suface thoroughly.
Fit the head catchers into place, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and secure the right component to the supports using 2 1/2″ screws. The left support will slide to open and close the catcher whenever is necessary. Drill a pilot hole through the bottom of the left component, as well as through the frame of the stand. Install a 4″ carriage bolt and use washers to let the component move easily.
In addition, you need to install a latch to the top of the left catcher, as to lock it into place when needed so that the goat won’t pull the head out.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Remember that you can adjust the design and size of the goat stand to suit your needs.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay, we recommend you to apply paint or stain.
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