This step by step diy woodworking project is about pig shelter plans. The project features instructions for building a basic 8×10 hog shelter. If you want to build a sturdy lean to pig shed, while keeping the costs under control, take a look over the project. Don’t forget to take a look over the rest of woodworking plans for more outdoor inspiration.
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. Read the local building codes before starting the project, as you might need a building permit. In addition, level the area and remove the vegetation layer.
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Pig Shelter Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 120″ long FRAME
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 8 pieces – 57″ long FRONT WALL
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 32 1/4″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 8 pieces – 32 1/4″ long BACK WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 5 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 11 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 18 1/4″ long SUPPORTS
- F – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 36″x60″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x35 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 24″x35 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x50 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x63″ long SIDING
- G – 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long RAFTERS
- H – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 31 1/2″x48″ long, 1 piece – 24″x31 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 24″x96″ long ROOF
- I – 110 sq ft of tar paper, 110 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 10′
- 13 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 17 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 100 pieces of 3 1/2″ screws
- 300 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 300 pieces of 1 5/8″ screws/nails
Building a hog shelter
First of all, you need to build the bottom frame for the pig shelter. Cut the components from 4×4 lumber at the right size. You can easily adjust the size of the shelter to suit your needs.
Make sure you cut both ends of the beams as in the diagram, so that they can join together properly. Drill pilot holes and use 3 1/2″ screws to lock the beams together tightly.
Build the front wall from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges with attention and check if the corners are square before inserting the screws.
Frame the back wall for the shelter in the same manner described above.
Fit the front and the back wall to the bottom frame of the shelter. Align the edges, plumb the walls with a spirit level and use 2×4 braces to lock them into place temporarily.
Build the side walls from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Take accurate measurements and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Fit the side walls to the bottom frame. Align the edges, make sure the corners are square and lock them together with 2 1/2″ screws.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the exterior walls. Cut the panels at the right dimensions and lock them to the framing using 1 5/8″ screws. Leave no gaps between the panels. Alternatively, you can use 1×4 or 1×6 slats.
Fit the panels to the front of the pig shelter. Use 1 5/8″ screws to lock the sheets to the framing, as tightly as possible, as the pigs might damage them accidentally.
Build the rafters from 2×4 lumber. You can adjust the size of the rafters according to the size of the overhangs you want for the project.
Make notches to the bottom of the rafters, as shown in the diagram. Mark the cut lines and get the job done with a circular saw.
Make notches to the front of the rafters, as well.
Fit the rafters to the top of the shelter, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws through the rafters into the top plates.
Build 2×4 supports for the sides of the shed. Cut the top of the supports at 75 degrees.
Fit the supports to the sides of the shelter, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place.
Build the sides for the shelter from 3/4″ plywood. Fit the panels to the frame and lock them into place using 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the studs.
Attach 3/4″ plywood sheets to the rafter, making sure you leave 3 3/4″ overhangs on both sides.
Align the sheets carefully and lock them into place with 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the rafters. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.
Cover the roof of the shed with roofing felt, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under.
Alternatively, you can install 1×2 supports slats to the rafters and install corrugated sheets.
This shed is ideal for raising pigs, as the open spaces will ventilate the space during the hot summer days.
You can make adjustments to our plans and create a larger front opening.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-200 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
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