Farm Tools and Devices: Homemade Livestock Feed Bin, Truss Ladder and Seed Holder

This excerpt from the Build it Better Yourself book shows you how to make farm tools and devices, this issue has instructions to build a homemade livestock feed bin, truss ladder and seed holder.

| September/October 1977

This excerpt from the Build it Better Yourself book shares how to build a homemade livestock feed bin, truss ladder and seed holder.

Some of the best homestead tools and devices around aren't for sale in any store. They're the ones conceived and tested on farms — and in back yards — around the world. Many are homemade varieties of commercially available implements . . . others are personal answers to particular how-to-do-it problems. Whatever, they all have one thing in common: A large part of the pleasure that comes from their use derives from the knowledge that they're homemade.

And so it is with the following projects, selected from a helpful new book put out by the folks at Rodale Press. In MOTHER NO. 46 (pages 60-61), we showed you four items from this book that were particularly well suited for summertime use. This time, we've selected some articles that will prove handy in early fall. And Build It Better Yourself offers construction plans for over 200 more . . . a great number of which could surely benefit you!

Homemade Livestock Feed Bin

If you have a few chickens, rabbits, goats, or other animals, you know about the hassle of storing sacks of feed. You don't want to visit the grain crib daily, but you don't want feed spilling in a corner of the barn or shed either. This feed bin is designed to store those sacks of grain. It will give longest service if you keep it inside a barn or otherwise protect it from the weather. It is not intended for outside storage.

The bin was made from standard tongue-and-groove siding. The vagaries of milling the tongues and grooves on the boards and the tightness with which individual carpenters will lay them up makes it difficult to provide exact numbers and widths of boards needed. Inevitably, you will have to rip several, but don't start until you're sure, by measurement, of the widths to which you must rip them.


[1] Start by cutting 2 by 2 stock: two pieces 25 inches long, two pieces 30 inches long, and three pieces 45 inches long. Cut two 33-inch lengths of 2 by 4. These are the nailers, or frame, on the inside of the box.

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