This step by step woodworking project is about sheep feeder plans. I have designed this roofed sheep feeder so you can get the job done quickly using common materials and tools. You can adjust the size and the design of this sheep feeder, to suit your needs. My plans come with step by step instructions and you can easily adjust all the dimensions to suit your needs. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
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Sheep Feeder Plans
- A – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 3 pieces – 7″ LEGS
- B – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 3 pieces – 21″ long BASE
- C – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 19 1/2″ long TRAY
- D – 16 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 28 1/2″ long RAILS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 19 1/4″ long TOP FRAME
- F – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 46 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 96″ long RAFTERS
- G – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long ROOF
- H – 40 sq ft of tar paper, 40 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 9 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
How to build a sheep feeder
The first step of the project is to build the floor for the sheep feeder. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Leave no gaps between the 96″ long and then align the edges flush. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the slats. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Next, you need to frame the tray for the feeder. Cut the components from 1×6 lumber and align the edges flush. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws lock the component together tightly. Make sure the corners are square for a neat result. Drill pocket holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the tray to the base, after aligning the edges flush.
Next, you need to attach the legs to the tray. Cut the legs from 2×4 lumber at 72″ and 70″. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the tray floor.
Build the top frame from 1×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes. Insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the components together. Make sure the corners are square.
Fit the frame to the sheep feeder. Use a spirit level to make sure the frame is horizontal. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the legs.
Fit 1×4 rails to the sheep feeder, as shown in the free plans. Use 1 1/4″ screws to secure the rails into place tightly. Place the slats equally spaced for a professional result.
Fit the slats to both ends of the sheep feeder, as well.
Continue the project by attaching the 2×4 rafters to the top of the legs. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws, so you can lock them into place tightly. Fit the rest of the rafters.
Attach 1×4 trims to both ends of the rafters, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ brad nails to secure them into place tightly.
Fit a 3/4″ plywood sheet to the roof of the sheep feeder. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes along the rafters, every 8″ and insert 1 5/8″ screws, so you can lock the sheet into place tightly.
Cover the roof of the sheep feeder with tar paper and staple it into place tightly. Next, you need to install the asphalt shingles using the manufacturer’s instructions. Install drip edges, as well. alternatively, you could attach 1×2 battens over the rafters and attach metal sheets.
Last, but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and make sure all the joints are strong and durable. Apply appropriate products over the components so you can protect them from decay.
This sheep feeder is super easy to build and the lean to roof will protect the hay from water. You can make a lot of adjustments to my plans so they suit your needs.
This is a straight forward sheep feeder with roof that I hope will help you get the job done cheaply and quickly. This sheep feeder is sturdy and features a neat design that will add value to your backyard. Check out my other outdoor projects and plans. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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