|Cattle Panel Arbor|
Last spring, Maid Elizabeth and I fashioned a cattle panel arbor in front of our door, creating the perfect muse for our Virginia Creeper. Then, my folks built a "Conestoga Wagon" from a trailer topped with domed cattle panels covered in tarps (NOT the blue ones!) to create a movable firewood trailer. It was perfect. They towed their trailer to the spot they were cutting wood, filled the trailer and moved it to the next location, stacking wood as they went. When the trailer was full, they backed it next to their porch and had a handy wood supply all winter.
This year, Sir Knight and I decided that we wanted to keep our shed (attached to our Shouse) free from wood so that we had plenty of room to store generators, chargers and our rolling stock (4-wheeler, motorcycle, bikes and lawn mower). Because we needed another place to store firewood, we put our thinking caps on and came up with a variation of my parents "Conestoga Wagon" idea. Once again, cattle panels to the rescue.
We made our "Wood Hut" out of three cattle panels. First, Sir Knight and Master Hand Grenade pulled three, beat up cattle panels from our stash and laid them side-by-side in the field where we wanted the hut. Next, they lay two 2x6 end to end (spliced with another section of 2x6) and put the end of the cattle panel on top. After placing two 2x4's on top of the cattle panel, Miss Serenity proceeded to run screws into them about every four inches, securing the cattle panels between the 2x4's and 2x6's. After securing both ends of the panels in this fashion, Master Hand Grenade and Sir Knight rolled the panels into a domed, upright position. Once upright, Sir Knight screwed a 2x4 onto the back and the front of the hut, stabilizing the structure considerably. After it was all together, we picked it up and moved it into position and started filling it with firewood.
|Miss Serenity and Master Calvin|
|Master Calvin assisting Sir Knight|
|Sir Knight and Miss Serenity working together|
(securing the panels with tie wraps)
|Putting the finishing touches on the front of the hut|
|Princess Dragon Snack handing wood to Sir Knight|
(notice her pink, lace hat!)
We have found cattle panels to be so versatile that I cannot imagine any homestead complete without them. We love our Cattle Panel Creations!