I had a nice corner in the barn to place this group of three 4×6 pens. I will use these for brood pens when the chicks are feathered out. Later in the season I will use them as conditioning pens for my larger breeds.
These are the tools that I have accumulated over the years. Any good drill driver is worth it’s weight in gold. A standard drill often times runs out of power to really drive the screws in. The pneumatic stapler is also a HUGE time saver. I use the narrow crown staples that are 1″ long. You can also use the longer ones to hold down plywood. I prefer using screws though for that job. I have a Craftsmen miter saw with a laser to line up the cuts. Any brand will work fine. When I use a circular saw I never cut it perfectly straight and don’t feel comfortable holding a triangle while I cut. I didn’t post a picture of it, but there is a link below for 18 gauge metal shears. It will cut 14 gauge with no problem. The bottom blade is stationary and allows you to use it as a guide to run parallel with the wire so you get a clean, accurate cut. I have found these to cut closer than the side cut pliers. The only tool I don’t have that I think would make this job easier is a table saw. You can use a table saw to rip your plywood for nice, straight cuts.
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