This project began with a big pile of boards like this. These came from my parents cow barn which was torn down more than twenty-five years ago when they sold their property in PA. This farm had originally belonged to my paternal grandfather and grandmother.
I stayed at my brother's farm and he had these boards stored in his huge garage.
Let me preface this by saying that when we visit our families in PA, Mr. Cottage stays with his parents and I stay with my brother or sister. We still see each others families but it just works out better that way.
Before I left my brother's house, we decided to load up my car with as many boards as I could fit in. He was sawing off ends of the ones that wouldn't fit as I loaded them. So I got to Mr. Cottage's parents with all this wood in the trunk. He couldn't fit his suitcase in so he had to put it on the backseat. He was not a happy camper. Until last fall, he stored it in our shed.
I'll finish this story with the finished product on Monday.