It’s really really really really easy. So easy I’m almost embarrassed to blog about it but when you stick the subject in google you get a load of cobblers really – lots of those annoying ehow articles and the plethora of copycat content sites but nothing that shows you that its’s as easy as cutting a few board and screwing them together. Thus;
Cut two board to exactly, precisely, to the mm equal length. Make sure you use a set square or something too so that you get straight cuts. You can use any old board I guess – here I’ve recycled part of the barn that fell down last November. Oh, and try to avoid setting your antique circular saw on fire in the process. This has happened to me before and it baffles me as to how it still works the next time I go to use it but it does.
Screw them together at right-angles like the photo, right. You can see I’ve stapled them first just to hold them together – makes it easier to to screw them. Nailing would be quicker but the pigs will pull them apart in minutes. I used four screws along the bottom on a trough that is about 3ft 6in long. Note that you could cut the edges at 45 degress so they sit together but I’m going quick and dirty, plus I want one side to be higher than the other, no matter how marginal, as the pigs tend to stand with their trotters in the trough and nuzzle their food out of it. If one side is higher less food gets out. Also as the boards I have are ‘recycled’ they do not match perfectly, so the first time I poured water in it all come straight out the bottom, but if you feed them in it they’ll push enough food and mud into the cracks that it will be water tight within the week. Then just make another for their food and you’re in business, all mod cons.
Next cut two more boards – I had one long one which I cut three times to make the four pieces but as long as these upright bits are wider than the horizontal ones when they go together you can use any old bits of scrap. I didn’t cut them the same size – just screwed one on to the ‘V’ that we made earlier, sat it upright, found the level with, er, a level, marked where it needed to screw to then up-ended it again and screwedit in.
I then nailed a couple of scrap bits of wood, from a pallet I think, to the bottom of each upright so the piggies couldn’t tip the trough over and voila – as you can see they’re as happy as pigs with their snouts in a trough. This works freestanding as well as up against a fence like it is in this picture. Easy eh?